Applied Research Projects

The SIE Fund is supporting the Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct 25 applied research projects. Results of the projects will help beneficiaries, including persons with mild neurocognitive disorder, stroke patients, elderly, ethnic minority students and women, persons with hearing, visual or speech impairment, as well as autistic children, overcome hurdles in daily living. A summary of these 25 projects is presented below.


Real-time Chinese Sentence Learning Platform for Ethnic Minority Students

This project aims to establish an open learning platform and provide a real-time demonstration of how a Chinese sentence is made up of characters, words and constituent phrases to help ethnic minorities learn Chinese more effectively.

Self-management Program for People with Mild Neurocognitive Disorder

Patients with mild neurocognitive disorder are the ultimate beneficiaries. Staff from participating organisations will be trained to deliver interventions covering healthy diet, physical exercises, psychosocial coping and social engagement, etc.

Robot Drama Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Through robot drama therapy, this project provides early interventions to help autistic children get equipped with social skills. Three stories that train different aspects of social competence will be conveyed in interactive dramas.

Sign Language Fundamental Medical Knowledge Databank

An online databank of explanations of descriptions of medical concepts in sign language will be set up. While the hearing impaired gain access to health-related information, they can more easily describe their illness when consulting the doctor.

3D-printed Soft Robotic Hand for Stroke Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation training with a personalised, affordable, multi-functional 3D-printed soft robotic hand will be developed to facilitate hand function recovery for stroke rehabilitation patients so that they can reintegrate into society.

Oral Exercise Training Software for Elderly

This project aims to develop a user-friendly software, namely ‘Oral Easy’, on oral exercises for elderly suffering from weakness in oral motor muscles to improve speech and swallowing functions.

Realizing Children's Potential in Language Development

Using interactive and evidence-based applications to analyse children’s language development and provides early interventions, the language competency of children at risk, especially those from underprivileged families, will be enhanced.

Speech Therapy Services For Children with Motor Speech Disorders

A new assessment protocol and an evidence-based treatment programme will be implemented for Cantonese-speaking children with speech sound disorders related to speech motor ability. Training for speech therapists to use these tools will also be provided.

Sustainable Community Innovation and Women's Empowerment from the Ground Up

Educational projects are initiated from the ground up and at the neighbourhood level. Women of diverse ethnic backgrounds will co-produce cross-cultural knowledge and experience that will result in long-term community innovation and empowerment.

Train the Trainers: Minority Girls and Gender Justice

The project seeks to empower young Muslim women and combat stereotypes against minority women. Training will be given to the women so that they can reach out to the local communities to talk about gender equality.

TCM Paediatric Massage Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This project applies traditional Chinese medicine paediatric massage to enhance the physical and psychological well-being of autistic children. Assistance will also be offered to caregivers to enable them to conduct daily therapy at home.

Hearing Screening App for Early Identification of Hearing Loss in Ageing Community

Aiming to promote healthy ageing and lifestyle, the project provides a low-cost and high-efficiency pure-tone hearing screening test to help elderly citizens who have hearing loss to regain the abilities and motivation for communication.

Promotion of Strength-based Approach in Understanding and Helping Children with ADHD

The strength-based and resilience-focused family intervention model for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) will be promoted through developing psychoeducational animations and disseminating information on the subject.

Virtual Reality Simulation to Identify Glaucoma for Rehabilitation and Patient Education

The project aims to assess and identify disability in patients with glaucoma for rehabilitation and patient education in a cost-effective and adaptable way with the use of interactive VR environments simulating day-to-day activities in real-world.

Telling Stories: Digital Humanities Documentation of Linguistic Diversity in Hong Kong

The goal of the project is to document the linguistic diversity of Hong Kong and to create a digital archive which presents the inclusive linguistic profile of ethnic minorities and the deaf community and is easily accessible for use as a teaching and research tool.

AI-based Colour Blindness Correction App

The project will devise an AI-based colour blindness correction solution applicable to various platforms such as smart glasses and digital displays. Its real-time, high-quality colour improvement effect will help people with colour vision deficiency to distinguish colours in daily life.

“Our Everyday. Our Borders.” A Study of Universal Accessibility in Our City

A team comprising doctors, architects and urban planners will design an elderly-friendly walkable city. Elderly are encouraged to go out, explore the “treasures” in the city and voice out their views on universal accessibility of the built environment.

A Concept Musical Drama on End-of-life Care and Death Attitudes in Hong Kong

By means of a musical drama, the project aims to arouse public awareness on the barriers to quality end-of-life care, refute misconceptions and misunderstandings about death, and disseminate research findings on end-of-life care.

Enhancing Mental Health of the Deaf Community in Hong Kong

This project aims to enhance the mental health of hearing-impaired persons in Hong Kong by enhancing mental health literacy of deaf signers and help mental health personnel to learn basic HK Sign Language. It will translate the mental health literacy questionnaire into HK Sign Language and build an online databank containing sign-bilingual mental health information.

Decoding the Concealed Emotions of Children with Special Educational Needs

This project introduces the use of wearable wristbands during teacher-student interaction, aiming to understand the mental states of children with special education needs (SEN) and whereby to improve student-teacher interaction.

Hip Protectors to Prevent Hip Fracture of Older Adults in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

This project aims to work with stakeholders and introduce effective and affordable hip protectors in hospitals and nursing homes to facilitate hip fracture prevention for the elderly.

Reaching Out to the Unreached Community: Delivering Mental Health Outside the Box through Whole-of-Community Campaigns

This project aims to reach out to the community to improve public knowledge about mental health and empower the community to take actions for better mental health.

"Strong Shoulders For Elderly" Campaign

This project aims to establish the first mobile shoulder clinic dedicated to reaching people in the community to provide free medical consultation on shoulder disorders and raise public awareness on prevention and management of the issue in older adults.

Sustainable Communities Lab for People's Multifaceted Well-being

By conducting a series of community workshops/labs, this project enhances community leaders' literacy and practical skills in making ecological and people-oriented urban spaces, with the ultimate goal of building sustainable communities and cities and enhancing community psychological well-being.

Personalised Child Story Channel

This project aims to develop high-quality audio stories with rich and customizable content to encourage and promote creative reading and enhance interaction between parents and children, helping students from underprivileged families in particular.

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