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Keynote Speakers



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Professor Maria Burke
Department of Digital Futures

University of Winchester
United Kingdom

Talk Title:
The Ever Expanding Boundaries of Knowledge: The Impact of Technological Developments for the 21st Century.


As humans we are curious about our world – we strive to know more, to understand more, to be enlightened. From Smart Cities to new forms of digital shopping, from driverless cars to digital assistants this Keynote speech will consider the impact of technological system developments on our environment and everyday lives.

These technological developments have led to new forms of digital communication resulting in mass increases in data. The way in which data is managed is vital to our success and we need to harness the power of new technologies so that we are able to fully utilize the power of Big Data. This new knowledge then allows us to contribute to the enhancement of our social, cultural and economic prosperity, - to meet the challenges of our technologically driven, interconnected, 21st century life.

The session will cover four areas. First, - the creation of knowledge from the ancient Greek perspective to present-day forms of digital knowledge; second, the technological development of information systems; third, the growth of knowledge and concerns regarding the management of Big Data. The fourth topic, the search for meaningful and useful new digital research frameworks will examine current research and ideas in these areas and the session will close with final reflections on future developments.


Professor Maria Burke PhD MBA DMS

Professor Burke is Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport. She is the Professor of Management and holds a PhD in Information Systems; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS).

Maria has a well established research profile, evidenced by an extensive record in the fields of Systems / Business / Management which include peer reviewed publications; a successful track record in obtaining competitively funded research grants and an excellent track record in establishing collaboration in community, business and government contexts. She has a significant record of international publications and an excellent record of attracting external income from UK Research Councils and European Union Funds, winning international prizes for the research such as the B2B Best Internet Award and the EPSRC National Impact Prize.

Professor Burke has experience of leading research projects both as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on various projects, having been successfully awarded several EPSRC grants. One of these grants, valued at £1.4 million, aimed to explore the application of “Digital Technologies to the High Street”. This research attracted significant partners, national and international press and featured in New Scientist; the New York Times; Japan Times and the technology journal WIRED.

Maria has also contributed to the workings of the UK Research Councils. Experience in this area, includes invited membership of the Special Commissioning Panel for the Research Seminars Competitive Fund; member of the Expert Commissioning Panel for the awards of Research-First Grants in Business and Management and membership of several Funding Panels including “Research in the Wild” grants.

Professor Burke has authored several textbooks such as: - Electronic memory, (2013), Phenomenal Power, (2003) and Navigating Business Sources, (1998). In addition she has published book chapters, many peer refereed international journal papers and national reports. She has also delivered papers at many conferences both nationally and internationally and organised and led international panels and workshops.  She is an active Editorial Board member of the Journal of Documentation and a new journal published by Elsevier, focused on technological innovation - the International Journal of the Digital Human.

Maria also has experience within multicultural environments having worked with a range of international Universities in Europe, the Middle East, China and Russia such as the, Nicholas Copernicus University; Warsaw Technical University; Jagiellonian University; Budapest Technical Universities; Etvos Lorand University, National University of Columbia and various Russian and Belorussian State Universities.





Dr Rita Yi Man Li, BSc(HKU), PhD(HKU), MRICS, ACIArb, AHKIArb
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Finance
Director, Sustainable Real Estate Research Center
Director, Real Estate and Economics Research Lab
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
My website: http://ritayimanli.wordpress.com
Research center website: http://www.hksyu.edu/srerc/en
Editor In Chief: International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics


Presentation abstract

Perception of three generations sustainable smart home: a real estate experimetric approach


In Policy Address 2017, the HKSAR Government is committed to advance Hong Kong into a smart city by adopting innovative technologies. As such, sustainable smart home, which saves energy, enhances living quality, and saves electricity costs, is one of the tools in achieving the goal. Li et al. (2016)’s research reveals that there are three generations of home automation. The first generation smart home involves wireless technology with proxy server such as Zigbee automation. The second generation of smart home utilizes artificial intelligence to control electrical devices where tools such as Amazon Echo can respond to the requirements of the residents and reply the questions asked by them. The third generation refers to robot buddy, who interacts with humans, stroll around the home freely like humans, e.g. Zenbo. We utilize a real estate experimentric approach to study the impact of different approach in affecting their perceptions on these three generations of smart home.


 Dr Rita Yi Man Li’s Bio

Graduated from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) (global subject ranking 10 in QS 2017), I now serve as the founder and director of Sustainable Real Estate Research Center and Real Estate and Economics Research Lab, Hong Kong Shue Yan University. I am also an Adjunct Associate Professor in China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Tianjin University in China and previously served as a visiting Scholar in Department of Land Management, Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan. I first started my academic career as a visiting lecturer in Polytechnic University, then a lecturer, an Assistant Professor and now an Associate Professor in HKSYU. Outside the academia, I am a chartered surveyor by profession. I have also received formal training in arbitration and mediation. I am an associate member of CIArb and HKIArb.


Over the years, I won many local and international awards and grants. I was a recipient of a Fellowship from the US  to study the impact of law and culture on housing fittings in China which offered me a chance to present a paper to Prof Douglass North, Nobel Prize Winner (for his contribution in new institutional economics). I also received the top three presenter award among all the fellowship recipients. I previously received a competitive fellowship from Australia Government to act as a visiting research fellow in School of Natural and Built Environment, University of South Australia (ranks 69 for Engineering and Technology in Times Higher Education in 2014) from late May to late September 2014 (worked with my host Prof Simon Beecham, current Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of South Australia). I was also a recipient of a grant issued by Ministry of Education jointly with scholar from People’s Republic of China and a finalist award for competition law research in the US.


My papers are published in Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Environmental Health etc. I am a journal editor for many academic peer review journals and a regular reviewer for Scopus/SSCI/SCI journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production,International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Sustainability, Housing Studies, Journal of Youth Studies (housing only), Land Use Policy, Facilities, Urban Studies etc. I previously served as PhD examiner for students in University of Macau and University Putra Malaysia etc.


Professor: Eslamian, Saeid, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran
Founder and Editor In chief of:
International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology (IJHST) (Scopus)

Saeid Eslamian is a full professor of hydrology and water resources engineering in the Department of Water Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology, where he has been since 1995. His research focuses mainly on statistical and environmental hydrology in a changing climate. In recent years, he has worked on modeling natural hazards, including floods, severe storms, wind, drought, pollution, water reuses, sustainable development and resiliency, etc. Formerly, he was a visiting professor at Princeton University, New Jersey, and the University of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. On the research side, he started a research partnership in 2014 with McGill University, Canada. He has contributed to more than 500 publications in journals, books, and technical reports. He is the founder and chief editor of both the International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology (IJHST) and the Journal of Flood Engineering (JFE). Eslamian is now associate editor of three important publications: Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier), Eco-Hydrology and Hydrobiology (Elsevier), and Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination (IWA). Professor Eslamian is the author of approximately 150 book chapters and books.

Dr. Eslamian’s professional experience includes membership on editorial boards, and he is a reviewer of approximately 50 Web of Science (ISI) journals, including the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Advances in Water Resources, Groundwater, Hydrological Processes, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Global Planetary Changes, Water Resources Management, Water Science and Technology, Eco- Hydrology, Journal of American Water Resources Association, American Water Works Association Journal, etc. UNESCO has also nominated him for a special issue of the Eco-Hydrology and Hydrobiology Journal in 2015.

Professor Eslamian was selected as an outstanding reviewer for the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering in 2009 and received the EWRI/ASCE Visiting International Fellowship in Rhode Island (2010). He was also awarded outstanding prizes from the Iranian Hydraulics Association in 2005 and Iranian Petroleum and Oil Industry in 2011. Professor Eslamian has been chosen as a distinguished researcher of Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) and Isfahan Province in 2012 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, he was a candidate for national distinguished researcher in Iran.

Recently, Professor Eslamian has completed the editorship of eight handbooks published by Taylor & Francis (CRC Press): the three-volume Handbook of Engineering Hydrology in 2014, Urban Water Reuse Handbook in 2015, Underground Aqueducts Handbook (2016), the three-volume Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity (2017).