The HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members 2019

The HKIE Innovation Awards for young Members 2019

The Institution launched the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members in 2008 with the generous support of the family of the late Ir Kenneth Au-yeung.  The aim of the award is to encourage young members to develop their creativity through the innovative application of engineering knowledge, and to inspire them to develop their intellectual and career interests in engineering.  Entrants can focus on any areas of engineering disciplines within the context of the HKIE.  There are two main categories: Category I - An Invention; and Category II – An Innovative Application of Engineering Theories.  The innovativeness of the Design will be assessed on its originality and creativity.

 

Category I – An Invention

 

The winners of this year in this category were Mr Nicholas Lee, Ir Stanley H F Siu, Miss Suye S Y Wong and Mr Jeremy T Y Wong who received the Grand Prize for their joint invention of “Smart Fever Screening System for Boundary Control Points in Hong Kong”.

 

Hong Kong is one of the world’s major destinations for tourists and business visitors, with total passenger arrivals and departures at about 300 million each year. A team of four young biomedical and information engineers from the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of the HKSAR Government, has developed the Smart Fever Screening System, a novel intelligent fever screening solution integrating artificial intelligence with thermal imaging. This invention helps better prevent infectious diseases from being introduced into or carried away from Hong Kong.

 

Existing fever screening measures adopted by the quarantine authorities of most countries, such as thermometers and thermal cameras, involve considerable manual input for operation. In addition, operators inevitably have close contact with travellers and are more prone to infection. The Smart Fever Screening System uniquely integrates thermal imaging, computer vision, and pattern recognition for reducing manual effort and effectively identifying useful thermal information related to fever. The automatic fever detection and tracking function not only assists to enhance health clearance efficiency at boundary control points but also lowers the risk of operators contracting infectious diseases. Other than boundary control points, the System can also be applied in hospitals, clinics, elderly centres and schools. A patent for the design of the system has already been filed.


Ir Stanley Siu, Miss Suye Wong and Mr Jeremy Wong currently work at the Health Sector Division while Mr Nicholas Lee works at the Digitalisation and Technology Division of the EMSD. The team developed this invention with the support from the Department of Health and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

Category II – An Innovative Application of Engineering Theories

 

The Grand Prize of this category went to the team of Ir Dr Raymond Law, Ir Dr Eric Sze, and Ir Anthony Wong for their research in “Revolution of Rigid Landslide Debris-resisting Barrier for Strengthening Resilience against Climate Change”.

 

Landslide is a global threat. In Hong Kong, reinforced concrete rigid debris-resisting barriers are commonly used to mitigate natural terrain landslide risks, particularly debris flows. The current design approach renders the rigid barriers relatively sizeable, unsightly and less constructible. Hence, a need to optimise the design of these barriers has been advocated.

 

Furthermore, multiple landslides with excessive volume could occur under extreme weather events. Instead of relying solely on hard measures, i.e. constructing taller and stronger barriers, a more pragmatic strategy would be to adopt state-of-the-art information technology to facilitate timely and appropriate emergency actions, viz., soft measures.

 

Three young geotechnical engineers proposed a new generation of rigid debris-resisting barrier in order to enhance resilience against extreme landslide events under the impact of climate change, which comprises a sharp change in the design philosophy against boulder impact scenarios for optimising the structural requirement of rigid barriers, and the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technology for immediate landslide detection for expediting emergency responses.

 

Ir Dr Raymond Law, Ir Dr Eric Sze, and Ir Anthony Wong are Geotechnical Engineers of the Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department, the HKSAR Government.

 

This year, the Certificate of Merit in Category I was presented to Ir Henry C B Au while Certificates of Merit in Category II were presented to two teams. The first team consists of Mr Martin S S Lam, Miss Michelle T F Law and Miss Karman K M Pang; the other team consists of Mr So Hon Lun and Mr So Tin Ching.

 

Grand Prize (Category I) from the President
Mr Nicholas Lee, Ir Stanley H F Siu, Miss Suye S Y Wong and Mr Jeremy T Y Wong receiving the the HKIE Innovation Awards for young Members – Grand Prize (Category I) from the President

 

Grand Prize (Category II) from the President
Ir Dr Raymond Law, Ir Dr Eric Sze, and Ir Anthony Wong receiving the the HKIE Innovation Awards for young Members – Grand Prize (Category II) from the President

 

The President presenting the Certificate of Merit in Category I to Ir Henry C B Au
The President presenting the Certificate of Merit in Category I to Ir Henry C B Au

 

The President presenting the Certificates of Merit in Category II
The President presenting the Certificates of Merit in Category II to Mr Martin S S Lam, Miss Michelle T F Law and Miss Karman K M Pang

 

The President presenting the Certificates of Merit in Category II
The President presenting the Certificates of Merit in Category II to Mr So Hon Lun and Mr So Tin Ching

 

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