The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Title: Computing for Sustainable Smart Cities: From Self-driving Cars to Self-aware Buildings and Self-optimizing Grids
Date: May 19, 2017 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Room 121, 1/F, Ho Sin-hang Engineering Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N.T.
Speaker: Prof. Sid Chi-Kin CHAU
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Masdar Institute
Abu Dhabi, UAE



The power of computing is growing out of the confines of conventional digital domains, and making its way to physical urban systems. An emerging trend termed ``smart cities'' is transforming our urban lives and improving sustainability of our society, by which extensive computing and information technology is integrated with urban infrastructure, services, facilities, and resource management systems. While smart cities have a wide range of socio-economic ramifications, this talk focuses on a computing perspective of smartening urban systems and infrastructure, such as buildings, grids and transportation systems. In particular, a vision towards immensely smart cities is discussed, which features self-driving vehicles that can automate driving and navigation without human assistance, self-aware buildings that can intelligently acquire dynamic knowledge of environments for automated control, and self-optimizing grids that can optimize energy management in the presence of uncertain demands and supplies. This talk presents my recent research work for enabling immensely smart cities.



Sid Chi-Kin Chau is an assistant professor with the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which was established in collaboration with MIT. His primary research area is sustainable smart city systems and applications, by applying computing algorithms, intelligent systems and data analytics to develop sustainable solutions for smart cities, including smart grid, smart buildings, intelligent vehicles and transportation. He also researches in broad areas of algorithms, optimization, intelligent systems, cyber-physical systems and internet-of-things. Previously, He was a visiting professor with MIT, and a senior research fellow with A*STAR in Singapore. He received the Ph.D. from University of Cambridge and B.Eng. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Further information about his research can be found at


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