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PolyU Wins Top Prizes in Geneva’s Invention Expo
Date:5/9/2013

(PRWEB) May 09, 2013

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has won a total of 10 prizes for its multi-faceted innovations presented at the 41st International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Not only have these breakthroughs brought glory to Hong Kong, but also extended the frontiers of knowledge and enhanced the well-being of our society on different fronts.

This year, PolyU researchers have won one Grand Prize, two Special Prizes, six Gold Medals and one Bronze Medal in the international event. The winning projects are presented at a press conference hosted by Mr Nicholas W. Yang, Executive Vice President of the University. The winning entries and their respective inventors are listed and briefly described as follows:

(1) Grand Prize and Gold Medal:
Intelligent Ship-Bridge Anti-Collision Surveillance System
Principal Investigator: Professor Ni Yiqing, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

This novel system functions as a “black box” of the bridge to provide a full record of ship activities near the bridge area and impact to the bridge structure. By incorporating Automatic Identification System (AIS) and smart vision-based monitoring technology into the security of bridge, this system can actively monitor marine traffic, evaluate the route of ship movements and send out warning signals to the ships likely to collide with the bridge. Novel piezoelectric sensor arrays are embedded in the bridge as well to build up a new method for impact force monitoring and collision damage evaluation.

This pioneering project was jointly undertaken by PolyU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Intelligent Structural Health Monitoring R&D Centre of PolyU Shenzhen Research Institute, and Zhejiang Provincial Transport Bureau. The system can be put to good use in sea-crossing and river-crossing bridge structures.

(2) Gold Medal with Jury’s Commendation:
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