Prof. Nashwan Dawood
Associate Dean and Professor of Digital Construction, Teesside University
Professor Nashwan Dawood is a specialist in project construction management, digital construction and energy reduction in buildings. This has ranged across a number of research topics including BIM technologies and processes, sustainability, Information Technologies and Systems (5D, VR, Integrated digital systems), Professor Dawood is currently Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, Teesside University, UK. He has extensive experience of leading internationally recognised research work in BIM technology and processes and in the application of 5D modelling in construction processes and has successfully generated peer reviewed funded projects and currently involved in 5 EU H2020 projects. Professor Dawood has published over 220 research papers and sits on the editorial board of a number of journals and conferences. His work has been recognized outside of the academic sphere, for example with its short-listing for the Constructing Excellence Innovation Award.
Keynote Title: CONVR past and present, the role of digital technology to Transform Construction, UK perspective.
Prof. Raymond Issa
Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, AIP
Rinker Distinguished Professor & Rinker School of Construction Management Director at University of Florida.
R. Raymond Issa, PhD, JD, PE, F.ASCE, API is an engineer, lawyer and computer scientist and Rinker Distinguished Professor and Director of Rinker School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. Raymond specializes and teaches in the areas of construction management, construction law, construction information technology and structures and foundations. Raymond has completed over $8 million in grants; his authorship includes over 350 publications and he has served on over 350 Masters and over 60 Ph.D. committees. Raymond was elected ASCE Fellow (2009); received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award (2012); was elected to Pan American Academy of Engineering (2014) and received the 2015 Best Paper Award from the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. Raymond currently serves as the Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering; on the Editorial Board of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management; as VP for the North American Region of the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies; as President of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering and as Member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Construction Education and Research.
Keynote Title: Modular Off-Site Construction and BIM in the US: Case Studies
Professor Nobuyoshi Yabuki
Prof. Nobuyoshi Yabuki is a Professor in the Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. He leads the Environmental Design and Information Technology Laboratory there. Before joining Osaka University, he was an associate professor at Muroran Institute of Technology from 1999 to 2008. He worked for the Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., from 1982 to 1999. He obtained his Ph.D. (1992) and M.S. (1989) in civil engineering at Stanford University, USA , as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. He obtained his B.E. (1982) in civil engineering at the University of Tokyo.
Prof. Yabuki's research interests include development of product models, Building Information Modeling (BIM), application of VR and AR to civil and building engineering, 4D CAD, RFID and sensors for inspection and monitoring of structures, knowledge discovery from large amount of sensor and product model data, etc. He has authored over one hundred journal and international conference papers. He leads the Civil Engineering Committee of buildingSMART IAI Japan and Cyber & Real Infrastructure Modeling Sub-Committee of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). Prof. Yabuki is a member of JSCE, ASCE, IEEE, ACM, AIJ, VR Society of Japan, Japan Society of Kansei Engineering, etc.
Keynote Title: Digital construction in Japan: Current and Future Trends
Dr. Jack Cheng
Dr. Jack Cheng is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Director of the GREAT Smart Cities Institute, Director of the RFID Center, and Director of the BIM Lab at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He obtained his Bachelor degree with First Class Honors and his MPhil degree from HKUST, and then obtained his PhD degree from Stanford University. He has been teaching and conducting research related to building information modelling (BIM) and digital construction at HKUST since 2010. His research interests include BIM, 3D GIS, Internet of Things (IoT), computer vision, artificial intelligence, data mining, construction informatics and management, green buildings, and sustainable construction. He is currently the Chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (CIC) BIM Standards (Phase 2) Task Force, Chairman of Autodesk Industry Advisory Board (AIAB), Chair of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Global Center of Excellence for Computing, President-Elect of ASCE Hong Kong Section, Honorary Treasurer of Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling (HKIBIM), and Editor or Editorial Board Member of several international journals. He is a CIC Certified BIM Manager, Professional Member of HKIBIM, and a Certified Carbon Auditor Professional (CAP). He has received the Construction Industry Outstanding Young Person Award in 2019 and Young BIMer of the Year Award in 2014 from the Hong Kong CIC. In 2012, he received the School of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award at HKUST. He has co-authored over 200 refereed journal and conference publications.
Keynote Title: BIM Adoption and Researches in Hong Kong: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learnt.