Time: 6/2/2021 2:15-5:00 pm(HKT)
Policy Forum on Winning the War on COVID - Policy Insights from Computational Social Science
Date: 2 June 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:15 PM–5:00 PM (GMT+8, HK Time)
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives dramatically on the one hand and created actionable research and innovation opportunities on the other. To connect the policy impact of our colleagues’ innovative research in computational social science, we are organizing a half-day policy forum to share the relevant results with policy stakeholders.
- Ms. Annie CHOI (Permanent Secretary for Innovation & Technology, HKSAR Government)
Geospatial Technologies for COVID-19 Interventions and People’s Willingness to Share Personal Data to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
- Prof. Mei-po KWAN (Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK)
Optimizing Nonpharmaceutical Interventions in Hong Kong
- Prof. Tony H. W. TAM (Chairman and Professor, Department of Sociology, CUHK) Containing the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media: What We Know and What We Need to Know
- Prof. Ran WEI (Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK)
Roundtable Discussion (in alphabetical order)
- Mr Francis P. K. FONG (Honorary President, Convener of Fintech, Hong Kong Information Technology Federation)
- Dr Henry K. C. HO (Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association)
- Prof. Mei-po KWAN (Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK)
- Prof. Tony H. W. TAM (Chairman and Professor, Department of Sociology, CUHK)
- Prof. Ran WEI (Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK) - Mr Simon K. W. WONG (President, Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades)
- Mr Simon K. Y. WONG (Chief Executive Officer, Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM))
Webinar programme: please click here
The webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. The meeting ID will be sent to registrants by email.
Date: 25 May 2021
Title : The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People's Mobility in the U.S." as part of the online University of Twente Resilience Meeting titled "Resilience to Known Yet Unfamiliar Threats: Pandemics?
Please see details and register at https://bit.ly/3fryyI5 (Note that this presentation will use MS Teams)
Date: 27 May 2021
Title : Spatiotemporal Big Data Analysis for Human Mobility Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic" as part of the online University of Glasgow Urban Studies Spring Seminar Series 2021 titled "Understanding Urban Mobility During the Pandemic
Please see details and register at https://bit.ly/341L6AO (Note that this presentation will use Zoom)
Time: 5/20/2021 10:00 pm(HKT)
Registration : Free but required register at https://tinyurl.com/448tsdnj
Prof. Mei-Po Kwan, ISEIS Director, will be the Keynote speaker at the International Workshop in University of Melbourne.
Time: 4/29/2021 11:30 am(HKT)
Topic : Geographies of LIfe Course
Panel 1: The International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN): Next Steps
Time: 4/8/2021 09:25 PM - 4/8/2021 10:40 PM (HKT)
Organizers: Mei-Po Kwan (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Douglas Richardson (Harvard University)
Panelist: Mei-Po Kwan, Weihe Guan, Xun Shi, Suhong Zhou, Tim Schwanen
Discussant: Douglas Richardson
Panel 2: Confidential Geospatial Data, Privacy, and Solutions
Time: 4/9/2021 09:25 PM - 4/9/2021 10:40 PM (HKT)
Organizers: Douglas Richardson (Harvard University), Mei-Po Kwan (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Panelist: Douglas Richardson, Junghwan Kim, Margaret Levestein, Bing She
Discussant: Mei-Po Kwan
Panel 3: Spatiotemporal Studies: Past, Present, Future
Time: 4/10/2021 07:40 AM - 4/10/2021 08:55 AM (HKT)
Organizers: Yun Li (George Mason University), Qian Liu (George Mason University)
Panelist: John Wilson, May Yuan, Robert Stewart, Douglas Richardson, Mei-Po Kwan
Presentation 1: Jianwei Huang, Using individuals’ space-time trajectories data to investigate the relationship between geographic context and COVID-19 transmission risk
Session: Health and Medical Geography Peter Gould Award Finalists
Time: 4/8/2021 4:30 AM – 4/8/2021 5:45 AM (HKT)
Organizer: Colleen Reid
Presentation 2: Zihan Kan, Exploring the space-time patterns of COVID-19 transmission risk and their associations with different built environment factors in Hong Kong
Session: Spatial context, human activities and space-time transmission of COVID-19
Time: 4/8/2021 11:00 PM – 4/9/2021 0:15 AM (HKT)
Organizer: Zihan Kan, Mei-Po Kwan, Jiannan Cai, Jianwei Huang
Presentation 3: Jiannan Cai, Sensing real-time mood swings in reaction to noise by detecting focal change patterns in time series of individual noise exposure data
Session: Geospatial Health Symposium 17 and Symposium on Human Dynamics Research: Advances in Dynamic Environmental Exposure, Mobility Patterns, and Health Outcomes
Time: 4/12/2021 0:35 AM – 4/12/2021 1:50 AM (HKT)
Organizers: Marta Jankowska, Jiue-An Yang
Members: Professor Bo HUANG, Shiqi YAO, from the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Faculty of Social Science
PhotoAir, a mobile app, allows a smart phone user to take a photo to measure PM2.5 concentrations, indoor or outdoor, day or night in real time regardless of weather conditions. Grounded on physical optics and empowered by deep neural networks, the app provides unprecedented levels of accuracy and efficiency in measurements and an incomparable flexibility over traditional instruments. PhotoAir offers a super-handy tool for real-time monitoring of PM2.5 concentrations ubiquitously, thereby helping citizens avert from heavily polluted areas, reduce exposure to air pollution and make informed choices towards a healthy lifestyle.
Title: "Big Data and Geospatial Technologies for Healthy Cities Research"
Speaker: Prof. Mei-Po Kwan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Date: 11 March 2021 (Thursday) (UTC+8)
Time: 14: 30 – 15:15
Zoom link: https://hkbu.zoom.us/j/95082763403
Professor Mei-Po Kwan - "Deploying Geospatial Big Data and Real-time Mobile Sensing to Assess the Health Impacts of Individual Exposure to Green/blue Spaces, Light at Night, Air Pollution, and Noise (GLAN)." (HK$5,600,000; 2020/21 Collaborative Research Fund (CRF)
Professor Mei-Po Kwan - "Evaluating Individual Exposure to Noise and Air Pollution Using GPS and Mobile Sensors." (HK$1,206,340; General Research Fund (GRF)
Professor Bo Huang - "Assessment and implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions to avoid COVID-19 resurgences: Accounting for human mobility, contacts and behavioral change using both big and small data." (HK$3,512,631; 2020/21 One-off Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Novel Infectious Disease (NID) Research Exercise)
Congratulation our MSc students Deng Fangxu, Zhu Shengkun and Yang Ziwei for awarded the Scholarship of MSc in Geo-survey and Public Management (2020-21) by Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
ISEIS Director, Prof. Mei-Po Kwan has been selected to receive the 2021 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Wilbanks Prize for Transformational Research in Geography. This annual award recognizes geographers whose research has made transformational contributions to geography, geographic information science or to science and society more broadly.
The AAG Award citation is as follows:
"Mei-Po Kwan has had transformational impacts on how transportation specialists and geographic information scientists think about accessibility and activity-travel patterns analysis; how feminist geographers understand quantification and GIS; how geographers and geographic information scientists integrate quantitative and qualitative methods and insights from different theoretical traditions; and how health geographers, public health researchers, and scholars in other disciplines think about environmental exposure and the significance of the neighborhood.
Employing feminist perspectives, Dr. Kwan has dramatically altered geo-visualization, the inclusion of qualitative data through geo-narratives, and she has broadened geographic information science beyond a narrow “objective” standard to more humanistic standards that include perceptions, emotions, and behavior as core concerns. She has also advanced conceptualization of concepts like uncertainty and bias by promoting more dynamic perspectives that examine spatial contexts as rooted in everyday behaviors and experiences rather than as containers fixed in space and time.
Both the significant substance and impact of Dr. Kwan’s work have transformed the discipline of geography and geographic information science and infused the broader community of researchers and practitioners with more robust geospatial understanding, thereby making her a highly deserving recipient of the Wilbanks Prize."
The webpage with this award citation is at: