The HKIE Environmental Division Annual Forum 2023

School of Science and Technology The HKIE Environmental Division Annual Forum 2023

The HKIE Environmental Division Annual Forum 2023

Climate Governance towards Net-Zero Energy and Mobility in Hong Kong:
Engineering Challenges and Innovation Opportunities

Date: 20 April 2023
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Venue: 1/F Grand Ballroom I-III Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East


At the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Conven- tion on Climate Change in Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt), nations launched the Adaption Agenda and Implementation Plan, aiming to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, enhanced adaption efforts and flows of green and sustainable finance. Agreed salient items include strengthening efforts to establish a dedicated fund for loss & damage, maintaining a clear intention to keep the global temperature increase within 1.50C, holding accountable businesses and institutions, mobilizing more financial support for developing countries and making the pivot toward implementation.

Regarding the complex challenges of simultaneously dealing with multiple stressors relating to climate change, the COP27 also highlighted the need of scaling-up the role of engineering knowledge in informing actions and decisions on resilience and sustainability. As such, engineering sector especially environmental professional exper- tise is directly invested in the outcome of COP27, not only because engineering solu- tions are crucial for achieving net zero targets but boosting green engineering innova- tion momentum is also imperative for ensuring a sustainable future.

In this context, this forum aims to discuss and share knowledge, expertise and experi- ences on the role of engineers in a new eco-system that could help Hong Kong’s net zero transition. It will focus on Engineering challenges and innovation opportunities in three sessions: 1) Driving Net-Zero Transition in Power Generation Sector; II) Scaling-up Actions for Building Energy Consumption towards Net-Zero; and III) Roadmap for Net-Zero Mobility/Road Transport System. 

Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5