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Issue 12 - October 2011

 

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Dean's Message


As you may have noticed, the name of our Faculty has recently been changed from the Faculty of Construction and Land Use to the Faculty of Construction and Environment. This name change occurred officially on 1 September 2011 to coincide with the new academic year, but the process of consultation was conducted over a long period before that. This name change was implemented to ensure that the name of the Faculty accurately reflects what we actually do and what we would like to do in the next period. Over the past decade or so, the environment (and sustainable urban development) has become a pressing concern and is high on the agenda of many top universities. This has also been the case for our Faculty, which has established a significant international reputation in the study of environmental issues.


A number of our existing academic programmes are closely related to the natural and built environment. They include: (1) BSc programme in Environment and Sustainable Development; (2) BSc programme in Environment and Occupational Safety and Health; (3) MSc/PgD in Environmental Management and Engineering; (4) MSc/PgD in Sustainable Urban Development; (5) BSc in Building Services Engineering. Programmes (1) and (4) are recent additions to our list of academic programmes.

On the research front, all four departments of the Faculty have developed substantial expertise in environment-related areas. A great deal of such expertise resides in the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE) and the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE), which have in place two centres specifically devoted to research on environment-related themes, namely the Research Centre for Building Environmental Engineering and the Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Management. The Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics (LSGI) and the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) also possess strengths that contribute to research on the environment and sustainable development (e.g. remote monitoring of environmental changes in LSGI and urban planning for sustainability in BRE). The Faculty has also devoted much effort and resources to research activities in environment-related areas, in particular sustainable urban development, and is in the process of establishing a Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development that would integrate the strengths of all the related areas within and outside the Faculty.

Given the above developments, it is strongly believed that the name change of the Faculty is especially fitting and will position the Faculty to scale new heights in the future. I hope that all readers of the Faculty e-Bulletin will share this view and continue their support for the Faculty as before.

Prof. Jin-Guang TENG
Dean
Faculty of Construction and Environment
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

CSE Professor receives National Natural Science Award

For their collaborative research conducted over almost two decades from 1988 to the end of 2006, Prof. William Lam of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and his colleagues from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beihang University, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology received the National Natural Science Award (Second Class) in 2011 which is a highly prestigious award in China. The team of five has made significant and complementary contributions advancing the numerical study of Behavior-based Spatial-temporal Features of Urban Traffic Flow Distribution that has had far-reaching impacts on transportation theories and practices. Based on an explicit understanding of complex traffic behavior, they have established new mathematical models that take into account the spatial-temporal features of traffic flow and proposed highly efficient algorithms for solving various transportation problems in large urban networks. Their study was successful not only for deriving state of the art and advanced traffic theories that are particularly relevant to cities in mainland China, but also for developing interdisciplinary research, thus enhancing the level of national science research as well as its international academic stature.
 

Ir Prof. William H.K. LAM


CSE academics chairs of professional causes


Dr Eddie Siu Shu LAM, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, has been elected to serve for a year as Chairman of the Structural Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). He took up his responsibilities as Chairman after the 36th Annual General Meeting of HKIE on 23 June 2011 at the Jockey Club Auditorium of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also serving as the Chairman of the 2012 Quality Building Award, which is jointly organized by 9 institutions and patronized by leading government officials in Hong Kong.

Professor K.T. CHAU, Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, has been nominated as Chair of the "Elasticity Committee" of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) from 2011. A technical committee meeting was held during the EMI Conference at Northeastern University, Boston, USA on June 2-4, 2011. Currently there are 13 active members in the Elasticity Committee.
http://www.asce.org/CommitteeDetail.aspx?id=2147487856&committeeid=000000885199

 


At the reception for the Board of Governors of EMI at Northeastern University with Miss Verna Jameson (secretary of EMI), Prof. Alex Cheng (President of EMI), Prof. Ming L. Wang (Chairman of the Organizing Committee of EMI 2011) and Prof. Kam Tim Chau (starting from the left).
 
CSE Professor receives Chandra S. Desai Excellence Award


At the 13th Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geo-mechanics (IACMAG) in Melbourne, Australia, in May 2011, Professor Jian-Hua YIN of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering was given the Chandra S. DESAI Excellence Award in recognition of his contributions to the experimental study of the nonlinear and time-dependent stress-strain behavior of soils, development and applications of elastic visco-plastic constitutive models, and innovative development of laboratory testing facilities and optical fiber sensing technologies.

The Chandra S. DESAI Excellence Award of IACMAG is normally awarded to one or two distinguished individuals from the international community for contributions in the research of computer methods and advances in geo-mechanics.

 


The award certificate
Honourable mention for paper published in Canadian Geotechnical Journal


A paper entitled "New mixed boundary, true tri-axial loading device for testing three-dimensional stress–strain–strength behaviour of geo-materials" by Prof. Jian-Hua YIN, Chun-Man CHENG, Md. KUMRUZZAMAN, and Wan-Huan ZHOU was rewarded with an honourable mention in the 2011 R. M. QUIGLEY Awards organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society. It was published as the first paper in the first issue of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2010. Named after a former Professor of the University of Western Ontario and former Chief Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, the R.M. QUIGLEY Awards recognize the best papers published by the journal each year.

All co-authors of the paper were MPhil or PhD students from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. They have designed an innovative way to test soil in a true tri-axial loading device, which has long been a challenging research area. Their design is considered the best one for a true tri-axial loading device. Moreover, professors from Tsinghua University have paid two recent visits to the Soil Mechanics Lab of CSE and planned to use the design by Professor YIN and his co-authors to build a large scale true tri-axial loading device for testing coarse soils in mainland China.

 



CSE Professors contribute know-how to safety of China's high-speed rail


Two academics from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Prof. Yiqing NI and Prof. Jianhua YIN, have been collaborating with colleagues from other PolyU departments in an interdisciplinary research team that studies the use of optical fibre technology in diverse applications. Their work has contributed to the development of the Advanced Fibre Bragg Grating Railway Monitoring System, which can keep track of train speed, axle balance, and vibration data, helping engineers to monitor the condition of tracks and railcars as well as the structural health of the rail foundation. Coordinating the campus-wide research on railway-related projects, Prof. NI has worked closely with Dalian Jiaotong University to install optical sensors for wind pressure measurement on the new generation of high-speed inspection trains for monitoring purposes.

Moreover, Prof. NI and Prof. YIN have partnered with Southwest Jiaotong University to monitor the settlement of rail foundation using another kind of optical sensor, which will lead to a better understanding of foundation safety and related issues. A project on the use of smart damping technology to enhance the stability of high-speed trains has also been started with China CNR Corporation, Southwest Jiaotong University and Dalian Jiaotong University. In particular, the dampers developed by Prof. NI have worked exceedingly well in the test bed of Southwest Jiaotong University.

Results of the RGC General Research Fund 2011/12


The application results for the 2011/12 General Research Fund (GRF) were announced on 30 June 2011, and the funding results of the Faculty's 74 proposals are listed below:

Dept

Proposals
Submitted

Successful Proposals

Success Rate

Total amount of GRF funding (HK$)

Amount per staff member (HK$)

BRE

21

6

29%

$4,572,098

$157,659

BSE

18

6

33%

$4,593,756

$153,125

CSE

23

8

35%

$6,786,460

$178,591

LSGI

12

2

17%

$1,268,792

$79,300

Total

74

22

30%

$17,221,106

$568,675

In terms of the amount won per academic staff member (only eligible staff members are counted), the rankings of our four departments are: CSE, BRE, BSE and LSGI, but the differences between the first three departments are small. A comparison of departmental performance over the past 10 years using this indicator is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Comparison of Amount of GRF Funding per Eligible Staff Member between Departments

Within the broad field of construction, we are leading all other local universities by a big margin.  In the Civil Engineering, Surveying, Building and Construction (CESBC) disciplines of the Engineering Panel, PolyU has ranked number 1 over the past 8 years in terms of both the number of GRF projects supported and the total grant value won, receiving constantly more than 40% of the all GRF grants allocated in these disciplines.  In this round, the Faculty won 20 grants (or 43%) out of the 46 GRF grants awarded in the CESBC disciplines. The distribution of the amount of GRF funding in the 2011/12 round among different universities is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Distribution of GRF Funding in the CESBC Disciplines among Institutions in the 2011/12 Round

Seasoned researchers share their tips for getting funded

On 23 August 2011, the Faculty of Construction and Land Use (FCLU) held a session on how to write quality research proposals for funding. Sharing their perspectives with more than 15 academic staff were Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, Dean of FCLU, Prof. Albert CHAN, and Prof. Y. Q. CHEN, a member on the Engineering Panel of the Research Grants Council (RGC), which administers the General Research Fund (GRF) that supports research across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Drawing from his wealth of experience in getting his projects funded by the RGC, Prof. TENG enumerated some attributes of a good proposal, which were echoed by Prof. Albert CHAN in his presentation.

Finally, the review process was demystified by Prof. Y.Q. CHEN, who spoke from his point of view as an Engineering Panel member of the RGC. The session ended on a note of encouragement with some tips, which were most illuminating for all who attended.



LSGI hosts the 7th Annual Seminar on Spatial Information Science and Technology


More than 100 experts in spatial information science and technology from Hong Kong and mainland China gathered at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on 30 September 2011 for the 7th Annual Seminar on Spatial Information Science and Technology.

Since 2005, this seminar has been organized by the Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics of PolyU. It has brought together scientists, engineers, and research managers from government and industry to discuss the latest advances in spatial information science and technology.

This one-day seminar was officially opened by Professor Xiaoli DING, Head of the Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics of PolyU, and Mr WONG Chung Hang, Deputy Director of Lands Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor DING said, “Spatial information science and technology is regarded as one of the most important emerging and evolving fields, which has improved and will continue to have an impact on our lives. We are privileged to be hosting this annual seminar to provide a friendly and relaxed platform for researchers and professionals in Hong Kong and the neighbouring regions to present their latest findings and exchange views.”

Fourteen speakers gave speeches at the seminar. The topics focused on the following themes: Geospatial Information System (GIS) applications in the digital city, transportation, weather forecasting, and tree management; remote sensing techniques for deformation monitoring, earthquake data analysis, and urban heat island analysis; applications and new advances in photogrammetric techniques for agriculture lot boundary determination, mobile mapping, and lunar mapping.



The 5th Cross-strait Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at PolyU

Organized by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and co-organized by Zhejiang University and National Taiwan University, the 5th Cross-strait Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering was held on the PolyU campus from 13 to 15 July 2011, drawing around 200 participants.

Generously supported by the Kwang-Hua Foundation for the College of Civil Engineering at Tongji University, the three-day conference opened with speeches by three staff of PolyU, Ir Professor Alex WAI, Vice President (Research Development); Professor Jin-Guang TENG, Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Land Use; and Professor Y. Q. NI, co-chairman of the conference organizing committee. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor WAI said, “Nurturing close relationships between the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau has become more important than ever in today’s globalized world. This large-scale conference therefore provides an excellent platform for structural and geotechnical engineering professionals and scholars to further academic exchanges and cooperation, as well as to review trends in academic development and engineering application.”

Some of the major topics covered in the forum include:

  • High-rise Structures
  • Bridge Structures
  • Emerging Structural Materials and Systems
  • Wind-resistant Structures, Seismic Design and Control
  • Structural Health Monitoring, Assessment and Retrofit
  • Environmental and Geotechnical Issues
  • Seismic/Earthquake Engineering

Eight academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering delivered keynote speeches during the conference. They include:

  • Prof. Shi-Lin DONG, Zhejiang University, China
  • Prof. Xiu-Run GE, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Prof. Chack-Fan LEE, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Prof. Ke-Jian MA, Guizhou University, China
  • Prof. Zu-Yan SHEN, Tongji University, China
  • Prof. Man-Chung TANG, Chairman of the Board, T Y Lin International Group, USA
  • Prof. Yeong-Bin YANG, President, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, China
  • Prof. Ying-Ren ZHENG, Logistical Engineering University, China
Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Postgraduate Students

Two students who were lucky to be supported by an Entry Scholarship for their postgraduate studies have recently graduated. Started in 2009/10, the one-year scholarship covers tuition fees for the study of an MSc programme in the Postgraduate Scheme of the Faculty. Mr Ricky WONG Chi Keung, a MSc graduate in Construction and Real Estate, advises students who would like to succeed academically to work hard from the get-go to avoid having difficulties later. After four years of part-time study, he is currently taking a break, but is planning to continue his studies in the near future.

Another scholarship graduate, Miss Michelle LEUNG Wan Chi, credits the MSc programme in Building Services Engineering for providing her with sound theoretical knowledge and technical skills for her present work. She also had the opportunity to visit Xian on a study tour, thus broadening her horizons with a different learning experience. She thinks it is important for students to have a balanced life and good time management skills. Congratulations to Mr WONG and Miss LEUNG for fulfilling themselves with the entry scholarships, which are awarded annually to applicants with outstanding academic results who apply to MSc programmes of the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment before the deadline.

For the 2011/12 academic year, each Master of Science programme can offer a maximum of two scholarships. Below are the 14 successful applicants:

 

Programme

Awardee

1
2

MSc in Construction and Real Estate

TENG Xuejiao 
HOU Zhenyan 

3
4

MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

LI Kit Man 
FUNG Yu Hang 

5
6

MSc in Project Management

WAN Chin Man Davis 
LUI Wun 

7
8

MSc in Building Services Engineering

LEUNG Wai Kin 
YANG Kai Chau

9

MSc in Fire and Safety Engineering

MA Yee Ling

10

MSc in Civil Engineering

YUNG Yan Yi

11
12

MSc in Environmental Management and Engineering

CUI Long
SUN Jian

13

MSc in Geomatics (Geographic Information Systems)

HUANG Qiaofen 

14

MSc in Sustainable Urban Development

LEUNG Po Shan 


The Scholarship will cover the tuition fees for one academic year.  Recipients who undertake full-time study without any employment can also apply for a subsistence allowance.
CSE Postgraduate Delegates at the Harbin Institute of Technology for the Small Satellite Scholar Forum in Civil Engineering


Dr Jian-Guo DAI of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE) and ten CSE postgraduate students attended the “Small Satellite Scholar Forum in Civil Engineering” at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) during 11-16 July 2011. Organized by the School of Civil Engineering (SCE) of the Institute, the event aims to further strengthen the ties among students from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and mainland China through research and learning at mainland universities.

HIT is the most prestigious university in northeast China and enjoys a close collaborative relationship with PolyU, particularly in the field of civil engineering. The SCE of HIT has been playing a very important role in infrastructure development both locally and nationally. During the 6-day forum, students participated in a series of seminars given by several well-known professors, including Prof. Li-lie XIE and Prof. Shi-zhao SHEN, both of whom are members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Prof. Feng FAN (Dean of SCE), Prof. Wen-zhong ZHENG (Cheung Kong Scholar, Vice Dean of SCE) and Dr Scott T. SMITH (Associate Professor of The University of Hong Kong). The design and construction of many famous structures in mainland China were introduced in detail during the seminars, giving CSE students a better understanding of earthquakes, spatial structures, construction materials, and concrete technologies.

A joint seminar was also held where postgraduates from both universities presented their research, uncovering different perspectives to learning and thinking. CSE students also visited several advanced laboratories to learn about the research programs, research strengths, exchange student schemes etc. of the HIT.

Besides academic exchanges, the teachers and students of HIT also arranged some leisure and cultural activities for the CSE delegates, who visited the historic St. Sofia Cathedral, the Jingshangjin Museum, the HIT Museum, the Great Northern Wilderness Ecological Park and the Sun Island Resort, etc. A memorable party on the last evening capped off these excursions.





The visits proved invaluable to PolyU students, who are keenly interested in the economic, cultural and social development of mainland China. No doubt these activities have furthered the understanding and friendship between the teachers and students of HIT and PolyU.  It is hoped that such close ties between HIT and PolyU will be fruitful for the country. We look forward to further exchanges between HIT and PolyU in the future.
PolyU successfully hosted the Third International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment (IPCIE 2011)


Organized by a group of 8 postgraduate students from the Faculty of Construction and Land Use (FCLU) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the Third International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment (IPCIE 2011) was held on 11 to 12 July at PolyU. With support from an Advisory Committee of academic staff, and assistance from the Faculty office, the conference provided a forum for postgraduate students working in the areas of infrastructure and environment to exchange their findings, to develop friendships and to explore potential collaboration.

Since 2006, FCLU had been organizing a local version of this conference in Hong Kong. In 2008, it was decided that the boundaries be extended so that the conference could become international. This year, the Third International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment attracted some 150 participants from 26 universities in 9 countries around the world.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prof. Alexander WAI, Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU, left no doubts about the university's commitments to a strong research culture. Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, Dean of the Faculty, delivered the opening speech and highlighted the achievements of the Faculty in research-related areas. Two academics from PolyU, Prof. Shengwei WANG of the Department of Building Services Engineering, and Prof. Kam-tim CHAU of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, delivered keynote lectures.

The conference was conducive to many thought-provoking debates, which had been inspired by the high quality oral presentations. Thanks to the sponsorship of Dalian Jincheng Surveying & Mapping Enterprise Group and Mr Paul C.W. TSE, three Best Presentation Awards, three Presentation Awards of Merit, and the Most Outstanding PolyU Presenter Award were given to the best-performing presenters as voted by the conference participants.

To see further details of the conference, please visit the following website:
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fclu/ipc2011/

Student Paper Award 2011

On 31 May 2011, the Hong Kong branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation presented the Student Paper Award 2011 to Mr LU Hua, a Bachelor Degree graduate of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE). Supervised by Ir Prof. William H.K. LAM, Mr LU's project was titled an "Estimation of Instantaneous Travel Times on Urban Roads Using Video Detection Data in Hong Kong."


Mr Lu and his supervisor Prof. Lam

Faculty Common Orientation Programme 2011


On 26 August 2011, newly admitted students to the Faculty attended a one-day Common Orientation Programme at the Jockey Club Auditorium on the PolyU campus. Organized jointly with the Student Affairs Office, the orientation aims to give all freshmen an introduction to university life and a taste of what they may expect once the academic year starts.

Orientation Programme for Full-time Taught Postgraduate Students 2011/12


For the 2011/12 academic year, about 150 full-time students have been admitted to the taught postgraduate programmes offered by FCE, with over 70% of them coming from the Chinese mainland.

To introduce the newcomers to university life, an Orientation programme was held for them on the afternoon of 29 August 2011.  Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, Dean of FCE, extended his warmest welcome to the incoming students.  During the Orientation, students learnt more about the make-up of the Faculty from the heads of the different departments.  They were also introduced to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and how to become a professional member of this respected organization.   

During the break-out sessions, students had a chance to chat with their award coordinators, who gave them helpful advice on subject selection and other programme-related matters.  Subsequently, a guided library tour was conducted to conclude the half-day Orientation programme.


 

 

Study tour opens eyes of surveying students


From 2-4 June 2011, 21 2nd year BSc Surveying students went on a study tour of the construction industry in Guangzhou and Dongguan. Sponsored by the Faculty of Construction & Environment (FCE) and led by 2 academics from the Department of Building & Real Estate, Prof. Francis WONG and Dr Y.H. CHIANG, tour participants had an opportunity to examine in-depth four selected areas of the construction industry: construction technology, construction safety, surveying practices, and the development of the real estate market in mainland China.

In the well-structured 3-day tour, students attended seminars and visited factories as well as a leading real estate consulting firm established by Prof. S.C. LIU, an alumnus and Adjunct Professor of PolyU. The guided tours of the Dongguan Pristine Metal Works Limited under Gammon and the Orientfunds Precast Limited (a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties) facilitated students’ understanding of construction safety supervision in the factories.

Students were also impressed by the extensive range of applications prefabrication technologies have played in Hong Kong and beyond. The tour concluded with a visit to the Sun Yat-Sen University, where students had an illuminating seminar with Prof. J.P. LIAO, Director of the Institute of Real Estate Studies of the University, in which they learnt about the differences between the surveying professions in China and those in Hong Kong, plus the dissimilarities in the two markets.

The study tour proved to be a big success. Students have learned more than they expected from the trip. Not only did they have a broad exposure to the impressively equipped factories, but they also gained invaluable insights on various issues related to the property sector. They all look forward to having a career in the construction industry one day.


New Academic Staff


Joining the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering this summer is Dr Wendy Y. Chen, an assistant professor who received her PhD in urban forestry from the University of Hong Kong in 2006. Before joining PolyU, she was a research assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong for three years and then an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her research areas include the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services generated by a variety of natural ecosystems, application and validation of economic valuation methods (such as contingent valuation method, hedonic pricing method, and travel cost method) in the Chinese context, people’s perception and interaction with urban nature, and urban environmental studies. Dr Chen has published more than 20 cited journal papers and serves many international journals as a referee. She teaches sustainable development, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management.




Dr Wendy Y. Chen

Another new colleague in the Department of Building and Real Estate is Dr Ryen Zhaomin REN, who joined PolyU after mid-July as an Associate Professor. With more than 20 years of experience, he has worked as a design engineer, a project manager, a consultant, a researcher as well as a lecturer. He received his BSc from Tsinghua University in 1989, MSc from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1999 and PhD from Loughborough University in 2002. His main teaching areas are in Project Management, Construction Management, Project Planning and Control, Contractor's Tender Estimating, Building Information Modelling, and Construction Technology. His research interests are in working collaboratively, measurement of carbon performance of construction activities, artificial intelligence and advanced technologies in construction, as well as international project management. He has served as the regional editor of the Journal of Smart and Sustainable Built Environment.



Dr Ryen Zhaomin REN
Faculty Public Lectures

The Faculty of Construction and Environment was honoured to have the following speakers giving public lectures at PolyU:
Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, Professor and Head, Division of Construction Engineering and Management, Purdue University, gave a public lecture titled “A Decision Support System to Analyze Disaster Impacts on Communities and Industries due to Flood Damaged Infrastructure” . (22 June 2011) Photos


Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak

Prof. SUI Tongbo, Professor, Director General of Sinoma Research Institute, Vice President of China Sinoma Int'l Engineering Co. Ltd., gave a public lecture titled “Materials Innovation for Cement and Concrete Sustainability ─ China's effort” .
(23 June 2011) Photos



Prof. SUI Tongbo
Prof. Gangbing Song, Professor, Director of Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory at University of Houston, gave a public lecture titled “Wireless Sensor Network for Innovative Health Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blade with Active Sensing Approach” . (8 July 2011) Photos


Prof. Gangbing Song
  Prof. Jerry Yan, Chair Professor of Energy Engineering at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) & Mälardalen University, gave a public lecture titled “Solar Photovoltaic (PV)-Driven Water Pumping for Grassland Conservation” .
(31 August 2011) Photos


Prof. Jerry Yan
Prof. Chen Junyong, Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences, gave a public lecture titled “Chinese Beidou (Compass) Satellite Navigation System” . (23 September 2011) Photos


Prof. Chen Junyong

   
Forthcoming Events

Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring
Date: 2-4 November 2011
Venue: Harbour Grand Hong Kong Hotel
Enquiries
Tel: +852 2766 4350
Email: JISDM.2011@polyu.edu.hk
Website: http://dma.lsgi.polyu.edu.hk/index.html

17th Congregation and Faculty Prize Presentation Ceremony

Date: 17-18 November 2011
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The 14th Asia Pacific Vibration Conference (APVC)
Date: 5-8 December 2011
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Website: http://www.cse.polyu.edu.hk/apvc2011/

The APVC is an international refereed conference held once every two years to present and publish the research and development activities related to aspects of dynamic control, sound and vibration, condition monitoring, damping, responses to earthquake ground motions as well as other aspects of dynamic responses for both mechanical and structural engineering systems.

First International Conference on Performance-based and Life-Cycle Structural Engineering (PLSE 2012)
Date: 5-7 December 2012
Abstracts of papers should be emailed to the following address by 15 January 2012:
clplse@inet.polyu.edu.hk
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/PLSE2012

The 5th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability (INSTR)
Date: 18-19 December 2012, Hong Kong
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Website: http://www.instr2012.org

The INSTR series is the premier gathering for the world's leading researchers and professionals interested in transportation network reliability. The scope of the symposium includes all aspects of analysis and design to improve network reliability, including:

  • User perception of unreliability and vulnerability
  • Public policy and reliability of travel times
  • The valuation of reliability
  • The economics of reliability
  • Network reliability modeling and estimation
  • Transport network robustness
  • Reliability of public transportation
  • Travel behavior under uncertainty
  • Vehicle routing and scheduling under uncertainty
  • Risk evaluation and management for transportation networks
  • ITS to improve network reliability
Important Dates  
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (1000 words)  15 January, 2012
Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstract   15 March, 2012
Deadline for submission of full papers for peer review     15 June, 2012
Notification of acceptance or rejection of full paper       15 August, 2012
Deadline for submission of full, revised papers for publication 15 Sept., 2012

Enquiries
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2766-6070
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Email: secretary@instr2012.org

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