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Town Hall Meeting

Theme-based Research Scheme
Town Hall Meeting

In December 2014, the Government reviewed the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) and concluded that the existing three themes, namely (i) Promoting Good Health; (ii) Developing a Sustainable Environment; and (iii) Enhancing Hong Kong's Strategic Position as Regional and International Business Centre should remain unchanged, and introduced a new theme "Advancing Emerging Research and Innovations Important to Hong Kong" to the Scheme. The proposed new theme aims at advancing our knowledge and facilitating the development and application of research innovations. This will contribute to powering world-class industries and developments at the local, national, regional and global levels, and capitalize on Hong Kong's existing strengths in research and innovation. The theme echoes the great importance the Government attaches to the innovation and technology industries as well as research in humanities and social science.

After the introduction of the new theme, local academics were invited to submit suggestions for the grand challenge topics. The submissions were examined by an Ad Hoc Review Panel formed mainly by external experts. Based on the suggestions from local academics, the Panel initially identified four grand challenge topics for the new theme as follows (not in the order of priority):

- Big Data
- Image Visualization and Robotics
- Urban Infrastructure
- E-learning

To facilitate academic staff to discuss, refine and recommend the selection of the final grand challenge topics of the new theme, the Research Grants Committee (RGC) will organize a Town Hall Meeting on 19 June 2015. Details of the Meeting are as follows:

    Date: 19 June 2015 (Friday)
    Time: 8:45am - 5:30pm
    Venue: Lecture Theatre 3505, 3/F Academic 2, City University of Hong Kong

Please click here for the agenda of the Town Hall Meeting.

During the meeting, participants will discuss the identified topics through presentations and ensuing discussion. Selected authors of the submissions will present the related ideas under specific areas. The abstracts and powerpoint presentations (in PDF format) are appended below:

Big Data

- Big Data Analytics [Abstract] / [Presentation]
- Cloud Computing [Abstract] / [Presentation]

Image Visualization and Robotics

- Photonics / Imaging / Display [Abstract] / [Presentation]
- Robotics [Abstract] / [Presentation]
- Additive Manufacturing [Abstract] / [Presentation]

Urban Infrastructure

- Smart Transportation [Abstract] / [Presentation]
- Urban Geo-informatics [Abstract] / [Presentation]
- Resilience of Infrastructure Networks [Abstract] / [Presentation]


- E-learning in School Education in the Coming 10 Years [Abstract] / [Presentation]
- Human Resources and Human Capital for Hong Kong's Future [Abstract] / [Presentation]

External leading experts in the related fields will act as moderators during the meeting. If a topic is judged not promising enough after the meeting, then it will be dropped at that stage. The Town Hall Meeting is also intended to facilitate the initial aggregation of research members among different institutions and academic units which could potentially form the project proposal teams in the later stage. If you wish to attend the Town Hall Meeting, please register with the Research Office of your institution. Contacts of the Research Offices are as follows:

    City University of Hong Kong:
    Ms Karen Chau (Tel: 3442 6213 / Email: karen.chau@cityu.edu.hk)

    Hong Kong Baptist University:
    Mr Derek Ip (Tel: 3411 7941 / Email: derekip@hkbu.edu.hk)
    Ms Ling Chow (Tel: 3411 6649 / Email: miulingchow@hkbu.edu.hk)

    Lingnan University:
    Ms Connie Lam (Tel: 2616 7683 / Email: splam@ln.edu.hk)

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong:
    Miss Wendy Shek (Tel: 3943 5544 / Email: wendyshek@cuhk.edu.hk)

    The Hong Kong Institution of Education:
    Ms Cherry Ng (Tel: 2948 6318 / Email: cherryng@ied.edu.hk)

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:
    Miss Connie Cheng (Tel: 3400 3638 / Email: con.cheng@polyu.edu.hk)

    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology:
    Miss Amy Chan (Tel: 2358 6923 / Email: ocamy@ust.hk)

    The University of Hong Kong:
    Miss Annie Ngai (Tel: 2859 1911 / Email: anniengai@hku.hk)

Please note that seats are not guaranteed for walk-in participants.

The topics identified under the new theme at the Town Hall Meeting, together with the grand challenge topics reviewed under the three existing themes, will be submitted to the Government for approval. The approved grand challenge topics under the four themes will be adopted for the Call for Proposals in the sixth round TRS which will be issued in July 2015.

For enquiry, please contact Miss Phoebe Ho at 2844 9984 or Miss Aster Li at 2844 9935.

Research Grants Council
May 2015