The HKUST Robotics Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and The Construction Industry Council (CIC) jointly organized a Technical Seminar entitled “‘Tomorrow’s Construction: Robots, Drones, and Printed Buildings” on July 3rd, 2017. The organizers invited overseas and local specialists to share their points of views and knowledge with the industry stakeholders on the state-of-the-art automated construction technologies.

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Prof Ting-Chuen PONG received his PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984. In 1991, he joined the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, where he is currently a Professor in Computer Science. He has served as Associate Dean of Engineering from 1999 to 2002 and Director of the Sino Software Research Institute at HKUST from 1995 to 2000. Before joining HKUST, he was an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Prof Pong was a recipient of the HKUST Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award in 2001. Prof Pong’s research interests include computer vision, pattern recognition, multimedia computer and IT in Education. Prof Pong is a recipient of the Annual Pattern Recognition Society Award in 1990. He has served as Program Co-Chair of the Web and Education track of the Tenth International World Wide Web Conference in 2001, the Third International Computer Science Conference in 1995 and the Third Asian Conference on Computer Vision in 1998.


Prof. Hong LO is Department Head and Chair Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the HKUST. His expertise includes dynamic transportation system modeling, traffic control, network reliability, and public transportation analysis. He has published extensively in the transportation literature, with a dozen book chapters, and over 170 refereed journal papers. Prof. LO is very active in the transportation community, for instance, elected as Convener of the International Scientific Committee of the conference series Advanced Systems for Public Transportation (CASPT), serves as Founding Editor-in-Chief of Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics (2015 SCI Impact Factor 2.56), Managing Editor of Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and on the editorial boards of many international journals, including Transportation Research Part B, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Journal of Advanced Transportation, ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, among others. Prof. LO served on the Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) advising the Chief Executive in Council of the Hong Kong government, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Feasibility Study Expert Panel, Vice-President of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, Convener of Railway Objections Hearing Panel, Member of the Congestion Task Force under TAC, etc. He was awarded the prestigious triennial World Conference on Transportation Research (WCTR) Prize in 2001, Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) Outstanding Paper Award in 2003, and HKIE Transactions Prize in 2000, more recently, HKUST School of Engineering Research Excellence Award in 2014.


Ir Albert CHENG is a chartered civil engineer with over 30 years’ experiences in the planning, design, management and implementation of mega public works including the Chek Lap Kok Airport, the Cyberport Development, the Hong Kong Disneyland and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Before joining the Construction Industry Council (CIC) as the Executive Director, Ir CHENG was the Head of the Project Management Office in Highways Department responsible for the delivery of Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge and the Head of New Territories East Development Office in Civil Engineering Development Department. Ir CHENG is a Fellow Member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and currently the President of the Hong Kong Institution of Highways and Transportation.


Prof. Miroslaw SKIBNIEWSKI is the A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Prior to his current appointment he served for 20 years as a faculty member at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he held a position of Professor of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management. He served on the National Academy of Engineering USA-Germany and USA-Japan Frontiers in Engineering committees, American Society of Civil Engineers’ Robotics and Field Sensing Committee, Information Technology Committee, and  Intelligent Computing Committee, various technical committees of the Construction Industry Institute based at the University of Texas at Austin, and on the National Academy of Sciences Assessment Panel for construction automation and computer integrated construction programs at the  National Institute of Standards and Technology.  He was a founding member of the Board of Directors and is Past President of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction currently based in Munich, Germany.  He is also Editor-in-Chief (Construction Technologies & Engineering) of Automation in Construction, an ISI-indexed international research journal published by Elsevier, as well as a member of editorial boards of ten other scientific journals.


Dr. Shaojie SHEN received his B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2009. He received his M.S. in Robotics and Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2011 and 2014, respectively, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in September 2014 as an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in the areas of robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, with focus on state estimation, sensor fusion, computer vision, localization and mapping, and autonomous navigation in complex environments. He and his research team won the best paper finalist in ICRA2011, best paper award in SSRR2015 and SSRR2016, and first price in IARC2015. He was the program co-chairs of SSRR2015 and SAC2017-IRMAS.


Prof. Michael WANG obtained his B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University in China, M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from the Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining HKUST, he served on the engineering faculty at University of Maryland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. Prof. WANG research focuses primarily on robotics, automation, multifunctional structures, and additive manufacturing, with over 300 technical publications in these areas. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and an editor for Computer-Aided Design, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering. He was the Program Chair of IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2008), and the General Co-Chair of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2011). He received the Research Excellence Award of CUHK (2008), and ASME Design Automation Award in 2013. He is a fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IEEE.


Prof. Thomas BOCK focuses on the researches related to automation and robotics in construction. All stages are examined, from planning through building activity and useful life to renovation and demolition. After studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart and the IIT in Chicago, Prof. BOCK did his doctorate at the University of Tokyo. He is the director at the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction in Eindhoven, the Asian Habitat Society in Beijing and the International Institute of Construction Information in Tokyo. Prof. BOCK is an advisor to the French Ministère de l’Emploi, de la Cohésion Sociale et du Logement . He is a member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences  and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus . Prof. BOCK is also involved in editing “Robotica”, “Automation in Construction”, the “International Journal of Construction Management” and the journal “ACADEMIE”.


Mr. Vincent YEUNG is the Innovation Leader of Gammon Construction Ltd. With over 19 years of experience of research and development in different fields and various countries, Vincent is specialized in development of robotic and embedded systems, BIM applications, and digital solutions which apply to construction sites during the construction stage to improve safety, productivity and quality. In addition to his R&D works, Mr. YEUNG is devoted to promote innovation culture within Gammon and collaborations between stakeholders in the construction industry. Some of his career highlights include being part of the development team for the development of an ASIC chip for aerospace navigation system according to RTCA/DO-254 Level A (first time in Canada) and the development of the first oil-free compressor in the world. He is also a member of Grand Award winning teams of 2016 Hong Kong Awards for Industry (Innovation and Creativity) and 2016 Jardines Pride in Performance (PIP) (Digital Transformation).


Ir Conrad WONG is the Vice Chairman of Yau Lee Holdings Ltd., Managing Director of Yau Lee Construction Co. Ltd. and Yau Lee Wah Concrete Precast Products Ltd., Vice Chariman of REC Engineering Company Limited as well as Chief Executive Officer of VHSoft Technologies Co., Ltd. He is also the Member of Construction Industry Council, the Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, the Member of Occupational Safety and Health Council, the Member of MPF Industry Schemes Committee, the Member of the Land and Development Advisory Committee, the Member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Panel, the President of the Hong Kong Construction Association. Ir WONG is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers. In 2009, he became the Honorary Fellow of University of Central Lancashire and the Honorary Fellow of the Vocational Training Council. Ir Wong joined Yau Lee Group and has been taking active role in Hong Kong construction industry since 1988 by engaging in many public housing and government funded projects. Under the leadership of Ir WONG, Yau Lee Holdings was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 1991. Ir WONG was appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) in 2008 and awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Government of the HKSAR in the year of 2013 for recognition of his outstanding contributions made to Construction Industry.


Dr. Jack C.P. CHENG is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 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. His research interests include building information modelling (BIM), green buildings, sustainable construction, carbon auditing, 3D GIS, Internet of Things (IoTs), data mining, laser scanning, construction informatics and management, and smart city. Dr. CHENG is currently the Vice-Chair of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Global Centre for Excellence in Computing, Chairman of Autodesk Industry Advisory Board (AIAB), Treasurer and Director of ASCE Hong Kong Section, Editor of the journal Visualization in Engineering, Associate Editor of the journal Construction Innovation, a Professional Member of Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling (HKIBIM), a Founding Member of buildingSMART Hong Kong, and a Certified Carbon Auditor Professional. He has received the Young BIMer of the Year BIM Excellence Award 2014 from the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council, and several paper awards in international conferences. He is an author of over 130 referred publications in journals and conferences.