Prof. Ni

Upon the opening of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail (HSR) Hong Kong Section, the bindings between cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) become closer, promoting interactions and communications of products, service, human resource and information within the area. The new phenomena well demonstrate the important role that HSR plays in modern rail transit network, and in the meantime officially mark the commencing of “Age of HSR” in Hong Kong as in other cities in the Chinese Mainland.

In the first half of 2019, according to the Government’s report in the National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference, the central government’s investment on national railway construction remains beyond 800 billion. It has been several consecutive years the investment amount goes beyond 800 billion, showing the country’s top focus on construction of railway systems, especially for HSR systems in the GBA area. With the establishment of “The development plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area”, the Hong Kong Branch of the National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technology Research Center (CNERC-Rail) deploys according to the Development Plan, and actively participates in the development scheme of the GBA area, through strengthening collaborations between government departments, universities and enterprises within the area.

Over the past year, the CNERC-Rail together with other universities in the GBA area have successfully organized conferences including “The First Workshop on Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Maglev and Advanced Transit Development” and “2019 Annual Meeting of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Rail Transit Joint Innovation Union”, and have jointly applied research projects including Guangdong key program on fundamental science and applications, Guangdong international science and technology collaborative project, etc. The CNERC-Rail has also conducted multiple engineering projects such as Guangzhou-Shantou HSR construction project, Guangzhou metro noise and vibration control project, in collaboration with China Railway Guangzhou Group Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Metro Co., Ltd., and China Railway Guangzhou Engineering Group Co., Ltd. in the GBA area.

Over the past year of 2019, the CNERC-Rail has obtained many achievements in the rail transit sector. Not only fruitful deliverables and great breakthrough have been realized in the research area, but also long-term partnership has been established and agreements signed with world-leading universities, research institutes and enterprises in terms of academic communication and collaborations, aiming at resource sharing and win-win outcomes by taking advantages of both sides.

In the aspect of research, the CNERC-Rail has applied a series of research projects including key program from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), theme-based research project from Research Grant Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Guangdong key program on fundamental science and applications, Guangdong international collaborative project and mainland-Hong Kong collaborative project. Two key projects approved for funding (funding amount over 10 million HK dollars), and the theme-based project has passed the first round and the full proposal has been submitted.

In the aspect of academic communication and collaborations, the CNERC-Rail actively enlarge its impact and strengthen the partnership. The CNERC-Rail co-organized the most influencing conference “The Third China High Speed Railway Health Management Technology Forum” in the railway sector in China, and organized multiple special sessions on HSR monitoring in international conferences. The CNERC-Rail has signed agreements/MoUs with the Qingdao West Coast New Area government, the National Maglev Transportation Technology Research Centre at Tongji University, and the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and the Guangzhou Metro Group Co., Ltd. Moreover, the CNERC-Rail has conducted multi-level communication and visiting activities with different universities and enterprises. In 2019, Centre members have visited Hunan Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd., CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd., China Academy of Railway Sciences, and CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd. and other railway research institutions for academic communication and technical collaborations. Meanwhile, the CNERC-Rail has invited many professors from famous universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Birmingham, the University of Southern California. We also warmly welcomed delegations from different authorities such as the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the Hong Kong SAR government, the China Science Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.  

Lastly, I would like to express my special gratitude to the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for their great support to the Centre’s work. In the coming new year, the Centre members will fully summarize the work and experience in 2019 and make substantial improvements in 2020.

Ir. Chair Professor Yi-Qing Ni 

Director of National Rail Transit Electrification
and Automation 
Engineering Technology
Research Center (Hong Kong Branch)