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Zhou, Jiali

Dr Jiali Zhou is now a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, the University of Hong Kong. His research interest is in public transportation, simulation, machine learning and multi-modal mobility. He uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including micro/mesoscopic simulation modeling, machine learning and reinforcement learning.

Jiali’s previous research is in the area of Public Transportation, developing methods to analyze the performance of transit networks, designing and evaluating strategies to improve the level of service (also during COVID-19) they provide to passengers.

He holds a B.E. from South China University of Technology, a M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, he worked at the CMU Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Lab and MIT Transit Lab.

Selected Publications

Zhou, J., & Koutsopoulos, H.N. (2021). Virus transmission risk in urban rail systems: Microscopic simulation-based analysis of spatio-temporal characteristics. Transportation Research Record, 2675(10), 120-132.

Zhou, J., Koutsopoulos, H.N., & Saidi, S. (2020). Evaluation of subway bottleneck mitigation strategies using microscopic, agent-based simulation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2674(5).

Yang, Yiyang

Dr. Yiyang YANG is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Chao REN’s group in the Faculty of Architecture at University of Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor degree of Urban Planning from Sun Yat-sen University, Master degree of Urban Design from University of Hong Kong, and PhD degree from City University of Hong Kong. Her research interest mainly focuses on the impact of built environment on physical activity and health outcome, sustainable urban design, and healthy city development.


  1. Yang, Y., Lu, Y., Yang, L., Gou, Z., & Liu, Y. (2021). Urban greenery cushions the decrease in leisure-time physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic: A natural experimental study. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 62, [127136].
  2. Yang, Y., Lu, Y., Yang, H., Yang, L., & Gou, Z. (2021). Impact of the quality and quantity of eye-level greenery on park usage. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 60, [127061].
  3. Wang, J., Yang, Y.*, Peng, J., Yang, L., Gou, Z. & Lu, Y. (2021). Moderation effect of urban density on changes in physical activity during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Sustainable Cities and Society, 72, 103058.
  4. Jiang, B., Shen, K., Sullivan, W. C., Yang, Y., Liu, X. & Lu, Y. (2021). A natural experiment reveals impacts of built environment on suicide rate: Developing an environmental theory of suicide. Science of the Total Environment, 776, [145750].
  5. Wang, J., Wu, X., Wang, R., He, D., Li, D., Yang, L., Yang, Y.* & Lu, Y. (2021). Review of associations between built environment characteristics and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 infection risk. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 14, 7561.
  6. Yang, Y., Lu, Y., Yang, L., Gou, Z., & Zhang, X. (2020). Urban greenery, active school transport, and body weight among Hong Kong children. Travel Behavior and Society, 20, 104-113.
  7. He, H., Lin, X., Yang, Y. & Lu, Y. (2020). Association of street greenery and physical activity in older adults: A novel study using pedestrian-cantered photographs. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 55, [126789].
  8. Yang, Y., He, D., Gou, Z., Wang, R., Liu, Y. & Lu, Y. (2019). Association between street greenery and walking behavior in older adults in Hong Kong, Sustainable Cities and Society, 51, 101747.
  9. Yang, Y., Wu, X., Zhou, P., Gou, Z. & Lu, Y. (2019). Towards a cycling-friendly city: An updated review of the associations between built environment and cycling behaviors (2007–2017), Journal of Transport and Health, 14, 100613.
  10. Lu, Y., Yang, Y., Sun, G. & Gou, Z. (2019). Associations between overhead-view and eye-level urban greenness and cycling behaviors, Cities, 88, p10-18. (Highly cited paper)
  11. Wu, X., Lu, Y., Lin, Y. & Yang, Y. (2019). Measuring the destination accessibility of cycling transfer trips in metro station areas: a big data approach, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 15, 2641.
  12. Lu, Y., Chen, L., Yang, Y. & Gou, Z. (2018). The association of built environment and physical activity in older adults: Using a citywide public housing scheme to reduce residential self-selection bias, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 9, 1973.
  13. Huang, J., Wang, Y., Peng, R., Yang, Y. & Spengler, J.D. (2016), Urban microclimate & pedestrian comfort in dense cities, Urban Environment Design, 101(B), pp.266-273 (in Chinese)


Wu, Shengbiao

Shengbiao Wu is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Bin Chen’s research team in the Faculty of Architecture. He received a B.S. degree in physical geography from Wuhan University in 2013, and a Ph.D. degree in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2019. His research interests include the physics of remote sensing, radiative transfer modeling, vegetation phenology monitoring, urban surface energy budget, and human greenspace exposure modeling and monitoring.

Recent publication

Wu, S., Zeng, Y., Hao, D., Liu, Q., Li, J., Chen, X., … & Chen, M. (2021). Quantifying leaf optical properties with spectral invariants theory. Remote Sensing of Environment, 253, 112131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.112131

Wu, S., Wang, J., Yan, Z., Song, G., Chen, Y., Ma, Q., … & Wu, J. (2021). Monitoring tree-crown scale autumn leaf phenology in a temperate forest with an integration of PlanetScope and drone remote sensing observations. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 171, 36-48.

Bian, Z., Wu, S., Roujean, J. L., Cao, B., Li, H., Yin, G., … & Liu, Q. (2022). A TIR forest reflectance and transmittance (FRT) model for directional temperatures with structural and thermal stratification. Remote Sensing of Environment, 268, 112749. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2021.112749

Song, G., Wu, S., Lee, C. K., Serbin, S. P., Wolfe, B. T., Ng, M. K., … & Wu, J. (2022). Monitoring leaf phenology in moist tropical forests by applying a superpixel-based deep learning method to time-series images of tree canopies. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 183, 19-33.

Liu Yanan

Liu, Yanan

Yanan Liu is now a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong. She is now working on projects about public transit data, facilities, and travel behaviors. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Information Systems in the Built Environment at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. The research activity of her expertise concerns the investigation of the effects of the built environment on walking/biking mode choice and route choice around the metro stations. Several projects are related to using the discrete choice models and agent-based simulation models based on GIS data to study disaggregated travel behaviors and street-scale built environment variables for travel preferences analysis.


Liu, Y., Yang, D., Timmermans, H.J.P., de Vries, B., 2020. Analysis of the impact of street-scale built environment design near metro stations on pedestrian and cyclist road segment choice: A stated choice experiment. Transport Geography, 82.

Liu, Y., Yang, D., Timmermans, H.J.P., de Vries, B., 2020. The impact of the street-scale built environment on pedestrian metro station access/egress route choice. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 87.

Liu, Y., Yang, D., Timmermans, H.J.P., de Vries, B., 2021. Simulating the effects of redesigned street-scale built environments on access/egress pedestrian flows to metro stations. Computational Urban Science, 1(1), 1-14.

Liu, Y., Yang, D., Timmermans, H.J.P., de Vries, B. Differences in street-scale built environment preferences towards biking: a latent class analysis with stated choice data. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. (coming soon)

Rosman Wai

Wai, Rosman C.C.

Rosman Wai is a practising architect who has expert knowledge of public housing in Hong Kong.  Apart from the professional degree in architecture, she has obtained a Master degree in Architectural Conservation (with Distinction), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Hong Kong.  She is the Chair of the Canberra Accord on Architectural Education (2021-23), an international organisation for determining substantial equivalency between accreditation systems in architectural education of multi-national signatories. She was the Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2015-16), and has served on the Architects Registration Board as Chairman of the Education and Accreditation Committee (2014-2020); Chair / Vice-chair of the Board of Educational Affairs, HKIA (2012-present); Director of Hong Kong Architecture Centre (2015-19); and Vice-Chair, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect Monitoring Committee Project, Hong Kong (2014 2021). She is now teaching at the Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong.

She has published many articles on public housing and architectural practices and has been interviewed on the subject by various newspapers, television and radio stations as well as given talks and lectures in many local and international conferences and universities. Her recent book, “Design DNA OF Mark I – Hong Kong’s Public Housing Prototype” has won both the DAM (Deutsches Architekturmusem) Book Award as one of the 10 Best Architectural Book of 2020, and the Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Awards 2021 (Art and Design).

Emma Letizia Jones

Jones, Emma Letizia

Emma Letizia Jones teaches design and the history and theory of architecture at HKU. She is an Italian-Australian architectural historian researching the translations occurring between architecture and its drawn and printed representations, particularly in early nineteenth century Berlin and London during momentous transformations in the printing and building trades; and the relationship between books and buildings in globalised architectural culture during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. She is currently researching Hong Kong’s role in the global building publication and prefabrication trade of the mid-nineteenth century.

She was educated at the University of Sydney, the Architectural Association and the University of Zurich, where she was awarded her PhD on the drawing practice of early nineteenth century Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, currently being developed as a book with MIT Press. She previously worked as a Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, and is also a Swiss National Science Foundation/UTS Postdoctoral Fellow in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum London with her project “Built by the Book: The Global Impact of the Building Manual and Trade Catalogue in Nineteenth Century London”. She was a co-founder of TEN, a Zürich-based association of architects and researchers who won the Swiss Art Award for Architecture in 2018.

Emma has been the recipient of fellowships, awards and residencies from the Harvard Richard Rogers Foundation London, the Swiss Institute in Rome, the Graham Foundation, the Bundesamt für Kultur Switzerland and the Swiss National Science Foundation. She recently co-curated an exhibition titled “The Hidden Horizontal: Cornices in Art and Architecture” at the Graphische Sammlung Zürich, which opened in August 2021. She is also co-curating an upcoming exhibition on the drawing practice of the mid-century Brazilian architect Vilanova Artigas, to open at the forum d’architecture Lausanne in 2022. Her articles have appeared in AA Files, gta papers, the Architectural Theory Review, Drawing Matter and Architectural Histories, among others, and she currently sits on the Editorial Board of Architectural Histories, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the European Architectural History Network.

In the first half of 2022, Emma will a be a fellow at the Swiss Institute in Rome, researching the Roman origins of the famed architecture library acquired in the nineteenth century by the Catholic missionary and first Archbishop of Melbourne, James Alipius Gould, and subsequently transported to Australia to inspire an alternative urban and aesthetic vision for Melbourne which resisted dominant British colonial narratives.

Publications (selected)

Journal articles

Jones, Emma. “From Pattern to Product: The Recasting of the Ornament in Victorian London”, gta papers, Journal of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich (November 2021).

Jones, Emma. “Karl Friedrich Schinkel.” Oxford Bibliographies in “Architecture, Planning and Preservation”. Ed. Adam Frese. New York: Oxford University Press, 22 September 2021. doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780190922467-0057. Prepared by invitation the definitive reference entry for Oxford Bibliographies on the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841).

Jones, Emma. “The Wanderer”, AA Files, 72 (June 2016): 152-160. A long-form article resulting from the research of the applicant’s PhD thesis “Schinkel in Perspective.”

Jones, Emma. “Rediscovering The Australian Ugliness: Robin Boyd and the Search for the Australian Modern”, sITA Journal, Vol. 2 (2014): 94-114.

Magazine/online articles

Jones, Emma and Wegerhoff, Erik. “ETH Zurich: Casting the Cornice in Ticino” for Drawing Matter, 8 January 2020. Available online.

Jones, Emma. “On Cornices: Part 1” for Drawing Matter, 17 June 2019. Available online.

Jones, Emma and Delbeke, Maarten, “Temples of Ignorance”, Architectural Review: The Book Issue (December 2018/January 2019): 8-15.

Jones, Emma and Shelley, Philip, “More than Living: How Zurich Housing Co-operatives built a city”, The Architectural Review (AR), 4 October 2016. Available online.

Jones, Emma. “Australian Ugliness”, The Architectural Review (AR), vol. 237, no. 1417, (Mar 2015): 106-7.

Jones, Emma. “Berlin Green Band: The Interrupted History of the First Urban Parkway”, San Rocco 10: Ecology (October 2014).


Jones, Emma. Schinkel in Perspective: The Architect as Illusionist in Nineteenth Century Prussia. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2023 (forthcoming).

 Book chapters

Jones, Emma. “The Cornice (A Recent History)”, in House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior, edited by Adam Jasper, as part of the Golden-lion winning Swiss Pavilion project ‘Svizzera 240: House Tour’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018. Zurich: Park Books, 2018. 92-101.

Jones, Emma. “The Backward Avant Garde”: Bruce Rickard and the Sydney School”, in Bruce Rickard: A Life in Architecture, edited by Julie Cracknell, Peter Lonergan and Sam Rickard. Sydney: NewSouth Books, 2018. 253-270.


Jones, Emma. A review of Kurt W. Forster, Schinkel: A Meander Through His Life and Work, Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2018. Jones, E., Pollard, C., Lending, M. and Kodzhabasheva, A., 2019. Reviews Summer 2019.  Architectural Histories, 7(1), 17. Book review.

Lectures and conferences

Session Chair EAHN2022 (forthcoming). European Architectural History Network Biennial Conference, Madrid 2022. Co-chair conference panel with Dr. Gregorio Astengo (ETH): “Building from Print: Reconsidering the Agency of the Building Manual.”

Jones, Emma, “The Merseburg Homage: Ephemeral Public Entertainment Infrastructure in Early Nineteenth Century Berlin,” at EAHN Biennial International Conference, Edinburgh, 10-13 June, 2020 (postponed to June 2021 due to covid-19). Panel Chair: Prof. Richard Wittman (UC Santa Barbara)

Open-access online in-progress presentation on Postdoctoral research project ‘Built by the Book’, hosted by Funes. Talk recorded and available online.

‘The Lineage of the Line (The Origins of the Schinkel Style)’: Invited Public Lecture at University of Technology Sydney, 14 May 2020. Recorded and available online.

Jones, Emma, “The Great Labyrinth: Schinkel’s Struggles Against History”, at EAHN Biennial International Conference, Tallinn, 13-16 June 2018. Panel Chair: Prof. Mari Hvattum (OCCAS)

Jones, Emma, “Schinkel’s urban agency of the Interior”, at Architectural Theory Colloquium: Civic Architecture, Werner Oechslin Library Foundation, Einsiedeln, 19-22 April, 2018.

Jones, Emma, “Messbildkunst in Berlin: Albrecht Meydenbauer and the Invention of the Photographic Survey”, at EAHN Conference: Tools of the Architect, TU Delft, 22-24 Nov. 2017.

Jones, Emma, “Charles Barry: Drawing the Panorama”, at Drawing Matter symposium on Architectural Drawing, held at the Drawing Matter Trust Collection, Shatwell Farm, Somerset, 23 – 25 April 2016.

Jones, Emma, “Schinkel in London: “Die Ausdehnung der Stadt nimmt nie ein Ende”, at Architecture and the Globalisation of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century, Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio; Università della Svizzera italiana, 2-3 June, 15.

Jones, Emma, “The Art of Siting in the Drawings of Karl Friedrich Schinkel”, at Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Chicago, 15-19 April, 2015.


Victor Ng H T

Ng, Hoi Ting Victor

Victor possessed more than 20 years’ experience in leasing and management of shopping centers and office portfolio, with focus on strategic leasing planning, trade-mix revamp, asset enhancement, marketing and promotion. He was one of the founding members and is now the Fellow Member of the Institute of Shopping Centre Management (ISCM) in Hong Kong. He has been a chartered surveyor of RICS and HKIS over 17 years.

He has been in charge of most of the investment portfolio of Hang Lung in Hong Kong, namely the Fashion Walk, Peak Galleria, Grand Plaza, Gala Place and office portfolio in Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon. Before joining Hang Lung, Victor was the Deputy General Manager of Sino Land Company Limited overseeing over 2.5 million sf retail portfolio in Hong Kong, including tmtplaza, Olympian City, Citywalk, China HK City, etc. Victor was the Center Manager of Times Square and involved in the  leasing of Pacific Place , Festival Walk, and the launch of Citygate Outlets during his tenure with Swire

Victor was graduated from the B.Sc Surveying, the University of Hong Kong, then pursued his Master Degree in Marketing at The Chinese University Hong Kong . He was the Lecturer of  HKU SPACE from 2006 to 2011, and has taught the Master in Real Estate, HKU since 2019 and is appointed as the Adjunct Associate Professor by The University of Hong Kong .