Prof. Mirosław J. Skibniewski is currently a Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering here at HKUST and a Visiting Fellow at the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. He holds his M.Eng. degree from Warsaw University of Technology (1981), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University obtained in 1983 and 1986, respectively. Prior to his academic career he worked as an engineer at Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory, later renamed to Professional Service Industries, the oldest engineering consulting firm in the U.S. founded in 1881. Prior to his current position at the University of Maryland, he was a professor and associate provost at Purdue University. Prof. Skibniewski authored the first English language monograph book on the use of robotics in civil engineering and building construction which was published in 1988. Subsequently, he authored or coauthored over 300 papers in various refereed scientific periodicals and conference proceedings in the U.S. and worldwide. He has lectured and conducted research in over 35 countries on 5 continents and held endowed chair professorships, distinguished fellowships, Fulbright and Humboldt Foundation grants or visiting professorships at the University of Maryland, Arizona State University, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National University of Singapore, Hanyang University (S. Korea), Tsinghua University (China), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Hong Kong, Chaoyang University of Technology, Technical University of Munich, Cracow University of Technology, Cardiff University (UK), Loughborough University (UK), University of Central Lancashire (UK), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), CSIRO-Australia, Obayashi Corporation, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Universidad Austral (Argentina), and others. A member of affiliate of national academies of engineering in the U.S., U.K., Russia and Poland, he holds an honorary doctorate from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and a number of professional and scholarly awards including the U.S. National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award for research on construction automation and robotics, the American Society of Civil Engineers Walter L. Huber Research Prize for exploration of the feasibility of advanced IT-based technologies for construction project engineering and management, and the Tucker-Hasegawa Award from the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction of which he is Past President. For over 20 years, Prof. Skibniewski has been serving as Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier.