About this event
The Innovation in Research and Industry Symposium (IRIS) provides a global platform for prestigious speakers to showcase innovative developments and/or cutting-edge research in built environment practice to students, fellow academics, industrial practitioners and policy advisors. Colleagues at other higher education institutions, businesses or organisations internationally are welcome to attend this symposium and/or contribute to the management and leadership of IRIS. The aim of the virtual event, which is free to attend, is to disseminate knowledge and experience that will benefit future generations of built environment practitioners within our community of practice. We would welcome international collaboration and assistance in hosting future events so if you are interested in joining us (either as a future host or attendee), then please do get in touch.
The construction and civil engineering industry is currently undergoing a rapid transformation in the way that it delivers complex projects to meet societal needs for housing and infrastructure development. Technological innovations, sustainable development and the circular economy, and sprawling urbanisation are some of the considerations which demand the development of pragmatic solutions to address widely debated and emerging social, economic, political and environmental challenges. Innovation, research and development are central to this transformation because cumulatively, they have the inherent capacity to positively engender impactful and sustainable change.
Our guest speakers are pioneers in their respective fields and have been invited to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. The programme of talks will cover a diverse range of topics including (but not limited to): sustainability and the circular economy, digitalisation and information technology, and infrastructure development – refer to the table below for speakers, titles and links to their presentations.
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Dr Frédéric Bosché is Senior Lecturer in Construction Informatics in the School of the Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He is the Programme Director of the MSc Leading Major Programmes. Research-wise, he is a member of the Centre for Future Infrastructure (CFI) and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and he leads the CyberBuild Lab whose research explores digital twinning solutions – integrating reality capture, data processing, information management, and visualisation technologies – to enhance construction project delivery and built environment monitoring.
Frédéric has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and his research has received a few international research and innovation awards, including two CIOB International Research & Innovation awards in 2016, and the IAARC Tucker-Hasegawa Award in 2018 for “distinguished contributions to the field of automation and robotics in construction”.
Frédéric is the current President of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC), member and past-chair of the EC3 Modelling & Standards Committee and he is Associate Editor of the journal Automation in Construction (Elsevier).
Professor Mike Kagioglou is Dean of Engineering at Western Sydney University in Australia, Provost of the Penrith Campus and Institutional strategy lead for the engagement of the University with Europe and the UK. Mike was, until recently, Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield and prior to that at the University of Salford where he was the Head of the School of Built Environment. Mike's career spans Engineering, Manufacturing, Creativity, Design, Architecture and the Built Environment, engaged in inter and multi-disciplinary research at a global level.
Mike has taught in product design and development, manufacturing and production systems, lean construction/manufacturing/healthcare, requirements management, among other subject areas. He has been involved in more than £25m of research across many funding agencies in the UK and Europe. He was an Academic Director for the £11M EPSRC funded interdisciplinary IMRC in Health and Care Infrastructures Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) and was previously the Director of the £8M EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) in the built and human environment. Mike has published more than 215 academic referred papers, industrial reports and two books, one of which in Healthcare infrastructure. His current research is around Healthcare infrastructure and better decision making in complex settings, following an outcomes/benefits based philosophy – benefits realisation. He is also working in diverse areas, such as living labs, location based and project planning, decision making, BIM and automated regulation capture.
Mike frequently acts as research proposal reviewer for all major UK research councils and has participated and lead international reviews in Civil Engineering in Holland and Greece and have reviewed proposals for EU, Denmark and other countries.
Mike is board member of the Global Leadership Forum in Construction Engineering Management, Fellow and acting chair of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Innovation and Research Committee, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Vice-President of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)
Chris is a dimensional engineering specialist at Z Modular, which is a multi-national modular construction company. Chris obtained his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he currently sits as an adjunct professor. Throughout his work experience and research, Chris is involved in developing algorithms and digital workflows to improve the state of the construction industry. Chris has work experience in computational design, laser scanning, project management, R&D, and BIM. Chris is passionate about developing technological solutions to address prevailing and emergent challenges faced in the AEC industry
Professor Chimay Anumba is the Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida, USA.
Dr. Anumba’s research interests are in the fields of construction engineering and management, advanced engineering informatics (AI, CPS, KBS, etc.), concurrent engineering, knowledge management, distributed collaboration, high performance buildings, and sustainable construction. He has over 500 scientific publications, including 21 books and over 200 archival journal papers, in these fields. His work has received over $150m in support from various sources – the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK), and a variety of international agencies. He has also supervised 52 doctoral candidates to completion, mentored over 25 postdoctoral scholars, and advised numerous masters’ students.
He has won several awards for his work and has held Visiting Professor/Scholar appointments at more than 10 universities in N. America, Europe, Asia and Africa – including MIT, Stanford and Tsinghua. In recognition of his substantial and sustained original contributions to the field of Construction Engineering and Informatics, Dr. Anumba was awarded the higher doctorate degree of Doctor of Science, D.Sc., by Loughborough University in July 2006. In January 2007, he was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) by Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands for outstanding scientific contributions to Building and Construction Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering) in July 2012. He also holds Fellowships of the following professional institutions: The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the recipient of the 2018 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Construction.
Dr. Anumba is also Editor-in-Chief of the Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management journal, Co-Editor of the Journal of Information Technology in Construction, and Specialty Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He sits on the editorial boards of numerous other journals.
Iain is the Technical and Innovation Specialist working within National Highways’ Health, Safety and Wellbeing Division. Prior to his joining National Highways, Iain spent over 25 years working at the Transport Research Laboratory on operational safety risk, road safety and worker safety. As a champion of practitioner-focused safety improvement and applied research, Iain continues to seek opportunities to learn from global best practice in safety and apply this to improve health, safety and wellbeing for National Highways’ colleagues, suppliers and customers.
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