Dr Kwok, Ka Wai 郭嘉威
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. TRO, ABME, MedIA,Neuroimage, JCMR) co-authored with >21 clinicians and >45 engineering scientists. His work yields several awards from Hamlyn Symposium'08 and'12, and IEEE conferences: FCCM'11, IROS'13, ICRA'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.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2014-06-01||Finalist for ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Award: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014 (ICRA’14)||Research Achievement|
|2014-09-01||Outstanding Alumni Award: Department of Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering||Others|
|2015-06-01||Early Career Award: Research Grants Councils of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2017-08-01||Best Conference Paper Award: the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics||Research Achievement|
|2016-06-01||Best 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|
|2016-06-01||King’s/HKU Fellowship Awards 2016/17: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2017-07-01||Best Poster Paper Award (Merit prize): the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA’17) workshop on Surgical Robots， sponsored by Intuitive Surgical Inc.||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|01/2015-12/2017||IEEE RAS member||IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Membership|
|01/2015-12/2017||IEEE member||IEEE Membership|
|08/2017-09/2017||Panel member||CUHK 3D Echo Course: An Interactive Hands-On Workshop|
|02/2015-06/2015||Organized sessions chair||International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics|
|02/2015-02/2017||Scientific consultant||Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited|
|07/2017-09/2017||Program committee||in IROS’17 Workshop on Soft Morphological Design for Haptic Sensation, Interaction and Display|
|03/2017-04/2017||Organizer||HKU MedE Symposium on Advances in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics|
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