About the Tech Talk
All members of the HKU community and the general public are welcome to join!
Speaker: Miss Wenzhao Chen, PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, HKU
Moderator: Dr. Qun Wang, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKU
Date: 28th June 2022
Mode: Mixed (both face-to-face and online). Seats for on-site participants are limited. A confirmation email will be sent to participants who have successfully registered.
Debate and scientific inquiries regarding airborne transmission of respiratory infections such as COVID-19 and influenza continue. Exposure was investigated under a face-to-face scenario, where people experience the highest risk of respiratory infection. The short-range airborne route was found to dominate exposure during close contact. Based on the fact that most of the outbreaks occurred in indoor environments, we built the link between long-range airborne transmission and short-range airborne route. Results suggest that effective environmental prevention strategies for respiratory infections require appropriate increases in the ventilation rate while maintaining a sufficiently low occupancy.
- The tech talk “Short-range exposure during close contact and the environmental interaction” will be organized in the Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing Two (G/F, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU) on 28th June 2022 (Tuesday), 4:30 pm.
- Stay tuned for the registration.
- Seats are limited. Zoom broadcast is available if the seating quota is full.
- Registrants on the waiting list will be notified of the arrangement after the registration deadline (with seating/free-standing/other arrangement)
- Please read the Campus Access and HKU Vaccine Pass (https://covid19.hku.hk/announcements/all/2022/04/13776/)
About the speaker
Miss Wenzhao Chen
Miss Wenzhao Chen is currently a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Process Equipment and Control Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2018. Her research interests focus on infection exposure in short range between two people during close contact, including
Relative importance of short-range airborne route and droplet-borne route.
Implication of short-range exposure on environmental control strategy.
Effects of occupant gestures on exposure.
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