PROJECT COORDINATOR / PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:
- LAU, Alexis Kai-Hon – Professor, Division of Environment & Sustainability / Civil & Environmental Engineering, HKUST
- CHEN, Lei – Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST
- FUNG, Jimmy Chi-Hung – Head and Professor, Division of Environment & Sustainability / Dept. of Mathematics, HKUST
- NING, Zhi – Associate Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST
- Wenwei CHE – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
- LO, Hong-Kam – Head and Chair Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, HKUST
- QU, Huamin – Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST
- FREY, H. Christopher – Glen E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering. North Carolina State University
- WONG, Tze-Wai – Research Professor, School of Public Health and Primary Care, Chinese University of Hong Kong
- WONG, Michelle – Senior Communications Manager (Environment), Institute for the Environment, HKUST
- CARRUTHERS, David – Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, United Kingdom
- CHEUNG, Freeman – Senior Vice President, Environment, Greater China, AECOM, Hong Kong
Project coordinator / Principal investigator
Prof. Alexis LAU has extensive project management experience, leading multiple research teams with immense success (he has managed over HK$ 88 million worth of projects as the PI/PM). As the PRAISE project coordinator, his primary role to make sure the team works effectively towards the overall goal to develop personalised real-time air quality, exposure, and health risk analyses and forecasts for Hong Kong.
Task 1: Atmospheric modelling
Prof. Jimmy FUNG is a veteran in modelling local and regional meteorology and air quality. His research team brings unique talents to this project, with a focus on the meso-scale meteorological modelling, regional and street-level air quality modelling and analyses. Prof. Fung’s team will utilise the PATH/ADMS-Urban model to perform air pollutant concentration forecasts that are accurate down to the street level.
Task 2: Air quality sensing technology
Prof. Zhi NING has acted as a PI/PM for a total 22 projects worth over HK$16 million during the past four years at City University. As a PRAISE team leader, he oversees air monitoring and personal exposure assessments practices, ensuring quality assurance and control. His management experience is invaluable in driving the project forward.
Task 2: Air quality characterisation by microenvironments
Dr. Wenwei CHE has particular research focuses on developing methodologies and conducting field measurements and models for assessing human exposure to air pollutants. Dr. Che led a large-scale field measurement campaign for PRAISE-HK over 200 sites – including homes, schools, offices, transportation and on the pavements. She also assists in developing microenvironmental models for exposure estimates.
Task 3: Urban informatics and big data analytics
Prof. QU Huamin is proficient in big data analytics and user-interface design, having collaborated with IBM, Microsoft, Huawei, and Tencent on a variety of projects. Among others, he developed the award-winning VisMOOC data analytics system. In this project, he leads Task 3 (Urban Informatics and Big Data Analytics), and will assist Prof. Chen Lei with Task 5 (Mobile App and Web database and Server Development).
Task 4: Transport modelling
Prof. Hong-Kam LO has conducted transportation research and consultancy projects for two decades –his portfolio includes over 55 research and consultancy projects. With PRAISE, he will conduct transportation analysis and simulation studies related to the impact of various transport-related emissions management strategies in Hong Kong.
Task 5: Mobile technology
Prof. CHEN Lei has rich research and engineering experience on big data analytics and mobile app development. His responsibilities at PRAISE include analysing air pollution data, developing the mobile app to collect relevant air pollution data, and verifying the accuracy of proposed prediction models.
Task 6: Personal air pollution exposure assessment
Prof. Christopher FREY is an expert research investigator and multidisciplinary team leader; his past projects covered air quality modelling, exposure assessment, statistics, transportation systems, and public health. In this project, Dr. Frey will direct the development of the Personal Air Pollution Exposure Assessment Model, as well as analysing microenvironmental AQ measurements.
Task 7: Personal exposure / Health-risk analysis and prediction
Prof. WONG Tze-Wai is leading PRAISE’s health assessment team as an external consultant. Having played a key role in formulating Hong Kong’s Air Quality Health Index, he brings a wealth of experience in studying air pollution’s impact on human health.
Task 8: Public education & stakeholders engagement
Dr. Michelle WONG successfully relayed the world of science to the public as the head of communications at a leading Hong Kong think-tank during a 8-year long tenure. Combining this skill with her doctorate in clinical microbiology and environmental science, she has an instrumental role in conducting stakeholder engagement campaigns and promoting PRAISE-HK to the public.
Task 9: Management, review & audit
Ms. Ophelia LEE is well versed in project management, having performed this responsibility for over two decades. She will assist the Project Coordinator in project planning, due diligence, and resources allocation.
Project consultant on Real-time PATH/Urban-ADMS modelling
Dr. David CARRUTHERS is a renowned Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling System (ADMS) expert who is also deeply familiar with Hong Kong’s air pollution problems. He will work with Prof. Fung to develop the real-time PATH/ADMS-Urban system for PRAISE-HK.
Project consultant on air quality characterisation
Mr. Freeman CHEUNG’s company, AECOM Asia Co. Ltd., has a long history of monitoring air quality in collaboration with the HKSAR government and other private and non-profit entities. In this project, AECOM Asia will conduct highly detailed air quality measurements in over 200 sites in Hong Kong – their effort will directly support Prof. Ning Zhi, Prof. Chris Frey, and Prof. Alexis Lau’s work.
- Hong Kong Institute of Allergy [website]
- The Hong Kong Asthma Society [website]
- Hong Kong Allergy Association [website]