Chief Executive Chui Sai On presented the two first prizes of Natural Sciences Awards to the research teams of M.U.S.T. (from left to right: Associate Prof. Wong Kam Wai, Associate Prof. Li Ting, Prof. Zhou Hua, Chair Prof. Liu Liang, Chief Executive Chui Sai On, Associate Prof. Zhu Meng Hua, Prof. Xu Ao Ao, Chair Prof. Tang Ze Sheng, and Associate Prof. Zhang Xiao Ping)
The Ceremony for Presentation of the 2016 Macao Science and Technology Awards was held in the Grand Auditorium of the Macao Cultural Center at 4 pm on October 12, 2016. Eight research projects of M.U.S.T. won prizes at the Awards; in particular, the University won the only two first prizes of this year’s Awards; it takes place biennially. This is the third time the Awards gives out awards and has altogether produced three first prizes over the three times; Macau University of Science and Technology has won two of the three first prizes; they are the first prizes of the Natural Sciences Awards respectively in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the field of Space Science; winning such prominent awards marks that, with respect to quality standards and research outputs in the above-addressed areas, M.U.S.T. is now in line with the leading research teams of the relevant fields.
The 2016 Macao Science and Technology Awards in total gave out 8 prizes for Natural Science Awards, including 2 first prizes, 3 second prizes, and 3 third prizes, 6 prizes for Technology Invention Awards, including 2 second prizes and 4 third prizes, and 4 Science and Technology Progress Awards, including 1 second prize and 3 third prizes.
The two projects of M.U.S.T. that won the first prizes of the Natural Sciences Awards are “Scientific Discoveries through Analysis of Multi-band Data from the Chang’E Lunar Exploration Program” and “Discovery of New Factors of Pathogenesis and Treatment Strategy in Rheumatoid Arthritis”. The “Scientific Discoveries through Analysis of Multi-band Data from the Chang’E Lunar Exploration Program” project reveals a series of important scientific discoveries in relation to lunar research, which greatly helps to improve the youths’ knowledge on popular sciences; the “Discovery of New Factors of Pathogenesis and Treatment Strategy in Rheumatoid Arthritis” project has generated research outcomes that meet advanced international standards, and made available new approaches to treatment for rheumatoid arthritis patients, which is significantly meaningful for the science community and highly valued for medical treatment.
Other award-winning projects of M.U.S.T. include: “Extra-Strong Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and Fast Positive-Frequency Decomposition of Analytic Signals Based on Analytic Phase Analysis” (in collaboration with The University of Macau), which won the third prize of the Natural Sciences Awards, and the findings of the project were highly valued by worldwide famous signal analyst, L. Cohen; “Application of Alive Cell Immobilized Chromatography on the Innovative Study of Chinese Medicines” (in collaboration with the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University) won the second prize of Technology Invention Awards, the research team of which successfully extracted a number of new Chinese Medicine elements, bore out the treatment mechanism of Chinese Medicine in treating diabetes and influenza, was granted a patent, and made contributions to the Macao SAR’s advancement in developing Chinese Medicine; “Reversed Two-factor Authentication System Based on Direct Anonymous Attestation Method and its Applications” ( in collaboration with Singou (Macau) Limited) and “Novel Technology to the Control and Scheduling of Complex Manufacturing Equipment and Production Systems” won the third prizes of Technology Invention Awards, of which the “Reversed Two-factor Authentication System Based on Direct Anonymous Attestation Method and its Applications” project has already developed products such as Single Sign-On tool, Singou APP, and exhibition registration cloud platform, Singou Encounter, which enable users to complete the log-in process using a cell phone and effectively solve many problems such as having passwords illegally fished away, recognition of fake websites, and difficulty in managing multiple passwords; meanwhile, the “Novel Technology to the Control and Scheduling of Complex Manufacturing Equipment and Production Systems” project generated an optimized algorithm that is based on simple calculation, having greatly advanced the progress of science and technology and having great potential in generating great economic benefit; “Development and Application of Traffic Noise Assessment System in Macao” and “R&D and Application of the Home Indoor Air Disinfectant from Chinese Herbal Medicine” won the third prizes of Science and Technology Progress Awards, the simulation system constructed by the “Development and Application of Traffic Noise Assessment System in Macao” could analyze the variation of noise distributions under different traffic measures, providing support for decision-making by the Macau S.A.R. government in alleviating the traffic noise problems of the Macau Peninsula; for the “R&D and Application of the Home Indoor Air Disinfectant from Chinese Herbal Medicine” project, based on the experiences of traditional Chinese medicine in clinic, the essential oils of Chinese medicinal herbs are able to kill pathogenic microorganisms by diffusion in the air evenly for a long time of period; the Project developed the first home indoor air disinfectant product from Chinese herbal medicine by establishing key technologies for collection of the essential oils, testing and safeguarding the anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects, controlling the toxicity and irritation as well as release of those essential oils at fixed time and dosage, and has successfully developed air-disinfectant products that are purely natural, safe, highly efficient, and easy to use, which has filled a gap in the market for home air-disinfectants and catered to demands of the Macau society.
President of M.U.S.T., Chair Prof. Liu Liang gave warm congratulations to the award-winning scholars, noting that winning the awards means acknowledgement and encouragement by the Macao S.A.R. Government and the Macao society for M.U.S.T.’s proactive engagements in science research and technology innovations; however, such awards only represent the past, and what we need to better attend to is the future; we need to have a better planning of the future, lay our eyes on the future, respond closely to the demands of the Macau society in its course of realizing adequate diversification of its economy, align ourselves with the frontier of world science and technology, fully seize three key factors: “innovation, multi-disciplinary integration, and collaboration” when engaging in scientific research and providing technological services, and jointly lift the quality of science research and industrial development of M.U.S.T. to a greater height.