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Research Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

Our vision of RIAM is to create a world class hub for global research and knowledge transfer in advanced manufacturing to drive the economic growth of Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the Nation.

Four themes of advanced manufacturing are addressed:
1. Advanced processing and materials technologies
2. Carbon neutral manufacturing
3. Digital manufacturing
4. Manufacturing systems and instrumentation

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Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Things

Our research themes are organised in the research framework:

  • AIoT infrastructure
  • AIoT system platform
  • AIoT analytics
  • AIoT applications
  • Cross-layer issues

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Research Institute for Future Food

RiFood has three main Research Directions namely Food Sustainability, Smart Technology & Functional Food Development and Nutrition & Human Health. These three Research Directions are originated from the interactions among “Environment”, “Food” and “Human”, forming an interdisciplinary & coherent Research Programme.

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Research Institute of Intelligent Wearable Systems

By interdisciplinary collaboration, new technologies have been developed by the PolyU team for many applications, such as healthcare, the Internet of things, robotics, sports and the fashion industry. Examples include new fabric-sensing technologies used in smart footwear and clothing to train athletes, prevent sports injuries and help people suffering from hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetics. In addition, new processing technologies have been developed on PolyU campus to produce novel electronic fabrics made from the world finest electronic yarns. Other types of smart clothing can change shape and size, provide air ventilation and even actively cool its wearer in response to environmental changes. These contributions have been well recognised by academic peers in the world, Hong Kong governments and industries.

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Research Institute for Land and Space

Two Decades of Settlement of Hong Kong International Airport Studied

The Hong Kong International Airport was built largely on reclaimed land. It has therefore experienced various magnitudes of settlement since its operation in 1998. The research team has applied a satellite remote sensing technique developed by the research team to study the settlement rate of the Airport over the past two decades and its relationship with different types of filling materials (Wu et al.).

Wu, S.W., Yang Z.F., Ding X.L., Zhang B.C., Zhang L., Lu Z. Two decades of settlement of Hong Kong International Airport measured with multi-temporal InSAR, Remote Sensing of Environment 248 (2020) 111976

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Photonics Research Institute

The RI collaborates extensively with industry leading to technology commercialisation and spin-off companies. In terms of research outputs, photonics has been a major driver of high-impact publications. Among all the publications in Science, Nature and their branch journals by PolyU in 2020, over 1/3 of them is from photonics.  The RI currently has one of the best research facilities in Asia, including silica and polymer fibre draw towers, fibre Bragg grating fabrication facilities, high capacity optical communication system testbed, optical fibre sensor research facilities and photonic material research facilities.

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Research Institute for Smart Ageing

The RISA has been associated with several well-established bases for ageing-related research and development, including Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub (JCSAH), Institute of Active Ageing (IAA), Centre for Gerontological Nursing, Jockey Club Design Institution of Social Innovation (DISI), Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Center (JCREC), etc, hosted by different PolyU departments. PolyU has also gained its reputation in global smart ageing technology, including its leading role for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Chapter of the International Society of Gerontechnology (ISG), WHO Collaborating Center for Community Heath Service with focus on ageing-related services. In addition, ageing research and care in the community is becoming increasingly important, and PolyU has unique strengths in community-based research, development, and service.

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Otto PoonCharitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the SCRI team has developed a series of solutions for fighting the pandemic, including the prediction methods for COVID-19 symptom onset risk, vaccine allocation based on pandemic symptom onset risk prediction, and a 3D COVID-19 visualization and symptom onset prediction system. The team used rapid whole-genome sequencing to identify the transmission links among COVID-19 cases, which serves important reference for identifying the sources of the 3rd and 4th waves of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. The results have been adopted by the Hong Kong Government for adjusting multiple healthcare policies and constructing contacts chains of the cases, thereby making significant contribution to the pandemic control in Hong Kong.

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Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Research Institute of Smart Energy

RISE is established, as a cross-disciplinary research platform in PolyU, for developing innovative and sustainable energy technologies and solutions. It involves five major focus areas:
• District energy systems and smart grid
• Smart buildings and smart energy systems
• Advanced energy storage technologies
• Advanced and renewable energy conversion technologies
• Advanced energy materials

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Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology

The RISports will be an advanced research platform, aiming to integrate PolyU experts and to collaborate with world leaders to provide scientific and novel engineering solutions for sports. The major goals of RISports are:

  1. to conduct cutting-edge research in the thematic areas of sports science and technology;
  2. to transfer scientific and engineering knowledge and applications to sports industry and sports institutes through collaboration with companies and organisations; and
  3. to nurture future leaders in sports science and technology.

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Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

RISUD includes 36 research groups under five divisions: Division of Urban Systems, Division of Urban Infrastructure, Division of Urban Environment, Division of Green Buildings and Division of Smart Cities.

The 36 research groups of RISUD are each led by a senior researcher who is an internationally recognised scholar in the area. The research groups, as the nodes of a dynamic interactive network, organise themselves by common interest to form strong teams for major multi-disciplinary research projects to advance the frontiers of knowledge and technologies.

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Research Centre for Chinese Medicine Innovation

RCMI aims to conduct high impact research to provide scientific evidence to the traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory for better understanding by the research community, medical community and the general public. With the interdisciplinary expertise in this centre, we will make the best use of the modern tools like metabolomics, chemical biology, functional MRI, etc. To understand and illustrate the TCM theory and its action mechanism, we will focus on the use TCM formula and TCM practices like Tai Chi, Qi Gong to address the needs of the community with the following research themes: 1) Women’s health; 2) Metabolic syndrome and liver diseases; 3) Integrative solution for physical wellness. Our goal is to promote the integrated use of Chinese Medicine in primary care settings.

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Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations

A dual-track approach of science and technology will be adopted to facilitate international research collaboration whilst retaining our strength in space robotics technology.

1. Scientific Track
• Planetary surface construction and geotechnical mechanics
• Planetary resource and microbis
• Planetary remote sensing and mapping for landing site selection
• Space Environment and Payload Research

2. Technology Track
Continue current research relating to the development of innovative concepts in support of proposals for future missions.

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Mental Health Research Centre

MHRC focuses on investigating and analysing mental health problems, their underlying mechanisms, clinical practices and policy issues via basic and neuroscience investigation, intervention models, cultural impact, and mental health policy study in Hong Kong and globally.

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Research Centre for Resources Engineering towards Carbon Neutrality

RCRE aspires to establish PolyU as a forefront global research centre in solid waste recycling issues to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions for achieving carbon neutrality.

The research direction can be summarised as:

- Environmental and financial impact studies
- Policy and social perspective studies
- Waste valorization technology studies

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Research Centre for SHARP Vision

Vision health is at the heart of healthy living. Therefore, research into healthy vision is pertinent to mankind of all walks of life. Strategically, the Research Centre for SHARP Vision (RCSV) strives:
• To unravel the basic mechanisms of healthy visual system development from the eye to the brain.
• To research into the maintenance of healthy life-long sharp vision.
• To develop capabilities for optimizing, restoring and regenerating vision.

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