e-Bulletin issue 119/September 2020
Cover Story
Acting Dean for FCE

Prof. Xiangdong Li, Director of PolyU・s Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) and Ko Jan Ming Professor in Sustainable Urban Development, has been appointed Acting Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) from 7 September to 31 December 2020. He will become the Faculty Dean from 1 January 2021 upon the retirement of Ir Prof. You-Lin Xu. He thanks Prof. Xu for his leadership and guidance over the last 6 years and wishes his predecessor all the best.

Prof. Li began his academic career at PolyU in 1995. He has a PhD in environmental technology from Imperial College London. His major research interests include regional pollution, urban environmental studies, and remediation of contaminated sites. He has published more than 200 papers in leading international journals, and is an author of 15 highly cited papers (top 1%) in the field of Environment/ Ecology in the Web of Science database. A past president (2011-2013) of the International Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH), he is currently an associate editor of Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T), a journal published by the American Chemical Society, and serves on the editorial board for several other international journals in related fields.

Prof. Li

Research ACTIVITIES/ Achievements
Funding from NSFC

7 scholars from the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) have received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to support their research. Following are the details:

Principal Investigator (Dept) Scheme Project Title Funding Approved (RMB)
Prof. Edwin Chan (BRE) General Programme A Research on Small-medium Healthy City Space Collaborative Optimalization and Governance Model 580,000
Dr Caiyi Xiong (BSE)

Young Scientists Fund Study on the Acoustically Driven Response and Extinction of Buoyant Diffusion Flame 240,000
Prof. Anthony Chen (CEE) General Programme Considering Multi-dimensional Travel Choice in Transportation Network Vulnerability and Optimization Analysis 490,000
Dr You Dong (CEE) General Programme Performance and Resilience Informed Analysis and Design of Bridge in a Life-cycle Context 580,000
Dr Ling Jin (CEE) Young Scientists Fund In Vitro Toxic Potencies of City-specific Fine Particulate Matter: Contribution of Targeted Toxic Components and their Emission Sources 240,000
Dr Guan Lin (CEE) Young Scientists Fund Behavior and Design of FRP-concrete-steel Double Skin Tubular Member T-connections 240,000
Dr Chengxiang Zhuge (LSGI) Young Scientists Fund Analysis and Modelling of Users・ Willingness to Use the Vehicle-to-Grid Technology 240,000
2020 Excellent Young Scientists Fund

The Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) is pleased to have two of its academics benefiting from the 2020 Excellent Young Scientists Fund, which was established by NSFC to encourage local young scientists to pursue excellence in basic research and research in cutting-edge technologies. Dr Chao Zhou of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Dr Xiaolin Zhu of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) will each receive RMB1.2 million to support their respective research on unsaturated soils and problematic soils on the one hand, and remote sensing: time series image processing on the other.

Since its launch in 2019, 25 young scientists (males under 38 and females under 40 years old) from Hong Kong and Macau have been supported by the Excellent Young Scientists Fund each year. Dr Zhou joined CEE in late 2018, while Dr Zhu joined LSGI in July 2016. Both of them are assistant professors who received their PhD degrees in 2014, from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ohio State University in the US respectively.

Dr Zhou                                  Dr Zhu

HK Scholars Programme 2020

6 academics from the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) have been selected by the Hong Kong Scholars Programme (HKSP) 2020 to each engage a mainland scholar as a Postdoctoral Fellow in their research projects. Launched in December 2010 as a joint initiative between mainland authorities and the Society of Hong Kong Scholars, the HKSP promotes academic/ scientific exchanges and collaboration by matching outstanding mainland PhD graduates with leading academics of universities in Hong Kong, who will supervise the mainland scholars for 2 years in a research project. Following are the details:

PolyU Supervisor(Dept) Project Title Postdoc Fellow
Prof. Heng Li (BRE) Synthesis of Structural Health Monitoring via Distributed Filter of Sensor Networks Dr Ping He
Prof. Lin Lu (BSE)

Solar-powered membrane distillation desalination technology and development Dr Zheng Cao
Prof. Anthony Chen (CEE) A Big Data Approach to Multimodal Urban Transportation System Modeling and Analysis Dr Tao Liu
Prof. Wei Chu (CEE) Advanced Oxidation for the Removal of Emerging Pollutants in Water Dr Long Bo Jiang
Prof. Xiangdong Li (CEE) Physico-chemical and Biological Characterization and Inhalation Toxicity of Urban Ambient Airborne Particulate Matters (PMs) in Urban Areas Dr Xiao Xia Zhou
Dr Chiu Wa Tsang (CEE) Advanced Catalyst for Biomass Upgrading into High-value Chemicals Dr Xie Fei Zhu
PolyU Postdoc Matching Fund Scheme 2020/21 (1st round)

The PolyU Postdoc Matching Fund Scheme 2020/21 has supported 11 academics in the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) to each engage a postdoc fellow (PDF) in their research for 2 years. Following are the details:

PI (Dept) PDF Candidate
(Institution where PhD was obtained)
Prof. Albert Chan (BRE) Mr Emmanuel Kingsford Owusu
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Dr Xinyan Huang (BSE) Dr Caiyi Xiong
(University of Science and Technology of China)
Prof. Jianguo Dai (CEE) Dr Yinfu Jin
(Ecolo Centrale de Nantes)
Dr You Dong (CEE) Dr Peng Yuan
(Central South University)
Prof. Hai Guo (CEE) Dr Jingcui Xu
(The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Dr Siu Kai Lai (CEE) Mr Lin Zhang
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Dr Andy Leung (CEE) Dr Man Kong Lo
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Prof. Yiqing Ni (CEE) Mr Qiuhu Zhang
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) 
Prof. Chi Sun Poon (CEE) Dr Mohammad Uzzal Hossain
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Dr Zhenyu Yin (CEE)  Dr Pei Wang
(Georgia Institute of Technology))
Prof. Wu Chen (LSGI) Dr Jintao Lei
(Wuhan University)
FCE Start-up Fund for New Recruits

The following assistant professors have been awarded funding from the FCE Start-up Fund for New Recruits:

PI (Dept) Project Title Duration (Years) Funding Approved (HK$)
Dr Ying Fan (BRE) The Status Role of Housing: Income Inequality and Housing Demand in China 3 BRE: $250,000 FCE: $100,000 PolyU: $250,000
Dr Wei Ma (CEE)

HKSim: A Data-Driven Multi-Modal Dynamic Traffic Management System for Hong Kong 3 CEE: $250,000 FCE: $100,000 PolyU: $250,000
Dr Qi Zhao (CEE) Digital Rock Physics with Micro-CT Imaging and Numerical Simulation 3 CEE: $250,000 FCE: $100,000 PolyU: $250,000
Tracking Coronavirus with a New Air-monitoring System

PolyU has developed an air-monitoring device that can identify high-risk areas for virus transmission or pollutants. The system assesses hazards in a given space and has an :airborne pathogen tracing/ dispersion; facility to simulate the spread of a virus. According to Dr Horace Mui of the Department of Building Services Engineering, airflow in a room would be analyzed after a tracer gas had been released, so the origin of the virus and pollutants would be detected. He hopes the new device can help health authorities track coronavirus dispersal and control its spread.

In addition, Dr Mui led a test of different kinds of incense using the air-monitoring device and found that cone incense released the most particulate matters, with PM10 matters of 223.17 mg/m3 and total volatile organic compound (TVOC) ranged from 583.12 to 695.73 mg/m3 after five minutes, exceeding the standard slightly. The TVOC of the natural agarwood also moderately exceeded the standard. While the results of all other samples were below the limit, eco-friendly incense outperformed other samples with PM10 matters of 21 to 35.83 mg/m3.

Webinar on Technologies in Tree Monitoring
Invited by the Tree Management Office of the government・s Development Bureau, Dr Charles Wong of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) gave a webinar on 11 September 2020 on the application of remote sensing technologies in tree monitoring for over 130 government officials who work in tree management. He shared with them the use of remote sensing for tree health detection, tree data extraction with LiDAR technology, hyperspectral imaging for vegetation monitoring, smart sensing for tree tilt monitoring, detection of structural tree defects using thermal infrared imaging, as well as urban green management through remote sensing and geographic information systems.

Dr Wong's webinar

Student News
Scholarship Student Graduates with Distinction
An MSc student in construction and real estate, Mr Sherif Mohamed Abdelmageed Mohamed, graduated with Distinction in the summer of 2019/20. His most memorable experience at PolyU was when his examiners praised him for doing a great job in his dissertation. He advises students to manage their time wisely and enjoy their studies. He plans to pursue PhD studies in the field of construction engineering and management.

Mr Sherif Mohamed

Invitation for Programme Admission 2021/22
Applications from both local and international students are invited for the following programmes:

Undergraduate Programmes
BSc(Hons) in Building Engineering and Management 愎vu{の剤z焦(aA)z焦h焦
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BEng(Hons) in Building Services Engineering 陸t]各u{焦(aA)u焦h焦
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BEng(Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development 泉航u{Pi挺oi焦(aA)u焦h焦
BSc(Hons) in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health 泉航の他~wP扱d(aA)z焦h焦 (Top-up Degree Programme)
BEng(Hons) in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering 飢cの┥wu{焦(aA)u焦h焦
BSc(Hons) in Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics ga旗qのaz瑚T焦(aA)z焦h焦

Master of Science (MSc)/ Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)
Building Services Engineering 陸t]各u{焦
Civil Engineering gれu{焦
Construction and Real Estate 愎vの丶a横焦
Construction Law and Dispute Resolution 愎vkの蝶狐M焦
Environmental Management and Engineering 泉航剤zのu{焦
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Geomatics (Geographic Information Systems) 旗淡のaz瑚T焦(az瑚T)
Geomatics (Surveying) 旗淡のaz瑚T焦(旗q)
High Performance Buildings 葵眺爻愎v
Project Management 教ヘ剤z
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Urban Informatics and Smart Cities 哀HЬ任隆室z哀

For details, please visit:
Undergraduate programmes- https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/study-at-fce/undergraduate-programmes

MSc/ PgD programmes and 2021/22 Entry Scholarships- https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/study-at-fce/taught-postgraduate-programmes
For PolyU・s e-Prospectus, please visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/study

New Doctoral Programme at PolyU and its Outpost in Hangzhou
Doctor of International Real Estate and Construction 郁孜丶a横の愎v閣h
For details, see http://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/tpg

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Under the auspices of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme provides a monthly stipend of HK$26,600 plus a travel allowance of HK$13,300 per year for attending conferences and research-related events for a maximum period of 3 years. On top of that, PolyU will extend the same provisions to those Fellowship awardees with a four-year normal study period*, in addition to a full waiver of tuition fees for the entire normal study period for all awardees of the HK PhD Fellowship. The deadline for application is 2 December 2020. Details are at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/

* required for full-time PhD students admitted on the basis of a Master・s degree without a significant research component or on a Bachelor's degree alone

Forthcoming Events
PolyU Admissions Seminar Series (Weekly)
Date: 29 September 2020 - 29 October 2020
FCE Session: 7 October 2020 (5:00pm V 6:00pm)
Channel: Zoom
Details: Please click here
PolyU Education INFO DAY 2020 (Online)
Date: 10 October 2020
Time: 10:30am V 5:30pm
Venue: MS Teams Live Events / Zoom
Details: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/infoday/
HKCA 100th Anniversary International Conference - Showcase of Smart Construction Enhancing Site Productivity
Date: 6 November 2020 (Friday)
Venue: Harbour Grand Hong Kong, North Point
Details: https://www.hkca.com.hk/
Hong Kong Green Building Council - :My Green Space; Student Competition 2020-21
Theme of competition: The Wellbeing of Us V Build a better place for People and Environment
Registration period: 1 September 2020 V 30 November 2020
The Greater Bay Area Urban Design Conference & Awards
Date: 18 November 2020
Time: 9:00am V 5:00pm (Conference)
           6:00pm V 8:00pm (Awards Presentation Ceremony)
Venue: Nina Ballroom 7/F, L' hotel Nina et Convention Centre, 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Details: http://www.hkiud.org/actions/2020/award.php
HKIS Annual Conference 2020
Date: 28 November 2020
Time: 9:00am V 4:30pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Registration: https://forms.gle/RKMNCBj3TuYurxFo8
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