Research Projects
Artificial Intelligence Recognitions for Traditional Chinese Medicine Pulse Patterns and its Correlation Study with Body Constitution Types in Healthy Human Subjects

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Palpation or sphygmopalpation is an essential diagnostic method Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for diagnosing diseases and guiding treatments. To exploring the scientific basis of TCM sphygmopalpation, we have recently developed artificial intelligence-based pulse sensing platform plus a palpation robotic hand (AIPSP) to recognise common pulse patterns diagnosed by experienced CMP.

The objectives include:

  1. To develop and use AI-PSP-PRH system to recognise TCM pulse patterns diagnosed by TCM practitioners;
  2. To explore the correlation between pulse classification and cardiovascular tests in healthy volunteers;
  3. To investigate the correlation of pulse patterns and TCM body constitutions in healthy volunteers and cardiovascular disease patients.

The student will be expected to participate in a multidisciplinary research project to conduct the study on artificial intelligence recognitions for TCM pulse patterns and its correlations with cardiovascular functions and body constitution. He/she will have opportunity to work with clinicians and biomedical engineers. Having obtained the qualifications of a Chinese medicinal licence or a western medicine practice licence would be an advantage.

Professor JG Shen, School of Chinese Medicine


For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project description.  Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission documentations could be referenced online at the Research Postgraduate Admissions website. General admission enquiries should be directed to

HKUMed MBBS students interested in the Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme may visit the programme website for more information.  

HKUMed UG students interested in the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) may visit the scheme’s website for more information.