We have invited four experts to share their thoughts and opinions on AI, Intelligent Agents and other related topics on 6 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 online via Zoom, a detail program rundown can be found here. If you are interested, please click here to register.

Professor Virginia Dignum

      Virginia Dignum is professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden and the scientific director of WASP-HS, the Wallenberg Program on Humanities and Society for AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association, and author of “Responsible Artificial Intelligence: developing and using AI in a responsible way” published in 2019.


She has a PHD in Artificial Intelligence from Utrecht University and in 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant by the NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research). She a well-known speaker on the social and ethical impacts of Artificial Intelligence, is member of the reviewing boards for all major journals and conferences in AI and has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers.

Seminar: The social and ethical artificial intelligence (6 April 2020, Hong Kong 4-5:00pm)

Every day we see news about advances and the societal impact of AI. AI is changing the way we work, live and solve challenges but concerns about fairness, transparency or privacy are also growing. Ensuring an ethically aligned purpose is more than designing systems whose result can be trusted. Responsible AI is about the way we design them, why we design them, and who is involved in designing them. If we are to produce responsible trustworthy AI, we need to work towards technical and socio-legal initiatives and solutions which provide concretise instructions, tools, and other means of dictating, helping, and educating AI practitioners at aligning their systems with our societies’ principles and values.


Research clinic: The importance of guidelines and regulation for responsible and trustworthy AI Presentation time (6 April 2020)


7:00pm – 8:00 pm Hong Kong

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Professor Michael Batty

  • As of March 14, 2020, Professor Michael Batty is one of the decorated authors who attained 38675 Google Scholar citations on urban planning and cities topics.

  • His research focuses on the Geographic Information System (GIS) processes, volunteered geographic information (VGI), Geographical AI etc.

  • His current research includes AI geography-characterized big data analysis and evaluation should be effectively designed while considering geographic mechanisms and rules, as well as the geographic knowledge inclusion

Seminar: Artificial intelligence and smart cities (6 April 2020, 5:30-6:30 pm)

For the last 50 years, we have been using computers to simulate the structure of the city but the fact that these same computers have suddenly become embodied into the very thing that we were simulating has taken us all by surprise. In this talk, I will explore the way computers have scaled down to the point where we can literally embed them into the city, thereby making the way we run our cities, the way they function, ‘smart’. I will speculate on how large scale computing which is generating big data in real time offers us the opportunity to make our cities smarter which in this context is little different from what we have ben doing for many years, attempting to improve the quality of life and the sustainability of our cities. I will also speculate on how we can we can improve our models by mobilising tools and methods that enable us to engage ‘artificial intelligence’.


Research clinic (6 April 2020)

Hong Kong 7:00-8:00 pm

Professor Rob Kitchin has published widely across the social sciences, including 28 authored/edited books and over 180 articles and book chapters, and has delivered over 230 invited talks at conferences and universities. He is managing editor of the international journal, Dialogues in Human Geography, and has been an editor of Progress in Human Geography and Social and Cultural Geography, and was the editor-in-chief of the 12 volume, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.  He has successfully written or been a principal investigator on forty grants, totalling €36m, including funding from PRTLI 2, 4, 5, IRC, ERC, SFI, ESRC, NSF, Interreg and RIA. He is 25666 citations as of 24 March 2020.







Professor Rob Kitchin

Seminar: The programmable city (8 April 2020, Hong Kong 7:00-8:00pm)

This talk will explore the notion of a programmable city; that is, one that increasingly experienced, managed and governed through an amalgam of digitally enabled networked devices, software and big data. The transformation taking place will be discussed using a variety of examples, including an analysis of automated management and the role of AI in reshaping operations and governmentality. Both the promises and perils will be detailed, including a discussion of ethics, citizenship and social justice.


Small Group Research Clinic (8 April 2020, Hong Kong 10:00-11:00pm)

Getting smart cities articles published in top journals 

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Professor Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

  • Professor Miroslaw J. Skibniewski is the present Editor-in-Chief of the top, international SSCI indexed research journal ‘Automation in Construction’, which is published by Elsevier.

  • He is A. James Clark Chair Professor at the University of Maryland and previously served as an Assistant Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost of Purdue University 

  • He is also on the board of 10 other scientific journals as an editorial member. These scientific journals concern the areas of computer-aided design, automated inspection, facilities management, intelligent control systems etc.

  • He has developed the first and the only one, construction automation program and collaborated with major government and industrial organizations in the US and overseas. 

Seminar: Publication strategies for getting AI and smart construction published in Automation in Construction: a 2020 perspective (8 April 2020, Hong Kong, 8:30-9:30pm)

This seminar, intended for junior academic and industry researchers in the broad fields of IT-based planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance,  retrofit and recycling of built infrastructure, will offer an editor-in-chief perspective with 25+ years of experience on the most effective ways to publish in one of the top-ranking scholarly journals in the field.  The seminar will cover the "do's and don'ts" of  research paper composition, essential components of a paper, and communication issues for the entire life cycle of paper preparation, submission, review, processing and editorial decision making.    

Research clinic ((8 April 2020, Hong Kong, 10:00-11:00pm)

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Wish to know more? Feel free to email our team at syuconference@gmail.com or PI of this project, Dr Rita Yi Man Li ymli@hksyu.edu.

Professor Simon Beecham 22 September 2020, Hong Kong 2:30pm - 4:30pm (Zoom)         Details

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Simon Beecham joined UniSA in 2006 and was acting Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation from 2019-2020. From 2015 to 2018 Simon was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment. Before that, he was Head of the School of Natural and Built Environments (2010 - 2014) and Director of UniSA's Centre for Water Management and Reuse (2006 - 2010). Simon is a Fellow of Engineers Australia as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Geroge Boustras 22 September 2020, Hong Kong 4:30pm - 7:00pm (Zoom)         Details

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George Boustras is the Editor-in-Chief of Safety Science.  He has published over 50 Journal and Conference papers and has Edited 3 Books.  He is the Editor of the Book Series “The Interface of Safety and Security”.  He has been appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus as Vice President in the Council of Energy Strategy. He sits at the Management Committee of Secure Societies - Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its citizens of “HORIZON 2020” and he is a Member of the Academic Committee of ERNCIP – the European Research Network of Critical Infrastructure Protection at JRC Ispra.

Professor Simon Fong 23 September 2020, Hong Kong 2:00 pm - 4:30pm (Zoom)         Details

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Simon Fong graduated from La Trobe University, Australia, with a 1st Class Honours BEng. Computer Systems degree and a PhD. Computer Science degree in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Simon is now working as an Associate Professor at the Computer and Information Science Department of the University of Macau. He is a co-founder of the Data Analytics and Collaborative Computing Research Group in the Faculty of Science and Technology.  Prior to his academic career, Simon took up various managerial and technical posts, such as systems engineer, IT consultant and e-commerce director in Australia and Asia. Dr. Fong has published over 432 international conference and peer-reviewed journal papers, mostly in the areas of data mining, data stream mining, big data analytics, meta-heuristics optimization algorithms, and their applications. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Network and Computer Applications of Elsevier (I.F. 3.5), IEEE IT Professional Magazine, (I.F. 1.661) and various special issues of SCIE-indexed journals. Simon is also an active researcher with leading positions such as Vice-chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Task Force on "Business Intelligence & Knowledge Management", and Vice-director of International Consortium for Optimization and Modelling in Science and Industry (iCOMSI).

Professor Tan Yigitcanlar 24 September 2020, Hong Kong 1:00pm - 3:30pm (Zoom)     Details

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Tan Yigitcanlar is an eminent Australian researcher with international recognition and impact in the field of urban studies and planning. He is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Along with this post, he carries out an Honorary Professor role at the School of Technology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, and the Founding Director position of the Australia-Brazil Smart City Research and Practice Network.


He has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programs on the fields of urban studies and planning in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Finnish, Japanese, and Turkish universities. He is an eminent Australian scholar with international recognition, reputation and impact on policy, practice and society. His research aims to address contemporary urban planning and development challenges—that are economic, societal, spatial, governance or technology related in nature. The main foci of his research interests, within the broad field of urban studies and planning, are clustered around the following three interdisciplinary themes.


The first research theme focuses on ‘Smart Technologies, Communities, Cities and Urbanism’. In this stream of research, he examines the disruptive effects, along with the beneficial impacts, of urban technologies and digital transformation of urban services and infrastructures on our cities and societies. His research in this theme covers, but not limited to, the following topics: Smart urban technology; Smart city; Smart community; Smart precinct; Smart urbanism; Smart mobility (e.g., autonomous driving, mobility-as-a-service); Citizen science (e.g., crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information); Artificial intelligence; and Gamification and gamified applications.

Professor Zuo Jian 24 September 2020, Hong Kong 3:30pm - 6:00pm (Zoom)                  Details

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Dr Jian Zuo is a Professor of Sustainable Construction, and Associate Head (International) in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide. He is the chief investigator of several projects commissioned and funded by governments in China and Australia, such as the Australian Research Council and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. His main research interest relates to achieve good health, safety and sustainability at both building and urban levels, including the use of alternative construction methods (e.g. prefabrication), technologies (Building Information Modelling) and policy interventions to achieve better environmental and economic sustainability of development projects. His other main research interests include construction and demolition waste recycling, the health and wellbeing of construction workers, smart construction, productivity of building users, indoor environmental quality in buildings, and a mechanism for the generation and mitigation of dust across the lifecycle of buildings.


He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and three ESI Highly Cited Papers. His research is well recognised by the academic society, drawing more than 8000 citations since 2011 with an H-index of 49. He is serving as Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Green Building, Associate Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production, and an editorial board member of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, International Journal of Construction Management, etc. Professor Zuo enjoys a close relationship with the industry, having been engaged by both Australian and international professional bodies to review green building and low carbon city development tools as well as resource efficiency issues.

Professor Mark Fox 7 October 2020, Hong Kong 9:00am-11:30am (Zoom)                       Details

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Dr. Fox is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Systems Engineering, and a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science where his current research applies Artificial Intelligence to Smart Cities. He is the Associate Director (Research) in the School of Cities. He received his BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1975 and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983.

From 1981 through 1987 he founded and led the Robotics Institute’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory, and from 1987 through 1991 he co-founded and led the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Decision Systems. In 1993 Dr. Fox co-founded Novator Systems Ltd., a pioneer in out-sourced eRetail services and software. In 1984 he co-founded Carnegie Group Inc., one of the first companies to apply Artificial Intelligence to solving engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunications problems. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

His work in UTTRI focuses on transportation ontologies and data standards.

Professor John Macintyre 15 October 2020, Hong Kong 14:30-17:00 (Zoom)                       Details

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John Macintyre is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland. He has worked at the University of Sunderland since 1992, having graduated from the University with a First Class Honours Degree in Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology). He then went on to complete a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focusing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance, which was awarded in 1996. During the 1990s John established a research centre – the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence. The Centre undertook many projects working with and for external organisations in industry, science and academia, and for three years ran the Smart Software for Decision Makers programme on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry. He has successfully supervised PhDs in fields ranging from neural networks, hybrid systems, and bioinformatics through to lean manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and business and maintenance strategies

Professor Thad Starner

18 December 2020, Hong Kong 20:00-22:30 (Zoom)                       Details

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Thad Starner is a Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech and a Staff Research Scientist in Google's Research and Machine Intelligence division. Thad teaches Artificial Intelligence at Georgia Tech and in Udacity's AI Nanodegree with Udacity founders and AI pioneers Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. Dr. Starner is perhaps most famous for his work on wearable computers, and he was one of the architects of Google Glass, whose third edition was released in 2019.  Thad's other current projects include phrase-level sign language recognition, making wearable computers for communicating with working dogs, creating gloves that teach skills like playing piano with little to no attention, and helping marine mammalogists learn to communicate with wild dolphins through AI.