The JEC Outstanding Engineering Project Awards (OEPA) was introduced in 2005 to encourage future engineers to embrace changes for improvement and to be innovative in the engineering industry. Throughout the years, engineering students from various local universities submitted their brilliant engineering ideas to find solutions to problems.

Recent winners of the Awards include:

⚫ 2016: “Developing a High-Performance & Safe All Solid-state Lithium Battery” – a solid compound that can replace the liquid in lithium cells; and
⚫ 2015: "Fitkick" – a wearable bodily-functions monitoring device to be used during exercises to identify if the users are performing the acts correctly for sports training and rehabilitation purposes; and
⚫ 2014: "The Versatile Acoustics Filtration System with the Use of Ultrasound" – a compact air filtering system using ultrasound;

In 2017, the project “Biomimetic Soft Crawling Robot for GI Tract Inspection”, by Pan Tianle, Heung Ho Lam, Zhuang Zhuoli, Ma Zhiyao from The Chinese University of Hong Kong received the Gold Award. The team noticed many people refused to do regular endoscopic inspection of the gastrointestinal tract because of the discomforts the procedure will bring about. In addition, because of its high costs and the need to be operated by highly-trained medical professionals, there is a long waiting line for this service at public hospitals. Therefore the team has created an earthworm-like robot which is more effective in early screening of the colon, lower in price and easy to operate.

The outer surface of light-weight earthworm-like robot is made with materials that are as soft as the inner surface of the colon to avoid causing damage to the colon. The pneumatic system provides active locomotion so the robot can move inside the colon and may carry modules for imaging, drug delivery, biopsy, etc. Hence the robot can be used for screening as well as treatment. The robot has a larger bending angle of 170 degrees when compared to the common endoscope’s 90 degrees. While the passive capsule endoscope may takes about 9 hours for the inspection, this robot takes about 10 minutes to cover 1.5 meters of colon.

With this new system, inspections can be carried out by trained operators, which greatly reduced the demand for doctors. And by providing easy access to colorectal screening, the team hopes to reduce the risks of colorectal cancer thereby building a healthier society.

This year, two projects received the Silver Awards, and they are:

  • “A Compact Chinese Calligraphic System for Personal and Commercial Use” by Leung Yun Yee and Lau Ka Chun from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and
  • “Underwater Robot for Ocean Exploration” by IM Zhuo Quan and CHEUNG Ki Ki from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

For the project “A Compact Chinese Calligraphic System (CCCS) for Personal and Commercial Use”, the team designed and developed a robot to write Chinese calligraphy. For personal use, the robot can write calligraphies for decoration, personal letters, invitation cards, etc. For commercial use, the robot can write custom-made labels, greeting cards and packaging, etc. The CCCS consists of two components: one is the robotic part that links to the writing brush while the other is the user interface controlling the brush strokes. This project is an example of fusion between the Chinese calligraphy and technology, which is at the same time, affordable and user-friendly.

For the project “Underwater Robot for Ocean Exploration”, the team developed a small and portable underwater robot with modular design. The robot is capable of diving into the water carrying cameras for exploring the underwater world, and can be controlled by smart phone, which is a lot more compact than the huge controllers adopted by other underwater robots available in the market. Adopting a modular design, it allows users to repair or upgrade the robot easily. The price of this robot is much lower than those commonly available in the market, and hence enabling more people to explore the ocean safely and easily.

Through OEPA, JEC offers opportunities for university students of Hong Kong to showcase their creativity and their engineering talents. JEC strives to make positive impact in communities and territories where it operates.

OEPA Winners 2017

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OEPA 2017

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