Associate Dean of Engineering (Research & Graduate Studies)
Professor of Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics
Departmental Research Area
Human Factors, Biomechanics & Cognitive Decision, Biomedical Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Bioengineering, Data Analytics
Individual Research Interest
Bio-inspired AI-enabled image and audio analysis systems. Functional Brain Studies and Computational Ergonomics. Mass-customization of spatial hearing devices and Virtual Reality systems.
Prof Richard So received his BSc degree (1987) in Electronic Engineering and PhD degree (1995) in Engineering and Applied Sciences from University of Southampton, England. From 1987 to 1995, he worked as a research assistant and then research fellow at the Human Factors Research Unit, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. During this period, he studied, modeled, and compensated the effects of time lags on head-coupled virtual reality systems for the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development. In addition, he co-authored a commercial data acquisition and analysis software (HVLab).
Prof So joined the Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics at HKUST in September 1995 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor and later Professor. He is currently the Associate Dean (Research and Post-graduate Studies) of the School of Engineering. His recent research includes tele-presence and teleconferencing with virtual reality displays; motion sickness in virtual environment; acoustic localization; and bio-inspired AI-enabled decision analytics. Besides fundamental research, Prof So has also been actively involving in various consulting and industry-funded projects. He is a Member of the Founding Council and the first elected Treasurer of the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society, a Professional Registered Member of the Ergonomics Society (UK), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Soceity, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Senior Member), and Institute of Industrial Engineers. Prof So won the first Best Ergonomics Practitioner Award from the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society and received the honor title of the Fellow of the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society in 2009, the Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK) in 2011, and the Fellow of International Ergonomics Association in 2014. Prof So is currently serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Displays, Editor of Ergonomics, and Scientific Editor of Applied Ergonomics. He serves on the drafting committee of ISO International Workshop Agreement IWA3 on Image Safety and Commission Internationale de L'eclairage (CIE) Technical Committee TC1-67 and expert panel for ISO working group on dynamic image safety. In 2007, he found and chaired the First International Symposium on Visually Induced Motion Sickness, Fatigue, and Photosensitive Epileptic Seizures (VIMS2007). Prof So is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award and numerous entrepreneur awards.