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Live Webinar on Develop Prefabricated Urban Road Pavements for a More Sustainable and Smart City

Prof. Yuhong Wang
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, PolyU

Co-organized by:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, PolyU
HKIE Civil Division

Date:            Feb 3, 2021 (Wednesday)

Time:            6:30pm – 8:00pm

Format:        Online webinar (Zoom)

Road and street pavements in Hong Kong cover a large portion of our city land and play a vital role in social and economic activities. In the Tsim Sha Tsui district, for instance, pavements occupy more than 26.5% of the total land area. About 75% of pavements in Hong Kong are made of traditional bituminous materials, while the rest are made of site-cast Portland cement concrete. Construction and repair works on such pavements and underground utilities are not only costly, but also cause severe traffic disruptions. Additionally, traditional pavements in densely populated areas cause various problems, including noise,  unsafe driving conditions, urban heat island effect, and others.

At PolyU, we are developing technologies to create fundamentally different pavements for a more sustainable and smart city. The new pavement system includes the following key components:
1) prefabricated composite structures for convenient construction and deconstruction,
2) hybrid pavement surfaces for better functional and environmental performance,
3) integrated intelligent transport systems (ITS) and Internet of Things (IoTs) electronics for smart city development,
4) integrated pavement lighting systems,
and 5) energy harvesting systems.

The developed technologies will not only help Hong Kong address some pressing road transport issues at the moment, but also
embrace future trends such as autonomous vehicles or wireless charging electrical vehicles.

Speaker Biography:
Prof. Yuhong Wang is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai China with a bachelor's degree and obtained his master’s and PhD degree from University of Kentucky, USA. He successively worked at the Kentucky Transportation Research Center as a research engineer, Lawrence Technological University as a tenure-track assistant professor, and East Carolina University as a tenure-track assistant professor. He started his employment at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an assistant professor in 2010. Prof. Wang's main research areas include pavementengineering, construction project management and infrastructure management. Prof. Wang has led and participated in more than 50 scientific research projects in the United States and Hong Kong and published more than 100 papers and books. He also holds leadership positions in various academic and professional bodies and serves as the editor of several international journals. He was a registered professional engineer in the United States. Prof. Wang’s current main research projects and interests are future urban green and intelligent infrastructures, aiming to make our cities cleaner, smarter, more resilient, and more environmentally friendly. He is currently leading two major research projects in these areas. The first is the "Urban Nature Laboratory (UNaLab)" research project funded by European Commission—Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, and the other is the development of smart pavement systems funded by Research Impact Fund (RIF) of Hong Kong RGC.

Registration & Enquiries

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