PolyU Design Announces New Research Centre of Future Caring Mobility and Opportunity for Partnerships

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU Design) has announced the establishment of the Research Centre of Future Caring Mobility (Centre). The Centre has recently won a $7.5 million seed funding from the University's competitive research grant with matching funds from PolyU Design and partner institutions. The Centre represents a vision of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge STEAM (STEM + Art & Design) and innovative design approach emphasizing living, caring, and wellbeing under various mobility scenarios. 

Prof. Stephen J. Wang, Director of the Centre, remarked that his team is determined to tackle on the "wicked" real-world challenges such as the future caring in transportation, transit UX, communication and integration of personal information in mobility, automobile cybersecurity, smart city fluidity & liveability, UX in emerging transport modes such as versatile & on-demand transport, and wellbeing aspects in connected and autonomous vehicles.

Prof. Wang said: "This Centre will be the first in the world to focus on blurring various mobility related boundaries to envision the future of "caring-moving", and the research and design outcomes will significantly contribute to Hong Kong, Greater Bay Area, and the region."

The Centre will focus on the potential benefits of mobility innovations for the economy, society, health, and wellbeing to perform high-impact research. It will provide a distinctive platform that will enable visionary design-led innovations that are useful, user-friendly, and cutting-edge.

This platform will also benefit the next generation of researchers, designers, and innovators in this field by focusing on the end-users' evolving and unmet needs from both the caring and mobility perspectives, in addition to specialized technological knowledge.

The Centre is currently working with major corporations and welcomes proposals for joint-research projects.

An innovative adaptable vehicle interior design to boost income-earning opportunities and reduce downtime between income-earning events for public passenger transport drivers is one example of caring mobility projects currently on exhibit at the PolyU Design Show 2022. By dividing the labour between cargo fleet, ride-hailing services and taxis, this strategy also enables the delivery industry to employ existing automobile journeys as extra resources to spread out the industry’s high demand. 


理大設計宣布成立未來關愛移動研究中心及提供合作機會

香港理工大學設計學院(理大設計)宣布成立《未來關愛移動研究中心》(中心)。該中心最近獲得大學研究基金的750萬元競爭性撥款,理大設計學院和合作機構同時提供配對資金。該中心代表了一個跨學科、前瞻的STEAM(STEM+藝術與設計)和創新設計方法的願景,專注於各種移動場景下的生活、關懷和福祉。

中心總監王佳教授表示,他的研究團隊決心應對現實世界中的棘手問題,例如未來的關愛運輸、通行用戶體驗、個人訊息在出行中的溝通和整合、汽車網絡安全、智慧城市流動性和宜居性、新興運輸模式中的用戶體驗(如多功能和隨需運輸)以及使用互聯和自動駕駛汽車的福祉。

王教授說:「該中心將是全球首個專注於跨越各種流動相關界限以展望未來關愛移動的研究和設計成果,將為香港、大灣區以致地區性發展作出重大貢獻。」

該中心將針對創新移動對經濟、社會、健康和福祉的潛在好處,以進行高影響力的研究。它將提供一個獨特的平台,成就有效用、簡便和前衛的創新設計方案。

除了專業的技術知識外,該平台還會特別專注終端用戶不斷變化的和未滿足的需求,從關懷和移動力的角度,為未來在該領域的研究員、設計師和創新者帶來裨益。

該中心目前正與跨國公司進行合作,並歡迎聯合研究項目的提案。