The University of Hong Kong



Ka-Wai Kwok received the B.Eng. and M.Phil. degrees from Department of Automation and Computer-aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He obtained the Ph.D. degree from the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Department of Computing, Imperial College London in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Prior to joining HKU in 2014, he was awarded the Croucher Foundation Fellowship, which supported his research jointly supervised by advisors in The University of Georgia, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research interests focus on surgical robotics, intra-operative image processing, and their uses of intelligent systems, in particular for endoscopy, stereotactic and intra-cardiac catheter interventions. To date, he has co-authored with over 50 clinical fellows and 90 engineering scientists. Many of his invention IPs (>5) have been licensed/transferred to his medical industrial partners in support for their commercialization.

Dr. Kwok's multidisciplinary work has been recognized by various international conference/journal paper awards (>10), e.g. the Best Conference Paper Award in 2018 ICRA (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). He also became the recipient of IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award in 2020 IROS (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems), for his contributions to MRI-guided robotic systems. He also obtained various awards in his early career in robotics, e.g. the Early Career Awards 2015/16 offered by Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, Actuators 2020 Young Investigator Award, HKU 2019-2021 Outstanding Young Researcher Award and HKU Young Innovator Award 2020. He also serves as Associate Editor for IROS 2017-21, ICRA 2019-21, Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME), as well as IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM). He is the principal investigator of Group for Interventional Robotic and Imaging Systems (IRIS) at HKU.