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.