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Prof. Xiao obtained her double Bachelor degrees in Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Engineering (major) and Marketing (minor) from Xi'an Jiao Tong University in 1998, her Master degree in Refrigeration and Cryogenics Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2001, and her PhD in Building Services Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2004. She worked in Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd. from 2005 to 2006. She joined PolyU as a lecture in July 2006 and promoted to Assistant Professor in September 2009, Associate Professor in July 2013 and Professor in July 2020.

Prof. Xiao is a member of Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (MCIBSE), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with Engineering Council UK, a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (MASHRAE), and a member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (MHKIE).

Prof. Xiao has been doing innovative multidisciplinary research on smart buildings and smart energy system management, with the focus on dynamic modeling of building energy systems, optimal control and diagnosis of building and energy systems, as well as big data analytics and AI for smart energy-efficient and resilient buildings. She has received numerous awards including 2021 The President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer, 2018 Outstanding ICAE Paper Award, 2017 Annual Best Paper Award in Journal of Refrigeration, 2017 PolyU Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Awards, ASHRAE Technology Award 2014, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Funding 2013, Commissioning Project of the Year (Final three) in 2011 CIBSE Awards, etc. She is the Associate Editor of Building Simulation, editorial members of Automation in Construction, Energy and AI, etc.

Prof. Xiao’s work has been funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China, Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Environment and Conservation Fund of Hong Kong, industrial sponsors, etc. She secured 27 competitive research grants as the PI or Co-PI worth HK$15.0+ million, including one RGC theme-based, one RGC CRF and one MOST National Major Development Programme. The research outcomes of Prof. Xiao’s work were applied to a large number of existing and new buildings and achieved significant energy savings. 

肖教授于1998年獲得西安交通大學供暖與通風工程專業(主修)和市場營銷專業(輔修)雙學士學位,于2001年獲得上海交通大學製冷與低溫工程專業碩士學位,于2004年獲得香港理工大學屋宇設備工程學系博士學位。2005年到2006年在香港奧雅納工程顧問公司工作,2006年7月返回香港理工大學擔任講師,2009年轉為助理教授,2013年晉升為副教授, 2020年晉升教授。肖教授是英國屋宇設備工程師學會會員(MCIBSE),英國工程委員會特許工程師(CEng),美國暖通空調工程師協會會員(MASHRAE) ,香港工程師學會會員(MHKIE)及HKIE-BSD委員會成員。

肖教授的主要研究方向為智能建築和智慧能源系統管理,包括建築能源系統動態模擬、優化和故障診斷及大數據及人工智慧技術應用。肖教授從中國科技部、香港創新科技署、香港研究資助局、國家自然科學基金、香港環保基金等獲得多項研究資助,也從工業界獲得可觀資助,在實際建築中取得客觀的節能成果。肖教授是國際雜志Building Simulation的副主編,是Automation in Construction, Energy and AI 等多份國際雜志的編委和特邀編輯。


BSE1203 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

BSE3701 System Design

BSE4510 Building Automation and Control

BSE4723 Research project

BSE516 Building System Performance

BSE521 Air Conditioning Control and Operation

BSE575 Disseration

CE632 Advanced Energy Technologies and Analytics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Xi'an Jiaotong University

External positions

Associate Editor, Building Simulation: an International Journal, Springer

Apr 2021 → …

Editorial Board Member , Energy and AI, Elsevier

Jan 2020 → …

Editorial Board Member, Automation in Construction, Elsevier

Aug 2019 → …

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Thermofluids, Elsevier

Jun 2019 → …

Building Services Division Committee Member, Hong Kong Institute of Engineers

2019 → …


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