Ka-Wai Kwok

Dr Ka-Wai Kwok 郭嘉威

Ka-Wai Kwok received the B.Eng and M.Phil degrees from Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2011, he completed the PhD training in The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London, where he continued research on surgical robotics as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Kwok is the recipient of the Croucher Foundation Fellowship 2013, which supported his postdoctoral research jointly hosted by The University of Georgia, and Brigham and Women's Hospital - Harvard Medical School. His research interests focus on:

  • Human-robot control interface
  • Image-guided and robot-assisted surgery
  • Intra-operative medical imaging processing
  • High-performance parallel computing
His multidisciplinary research, thus far, yields >44 articles (e.g. TRO, ABME, MedIA, Neuroimage, JCMR) co-authored with >21 clinicians and >45 engineering scientists. His work yields serveral awards from Hamlyn Symposium, and IEEE conferences: FCCM'11, IROS'13. Apart from academic research, Dr. Kwok is also keen on teaching and sharing study experiences with students. He obtained two Excellent Tutor Awards sequentially whilst pursuing his postgraduate study.

Current work

In 2013, Dr. Kwok has also been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on image-guided robotic surgeries and their associated master-slave control interfaces. He developed a human-robot cooperative control framework, Dynamic Active Constraints, particularly used for master-slave-controlled robotic tasks that are operated in dynamically unstructured environment. Dr. Kwok's major research objective is to bridge the technical gap between medical imaging and surgical robotic control. He currently engages in advancing catheter navigation system, as well as fast imaging registration techniques for cardiovascular electrophysiology therapy, which is a minimally invasive treatment to cardiac arrhythmia.