PHOTO Prof. Richard So, IEEM, UST, HK, Computational Ergonomics, Virtual Reality (VR) design,, HRTFs, surround sound, Computational Ergonomics, and capturing of design knowledge


P rof. 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).

P rof. So joined the Department of Industrial Engineering & Logistics Management at HKUST in September 1995 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor and later Professor of Industrial Engineering and Professor of Bio-medical Engineering. His recent research includes tele-presence and teleconferencing with virtual reality displays; motion sickness in virtual environment; acoustic localization; and Decision Making Process with Web-based E-Commerce systems. Besides fundamental research, Dr. 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 Chartered Fellow and Professional Registered Chartered Member of the Royal Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (formerly the UK Ergonomics Society), Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Soceity, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Senior Member), and Insititute 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.

In 2014, Prof. So has been selected as the Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). At the time of the award, there was only 96 IEA Fellow world-wide honored with this Prestige title in 53 year of history of IEA. He is the first IEA Fellow from Hong Kong. He is currently serving as the co-Editor-in-Chief of Displays, Editor of Ergonomics and Scientific Editos of Applied Ergonomics. He is serving 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). Since then, this symposium was held bi-annually in Nethanland (VIMS2009); in USA (VIMS2011); and in UK (VIMS2013). Prof. SO is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award and has been norminated for the Michael G. Gale Metal for Distinguished Teaching.

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