Green Roofs Create Oases in the City
Professor C Y Jim, Chair Professor of Geography at HKU, has collaborated with CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP) in an exemplary knowledge exchange project to demonstrate the benefits of green roofs and green walls – together they have created the largest Sky Woodland in Hong Kong at a CLP substation in Tseung Kwan O, covering two roofs and exterior walls.
RFID-Enabled Building Information Modeling (BIM) Platform for Prefabrication Housing Production in Hong Kong
A collaborative team of HKU, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Housing Authority has developed an RFID-enabled service-oriented BIM (Building Information Modeling) platform to enhance prefabrication housing production in Hong Kong.
Prevention is the Best Cure for Diabetes
Dr Angela Leung of the School of Nursing knows first-hand the suffering that diabetes can cause patients and their families. Her mother is a sufferer and needs to be connected to a dialysis machine at home every night. The challenge of providing care has proved daunting even for someone of Dr Leung's expertise.
Locating the Right Place for Blood Donation in Hong Kong by Data Analytics
Big data is the use of data mining techniques to analyse large amount of data that were collected from different sources in order to derive useful insights. When the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) was looking for a site for a new donor centre, they sought academic help to find the best location. Dr Michael Chau, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Hong Kong, took on the project with the aim of finding a suitable site that would ultimately increase blood donations.
Monitoring Light Pollution to Save the Night Sky
Hong Kong has one of the worst light pollution problems in the world. Apart from the energy, health and environmental costs, light pollution has another price – the loss of the night sky. For the last 10 years Dr Jason Pun of the Faculty of Science at The University of Hong Kong and his team have been researching the extent of light pollution across Hong Kong, and looking into ways that it can be reduced without the city losing its lustre as the “Pearl of the Orient”. He has also been working with the Hong Kong Space Museum and other organizations to reach out to the general public and to school students, educating them of the negative consequences of light pollution.
Using Cryptography to Track Cybercriminals
Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing, most lucrative and destructive areas of criminal activity in the world today. Dr KP Chow, Associate Director of the Center for Information Security and Cryptography at The University of Hong Kong, is developing software specifically targeting these activities. He has been working closely with the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department to help the authorities track down cybercriminals.
Dental Help for a Neglected Group
Some 140,000 Indonesian domestic helpers are employed in Hong Kong to look after families here, but how well are they looking after themselves?
A Stay-at-Home Project for the Elderly
"Ageing in place" is a concept that has been embraced around the world to enable the elderly to live in their own homes for as long as possible regardless of their abilities. In most developed countries, about three to four per cent of elderly require residential nursing care, but in Hong Kong the figure is 6.8%. A project by HKU's Sau Po Centre on Ageing (CoA) is helping to give more elderly a chance to remain at home for longer.