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HKBU and Kyoto University run joint workshop on green partnership

09 Jun 2015

Cross-disciplinary students from Hong Kong and Japan propose ideas to address problems like waste management and energy use.
Cross-disciplinary students from Hong Kong and Japan propose ideas to address problems like waste management and energy use.
Students see the waste recycling system in Japan.
Students see the waste recycling system in Japan.

HKBU's Department of Computer Science and the Graduate School of Kyoto University in Japan organised the fourth joint workshop on design for sustainability which took place in both universities to promote academic exchange and quality research of students in a wider spectrum.

The workshop entitled Design Green Partnership Agreement between Kyoto and Hong Kong enabled the participants to experience the process of developing solutions to environmental issues via cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. The first part of the workshop which was held in Kyoto University, Japan from 16 to 19 April was for participants to conceive preliminary ideas and the second part held in HKBU from 28 to 31 May entailed the testing of ideas against reality.

A total of 37 students and faculty members from different academic backgrounds including mechanical engineering, business, architecture, education, psychology, social informatics and computer science from both universities were divided into six teams to address real-world issues including waste management, food waste reduction and energy saving. In order to get first-hand information to solve the problems, the teams had to conduct fieldwork, interviews, and intensive group discussions.

In a closing remark, Co-Chair of the workshop, Professor Toru Ishida from Kyoto University, said "Big ideas will affect the world" and encouraged the development of innovative and interdisciplinary solutions.

Professor Liu Jiming, Acting Dean of HKBU's Faculty of Science and Co-Chair of the workshop, said "There are many similar challenges, not only in Hong Kong, but also in Japan and other cities around the world. Therefore, we have to think about all kinds of alternatives to solve environmental issues."

For details of the workshop series, please visit: http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/fieldinformatics