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DLS by Prof Ioannis Brilakis on 8 March 20242000 x 1050 pxEN

Prof. Ioannis BRILAKIS of University of Cambridge to deliver PAIR Distinguished Lecture on built environment digital twinning

PAIR cordially invites you to join our Distinguished Lecture on 8 March 2024 (Friday) at 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (Hong Kong Time) on the PolyU campus and via Zoom. The lecture titled “Digital Twinning the Built Environment” will be delivered by Prof. Ioannis BRILAKIS, Laing O’Rourke Professor of Civil & Information Engineering and Director of the Construction Information Technology Laboratory, University of Cambridge.    Digital Twinning methods can produce a reliable digital record of the built environment and enable owners to reliably protect, monitor and maintain the condition of their assets. The built environment is comprised of large assets that need significant resource investments to design, construct, maintain and operate them. Improving productivity, i.e., efficiency and effectiveness, and creating new, disruptive ways to address existing problems throughout their lifecycle can generate significant performance improvements in cost, time, quality, safety, sustainability, and resilience metrics for all involved parties. Creating and maintaining an up-to-date electronic record of built environment assets in the form of rich Digital Twins can help generate such improvements.   This talk introduces research conducted at the University of Cambridge on inexpensive methods for generating object-oriented infrastructure geometry, detecting, and mapping visible defects on the resulting Digital Twin, automatically extracting defect spatial measurements, and sensor and sensor data modelling. The results of these methods are further exploited through their application in design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA), mixed-reality-enabled mobile inspection, and proactive asset protection from accidental damage.   Prof. Brilakis completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2005. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2008) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (2008-2012) before moving to Cambridge in 2012 as a Laing O’Rourke Lecturer. He was promoted to Reader in October 2017 and to Professor in 2021. He has also held visiting posts at the Department of Computer Science, Stanford University as a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Vision (2014) and at the Technical University of Munich as a Visiting Professor, Leverhulme International Fellow (2018-2019), and Hans Fischer Senior Fellow (2019-2023). He is a recipient of the 2022 EC3 Scherer Award, 2022 EC3 Thorpe Medal, 2019 ASCE J. James R. Croes Medal, the 2018 ASCE John O. Bickel Award, the 2013 ASCE Collingwood Prize, the 2012 Georgia Tech Outreach Award, a 2010 NSF CAREER award, and a 2009 ASCE Associate Editor Award. Prof. Brilakis is an author of over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, an Associate Editor of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Construction Engineering and Management, Elsevier Automation in Construction, and Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics Journals, and the lead founder of the European Council on Computing in Construction.   Don’t miss the chance to learn from distinguished scholar!   Find out more and register at:

27 Feb, 2024

PAIR Distinguished Lecture Series

Excel x Impact is now avaianle onlineIssue 132000 x 1050EN

Excel x Impact is now available online!

Check out the latest issue of Excel x Impact for articles featuring the interdisciplinary research and recent developments at PAIR: Reaching for the stars: PolyU’s contributions to national space exploration Researchers develop novel selenium nanoparticles for postmenopausal osteoporosis management PolyU receives substantial research funding from the Research Grants Council PolyU-nurtured startups win major innovation awards (Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area High-value Patent Portfolio Layout Competition 20233 - Gold Award - Telefield Medical Imaging Limited) 208 PolyU academics among world’s top 2% Scientists 15 PolyU scholars named Highly Cited Researchers 2023 PolyU researchers win award for innovative music therapy system for the elderly

20 Feb, 2024


MHRC Member Dr Jacky NG named APS Rising Star_2000 x 1050

MHRC Member Dr Jacky NG named APS Rising Star

Dr Jacky NG Chi-kit, Member of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC), has been selected as one of the Rising Stars of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The Rising Star designation recognises outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research career. Awardees were evaluated for their research excellence based on six criteria, including publications; recognitions; discoveries, methodological innovations, or theoretical or empirical contributions; work with potentially broad impact; commitment to diversity in science; and demonstrated independence from mentors. Dr Ng is dedicated to investigating various methodological artifacts in mediation and moderation models, and utilising these models to gain insights into various social phenomena. His research findings have been published in internationally renowned journals. Currently, Dr Ng’s research focuses on developing an implementation-friendly statistical tool to differentiate analytically equivalent models in moderation analysis and employing this tool to identify the mitigating factors for social media-induced depression.   The full list of 2024 APS Rising Stars is available at:

20 Feb, 2024

Awards & Recognitions

RCdTT celebrates official launch at inauguration ceremony_2000 x 1050

RCDTT celebrates official launch at inauguration ceremony

The inauguration ceremony of the Research Centre for Digital Transformation of Tourism (RCDTT) was successfully held on 19 February 2024. The plaque unveiling ceremony was held with the presence of officiating guests, including Prof. Gang LI, Professor of Tourism Economics and Director of the Centre for Competitiveness of the Visitor Economy, University of Surrey, UK; Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, PolyU President; Prof. Christopher CHAO, Vice President (Research and Innovation); Prof. Qingyan CHEN, Director of PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research; Prof. Kaye CHON, Dean of School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM); Ms Monica LEE-MULLER, Vice Chairman of SHTM Industry Advisory Committee; Prof. Haiyan SONG, Director of RCDTT; Prof. LI Qing, Co-Director of RCDTT; as well as Dr Dan WANG, Prof. Mimi LI and Prof. Dan WANG, Associate Directors of RCDTT. The RCDTT was established under PAIR to lead interdisciplinary research on optimising travel experiences and achieving environmental and business sustainability through digitally transforming tourism and related businesses. The inauguration of RCDTT marks PolyU’s stepped-up efforts in driving hospitality and tourism research and propelling the travel industry towards a “digital future”. We look forward to many exciting and impactful research outcomes from the Centre! Watch now: Visit RCDTT’s official website at:

19 Feb, 2024


Five PAIR researchers featured in PolyImpact Volume II

Five PAIR researchers featured in PolyImpact Volume II

PolyImpact: PolyU Inventions and Innovations that Benefit that World includes a collection of ten impactful stories of the innovations and entrepreneurship at PolyU that address global problems and create real societal impact. Check out the latest volume of PolyImpact for stories featuring five PAIR researchers!   Story Name of PAIR Researcher Title(s) and Constituent Research Unit(s) On solid ground: Innovative, eco-friendly technique uses dredged sediments and industrial wastes as fill materials for land reclamation to save time, reduce cost, and lower carbon footprint Ir Prof. YIN Jianhua Chair Professor of Soil Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Management Committee Member of Research Institute for Land and Space (RILS)   Member of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) Construction reimagined: Smart system employs cutting-edge technologies to automate construction site management tasks, improving performance in terms of cost, time, quality, and safety Ir Prof. LI Heng Chair Professor of Construction Informatics, Department of Building and Real Estate Associate Director of Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Things (RIAIoT)   Management Committee Member of Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems (RI-IWEAR) and Research Institute for Land and Space (RILS)   Member of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) and Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology (RISports) True colours: State-of-the-art R&D optimises colours in lighting and imaging systems, improving users’ experience and well-being Prof. Tommy WEI Minchen Professor, Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering Management Committee Member of Photonics Research Institute (PRI)   Member of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) and Research Centre for SHARP Vision (RCSV) Taking out the guesswork: Computational models boost yield and reduce scrap rate in manufacturing ultra-thin, chemically strengthened, curved cover glass for electronic devices Dr RUAN Haihui Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Member of Photonics Research Institute (PRI) Rewire and revive: Lightweight 3-in-1 robotic arm helps stroke victims recover mobility at home by rewiring the brain while allowing remote monitoring by professionals Dr HU Xiaoling Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering Member of Research Institute for Smart Ageing (RISA) and Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology (RISports)   Read the full publication:   

16 Feb, 2024


Secretary for Innovation Technology and Industry visits RCDSE

Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry visits RCDSE Space Resources Laboratory

Prof. SUN Dong, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, paid a visit to PolyU on 7 February 2024 and was warmly received by Prof. YUNG Kai-leung, Director of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations (RCDSE), Sir Sze-yuen Chung Professor in Precision Engineering, Chair Professor of Precision Engineering and Associate Head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prof. Sun visited RCDSE’s newly established Space Resources Laboratory to learn about the latest development of deep space research. The Laboratory is used to store the returned planetary regolith from sample return missions and equipped with advanced electron microscopic system for in-situ regolith analysis. Watch now:   Online coverage: Hong Kong Economic Times - Ta Kung Pao - Dot Dot News -

7 Feb, 2024

Scholarly Engagement

PolyU ground-breaking research on novel treatment against superbug listed2023 Top Ten

PolyU ground-breaking research on novel treatment against “superbug” listed 2023 Top Ten I&T News in Hong Kong

A PolyU research discovered the pathogenic mechanism of and novel treatment against “superbug” was listed among the 2023 Top Ten I&T News in Hong Kong by the Beijing Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre. The research was led by Prof. CHEN Sheng, Member of the Research Institute for Future Food (RiFood), Member of the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology Drug Discovery, Chair Professor of Microbiology and Head of Department of Food Science and Nutrition. The team discovered a newly emerged genetic variant of Klebsiella pneumoniae, namely the hyper-resistant and hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-hvKP). This superbug is not only multidrug-resistant, but also highly invasive. It can cause untreatable and fatal infections even in healthy individuals. To date, CR-hvKP has been regarded as an “urgent threat to human health” by many medical experts worldwide. After several years of intensive research, the team has made breakthroughs in their efforts to delineate the pathogenic mechanism of CR-hvKP and devise effective intervention strategies. For the first time in the world, the team discovered that immunosuppressants can be used in the treatment of CR-hvKP infection, bringing important insights for the design of clinical treatments in the future. The research findings have recently been published in two prestigious journals, namely Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapyunder Nature and Journal of Infection.   Further reading:   Online coverage: Ta Kung Pao - Wen Wei Po - Hong Kong China News Agency -   Online coverage about the research: TVB - Now TV - i-Cable - RTHK - Oriental Daily News - Ming Pao Daily News - Hong Kong Economic Journal - Hong Kong Economic Times - am730 - Wen Wei Po - HK01 - Medical Inspire - China News Service -

6 Feb, 2024


Two PAIR scholars bestowed HKAES Fellow honour_2000 x 1050_EN

Two PAIR scholars bestowed HKAES Fellow honour

Congratulations to Prof. WANG Zuankai, Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation), Member of the Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems (RI-IWEAR) and the Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology (RISports), and Prof. Jerry YAN Jinyue, Chair Professor of Energy and Buildings, Management Committee Member of the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) and Member of the Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Research Institute for Smart Energy (RISE), on their election as 2023 Fellows of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES), in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of science, engineering and technology for the benefit of society. The HKAES is a professional engineering organisation in Hong Kong. Elected fellows are recognised leaders in their professions with distinguished achievements in engineering sciences and their applications. A total of 13 engineering experts received the prestigious honour this year.

4 Feb, 2024

Awards & Recognitions

PAIR research projects shine in RGC Collaborative Research Fund 202324 exercise_2000 x 1050_EN

PAIR research projects shine in RGC Collaborative Research Fund 2023/24 exercise

In the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) 2023/24 exercise of the Research Grant Committee (RGC), PolyU has 9 projects granted with a total of HK$55.491 million from the Collaborative Research Project Grant (CRPG), ranking first among Hong Kong universities in the amount of CRPG funding awarded; and 2 projects granted with a total of $9.435 million from the Young Collaborative Research Grant (YCRG). Among them, eight CRPG projects and both YCRG projects are led by PAIR researchers.   Name of PI Title(s) and Constituent Research Unit(s) Research Project Amount PAIR projects supported by CRPG Prof XIA Yong Management Committee Member of RIAIoT Member of RISUD and RCDSE Towards future climate-resilient sea-crossing bridges via intelligent learning of long-term real monitoring data $5,056,919 Prof YANG Mo Member of PRI and RISports High-resolution single-cell multi-omics: Joint profiling of multiple types of biomolecules in the same single cell $6,412,248 Prof CHEN Jianli Member of RILS Multi-sensor monitoring, geophysical interpretation and prediction of sea level rise in Hong Kong $6,567,108 Dr TAN Youhua Member of RISA and RCSV The roles of mechanically heterogeneous local niches within primary tumors in metastatic organotropism $5,985,252 Prof. CAO Jiannong Director of RIAIoT Management Committee Member of RISUD Member of RiFood, RI-IWEAR, RISE, RISA and SCRI Heterogeneity-aware collaborative edge AI acceleration $7,364,305 Prof. WANG Yuhong Member of RILS, RISE, RISUD and RCRE Improving the health and stability of roadside trees in compact urban development through novel road systems and tree root “training” $5,407,780 Dr CHENG King Yip Kenneth Member of RiFood and RCMI White adipose tissue (fat) dysfunction in ageing and its related metabolic diseases: New insights and therapeutic potential $8,166,029 Dr ZHAO Jiong Member of RIAM Scalable two-dimensional polymorphic ferroelectrics towards in-memory processing $4,100,714 PAIR projects supported by YCRG Dr Bolton CHAU Associate Director of MHRC The role of the human frontopolar cortex in complex decision making: Neural network modelling, aging, and enhancement $4,591,504 Dr LIU Liang Member of RIAIoT Sensing in 6G cellular networks $4,843,318

30 Jan, 2024

Funding & Donations

20240124 Former Olympic diving gold medallist WANG Xin Distinguished Elite Athletes Seminar20001050E

Former Olympic diving gold medallist WANG Xin Speaks at Distinguished Elite Athletes Seminar

Former Olympic diving gold medallist WANG Xin speaks at Distinguished Elite Athletes Seminar The Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology (RISports) co-organised the inaugural Distinguished Elite Athletes Seminar on 24 January 2024, in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, PolyU–Samaranch Sports Development Centre and PolyU–HKSI Research Centre. In the seminar titled “Never Stop Dreaming”, Ms WANG Xin, former Olympic diving gold medallist, shared with nearly 100 participants coming from PolyU, sports and related industry her journey from a sportsman to a research scholar. Ms Wang is currently a Sports Advisor of RISports and PhD student at PolyU. She won a Gold Medal in women’s 10m synchro platform event and a bronze medal in women’s 10m platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is also a gold medal winner in other international sports competitions including World Champions, Asian Games, Universiade and FINA Diving World Cup.

24 Jan, 2024

Research Institute / Research Centre Seminars

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