Keynote Speaker

Prof. Kincho H. Law
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University (US)

"Emerging Applications of Computing, Information and Communication Technologies in Architectural and Civil Engineering"

Civil and Architectural Engineering have had a long and successful history in adopting computing technologies, from computer graphics, CAD, engineering analyses, virtual simulations, to project management. Current utilization of computing technology, however, remains limited to domain specific and, often, standalone applications. As computer hardware, software, mobile and network technologies continue to grow rapidly, there are many new opportunities to adopt and use advanced computing, information and communication technologies in civil and architectural engineering practice. Furthermore, recent developments in information modeling and management, web-enabled service oriented architecture, cloud computing and mobile communication will have significant impacts to the deployment of engineering design and management tools.

This presentation will first provide a brief review on some of the prior and current developments in CAD, virtual and augmented reality, and engineering analyses. As the industry continues to embrace building information models and data exchange standards, engineering software interoperability and integration can now become a reality. As the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing model become popular, new software services and business models are emerging. In this presentation, a model-based CAD environment will be described. The integration of CAD, virtual simulations and enterprise integration, from design to procurement and supply chain management, will be discussed. The objective of the presentation is to discuss and to explore new approaches in civil and architectural engineering computing that take advantage of advanced computing, information and communication technologies.

Biographical Information:
Kincho H. Law is currently Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He obtained his BS in Civil Engineering and BA in Mathematics from University of Hawaii in 1976, and his MS and PhD in Civil Engineering in 1979 and 1981, respectively, from Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Lawfs professional and research interests have been focused on the application of advanced computing principles and techniques to structural and facility engineering. For the past 30 years, his work has dealt with various aspects of computational science and engineering, computer aided design, design simulations, engineering and legal information management, e-government services, engineering enterprise integration, internet computing, wireless structural sensing and control. Prof. Law has been frequently invited as keynote speaker in international conferences on the applications of ICT in Civil Engineering. His research interests also include computational mechanics, structural dynamics and control, structural health monitoring, numerical methods and analysis and simulation of large-scale systems using distributed workstations and high performance parallel computers. He has authored and co-authored over 350 articles in journals and conference proceedings.