School of Biomedical Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學

CHEUNG Chi Kwan VincentAssistant Professor

Telephone:  39439389

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 Room 322A, Lo Kwee-Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building, Area 39, CUHK



  1. Motor neuroscience
  2. Neural control of movement
  3. Mechanisms of motor learning, motor development and post-injury recovery
  4. Stroke rehabilitation
  5. Novel neural technologies
  6. Algorithms for neural data analysis
  7. Biomechanics
  1. Caggiano, V.*, & Cheung, V.C.K.* (co-first) & Bizzi, E. (2016). An optogenetic demonstration of motor modularity in the mammalian spinal cord. Scientific Reports 6:35185.
  2. Lan, N.*, Cheung, V.C.K. & Gandevia, S.C. (2016). Editorial: Neural and computational modeling of movement control. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 10:90.
  3. Devarajan, K.* & Cheung, V.C.K.* (2016). A quasi-likelihood approach to non-negative matrix factorization. Neural Computation 28:1663-1693.
  4. Cheung, V.C.K.*, Devarajan, K., Severini, G., Turolla, A. & Bonato, P. (2015). Decomposing time series data by a non-negative matrix factorization algorithm with temporally constrained coefficients. Conference Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2015:3496-3499.
  5. Devarajan, K.*, Cheung, V.C.K.* (2014). On non-negative matrix factorization algorithms for signal-dependent noise, with application to electromyography data. Neural Computation 26:1128-1168.
  6. Coscia, M.*, Cheung, V.C.K., Tropea, P., Koenig, A., Monaco, V., Bennis, C., Micera, S. & Bonato, P. (2014). The effect of arm weight support on upper limb muscle synergies during reaching movements. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 11(1):22
  7. Cheung, V.C.K.*, DeBoer, C., Hanson, E., Tunesi, M., D'Onofrio, M., Arisi, I., Brandi, R., Cattaneo, A. & Goosens, K.A.* (2013). Gene expression changes in the motor cortex mediating motor skill learning. PLoS One 8(4):e61496.
  8. Bizzi, E.* & Cheung, V.C.K.* (2013). The neural origin of muscle synergies. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 7:51.
  9. Coscia, M*, Cheung, V.C.K., Tropea, P., Koenig, A., Monaco, V., Bennis, C., Micera, S. & Bonato, P. (2013). Effect of gravity compensation on upper limb muscle synergies during reaching: preliminary results from healthy subjects. In: Converging Clinical and Engineering Research in Neurorehabilitation (eds. JL Pons et al.). Berlin: Springer, pp. 141-145.
  10. Cheung, V.C.K., Turolla, A., Agostini, M., Silvoni, S., Bennis, C., Kasi, P., Paganoni, S., Bonato, P., Bizzi & E.* (2012). Muscle synergy patterns as physiological markers of motor cortical damage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109(36):14652-14656. [Recommended by Faculty of 1000]
  11. Roh, J.*, Cheung, V.C.K., Bizzi, E. (2011). Modules in the brainstem and spinal cord underlying motor behaviors. Journal of Neurophysiology 106: 1363-1378.
  12. Cheung, V.C.K.* & Bizzi, E.* (2011). Neuroscience at MIT. IEEE Pulse 2(4): 47-50.
  13. Cheung, V.C.K. & Piron, L., Agostini, M., Silvoni, S., Turolla, A., Bizzi, E.* (2009). Stability of muscle synergies for voluntary actions after cortical stroke in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106(46):19563-19568.
  14. Cheung, V.C.K.*, d’Avella, A. & Bizzi, E. (2009). Adjustments of motor pattern for load compensation via modulated activations of muscle synergies during natural behaviors. Journal of Neurophysiology 101: 1235-1257. [Recommended reading listed in the textbook, Brain Structure and Its Origins, by Gerald E. Schneider (2014, MIT Press)]
  15. Bizzi, E.*, Cheung, V.C.K., d’Avella, A., Saltiel, P., Tresch, M.C. (2008). Combining modules for movement. Brain Research Reviews 57:125-133.
  16. Tresch, M.C.*, Cheung, V.C.K., d’Avella, A. (2006). Matrix factorization algorithms for the identification of muscle synergies: evaluation on simulated and experimental data sets. Journal of Neurophysiology 95:2199-2212.
  17. Cheung, V.C.K.* & Tresch, M.C. (2005). Non-negative matrix factorization algorithms modeling noise distributions within the exponential family. Conference Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 5:4990-4993.
  18. Cheung, V.C.K., d’Avella, A.*, Tresch, M.C. & Bizzi, E. (2005). Central and sensory contributions to the activation and organization of muscle synergies during natural motor behaviors. Journal of Neuroscience 25(27):6419-6434.