On-Going Research Projects

Title Funding Amount Funding Source Duration Principal Investigator/ Project Coordinator
Lantau Ming and Qing Dynasty Coastal Defense Facilities Education Project HK$1.2 million Lantau Conservation Fund March 2024-February 2026 Dr. Ivy MAN
Dr. Brian HUNG
Dr. Vera SUN
Dr. Benny Wong
Mr. Woody LEE
Development of a Web-based Remote Laboratory for Science and Engineering Education HK$2,399,200 Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) October 2021 – September 2024 Dr Anthony LOH
AI-Assisted Academic Writing Platform: An Interactive Cross-Disciplinary English Feedback System HK$2,399,996 Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) September 2022 – August 2025 Dr Jessica DENG
Dr Esther TONG
Dr Val CHEN
Development of Virtual Reality (VR) Systems for Business and Tourism Education HK$6,176,000 Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) January 2022 – December 2023 Dr Peggy NG
The Science of Design Thinking: Theories and Applications HK$488,519 Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes for Self-financing Degree Sector January 2023 – June 2024 Dr Zerance NG 
Teaching Undergraduate Social Sciences and Business Writing: Integrating the Reader’s Perspective and Data-driven Teaching and Learning Approach HK$654,335 Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes for Self-financing Degree Sector January 2023 – January 2025 Dr Eric CHEUNG
Improving the Student Learning Experience by Helping Teachers Develop and Utilise Chatbots HK$1,472,920 Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) January 2024 – December 2025 Dr Edmund WUT  
A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Dynamic Handwritten Annotations as Visual Aids in Live Lecture Recording HK$635,130 Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes for Self-financing Degree Sector January 2024 – December 2025 Dr Eric CHEUNG  
Effectiveness of Early Support to At-risk Students Identified by using AI Prediction HK$699,300 Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), RGC Competitive Research Funding Schemes for Self-financing Degree Sector January 2024 – June 2026 Dr Hon-sun CHIU
Opportunities in the Future Dual Metropolis City: Boosting Students’ Employability through Cross-Region Internships & Entrepreneurship HK$4,857,000 Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) January 2024 – December 2026 Dr Macy WONG

Lantau Ming and Qing Dynasty Coastal Defense Facilities Education Project

Lantau Island was an important military strategic location for China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Coastal defense facilities such as Diversion Fort, Tung Chung Walled City and Fort are important carriers for understanding this period of history. Activities under this project include on-site photography and sketching inspections, augmented reality for specific scenes, sound stories at checkpoints, and board games, etc., to increase the public’s understanding of the site selection, design, construction and operation of Lantau coastal defense facilities, and its important role in modern China.

Development of a Web-based Remote Laboratory for Science and Engineering Education funded by Quality Enhancement Support Scheme

The learning and teaching of science/engineering subjects face a big challenge under the COVID-19 pandemic because all face-to-face laboratory works in school have been suspended. Since laboratory works are essential and critical elements to science and engineering education, teachers have to try other means such as performing demonstration, simulation or virtual laboratory to relief the effect. However, these alternative forms of teaching might not effectively provide students with real-time hands-on learning experience as they could not see and directly control the laboratory apparatus in “real” time. Hence, through developing a web-based remote laboratory for science and engineering education, this project aims to facilitate students’ independent learning, enhance their learning experience, and solve the adverse effect created by the suspension of face-to-face laboratory works.
The project team – (from left) Dr Ricky Mak, Dr Ken Tsang, Dr Anthony Loh, and Dr Kenneth Lo

AI-Assisted Academic Writing Platform: An Interactive Cross-Disciplinary English Feedback System

PolyU SPEED aims to support students’ English literacy development through cross-disciplinary cooperation. The proposed AI-Assisted Academic Writing platform aims to provide all-round supervisory support that is unconstrained by time and location for students to improve their disciplinary academic writing performance. One of the most useful features of the proposed platform is the incorporation of AI text analytics technology. The platform will feature diversified functions to support self-directed learning and feedback communication.

Development of Virtual Reality (VR) Systems for Business and Tourism Education funded by Quality Enhancement Support Scheme

There is a genuine need for students to enrich their interactive and immersive learning as well as to equip their up-to-date knowledge of digital technologies. Aiming at enhancing students’ motivation and delivering quality education in the digital era, this theme-based project will establish immersive VR systems with virtual and augmented reality simulations for all business and tourism students of SPEED and HKCC, enabling them to learn their academic subjects in more interactive ways. For more details about the project, please visit the project website.


The seminar “Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Revolution in B2B Marketing” was successfully held on PolyU West Kowloon Campus on 1 June 2022.

Improving the Student Learning Experience by Helping Teachers Develop and Utilise Chatbots

The objectives of this project are as follows:

  • To enable the teachers to appreciate the benefits of using chatbots to complement classroom and/or online teaching.
  • To enable the teachers to develop a chatbot for their courses to complement classroom and/or online teaching.
  • To improve the student learning experience by providing instant 24-hour feedback.
  • To enable teachers to share the knowledge and experience pertaining to chatbot usage to enhance effective achievement of subject intended learning outcomes.
  • To promote chatbot usage to teachers from our institution and other self-financing tertiary education institutions by enhancing understanding of the rationale, benefits, and methods of using chatbots.

The above objectives will be achieved through a series of seminars, workshops, a website and synchronous online learning sessions. Teachers from other self-financing tertiary education institutions will be invited to join these activities so that more teachers can improve their pedagogy and practice to benefit students.

A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Dynamic Handwritten Annotations as Visual Aids in Live Lecture Recording

This 24-month project examines the meaning-making practices of handwritten annotation by collecting and analysing live lecture recordings in a tertiary institution through Multimodal Discourse Analysis informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics. The project also investigates the learners’ perceptions and experience of using learning materials with dynamic on-screen handwritten annotations and the observed instructors’ practices of dynamic on-screen handwritten annotations in live lectures through class observations, surveys and interviews.

Effectiveness of Early Support to At-risk Students Identified by using AI Prediction

The project plans to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) prediction model using a deep artificial neural network (ANN) approach. The prediction model is aimed at identifying the group of students who are at-risk of failure, dropping out or withdrawing from their studies in an early stage. Then necessary support can be provided to assist them in successfully completing their studies. Our objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of early support to at-risk students, in terms of minimizing the failure rate, drop-out rate and withdrawal rate. Unlike most research works that focus on the prediction in a specific course, our design would consider a more generic view of at-risk students in tertiary education. By doing so, our prediction model can be applied to a wide range of courses and is suitable for students of different backgrounds.

Opportunities in the Future Dual Metropolis City: Boosting Students’ Employability through Cross-Region Internships & Entrepreneurship

Embedding Hong Kong into the development of the country is one of the key goals of the 20th National Congress meeting, and Hong Kong’s 2022 Policy Address places a strong emphasis on supporting innovative technologies and entrepreneurship. It is believed that considerable efforts on entrepreneurial development should be put forward at the college level to create long-term success in the Greater Bay Area and contribute to the country.

In alignment with this future plan, this 3-year project aims to support and develop innovation, entrepreneurship, and cross-region employability in the two metropolises on the south and north of Hong Kong and the GBA. The key project deliverables are considered based on: (1) Education; (2) Exposure; (3) Experience; and (4) Entrepreneurship.

As a result, the project will provide students with meaningful opportunities and activities that incorporate education, exposure, experience, and entrepreneurship by creating platforms to leverage their potential and explore their own entrepreneurial ideas and career paths in the region. Also, the project will help foster students’ entrepreneurial mindsets, skills, and competencies and provide internship experiences and opportunities to develop new ideas.

Embracing the World of Industry 4.0: Career Learning through Virtual Knowledge Base (VKB)

With the world entering Industry 4.0, technological advancements and developments have been very progressive. Numerous concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Cloud Computing have been raised in different industries. This two-year project aims to create a synergy through the establishment of a Virtual Knowledge Base (VKB) dedicated in developing students’ career readiness with good utilization of the latest technologies. The VKB will cover mainly 4 areas to boost students’ applied educational skills, knowledge, and experience: (1) Knowledge of Industry 4.0, IoT; (2) R&D, I&T knowledge; (3) Cloud Computing & Big Data; and (4) Utilization of 5G. As a result, the VKB will nurture graduates into career-ready graduates equipped with the latest applied educational competencies and skills needed in the market.

Cantonese Abilities of Chinese Mainland University Students in Hong Kong: Testing Their Grammatical and Communicative Competence funded by Standing Committee on Language Education and Research

The project investigates the Cantonese abilities of non-Cantonese-speaking mainland university students in Hong Kong. It also aims to find out the threshold grammatical competence which the learners need to adequately support their communicative or conversational abilities.

International Experiential Learning and Application: Global Work-integrated Education (Global-WIE) and idea Generation Laboratory (iG-Lab) funded by Quality Enhancement Support Scheme

This project aims to offer students offshore internships and related activities to experience the working culture in the Chinese Mainland and the world, embark on new practical experiences and join regional/international events. The “idea Generation Laboratory” (iG-Lab) will be set up to foster international experiential learning and application; it will also act as a facilitator and a promoter to encourage students to proactively grasp and leverage future opportunities associated with world’s fast-growing economy. For more details about the project, please visit here.

A glance around the iG-Lab