Aspirations, Buses, Covid: a strategy for the future

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SPEAKER:

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


DATE:

12 April 2021 (Monday)


TIME:

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


This Distinguished Transport Lecture will be held on ZOOM only.


ORGANISED BY:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


ABSTRACT:

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?


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

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.


REGISTRATION:

Please register by email to hkits@hku.hk. Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants.

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Fast Charging Batteries for Mass-Market Electric Vehicles

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This seminar will be via ZOOM only.


SPEAKER:

PROFESSOR CHAO-YANG WANG

Electrochemical Engine Center (ECEC)

The Pennsylvania State University, USA


DATE & TIME:

31 March 2021 (Wednesday) 9:30 – 10:30 am (Hong Kong Time) /

30 March 2021 (Tuesday), 9:30 – 10:30 pm (Eastern Time)


MODERATOR:

PROFESSOR DENNIS LEUNG

Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKU


JOINTLY ORGANISED BY:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute of Transport Studies


ABSTRACT:

Range anxiety is a key reason that consumers are reluctant to embrace electric vehicles (EVs). To be truly competitive with gasoline vehicles, EVs should allow drivers to recharge quickly anywhere in any weather, like refueling gasoline cars. However, none of today’s EVs allow fast charging due to the risk of lithium plating, the formation of metallic lithium that drastically reduces battery life and even results in safety hazards. In this talk, we present a new approach enabling 10-minute fast charging of energy-dense Li-ion batteries in any temperatures (even at -50 °C) while still preserving remarkable cycle life. We further show that fast rechargeability is an economical answer to mass-market EVs, making possible a vehicle battery costing only $3,500 while eliminating range anxiety. Finally, we shall discuss why any fast charging solutions for EVs must be evaluated under three metrics simultaneously: charge time (<10 min), specific energy acquired by fast charge (>180 Wh/kg), and cycle number (>1000) under the fast charge condition.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Dr. Chao-Yang Wang, Academician of National Academy of Inventors, is William E. Diefenderfer Chair Professor of Mechanical, Chemical, and Materials Science & Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He has 220+ journal publications, 34,000+ citations, an H-index of 101. He holds over 140 patents and has published two books, “Battery Systems Engineering” by Wiley and “Modeling and Diagnostics of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells” by Springer. His work on all-climate battery (ACB) was selected by 2022 Winter Olympic Games to power electric vehicles serving the Games, as well as adopted by several carmakers. His latest inventions on fast charging batteries (FCB) and thermally modulated battery (TMB) were highlighted by journals Nature and Science as well as covered by mainstream media such as USA Today, Popular Mechanics, BBC, The Guardian, AFP, Daily Mail, etc. Dr. Wang’s expertise covers the transport, materials, manufacturing and modeling of batteries and fuel cells.


REGISTRATION:

Please register by email to hkits@hku.hk. Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants in due course.

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How can we shape the future of mobility in Hong Kong?

A people perspective.



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SPEAKER:

MR JENS-PETER BRAUNER

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility Hong Kong


DATE:

22 MAR 2021 (MONDAY)


TIME:

19:00 - 20:00


VENUE:

CBA, G/F CHOW YEI CHING BUILDING & VIA ZOOM


MODERATOR:

PROFESSOR BECKY P Y LOO

Department of Geography,

Director, Institute of Transport Studies

Co-director, Joint Laboratory on Future Cities

University of Hong Kong


ABSTRACT:

With the mega trends such as urbanization, growing population, climate change, the demands for better transportation systems and services globally are rising. Thanks to the advanced development of digital and platform technologies, digitalization plays an increasingly important role in shaping the future of mobility industry, which is experiencing a paradigm shift.

In the process of digital transformation, a key question is not only about the technology itself, but also about people. To shape the future of mobility, how we can enable and empower different groups of people in the meantime? How can we build a more people-friendly, seamless, shared, reliable and sustainable transportation ecosystem that takes cares the first mile and the last?

As the CEO of Siemens Mobility Hong Kong, Mr. Brauner will share the latest industry trends and experience as well as smart mobility applications globally and locally from a people perspective.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Peter is an expert in the transportation sector for 30 years. He has degrees in electrical engineering and economic psychology, because for him, technology and people belong together, especially when it comes to digital transformation and the application of artificial intelligence.

By living and working throughout Europe, America and Asia, he became passionate about diversity and leveraging cultural synergies for the development of disruptive innovations.

As the CEO of Siemens Mobility in Hong Kong, he is working with his team and local partners to turn Hong Kong into a smart city.

Holding patents by himself, he is always looking for bright ideas and supports talents and their visions. And still today he is dealing with latest technologies and is using AI for developing apps by himself, just for fun.


REGISTRATION:

All are welcome! The seminar will be held in-person and via ZOOM. Places are limited and prior registration is required. Especially, there will be limited quotas for in-person participants as crowd management in line with government announcements on group gathering under COVID-19 is currently being carried out at the University of Hong Kong. Please register by email to hkits@hku.hk .Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants. As a courtesy to fellow participants, please try to come to the venue if you have successfully been registered with physical attendance.


Notes to in-person participants:

All in-person participants should keep a distance of at least 1.5m from others and be checked the body temperature upon arrival to the venue. They are also required to fill in the health declaration form and leave their contact information. All must wear masks. Drinking and eating are prohibited at the venue.

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