Ka-Wai Kwok (Senior Member, IEEE) received his 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 with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong. Prior to joining HKU , he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Imperial College London in 2012 for surgical robotics research. In 2013, he was awarded the Croucher Foundation Fellowship, which supported his research jointly supervised by advisors from the University of Georgia and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in the US.

His research focuses on surgical robotics, intra-operative image processing, and their uses of intelligent and control systems. To date, Dr. Kwok has co-authored 136 peer-reviewed publications with >50 clinical fellows and >90 engineering scientists. Six of his IP-protected inventions have been licensed/transferred from university to industrial partners in support for their commercialization. His multidisciplinary work has been recognized by >10 international publication awards, mostly under IEEE, particularly in the largest flagship conferences of robotics: e.g. ICRA Best Conference Paper Award in 2018, and IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award in 2020. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Systems and Control Engineering (JSCE), IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM), and Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME).

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