Xue, Fan (Frank)

PhD MSc BEng
MACM SMCGS MIEEE MHKGISA

Dr XUE, Fan (Frank, 薛帆)

👨‍🏫Assistant Professor

Department page HKU Scholars Hub page

Memberships & services

MACM; Secretary ACM-HK SMCGS MIEEE MHKGISA MHKABAEIMA Blockchain Community, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, IEEE

Frank Xue Hi! I am Frank, Assistant Professor working on 'AI + city' at Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU. My theoretical work includes:

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Education

HK PolyU CAUC

Job experiences

HKU HK PolyU

As trained as a multidisciplinary engineer, I am trying to solve complicated problems in building and construction with computational intelligence:

  • 🏙 Building/city informatics: automatic BIM/CIM modeling, digital twin, 2D-3D semantics, voxel, geo-data, visual object detection, personal smart assistant, common spatiotemporal data, blockchain, etc.,
  • 📈 Optimization algorithm: derivative-free optimization (DFO), hyper-heuristics, combinatorial optimization, multi-agent system, & NK-modeling, etc.
  • 🤖 Machine learning: prediction, big data analytics, pattern recognition, text mining, semantics analysis,
  • 📡 Urban sensing: IoT, RFID, NFC, LiDAR, VR/AR, Phone sensors, & Arduino, and
  • 🏗 Professional software: plugins (Revit, SketchUp, etc.), desktop solutions (C/C++, Java/EE, Python, Ruby, C#, etc.), websites (JSP, HTML5, PHP, etc.), & databases (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, SQLite, etc.)

Research Projects

On-going

UGC NSFC NSSFC Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), Government of Hong Kong SAR (GovHK) Guangdong Science & Tech. Department PICO, HKSAR Gov. ECF HKU

PI: HKU HKU Small Equipment Grant (60%) + Stanley Ho Alumni Challenge (SHAC) (207051055, 40%). (HK$760,000). Mobile Color LiDAR Scanners.
Keywords: color LiDAR; SLAM; indoor model; 3D point cloud

Co-PI: Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), Government of Hong Kong SAR (GovHK) GovHK ITC ITF Tier-1 (ITP/029/20LP, 10% of HK$10.36 million). “BIM Square”: Blockchain and i-Core-enabled Multi-stakeholder Building Information Modelling Platform for Construction Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Hong Kong. (PC: Prof Wilson Lu)
Keywords: Construction logistics and supply chain; quality assurance; blockchain; open BIM; i-Core oracles for blockchain

Co-PI: Guangdong Science & Tech. Department Key R&D Program of the Guangdong Province (2019B010151001, 5% of CNY 10 million). The applications of Virtual Reality technologies for cultural heritage conservation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area [面向粵港澳歷史文化保護傳承的虛擬現實技術研究與應用]. (PC: Dr Youyi Xiong)
Keywords: Digital conservation; VR; BIM; GIS; automatic as-is modeling

Co-PI: HKU HKU (HK$915,870). Development of an Urban Big Data Platform for Smarter Hong Kong: Integrate to Inspire. (PC: Prof Chris Webster)
Keywords: urban big data; urban computing; deep learning; street view; 3D point cloud

Co-I: NSFC NSFC General Program (71671156, CNY 493,000). A Social Network Analysis and NK-model based study of stakeholder relationship in mega construction projects [基於社會網絡分析及NK模型的重大建設項目幹系人關系研究]. (PI: Prof Geoffrey Shen)

Co-I: NSSFC NSSFC Major Program (17ZDA062, CNY 800,000). Evaluation on the environment-resources carrying capacity in megacities and policy instruments with the big data background [大數據背景下我國大型城市資源環境承載力評價與政策研究]. (PI: Prof Liyin Shen)

Co-I: NSFC NSFC General Program (72071022). Unfolding the multiple complexities in the formation, quantification, and interactions of resource metabolism in construction projects [建設工程項目資源代謝多重複雜性的形成機理、測度模式與作用機制研究]. (PI: Prof Chris J Hong)

Co-I: UGC HK RGC GRF (17203920, HK$684,520). Enhancing Underground Development Users' Health through an Automated Risk Assessment System for Facilities Management. (PI: Dr Isabelle Chan)

Co-I: ECF HK ECF (111/2019, HK$485,000). Big data-based "AI inspector" for gauging inert contents at the off-site construction waste sorting facilities in Hong Kong. (PI: Prof Wilson Lu)

Co-I: PICO, HKSAR Gov. HK PICO SPPR (S2018.A8.010.18S, HK$2.9 million). Boosting Construction Waste Material Sharing in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. (PI: Prof Wilson Lu)

Completed

NSFC PICO, HKSAR Gov. HKU Tsinghua U

PI: HKU Tsinghua U HKU-Tsinghua SPF. A derivative-free optimization (DFO) approach for 3D scene understanding using civil engineering context. 2019-2020, HK$70,000 HKU side + CNY 70,000 Tsinghua side. (Co-PI: Dr Hongling Guo)
Keywords: BIM; DFO; deep learning; 3D point cloud

PI: HKU HKU Seed Fund for Basic Research (201811159177). Towards spatiotemporal building city information model (BIM/CIM): Semantic voxel modeling based on Gestalt principles. 2019-2020. HK$93,200.
Keywords: 3D point cloud; semantics; voxel modeling; Gestalt principles

PI: HKU HKU Seed Fund for Basic Research (201711159016). 'Find them all': A multi-modal optimization approach for automated detection of repetition in urban scenes. 2018-2019. HK$111,050.
Keywords: 3D point cloud; repetition; multimodal optimization

PI: HKU HKU Seed Fund for Basic Research (201702159013). Automated architectural symmetry recognition from 3D point clouds. 2017-2018. HK$300,000.
Keywords: 3D point cloud; symmetry; optimization

Co-I: PICO, HKSAR Gov. HK PICO PPR (2018.A8.078.18D). "Finding the Needles in a Haystack": Identification of the Illegal Dumping of Construction Waste Using Big Data. 2019-2020. HK$447,350. (PI: Prof Wilson Lu)

Co-I: NSFC NSFC General Program (60472123). Airport ground service scheduling optimization based on multi-agent coordination and data fusion [基於多Agent協作及信息融合的飛機地面作業運行控制優化算法研究]. 2005-2006. CNY 80,000. PI: Prof. W. Fan.
Keywords: multi-agent-driven algorithm; scheduling; airport

Honors & Awards

2020

Early Career Scheme Award 2019/20: Research Grants Council of Hong Kong SAR, China.

Featured Article (of Volume 167): ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Elsevier. Award

Research Output Prize 2018/19: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. Code Award

Dual Outstanding Paper Awards and tripple Merit Paper Awards of CRIOCM'2020: The 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, Wuhan, China.

2019

Best Paper Award of ICSBS'2019: International Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Structures, Suzhou, China. Award

2017

The Special Award for Joint Computing in Construction: The LC3 Innovation Competition 2017, Heraklion, Greece.

Shortlist in the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Construction Innovation Award 2017, Hong Kong SAR, China.

2016

Best Paper Award of CRIOCM'2016: The 21st International Conference on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM'2016), Hong Kong SAR, China. Code Award

Dual winners of GECCO'2016 Combinatorial Black Box Optimization (CBBOC): The 2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Denver, USA. Code

2015

Tripple winners of GECCO'2015 Combinatorial Black Box Optimization (CBBOC): The 2015 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Madrid, Spain. Code

2011

The third runner-up (of 30 teams), the first on the public Leaderboard (of 17 teams) in the first Cross-domain Heuristic Search Challenge (CHeSC 2011): The 53rd Operational Research Society Conference (OR53), Nottingham, UK. Code

Publications

Last updated in September 2020. Please go to ResearchGate pageResearchGate or Google Scholar pageGoogle Scholar for incoming entries. The journal papers' impacts are measured by Elsevier Elsevier MendeleyMendeley and Elsevier PlumXPlumX.

2020

Share a smartphone friendly storyQuick story: PDFA semantic differential transaction approach to minimizing information redundancy for BIM and blockchain integration. Automation in Construction.

Share a smartphone friendly storyQuick story: PDFFrom LiDAR point cloud towards digital twin city: Clustering city objects based on Gestalt principles. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. AwardFeatured Article (of Vol. 167).

PDFPervasive sensing technologies for facility management: A critical review. Facilities.

PDFEmbodied energy in service industry in global cities: A study of six Asian cities. Land Use Policy.

PDFIs the private sector more efficient? Big data analytics of construction waste management sectoral efficiency. Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

PDFAn anatomy of waste generation flows in construction projects using passive bigger data. Waste Management.

PDFAutomated mapping from IFC data model to relational database model (IFC数据模型至关系型数据库模型的自动映射). Journal of Tsinghua University (Science and Technology).

PDFConstruction-oriented Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) guidelines. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

PDFDesign for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) in construction: The old and the new. Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

PDFMapping the knowledge domain of stakeholder perspective studies in construction projects: A bibliometric approach. International Journal of Project Management.

PDFEstimating construction waste generation in residential buildings: A fuzzy set theory approach in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Cleaner Production.

PDFDigital twinning construction objects: Lessons learned from pose estimation methods. The Joint Conference ICCCBE and CIB W78 2020. YouTube

PDFIndoor-outdoor navigation without beacons: Compensating smartphone AR positioning errors with 3D pedestrian network. ASCE Construction Research Congress 2020. PPT slides

PDFClassification of photo-realistic 3D window views in a high-density city: The case of Hong Kong. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2020), Springer, in press. Outstanding Paper Award.

PDFModular construction: design considerations and opportunities. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2020), Springer, in press. Outstanding Paper Award.

PDFProspect of architectonic grammar reconstruction from dense 3D point clouds: Historical building information modeling (HBIM) of Guangdong cultural heritages. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2020), Springer, in press. Merit Paper Award.

PDFConstruction inspection information management with consortium blockchain. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2020), Springer, in press. Merit Paper Award.

PDFUnderstanding construction waste recycling in Hong Kong: SWOT analysis of the government’s prevailing initiatives. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2020), Springer, in press. Merit Paper Award.

PDFA review of BIM data exchange method in BIM collaboration. Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2020), Springer, in press.

2019

PDFA derivative-free optimization-based approach for detecting architectural symmetries from 3D point clouds. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Code

PDFFrom semantic segmentation to semantic registration: Derivative-free optimization-based approach for automatic generation of semantically rich as-built Building Information Models from 3D point clouds. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering YouTube

PDFBIM reconstruction from 3D point clouds: A semantic registration approach based on multimodal optimization and architectural design knowledge. Advanced Engineering Informatics

PDFBarriers to Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation in China's prefabricated construction: An interpretive structural modeling (ISM) approach. Journal of Cleaner Production

PDFTowards the "third wave": An SCO-enabled occupational health and safety management system for construction. Safety Science

PDFDeveloping a conceptual framework of smart work packaging for constraints management in prefabrication housing production. Advanced Engineering Informatics

PDF‘Cognitive facility management’: Definition, system architecture, and example scenario. Automation in Construction

PDFUnderstanding unstructured 3D point clouds for creating digital twin city: An unsupervised hierarchical clustering approach. CIB World Building Congress 2019 PPT slides

PPT slidesComputational streetscapes: Big data, deep learning, and vector model. 2019 Landscape Architecture international forum in HKU: Urban landscape for people.

PDFSemantic enrichment of city information models with LiDAR-based rooftop albedo. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Structures (ICSBS 2019). Best Paper Award. PPT slides Award

PDFPersonalized walkability assessment for pedestrian paths: An as-built BIM approach using ubiquitous augmented reality (AR) smartphone and deep transfer learning. In The 23rd International Symposium on the Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate. in press. PPT slides

PDFSemantic enrichment for rooftop modeling using aerial LiDAR reflectance. In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Communications and Computing (ICSPCC 2019). PPT slides

Architectural Design for Additive Manufacturing Construction: Lesson Learned from DfAM. In Proceedings of the 2019 CRIOCM International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2019).

2018

PDFAutomatic Generation of Semantically Rich As‐Built Building Information Models Using 2D Images: A Derivative‐Free Optimization Approach. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

PDFLinking radio-frequency identification to Building Information Modeling: Status quo, development trajectory and guidelines for practitioners. Automation in Construction.

PDFAutomatic building information model reconstruction in high-density urban areas: Augmenting multi-source data with architectural knowledge. Automation in Construction.

PDFAn Internet of Things-enabled BIM platform for on-site assembly services in prefabricated construction. Automation in Construction.

Real options model of toll-adjustment mechanism in concession contracts of toll road projects. Journal of Management in Engineering.

PDFSearching for an optimal level of prefabrication in construction: An analytical framework. Journal of Cleaner Production.

PDFCross-boundary collaboration in waste management research: A network analysis. Environmental Impact Assessment Review.

PDFA cost-benefit analysis of green buildings with respect to construction waste minimization using big data in Hong Kong. Journal of Green Building.

PDFA physical internet-enabled building information modelling system for prefabricated construction. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

PDFThe Heterogeneity of BIM Objects in Different Construction Contexts. In Construction Research Congress 2018.

PDFArchitectural symmetry detection from 3D urban point clouds: A derivative-free optimization (DFO) approach. In Advances in Informatics and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering. PPT slides

PDF3D point cloud data enabled facility management: A critical review. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on the Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate. in press, Springer.

2017

Design of an efficient hyper-heuristic algorithm CMA-VNS for combinatorial black-box optimization problems. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion. Code

PDFIntegrating RFID and BIM technologies for mitigating risks and improving schedule performance of prefabricated house construction. Journal of cleaner production.

PDFDeveloping an Open Access BIM Objects Library: A Hong Kong Study. In Lean and Computing in Construction Congress-Volume 1: Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Computing in Construction.

Schedule risk modeling in prefabrication housing production. Journal of cleaner production.

An Overview of the driving forces behind energy demand in China's construction industry: Evidence from 1990 to 2012. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Prefabricated construction enabled by the Internet-of-Things. Automation in Construction.

The Fusion of GIS and Building Information Modeling for Big Data Analytics in Managing Development Sites. Comprehensive Geographic Information Systems.

PDF'Local content' of corporate social responsibility in international construction business. ARCOM 2017.

PDFDevelopment of 3D building models using multi-source data: a study of high-density urban area in Hong Kong. In Lean and Computing in Construction Congress-Volume 1: Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Computing in Construction. PPT slides

PDFA Smart Construction Object (SCO)-Enabled Proactive Data Management System for Construction Equipment Management. In Computing in Civil Engineering 2017.

PDFThe Experiences for Post-disaster Reconstruction in Rural China: The Implications from Data Mining. In Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate.

2016

PDFAn optimization-based semantic building model generation method with a pilot case of a demolished construction. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate. Best Paper Award. PPT slides Award

PDFCMA-VNS2: An efficient hyper-heuristic algorithm for combinatorial black-box optimization. Technical report, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Code

SWOT analysis and Internet of Things-enabled platform for prefabrication housing production in Hong Kong. Habitat International.

PDFA multi-regional structural path analysis of the energy supply chain in China's construction industry. Energy Policy.

PDFSchedule risks in prefabrication housing production in Hong Kong: a social network analysis. Journal of cleaner production.

PDFEnergy use embodied in China's construction industry: A multi-regional input–output analysis. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Bridging the Cyber and Physical Systems for Better Construction: A Case Study of Construction Machinery Monitoring and Utilization. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate.

Smart gateway for bridging BIM and building. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate.

2011 ~ 2015

PhD Thesis: PDFA suboptimum- and proportion-based heuristic generation method for combinatorial optimization problems. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Advisors: Dr. C.Y. Chan, Dr. Andrew W.H. Ip, Prof. Benny C.F. Cheung. theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/7203

Project-based as-needed information retrieval from unstructured AEC documents. Journal of management in engineering.

PDFCma–vns: A short description. Technical report. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Code

PDFEmbodied energy of service trading in Hong Kong. Smart and sustainable built environment.

PPT slidesIoT-enabled on-site assembly service in prefabricated public housing construction. Second International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU 2015). PDF

Towards Physical Internet-enabled prefabricated housing construction in Hong Kong. IFAC-PapersOnLine.

PDFBuilding information technologies and challenges in precast housing construction in Hong Kong. In The 7th International Conference of Sustainable Development in Building and Environment

PDFUsing division to classify Low-level Heuristics for the Quadratic Assignment Problem. (Preprint)

PDFA hyper-heuristic inspired by pearl hunting. In Learning and intelligent optimization (Proceedings of LION 6). Code PPT slides

PDFA learning-based variable assignment weighting scheme for heuristic and exact searching in Euclidean traveling salesman problems. NETNOMICS: Economic research and electronic networking.

Pearl hunter: A hyper-heuristic that compiles iterated local search algorithms. CHeSC competition. Code

2006 ~ 2010

MSc Thesis: PDFCoordinating Multi-agent with Organization in Distributed Scheduling System. Civil Aviation University of China. Advisor: Prof. W. Fan.

PPT slidesA Learning-based Variables Assignment Weighting Scheme for Heuristic and Exact Searching. 1st International Conference on Computational Logistics (ICCL 2010).

PPT slidesTowards a learning-based heuristic searching reform scheme. 24th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXIV).

Multi-agent optimization design for multi-resource job shop scheduling problems. In International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC2007).

Optimize cooperative agents with organization in distributed scheduling system. In International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC2006).

Talks & Invited

2020

PPT slidesBlockchain for Construction in the Post-COVID-19 Era. The 6th China BIM Conference - Youth Forum. 11 November 2020, Taiyuan, China.

PPT slidesBlockchain for Smart Construction. The joint 6th Summer School of Frontiers in Construction Management and Cloud Summer Camp of College Students in Civil Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 23 July 2020, Wuhan, China.

2019

PPT slidesDigital Twinning Construction Objects: Filtering, Supervised, and Reinforcement Learning Methods. REC Departmetal Seminars, 6 December 2019, HKU.

PPT slidesEvolutionary computation with applications in 3D urban reconstruction. Civil Aviation University of China. 24 September 2019, Tianjin, China.

PPT slidesFrom geometric landscape to fitness landscape: As-built BIM reconstruction through optimization. Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 27 May 2019, Wuhan, China.

2018

PPT slidesDerivative-free optimization: Theory and applications in construction management. Tongji University. 19 October 2018, Shanghai, China.

PPT slidesDemystifying BIM & Innovation. Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics. 18 October 2018, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

PPT slidesUrban Semantics in BIM & GIS: From source to sea. Department of Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. 15 October 2018, Suzhou, Zhejiang, China.

PPT slidesAn efficient approach for symmetry detection in point clouds of constructions. Visual Computing Research Center, Shenzhen University. 22 June 2018, Beijing, China.

PPT slidesSemantic enrichment for BIM and GIS: A computational perspective. Frontiers in Construction Management, Shenzhen University. 22 May 2018, Shenzhen, China.

Enriching urban semantics to fuse BIM and CIM for smart city: examples, prospects, and challenges. Technology Collaboration: The first BIM and GIS Conference, Cyberport. 4 May 2018, Hong Kong SAR, China.

PPT slidesLinking RFID to BIM: A demystification of research methods. Research Methodology, Renmin University of China. 21~22 March 2018, Beijing, China.

2017

PPT slidesA Derivative-free Optimization Approach for Automated As-built 3D Modelling. CIB Student Chapter Workshop Series 2017. Aug 18, 2017, HK PolyU.

PPT slidesAn optimization approach for automated as-built 3D modeling. REC Departmetal Seminars, Apr 6, 2017, HKU.

2016

PPT slidesDerivative-free optimization: Theory and applications in construction management. Tongji University. 19 October 2018, Shanghai, China.

PPT slidesDemystifying BIM & Innovation. Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics. 18 October 2018, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

PPT slidesUrban Semantics in BIM & GIS: From source to sea. Department of Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. 15 October 2018, Suzhou, Zhejiang, China.

PPT slidesAn efficient approach for symmetry detection in point clouds of constructions. Visual Computing Research Center, Shenzhen University. 22 June 2018, Beijing, China.

PPT slidesSemantic enrichment for BIM and GIS: A computational perspective. Frontiers in Construction Management, Shenzhen University. 22 May 2018, Shenzhen, China.

Enriching urban semantics to fuse BIM and CIM for smart city: examples, prospects, and challenges. Technology Collaboration: The first BIM and GIS Conference, Cyberport. 4 May 2018, Hong Kong SAR, China.

PPT slidesLinking RFID to BIM: A demystification of research methods. Research Methodology, Renmin University of China. 21~22 March 2018, Beijing, China.

2011~2015

PPT slidesAutomated facilitation techniques in Value Management workshops based on domain-specific semantic metrics. Apr 24, 2015, Nanjing University, China.

Towards an automated semantic analysis for ideas in construction workshops. Dec, 2013, Chongqing University, China.

PhDs and Jobs

PhD (Fully funded)

100% PhD Scholarship

Any proposals on computation and automation for building and construction are welcome. Examples of topics are

  •  Urban semantics, automatic reasonsing, and blockchain,
  •  Computational geometry in heritage, buildings, & cities,
  •  Applied operations research in construction / cities, and
  •  Computability & compelxity of IoT / GIS / BIM,
Research proposal contact: Frank Xue <xuef@hku.hk>; HKU's web application system opens from 1st Sept. 2020 to 2nd Dec. 2020.

Full-time

Research Assistant in Big Data Platform: Efficient 2D/3D display and analysis of large-scale geo-spatial data on web. Preferred experiences in J2EE/JSON, responsive HTML5, Google Maps/Earth, and Cesium. Open until filled. (Contact: Frank Xue xuef@hku.hk)

Students, colleagues, and alumni

👩‍🎓PhD students

  • Laovisutthichai, Vikrom, 2019
  • Li, Maosu, 2019
  • Lee, Mun Wai Wendy, 2020
  • Lou, Jinfeng, 2020
  • Wu, Liupengfei (Mike), 2020 (transferred from RA 2020)
  • Yuan, Liang, 2020

👬Colleagues (RAs & visiting)

  • Chen, Zhe (Philo) (2020-21). Machine learning & prefabrication
  • Wu, Yijie (2020-21). Common spatial data (indoor)
  • Yang, Zhongze (Zoe) (2020-21). Complex system analytics
  • Zhao, Rui (Jeremy) (2020-21). Blockchain for construction
  • Li, Xiao (Shell) (2019). Urban semantics. Now RGC PostDoc at iLab
  • Tan, Tan (2018-19). BIM. Now PhD at UCL
  • Cao, Jin (2018-19). Construction IT

🏖️Summer interns (undergraduates)

  • Gao, Wenjun (Wendy) (2020). HKU campus in Minecraft
  • Wang, Chen (Dennis) (2020). Edge computing
  • Zhang, Jing (Christel) (2020). Parametric modeling

Research tips

Materials for newcomers

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Data analysis tools

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Standard citation managers

  • 🧩MS Word's citation manager
    • DownloadGet MS Office Suite from office.com with your HKU account
    • YouTube video guideBasic use, citing like "Alice (2020, pp. 22-23)"
    • CodeFrank's APA-Classic style (copy it to "%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Bibliography\Style")
    • For an organization/government document, you can cite the short name as "Corporate Author" and full name as "Publisher" in the "Report" type. E.g.,
      • NIBS. (2015). National Building Information Modeling Standard. Version 3, Washington, DC, USA: National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Retrieved from https://www.nationalbimstandard.org/ (accessed on 1 Jan 2020).
    • Try to format webpages and online documents in "Report" category, rather than "Website," "Document from website," and "Electronic source."
    • Article number (ASCE and some Elsevier journals) can be input as the "Pages"
    • Set a DOI (or URL) to every reference entry
  • 🧩LaTeX
    • 💽BibTeX for thesis, books, and as a citebase
    • 💇A clean BibTeX .bib for each article
    • Note the formating control macros, e.g., {}, --, $$
    • Set a DOI (or URL) to every reference entry