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Ir Prof. Wang Shengwei
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Ir Professor Wang Shengwei

Director of Research Institute for Smart Energy, Chair Professor of Building Energy and Automation, and Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Smart Buildings

Research Overview

Prof. Shengwei Wang is the Director of Research Institute for Smart Energy (智慧能源研究院院長), a university-level Research institute in PolyU, and leading the “building energy and automation” research and application, particularly in the subject areas of  energy system control optimization, design optimization and diagnosis & commissioning. His research expertise and interests cover energy systems (e.g. air-conditioning systems) and building automation systems (BAS), energy-flexible buildings and
demand response in the context of smart grids, zero/low energy buildings for carbon neutral communities, smart and distributed energy systems, cleanroom air-conditioning systems, district and data center cooling systems, uncertainty analysis in building and system design and control/diagnosis, next-generation key technologies (e.g., IoT, AI and distributed optimization) for smart buildings.

He is very successful in securing research grants, including one CRF (collaborative research fund) and 17 GRF (general research funds) from Hong Kong RGC, one Overseas Youth Talent Grant of NSFC and 5 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship grants. He authored/co-authored four books and published over 450 refereed journal and conference papers (including over 290 papers in Web of Science). He was one of the top 150 highly cited scholars worldwide in “Energy Science and Engineering” based on the Clarivate Analytics in 2016 and was ranked no. 22 in “Building and Construction” worldwide according to a Stanford analysis in 2020. 

He is also very active and successful in collaborating with building industry for applied energy research and applications. He has conducted a large number of energy optimization projects successfully for new buildings and existing buildings in Hong Kong, such as International Commerce Centre (ICC, the tallest landmark building in HK), hotels, airport buildings, hospitals, industrial buildings, MTR underground stations as well as buildings in the PolyU campus, with energy savings from 15% to 40% and maximum annual energy saving of over 10M kWh per individual building.  

Prof. Wang is particularly proud of the competitiveness and career success of the PhD graduates and fellows from his team in the
academia and industry. Most of them are appointed as faculty members in reputable universities in Hong Kong, Mainland of China, Australia, UK and USA, as well as leaders and senior professionals in building and energy technology industries. He warmly welcome young talents to join the team as post-doctoral fellows or PhD students under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme and other
schemes to sharpen your competitive edge by conducting innovative and impactful interdisciplinary energy research.        

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Hazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Master of Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Liège

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow, International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institution of Building Services of Engineers (CIBSE), UK
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), HK
  • Corporate Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, USA
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Chartered Building Services Engineer

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