HO Siu-lau

Associate Vice President (Academic Support), Academic Secretary and Chair Professor of Electricity Utilisation
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
HO Siu-lau

Professor Ho Siu-lau is the Associate Vice President (Academic Support), Academic Secretary and Chair Professor of Electricity Utilisation of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Since joining the then Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1979, he has been working closely with local industry. He is now a key consultant to the local railway corporation. He played a key role in solving problems related to electromagnetic interference prior to the opening of the West Rail in 2002. He also helped the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) to solve problems associated with excessive vibrations in 2006, developing "Ho's Imprinting Theory" to explain the cause of long wavelength undulations in the rail track. The Condition Monitoring System he developed during the investigation has now attracted great attention from many railway operators and visitors to the University. The system is now being installed on all the rail lines in Hong Kong. Apart from offering his expertise to the local industry, Professor Ho also helped the HKSAR Government review the operational efficiency of Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in 2005.

Professor Ho was one of the three members of a team that won the second runner-up prize of the International Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2014. Externally, Professor Ho sits on many committees in the professional and government communities. He has been the Chairman of a number of task forces under the Innovation and Technology Committee overseeing "Electrical Products" and "Certification Systems" in Hong Kong. His research interests focus on the design of novel electrical machines and design optimisation of electromagnetic devices. Apart from having presented more than 300 papers in international conferences, he has also published more than 300 journal papers, mostly in IEEE Transactions.