Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers


(Names listed in no particular order)

Mike Kagioglou

Professor, PhD.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Development (UK & Europe)
Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment

Professor Mike Kagioglou is Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at Western Sydney University in Australia, and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Development (Europe and the UK). Mike was based in the UK for the past 25 years and was Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield and prior to that at the University of Salford where he was the Head of the School of Built Environment. Mike’s career spans Engineering, Manufacturing, Creativity, Design, Architecture and the Built Environment, engaged in inter and multi-disciplinary research at a global level.

Mike has taught product design and development, manufacturing and production systems, lean construction/manufacturing/healthcare, requirements management, among other subject areas. He has been involved in more than £25m of research across many funding agencies in the UK and Europe. He was an Academic Director for the £11M EPSRC funded interdisciplinary IMRC in Health and Care Infrastructures Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) and was previously the Director of the £8M EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) in the built and human environment. Mike has published more than 230 academic referred papers, industrial reports and two books, one of which is on Healthcare infrastructure. His current research is around Healthcare infrastructure and better decision making in complex settings, following an outcomes/benefits based philosophy – benefits realisation. He is also working in diverse areas, such as living labs, location based and project planning, decision making, BIM and automated regulation capture.

Mike frequently acts as a research proposal reviewer for all major UK research councils and has participated in and led international reviews in Civil Engineering in Holland and Greece and has reviewed proposals for EU, Denmark and other countries. Mike is a board member of the Global Leadership Forum in Construction Engineering Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Vice President, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Australia.

Chunyi Cui

Professor, PhD.
Department of Civil Engineering
Dalian Maritime University

Topic of keynote speech: Uncertainty Analysis of Monopile-supported Offshore Wind Turbine Considering the Soil-pile Interaction

Professor Chunyi Cui is a full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, at Dalian Maritime University. He obtained his PhD. in Geotechnical Engineering from the Dalian University of Technology in 2007. His areas of academic interest include numerical and analytical methods of soil-structure interaction and nonlinear behavior of monopile for offshore wind turbine. His research is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and National Key Scientific Research Project(NKSRP). He has been principal investigator leading four NSFC projects. He published more than 100 research papers in reputable journals, and delivered more than 20 keynotes/invited lectures at major national and international conferences.

Jian Kang

Professor, PhD, FREng, MAE
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
The Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment
University College London (UCL)
United Kingdom

Topic of keynote speech: Sustainable Buildings and Structures – A sound perspective

Professor Jian Kang is a full professor at the Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment, University College London (UCL), UK. He obtained his first and master degree from Tsinghua University and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering and Member of Academia Europaea – The Academy of Europe. He has been a full professor since 2003, and worked in the field of architectural and environmental acoustics for 40 years, with 80+ research projects, 800+ publications, and 90+ engineering/consultancy projects. He is President of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), and he also chairs the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee for Noise, and the EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes.

Jian Zuo

The topic of my talk will be: Managing plastic waste in construction: A Circular Economy approach

Dr. Jian Zuo is a Professor in Sustainable Construction at the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, The University of Adelaide. His main research interests are related to sustainable built environment via both technical (e.g. smart technologies) and managerial (e.g. policy intervention and behavioural change) means. In particular, he has undertaken extensive research in construction and demolition waste recycling and management. As the lead researcher, he has involved in a series of competitive grants in Australia such as Discovery Projects and Linkage Projects funded by the Australian Research Council as well as many other national key projects. He has long been engaged in the study of ecological towns, green buildings and sustainable development of the construction industry. Published more than 100 papers in top journals, including more than 80 journal papers indexed by SCI and SSCI, Google Scholar indexed more than 19,000, and the H-index is 75.

Aiying Wang

President & CEO, Greater China & Southeast Asia
Envac Environment Technology (A Stena Subsidiary)

Dr. Aiying Wang joined Envac in 2021 as President & CEO, Greater China & South East Asia. Aiying leads the team to focus on growth in China, HK, Singapore, Malaysia and adjacent areas in the segments of eco-cities, hospitals, airports and buildings. Envac is committed to the mission of a better environment, greener earth, and desirable communities. Prior to Envac, Aiying served as VP/GM of APAC Electrical Component Division at Eaton. She led the APAC team to upgrade the R&D capabilities and operational excellence with a healthy business growth through a clear strategy and consistent execution. Between 2011 to 2016, Aiying was Business Operation VP/GM for KEMET Electronics in China where she took great pride in the team for achieving worldwide record performance and creating a sustainable positive culture. Before moving to China, Aiying worked in the USA from 1993 to 2011 in a diversity of roles, as material scientist at BIC Corp., as manager of R&D, Process Engineering and Operations at KEMET, and as Leader of Technical Source at Michelin North America. Aiying holds a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the USA and a BS in Chemistry from China. She is an inventor of more than a dozen granted US patents. In 2018 Aiying received Mindspan (Australia) Executive Coaching Certification which further supports her passion to raise the bar for leadership in the community. Aiying served as Vice Chair and Chair for AmCham Suzhou Advisory Committee. In 2021 Aiying received two outstanding awards: in June 2021, she was awarded “Women in Tech” by Forbes China in recognition of her proactive contribution to STEM fields and in setting examples for women leadership; In Nov. 2021, Aiying was honored to be on Fortune China 2021 MPW (Most Powerful Women) Business Leader list with influential women leaders from Fortune 500 global and China companies.

 John Zhai

Topic of Keynote speech: Zero-energy and zero-carbon buildings: challenges and opportunities

Professor John Zhai, Tsinghua University Mechanics Master, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Architectural Engineering (Architectural Engineering) professional lifelong professor and professional leader, the United States Natural Science Foundation of China Building Energy Intelligence Technology ( Director of BEST) Research Center, Fulbright Scholar of the U.S. State Department, Chair Professor of “Cheung Kong Scholars” of the Ministry of Education of China, Fellow of the International Academy of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), American HVAC Fellow of the Society of Engineers (ASHRAE). Main research areas: sustainable green building technology, urban energy and environment, indoor and outdoor air quality and health. Published more than 200 academic papers, among the top 2% of Stanford scientists in the world. Served as a senior researcher at the Rocky Mountain Research Institute in the United States and the Japan Revitalization Association, and visited the University of Hong Kong, Berkeley National Laboratory, Tohoku University, Tsinghua University, Tianjin University, Dalian University of Technology, Shanghai University of Technology, Central South University, Wuhan University of Technology and other institutions /Adjunct Professor. Served as the associate editor, editor-in-chief and editorial board member of several top international journals in the field of architecture, energy and environment; chairmen/vice-chairmen of more than a dozen international organizations and international conferences in the world; Invite reviewers. He has been invited to give nearly 250 invited reports on architecture, energy and the environment in more than a dozen countries and regions around the world.

Jianrong Yang

Topic of Keynote speech: Technical approach and demostration for Low-carbon building development”.

Dr. Jianrong Yang is a professor and the executive director of Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences (SRIBS). He received his degree at Tsinghua University in 2004 and has been dedicating in the research of green building and building energy efficiency since then. He was the chief editor of China Green Building Evaluation Standards and the research leader of a number of national and Shanghai municipal research projects. He is now the Director of the Green Building Engineering Technology Research Center of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development(MOHURD), Deputy Director of the National Green Building Quality Inspection and Testing Center, and Vice President of Shanghai Green Building Council.