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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Lanre Akinola is a Public Health Graduate Officer at Birmingham City Council and supports the delivery of the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme. Lanre supports the food system team in developing innovative action to tackle childhood obesity at a local level. This includes the Birmingham Healthy City Planning Toolkit, The Spiral Curriculum and The Birmingham Basket. With a background in Biological Sciences and a Master’s in Public Health, Lanre implements her knowledge and experience in creating better health outcomes for her local community.
Sarah Pullen is the lead of the newly formed Public Health Food Service at Birmingham City Council. The Food Team's aim is to develop and strengthen the food system across Birmingham, and to work with departments across the council, and organisations and communities throughout the city, to embed changes that will improve public health outcomes. Sarah has a Master's in Health Psychology and broad experience of applying behavioural science in real world settings, as well as creating strong cross-sector partnerships to tackle a variety of public health challenges and the wider determinants of health.
Dr Nicholas Chileshe is an Associate Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of South Australia, within the UniSA STEM. He was nominated to the College of Expert, Australian Research Council (ARC), and Australian Government in 2020. He received his Ph.D. in construction management from the School of Construction, Faculty of the Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K in 2004. His principal research interests lie in the areas of construction and project management; more specifically risk assessment and management practices, reverse logistics, supply chain management, sustainable construction, knowledge management, public-private partnerships, and sustainability including social housing. Associate Professor Chileshe is actively engaged in scholarly research work and has authored and co-authored more than 310 refereed journal and conference publications since joining academia in 1999.
In recognition of his scholarly and reviewing efforts, he has been a recipient of multiple awards such as the ‘Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Management in Engineering (JME)’, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Reviewers Program in 2016, 2017, 2018; ‘Outstanding Reviewer for ASCE/ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering’, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Reviewers Program in 2017, 2018; and Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Reviewers Program in 2020.
Associate Professor Chileshe currently serves on a number of Editorial Boards such as the ‘International Journal of Project Management’, ‘Journal of Engineering Design and Technology’, ‘Sustainability’, and ‘International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation’ and since January 2019 as one of the Deputy Editors of the Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management Journal, and from 2021 as an Associate Editor for the Built Environment Project and Asset Management Journal.
Dr. Vladeta Stojanovic is currently a researcher at HafenCity University Hamburg, working with the Department of Hydrography and Geodesy. Vladeta does research in interactive visualization, data science, software systems engineering and computer graphics. The applications of his research focus on built environment visualization, applications of machine learning for AECO domains, digital twins of indoor environments, semantic enrichment of indoor 3D point clouds and sensor data analytics. Dr. Vladeta Stojanovic originally comes from a computer games and real-time 3D graphics programming background, and has been working professionally in academia since 2012. He completed his Bachelor and Masters studies in Computer Games Technology and Computer Science at Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland, UK between 2008 and 2016, and obtained his Doctoral degree in IT Systems Engineering from the Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, Germany in 2021.
His other professional and hobbyist interests include interactive 3D graphics programming, game prototype development and rapid application development of 3D visualisation solutions – with strong focus on researching, developing and testing real-time programmable graphics pipeline rendering techniques.
With a first-class honours degree in building services engineering, a master’s degree in environmental management, a PhD in facility management (FM) and over a decade of professional practice, Dr Joseph Lai combines professional and academic roles as Leader of the Postgraduate FM Programme in the Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The honours Dr Lai has received include Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Academic Programme Development, and Distinguished Educator Award of the International Facility Management Association. Dr Lai is Co-Editor of the Facilities journal and Associate Editor of the Smart and Sustainable Built Environment journal.
Roger Flanagan is Professor at the School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, UK. He is an Honorary Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Guest Professor at Chongqing University, Guiyang Institute of Technology. Previously Visiting Professor in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, USA, Sweden, Norway, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, and Croatia. He was President of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2007.
Roger’s industrial experience includes previously being a member of the Board of Directors of Skanska AB for 10 years and a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Halcrow Group (now Jacobs). He has been a member of Board of Directors and Advisory Board member of companies in UK, USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, China, and Canada.
He recently co-authored the CIOB Guide to Quality Management in Construction.
Paul Holt (MCIOB, MBA) has 30 + years’ experience - 10 years as an Estates, Facilities and Capital NHS Director working primarily in the NHS and more laterally in the Higher Education sector leading a £ 350m estates strategy. He is currently the Director of Healthcare/Public Sector at MAC Construction Consultants. He brings to MAC the strategic leadership and insight into how the public sector operates, having held the self-sufficient freedom to act in the delivery of his employers’ strategic objectives, managing an NHS revenue budget of £ 40m, managing over 1000 staff. As part of his current role, Paul is Project Director for the development of a £ 105m 600 unit intergenerational ‘Wellbeing’ housing project in the North West of England – primarily offering affordable housing for those in most need.
Paul is keen to ensure that the construction process puts the ‘Person is at the Heart of Everything we do’. With that in mind he ensures teams adopt a holistic response promoting both their technical expertise and their clear understanding of the qualitative ‘softer’ issues critical to their Public Sector Client.
· Dr. Saeed Talebi, Senior Lecture and Course Leader for BSc Quantity Surveying, Birmingham City University, UK
· Professor David J. Edwards, Birmingham City University, UK
IRIS Chairperson for 2021:
Associate Professor Mark Shelbourn, Head of Department for Built Environment, Birmingham City University, UK
· James Dyer, Birmingham City University, UK
· Dr. Damilola Ekundayo, Associate Professor and Team Lead for CM/QS, Birmingham City University, UK
· John Posillico, Lecturer for Construction Management, Birmingham City University, UK
· Dr. Chris Roberts, Assistant Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK
· Dr. Solomon Adjei, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc Construction Management, Birmingham City University, UK
· Mike Leonard, Visiting Professor in Manufacturing in Construction, Birmingham City University, UK
· Susan Hayhow, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK
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