Young Investigator Award

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Actuators 2020 Young Investigator Award is Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok.

Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok is an Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok’s research interests are in surgical robotics, human–robot control interfaces, intraoperative medical image processing, and high-performance computing for medical applications. He received his Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London in 2012. To date, he has co-authored papers with more than 26 clinical fellows and 50 engineering scientists, and he has been involved in the design of various types of surgical robotic devices and interfaces for endoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, and intra-cardiac catheter intervention. He has co-authored 2 book chapters and 43 journal papers, and he has also been recognized by various scientific communities through international conference/journal paper awards. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok on his outstanding achievements.

As the awardee, Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok will receive a prize of 2000 CHF, an offer to publish a paper free of charge before 31 December 2020 in Actuators after peer review, and an electronic certificate.

We would like to thank all the nominators from various fields of study for their participation and all the Award Committee Members for their evaluation of the abundant excellent nominations.

Prof. Dr. Delbert Tesar
Editor-in-Chief, Actuators

Actuators 2020 Young Investigator Award
Past Winners


Yi Zhang
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Award Committee

Prof. Kenji Uchino Chairman
The Penn State University
Prof. Guang-Hong Yang
Northeastern University
Dr. Wei Min Min
Nanyang Technological University
Prof. Giorgio Olmi
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna


Ka-Wai Kwok
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

Award Committee

Dr. Delbert Tesar Chairman
The University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Dr. Haim Abramovich
Technion, I.I.T.,
Prof. André PREUMONT
Prof. Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh
York University
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