BREED is a student group committed to developing and promoting bio-inspired technology. Our flagship VAYU project – the world’s fastest robotic fish – and our upcoming initiatives such as our robotic dog aim to educate and enhance awareness in the general student body. Using designs perfected by millions of years of natural evolution, we adapt selected features into increasing effectiveness of man-made robots. We aim to establish a hub based in the Innovation Wing where this development can take root in the local community, increasing awareness and interest while promoting scientific innovation: this will be done through outreach projects, educational initiatives, as well as the continuation of various bio-inspired initiatives under BREED.
Innovation Wing welcomes our members to register their project team(s) as an Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Group (SIG).
Upon successful registration, the team members in the SIG team, including UG/TPg/RPg students from all Faculties, academic staff, and technical staff, are eligible for Innovation Wing membership, which entitles its members to access the facilities, equipment, and service of Innovation Wing.
Innovation Wing invites academic staff in Engineering to register their student project team(s) as an Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Group (SIG).
Upon successful registration, the team members in the SIG team, including UG/TPg/RPg students, academic staff and technical staff, are eligible to apply for Innovation Wing membership, which entitles its members to access the facilities, equipment and service of Innovation Wing.
The supervisor of the Innovation Wing affiliated SIG could request for project storage space in the Makerspace and project workspace in the co-working Project Studios, subject to the approval and arrangement made by the Innovation Wing Office.
- Please start with a consultation with the Director of the Innovation Wing.
- We encourage our members to work together in a multidisciplinary team on technology-related innovations/initiatives.
- Academic Advisor / Supervisor
- We encourage the SIG team to identify an academic advisor / supervisor, who has the academic expertise in the field that the SIG focuses on, to work with the Innovation Wing on the appropriate resources that can help to grow the team.
- The team is encouraged to identify an academic staff in Engineering, or an academic staff who joins the InnoHub programme organized by the Innovation Academy, as the academic advisor of the SIG.
- If the team has not yet identified an academic advisor, Innovation Wing, and Innovation Academy are very happy to help to facilitate the connection.
- Technical support
- As the team would do hands-on development works in Innovation Wing, we encourage the SIG team to identify designated technician(s), who possess the project-specific technical knowledge, to support the SIG in Innovation Wing on demand.
- The designed technician will work with the Technical Manager of the Innovation Wing to provide the appropriate facilities and tools in supporting the prototyping and deployment work of the SIG.
- Submission of application is welcomed anytime.
- The application should be endorsed by the Head of the host department. The endorsement assures mutual understanding for the allocation of department resources (such as academic supervisor(s) / technical staff(s) / teaching assistant(s) / industrial advisor(s)) for the student interest group.
- The application will be vetted and submitted by department representative. Department representative may give feedback to the applicants on the proposal.
- Enquires may be directed to the Innovation Wing Office (innowing[at]hku.hk)
Department representative in the Innovation Wing executive committee
|Department of Civil Engineering
|Prof. J. Yang
|Department of Computer Science
|Prof SM Yiu
|Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
|Dr. C.K. Lee
|Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
|Dr. HH Cheung
|Department of Mechanical Engineering
|Dr. C. H. Liu
Step 1. Fill in the application form and obtain endorsement from department head
The application for Innovation Wing affiliated student interest group should be prepared by the project supervisor, who is an academic staff in Engineering. The application should be endorsed by the Head of the host department. The endorsement assures mutual understanding for the allocation of department resources (such as academic supervisor(s) / technical staff(s) / teaching assistant(s) / industrial advisor(s)) for the student interest group.
Step 2. Submission by department representative
The application will be vetted and submitted by the department representative to the Innovation Wing Office (innowing[at]hku.hk). Department representatives may give feedback to the applicants on the proposal.
Department representative in the Innovation Wing executive committee
Department of Civil Engineering
Prof. J. Yang
Department of Computer Science
Prof SM Yiu
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Dr. CK Lee
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Dr. HH Cheung
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. C. H. Liu
Step 3. Panel review / interview
The proposal will be reviewed by a panel with the Associate Dean of Engineering (Innovation) as the chairman, Associate Deans of Engineering (Student Development), the Director of Interdisciplinary Facilities and the Director of Innovation Wing and as the key members.
Assessment criteria of the proposals are including but not limited to the following:
a. Objectives and potential impact of the SIG;
b. Innovation, uniqueness, scope and potential impact of the SIG;
c. Adequacy of academic and technical support allocated from the department;
d. Appropriateness of the proposed project-specific equipment/tools and the requested minimal storage space;
e. Adequacy of the planned T&L, R&D and KE activities;
An interview may be scheduled. The allocation will be based on the availability of the funding/space resource.
An award letter will be sent to the department office of the project supervisor once the proposal is approved.
Step 4. Acceptance of offer
Upon successful application, the team members in the SIG team, including UG/TPg/RPg students, academic staff and technical staff, are eligible to apply for Innovation Wing membership, which entitles its members to access the facilities, equipment and service of Innovation Wing.
Besides, the supervisor of the SIG could request for project storage space and co-working space in the Project Studios in the Innovation Wing, subject to the approval and arrangement made by the Innovation Wing Office.
Step 5. Submit project report and deliverable
The project supervisor shall submit the required deliverables to Inno Wing Office <innowing[at]hku.hk> within one month after the expected project completed date. Inno Wing will use the materials for the promotion and publicity works for HKU Engineering's innovation and student achievements.
Step 6. Showcase project works in the Engineering InnoShow
The project team is required to participate in at least one Engineering InnoShow event, which is a showcase carnival organized by the Innovation Wing, Faculty of Engineering at the end of every semester, to applause innovative projects conducted by engineering students.
The Director may advise the team to submit a proposal/application form.
After reviewing the proposal, an interview may be scheduled if necessary.
Assessment criteria of the proposals are including but are not limited to the following:
- Objectives and potential impact of the SIG;
- Innovation, uniqueness, scope, and potential impact of the SIG;
- Adequacy of academic and technical support allocated from the department;
- Appropriateness of the proposed project-specific equipment/tools and the requested minimal storage space;
- Adequacy of the planned T&L, R&D, and KE activities;
The project supervisor shall submit the following deliverables to Innovation Wing Office (<innowing[at]hku.hk>) within one month after the expected project completed date:
- A project report – Please submit the Docx format of the project report, using the following template.
- Media links:
- Poster of the SIG – preferably 36 inch width * 54 inch height with 150dpi (5400 * 8100 pixels)
- Project images – Including a cover image and several other images (with high resolution)
- A short video about the SIG – preferably a one-minute introduction video of the SIG.
- Students’ sharing – Short written sharing from each student member of the project group.
- There are events organized by the Innovation Wing for the SIGs. The SIG teams will actively participate in the following events:
- The Engineering Induction event – an orientation and introduction event for students to get in touch with various Innovation Wing affiliated SIGs at the beginning of the academic year.
- The Engineering InnoShow event – a showcase carnival that celebrates innovative Engineering student projects at the end of every semester.
- There are visiting tours arranged by the Innovation Wing Office. The supervisor (or student/staff on behalf arranged by the supervisor) will introduce the SIG projects to the guests and visitors of Innovation Wing.
|Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Group
Housekeeping / cleaning arrangement
Recruitment of new members for the SIG
Academic and technical support
T&L, R&D and KE activities of the SIGs
Publicity of the SIG and their achievements
Tours for visitors
Innovation Wing Office arranges tours that feature inspirational visits to engage students, teachers and visitors with Innovation Wing's unique facilities, projects and student communities.
The supervisor (or student/staff on behalf arranged by the supervisor) introduces the projects of the SIG to the guests and visitors.
- Innovation Wing can provide project space in the co-working project studio for the SIG team upon the request made by the supervisor. Innovation Wing Office will make the best effort to accommodate the request.
- Multiple SIG teams would be allocated to set up a collaboration / co-working space in the Project Studio.
- Innovation Wing provides basic furniture (such as chairs, tables and storage drawers) upon request by the supervisor.
- The Innovation Wing Office has the right to allocate/relocate/revoke the project space in the Project Studio for the SIG team.
Supervisor of SIG
- Please report to Innovation Wing Office and obtain approval before bringing any project-specific equipment/tools in the Project Studio.
- The supervisor manages the technical staff(s) from the department who is designated to support the SIG in Innovation Wing on demand.
- When the Project Studio space is limited, the Innovation Wing Office could request the SIG team to relocate their project space back to the host department.
Student participants and designated technical staff of SIG
According to Section 9 of the safety manual of Innovation Wing (innowing.hk/safety):
- All workshops/project studios users including technical staff are requested to sign a Safety Awareness Declaration Form.
- The duly completed form should be submitted to the staff-in-charge of the thematic workshop or the supervisor of the Student Interest Group for endorsement.
- The supervisor submits the endorsed form to the Technical Manager.
- The form will automatically expire on 31 August every year. Members should make the declaration again for keeping his/her privilege of working in the thematic workshop/project studio.
- Smart card door access privilege to a workshop/studio would not be granted without a duly completed Form.
- The technical manager may request users to make a declaration again if a new hazard(s) appears in the premises.
IIIs for VIPs is an SIG collaborating with our supervisor Dr. Joseph Chan. It aims to provide a space where students can create inventions which help improve the daily lives of visually impaired persons (VIPs). We welcome students from engineering, medicine and interested students from other faculties.
Our SIG will support our members in finishing their projects until it becomes available for public use. Any project with the purpose of improving the activities of daily living for VIPs are welcome.
HKU Astar is a student interest group focused on research and development in the combination of Robotics and AI algorithms. It collaborates with HKU RoboMaster in RoboMaster university competition series hosted by DJI, responsible for the mechanical and embedded systems design of some robots and the development of vision, localization, navigation, and decision-making systems applied to the fully automatic sentry robot and the Radar. Starting from next semester, the team will participate individually in other AI-related competitions, such as the Intelligent UAV Championship currently held by DJI. For the UAV Championship, the team will work on the localization, navigation, and motion planning of a drone to make it fly swiftly and smoothly through objective rings, as well as avoid stationary or moving obstacles in a complicated environment.
HKU Design, Build & Fly (DBF) Team is formed by undergraduate students of the University of Hong Kong. The team joins the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design/Build/Fly Competition and the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) University and Schools Payload Challenge each year. Last year, champion and 1st runner-up awards were taken by the DBF teams in the BMFA competition. In 2019, the best result of the Hong Kong teams was established by the HKU DBF Team, ranking 13th among the 104 eligible teams participating in the AIAA competition. It was the first rank among teams from East Asia. Supervised by the Faculty Supervisor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the DBF team is supported by the Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing under the Faculty of Engineering.
Robomaster is a national robotics competition for university students, hosted by DJI. The project is about forming a team to design various types of smart robots which can engage in face-to-face, videogame-style battles. The preparation process involves the knowledge in the following disciplines: mechanical and hardware design, control theory application, computer vision and smart algorithm, technical management. The ultimate purpose of the project is to develop the skills, quality and team spirit of engineering students that can be beneficial in their future career.
We are forming a new interest group at the Innovation Wing, as a collaboration with humanities and educational researchers at HKU.
In this group, we plan to pursue several interdisciplinary projects that will improve the ways we can study and teach about the human past. Our projects will include uses of augmented and virtual reality in recording, teaching, and presenting archaeological sites. We are also studying the use of machine learning and computer vision for several purposes to study visual datasets such as satellite images of ancient landscapes. We work with a field project that travels to Armenia each summer to excavate. We welcome anyone who would like to join our team, from any Faculty. We especially invite engineers and computer scientists, but we also have many other projects which anyone with an interest can join.
Let’s learn about the human past together! Thank you!
The history of civilization originates from the progression of human technology. However, technology is never the sole driver of social innovations. No engineering marvel nor innovative inventions speak for themselves, and neither can the masses who will benefit the most from this technology know how to harness its power. NestSpace believes that it is the ministry of society for technology to manifest itself in ergonomic, responsible, and modern ways.
Internet of things (IoT) has attracted huge attention because of its potential to connect things together with the cloud. Similarly, the Internet of Health (IoH) aims to enable real-time health evaluation of an individual or a group with advanced medical devices. This feat can be realized by developing tiny wearable biosensors that can be easily deployed on the human body to monitor health signals. This project develops next-generation wearable biosensors to allow digital healthcare. There are two main components. First, we develop skin-attachable biosensors which detect health signals including electrophysiological signals, temperature, and antibodies or glucose in the sweat. Second, we develop miniaturized sensor characterization systems to enable comfort wear for practical applications. The whole set can communicate the data wirelessly with other electronic devices. This will be one of the smallest wearable devices developed so far. Future research is being conducted by our group at the innovation wing now at HKU.
The world is currently in the midst of a second-quantum revolution, which will see the counter intuitive properties of quantum systems such as superposition and entanglement, being applied for commercial technologies such as quantum computing, quantum sensing, and quantum communications. Quantum Computing is mostly taught to undergraduates in a classroom focusing mostly on theoretical and mathematical concepts with minimal laboratory components. This is primarily because research laboratories working in quantum science are too expensive, bulky, and complicated to be used for undergraduate teaching purposes. We wish to bridge that gap by building a compact, user-friendly, interactive setup to introduce quantum physics to a younger non-expert audience. The goal of the project is to create a curriculum for quantum technology, a sustainable education model, with an in-class demonstration kit for quantum science education.
Formula Student is a renowned educational engineering competition, combining practical engineering with soft skills including business planning and project management. It is a proving ground for students who want to create and change the world. Electrification of transportation system is here, the combination of electric powertrain and traditional mechanical system has made this competition attractive to lots of industries leading to companys’ attention and support. This competition jump starts our students’ knowledge and skills set for their future career. HKU Racing is the first team from Hong Kong to compete in Formula Student (European series).
The annual Robocon competition project allows HKU engineering students from different disciplines to design and fabricate innovative robots with an integration of various advanced technologies, including IoT sensors, AI, computer vision, and mobile computing. Besides, it provides hands-on experiences on product design, prototyping, CNC machining, design and fabrication of electric circuit and PCB, control program development, etc.
HKU UAS is a student interest group focusing on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). We aim to gather self-motivated drone lovers to learn and work on drone projects together. Not only to gain a lot of hands-on experience, by joining us, you could improve your mechanical skills and learn and apply electrical and computer science skills.
With the support of Innovation Wing, we plan to join competitions to test our knowledge and skills, also to learn from other teams and gain valuable experience. In 2022, the team build the system based on the rules of AUVSI SUAS 2023.
The AUVSI SUAS Competition is a yearly event, designed to stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and to engage students in a challenging UAS mission.
This project aims to develop the set of technologies to achieve convenient-to-use mobility support for daily use of the elderly. In this project, we are developing a smart elderly walker which is intended to play an active role in an elderly person’s daily life, with three fundamental functionalities that do not exist or not well supported by (smart) walkers in the market: smart walking assistance; falling prevention and support; autonomous mobility.
A set of mechanical, control, sensory, and AI technologies is being developed including:
(1) novel walker mechanical structure with omnidirectional mobility and outrigger mechanisms;
(2) dual-mode actuation and control for walking/standing support and fall prevention/ recovery;
(3) multimodal sensory data collection through soft sensory skin, and data processing on device and in the cloud, for event detection and control such as user front following and fall detection;
(4) sound-source localization for elderly localisation and auto-navigation of walker.
According to the safety manual of Innovation Wing 5.6 (innowing.hk/safety)
“Under exceptional circumstances, Student Interest Group may apply for working in the project studio outside the normal opening hours by filing an application form which can be obtained from the General Office. The form must be endorsed by the academic supervisor who must arrange himself/herself or a technical staff to supervise the group in the project studio.”
Academic supervisor of Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Group can submit the following application form to Innovation Wing Office or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 3 working days in advance for the outside opening hours working arrangement in the special project studio.