The Lemon Lab is a research team based in Hong Kong. The five of us are from different backgrounds (architecture, urban planning, Geomatics, mathematics). We are interested in exploring this fascinating city and are trying to investigate some issues that those living here face day to day.
Climate change is a challenge we all face.
* how to apply knowledge in urban climate to effectively plan the city and mitigate urban heat island effect.
*how to design urban spaces to build resilience against overheating
Our world is growing older.
*How to create age-friendly communities to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of our senior neighbors
*How to design the light in the office for the young-old working population
Dr. Tanya Z. TAN
Dr Tanya Z. Tan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Tanya received her Ph.D. in Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016. She was a Research Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She then joined the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Hautes Études d'Ingénieur, Université Catholique de Lille for teaching and research.
urban climate and thermal comfort
design and human perception
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Dr. Wanlu OUYANG
Dr. Wanlu OUYANG is currently a postdoc fellow in the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Wanlu received her Ph.D. degree in Architecture from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has an interdisciplinary educational background in geography, urban planning, and urban climate.
Her research interests are mainly two threads: one is to standardize the analysis method or process of environmental design for researchers; another is to synthesize sustainable design strategies for decision-makers. Current topics are covering: urban green and blue spaces for heat mitigation; outdoor thermal comfort; sustainable planning and design.
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Ms. Nancy Shu YI
Nancy is currently a Ph.D. student (Hong Kong PhD Fellowship awardee) in the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is an experienced architectural lighting designer and a senior R&D expert focused on Innovative lighting system development. She led several industry-university collaboration projects. Her research interests involve investigating lighting design and human perception, especially lighting perception of young old group in the working environment.
Ms. Alexis WANG
Alexis WANG is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Alexis received her MSc degree in Geomatics from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research area: spatial data mining, urban geometry, urban surface characteristics and urban climate.
Ms. Grace REN
BSc in Mathematics
MSc in Data Science
Grace is our data guy in the lab. She participates in collecting, curating and coordinating data. She is skilled at utilizing R, Python and SPSS to conduct data analysis. Guancong worked as a data analyst in Elsevier before she joined the team.
Ms. Hannah LIU
Hannah works as Research Associate in the team. She has been studying for her Ph.D. research at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University in Japan. Hannah won the honorary "Kyoto University Graduate Division Fellow" title on October 1, 2021. Her academic background is in urban planning and architecture environment.
Research interest: human thermal models, thermal physiological response and simulation of older adults, thermal environments and health.
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Mr. Jinyi YU
BSc in Urban & Rural Planning
MSc in Geomatics
Jinyi is a Ph.D. student with the team. His research interest includes urban walkability, quality of open spaces, and built environment and well-being
Ms. Gillian DU
Gillian admitted into her Ph.D. program in August 2023. She obtained her MSc in Civil and Environment Engineering at The University of Alberta. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture (Tianjin University). Her research interest is on designing age-friendly communities.