Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Kai TANG 湯凱
PhD, Michigan
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Tang has extensive industrial and research experiences in CAD/CAM and design and manufacturing automation software development. Before joining HKUST in June 2001, he had been a senior software specialist for ten years at Applicon Inc., U.S.A., with major responsibilities including technical analysis, algorithms design, and code implementation of solid modeling and NC software.

Teaching Activities

MECH1901 Automotive Engineering
MECH4740 Numerical  Methods in Engineering

Research Interests

Solid Modeling
Robust and gouge-free tool path generation algorithms for multi-axis NC machining
Feature recognition
Modeling of sculptured and deformable objects especially garment
Motion planning in robotics
Computational algorithms and methodologies in bioengineering
Application of neural networks

Research Projects

  • 5-axis tool path generation from the perspective of minimizing the dynamic loading on the machine’s rotary axes and local gouging - 01/09/2009 - 31/08/2011
  • A New MRG Algorithm for 3D Shape Matching 01/09/2007 - 31/08/2009
  • A unified tool path planning algorithm for 5-axis sculptured surface machining based on variational energy minimization - 01/09/2005 - 31/08/2007
  • Next generation online multimedia collaboration system - 01/12/2004 - 30/11/2006


Selected Publications

Journal Papers

  • Yong-Jin Liu, K. Tang, Wen-Yong Gong and Tie-Ru Wu,  "Industrial Design using Interpolatory Discrete Developable Surfaces", Computer-Aided Design, 2011 (accepted).
  • Yong-Jin Liu, Z. Chen, and K. Tang, "Construction of Iso-contours, Bisectors and Voronoi Diagrams on Triangulated Surfaces", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 33, No. 8, pp. 1502-1517, Aug., 2011.
  • Ming Chen and K. Tang, "A Fully Geometric Approach for Developable Cloth Deformation", The Visual Computer, Vol. 26, No. 6-8, pp. 853-863, June 2010 (special issue of Computer Graphics International Conference, June 8-11, 2010, Singapore). (Citation)
  • Yong-Jin Liu, Wen-Qi Zhang, and K. Tang, "Some Notes on Maximal Arc Intersection of Spherical Polygons: Its NP-Hardness and Approximation Algorithms", The Visual Computer, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 287-292, 2010.
  • Z. Chen and K. Tang, "3D Shape Classification Based on Spectral Function and MDS Mapping", ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2010.
  • Charlie Wang and K. Tang, "Pattern Computation for Compression Garment by a Physical/Geometric Approach", Computer-Aided Design, Vol 42, No. 2,  pp 78-86, 2010.
  • K. Tang and M. Chen, "Quasi-developable mesh surface interpolation via mesh deformation", IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 518-528, 2009. (Citation)
  • H. Wang and K. Tang, "Biorthogonal Wavelet Construction for Hybrid Quad/Triangle Meshes", The Visual Computer, 25(4), pp. 349-366, April, 2009.
  • Nan Wang and K. Tang, "Five-axis tool path generation for a flat-end tool based on iso-conic partitioning", Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 40,  Dec., pp. 1067-1079, 2008. (Citation)
  • K. Chen and K. Tang, "Interactive Haptic Refinement of a 5-axis Finishing Cut", ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, V(8), N(4), December, 2008.
  • H. Wang, K. Tang, and K. Qin, "Biorthogonal Wavelets Based on Gradual Subdivision of Quadrilateral Meshes", Computer-Aided Geometric Design, Vol. 25, No. 9, pp. 816-836, 2008. (Citation)
  • Nan Wang and K. Tang, "Automatic Generation of Gouge-free and Angular-velocity-compliant 5-axis Toolpath", Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 39, No. 10, pp. 841-852, 2007. (Citation)
  • Yong-jin Liu, K. Tang, and Ajay Joneja, "Modeling Dynamic Developable Meshes by Hamilton Principle", Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 39, No. 9, pp. 719-731, 2007. (Citation)
  • Hongwei Lin, K. Tang, Ajay Joneja, and Hujun Bao, "Generating strictly non-self-overlapping structured quadrilateral grid", Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 39, No. 9, pp. 709-718, 2007. (Citation)
  • Charlie Wang and K. Tang, “Woven model based geometric design of elastic medical braces”, Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 67-69, 2007. (Citation)
  • H. Wang, K.H. Qin, K. Tang, "Efficient wavelet construction with Catmull-Clark subdivision", The Visual Computer, Vol. 22, pp. 874-884, 2006 (special issue of Pacific Graphics 2006). (Citation)
  • K. Tang and Yong-jin Liu, "Dynamic medial axes of planar shapes", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4503, pp. 460 - 468, 2006.
  • Kun Chen and K. Tang, "Reliable haptic system for collision-free 5-axis toolpath generation", Computer-Aided Design & Applications, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 629-638, 2006.
  • Yong-jin Liu, K. Tang, and Ajay Joneja, "An efficient implementation of RBF-based progressive point-sampled geometry", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4077, pp. 637-642, 2006.
  • Jinyuan Jia, Ajay Joneja, and K. Tang, "New decomposition scheme of canal surfaces for planar sections computing", Computer-Aided Design & Applications, Vol. 3, No. 1-4, pp. 349-358, 2006.
  • Jinyuan Jia, Ajay Joneja, and K. Tang, "Robustly computing intersection curves of two canal surfaces with quadric decomposition", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3992, pp. 342-349, 2006.
  • K. Tang, Charlie Wang, and Danny Z. Chen, "Minimum area convex packing of two convex polygons", International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 41-74, Feb. 2006. (Citation)

Referred Conference Papers

  • "Design of developable strips", CAD'11, Taipei, Taiwan, June 27-30, 2011.
  • "Efficient Boolean Operations on Manifold Mesh Surfaces", CAD'10, Dubai, UAE, June 21-25, 2010.
  • "Stabbing Convex Polygons with a Segment or a Polygon", Proceedings of the 16th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms, Karlsruhe, Germany, pp. 52-63, September 15-17, 2008. (Citation)
  • "Pattern Computation for Compression Garment", Proceedings of ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium (SPM), Stony Brook University, New York, pp. 203-211, June 2-4, 2008. (Citation)
  • "An Efficient Implementation of RBF-Based Progressive Point-Sampled Geometry", Proceedings of Geometric Modeling and Processing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, pp.  637-643, July 26-28, 2006.
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