EdUHK EdTech Innovations Receive Six Awards at IIIC Taiwan

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The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) participated for the first time in the International Innovation and Invention Competition (IIIC) Taiwan held in November 2020. Six innovations covering education technology, wellness, and environmental science received four gold and two silver medals, including three out of a possible four gold medals in the EdTech innovation category.

Congratulating the winners, Professor Lui Tai-lok, Vice President (Research and Development), said, “The integration of technology in education enriches the educational experience. The IIIC accolades demonstrate the influential role of EdUHK in EdTech, as well as the favorable reception the innovations received from the Chinese user market. We will continue to innovate and advance education in Hong Kong and in the Asia-Pacific region.”

OASIS, an online assessment system for individual scores, has won a gold medal. The principal investigator for this project is Professor Woo Chi-keung, Department of Asian and Policy Studies, and co-investigators are Dr Henry So Chi-fuk, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology; external partners Dr Alice Shiu and Dr Liu Yun.

The Mandarin Spoken Word-Picture Identification Test in Noise – Adaptive (MAPID-A) is another innovation that has bagged gold. Dr Kevin Yuen Chi-pun, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Counselling is the principal investigator.

VocabGO, an augmented reality English vocabulary learning app also won a gold medal. Dr Song Yanjie, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology was the principal investigator, and the co-investigators were Dr Lai Yiu-chi, Associate Professor; Dr Alpha Ling Man-ho, Associate Professor; Mr Wu Kaiyi, Research Assistant, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology; external partners Dr Walter Ng Wing-shui and Dr Hiroaki Ogata.

The fourth gold medal was bagged by the university for the innovation- portable interactive & meditative mirror. Dr Hung Keung, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts was the principal investigator on this research.

An emotion recognition system based on the deep neural network bagged a silver medal. The principal investigator for this was Dr Zou Di, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language Education while the co-investigators were Professor Chou Kee-lee, Chair Professor of Social Policy, Department of Asian and Policy Studies; and external partner Dr Xie Haoran.

The innovative eco-concrete block made by utilizing waste sludge won the other silver medal. Dr Tsang Yiu-fai, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies was the principal investigator while EdUHK alumnus Cheng Wai-nam was the co-investigator.