Keynote speakers

SGTDP 2019: International Conference on Smart Grid Technology and Data Processing


DR. ANNE F KERR– Global Head, Cities Mott MacDonald Group

Dr. Anne Kerr has been a driving force in Mott MacDonald’s businesses relating to the development of future cities and urban living for around 30 years. Having recognised the need to focus attention on developing themes of holistic community development she established the Future Cities Working Group which coordinated thought leaders and practitioners across the Group some years ago. This Working Group is now a Global Initiative which sets targets for growth across the entire business, considers the development of communities and connectors in a holistic manner, and encompasses every sector within which we provide consultancy services. From the start of her career Anne has been engaged in the delivery of projects from concept through implementation in an integrated manner. The benefits of this approach can be seen in community and new town developments in various countries. She has been constant in “putting people and their needs first” and espouses the view “what is the city but the people” so embraces the social health and well being aspects into the built environment.
Her portfolio of projects includes development of Sustainable Construction Management Frameworks and building performance tools for governments, sustainable transport master planning assessments and frameworks, energy management and calculations of greenhouse gases from power, infrastructure and city developments as well as “green building and sustainable transport planning” in China. She has worked in more than 30 countries and has used the experience gained especially in the Middle East and Asia Pacific to understand the drivers for eco-cities in existing environments and new development areas.
Anne works across various organisations and institutions and is currently Vice Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is chair of the Chambers Smart City Forum, among other roles.

Dr. Jian Yang, Assistant Dean of School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering, is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has over 15 years of experience of teaching, research and consultancy at various universities across the world. He is a Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a chartered member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (MIStructE). He serves on several international and national professional committees, e.g. IStructE, ICE and Chinese Ceramic Society. He sits on the editorial boards for 4 international peer reviewed journals. In his present role, he is leading a team of 30 researchers primarily focusing on the research in the field of sustainable construction encompassing the recycled and newly emerging construction materials, novel construction methods (off-site construction), building facades and smart construction. He is the PI of over 10 grants totaling 10M RMB and has published over 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.

Keynote topic: Quality Improvement of Recycled Concrete Aggregate.\

Dr Mirosław J. Skibniewski is Professor of Civil/Construction Engineering and Project Management at the University Maryland, College Park, USA and a former Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Provost at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA). A recipient of M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), Prof. Skibniewski is an elected foreign member of the Russian Academy of Engineering and an elected full member of the Academy of Engineering in Poland. His prior appointments include visiting eminent scholar and/or distinguished endowed chair professorships in the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University (USA), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study, Chaoyang Universty of Technology (Taichung, Taiwan), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National University of Singapore, University of Technology Sydney (Australia), CSIRO-Australia, Technical University of Munich (Germany), Loughborough University (UK), Cardiff University (Wales, UK), University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Moscow State Industrial University (Russia), and from his first alma mater - Warsaw University of Technology (Poland). Among Prof. Skibniewski's honors are the National Science Foundation (USA) Presidential Young Investigator Award, American Society of Civil Engineers' W.L. Huber Research Prize, A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professorship at the University of Maryland, Tucker-Hasegawa Research Prize from the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC), Visiting Distinguished Fellow appointment by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), ordinary professorship at the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, honorary doctorate from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), as well as honorary professorships from Moscow State Industrial University (Russia), Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), Tianjin University (China), and Tongji University (Shanghai, China). He has been an affiliate professor at the Center for Virtual, Safe and Automated Construction (ViSAC) at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China). Prof. Skibniewski is Past President of IAARC and the Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier.

Keynote topic: Corporate Social Responsibilities for Sustainable Design and Construction

Dr. Pingbo Tang, is an associate professor in Del E. Webb School of Construction within the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University (ASU). He founded and is directing Spatiotemporal Workflows and Resilient Management Laboratory (SWARM Lab) at ASU. Tang obtained his Bachelor Degree of Civil Engineering in 2002, and his Master Degree of Bridge Engineering in 2005, both from Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He obtained his Ph.D. from the group of Advanced Infrastructure Systems at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Before joining ASU in July 2012, he completed his postdoctoral training in the Mapping and GIS lab at The Ohio State University from September 2009 to August 2010 and then worked as an assistant professor of the Civil and Construction Engineering Department at Western Michigan University from August 2010 to July 2012.

Pingbo Tang’s research explores the remote sensing (e.g., LiDAR, Photogrammetry), human systems engineering, and information modeling technology (e.g., Building Information Modeling) to support spatiotemporal analyses needed for effective management of construction job sites, constructed facilities, and civil infrastructure systems. His recent research efforts examined sensing and modeling methods for comprehending the Human-Cyber-Physical-Systems (H-CPS) in accelerated construction and civil infrastructure operation & management (e.g., nuclear plant outage control, airport operations). He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in these areas. The National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Salt River Project (SRP), DPR Construction, and Phoenix Government have funded his research efforts. He holds memberships or leadership positions of several professional organizations, which include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, serving as the Chair of the ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis committee), TRB (Committee on Bridge Management, AHD35), IABSE, ASPRS, and ASTM International (Committee E57: 3D imaging systems). He is serving as an associate editor of ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, the technical committee chair of ASCE Construction Research Congress 2020, as well as a reviewer of multiple top journals and conferences in the general area of IT and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering. He won best paper awards on multiple top conferences (the ASCE 2017 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, the ASCE 2009 Construction Research Congress), the best poster award of Construction Industry Institute's 2011 Annual Conference, the 2013 Recent Alumnus Achievement Award of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015.


Keynote topic: Big Data Analytics for Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems