Aim and Scope

The RISUD Annual International Symposium (RAIS) Series aims to provide an international platform for in-depth exchanges in key areas related to sustainable urban development and to serve as a catalyst for international collaboration. The third symposium of the series (RAIS 2018), to be held on 29 – 30 June 2018, will be focused on “Inter-disciplinary Research for Societal Impact".

The symposium will consist of Invited Plenary Presentations to be delivered by a significant number of distinguished researchers on day 1 and 5 workshops on day 2 as detailed below; these workshops will address four frontier topics of significant importance to sustainable urban development.

Name of workshop

Workshop 1 –
Urban Air Pollution and Health

Workshop 2 –
Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage

Workshop 3 –
Industrialization for Modular Construction

Workshop 4 –
Smart Urban Transportation

Workshop 5 –
5th Cross-Strait Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Chair &

Prof. Hai GUO & Prof. Xiang-dong LI

Prof. Sheng-wei WANG & Prof. Meng NI

Prof. Geoffrey Q. P. SHEN & Dr Jian-guo DAI

Prof. Anthony CHEN & Dr Tony N.N. SZE

Prof. Jin-guang TENG & Dr You DONG

Significance / Scope

Urban air pollution has received a considerable amount of attention because of its expected roles in health effect. It is of critical importance to develop an in-depth scientific understanding of the multidimensional urban system and the role of its key anthropogenic emission sources in the formation, growth and atmospheric dynamics of air pollution. This knowledge is crucial for guiding future technologies, urban development and regulatory scenes to minimize negative impacts while benefiting from progress.

Energy is the driving force for economic development throughout the world. Advanced energy conversion and storage technologies as well as energy system optimization are critical for energy saving and renewable energy applications to reduce greenhouse gas and pollutant emission for smart city development.

Compared with traditional construction methods, industrialized construction processes have a number of advantages, such as increased labour productivity, accelerated pace of construction, reduced costs and improved quality. Rapid advances in this field are expected over the coming decade due to the development and application of new technologies and processes, such as innovative materials and structural systems, advanced ICT technologies, and new manufacturing methods.

Smart mobility includes innovations to deal with problems in the transportation sector that range from policy, through design, control to management, using information and communication technology. It can address the challenges in future urban transportation development and improve the efficiency, reliability, safety, environment and quality of life.

The 5th Forum of the series will be focused on two important topics: (a) High performance materials and 3D printing in construction; and (b) Urban resilience. Financially supported by the Kwang-hua Education Foundation, researchers from PolyU and five designated partner universities will gather to review the latest advances and explore collaborative research opportunities in these two exciting areas.


Each workshop aims to review the current status, identify future research needs and explore collaborative opportunities in the area


Invited presentations plus in-depth discussions