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Director JohnShi ND4 5426

Dear All,

You are welcome to Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute (SCRI), of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

SCRI was officially approved by the University during April 2020, based on the achievement of the Laboratory for Smart City and Spatial Big Data Analytics, launched at the University, in March 2018.

SCRI aims to develop cutting-edge smart city technologies, together with the means whereby the appropriate developed technologies can be transferred to industry and hence, provide and demonstrate smart city solutions. To achieve the goals, SCRI is to be designed as an open platform, and include scholars and their interdisciplinary research, and also the general public, so as to involve all in appropriate SCRI activities and thereby achieve successful smart city development.

The Smart City area, together with those of Aerospace and Aviation Engineering, Drug Development and Health Science, AI, Big Data and Fintech, Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Humanities, and Advanced Materials, are the PolyU’s key areas of research excellence.

It is of note that, currently, the Smart city movement has been identified as one of the most important support strategies to ensure the sustainable development of cities in many countries and areas worldwide. Hence, with the aim of developing a world class smart city, the Hong Kong Government, in December 2017, published the first version of a Smart City Blueprint for their city, namely “Smart Mobility”, “Smart Living”, “Smart Environment”, “Smart People”, “Smart Government” and “Smart Economy”. Finally in December 2020, the Smart City Blueprint 2 .0 was published, putting forth over 130 initiatives the aims of which were to continue to enhance and expand existing city management measures and services.

SCRI will focus on smart mobility at the current stage, and then further proceed to cover other areas, such as smart living and smart governance. The PolyU is intended to be used as a living testbed for SCRI, and the technologies developed in SCRI further used in Hong Kong, and then Great Bay Area and eventually worldwide.

Currently, four research initiatives have been identified in SCRI and include

  • An integrated 3D spatial data infrastructure for autonomous vehicles and transportation services
  • Connected Vehicle-Infrastructure-Pedestrian (VIP) Environment for complicated urban environments, such as that in Hong Kong
  • Smart Positioning and Navigation Solutions for Complex Urban Environments
  • Big data analytics for travel patterns and the varied mobility behavior of an ageing populations in vertical cities

SCRI welcomes research collaborations from research institutes, industry sectors and government departments. The newly developed cutting edge technologies and solutions developed in SCRI will provide the important elements, necessary, to build Hong Kong as a global smart city.

Prof. John W Z Shi
Director, Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University