Professor LIAO Wei Hsin

Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering


Prof. Wei-Hsin LIAO is the Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He currently serves as the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Engineering. His research interests include smart materials and structures, energy harvesting, vibration control, and medical devices. Dr. Liao is a co-inventor of 13 awarded patents in US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. He received several best paper awards. At CUHK, he was a recipient of Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2011 and awarded Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering in 2014. As the Chair of IEEE Hong Kong Joint Chapter of Robotics, Automation and Control Systems during 2011-13, Dr. Liao received 2012 Chapter of the Year Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Dr. Liao is a Fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IOP. 


Inspiring Students to be Creative through Technological Innovation

Engineering and science subjects should be fun to learn. To arouse students’ learning interests, it is effective to show them practical examples and related daily life applications whenever possible. Furthermore, students are also encouraged to explore new technological changes based on the knowledge they learn in class. Outside classroom, opportunities are given to students for them to do hands-on experiments and projects. In this talk, cases will be presented to show how to inspire students to be creative through technological innovation. Some awarded patents will be highlighted to illustrate the processes from knowledge and ideas to the advancement of technologies through engineering design and analysis. Considerations of innovative designs will also be shared. Examples include energy-efficient devices with multiple functions.