Ms. CAI, Shengdan 蔡胜丹



Office: Room LC838, Library Complex, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 12 Wai Tsui Crescent, North Point, Hong Kong
Phone: 2806-5175

Academic and Professional Qualification

Ph.D.        University of Nottingham (Expected Nov 2022)
M.Phil.     University of Cambridge
BA.           University of Nottingham

Specialism and Research Interests

Digital Heritage
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Memory Studies
Museum Studies


SOC359     Self, Emotion and Culture
SOC380     Arts and Everyday Life in the Digital Era
SOC406     Selected Topics: Social Innovation
SOC261     Conceptualising Arts and Culture in Modernity
SOC360     Social Change and Modernity

Selected Publications

Cai, S., Ch’ng, E. and Li, Y. (2018) ‘A Comparison of the Capacities of VR and 360-Degree Video for Coordinating Memory in the Experience of Cultural Heritage’, in 2018 3rd Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHERITAGE) held jointly with 2018 24th International Conference on Virtual Systems & Multimedia (VSMM 2018). IEEE, pp. 1–4. doi: 10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2018.8810127.

Ch’ng, E., Cai, S., Zhang, E., Leow, F.T. (2019) ‘Crowdsourcing 3D cultural heritage: best practice for mass photogrammetry’, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, 9(1), pp. 24–42. doi: 10.1108/JCHMSD-03-2018-0018.

Ch’ng, E., Cai, S., Leow, F.T., Zhang, T. (2019) ‘Adoption and use of emerging cultural technologies in China’s museums’, Journal of Cultural Heritage, 37, pp. 170–180. doi: 10.1016/j.culher.2018.11.016.

Ch’ng, E. and Cai, S. (2019) ‘Methods for Evaluating the Adoption and Use of Digital Technologies in GLAMs’, MethodsX. doi: 10.1016/j.mex.2019.05.015.

Ch’ng, E., Cai, S., Leow, F.T., Zhang, T. (2019) ‘Datasets from the evaluation of the adoption and use of digital technologies in China museums’, Data in Brief, 25, p. 104067. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104067.

Ch’ng, E., Li, Y., Cai, S., Leow, F.T. (2020) ‘The Effects of VR Environments on the Acceptance, Experience, and Expectations of Cultural Heritage Learning’, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 13(1), pp. 1–21. doi: 10.1145/3352933.

Ch’ng, E., Feng, P., Yao, H., Zeng, Z., Cheng, D., Cai, S. (2021) ‘Balancing Performance and Effort in Deep Learning via the Fusion of Real and Synthetic Cultural Heritage Photogrammetry Training Sets’, in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. Special Session on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities, Vienna, Austria: SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications, pp. 611–621.

Research Projects

Feb. 2020 – Aug. 2023 “Shape the Connected Museum II”, £499,329 GBP, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) UK- China Creative Industry Grant, (Management Board Member)
Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2020 “Cultural Heritage and Cross-Border Digital Communication in the Terrestrial and Maritime Silk Road”, ¥300,000 RMB, funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau (NBSTB) Belt & Road Grant (Core Member)
Feb. 2017 – Sept. 2017 Digital Technology Enhanced Cultural Heritage in the Development of the Knowledge Economy, ¥425,000 RMB, funded by AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China and Ningbo Science & Technology Bureau (Assistant Research Fellow)

Community Service

2020 onwards
Advisor, Starry Night Chinese Multicultural Organisation