This is to invite you to submit high-quality research papers for the HK-Swiss Symposium on Future Cities to be held online and in-person (circumstances permitting) in Hong Kong and the Switzerland in parallel on 16th – 17th May, 2022. In particular, the event will take place concurrently in Hong Kong and the Switzerland in the afternoon of 16th May, 2022 to allow real-time interactions of the speakers and audience in both places.

PhD students, early career researchers, industry practitioners, and senior researchers working on all topics related to future cities are strongly encouraged to participate and network in this event. The scope of this symposium is wide-ranging, including but not limited to:

  1. Autonomous vehicles

  2. Global warming and climate mitigation

  3. Behavioural changes and new urban form under COVID-19 challenges

  4. Big data computing and communications

  5. Shared mobility and mobility-as-a-service

  6. Internet of things and multi-sensor data fusion

  7. Public health

  8. Urban infrastructure

Authors are hereby invited to submit the list of following information and document(s) by email to the Institute of Transport Studies ( on or before 27th September, 2021, 23:59 (HKT).

  1. Paper title, author(s) and affiliations

  2. Presenter’s name and contact email

  3. Full abstract (500 – 800 words)

The language of this symposium is English. Selected papers may be invited for expansion/revision and further peer reviews for inclusion in Special Issues under preparation. More details will be announced in due course.

The registration fee is HK800 / CHF80 for physical attendance; and HKD200 / CHF20 for online attendance. Special support and a prize may be given to one PhD student based in Hong Kong to join the event at ETH Zurich (circumstances allowing).


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Transportation Responses to the COVID-19:

a dialogue between the East and the West

This seminar will be held on ZOOM only.



PROFESSOR PATRICIA MOKHTARIAN, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Patricia Mokhtarian is the Susan and Christopher Pappas Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in the study of travel behavior for 40+ years. She is a past Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, and a National Associate of the US National Academies.

PROFESSOR SUGIE LEE, Hanyang University, South Korea

Dr. Sugie Lee is a professor at the Department of Urban Planning & Engineering at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include urban form, walkability, urban design, smart mobility, and spatial analysis of urban big data.


26 May 2021 (Wednesday) 8:00 – 9:30 pm (HKT) / 12:00 – 1:30 pm (GMT) / 8:00 – 9:30 am (EDT)



Chairperson of Transport Policy Committee, Institute of Transport Studies


Deputy Chairperson of Transport Policy Committee, Institute of Transport Studies


Please register by email to before noon on 26 May 2021. Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants in due course.

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Aspirations, Buses, Covid: a strategy for the future



Professor Nick TYLER

Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering

Director, UCL Centre for Transport Studies Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Faculty of Engineering Science

University College London


12 April 2021 (Monday)


19:00 – 20:00 (Hong Kong Time) / 12:00 – 13:00 (London Time)

This Distinguished Transport Lecture will be held on ZOOM only.


Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


The arrival of Covid-19 had a fundamental impact on the public transport system in London. It reduced demand to 15% of the pre-Covid levels, and, tragically, it affected bus drivers particularly badly. This talk provides some insights into those effects, but also considers what the long term effects of Covid will be on the public transport system. Should we have a return to the pre-Covid normal, or could we use this hiatus to create a better, more appropriate and civilised public mobility offer, that could enable people to meet their aspirations and have a higher quality of life? What should such changes be, and how might we achieve them?


Professor Nick Tyler CBE FREng is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL and the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. He is working extensively with bodies such as Transport for London, national and local governments, and civil society, currently in the UK, EU, Latin America, Japan, China and Lebanon, to help create an accessible, adaptive and sustainable urban realm which is responsive to all people and their needs. He has recently been working with Transport for London on the effects of Covid for bus and metro systems, including the impacts on the design for a new ‘post-pandemic’ bus.

He has recently created PEARL (People-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory), a £50M massive (40,000m3) multiscale multisensorial laboratory for studying the interactions of environments, people and their activities at life-scale, which is currently under construction, and will replace PAMELA, his current laboratory, which has been in operation for over 12 years. PEARL is the part of the UK national research facility for infrastructure and cities. He is a co-investigator of the UCL Ecological Brain Doctoral Training Programme. Nick combines highly diverse fields in his research, from civil/transport engineering and architecture to neuroscience, psychology, physiology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopaedics, lighting, sound and acoustics.


Please register by email to Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants.

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