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From Undergraduate Curiosity to World Records:
My Unconventional Journey in Robotics and Engineering
Speaker: Timothy Ng Ju Kin, Co-Founder of BREED Robotics HKU (Innovation Wing Affiliated SIG)
Date: November 17, 2023 (Friday)
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Venue: Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing One, HK

Date: November 17, 2023 (Friday)

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Venue: Brainstorming Area, Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing One, HKU

Speaker: Mr Timothy Ng Ju Kin, Co-Founder of BREED Robotics HKU (Innovation Wing Affiliated SIG)

All members of HKU community are welcome to join!


The realm of engineering offers boundless avenues for innovation, especially when one looks at the mundane with a new lens. Timothy’s journey from an undergraduate student at HKU to the acclaimed designer of the world’s fastest robotic fish is a story of curiosity and dedication, elements present in all young engineers.

His tale highlights the pivotal role that engineering projects play and the transformative power of hands-on projects in honing one’s skills. How does one start from only a bench-top with a small budget as a student with little project experience and end up building the World’s Fastest Robotic fish?

This talk will also cover the inspiration for cutting-edge concepts like soft-material robotics, bio-inspiration, and the vast opportunities for innovation in this engineering sphere for those technically inclined.

At its core, Timothy’s story underlines how a potent mix of curiosity, steadfast work ethic, unwavering determination, and communal spirit can pave the way towards unparalleled success in any field.

About the speaker

Timothy Ng Ju Kin is an award-winning robotic designer, best known for his groundbreaking work on the world’s fastest robotic fish. Holding a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and an expected M.Phil. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, Timothy’s expertise spans across 3D modeling, embedded systems, rapid prototyping, and soft-compliant robotics design. His innovation in underwater and marine design has garnered him multiple accolades, including the prestigious Guinness World Record thrice for his robotic fish design.

Timothy’s research endeavors range from the development of agile robotic fish for marine applications to innovative graspers for fabrics. He has been at the forefront of soft and compliant robotics design, bringing forth cutting-edge solutions that bridge mechanical intelligence and nature-inspired mechanisms. Beyond his research and design endeavors, Timothy is a passionate advocate for hands-on learning. He founded the Bio-Inspired Robotics Engineering & Design (BREED), a student group focused on biomimetic robots and has been instrumental in creating platforms for young engineers to innovate and explore.

Having secured 3 Guinness World Records, HKIE’s Innovation Award, and a multitude of startup grants, Timothy’s work embodies the essence of what it means to be truly innovative in the field of robotics. A firm believer in the value of experiential learning, Timothy’s story is a testament to the power of curiosity-driven exploration and sheer determination.