Smart Living
By Prof. Bertram E. SHI (Moderator)
Head & Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

By Prof. Jack CHENG
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

By Prof. Ming LIU
Assistant Professor, Departments of Electronic & Computer Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering

By Prof. Hongyu YU
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Date: 10 Dec 2018
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: HKUST Business School Central
15/F, Hong Kong Club Building,
3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Enquires: Ms Queenie Chu
2358 8365 / sfl@ust.hk


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From Smart Facilities Management to Smart Cities: Creating the ‘digital twin’

by Prof. Jack C. P. CHENG

Smart cities require smart ways to operate and maintain their buildings and infrastructure. Smart facilities management makes use of data-driven replications of physical processes (the ‘digital twin’) coupled with Internet of Things technologies. Building information modeling, increasingly used in the global construction industry and now mandated for major public projects, provides a basis for creating such a digital twin to support Hong Kong as a smart city. Prof. Cheng will use examples of these related applications to outline the smart city concept, noting the opportunities and challenges likely to arise.

 

Robotic Perception – from Autonomous Driving to Autonomous Logistics

by Prof. Ming LIU

Prof. Liu will outline recent developments in robotic perception technologies, which combine sound and visual data to mimic human perception in areas such as autonomous driving and delivery robots. His team’s mission is to create intelligent systems that can operate autonomously in complex and diverse environments, using multiple approaches. This includes novel methods and tools for human-robot interaction, cognition, knowledge abstraction, mapping, learning, representation, planning and execution.

 

Developing Tactile Panels for Visually Impaired People

by Prof. Hongyu YU

Visually impaired people face great challenges in learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, owing to their inability to access visual content. Prof Yu’s team are therefore developing novel tools to produce images with tactile 3D profiles, which allow the visually impaired to sense the information according to surface height variation. This interdisciplinary project, integrating research and development in various areas of education and engineering, offers a fine example of how smart living developments can help create a more inclusive society.

Speaker Profile
Prof. Bertram E. SHI (Moderator)
Head & Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

Prof. Bertram E. Shi received the BS and MS Degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he is the Head and Professor of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests lie in the areas of neuromorphic engineering, robotics, human machine interfaces, computational neuroscience, with a particular focus on the use of machine learning in visual information processing and visually guided control. Prof. Shi is an IEEE Fellow and has twice named as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I and II, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering.
Prof. Jack CHENG
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Prof. Cheng is an alumnus of HKUST, where he obtained his Bachelor and MPhil degrees before taking a Doctorate at Stanford University. Besides his work in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he is Director of HKUST’s RFID Center and Associate Director of the GREAT Smart Cities Center. Among numerous professional roles, he chairs the American Society of Civil Engineers Global Center of Excellence for Computing and the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council BIM Standards (Phase 2) Task Force. He is a Professional Member of Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modeling and a Certified Carbon Auditor Professional.
Prof. Ming LIU
Assistant Professor, Departments of Electronic & Computer Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering

Prof. Liu graduated from ETH, Zurich in 2013. An IEEE senior member, he is Assistant Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering at HKUST as well as Director of the Robotics and Multi-perception Laboratory. His significant contributions to the artificial intelligence and robotics fields over the past decade include more than 90 publications in top robotic journals and at international conferences. He received the IEEE IROS Young Professional Award in 2018. He is on the judging panel of the Hong Kong Awards for Industries and in 2017, his research team developed the first autonomous vehicle in Hong Kong.
Prof. Hongyu YU
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Prof. Yu joined HKUST earlier this year after ten years at Arizona State University in the Schools of Earth & Space Exploration and Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, where he was principal investigator for several projects from NASA, NSF and Intel. He has published more than 110 referred articles and had six US patents issued. He received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from Tsinghua University, China, and his the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. His interest is to provide engineering solutions that meet the demands of scientific studies and real life, while promoting society’s advances and equal opportunities.
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