Keynote & Plenary Speakers



Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Christopher Chao, Head and Professor
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Christopher Chao is a Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class) from The University of Hong Kong in 1988. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Prof. Chao studies thermal and environmental engineering covering areas of indoor air science, energy efficient building technology and energy engineering. He is internationally known for his work in contaminant transport in indoor environments. Prof. Chao’s research also includes low-energy air distribution systems, VOC oxidation and ultrafine particles, solar and waste heat driven adsorption cooling and refrigeration system development and smart green buildings. He is a Regional Editor of Journal of Indoor and Built Environment and is on the Editorial Board of several International Journals (Indoor Air, Building and Environment, Building Simulation, etc). Prof. Chao has published 110+ journal and archival papers and more than 100 conference papers and technical reports. He was conferred the Yaglou Award by the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences (2002) and also the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (2005).

Prof. Chao developed/ teaches courses in thermodynamics, indoor air quality in buildings, and sustainable energy systems. He has been Director of the Building Energy Research Center at HKUST since 2000, leading the effort to integrate academic research into commercial product development especially for the mainland China market. Prof. Chao has various leadership experiences at HKUST and has served as Associate Dean of Engineering (Research and Graduate Studies) from September of 2011 to June of 2014. He has been Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department since July of 2014.

Prof. Chao is a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (FASME), USA, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), UK, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE), UK, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE), and a member of The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) Academy of Fellows. He is a member of the Engineering Panel of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, and also a vetting member in the Assessment Panel (Foundation Industries) of the Innovation Technology Commission in Hong Kong. Prof. Chao is also active in entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and has obtained more than 10 patents and got involved in setting up a number of start-ups since early 2000s.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Danny Sutanto
University of Wollongong, Australia

Danny Sutanto obtained his BEng. (Hons) and PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1978 and 1981 respectively. After his graduation he worked with GEC Australia until 1982. He then joined the University of New South Wales, Australia, and later Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, where he was the Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is presently the Professor of Power Engineering at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His research interests include power system planning, analysis and harmonics, distributed generation, smart grid and Battery Energy Storage systems. He is currently the IEEE IAS Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Area Chair. He has published more than 400 papers with over 65 papers in refereed international journals.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Yifei Chen
China Agriculture University, Beijing, China

Professor Yifei Chen was born in Beijing, China. He received the B.S.E.E. degree from Dept. of Electrical Engineering of Beijing Agricultural Mechanization College in 1984, and the M.Phil (S. of Mang.) degrees in management engineering and applied science from Bei Hang University in 1991, the M.S. degree in control theory and control engineering from Beijing Agricultural Engineering University in 1994. Since graduation in 1984, he still works as the researcher and teacher in collage of Electronic & Electrical Power Eng. of Beijing Agricultural Engineering University which was renamed as China Agriculture University later. After holding the position in the university, he studied further in control theory class by IFCA in Tongji University at Shang Hai from1995 to 1997, worked in Institute of Science and Technology Burlin as visiting scholar during 1999, where he currently holds the academic positions in research like intelligent control and agri-ROBOT. Since 1998, he is as associate Professor and Professor with doctorial tutor at College of Information and Electrical Engineering (CIEE)in China Agriculture University(CAU). 

Prof. Chen also works on agricultural engineering research and technology application engineering like greenhouse control system based on his new control model as well as his development to IA(Intelligent Agriculture) theory.

Prof. Chen has published extensively in control systems, control engineering, and mechanical control, including 3 books, 4 edited volumes, over 80 journal articles and book chapters, and over 30 international conference publications. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IJCCE, and member of editorial and advisory boards of several domestic journals in control, networks, and applied agricultural control engineering. He is a senior member of Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering(CSAE), a member of Chinese Association of Automation(CAA), senior staff member of Intelligent Automation Committee as well as a member of IEEE.

Prof. Chen has received several awards and recognitions over the years, among which are the Outstanding Paper Award of Chinese Science and Technology Association of China (2008); Outstanding Paper Award in ICINIS (2009), and Post Paper and Lecture Prize (2011) of WEC2011 Society (UN) in Switzerland; Outstanding Teacher Award (2005/2010) of China Agriculture University; Outstanding post graduation Director Award (2008/2009/2010/2012/2013/2015)of China Agriculture University; Honorary Director Award for M.S. outstanding paper (2010) of China Agriculture University.

Since 2014, Prof. Chen was recommend as institute director of Sensor & Intelligent Control , and director of Dept. of Control Engineering of CIEE of CAU in 2016.



Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Carlos Felgueiras
CIETI/ISEP, Portugal


Manuel Carlos Felgueiras received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, in 1987 and 2008, respectively.

He started is professional in 1987 as electronic designer for automation systems. Later was invited to supervise a test laboratory for verifying the accomplishment of European Standards in thermoelectric household appliances. He started the teaching activity in 1994 as Assistant Professor and later on as Adjunct Professor and researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), Porto, Portugal. His research interests include design for debug and test of mixed-signals, remote experimentation in e-learning and renewable energy sources.

Prof. Felgueiras is member of the Portuguese Engineers Association and also the Global Online Laboratory Consortium (GOLC). He has published about 35 papers and includes the scientific committee of several conferences.

Keynote Speaker V

Prof. Nidia Caetano
School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (IPP), Portugal

Nídia de Sá Caetano received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal, in 1987 and 1996, respectively.

She started the teaching activity in 1992 as Assistant Professor and is today Coordinator Professor with the Chemical Engineering Department, School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), Porto, Portugal. She was sub director of the Department for 4 years, having been laboratory director for ten years.

From March 2013 she has been the director of the Master Course in Sustainable Energies of ISEP, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Prof. Caetano is member of the Portuguese Engineers Association (OE) and also of the Portuguese Association of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (APESB) where she is involved in the solid waste section.

She started her R&D career in the LSRE of FEUP in 1987, where she did her PhD research in MTBE kinetic study in a batch reactor and simulation / operation of a fixed bed reactor. Later on (in 1998), she co-funded the LEPAE of FEUP (nowadays LEPABE), where she is senior researcher. She is also collaborator of CIETI, a R&D center at ISEP.

Her research interests include biofuels (waste to energy: biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas, combustion) either from waste biomass, oil or microalgae; efficient use of solar energy for microalgae production; valorization of solid waste and wastewater treatment, always using a sustainability based approach, having participated in several projects with the industry.

She has supervised several Master and PhD students, is the co-author of several book chapters and papers in international journals and conferences. She has also participated in several conference organizing and scientific committees, having presented more than 100 communications. She has been the reviewer of numerous scientific publications in international indexed journals and conferences and projects evaluator.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Frank Gunzer
German University in Cairo, Egypt

2014 Co-founder of the Center for Computational Engineering, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2011 Head of Electronics Engineering Department, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2010 Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2009 Guest Scientist in the research unit of Draeger, Luebeck, Germany (begin of a cooperation including regular research stays for research and development of pulsed ion mobility spectrometry as a tool for environmental monitoring)

Honorary Award:
2013 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the international scientific exchange program (WAP)
2004 Familie-Schindler-Foerderpreis Award for the doctoral thesis, Christian-Albrecht-University, Kiel, Germany