The Department's researh activities can be grouped into seven major areas:
The faculty members in the EEE Department include 4 IEEE Fellows, 4 IET Fellows and 3 HKIE Fellows. Our staff have received numerous awards in the past four years, including an HKSAR Bronze Bauhinia Star Award, a Korean Institute of Communication Science Appreciation Award, two Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship, a KC Wong Education Foundation Lectureship, three HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Awards, two HKU Outstanding Researcher Awards, two University Teaching Fellowship and an Endowed Professorship.
Several research centres in the Department are supported by competitive funding, including the Area of Excellence in Information Technology, the Centre for Electrical Energy Systems, the International Research Center for Electric Vehicles, and the Jockey Club MRI Engineering Centre. Over the period 1 January 2002 - 31 December 2005, staff in the Department have received a total of 63 external grants, including 48 RGC earmarked grants, 7 ITF grants, 2 grants form National Natural Science Foundation of China, and a grant from Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust. These grants brought in a total of HK$65.7M in research funding. The Department encourages applied research and technology transfer. Besides 7 ITF projects, staff in the Department have performed contract research for and collaborated with industrial companies. Our staff have been granted a total of 27 patents over the last four years.
As far as international collaboration is concerned, the Computer Systems and Networking and Telecommunications Groups have on-going collaborations with NTT DoCoMo in Japan, Queen Mary University of London, Purdue University, the National 3G/4G Project Expert Group of China, the State Key Laboratory of Networking (at Tsinghua, PRC), National Taiwan University, Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore, and the National University of Singapore. The group has set up an HKU-Harbin Institute of Technology Joint Research Laboratory on Networking in Shenzhen. The Electrical Energy Systems Group has set up a joint Research Centre in Shenzhen with Tsinghua University and it also maintains strong research collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute in the US. The Microelectronics Group works closely with Columbia University and Harvard University on MRI, with Tsinghua University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology on fabrication of microelectronic devices, and with the University of Strathclyde, the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Wuhan University on fabrication of optoelectronic devices. The Biomedical Engineering Group has on-going collaborations with Johns Hopkins University, University College London and Tsinghua University on biomedical signal processing. The Information Systems Group has collaboration with the University of British Columbia on automation and with Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing on image rendering.