Professor Jarek Kurnitski
Tallinn University of Technology and Aalto University
Title of Keynote Address:
European performance-based approach towards cost optimal construction – Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
Jarek Kurnitski is professor at Tallinn University of Technology and Aalto University, and a vice-president of REHVA, Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations, a non-profit organization representing more than 120 000 HVAC-engineers and energy experts. He is the leader of Estonian Center of Excellence in Research ZEBE, Zero Energy and Resource Efficient Smart Buildings, and the leader of the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings NZEB research group which today operates at both universities. He is internationally known for the preparation of technical definitions for nearly zero energy buildings through many activities in REHVA Technology and Research Committee and contributions to European standards. Recently he chaired a task force preparing European residential ventilation guidebook. He has been deeply involved in the work to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment in Estonia and Finland with major contribution in the development of energy calculation frames for present energy performance regulations.
Professor Keith Hampson
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Australia
Title of Keynote Address:
Driving Built Environment Innovation Through Industry-Research Collaboration
The construction industry is highly competitive. For more than 20 years Dr Keith Hampson has been encouraging multi-disciplinary research collaborations across industry, government and academia to remodel the Australian construction industry in sustainability, safety and productivity. Dr Hampson’s ability to gain genuine buy-in from industry practitioners and researchers has been essential to the long-term success of the teams he has led at a regional and international level.
Dr Hampson is currently CEO of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc), successor to the CRC for Construction Innovation, for which he led the bid team and served as CEO for its nine years of operation. The CRC, and now the SBEnrc, has built world-class Australian capability in key areas (including policy and practice in digital modelling, sustainability, safety, innovation and procurement) to address complex problems in the built environment.
Keith also leads an international CIB Task Group focussing on Information Integration in Construction. A key aspect of this activity focuses on mechanisms of communication and collaboration between private sector organisations and public sector agencies across the built environment supply chain.
Dr Keith Hampson has a distinguished record of scholarly publication and is regularly invited to provide keynote presentations and to serve on industry research review panels. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours, an MBA, and a PhD from Stanford University focusing on innovation and competitive performance in the built environment. In recognition of his achievements in collaborations translating research into practice in the construction industry, Keith was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 2018.
Professor Kalle Kähkönen
Title of Keynote Address: Collaborative construction – is it a change driver to renew the real estate and construction sector?
Dr. Kalle Kähkönen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Professor of Construction Management and Economics at Tampere University (https://www.tuni.fi/en). His former employer was VTT Technical research Centre of Finland (www.vtt.fi). He holds degrees from two universities (Helsinki Univ. of Technology & University of Reading, UK). Professor Kähkönen's background and experience are broad. He has carried out and supervised research in numerous areas covering also the implementation of research results in companies. Such combination of several scientific disciples is seen as a specific strength in the modern research where top quality results are increasingly achieved in integrative efforts. With such interests he is closely connected to several universities and has key roles in those with respect of academic teaching, course developer and research supervising.
Prof. Kähkönen’s present research interests and activities are addressing collaborative construction, relating process innovations, and, digitalization in the built environment sector.
Professor Kähkönen has acted as supervisor, pre-examiner or opponent for over 30 doctoral dissertations in Finland and abroad. Kalle Kähkönen is the board member of a global research society Building Research Council (CIB). In the project management society prof. Kähkönen is a honorary member of Project Management Association Finland that is also a national association of IPMA (International Project Management Association).
Professor Chris Harty
University of Reading
Title of Keynote Address: Promises, prospects and paucity? BIM and digital technologies for construction management
Chris Harty is Professor of Technology and Organisation and Head of the School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading, UK. He has been the Director of the University’s EPSRC Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) and has been principal / lead investigator on over £3.5 million of research projects funded by the EPSRC, TSB and IUK. He was Visiting Professor in the Department of Organisation at Copenhagen Business School from 2013 – 16 and is currently Visiting Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Chris has conducted ethnographic studies of the development and use of collaborative information systems in complex organisations and undertaken video-ethnographic studies of the use of immersive VR technologies in design processes and in user-centred design, notably in health care settings. He has also worked in the area of future studies and forecasting. His personal research contributions are in the areas of understanding innovation in the built environment and organisational processes, applying socio-technical systems oriented approaches to organisations and projects, and the design, implementation and use of information systems and he has published widely in these areas.