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Historically PolyU Design’s PhD programme commenced with a strong focus on digital design technology during the nineties. Since then, the programme has expanded into several directions, including social design, management, media design, universal design, as well as design studies, culminating in a diversity of research work, comprised out of a 50 strong student body of whom mostly conduct research on a part-time basis.

As set out under the initiatives, all PhD research is encouraged to link to the three distinct themes of Social Design, Design Economy and Design Making.

Over and above the mandatory requirements of completing 15 credits coursework, each PhD thesis has to produce an independently authored PhD thesis document as proof of the creation of new knowledge fields within the various domains of enquiry. In order to facilitate [a] research process, [b] independent thinking and [c] critical engagement the School of Design requires each PhD student to participate in biannual seminars organised in the format of a PhD Winter and Summer Schools.

PhD Seminars are doctoral seminars organised by PhD student’s committee and driven by their research interest and progress. Enabled by technology, we can now connect the global community on Zoom from wherever we are. The PhD Seminar Series 2020/21 has provided an unprecedented platform to engaged the following speakers on an interactive form of knowledge sharing and critiques.



Current PhD research:

GUAN, Jing A Design Toolkit for Visually Impaired People on Travelling Experience.
IP, Chung Man (Tony) Urban Living with Sky Gardens
JIANG, Ying  Ageing at Home: An Exploration of the Meaning of 'Home' for Care Design.
KING, Pui Yuk (Alex) Universal Product Design for Elderly Living: A Comparative Case Study of User Behavior between Elderly Living Alone and in Residential Care Homes in Hong Kong.
LI, Yang (Karen)
Cultural Integration as a New Path for Reforming Design Education in China.
LIU, Helene Self-Reflexivity as a pathway to nurture and sustain individual creative processes in the context of innovation and design.
NASKOVA, Julija Comparative studies of interactive systems that enhance user experience and marketing results on the cloud, with emphasis on Cross Cultural Differences Between China and the USA. 
NG, Po Choy Computational Design System for Brand Identity.
WANG, Shisi Creating the Online Images of Cities Populated with Chinese Ethinic Groups: Taking Tibetan Cities as an Example.
NAVARRO, Louie T.  The Perfection of the Interior Render: Reconsidering Representations in Interior Design and its Impact on Thinking, Practice, and Policy.
PENG, Yixuan Ecological Conflicts in Chinese Megablock Urbanism - a Landscape Urbanism Approach.
NEL, Darren  A morphological exploration of urban spatial resilience: The case of Hong Kong and Tshwane.
SHAW, Chris  Identifying An Educational Framework To Develop Imaginative Thinking For Animation Students : An Asian Perspective.
ZHANG, Suxin  Placemaking and Revival in Heritage Conservation Areas Located in the Centre of the City in China.
OUSTAMANOLAKIS, Michail Creativity in Entrepreneurship Education: The Case of the Hong Kong Startup Ecosystem.
FONG, Wai Man Tiffany Development and Prospects of Entrepreneurial Capability: A Framework for Design Education in Hong Kong.
QIN, Sabrina Zhenzhen Design Intervention to Prevent Urban Cultural Disintegration in China: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Culture and Urban Civilization through Digital Innovation.
ZHANG, Jun Study on the Effect of Sports Bra on Yoga Practitioners Exercise Behaviour based on the Biomechanical Analysis of Bra-breast Interaction.
WEN, Qi Design Museums in China: A Research on the Cultural Landscape of Design Museums.
LEE, Jen Yoohyun A Study on the Relationship between Site-Specific Narrative Elements and Local Regeneration.
GERA, Krity Facilitating Social Innovation Through Design to Overcome Barriers to Car Sharing in a Multi-Modal Transportation Scenario in Developing Countries (New Delhi, India).
JONES, Rhys Videogame Spectatorship and Secondary Fandom Value.
LEE, Kate Sangwon How social media design can induce users' behaviour to be socially responsible?
WEI, Xintong Design strategies of Urban Residential Area Based on Environmental Well-being in China.
IFTIKHAR, Hassan  University Campus Navigation: A Cross Cultural Study of Signage Understanding in University Campus Navigation Design Using VR Technology.
MILLER, Marty  ‘Home’, Experienced as a Production of Presence in Hong Kong.  
EVANS, Susan
A Design Led Approach for Transformations in a Holistic Circular Economy.
A Framework of Protective Sustainable Design to Promote the Dissemination Effect of Chinese Shadow Puppetry on We-media Platforms with a Study Focus on Huaxian, Shaanxi Province 
Constructing Social and Architecture: Asset Based Design as Socio-material Assemblage in Rural Community Development.
SHEN, Xin  Designing mHealth Applications for Eating Disorders: From an Intersectional Perspective.
LION, Giovanni Concept Formation in Computational Creativity: A Comparative Study of Algorithmic Approaches.
LUO, Jing Autonomous Design: As A Decolonizing Strategy.
WEI, Lai The Role of Animation: Creating Dynamic Representations for Effective Pedagogical Information Transmission.
ZHANG, Wenjing Designing Better User Experience, A Study on The Constructs of Digital Self-identity on Chinese Social Media Platforms.
DING, Jing Immersive Design for Safeguarding Heritage Crafts: A Design Framework to Present Craftsmanship in First Person Perspective.
NAVARETTE, Andrea Building Creative and Sustainable Communities through Social Design in Vulnerable Sectors.
ZHANG, Jie Establishing and Leveraging 3D Statistical Chinese Head Model for Mass and Individual Customizations of Ergonomic Design.
WONG, Lionel Zhen Jie Approaches to applying Machine Learning (ML) to Facilitate Computational Fashion Design.
LUKENGE, Richard Kamya Towards Attaining Socially Inclusive Mobility in Developing Cities: Assessing Informal-Formal Continuum for Participatory Modelling Processes.
ENDEMANN, Henry Leonard Exploring Sustainable Urban Compactness in the Context of Mega-regionalization through Production Patterns - The Greater Bay Area in a Global Comparison.
HE, Rui Research Proposal of A Story Design Language to Drive Automatic Story Generation by Deep Learning.
DAS, Bharati Application of Disruptive Innovation in business strategies of companies: Exploring frameworks that link Value Creation with User Experience.
DU, Yunhe Research on the Design Strategies for Public Facilities in Rural Areas of China under the Countryside Endowment Pattern.
LI, Huanhuan Safe, Friendly, Flexible: 3D vision based intelligent human robot collaboration system design.
DU, Pengyu A Theoretical Model of Metaphorical Design on the Product Users’ Use Behaviours.
HE, Junda A study on interrelation between decision making and creativity in design thinking process : China design education perspective.
ZHENG, Bing Research on Theory and Practice of Synergistic Mechanism Based on Design-driven Brand.
MUNOZ PRIETO, Daniel Alejandro Experience design and immersive technology for the protection of physical and mental health: a cognitive, affective, and behavioral approach in the context of the construction industry.
HUANG, Shiming
Robot Cares about the Depression Human. Understand you as other humans does.
WEI, Xiaokang
Accurate 3D Human Head Reconstruction from Image.
CHIN, Ho Yun Grace  How might social media be used to destigmatize negative perception of mental health and encourage help-seeking behaviour in youths?
WU, Xiuxiu
Design innovation in design-centric SMEs How to developing strategies that can stimulate design innovation from intrinsic motivation and creative self-efficacy for SMEs designers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) toward benefiting both SMEs owners and policymakers. 
LI, Yating
A Research on Design Thinking in Chinese Education.
XING, Pangrui
Designing Tangible Interactions among Connected Things.
LEE, Ching
Reterritorialising the hyper dense city from a perspectivist approach - A study of the complex fold between the ‘private’ and the ‘public’ in the context of Hong Kong.
DAS, Mohana
Post-occupancy Evaluation on long-term care homes for the elderly in a post-pandemic world in Hong Kong: Strategies for health smart homes and home-based consumer health technologies as a public health intervention for independent aging. 
From Co-design to environmental policy: an online offline integrated model to facilitate sustained recycling behavior.
Mapping the landscape ecology sustainability of Pearl River Delta with a Bayesian Belief Network Model.
GUI, Shun
Human-Robot Interaction Reinforcement Learning based on Facial Emotion Recognition.
ZHU, Yujie
AIoT-enabled Interactive Education and Training Approach for Assisting Rehabilitation.
BI, Xia
Positive Solitude: Rethinking public open space design in densely populated urban contexts — A Study in Hong Kong
LONG, Qiling
Public Inclusive Design in the Post Pandemic Era for the Visually Impaired, to Enhance Social Inclusion.
LIU, Zhuoman
A Correlative Statistical Shape Model of both Head Skin and Bone Surfaces for Ergonomic Headgear Design.
WAN, Jingyi
Dynamic Human Body Reconstruction from a Sparse Multi-view Video.
The Evolving Human Dimensions of Public Space from the Chinese Perspective: Directions for Inclusive Public Design.





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