International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
EVENT |MAY 17 | 2022
The Ultrafast Oscillating Blade Microtome Technology Was Awarded a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
CPII is pleased to announce that our Principal Investigator Professor Chen Shih-Chi has been awarded the Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in recognition of his contribution to the city’s innovation ecosystem.
The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva is the world’s most prestigious award devoted exclusively to inventions. This year, the event was held virtually on 16 - 20th March and attracted nearly 800 inventions from 25 countries and regions. Total 78 awards were scooped by HKSTP’s partner companies, while Prof Chen’s team contributed to one of the triumphs.
Inaugural Lecture of Patrick Huen Wing Ming Professorship of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management by Professor Helen Meng
EVENT |DEC 7 | 2021
“Advancing Technological Equity in Speech and Language Technologies”
Professor Helen Meng gave an inaugural lecture as the Patrick Huen Wing Ming Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management on Dec 7, 2021 (4pm). Details can be found at:
SciTech Challenge 2021
EVENT | OCT 29 | 2021
CPII's Spoken Language Research on Dysarthric Speech Reconstruction awarded Championship in the SciTech Challenge 2021!
CPII's team in spoken language research participated in the SciTech Challenge 2021 and won the championship with the entry entitled "Dysarthric Speech Reconstruction". The goal of our work is to leverage AI-enabled speech technologies to help people with difficulty in pronouncing words due to a neuromotor disorder -- a condition known as dysarthria. Dysarthria has a number of causes, including stroke, Parkinsons, brain injuries, etc. The individual needs to devote much effort to speaking and yet dysarthric speech often has reduced intelligibility for listeners. In order to overcome reduced communicative ability due to the speech impairment, our team proposed a state-of-the-art neural approach to automatically reconstruct dysarthric speech to become normal speech. This work is not only novel from the technological perspective, but it can potentially offer great enhancements towards social inclusion for dysarthric individuals. The project aligns well with the commitment of our centre to advance AI-enabled perceptual and interactive technologies for societal benefits.
AI for Cognitive Health
EVENT | SEP 16 | 2021
HKSTP Thought-leadership Series : AI for Cognitive Health
Population ageing is a global concern. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people aged over 60 will nearly double to make up 22% of the world’s population by 2050, while the number of Hong Kong people aged over 65 will rise to make up 35% of the local population. Neurocognitive disorders (NCD), which include various types of dementia, are particularly prominent in elderly people. As spoken language can be easily captured (even remotely) and enables sensitive cognitive assessments, it can be used for early NCD diagnoses.
In this event, the Dr. James Glass from MIT and Prof Helen Meng from CPII presented the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven research that automatically extracts spoken language biomarkers for early detection of NCD. This research aligns well with WHO’s plan of making dementia a public health and social care priority at national and international levels.