Congratulations to two SDSC Professors for receiving four research grants amounted to HK$8.4M in data science
We are pleased to announce that Professor Zijun ZHANG and Professor Minghua CHEN have successfully secured four extramural competitive research grants totaling HK$8.37M in the 2nd quarter of 2023.
These grants were given out by acclaimed authorities both in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area to recognize exceptional achievements of our faculty members. Details are as follows:
1. Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) Midstream Research Programmes
Professor ZHANG’s research project entitled “Development of An AI-Powered Software System for Forecasting the Full Sequence of Day-ahead Wind Power” under the category of “Sustainability, Power and Energy” was funded by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) Midstream Research Programmes, the scheme encourages UGC-funded universities to collaborate with leading research institutes worldwide to conduct more theme-based inter-disciplinary and translational research and development (R&D) work in focused technology areas. The research project received a funding of HK$3.14 million from ITF and HK$0.5 million from an industrial sponsor, aims to develop a new generation, AI-powered software, for facilitating the power and energy industry to overcome the uncertain wind power generation.
2. Greater Bay Area Mega Projects
Professor CHEN’s project entitled “Data-Driven Methods for Real-Time Power Grid Operation” received the support of HK$3.3 million in May 2023 by the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau Science and Technology Project (Category C). This project is supported by the Science Technology and Innovation Committee of Shenzhen Municipality. It's a program that allows academics from Hong Kong and Macau to apply directly. The money can be used in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, or Macau as per the contract. The project can get up to RMB 3 million for 2 years. Professor CHEN's project falls under the "Data Science & Power System" category. The goal of this project is to design pioneering machine learning solutions for solving large-scale optimal power flow problems in renewable-rich and storage-rich grids and for frequency/voltage control with strong and robust performance guarantee. The designed solutions hold the potential to fundamentally change how we operate modern grids that use a lot of renewable energy and energy storage in the future. "
Professor ZHANG’s 2nd research project - “Development of the Advanced Machine Vision Inspection Algorithm for Metro Infrastructure Condition Autonomous Inspection Platform” also received a grant of HK$1.1 million in May 2023 by the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau Science and Technology Project (Category C). Professor Zhang’s project, under the funding field of “Transportation”, aims to develop the vision intelligence-enabled system to facilitate the inspection of infrastructure of urban metro systems, to ensure its healthy conditions and metro transportation safety.
Meanwhile, the 3rd research project of Professor ZHANG entitled “Data Science Methods for Offshore Wind Power Forecasting with Considering Multi-source Data” was awarded HK$0.33 million in May 2023 by the Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Joint Fund. The Scheme is set up to nurture young innovation and technology talents and Greater Bay Area R&D teams, and to underpin the building of the Greater Bay Area international innovation and technology hub. It helps to deepen regional cooperation and collaborative innovation, and make breakthroughs in key scientific issues for local and industrial innovation and development.
Congratulations to Professor ZHANG and Professor CHEN! We wish them continued success in research endeavours, and look forward to their outstanding research outputs.