We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

PolyU projects secure funding to drive Smart City goals

Image Credits: HK PolyU, Press Release

According to a recent press release, projects led by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have recently received funding support from the inaugurated Research Impact Fund (RIF) under the Research Grants Council (RGC).

Among them, half of them are health-related, covering areas of drug development, detection of scoliosis, myopia control and food safety (by using big data and IoT enabled approach).

This has rightly demonstrated not only the strong research capabilities of the University but also the contribution of its research to the well-being of the community.

The first project is the development of a colistin/adjuvant antimicrobial regimen that exhibits low toxicity and high efficacy in combating multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens. It received HK$6 million.

The second project, i.e., the Early Detection of progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and optimization for non-surgical treatments using novel 3D ultrasound imaging, received HK$8.4 million.

The third project, i.e., tackling grand challenges in food safety: a big data and IoT enabled approach, received HK$5.4.

The fourth project which will work on the effects of bright light therapy, myopic defocus, atropine and the combinations for controlling myopic eye growth in schoolchildren: a randomized control trial, received HK$8 million.

The Vice President (Research Development) at PolyU noted that as an institution that is committed to conducting impactful research for the benefit of the community, it has made healthcare and medical-related research one of the foci of research.

From drug development, AI-powered medical images, predictive analytics and diagnosis, to surgical robotic systems and preventive medical intervention, the university is leveraging its cross-disciplinary strength to come up with solutions to help prevent and treat illnesses as well as to enhance the health and well-being of the community.

The 10 PolyU projects funded by RIF received a total of HK$65 million, representing one-third in terms of both funding and number of projects of the RIF in 2018/19.

Other than the health-related projects, the other projects are related to the development of the Smart City, transportation and marine reclamation.

The support that PolyU is receiving is in line with the region’s smart city goals.

Part of the HKSAR Government’s strategy for nurturing talent is to enhance research and development (R&D) capability through collaboration with renowned institutions in other jurisdictions. In addition, the Government seeks to attract and retain more I&T professionals, especially in biotechnology, data science, artificial intelligence, robotics and cybersecurity.

Hence, the funding that PolyU has received will enable students to remain to continue their research.

Ultimately, the aim is to have a local supply of data scientists and other technology practitioners in need and to have more successful entrepreneurs in their new ventures.

Looking ahead, the city will continue to explore and formulate initiatives to nurture a highly adaptive population to embrace changes in technology and build a knowledge-based society to support future development of I&T.

The mission of Hong Kong’s Smart City manifesto embraces I&T to build a world-famed Smart Hong Kong characterised by a strong economy and high quality of living. The Mission is to make people happier, healthier, smarter and more prosperous, and the city greener, cleaner, more liveable, sustainable, resilient and competitive.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

Send this to a friend