Project Leader

Prof. Rob LAW

Deputy Director and Chair Professor, Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management

Prof. Rob Law is University of Macau Development Foundation (UMDF) Chair Professor of Smart Tourism. He is also Honorary Professor of several other reputable universities. Prior to joining the University of Macau in July 2021, Prof. Law has worked in industry organizations and academic institutes.

Prof. Law is an active researcher. He has received 100 research related awards and accolades (e.g. recognized as the most prolific tourism/hospitality researcher in the world over two decades from 2000 to 2019 – International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 2021), as well as millions of USD external and internal research grants. Prof. Law has edited four books and published 1,000+ research papers (including several hundred articles in first-tier academic journals). His publications have received 55,500+ citations, with h-index/i 10-index = 108/489 (http://scholar.google.com.hk/, accessed on September 26, 2022). In addition, Prof. Law serves different roles for 200+ research journals (e.g. on the Editorial Boards of 67% of the Q1 journals and 75% of the Q2 journals in hospitality/tourism), and is a chair/committee member of more than 180 international conferences.

Research Team

Prof. Yuanjia HU

Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Yuanjia Hu is a Professor and Programme Coordinator of Medicinal Administration in the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, University of Macau, Deputy Director of the Medical Informatics Center of the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, and Associate Head of the Department of Public Health and Medicinal Administration, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau. Dr. Hu received B.Sc. degree from China Pharmaceutical University, Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Macau, and Guest Researcher fellowship in Austrian Institute of Technology. His research primarily focuses on providing informatics solutions to critical challenges in the process of drug discovery through the multidisciplinary lens of administration and technology. Dr. Hu has led 25 domestic and foreign scientific research projects, and published more than 150 academic papers in international journals such as Nature Biotechnology, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Pharmacological Research. He is also Deputy Secretary-General and Executive Council Member in Specialty Committee on Network Pharmacology of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, Project Researcher in the Research Center of National Drug Policy & Ecosystem, and Policy Expert in Financial Innovation Pilot Platform of State Intellectual Property Operation Public Service Platform.

Prof. Li MIAO

Professor

Faculty of Business and Administration

Dr. Li Miao is a professor in the Department of Integrated Resort and Tourism Management and a UMDF (University of Macau Development Foundation) professorial fellow.  She is also an executive editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research (JHTR).

Dr. Miao’s research focuses on interpersonal dynamics in hospitality and tourism experience, human-technology interactions at hospitality service encounters and recently, emerging hospitality and tourism behavior in the context of COVID-19.

Prof. Yunlu DAI

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Yunlu Dai is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau. He received his PhD in 2014 at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC), Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Jun Lin. Then he moved to the University of Melbourne as a research fellow with Prof. Frank Caruso. In 2016, he joined Dr. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen’s Laboratory in National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a postdoctoral. He initiated his independent research program in 2018 at University of Macau. His research focuses on the multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials for biomedical applications.

Prof. Li DU

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

Dr. Li Du is an Associate Professor at the University of Macau Faculty of Law, Macau SAR. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in both clinical medicine and law (Wuhan University, China) and a Ph.D. in law (University of Alberta, Canada). His teaching and research interests include international law, food law, technology law, data protection and privacy law. Dr. Du has led many research projects on legal and ethical implications of novel and emerging technologies, e.g., genetic testing, cell-cultured meat, synthetic biotechnology, smart healthcare, etc. He shares his research findings at international conferences frequently and publishes articles regularly in leading academic journals.

Prof. Xinhua GU

Associate Professor

Faculty of Business and Administration

Xinhua GU now works as an associate professor in finance & business economics at the University of Macau. He obtained a PhD degree in financial economics from the University of Toronto, M.A. degrees in economics from Concordia University and Nanjing University, and a B.Sc. degree in math from Nanjing University. Dr. Gu’s past positions included: head and acting head of the Department of Finance & Business Economics in Business Administration Faculty at the University of Macau, director of the Planned Economy Section in the Department of Economics (now Economic College) at Nanjing University, and deputy secretary-general of Jiangsu Province Association for Quantitative Economics. Dr. Gu’s research interests are in tourism economics, financial economics, and development economics. He published three research books and numerous academic and policy articles in Chinese when working at Nanjing University. Some of his practical research projects had nation-wide influences on policy-making and economic-planning. Dr. Gu has also published lots of tourism, economics, and finance papers in mainstream international journals since joining the University of Macau.  His current pool of working papers in tourism taxation and portfolio finance is expected to generate more good publications in impactful or top journals.

Prof. Rose Xiaoming LIU

Associate Professor

Faculty of Business Administration

Xiaoming Liu obtained her PhD from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is now an associate professor in University of Macau. Her research interests include Customer Responses to Robot-delivered services; Service-recovery Strategies, Customer behavior, Management Science, Supply Chain, Tourist behavior, Sustainable Tourism Development.

Prof. Angus Chi Chiu LAM

Associate Professor

Faculty of Science and Technology

Angus, C. C. Lam obtained his PhD in Structural Engineering of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Alberta, Canada. He is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau. His major research field is experimental and numerical structural analysis of steel structures, masonry structures and composite materials. Those research results have been published in several international journals (such as: Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Composites for Construction (ASCE), Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Engineering Structures) and international conferences. He is also appointed by the faculty/department for several services (such as: Academic Advisor of IAESTE Macau, Fellow of residential college SHEAC, Leader of CEE Program Accreditation Committee Structure Group, etc). For the service in Macau society, he is appointed by the Chief Executive of Macau as a member of Macau SAR Culture Heritage Committee (2013-2016) and vice-chair of Vice-chairman of Macau SAR Transport Consultative Committee (2021-2023). Currently, he is the Members of the Supervisory Board of The Macau Institution of Engineers (AEM); Council Member of the Society of Metal Structures of Macau (MSMS); Council Member of the Smart City Alliance Associate of Macau (SCAAM); Council Member of the Society of Traditional Architecture and Member of the Smart Tourism Research Team of Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management of University of Macau.

Prof. Thomas Man Hoi LOK

Associate Professor

Faculty of Science and Technology

Thomas Man Hoi LOK is an associate professor and the assistant dean of FST at the University of Macau.  He obtained his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Taiwan University, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively.  He is a certified civil engineer of Macau SAR and committee members of many professional societies, such as the Macau Association for geotechnical Engineering, Macau Institute of Engineers, Macau Society for Ocean and Hydraulics, etc.

His research interests include computational geomechanics, soil-structure interaction, the behavior of marine clay, the use of machine learning in geotechnical analysis, etc.  He has published articles in international conferences and journals including Acta Geotechnica, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, and Journal of Engineering Mechanics and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Macau Studies.

Prof. Alfred Seng Fat WONG

Associate Professor

Faculty of Science and Technology

Prof. Wong Seng Fat joined the University of Macau in 1998 and obtains his Ph.D. from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prof. Wong is appointed as Interim College Master of Cheng Yu Tung College (CYTC) in 2021. Prof. Wong is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), and serves as an adjunct associate professor in the Centre for Macau Studies (CMS), an AEM fellow, an InstMC fellow, a CABE chartered fellow, an executive director in Smart City Alliance Association.

His research interests include Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics, Smart City, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, Applied RFID Technology in Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management, Knowledge Management, and Production Management, Innovative Product Design, Condition Monitoring System, Proton Electrolytic Membrane Fuel Cells, CAD/CAM Systems, Optical Instrumentation for Manufacturing Processes, etc.

Prof. Boby Ho Hong CHING

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Education

Dr. Ching is currently Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Faculty of Education in University of Macau. He received a PhD in Education from University of Oxford, with a specialization in Psychology and Education. Over the years, Dr. Ching has strived to weave theories from multiple psychological disciplines (developmental, social, and educational) and use empirical research to address theoretical and practical questions related to psychology and education. In Faculty of Education, he is committed to studying the cognitive aspects of children’s learning, such as how they learn mathematics, and their educational implications for mathematical assessments and instructional strategies for young children. Dr. Ching believes that education should not only concern students’ performance in academic subjects, but it should also care about students’ psychological well-being. Thus, his second strand of research broadly pertains to healthy self-development and education in adolescents and young adults. Finally, the third line of research originates from his interest in an idea called “essentialism”, which has close connections with how children develop an understanding of a concept and entails far-reaching implications for intergroup relations. He has published his work with his research group as a first author predominantly in SSCI Q1 journals (selected publications could be found in https://fed.um.edu.mo/boby-ho-hong-ching/). In recognition of the potential impact and contribution of his research to academia, he received an international-level research award from Jean Piaget Society and was nominated to join the Editorial Board of “Learning and Instruction”, a flagship journal in the field of educational psychology and education. Recently, Dr. Ching has joined the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management in University of Macau and he endeavors to use his knowledge in psychology to conduct research and understand virtual reality in smart tourism in particular.

Prof. Grace Ying HO

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Business Administration

Dr. Ho Ying is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Macau. She is the Programme Director of the Master of Business Administration Programme (MBA). She obtained her PhD. at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include consumer behavior, service marketing, cross-cultural marketing, and hospitality marketing. She has published in journals such as International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of International Marketing, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Journal of Consumer Marketing.

Prof. Yuqi SUN

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Prof. Yuqi Sun is an Assistant Professor from Department of Portuguese, FAH. She obtained her PhD from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in Linguistics. Her research interests include Portuguese-Chinese translating and interpreting studies, pragmatics and L3 acquisition.

Prof. Shan WANG

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Shan Wang is an assistant professor at University of Macau. Her research fields are linguistics, teaching Chinese as a second language and computational linguistics. She has published one English monograph, more than 60 papers, edited one set of Greater Chinese textbooks, participated in the compilation of two dictionaries, and guest edited an international journal. She has produced and released 16 MOOCs of game-based Chinese language teaching (over 72000 views till now) and seven MOOCs of teaching Chinese multiword expressions. One was fully reprinted by China Social Science Excellence in 2019. In the recent three years, she won four academic awards appraised by different institutions: (1) Nominated for The Sun Dejin Award for Outstanding Papers of Youth, The 5th International Forum on Linguistics and Chinese Education, Columbia University, USA, October 2019 (this conference only has nominations). (2) The First Level Award of The Young Talent Award of The Third International Conference on Language Teaching and Research, appraised by the CSSCI core journal “Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies”, October 2020; (3) The Excellent Paper Award, The 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Linguistics Professional Committee of the English-Chinese Comparative Research Association of China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, May 2021; (4) The Outstanding Youth Paper Award, The 17th International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University, July 2021.