Dubai, United Arab Emirates

March 5th-7th, 2017

 

Keynote Speaker's presentation times will be announced shortly!

Keynote Speakers


Amr Elnashai

Presenting: "Optimized Temporary Housing Assignments After Disaster"

Amr Elnashai is the Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Harold and Inge Marcus Endowed Chair of Engineering. He created, with the heads, associate/assistant deans and directors, a five-year hiring plan for faculty, staff and development of infrastructure, a strategy for inclusion, created a Communications office and two offices of Associate Dean for Research and Associate Dean for Innovation. Amr was previously head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bill and Elaine Hall endowed professor. He was Director of the NSF multi-institution interdisciplinary Engineering Research Center (ERC). He was also Director of the NSF Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) Laboratory at Illinois. Other visiting professor appointments include the University of Tokyo, the University of Southern California, and the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk, Italy. He is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Taylor and Francis, SCI-expanded) and editorial board member of several other journals, a member of the drafting panel of the European design codes, UK delegate to and past senior Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering and a member of the Council of the UK Institution of Structural Engineers. He serves the ISE as ‘US Education Ambassador’.

Amr obtained his B.S. degree from Cairo University, followed by MSc and PhD degrees from Imperial College and University of London. He is the winner of the Imperial College Unwin Prize for the best PhD thesis in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the Oscar Faber Medal for best paper in the Institution of Structural Engineers, and two best paper medals from the International Association of Tall Buildings, Los Angeles. He has produced more than 250 research publications, comprising 146 refereed journal papers and many conference papers, keynote and prestige lectures, three books and several chapters, magazine articles and earthquake investigation reports.


Albert P.C. Chan

Presenting: "SMART clothing system to reduce the risk of heat stress in hot and humid weather"

A Chartered Construction Manager, Engineer, Project Manager, and Surveyor by profession, Ir Prof. Chan has worked in a number of tertiary institutions both in Hong Kong and overseas. Ir Prof. Chan was also a Founding Director of Construction Industry Institute, Hong Kong, which was a joint research institution developed by industry and the academia. He was a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Building and Planning at the University of South Australia. Since 1996, Ir Prof. Chan has held many positions at the Department of Building and Real Estate of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University such as Associate Head (Teaching), Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment. He is currently Head of Department of Building and Real Estate.

Ir Prof. Chan’s research and teaching interests include project management and project success, construction procurement and relational contracting, construction management, economics, health and safety, and industry development. Ir Prof. Chan’s research has had a real and significant impact on the construction industry resulting in changes in policy decisions. His recommendations have been incorporated in the Construction Industry Council Guidelines on “Site Safety Measures for Working in Hot Weather” in April 2013. He has produced over 700 research outputs in refereed journal papers, international refereed conference papers, consultancy reports, and has won a number of prestigious research paper and innovation awards. Ir Prof. Chan holds an MSc in Construction Management and Economics from the University of Aston in Birmingham, and a PhD in Project Management from the University of South Australia.


Dr. Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi

Presenting: “Intelligent Urban Ecosystems - Putting Smart Cities into the Right Context

Dr. Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi is a Senior Principal Scientist, Smart Energy and Transport Solutions at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a globally networked multi-technological applied research organization. Sami has served in several roles at VTT - Vice President for Research Strategy and Foresight, Research Coordinator, Research Team Leader, Project Manager, etc. 

Dr. Kazi has been an active initiator and manager of more than 30 large-scale international research projects spanning different industrial sectors and innovation lifecycle phases. His main research and publication areas have been: knowledge management, systemic innovation, service innovation, ICT for construction projects and processes, and open building manufacturing. Sami is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 7th edition onwards, in the Marquis Who’s Who in World, 10th edition onwards, and in the Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders (1st edition). Sami is a recipient of the prestigious FIATECH 2012 STAR Award. He is fellow of the Entovation E100 Global Knowledge Leadership network. He serves as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology and as a Docent at the Hanken School of Economics.