In March 2018, the University officially opened the Laboratory for Smart City and Spatial Big Data Analytics. The laboratory forms a platform for academic, industry, and government partners to work hand-in-hand to deliver advanced yet practical solutions. In September 2018, the University received a generous major donation from Ir Dr Otto Poon Lok-to, Founder and Chairman of ATAL Engineering Group, in the name of Otto Poon Charitable Foundation. With the financial support by the donation as the seed fund and a number of foundational projects that have been accomplished or are ongoing, Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute (SCRI) was formally approved by the University and established in May 2020.
Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute (SCRI) provides an interdisciplinary platform for PolyU’s experts to develop an international leading area in Smart Cities by capitalizing on existing interdisciplinary research strengths, including but not limited to departments of Faculty of Construction and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, and Faculty of Business with including other research institutes. To respond to the current gap of the unique traffic characteristics of Hong Kong, the SCRI first initiates a pilot research on smart mobility. As an internationally leading center of excellence in smart mobility, the proposed research framework aims to develop a three-year strategic plan, including four research initiatives.