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 in computing 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. He has been involved in various designs of surgical robotic devices and interfaces for endoscopy, stereotactic and intra-cardiac catheter interventions. To date, he has co-authored with over 40 clinical fellows and over 80 engineering scientists. Many of his invention patents (>5) have been licensed or transferred from university 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 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). He also became the recipient of the Early Career Awards 2015/16 offered by Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, as well as the IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award in 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), for his contributions to the advancement of MRI-guided robotic systems. He serves as Associate Editor for IROS 2017-20, ICRA 2019-21, Frontier in Robotics and AI, and Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME), Proc. IMechE Part I: Journal of Systems & Control Engineering (JSCE) and IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM). He is the principal investigator of Group for Interventional Robotic and Imaging Systems (IRIS) at HKU.
Intra-operative medical imaging processing
Human-robot control interface