Professor Raymond Kai-yu Tong obtained his B.Eng in Computer Engineering with the highest honor from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 1995 and received his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 1998. Next year, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University served as the program leader of B.Sc in Biomedical Engineering until 2014. Now, he is serving as Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Graduate Division Head at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Prof. Tong is among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists in their main disciplines for career-long citation impact in 2020. His research interests include rehabilitation robot, motion-based rehabilitation software and functional electrical stimulation system for persons after stroke. Over these years, he has made great strides in developing a wide range of rehabilitation devices. His innovative work on rehabilitation robot system "Hand of Hope" was the first Hong Kong invention to have received the grand prize in the 40-year history of the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2012). Recently, his project “Wearable Exoskeleton Robot for Walking” won a Gold medal with the congratulations of the jury at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2016), making Hong Kong internationally visible in this emerging area in healthcare technology.
Prof. Tong has been honoured with the “Global Ageing Influencers 2021” award at the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards Ceremony held by the Ageing Asia in Singapore, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in rehabilitation innovations, programmes and services that advance the standard of living for older adults on a global scale. Prof. Tong is the only winner of the “Global Ageing Influencers 2021” from Hong Kong. The other 9 awardees are from Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia and mainland China. At the same occasion, the “HOPE 4 Care” programme led by Prof. Tong’s research team and the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, took home the “Best Rehabilitation Programme” award.
He is presently the Chairman of Hong Kong Local Responible Person (LRP) and Asia Regulatory Professional Association (ARPA) - Hong Kong Academy and a senior Member of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE and Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE). He is also a full professor in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, and by courtesy of Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to continue his research, teaching and service to the community.