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Keynote Speakers ¡¡

Keynote Speaker I


Prof. Low Sui Pheng

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Keynote Speech Title: "Singapore¡¯s Built Environment: Past, Present and Future"

Professor Low Sui Pheng is with the Department of Building, National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his PhD, MSc(Eng), BSc (Building)(Hons), and Diploma in Building from University College London, University of Birmingham, NUS and Singapore Polytechnic respectively. He was awarded a higher doctorate, DSc(Civil Engineering), by the University of Birmingham in 2012 for his significant, substantial and sustained contributions to knowledge in the built environment. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Professor Low has served as Vice-Dean and Head in the NUS School of Design and Environment and the NUS Department of Building respectively. He currently teaches project management, quality, productivity and development technology in NUS. A winner of numerous best paper, best reviewer and teaching excellence awards, he has also consulted and researched extensively on project management issues relating to the construction industry. He has published more than 500 journal and conference papers and authored 20 books relating to construction project management. Professor Low is currently the Book Series Editor of Management in the Built Environment published by Springer. A member of the editorial advisory boards of more than 20 leading international refereed journals, he is frequently called upon to serve as external examiner, expert reviewer and independent validator by overseas universities and government agencies. He has been invited to serve in the scientific committees of many international and regional symposiums. Professor Low is presently Director of the Centre for Project Management and Construction Law in NUS.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Tan Kiang Hwee

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor TAN KIANG HWEE is a faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since July 1981. He obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1985.  He specialises in the area of structural concrete and composites and has carried out extensive research on external prestressing, fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement, fibre-reinforced concrete, and sustainable concrete and construction.  

Professor Tan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) and Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE).  He is a member of editorial boards for more than ten international journals, including ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Cement and Concrete Composites, JCI Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, and others.  He is a registered professional engineer and has also been a consultant in structural engineering to several agencies in Singapore.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Walid Larbi

Conservatoire National de Arts et M¨¦tiers (CNAM), Paris, France

Dr. Walid Larbi is a full professor of Mechanic and Civil Engineering at Conservatoire National de Arts et M¨¦tiers (CNAM) in Paris (France). He received his Master of advanced studies in dynamic of structures and coupled systems from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 2003, his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from CNAM in 2006 and his Habilitation in Mechanics from the University of Franche-Comt¨¦ in 2016. He is co-head of the CNAM Civil engineering diploma. He is responsible for training and research development in the field of Construction in Middle East and North Africa.

His researches cover Passive Vibration Control, Acoustic and Vibroacoustics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Dynamic of structures, Reduced Order Models, Composite and Piezoelectric Materials. Walid Larbi organized in 2017 the twentieth edition of the international conference on composite structures (ICCS20) with more than 600 participants. He has chaired more than 15 sessions in international conferences. He has been invited to serve in the scientific committees of many international congress and he is reviewer of 18 journals. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal and conference papers and chapters.

Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Zongjin Li

University of Macau (UM)

Dr. Zongjin LI is Chair professor at Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering at University of Macau (UM). He joined UM after his service Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 1994 to 2016. He received his B.E. from Zhejiang University, Hongzhou, China in 1982 and obtained both his M.S. and PhD from Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A, in 1990 in 1993, respectively. He is a fellow of American Concrete Institute and a registered professional engineer in Hong Kong, China. He is a member of committees of ISO/TC71, First vice Chair of China Group of RILEM and Founding President of ACI China Chapter.

He has done extensive researches in the area of cement-based materials and non-destructive evaluations. As the chief scientist, he has led a China Key National Basic Research Project (973), ¡®Basic study on environmentally friendly contemporary concrete¡¯, which has made a great contributions to advance concrete technology in China. As the founding chair of Gordon Research Conference, ¡°Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development¡± in 2014, he has brought the research conference of building materials into a higher scientific level.

He has published 5 technical books, in which ¡®Advanced Concrete Technology¡¯ published by John Wiley has been collected by many national libraries and most major university libraries and used by many universities as text or reference books for civil engineering. He has also published more than 400 technical papers with a SCI H-index of 36 and Scopus H-index of 39. In 2016, he has been selected as the one of the 150 most cited authors in Civil engineering field. He has also been awarded five US and seven Chinese patents. Three of his patents have been developed into commercial products.

He received the Arthur R. Anderson Medal from American Concrete Institute in 2017 and Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award from British Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Keynote Speaker V

Prof. Nuno Dinis Cortiços

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Nuno Dinis Cortiços is Professor and Chair on Building's Energy Certification at the Department of Technologies in Architecture, Urbanism and Design at Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa; Ph.D in Building Science and active member in Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD) associated to Fundação para a Ci¨ºncia e Tecnologia (FCT). As Researcher focuses on building¡¯s renovation, autonomous maintenance systems, sensor and nano-technology applied to maintenance, building¡¯s performance and renovation's simulations on buildings stock, and maintenance accuracy applied to Unesco heritage; presenting and publishing the outcomes, mainly, at Scopus Conferences and Elsevier Journals. Board technical member at ¡°Building and Environmental¡±; Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Inc (ARCC); and, European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE). Other accomplishments, Vice-President of the Faculty¡¯s Board, responsible for Financial Management and Maintenance; Building Supervisor on quality and warranty; and Team Leader on architecture designs; and, Judicial Technical Consultant on construction quality.