Prof. Thomas Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea

    Plenary Speech Title: Structural Restoration of Mireuksaji Stone Pagoda, South Korea's Oldest and Largest Stone Pagoda (Click here for abstract)

    Profile: Dr. Kang is a Professor in the Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering and Director for Engineering Education Innovation Center at Seoul National University, Korea. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. He has held various affiliated positions in the U.S. and Japan, including Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lecturer at UCLA, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo. Prof. Kang received his PhD from UCLA, his MS from Michigan State University, and his BS from Seoul National University.

    Prof. Kang is a Fellow of Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and a Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI). Prof. Kang received the Kenneth B. Bondy Award for Most Meritorious Technical Paper as Lead Author from PTI in 2012, and the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper as Lead Author from ACI in 2009 with the subject of post-tensioned concrete. He regularly teaches the course of Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign every other summer (both on campus and online) and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa every fall (live online lectures). Prof. Kang is an Editor-in-Chief for three journals: International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, and Advances in Computational Design; and Associate Editor for PTI Journal of Post-Tensioning Institute. He is one of the founding and voting members of PTI DC-20 Committee, Building Design, and has been a voting member for ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; Joint ACI-ASCE Committees 335, Composite and Hybrid Structures, 352 Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 423, Prestressed Concrete; and Joint ACI-ASME Committee 359, Concrete Containments for Nuclear Reactors, as well as various committees in Korea.

    Prof. Kang published more than a hundred international journal papers and more than a hundred international conference proceedings, including 40 in ACI Structural Journal and 10 in PTI Journal. He has chaired many sessions/symposiums of structural engineering; delivered many keynote/invited speeches; and organized international conferences/workshops as a Chair. Additionally, Dr. Kang has done a lot of practice as a consulting engineer in Korea and the U.S. Prior to joining the academia, he had a working experience in California, USA (e.g., John A. Martin & Associates), and was a licensed Professor Engineer (PE) in California.

    Prof. Youngjin Lee, Boston Architectural College & Sasaki Associates, Inc., USA

    Keynote Speech Title: Re-Informative Design Media in Architectural Pedagogy (Click here for abstract)

    Profile: Prof. Lee is currently a faculty of the Boston Architectural College in Massachusetts, US, and a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates, Inc. in Massachusetts, US as a licensed architect with 15 plus years of experience. He received a BS (1998) in Aeronautical Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, a BS (2000) in Architecture from the same school, and an M.Arch (2007) from School of Architecture at Yale University, U.S.

    Prof. Lee is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of Boston Society of Architects (BSA), a member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and a member of Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK). He is also a peer reviewer of international journals including Nexus Network Journal and Architectural Research, and a research project reviewer of National Research Foundation of Korea.

    Prof. Lee has been teaching multiple Master’s Thesis Studios and advanced architectural workshops of design computation and digital fabrication in the Boston Architectural College since 2011 with the unique pedagogy focusing on the integration digital design and between multiple disciplines.

    Prof. Lee is also an active part of an emerging generation of designers deeply immersed in the exploration of emanating technologies in architectural practice, with a special interest in design computation and digital fabrication, while maintaining a practical relevancy in their application to professional practice. He explores the reciprocal relationship of computational design and fabrication processes in design methodology, and help students apply algorithmic approach to architectural design context and further re-define the future of practice. As a leader of a design computation group at Sasaki Associates, he explores the diverse digital technologies and workflow to expand design capability.

    Prof. Lee’s research stems from his experience in both academia and practice, and efforts to improve design methodology, which offers design possibilities through integrative design media and generative algorithms. He has published in many journals including Architectural Research, Journal of Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, Automation in Construction, Nexus Network Journal, Advances in Computational Design, and presented his works at International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia 2016, AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, and ASHRAE 2017 Building Performance Analysis Conference.

    Prof. Atsuko K. Yamazaki, Digital Hollywood University, Japan 

    Keynote Speech Title: Competency-based Education in Engineering – Needs and Assessments (Click here for abstract)

    Profile: Atsuko K. Yamazaki is Professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology, where she teaches communication studies and conducts research in the areas of information science, systems engineering, human communication studies and global education in engineering. She holds the following degrees: BS in Chemistry, Ibaraki University; MA in TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies; MS in Computer Science, University of Maryland; and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, Wakayama University. She has held leadership positions in the IEEE Professional Communication Society and the Japan Association of College English Teachers. She was an adjunct research instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a visiting researcher at The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She joined the Institute of Technologists as an Associate Professor in 2001 and moved to Shibaura Institute of Technology in 2008. Her work has been published by Ecological Modelling, Deep-Sea Research, IEEE, KES, Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence, Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education, and others. Her current research projects include studies of user-interface designs to enhance brain activity in the elderly, and human cognitive activities for human-system communication from neurological aspects. She has also been leading projects for developing ICT & IoT systems to assist small and medium farming operations. She has been serving as Chair for an Invited Session: Human Factors for Communication & Intelligent Systems, at KES conferences since 2014.

    Prof. Jorn Altmann, Seoul National University, South Korea

    Keynote Speech Title: Model for Providing Incentives for Teaching Up-to-Date Knowledge (Click here for abstract)

    Profile: Jorn Altmann is a Professor of Technology Management, Economics and Policy at the College of Engineering, Seoul National University. Prior to this, he taught computer networks at the University of California at Berkeley, worked as a Senior Scientist at Hewlett-Packard Labs, and has been a postdoc at EECS and ICSI of UC Berkeley. During that time he worked on international research projects about pricing of network services. Dr. Altmann received his B.Sc. degree, his M.Sc. degree (1993), and his Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Dr. Altmann’s current research centers on the economics of Internet services and Internet infrastructures, integrating economic models into distributed systems. In particular, he puts special focus on capacity planning, network topologies, and resource allocation. On these topics of research, he has major publications in conferences and journals, serves on editorial bodies of journals (IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal, Electronic Commerce Research Journal), is involved in many conference program committees (Workshop on Network Science for Communication Networks,Workshop on Internet Charging and QoS Technology), and has been an invited speaker to several workshops. Currently, he is chairing the international workshop on Grid Economics and Business Models, GECON. He also served on several European, US American (National Science Foundation), and national panels for evaluating research proposals on next generation networks and emerging technologies.