Prof. Tam joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1993 and is currently the Head of Department, Chair Professor of Photonics at the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the Photonic Research Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prof. Tam established several world-class research facilities at PolyU, including two fibre-drawing towers for fabrication of photonics crystal fibres and polymer optical fibres, an ultra high-speed communication laboratory, and laser platforms for the fabrication of advanced fibre gratings. His current research interests include fabrication of special optical silica fibres and polymer fibres, optical fibre communications, and fibre sensor systems based on fibre Bragg gratings and photonic crystal fibres. Prof. Tam published about 600 technical papers and awarded/applied about 20 patents, has extensive international research collaborations with many universities around the world and is a keynote/invited speaker at more than 50 international conferences.
Prof. Tam has strong R&D collaboration with industry and his team installed many FBG sensing systems, including an FBG-based SHM system for the 610-m Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China and several condition-monitoring systems for railways in Hong Kong, China mainland, Taiwan, and India. Currently, Prof. Tam’s R&D team is building the world’s first city-wide fibre-optic sensing network for condition-based monitoring of metro systems in Hong Kong, and three similar monitoring systems in Singapore. Prof. Tam won numerous international awards for his inventions, and is the Third Prize Winner of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2014. Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis is a biennial event and it is one of the highest remunerated international innovation prizes for laser technology. Prof. Tam is the Fellow of the Optical Society of America.