RGC Public Lectures - Bringing well-being to life

Two leading scholars have been invited to deliver public lectures organized by the Research Grants Council. Details of the lectures are as follows:

Topic Speaker Time
Gerontechnology: Smart Hearing & Contact-less Health Monitoring Professor Richard So
(Professor of Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics and Professor of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Economic, Psychological, and Social Costs of Occupational Stress in the Greater Bay Area Professor Siu Oi Ling
(Chair Professor of Applied Psychology and Head of Department of Applied Psychology of the Lingnan University)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre G/F, Hong Kong Central Library (Location Map)
Language: Cantonese
Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interested parties can also watch the live broadcast of the lectures through the Multimedia Information System of the Hong Kong Public Libraries via the internet (mmis.hkpl.gov.hk) for free.


First Session

Topic: Gerontechnology: Smart Hearing & Contact-less Health Monitoring
Speaker: Professor Richard So
Date/Time: 17 December 2022 (Saturday) 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Brief introduction:

Advances in medicine have extended the life expectancy of humans to beyond 80 years old. As humans age, hearing and health degenerate and quality of life reduces. Professor Richard So will introduce how AI technology can help to develop smart hearing solutions and contact-less health monitoring solutions. With these intelligence technologies, senior citizens can continuously communicate effortlessly with their families and friends, enjoy the music they love and have their health status checked (e.g., blood pressure, heart rates) through mobile phones.

About the Speaker:

Prof. So is the Professor of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics and Professor of Bio-medical Engineering. His research focuses on developing AI system to simulate human hearing and human vision. He has over 150 publications in the field. In 2014, Prof. So has been selected as the Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). At the time of the award, there was only 96 IEA Fellow world-wide honored with this Prestige title in 53 year of history of IEA. He is the first IEA Fellow from Hong Kong. His research in smart hearing and remote vital sign monitoring has received numerous awards including the National Champaign in 2019 China’s round of Pitch@Palace and the overall Champaign Award and the First Prize Award at the 7th HK University Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition Cum National & Greater Bay Area Innovation & Entreprenurship Competition (HKSAR) and the First ITC's City I&T Grand Challenge organized by ITC and HKSTP in 2021.


Second Session

Topic: Economic, Psychological, and Social Costs of Occupational Stress in the Greater Bay Area
Speaker: Professor Siu Oi Ling
Date/Time: 17 December 2022 (Saturday) 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Brief introduction:

Studies on investigating the social and economic costs of stress is relatively rare in mainland China. It is therefore important to estimate the economic, psychological and social costs of occupational stress in the Greater Bay Area. Exploring the sources of stress that contribute to the cost of occupational stress in the Greater Bay Area will shed light on how economic development and performance of industries in the Greater Bay Area impact millions of employees, which in turn will enhance the competitiveness of China, impacting billions of employees.

About the Speaker:

Professor Siu Oi-ling is Chair Professor of Applied Psychology of Department of Applied Psychology, Lingnan University. Her research interests include occupational stress, work-life balance and psychology of safety. Prof. Siu was the Editor of International Journal of Stress Management (2015-2020) and Associate Editor of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (from 2015). She has received many research grants from the RGC including the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship in 2020-2021. Professor Siu has published 88 international journal articles and 28 book chapters. Professor Siu is rated as World's Top 2 % Scientists ranked by Stanford University (2020, 2021); and 23rd in Top Scientists in China in the area of Psychology by Research.com (2022).