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Dr Kwok, Ka Wai 郭嘉威

Title:
Associate Professor

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2003The Chinese University of Hong KongB.Eng, Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering
2005The Chinese University of Hong KongM.Phil, Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering
2011Imperial College LondonPhD, Department of Computing
Biography

Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok is currently Associate Professor and has served in Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), since 2014. Dr. Kwok obtained BEng and MPhil from Department of Automation and Computer-aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and 2005, respectively. In 2007-2012, he pursued PhD study at Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Department of Computing, Imperial College London in 2012, where he continued research on surgical robotics as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2013, Dr. Kwok was awarded the Croucher Foundation Fellowship, which supported his research jointly supervised by advisors in The University of Georgia, and Brigham and Women's Hospital - Harvard Medical School. His research interests focus on surgical robotics, intra-operative medical image processing, and their uses of high-performance computing techniques. He has involved in various designs of surgical robotic devices and interfaces for endoscopy, laparoscopy, stereotactic and intra-cardiac catheter interventions. To date, Dr. Kwok co-authored with >40 clinical fellows and >80 engineering scientists.

Dr. Kwok’s multidisciplinary work has been recognized by various scientific communities through many international conference/journal paper awards, e.g. the Best Conference Paper Award of 
1ICRA 2018, which is the largest conference ranked top in the field of robotics, as well as 2TPEL 20183RCAR 2017ICRA 2019ICRA 2017ICRA 20144IROS 2013 and 5FCCM 20116Hamlyn 2012 and 2008, and Surgical Robot Challenge 2016. He also became the recipient of the Early Career Awards 2015/16 offered by Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. Dr. Kwok also serves as associate editor for IROS 2017-19, ICRA 2019, Frontier in Robotics and AI, and Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Kwok is the principal investigator of Group for Interventional Robotic and Imaging Systems (IRIS) at HKU.

1ICRA – IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

2TPEL – IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

3RCAR – IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics

4IROS – IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

5FCCM – IEEE International Symposium on. Field-Programmable Custom Computing

6Hamlyn – Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2020-12-01HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2019-20: HKU
Research Achievement
2021-01-01HKU Young Innovator Award 2020: HKU
Research Achievement
2021-03-01Silver Medal: Special Edition 2021 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days
Research Achievement
2020-11-01Actuators 2020 Young Investigator Award: Editorial board of international peer-reviewed journal – Actuators
Research Achievement
2020-12-01IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award: 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Research Achievement
DONG, Z
HE, Z
FU, HC
CHEUNG, CL
Wong, HW
Lee, CY
Bozzolan, AF
Lau, YH
Ng, MC
Lo, TF
Tseng, W
Lo, KM
Yeung, KH
Cheung, KH
Yeung, SH
Tung, WL
Chan, WH
2019-06-01First Runner-up Award: Robocon 2019 Hong Kong Contest “Great Urtuu”
Teaching Accomplishment
DONG, Z
WANG, X
HE, Z
HO, JD-L
Tang, WL
Tao, Y
Lee, APW
2019-05-01Best Poster Paper Award (2nd place): 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA’19) workshop on Surgical Robots, sponsored by Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Research Achievement
2014-09-01Outstanding Alumni Award: Department of Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Others
2015-06-01Early Career Award: Research Grants Councils of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
DONG, Z
GUO, Z
LEE, KH
LEONG, CWM
CHEUNG, CL
Chan, PTJ
Fu, KCD
Lee, A
2016-06-01Best Live Demonstration prize – Surgical Robot Challenge 2016: The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), and UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network. Project topic: MR-conditional Catheter Robot for MRI-guided Cardiac Electrophysiological Intervention.
Research Achievement
2016-06-01King’s/HKU Fellowship Awards 2016/17: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Leibrandt, K
Marcus, HJ
Yang, GZ
2014-06-01ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Award Finalist: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014 (ICRA’14)
Research Achievement
GUO, Z
DONG, Z
LEE, KH
CHEUNG, CL
FU, HC
HO, JD-L
He, H
Poon, WS
Chan, DTM
2018-05-01Best Conference Paper Award: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018 (ICRA’18)
Research Achievement
Tang, SC
LUN, TLT
GUO, Z
McDannold, NJ
2018-09-01First Place Prize Paper Award: 2017 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Research Achievement
GUO, Z
DONG, Z
LEE, KH
CHEUNG, CL
FU, HC
HO, JD-L
He, H
Poon, WS
Chan, DTM
2018-05-01ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Award Finalist: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018 (ICRA’18)
Research Achievement
LEE, KH
LEONG, CWM
CHOW, CK
FU, HC
Fu, KCD
Luk, W
Yeung, CK
2017-08-01Best Conference Paper Award: the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics
Research Achievement
DONG, Z
GUO, Z
Fu, KCD
LEE, KH
LEONG, CWM
CHEUNG, CL
LEE, APW
Luk, W
2017-07-01Best Poster Paper Award (Merit prize): the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA’17) workshop on Surgical Robots, sponsored by Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
07/2020-presentMemberASME
05/2020-presentAssociate MemberInstitution of Mechanical Engineers
07/2017-09/2017Program committeein 2017 IROS Workshop on Soft Morphological Design for Haptic Sensation, Interaction and Display
11/2019OrganizerUChicago-HKU Symposium - Innovation of head and neck surgery through collaboration between surgeons and engineers
07/2019-07/2019OrganizerIEEE/ASME AIM workshop - Towards Soft Robotics for Biomimetics and Applications: Emerging Sensors, Actuators, and Methods
04/2018-presentConsultantRobomed Shenzhen
05/2018-presentIEEE Senior MemberIEEE Membership
02/2018-presentScientific Advisory CommitteeSignate Life Sciences (HK) Limited
10/2016-08/2019Adjunct Assistant ProfessorThe Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
01/2015-12/2017IEEE RAS memberIEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Membership
03/2016-12/2017External examinerDepartment of Engineering, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee)
01/2015-05/2018IEEE memberIEEE Membership
02/2015-06/2015Organized sessions chairInternational Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics
08/2017-09/2017Panel memberCUHK 3D Echo Course: An Interactive Hands-On Workshop
10/2016-presentScientific Assessment CommitteeAPTORUM Therapeutics Limited
02/2015-02/2017Scientific consultantBio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
03/2017-04/2017OrganizerHKU MedE Symposium on Advances in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics
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