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Dr Kwok, Ka Wai 郭嘉威

Assistant 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

Ka-Wai Kwok received the B.Eng and M.Phil degrees from Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2011, he completed the PhD training from Department of Computing,Imperial College London, with full scholarships awarded by EPSRC and Department of Computing in the college. His PhD study was supervised by Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang, in The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery.

Dr. Kwok is the recipient of the Croucher Foundation Fellowship, which currently supports his postdoctoral research jointly hosted by University of Georgia, and Brigham and Women's Hospital - Harvard Medical School, in 2013-2014. Dr. Kwok has also been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong.

His research focuses on image-guided robotic surgeries and their associated master-slave control interfaces. He developed a human-robot cooperative control framework, Dynamic Active Constraints, particularly used for master-slave-controlled robotic tasks that are operated in dynamically unstructured environment. It was first applied for improving endoscopy-based robotic manipulation. It pushes the boundary further the conventional use in robotic orthopaedics. One of the novel features enables operator to control ahyper-redundant (snake-like) robot with a few and intuitive degrees-of-freedom (DoFs).  The proposed framework is also investigated to apply in other remotely-operated humanoid robotic tasks.

Dr. Kwok's major research objective is to bridge the technical gap between medical imaging and surgical robotic control. He currently engages in advancing Proximity Query, as well as imaging registration techniques by the use of novel computing architectures, such as FPGAs. His multidisciplinary research, thus far, yields >44 publications (e.g. TROABMEMedIA,NeuroimageJCMR) co-authored with >21 clinicians and >45 engineering scientists. His work yields several awards from Hamlyn Symposium'08 and'12, and IEEE conferences: FCCM'11IROS'13ICRA'14. Apart from academic research, Dr. Kwok is also keen on teaching and sharing study experiences with students. He obtained two Excellent Tutor Awards sequentially whilst pursuing his 2-year M.Phil study.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2014-09-01Outstanding Alumni Award: Department of Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering
2015-06-01Early Career Award: Research Grants Councils of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Chan, PTJ
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
2014-06-01Finalist for ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Award: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014 (ICRA’14)
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
01/2015-12/2016IEEE RAS memberIEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Membership
02/2015-06/2015Organized Sessions ChairsInternational Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics
01/2015-12/2016IEEE memberIEEE Membership
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