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Research Impact Fund-supported (RIF) Internal Research Conversation Workshop on Smart Low-carbon Communities Project in Hong Kong on 2nd July 2021

29 Jul 2021

The Asian Energy Studies Centre, Department of Geography, and David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) organised an Internal Research Conversation Workshop which kick-started the 3-year HK$ 4 million Research Impact Fund (RIF) project on Smart Low-carbon Communities in Hong Kong on 2nd July 2021.


This workshop provided a discussion platform for the international and multi-disciplinary research consortium of a total of 30 team members to discover and develop the RIF project, and facilitated research conversations among collaborators from diverse disciplines. The research team consists of 11 HKBU academics, 9 collaborators from local and overseas universities, and 10 local and overseas partner organisations. Among the 26 workshop participants from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, UK and USA, 14 speakers delivered presentations.


The RIF project is titled “Exploring the role of big data analytics in promoting smart low-carbon cities: A human-centered, community-based, and deep engagement approach in Hong Kong”. The workshop featured mainly five sessions: (1) Data-human interface in smart low-carbon communities; (2) Multi-stakeholder perspectives; (3) Multi-disciplinary methodologies; (4) Asian experience; and (5) Developing a solid collaboration plan for the RIF – Smart Low-carbon Community Project.


RIF is a special kind of research funding provided by HKSAR government. The RIF places a significant emphasis on impactful projects and collaboration across disciplines and beyond academia (e.g. with government departments, the business sector, industry and research institutes). This interdisciplinary RIF study is novel. By combining app-based big data analytics (BDA) and community engagement activities, this study utilises BDA and rich datasets to offer householders (electricity consumers) freedom of choice, develop their capacity to build community partnerships, and ultimately, demonstrate a community-based approach to contributing to the decarbonisation of cities. Beyond Hong Kong, this RIF aims to make impacts in Asia. This project has set up an important Asian network – the Asian Low Carbon Cities-Universities Network, including collaborators in Mainland China, Taipei, Japan and Seoul. The Asian network is expected to serve as an important platform for many impactful collaborative works to emerge in the years to come.


Supported by Research Impact Fund, an Internal research conversation workshop on Smart Low-carbon Communities in Hong Kong by our interdisciplinary research team, multi-sectoral partnerships, and Asian network, was held on 2nd July 2021



In the opening remarks, Prof. GUO Yike, Vice-President (Research & Development) and Professor, Department of Computer Science appreciated the Research Impact Fund project led by Dr. MAH Ngar Yin, Daphne is an exemplary example of HKBU’s Smart Society Lab projects. HKBU’s Smart Society Lab is the first Smart Society hub in Asia and contributes to cutting-edge research in society’s future organisational structure, operation and development mode.



Session chairs and 15 speakers shared insights through the Asian Low Carbon Cities-Universities Network.


(1st row from left to right)

Dr. MAH Ngar Yin, Daphne; Dr. CHOI Koon Kau, Byron; Mr. WONG Lap Kei, Kenneth; Prof. NISHIMURA Kiyoshi

(2nd row from left to right)

Dr. LO Tek Sheng, Kevin; Ir. LEUNG Wai Kin; Dr. YAU Wing Kwong; Dr. Chun Kwok Pan

(3rd row from left to right)

Miss FAN Pingyu, Rita; Prof. LEUNG Kwok Hi, Michael; Dr. Alice SIU; Mr. NG Siu King, Kingsley

(4th row from left to right)

Dr. HUANG Liling; Prof. LEE Taedong; Miss CHEUNG Wing Kei, Kiki; Ms. KIM So Young


Session chairs and workshop participants continued to exchange their views during tea break and luncheon.