The Engineering InnoShow is a showcase carnival that celebrates innovative Engineering student projects at the end of every semester. Participating students will have the opportunity to expound on their inventive design, research and projects; harness timely and constructive feedback given by peers, teachers, industry experts and the public through knowledge exchange; and spin talent and ideas into innovative (re)inventions. There are many reasons why Engineering InnoShow is a unique concoction of its missions and vision. We offer a vibrant, inter/multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning platform for students to create their own impact, in and out of the classroom. The showcases also paint junior fellows a concrete picture of what constitutes an exemplary work and open pathways for them to look at Engineering through the lens of their senior cohorts, whether they are from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Environmental Engineering. We believe that Engineering united with hands-on experience is essential. It is our vision to inspire a generation of intrepid explorers and committed collaborators. At Engineering InnoShow, we are transmitting knowledge and values through narrative. Whether it is communicated in layman’s terms or field-specific terminologies, we hope that the seeds of creative minds will germinate and thrive.
12:30pm, November 20, 2020 (Friday)
Deadline of application for showcasing projects.
November 27, 2020 (Friday)
|Rundown on November 27||Event|
8:30am – 10:00am
10:00am - 12:30pm
Project showcase and judging
12:45pm - 1:00pm
Award presentation ceremony
1:00pm - 3:00pm
The main purpose of this project is to show the previous robotic fish and come up with the design and control-system for a robotic fish which is more efficient, faster and easily-maneuverable.
The students worked on the existing design, from the VAYU-project, making it faster and better with the goal to break the existing World-Record as well as supplement the fish with additional electrical and software features like controller, feedback-system and directional-control. Additional features such as servo-fins and underwater camera detection coming in next semester. The project goal is (i) to make the fish controllable, i.e. maneuverable in water and (ii) break the World-Record for the fastest Robotic-fish again.
“The 3rd Engineering InnoShow was a great success, despite the potential constraints from COVID-19 and group gathering prohibition. The projects, coming from various Engineering disciplines, were all highly innovative and beneficial to society. Thanks to all the students and teachers who have showcased their projects. I hope you have all enjoyed the event which was full of energy and enthusiasm. I cannot wait for the next InnoShow, and am looking forward to seeing even more participants!”
Dr. May Chui, Associate Head, Innovation Academy
“The 3rd Engineering InnoShow was hosted for the very 1st time in the brand-new Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing in HKU on 27 November 2020, and has concluded with a big success. Students from various engineering departments showcased their innovative projects, ranging from gaming apps, novel desalination filters, recyclable facemasks, to the fastest-swimming robot fish in the world, just to name a few. As remarked by our Dean and also Head of Innovation Academy, the exploration of these passionate students doesn’t just end there. To the contrary, the show is marking a milestone and the start of a new leaf in the student’s journey towards a creative career and an innovative life journey! May the innovation and the wing be with you 😊“
Dr. Wong Ngai, Associate Head, Innovation Academy
Investigation of Influencing Factors on the Engineering Properties of Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) Treated Soils
Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) is an emerging bio-geotechnical soil improvement technique to enhance the engineering performance of soil. Application of biotechnology has been suggested as an environmental-friendly alternative to conventional approaches. MICP involves using bacteria to hydrolyze urea into carbonate ions through bacterial metabolism. The carbonate ions combine with calcium ions to produce calcite crystal precipitates, which fill the soil pores and bind the soil grains together.
In this project, the effects of several influencing factors on the engineering properties of the MICP treated silica sand are investigated. Permeability and unconfined compressive strength tests will be carried out to characterize the engineering properties of the treated sand. Precipitation patterns of calcite crystals within the sand after MICP treatment will be investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a face mask has help us to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 viruses. The use of the mask has been substantially increased. For further enhancing the functionality of the mask, it is desirable for developing a smart product with an integration of digital technologies, including IoT, AI, mobile devices, and cloud computing. The smart product has the following features to minimize the spread of the COVID-19:
Robomaster is a national robotic competition for university students, hosted by DJI during the summer vacation on a yearly basis. It combines technology and e-gaming competition style, thus being exciting and unconventional. HKU Robomaster has been recruiting enthusiastic engineering students since 2017. We aim to cultivate the quality of members that will benefit their career with the practical experience gained during the preparation and participation process. Our work is divided into technical management, machinal & hardware management, and software & algorithm development.
Seawater desalination offers the vast potential of producing unlimited clean water. Membrane-based desalination technologies can be used to produce alternation water source. Reverse osmosis (RO) is regarded as a reliable technique for seawater desalination. Most RO membranes have a thin-film composite (TFC) structure, and the performance of the membrane is predominantly determined by the physiochemical properties of the polyamide (PA) layer. The performance and the formation mechanism of the PA layer have been intensively studied in recent years. This project aims at fabricating the TFC membrane using a support-free IP reaction, and to explore the formation mechanisms of the PA layer in the SFIP reaction system. Results show that the performance of the fabricated RO membranes is satisfactory.
Conventionally, information suffers from exponential decay in long distance transmission. However, in exciting projects like building the quantum internet, an information carrier has to pass through many intermediate quantum servers before reaching the receiver. Such a goal cannot be achieved without a scheme of reliably transmitting data over a long sequence of noisy channels. Chiribella et al. formulated the second level of quantization of quantum information theory by considering the superposition of quantum trajectories and quantum channels and demonstrated communication advantage of this model. We apply the model further and show the theoretical feasibility of communication through asymptotically many noisy channels.
Automatic Chair Parking System aims to provide a smart solution in classroom and other similar environment by helping to move and arrange chairs, while reducing the risk of occupational injuries and potential dangers related to the repetitive works. This can also reduce the reliance on labour force and ultimately improve the efficiency. The system therefore is designed to autonomously transport chairs to the designated parking area with minimal human control.
We created an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), in the shape of a Hong Kong Tram. This AGV is able to autonomously follow, turn, and pause at a path by only given basic information about its environment. To complete this project, our team has to combine our skills in CAD modelling, 3D Printing, Advanced Machining, Laser Cutting, and Programming. Our objective in this project is to create a more fun and approachable learning tool for primary or secondary students, to learn more about the world of robotics, logistics, and automation.
The Chair Stacking System(CSS) aims to build an intelligent system for the centre that helps to stack up chairs in conference rooms. The chair stacking system detects and stacking chairs automatically. The machine mainly consists of lifting system and robotic arms system, which is programmed by using Arduino platform. The lifting system acts as the basic support, and it controls vertical position of the arms. The robotic arms provide accurate movement to grab chairs in hand. Various mechanisms that are used, including belt-driven actuator, lead screw actuator, rack and pinion, and etc.
Our team developed highly efficient nanofibrous membrane filters for different environmental applications, including water and air purification. We utilized electrospinning as a platform to fabricate functional nanofibrous membrane filters for pollutant removal, including heavy metals, particulate matters, etc. Thanks to the high porosity of nanofibers, the filtration consumes almost zero electricity without sacrificing efficiency. Moreover, after saturation of contaminants, the filters can be easily regenerated by simple washing with daily accessible agents like citric acid and ethanol. The project aims at offering a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle for modern society. Thus, commercialization opportunities are highly welcome.
A Smart Robotic Walker with Intelligent Close-proximity Interaction Capabilities for Elderly Mobility Safety
We propose a novel smart robotic walker that targets a convenient-to-use indoor walking aid for the elderly. The walker supports multiple modes of interactions through voice, gait, or haptic touch, and allows intelligent control via learning-based methods to achieve mobility safety. Our design enables a flexible, initiative, and reliable walker due to three main functions. Our walker tracks users in front by detecting lower limb gait while providing close-proximity walking safety support. By monitoring force pressure on a specially designed soft-robotic interface on the handle, the walker can detect human intentions and predict emergency events. Our walker performs reinforcement learning-based sound source localization to locate and navigate to the user based on his/her voice signals.
Foundation quality is of paramount importance to all civil engineering works. Since it governs the safety of the structures and buildings stood above it. However, settlement in foundation is found very common, in which it comes as a natural deterioration process. Maintenance work for foundation can be challenging and costly. Having said that, inspired by the adopting of self-healing capsules in concrete improvement, this study aims to mimic and incorporate similar self-healing technology in strengthening of soil.
HKU racing is the University of Hong Kong’s very first motorsports team. Founded in late July of 2018.
Formula Student is a renowned educational engineering competition, combining practical engineering with soft skills including business planning and project management.
WE as a team are now planning on joining FSUK, Which means the Formula student competition in the UK. Team members will design and build a racing car from the ground up. The car is required to perform in numerous dynamic events that will prove the car’s capabilities in terms of speed and reliability.
Chloride attack of concrete in particular for marine structures is a serious global issue where it can lead to severe deterioration of the concrete, drastic reduction in strength of structures and safety concerns. The world is urging for a remedy to this situation. A green alternative to Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), Alkaline-activated Slag (AAS), is found to be having 70%-150% higher chloride binding capacity than that of OPC, making it a potential antidote to this issue. This project aimed to analyse the chloride resistance of AAS in the marine environment, to provide better predict the service life of marine structures and to find ways to enhance the durability of concrete in aggressive conditions. With AAS, let us ‘cement’ a sustainable future.
Due to the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic, over millions of people infected in foreign countries every day. To fight back the coronavirus, we are here to present our product – SORBOT. SORBOT is an ozone sterilizing robot combining AGV technology and ozone generator. Ozone is a non-polluting method to sterilize the air. Robot Operating System will act as a bridge for the controlling programs of both motors and the sensors to communicate and coordinate. Using both cloud and database platforms, we can provide an easy monitoring system for our customers to track the ozone concentration and robot inside a room area. We believed that it is beneficial to the public.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is a remote sensing technique utilizing photogrammetry for inspection, surveillance and modelling issues. The application of UAV as a surveying tool allows geotechnical engineer to capture topographic data for landslide suspected site is relatively new. It is advantageous to adopt UAV technique to inaccessible natural terrains and unstable slopes which have repetitive failures. Those useful data would be extracted for further landslide analysis, and is particularly applicable for debris flow runout analysis which is sensitive to the topographic profile. Computed result shows UAV resolution accuracy with less than 20mm. This project evaluates the resolution of UAVs and compares their applicability for post-landslide mobility assessment by 2-Dimensional Debris Mobility Model (2D-DMM).
This project revolves around the construction of a prototype RC soccer robot toy fabricated through laser cutting and 3D Printing. Though the use of basic mBot coding and electronic structure there is flexibility in the design and modelling of the robot itself. This particular robot was designed with a focus on retaining possession of the ball through its unique design, as well as convenient assembly for ease of use. Through this simple design we hope to encourage increased user engagement in the products they buy through creating their own designs.
FOODator is the world’s very first interactive culinary app. With FOODator, you will browse through the restaurants in the area with confidence and peace of mind. Find your perfect match in three simple steps! Swipe left to cycle through nearby restaurants, swipe right on your restaurant match to be presented with its relevant information. Chat with restaurant representatives to gain more information or to make reservations. Yes, it’s that simple. With FOODator, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect match! And the best part is, you’ll never second guess your decision ever again.
FOODator – new tastes, every day.
Play2study is an interactive and fun educational game app. Currently, it is targeted to HKDSE candidates who study Chemistry (we plan to expand into other subjects in the future), with each chapter of the game corresponding to relevant topics of the syllabus. This game is a vivid example of ‘saying no to just reading long boring texts and books’. Upon playing this game, users can find their strengths and weaknesses in each topic and various skills, which will be provided by the game through detailed analysis from the users’ gameplay.
Innovation Wing affiliated
Student Interest Groups
A number of Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Groups are invited to showcase their experiential learning projects and technologies at the Engineering InnoShow.
Coordinator: Dr. C.K. Chui (Director of Innovation Wing)
ENGG1320 Engineers in Modern World
This is an introductory course designed for first-year Engineering students. The course aims to enable students to learn about engineering in the modern world, with an emphasis on engineering businesses, systems, and entrepreneurship, and how to bring new ideas to market in both engineering startups and corporate settings. The main objective is to provide students with a broad knowledge of how engineering entrepreneurship plays a key role in the global economy. Students will learn to explore and critique entrepreneurship as a systematic approach to designing, launching, and running an engineering business that offers a product, process or service for sale.
Coordinator: Dr. Ray Zhong (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering)
CIVL4102 Final year project
The primary aim of the project is to give each individual student an opportunity to handle a practical engineering problem and to present the findings in a precise and concise report. An important part of the project lies in the way in which the students plan and carry out the task, and apply their engineering knowledge sensibly and diligently to solve the problem. The way in which the students present their findings is equally important.
Coordinator: Dr Sergio Lourenco (Department of Civil Engineering)
CIVL2110 Experiential learning
This course offered by the Civil Engineering Department requires the student to complete a period of training in the industry, workshop training, study tour, or leadership program, approved by the Head of Department, not less than a total of four weeks during the summer semester, subject to satisfactory performance in these activities and the submission of a satisfactory completion report.
Coordinator: Dr. C.P. Wong Ryan (Department of Civil Engineering)
COMP3330 Interactive Mobile Application Design and Programming
This course offered by the Computer Science Department introduces the techniques for developing interactive mobile applications on Android platform. Topics include user interface design, graphics, parallel computing, database, network, multimedia, sensors and location service. Trends and tools for developing applications on various mobile platforms are also discussed. Students participate in both individual assignments and group projects to practice ideation, reading, writing, coding and presentation skills.
Coordinator: Dr. T.W. Chim (Department of Computer Science)
COMP3316 Quantum Information and Computation
This course offered by the Computer Science Department covers a gentle introduction to the interdisciplinary field of quantum information and computation. We will start from the basic principles of quantum theory and become familiar with the counterintuitive notions of quantum superposition and entanglement. Once the basics have been covered, we will explore the cornerstones of quantum information theory: quantum cloning machines, quantum teleportation, quantum state discrimination, quantum error correction, quantum cryptography, and data compression. Finally, we will provide an overview of quantum computation and of the main quantum algorithms, including Shor’s algorithm for prime factorization in polynomial time and Grover’s quantum search algorithm.
Coordinator: Professor G. Chiribella (Department of Computer Science)
COMP3329 Computer Game Design and Programming
Coordinator: Dr. T.W. Chim (Department of Computer Science)
COMP3414 Experiential Learning on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
This is a multidisciplinary experiential learning course designed for engineering students to learn about artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Students will learn AI and robot related technical disciplines (such as machine vision, embedded system design, mechanical control, inertial navigation, human-computer interaction, etc.) through designing and building intelligent robots, and forming teams to participate in robotics competitions such as RoboMaster Robotics Competition and AI Driving Olympics (AI-DO), etc.
Coordinator: Dr. Kenneth K.Y. Wong (Department of Computer Science)
ELEC3644 Advanced mobile apps development
This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge and programming skill to develop innovative and sophisticated mobile apps on iOS platform. The course will cover the essential knowledge and technologies to develop apps to meet the emerging needs of society: Core iOS and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Multitasking, Background Transfer and Fetching, Notification, Cloud Storage, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Siri, Smart Watch, Multimedia, Camera and other latest technologies emerging to the mobile apps development.
Coordinator: Dr. Joe C.H. Yuen (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
ELEC3848 Integrated Design Project
This course aims at providing students in small teams an opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge in electrical and electronic engineering courses, as well as project management, to implement a practical system. At the beginning of the course, students are guided to acquire skills in using hardware and software development tools through a sequence of laboratory exercises. Students then begin working on the project. Regular lecture and tutorial sessions are conducted to help students throughout the process. Besides implementing the system to the required project specification, students are encouraged to extend the project with their own inputs.
Coordinators: Dr. K.S. Lui and Dr. K.H. Lam (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
IMSE2121 Engineering Training
This Engineering Training course offered by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering covers metalwork, manufacturing practice, practical networking, computing practice, design practice, plastic processing, metrology, CNC programming, and CAD/CAM, electronics, work-study.
Coordinator: Dr. HH Cheung (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering)
IMSE2109 Fundamentals of Engineering Design
This course offered by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering covers visualization of technical information; application of CAD software to prepare product design models and drawings; principles of engineering graphics: orthographic projections, isometric views, auxiliary views, sectioning, dimensioning and tolerancing; assembly modelling and drawing; design of components; general principles of product and tool design.
Coordinator: Dr. HH Cheung (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering)
IMSE4135 Systems Integration
This course offered by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering covers student-centered learning on industrial systems analysis, design, and integration. The course is based on case studies and capstone projects in experiential learning environments. Students are expected to develop their industrial systems integration skills in systems modeling and simulation, systems analysis and decision process, systems integration requirement analysis, systems integration strategies and planning, implementation and organizational issues for systems integration. The course involves industrial systems analysts and practitioners from manufacturing, logistics, and service sectors to share best practices for systems integration at different levels such as supply chain, enterprise, information, infrastructure, process, and decision.
Coordinator: Dr. HH Cheung and Prof. George G.Q. Huang (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering)
MECH4429 Capstone Integrated Experience
This is a compulsory, capstone experience course in the final year of the BEng in Mechanical Engineering degree programme. Students are required to undertake a group design project that runs from September to April of the following year. The project topics are stipulated either by teachers or by industrial sponsors. Each project group has two teachers acting as supervisors and an additional teacher serving as moderator. During the course of the project, supervisors communicate with the students and the concerned project sponsor to monitor the project progress. At the completion of the project, each project student presents his/her achievements to the supervisors, moderator and sponsor via a written report and an oral presentation. This course aims to: (1) provide a problem-based learning experience for students to learn how to apply scientific knowledge and team-work approach to tackle design/engineering problems systematically, and (2) strengthen students’ interpersonal and communication skills through interaction with teammates, supervisors and sponsors.
Typical project activities include problem identification & definition; research into information pertaining to the problem, design & analysis; materials sourcing; communication; conducting experiments/making prototypes for verification and demonstration of results; writing reports and giving oral presentations.
Coordinator: Dr. Match Wai Lun Ko (Department of Mechnical Engineering)
InnoShow Award: To encourage students to develop innovative mindset in tackling engineering and social problems, and to support outstanding ideas to join international design competitions, the Dean’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund will appropriate an amount of HK$100K to support a maximum of five student teams participated in the InnoShow to take part in international design competitions.
A Panel to be chaired by the Associate Dean (Innovation) with the Dean of Engineering as one of the key members, will select the winning teams from the InnoShow event to be held at the end of semester 1, 2020-2021, based on the design put forward by the students, and their presentation during the InnoShow.
To be announced
Hello! We have an event during the last day of teaching in the semester for you that you definitely don’t want to miss 🙂
You are cordially invited to come to the Engineering InnoShow on the 10.00am – 12.30pm, 29th November 2019 at the Haking Wong podium.
- Come to learn about the amazing Engineering projects done by our classmates in various Engineering courses including all disciplines and all levels (year 1 projects to final year projects to Engineering startup projects).
- Come to showcase your project. There are attractive prizes and awards. (Priority given to project submitted on or before 15 November 2019).
Click here to submit your project: innowing.hk/innoshow
We hope to see you there 🙂
Our best wishes to you all, and wish you all have a great performance in the final examination!
Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing (coming in 2020)
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong
Our sincere gratitude to our sponsors for their whole hearted support to the Engineering InnoShow 🙂
The Engineering InnoShow is a showcase carnival that celebrates innovative Engineering student projects at the end of every semester.
We offer a variety of flexible sponsorship options for the upcoming Engineering InnoShows.
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