Research Excellence

Innovation at CUHK 

CUHK is recognized as the most innovative university in Hong Kong and ranks 27th in the Asia-Pacific region by the latest ‘Reuters: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities’ listing. The University currently has more than 750 granted patents in different jurisdictions worldwide. Many of these patents have been licensed to relevant industries that help bring these innovations to the market to benefit society. In academic year 2016-17, CUHK has received 88 granted patents and filed 183 patent applications for inventions developed in the areas of medical technology, biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications, and materials science.

Faculty Strategic Research Overview

The Faculty is committed to fostering the advancement of innovative technologies which benefit the society. With strong support from the university, the Faculty has built up a strong inter-disciplinary research team since its inception in 1991. After two decades of development, we have developed core competencies in computer science, information technologies, microelectronics, mechanical automation, photonics, system engineering and engineering management. Building upon our core excellence, the Faculty has already identified and started the development of several new focused areas. The following table summarizes the faculty new research initiatives and the core strength of individual departments:

Faculty New Focused Areas (cross-departmental research)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy Engineering and Materials Science
  • Design and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Financial and Service Engineering
  • Big Data Analytics (under Information Sciences which is one of the Five Focused Areas of Research of CUHK)
Departmental Research Strength

Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomedical Devices and Biosensors
  • Biomolecular Engineering and Nanomedicine
  • Medical Imaging and Informatics

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Graphics and Imaging
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Engineering
  • Distributed Systems, Networking and Security
  • Bioinformatics

Electronic Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Multimedia and Signal Processing
  • Circuits and Systems
  • Solid State Electronics and Photonics

Information Engineering

  • Communications Theory
  • Networking Theory, Systems and Applications
  • Multimedia and Information Processing
  • Wireless Networking
  • Optical Networking
  • Cyber Security

Mechanical and Automation Engineering

  • Biomedical Devices and Systems
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Robotics and Control
  • MEMS/Nano/Material Technologies
  • Emerging Energy Technology

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

  • Operations Research and Management Science
  • Intelligent Information Processing
  • Financial Engineering
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management