ASTRI Wins 10 Awards at Asia Exhibition of Innovations & Inventions

HONG KONG, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) won 10 awards at the Asia Exhibition of Innovations & Inventions, including “Gold Medals with Congratulations of Jury”, “1st Prize of Geneva Inventions Awards” along with two Gold and two Silver medals. 

According to Ir Sunny Lee, Chairman of ASTRI, competing with over 110 ground-breaking inventions from Hong Kong and neighbouring countries and cities is no easy feat, making their outstanding achievements more remarkable.  “We are honoured to have jury’s affirmation on our Research and Development (R&D) capabilities as well as the market potential of our inventions.  Moving forward, ASTRI will continue to work closely with our stakeholders and partners to promote innovation and technology (I&T) commercialisation, playing a pivotal role in helping Hong Kong develop into an international I&T,” Ir Lee said.

Dr Denis Yip, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI expressed his delight in the global recognition of ASTRI’s inventions and extended his congratulations to the R&D team. “With their unfailing efforts, ASTRI is able to excel in high-quality research and technological innovation. As the largest R&D centre in Hong Kong, ASTRI is dedicated to enhancing the city’s I&T ecosystem. Our goal is to foster collaboration among government, industry, academia and research institutes in this field.” Dr Yip also emphasised ASTRI’s commitment to supporting research talents in turning innovative ideas into smart technologies that benefit society through knowledge and technology transfer.

The award-winning inventions span across six categories, including Smart City, Smart Home, Smart Finance, Health Technologies and Medicine, Smart Transportation and Smart Industry. Dr Chun-kit Cheung and Mr Samuel Tak-lok Shum were awarded the “The Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury” and “1st Prize of Geneva Inventions Award” for their innovative Smart Contactless Robot Charging (SCRC) technology. The invention could be implemented in smart production to optimise productivity and reduce labour costs. Below is a complete list of ASTRI’s award-winning inventions:

Award

Inventor(s)

Invention and Description

The Gold

Medal with the

Congratulations

of Jury

 

1st Prize of

Geneva

Inventions

Award

 

Dr Chun-Kit

Cheung

 

Mr Samuel Tak-

lok Shum

Smart Contactless Robot Charging (SCRC): A High-Efficiency &

Compact Wireless Charging Platform for Industrial Robotics

 

SCRC is a state-of-the-art wireless charging platform for industrial

robotics with over 90% power-grid-to-rectifier energy efficiency,

featuring up to 10cm charging distance and misalignment tolerance

capabilities. It is a green and smart solution for fully automatic 24×7

operation, lowering labour cost and improving productivity.

 

Gold Medal

Mr Yunhe Lai

Ms Ying Suet Lau

Metalens-enabled Infrared Imaging System and the Design

Automation Tool

 

The metalens and the design automation tool enable unified design

process for the infrared optical system, providing a one-step and mass-

prodcution-ready fabrication process for customers. The system can

also reduce waste of infrared optical materials during fabrication, and

save more space for the optical structure of mobile devices.

 

Gold Medal

Mr Eddy Chiu

Ms Yuxian Zhang                            

5G Multi-Hop Backhaul for Smart Cities and Rural Communications

 

This innovative invention tackles the need for flexible and cost-effective

5G network deployment in smart cities and rural areas by addressing

the communication infrastructure design and enabling technologies. It

features a wireless multi-hop backhaul link that leveragtes high data

rates and self-organising wireless technologies. Additionally, network

coding technologies are implemented to mitigate error accumulation

over the multi-hop backhaul link.

 

Silver Medal

Mr Weiwen Yu

Mr Can Liu

Full-dome laser scanner

 

High-precision and high-speed scanning achieved through FPGA-

accelerated Threshold Sampled Waveform Digitisation (TSWFD)

technology. Its applications span from indoor building information

modeling, smart logistics to outdoor building 3D reconstruction, smart

lamppost and more.

 

Silver Medal

Mr Kenny Chan

Optical Security Label for Anti-counterfeit, Data Encryption &

Storage

 

The features of optical security label for anti-counterfeit include high

precision nano-scale diffractive structure, unique optical design, optical

digital encryption data, custom-made availability and more.  Adopting

roll-to-roll nanaimprint technology, the mass production cost can be

greatly reduced.

 

Silver Medal

Dr Victor Sui Pung Cheung

Mr Andy Kai Wing Yeung

Advanced Lighting System for Large-scale Green Architecture

Applications 

 

It is a very efficient large-scae lighting system powered by ASTRI’s

advanced direct current (DC) power conversion, protection, and cloud-

based monitoring and control technologies for green architecture

applications. It is a sustainable green solution that best fit with

photovoltaic power and battery storage integrations to achieve zero

carbon dioxide emission, saving energy and electricity cost by more

than 20%.

 

Silver Medal

Mr Jianjun Zhang

Mr Liang Dong             

5G Time-Sensitive Communications for New Industrialisation

 

Introducing a ground-breaking invention that facilitates time-sensitive

communication on the 5G network with two innovative time

synchronisation methods. Unlike the conventional beest effort-based

5G network, this innovation can deliver ultra-low jitter and latency, and

high throughtput for time-critical applications such as healthcare,

manufacturing automation, and intelligent transportation.

 

Silver Medal

Ms Zhuoxuan Li

Ms Jingyi Xu  

Method and Apparatus for Virtual Avatar Generation



As people become increasingly interested in fashion, they are seeking

innovative ways to create unique avatars that accurately reflect their

desired image. Our invention provides a solution that allows users to

customise virtual avatars feature by blending facial and vocal

characteristics from different individual. With the ability to adjust the

weight of each feature, users can fine-tune their avatar to their exact

preferences.

 

Silver Medal

Mr Rihong Chen

Mr Hanqiang Huang          

Image Processing Method for Multi-Frequency Ultrasound Probe

Device

 

This method utilises an embedded GPU hardware platform that

supports dual and triple miniature ultrasonic probes. The approach

stands apart from others, thanks to its dynamic filter in the pre-

processing module and wavelet imaging fusion algorithm in the post-

processing module. Ultimately, this innovation not only enhances image

quality but also reduces the overall system cost, allowing small and

medium-sized hospitals and clinics acquire endoscopic ultrasound

diagnostic capability more easily.

 

The annual exhibition-cum-competition is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Exporters’ Association, Inventions Geneva and Palexpo, the organiser of the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva. Aiming to present Asia’s cutting-edge technologies, versatile inventions and solutions to the world, the event features an international jury consisting of some 30 industry specialists, choosing winners for more than 40 prizes, including Grand Award, Geneva Invention Award, Venture Capital Award, IFIA Award as well as Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Bronze Medal.

 

Dr Denis Yip, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI expressed his delight in the global recognition of ASTRI’s inventions and extended his congratulations to the R&D team

 

ASTRI was awarded the “The Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury” and “1st Prize of Geneva Inventions Award” for their innovative Smart Contactless Robot Charging (SCRC) technology. The invention could be implemented in smart production to optimise productivity and reduce labour costs.

 

ASTRI was awarded the “The Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury” and “1st Prize of Geneva Inventions Award” for their innovative Smart Contactless Robot Charging (SCRC) technology. The invention could be implemented in smart production to optimise productivity and reduce labour costs.

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Media Enquiry

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About ASTRI

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is grouped under four Technology Divisions: Trust and AI Technologies; Communications Technologies; IoT Sensing and AI Technologies and Integrated Circuits and Systems. It is applied across six core areas which are Smart City, Financial Technologies, New-Industrialisation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, Application Specific Integrated Circuits and Metaverse.

Over the years, ASTRI has nurtured a pool of research, I&T talents and received numerous international awards for its pioneering innovations as well as outstanding business and community contributions. As of 2022/23, ASTRI has transferred more than 1,400 technologies to the industry and has been granted over 1,050 patents in the Mainland, the US, and other countries. For further information, please visit www.astri.org

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