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Innovation in modern civil engineering

Event organised by ICE

22 June 2024
09:30 - 11:00 HKT (GMT+8)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Room PQ306
11 Yuk Choi Rd
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

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Innovation is the future for advancement in civil engineering. In the seminar, speakers are invited to deliver transformative methodologies in both structural design and monitoring.

The first speaker will touch on the digital design framework of prefabricated planar joints using stainless steel and high-strength steel, emphasizing the integration of topology optimisation, additive manufacturing, and rigorous experimental validation. This innovative approach promises to enhance structural efficiency and resilience.

The second speaker will examine an interactive, research-driven structural health monitoring system implemented on the PolyU Footbridge. This system not only advances the field of structural health monitoring but also serves as a vital educational tool, bridging the gap between research and practical application. Join us as we navigate these pioneering topics that are reshaping the future of civil engineering.

The third speaker will discuss how the rapid advancements in machine learning technologies and computing power have enabled new applications in various engineering domains, including infrastructure maintenance. In this context, the speaker will present a machine learning-based framework to facilitate the preventive maintenance of sewer pipe systems.

Date: 22 June 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 09.30 - 11.00 (HKT)
Venue: Room PQ306, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

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  • Registration will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority given to ICE HKA / ASCE / HKIE / PolyU members.
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  • Attendance certificates will be provided after 2 weeks of the event only if attendees attend the whole event.
  • The above is subject to change without prior notice

Technical Report Prize

The event is designated by the HKA committee and is eligible for the Technical Report Prize. ICE HKA awards prizes to ICE members who reside in Hong Kong and prepare reports of a high standard on the caption technical event. Winners will be given a prize of HKD $500.

For the eligibility and more information about the prize, please visit ICE website (ICE Hong Kong Awards | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)). Submit your report and below info to [email protected] by 21 July 2024 and win the prize!


The Institution of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Association) shall not under any circumstances be liable or otherwise for death or any injury or for any damage to or loss or destruction of property or otherwise, in any such case arising from any accident or mishap, and whether during or after this event, in preparation for it, traveling to or from it or otherwise.


09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:25

Presentation by prof XW Deng

10:25 - 10:35


10:35 - 11:20

Presentation by prof Yong Xia

11:20 - 12:05

Presentation by prof XF Yin

12:05 - 12:10



Yong Xia

Yong Xia

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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Yong Xia

Prof Yong Xia is now a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2002. He then worked at the University of Tokyo as a JSPS Fellow and at the University of Western Australia as a research associate before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006.

Prof Xia has conducted health monitoring of large-scale civil infrastructure for over 20 years. He has led and participated in the health monitoring of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Tsing Ma Bridge, Stonecutters Bridge, 600 m tall Canton Tower, and the 632 m tall Shanghai Tower.

Prof Xia has co-authored two research books, seven national standards in structural health monitoring, and over 160 refereed international journal papers. He secured over 40 research grants as the principal investigator, totalling over HK$57 million. Prof Xia has won numerous national and international awards, including the State Technological Innovation Award, the Chang Jiang Scholar, the HKIE Structural Excellence Award, the Nishino Prize, and the PolyU President’s Award. 

Xiaowei Deng

Xiaowei Deng

Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

associate professor

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Xiaowei Deng

Prof Xiaowei Deng is an associate professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. He obtained a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, United States in 2012. Prior to joining HKU, he worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

Prof Xiaowei Deng is currently the structural group coordinator in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He also served as the immediate past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Greater China Section and the co-opted director of the Hong Kong Wind Engineering Society (HKWES). His research involves the numerical simulations and artificial intelligence (AI) applications of renewable energy systems. His research interest also includes the optimization design of intelligent materials and structures applied in various disciplines, such as civil, mechanical, and biomedical engineering.

He has published over one hundred high-impact SCI papers and received over HK$ 12 million in research grants funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong government, etc. He has been awarded the William F. Ballhaus Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the California Institute of Technology and two Best Paper Awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Recently, he was honored with the first prize of the Chongqing Science and Technology Progress Award and the Technical Innovation Award from the China Steel Construction Society (CSCS).

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