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EdUHK Wins Five Awards at the Geneva’s Invention Expo

EdUHK Wins Five Awards at the Geneva’s Invention Expo


The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) has won four Silver awards and one Bronze for its five innovations in the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva held from 10 to 14 April 2019.

The innovations covered a wide range of applications, including pedagogical innovation, AI for education, green aquaculture and healthcare technologies, which redraw the boundaries of education and quality of life.

Professor Lui Tai-lok, Vice President (Research and Development) of EdUHK, congratulated the winners: “EdUHK is committed to promoting knowledge transfer and the transformation and application of research. By sharing our research output with the industry and the community, the University hopes to create positive changes for society. We are delighted to have received this recognition once again at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. We look forward to our continued contribution to innovation for the betterment of the wider community.”

The winning projects were as follows:

Silver Award

(1) Education Linguistics 2.0 – The Use of Corpora in Language Teaching

Principal Investigators:
Dr Angel Ma Qing
Dr Jackie Lee Fung-king
Dr Wang Lixun
Dr Rebecca Chen Hsueh-chu
(all from the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies)

Educational Linguistics 2.0 is a data-driven approach for language teaching and learning in schools. With an open-access, corpus-aided online portal, this innovative language pedagogy fuses corpus linguistics research tools with classroom teaching.

(2) Fuzzy Talent Assessment System Based on Educational Big Data

Principal Investigator:
Dr Xie Haoran, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology

This project establishes comprehensive talent assessment and talent profile models by applying deep learning and big data analytic technologies to real education and talent. It enables new smart life planning and human resources applications.

(3) Fish Feeds from Food Wastes for Sustainable Fish Farming

Principal Investigator:
Professor Wong Ming-hung, Department of Science and Environmental Studies

The research team produced high-grade fish feed pellets by integrating food waste with supplements, such as enzymes, baker yeast and Chinese medicinal herbs. The new fish feed is effective in fostering safe and quality aquaculture at low cost, while at the same time reducing food waste and associated disposal problems.

(4) Using Heart Rate Variability (HRV) for Real-Time Emotion Assessment

Principal Investigators:
Professor Joanne Chung Wai-yee, Department of Health and Physical Education
Professor Thomas K. S. Wong (external partner)

This project uses HRV as a biomarker to develop wearable electronics and apps for objective emotion assessment of people who cannot accurately express their emotions, such as children with ASD or ADHD, and people with Parkinson’s disease or depression.

Bronze Award

(1) Domestic Screening for Age-related Hearing Loss

Principal Investigator:
Dr Anna Kam Chi-shan, Department of Special Education and Counselling

This project developed a tablet-based system to enable a hearing test as a routine elderly healthcare exam at the community level. It consists of pure-tone screening and a speech-in-noise test. The system is expected to spur the popularisation of a convenient community-based test for early identification of age-related hearing loss.