• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Biography

    Francis has over 25 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience in the field of Transport. He had been a Lecturer at the College of Professional and Continuing Education of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for about 15 years, managing developing and delivering teaching materials for transport, statistics and mathematics related subjects up to post-graduate level. During his services at the HK PolyU, he has been a Principal Investigator and/or Project Leader for a number of funded research and consultancy projects.

    Before joining the academia, he worked in an American transport consultancy firm, during which he worked on projects in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and numerous cities in the Mainland China. This provided him with solid transport consultancy project experiences as Senior Transport Analyst and Quality Assurance Manager.

    Research Interests

    • Development and Applicaitons of Driving Cycles
    • Vehicle Emissions and Energy Consumptions
    • Traffic Engineering
    • Transport Modelling
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems

    Qualifications

    • PhD in Transportation, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • BSc (Hon) in Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered Member (CMILT), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
    • Member, Intelligent Transportation Systems Hong Kong (ITSHK)

    Teaching Activity

    • Modelling
    • Application of Transport Models
    • Advanced Transport Modelling

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    2020 - 2022PI (then CoI)Development of Driving Cycles for Battery Electric Bus Routes in Hong Kong (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2017 - 2019PI – Development of Updated Driving Cycles for Hong Kong (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2016RA – Electrification of Single-Deck Bus and Minibus in Hong Kong (Funded by CPU of HKSAR Government)
    2015 - 2017PI – A Study on the Estimation of Induced Traffic due to changes in Expressway Capacities (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2013 - 2014PI – Investigating the Value of Services for Franchised Bus Transport  (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU)
    2011 - 2012PI – Passenger Perception of Satisfaction and Quality of Bus Services (Funded by CPCE, HK PolyU

    Awards

    • Research Peace Award 2019 – The Best Researcher in Transportation and Environment (Awarded by RULA Awards & IJRULA)
    • Superior Research-Scholarly Performance Award (CPCE, HK PolyU)

    Scholarship and Fellowship

    • 2013 - Present, Research Fellow, Hong Kong Road Research Laboratory (HKRRL)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    BSc, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    External positions

    Research Fellow

    2013 → …

    Keywords

    • HE Transportation and Communications
    • Driving Cycles
    • Vehicle Emissions and Energy Consumption
    • Transport Modelling
    • Traffic Engineering
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems

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