Faculty of Engineering
http://engg.hku.hk

History
The Faculty of Engineering was one of the three founding faculties set up when the University was first established in 1912.  The Faculty presently contains five core departments: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. 

Research Centres
In addition to the five teaching departments, 12 research centres were established pooling together like-minded talents within the Faculty to further research in specific areas that have high impact to the community.  Research students admitted to the University are encouraged to take part in various research activities organised by the centres.  These centres include:

High Completion Rate
The Faculty has devoted a vast amount of resources to teaching and research.  Last year, the Faculty attracted over 1,600 applications for admission.  At present, around 470 research students are in different stages of studies in the Faculty, making us one of the largest faculties in the University.  Among those 120 research students recruited each year, 93% of them successfully secure studentships from the UGC funding during their 2 to 4 years of studies.  The remaining 7% of our research students are reading their degrees on a part-time basis. The ratio of research graduates in relation to students recruited has been as high as 82% in recent years.

Strengths in Coursework
To help our research students in building a strong foundation in their research fields, the five departments provide a list of core and elective courses primarily for research students, and require them to complete the fundamentals before proceeding to the thesis writing stage.  With that mixed mode principle, the Faculty has been very successful in achieving a high completion ratio in its research programme.

Awards and Financial Assistance
There are numerous opportunities for scholarships and fellowships applicable to our research students both within the University and from overseas research institutes and foundations.  The University Postgraduate Fellowship (UPF) (please see “Awards and Financial Assistance” for details) is one of the new initiatives of the University to attract the talented few.  The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) is also highly sought by engineering applicants.  The success rate of engineering students obtaining the UPF and HKPF is very high.  Starting from the year 2009-2010, the Faculty established the Engineering Postgraduate Fellowships (EPF) to award very distinguished engineering students.  Supported by generous donation, academically strong engineering students also received scholarships from the Y S and Christabel Lung Postgraduate Scholarships for Engineering Students.

Department of Civil Engineering
http://www.hku.hk/civil/h2f.htm

The Department of Civil Engineering has a history of over 95 years. It offers professional training courses for the purpose of obtaining corporate membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and research degrees in both basic and applied research areas.

Major Research Areas
Construction engineering and management:
Construction industry development; construction procurement; claims and dispute management; construction productivity and quality; supply chain and logistics management; advanced construction technologies; technology transfers; ICT tools for construction project management; durability designs; sustainable construction; whole life cycle asset management of infrastructure.

Geotechnical engineering:
Soil and rock mechanics; in-situ and laboratory testing; soft soil engineering; pile foundations; slope engineering; landslip prevention; landslide investigation; GIS applications to natural terrain hazards; soil dynamics; pavements; tunnelling; undergrounds excavation; foundation; grouting in soil; numerical analysis in geo-mechanics.

Structural engineering:
Computational mechanics; finite element and finite strip analysis; earthquake engineering; tall buildings; bridge engineering; reinforced concrete structures; fibre-reinforced polymer composites; steel structures and fire resistance of metal structures; concrete technology; soil-structure interaction; computer-aided design/analysis; strengthening and repair of concrete, metallic and timber structures.

Traffic and transportation engineering:
Continuum modelling in transportation; dynamic traffic assignment; game theoretic approaches to transportation and logistics; public transportation; road safety; traffic and pedestrian flows; traffic management and control; traffic signals; transportation demand modelling; transportation, land use and the environment; transportation logistics; transportation network design; transportation network reliability; transportation systems engineering.

Water and environmental engineering:
Hydrology; fluid mechanics; environmental hydraulics; wind engineering; water quality modelling; particle coagulation and sedimentation dynamics; advanced water and wastewater treatment; environmental biotechnology; solid and hazardous waste management; material and resource recovery; environmental impact assessment.

Departmental Requirements
At least one seminar presentation before confirmation of candidature; publication of papers is strongly encouraged.

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Professor X.Y. Li
Tel: 2859 2659
Fax: 2559 5337
Email: xlia@hkucc.hku.hk

Department of Computer Science
http://www.cs.hku.hk

The Department of Computer Science was established in the Faculty of Engineering in 1988. The Department is active in both basic research in computer science and the development of computer technology.

Major Research Areas
Computer systems:
Distributed and parallel computing; networks; cluster and grid computing; pervasive computing; operating systems; computer architecture; WWW and internet.

Contact Person
Professor F.C.M. Lau
Tel: 2859 2170
Fax: 2559 8447
Email: fcmlau@cs.hku.hk

Data engineering:
Data mining; data warehousing; spatial database; real-time database; Internet resource discovery; semi-structured data and XML technology.

Contact Person
Professor D.W.L. Cheung
Tel: 2859 7072
Fax: 2559 8447
Email: dcheung@cs.hku.hk

Human-computer interface:
Computer graphics; computer vision; multimedia; speech recognition; pattern recognition; image processing; scientific computing; geometric computing.

Contact Person
Professor W. Wang
Tel: 2859 7074
Fax: 2559 8447
Email: wenping@cs.hku.hk

Information systems:
Information security; cryptographic systems; legal aspects of computing; e-commerce.

Contact Person
Dr L.C.K. Hui
Tel: 2859 2190
Fax: 2559 8447
Email: hui@cs.hku.hk

Software engineering:
Programme testing, debugging, and analysis.

Contact Person
Professor T.H. Tse
Tel: 2859 2183
Fax: 2858 4141
Email: thtse@cs.hku.hk

Theory of computation:
Design and analysis of algorithms; computational geometry; computational biology.

Contact Person
Professor T.W. Lam
Tel: 2859 2172
Fax: 2559 8447
Email: twlam@cs.hku.hk

Departmental Requirements
A PhD candidate is required to submit a progress report and to give at least one oral presentation during each year of study after the probationary period. At least one seminar presentation should be given before submission of thesis. Research publication is strongly encouraged.

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Professor W. Wang
Tel: 2859 7074
Fax: 2559 8447
Email: wenping@cs.hku.hk

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
http://www.eee.hku.hk

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was established within the Faculty of Engineering in 1961. The Department offers postgraduate research programmes leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in areas of leading-edge technologies including wireless communications, computer systems and networking, electromagnetics and optics, energy systems and electric vehicle, microelectronics and VLSI, optoelectronics, signal and image processing, biomedical engineering, multimedia systems, control systems, and robotics and automation.

Major Research Areas
Biomedical engineering:
Biomedical imaging: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods, diffusion tensor imaging, functional MRI, MR molecular and cellular imaging, novel imaging contrast agents, high-field MRI applications, high-speed optical microscopy, optical coherence tomography, multi-dimensional image reconstruction and analysis.

Biomedical signal processing: EEG/ECG signal analysis, brain computer interface, integrated EEG/fMRI, blind source separation.

Biomedical photonics: fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy, laser surgery, fibre-based micro-endoscopy, chip-scale biosensing;

Biomedical ultrasound: biophysics studies, imaging system development, signal and image processing;

Biomedical instrumentation: bioimpedance, blood glucose monitor, sensory evoked potential and applications.

Bioinformatics: machine learning techniques, microarray data analysis, systems biology, gene regulatory network, mass spectrometry data analysis; cancer nanotechnology, nanomedicine, nanotoxicity, effects of nanopatterned substratum morphology on cell physiology. High-speed optical microscopy and spectroscopy (Fluorescence, Raman), laser surgery, fibre-based micro-endoscopy.

Contact Person
Professor P.Y.S. Cheung
Tel: 2859 2700
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: cheung@eee.hku.hk


Computer systems and networking:
Internet technologies and applications; protocols for Quality of Service support; multicasting; network security; resources management for wireless networks; scheduling in broadband wireless networks; wireless network security; ad hoc networks; routing in all-optical networks; queueing theory with applications to performance modelling of networks and computer systems; distributed computing; peer-to-peer computing and networking; mobile computing; operating systems; compilations systems; parallel computing; grid computing.

Contact Person
Professor V.O.K. Li
Tel: 2857 8425
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: vli@eee.hku.hk

Electromagnetics and optics:
Solving the mutli-physics problems related to electromagnetics, optics and beyond. This can be computational electromagnetics, scattering, inverse scattering, microwave, high-speed circuits, electromagnetics/quantum mechanics computations, antennas, wireless communications, electromagnetic compatibility and interference, optics, biological cells, materials, remote sensing, magnetic field distribution and sensing for power transmission network.

Contact Person
Professor W.C. Chew
Tel: 2859 2800
Fax: 2546 9142
Email: wcchew@hku.hk


Energy systems and electric vehicles:
Power system investment planning and analysis; integrated operation of renewable and distributed generation; information and communication technologies in power system operation; smart grid and micro girds; advanced electric vehicle technology; advanced high frequency switch mode power supply technology; harmonic pollution monitoring; power quality; building services.

Contact Person
Professor F.F. Wu
Tel: 2859 2709
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: ffwu@eee.hku.hk

Information systems:
Computer vision for control and automation; 3D reconstruction from a sequence of 2D images; pattern recognition; defect detection; imaging systems design and image processing; optical communications; network performance study; intelligent transportation systems; convex programming; dynamical systems analysis and synthesis; robust control; nonlinear control; robot control and path-planning; visual servoing.

Contact Person
Dr G. Pang
Tel: 2857 8492
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: gpang@eee.hku.hk


Microelectronics, optoelectronics and VLSI:
Use of semiconductors for making electronic devices and circuits, which can be applied in high-speed computer and communication systems, high-resolution display systems and high-sensitivity detection systems. Moreover, fast and robust algorithms are being developed to speed up the design of these circuits and systems. The scope includes high-quality gate dielectrics for MOS transistors based on various semiconductors, micro-sensors, optical micro-arrays, LEDs, organic semiconductor devices, nano-structures, ultra-wideband fibre-based source and widely-tunable parametric laser source for bio-photonic applications, next-generation spintronic device – magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) and ultrasensitive magnetic field sensors, EDA and CAD algorithms for the design of filters and signal converters, and efficient circuit simulators based on model order reduction and large-scale matrix equation solvers.

Contact Person
Professor P.T. Lai
Tel: 2859 2691
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: laip@eee.hku.hk

Telecommunications:
MIMO communications systems; ultra-wide band technologies; spread spectrum techniques; multi-carrier technologies; wideband spread spectrum transceiver design; multi-media source coding and protocol design; advanced modulation techniques; mobile channel modelling and frequency planning; multi-access techniques and tele-traffic optimisation; mobile/wireless networks; high-speed networks; resources allocation and bandwidth management; statistical and array signal processing; high-speed signal converters architecture and design; video, graphics, and audio processing, coding and transmission; multirate signal processing and filter banks; 3D multimedia and imaged-based technology; robust adaptive filtering and estimation; convex and nonlinear constrained optimisation algorithms and applications; transform algorithms and applications; design of patch and planar antennas; antenna measurements; RF predistortion circuits; applications of the metamaterials, composite right/left-handed transmission line (CRLH-TL), to RF circuits.

Contact Person
Professor T.S. Ng
Tel: 2859 2710
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: tsng@eee.hku.hk

Departmental Requirement
Candidates are required to make an oral presentation of their research proposal as part of the procedure for the confirmation of candidature. Each candidate is also required to give at least one research seminar before submission of thesis.

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Professor P.T. Lai
Tel: 2859 2691
Fax: 2559 8738
Email: eeerpg@eee.hku.hk

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
http://www.hku.hk/imse

The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering offers research degrees in the areas highly relevant to industry needs: logistics engineering, supply chain management, operations planning and management, facilities design, process planning and optimisation, CIM, feature-based design, flexible manufacturing systems, automation systems, inventory control, quality management, simulation, design of experiments, statistical process control, and operations research.

Major Research Areas
Quantitative methods and engineering management:
Operational research; operation planning and control; statistical process control; design of experiments; reliability and maintenance; quality management systems; total quality management; quality performance measures.

Logistics and supply chain management:
Designs for supply chain management, supply chain inventory coordination and control; demand management and order fulfilment; procurement risk management; order distribution; simulation; container/air cargo terminal operations planning and control; automated warehouse design; global SCM scorecard; strategic alliance; supply quality management; web applications; RFID and applications.

Intelligent automation:
Genetic optimisation of manufacturing systems; fuzzy-logic control of manufacturing systems; virtual reality; intelligent warehousing.

Manufacturing systems design:
Computer integrated manufacturing; advanced manufacturing systems; flexible assembly and knowledge-based systems; system modelling and simulation.

Manufacturing technology:
CAD/CAM; rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing; product design and development; advanced manufacturing technology; mechatronics.

Human factors and ergonomics:
Macroergonomics; system interface usability; technology design for elderly users; health informatics and patient safety; human errors, safety, and health; anthropometry and workspace and product design; human factors research methodologies; healthcare systems.

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Professor K.L. Mak
Tel: 2859 2582
Fax: 2858 6535
Email: makkl@hku.hk

Department of Mechanical Engineering
http://www.hku.hk/mech

With the appointment in 1912 of the first professor in the University, Professor C.A. Middleton-Smith, who was a chartered mechanical engineer, Mechanical Engineering was taught amongst the earliest curricula of the University. The outbreak of war brought an unfortunate break, and Mechanical Engineering was reinstated in 1958 with the establishment of a formal Department in 1960. The Department has a vibrant research environment and offers postgraduate research programmes leading to MPhil and PhD degrees in the following cutting-edge research areas.

Major Research Areas
Design and manufacture:
Geometric modelling applications; feature-based systems; haptics-based modelling; intelligent design systems; geometric feature recognition; rapid prototyping; layered manufacturing of multiple material objects; product development technologies; heterogeneous components design; design for product life-cycle cost; simulation modelling; computer and robot assisted surgeries.

Contact Person
Professor S.T. Tan
Tel: 2859 7909
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: sttan@hku.hk

Sound, vibration and control:
Model reduction; robust control system design; generalised systems; delay systems; fault detection; reliable control; artificial intelligent control; compensation for actuator nonlinearities; neurofuzzy networks for modelling and control; robotics applications; structural vibration; vibroacoustics; flow induced vibration; active control; passive network synthesis; collective behaviour; systems biology.

Contact Person
Professor J. Lam
Tel: 2859 2805
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: james.lam@hku.hk

Materials and solids:
Nanocrystalline materials, mechanical properties and mechanisms of nanometre and sub-micron sized materials; transmission electron microscopy of defects; atomistic modelling of materials; science and technology of metals and alloys; structure and properties of plastics and fibre-reinforced composites; micro/nano mechanics of deformation and fracture; electromagnetic solid mechanics; multi-scale modelling; advanced finite element methods; fabric drape simulation; fracture/damage mechanics; nano-biomechanics; energy materials for photovoltaics.

Contact Person
Professor A.H.W. Ngan
Tel: 2859 7900
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: hwngan@hku.hk

Natural and built environment:
Indoor and outdoor air/noise pollution; air pollution physics and chemistry; geophysical turbulence; meso-scale climate, urban heat island; dispersion modelling; city ventilation; building ventilation; bio-aerosols; infection control, renewable energy, solar energy and fossil fuel; smart energy and energy efficiency; geothermal heat pump systems; liquid desiccant dehumidification; intelligent buildings and smart homes; intelligent control strategies and fault detection; building energy performance, sustainable building technologies, urban greenery, computational fluid dynamics; heat transfer; vehicle noise; noise source modelling; aeroacoustics and noise control; solar energy.

Contact Person
Professor Y.G. Li
Tel: 2859 2625
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: liyg@hku.hk

Thermofluids:
Dynamics of boundary layers and shear flows; viscoelastic and non-Newtonian fluids; mechanics of porous media; mass transport in fluids; nonlinear water waves; hydrodynamic stability; vortex dynamics; environmental fluid mechanics; multi-scale transport phenomena; micro-scale transport phenomena; interfacial transport phenomena; multiplicity and stability in transport phenomena; AMS experiment on the International Space Station (thermal control system); nano-/subnano-bubbles, droplets and fibres; nanofluids; bio-transport; superhydrophobic slip flow.

Contact Person
Professor K.W. Chow
Tel: 2859 2641
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: kwchow@hkusua.hku.hk

Biomedical engineering:
Processing, structure and properties of new biomaterials; surface modification of metallic biomaterials; bioceramics; biocomposites; in vitro and in vivo evaluation of biomaterials; tissue engineering scaffolds; bone tissue engineering; biomechanics of hard and soft tissues; cellular and molecular biomechanics; structure and properties of biological materials; photochemical crosslinking; cell microencapsulation; tissue engineering and regeneration; stem cell based technologies; biosurgery; drug delivery; respiratory biofluid mechanics.

Contact Person
Dr B. Chan
Tel: 2859 2632
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: bpchan@hku.hk

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Professor Y.G. Li
Tel: 2859 2625
Fax: 2858 5415
Email: liyg@hku.hk