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Kenneth N. K. Fong is Professor and Associate Head (Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Transfer), Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and Director of the Research Centre for Assistive Technology at PolyU. His background training is in occupational therapy. He is also the management committee member of the Research Institute in AIoT, chairman of University Ethics Committee, and elected member of Senate, PolyU. He had been programme leaders of the BSc(Hons)OT, MOT, and MOT(China) programmes. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy (HKJOT), and honorary advisors of several NGOs and supporting organizations for people with chronic diseases and disabilities in Hong Kong. He is member of the Supplementary Medical Professions Council, Hong Kong SAR, member of the Occupational Therapists Board, Hong Kong SAR, and chairman of the Education Committee and Examination Committee of the Occupational Therapists Board.   

He received the Department Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, the Department Outstanding Team Teaching Award in 2018, and the Faculty Team Teaching Award of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences in 2010 and 2019 respectively. He has completed supervision for 6 PhD students before; currently, he is supervising 3 PhD students and 5 DHSc students, and co-supervising 7 PhD students at present. His undergraduate and postgraduate students have received numerous awards in the design of assistive technology products in both local and international events including the Global Students Innovation Challenge, i-CREATe, in Asia.

His competitive public research grants as Principal Investigator include:

Research Impact Fund (RIF) (R5028, 2021-), Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong

General Research Fund (GRF) (15105919M, 2019-22) (15103915M, 2016-18), (560812M, 2013-16), Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong

Hospital and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) (01121966, 2014-16), Food & Health Bureau, Hong Kong

Innovation and Technology Fund – Mid-stream Research Programme for Universities (MRP/011/17X, 2018-21), Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong

Beat Drugs Fund (BDF190052, 2019-), Narcotics Division, Security Bureau, Hong Kong

He is co-investigator of the following competitive public research grants:

General Research Fund (GRF) (14104422M, 2022-), (15100120, 2021-), (15105915M, 2020-), (15200619E, 2019-), (15104415M, 2016-), and Early Career Scheme (ECS) (25100219M, 2019-), Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong; Innovation and Technology Fund For Better Living (ITF/FBL/4015/19P, 2020-), Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong; Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) (09101331, 2012-) & (06070571, 2008-), Health Bureau, Hong Kong SAR.

Research interests

  • Mechanism of human performance particularly in the integration of cognitive and motor performances
  • Neurorehabilitation for clients with stroke, brain injury and dementia
  • Environmental issues & assistive technology for people with disabilities

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Hong Kong Baptist University

Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic

Master of Science in Health Care (Occupational Therapy), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Certificate in Child Mental Health, University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), University of Hull

Bachelor of Science (Health Studies), University of Paisley

Postgraduate Diploma in Biomechanics, University of Strathclyde


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