Inaugural Tech Talk – DIGITIZATION

Date: 28th December 2021 (TUESDAY)
Time: 3:40pm

About the Tech Talk
This is the first Research Seminar held on the Opening Ceremony of Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing Two.

Speaker: Professor Norman C. Tien, Managing Director of Centre for Transformative Garment Production
                Professor Anderson H.C. Shum, Centre Director of Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre
Moderator: Professor David J. Srolovitz, Dean of Engineering
Date: 28th December 2021 (TUESDAY)
Time: 3:40pm
Venue: Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing Two, HKU

About the speakers

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Professor Norman C. Tien

Professor Norman Tien is the Managing Director of Centre for Transformative Garment Production (TransGP), Taikoo Professor of Engineering, Chair Professor of Microsystems Technology and the Head of Innovation Academy of Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hong Kong.

He served as the Dean of Engineering from 2012 to 2018, and as the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement) (VP(IA)) at HKU from 2019 to 2021.

Professor Tien received his PhD from the University of California at San Diego, his MS from the University of Illinois, and his BS from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining HKU, he was the Nord Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, US, where he was the Dean of Engineering from 2007 to 2011. He previously held faculty positions at University of California at Davis, University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University.

Professor Tien’s research interests are in the area of micro and nanotechnology, microelectromechanical (MEMS) systems, and robotics.

Professor Anderson H.C. Shum

Professor Anderson Shum is the Centre Director of Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre, Associate Vice-President (Research and Innovation)  and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Shum received his B.S.E. degree, summa cum laude, in Chemical engineering from Princeton University, S.M. and Ph.D. in applied Physics from Harvard University. 

He is an editor-in-chief of an open-access journal “SOFT” and on the editorial board of several journals; he is also a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals including Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Professor Shum’s research interests include emulsions, microfluidics, emulsion-templated materials and soft matter.

About the projects

Digitisation of Human Body Motion for Garment Production

Garment production is a laborious process that relies primarily on manual operations. Smart robots are set to play a vital role in future automations and assist human workers with repetitive and/or high-risk tasks. To achieve interactive human-robot collaborations, robots need to learn and understand how humans work and thus a cost-effective means of digitising manual operations is of the essence. In this project, we aim at developing an innovative approach to high-fidelity, real-time full-body motion capture for garment workers without using specialty cameras.

Detection and Diagnostics of Airborne Viruses

A lot of diseases can be transmitted via airborne agents, such as viruses spreading through droplets. The concentrations of these airborne agents are usually too low in the environment and it has created difficulties for the current detection instruments available in the market. We aim to fill this gap by developing new technologies to enhance detection and diagnostics of airborne viruses.


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