About this research seminar series

The objective of this research seminar series is to provide a platform to connect global academics, researchers, and practitioners in industrial and systems engineering, management science, and engineering (covering a broad range of application domains, such as construction, finance, healthcare, logistics and transportation, manufacturing, and supply chain). Distinguished scholars and industrial leaders will share their significant and innovative visions, insights, and ideas with the participants and nurture the younger generation of researchers who will lead our future.

This series of seminars is free and open to the public.

Next Seminar

Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

Chair Professor,

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,

University of Maryland


Automation in Construction

Date and time:  Feb 8 (Mon), 2021, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]


Zoom link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/93965533071       Zoom meeting ID: 939 6553 3071

Seminar title: 

New Threats and Opportunities in Construction Industry Supply Chains


Construction supply chains are characterized by a combination of locally, regionally and globally sourced products and services.  Design professionals and specialist consultants work in increasingly virtual teams that are geographically dispersed in different national jurisdictions, often across multiple time zones.  Construction labor, materials and equipment are sourced both locally and internationally.  Disruptive technologies, as well as major regional and global natural phenomena and man-made events, influence the evolving composition of the supply chains.  This presentation will focus on the recent examples of challenges facing timely deliveries of construction products and services, including shortages of qualified manpower, performance in environmentally challenging environments, and COVID-19 global pandemic.  Disruptive technologies and opportunities to remedy the challenges will be discussed, including artificial intelligence applications in design-construction integration, automation and robotics, nanotechnology-based materials, and 3D printing in the construction industry. 

Speaker bio: 

Professor Miroslaw J. Skibniewski directs the e-Construction Group in the Center for Excellence in Project Management in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (USA).  Prior to his current position, he was a Professor of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, as well as a senior administrator at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (USA).  He was also the founding dean of the College of Engineering at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi (UAE).  Earlier in his engineering career, he worked for the Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory, now known as Intertek Professional Services Industries, the oldest construction engineering consulting firm in the U.S. founded in 1881. 

Prof. Skibniewski holds an M.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).  His research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of the Interior and by major engineering construction and software corporations in the U.S. and worldwide.  An author or coauthor of over 300 publications on project management, construction information technologies, automation and robotics, Prof. Skibniewski serves as Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier.  


Upcoming Speakers

(in the order of seminar date and alphabetical order of surname)

Hau L. Lee

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology,

Graduate School of Business,

Stanford University

Founding Faculty Director,

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)

Stanford Value Chain Innovations Initiative

Date and time:

Feb 24 (Wed), 2021, 09:30 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

The New Supply Chain Renaissance


Jianjun Shi

The Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor,

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Georgia Institute of Technology


IISE Transactions

Date and time:

Mar 24 (Wed), 2021, 21:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Machine Learning Enabled Quality Improvement in Samrt Manufacturing Systems


Tsan-Ming Choi Jason

Professor of Fashion Business,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Transportation Research Part E,


Department Editor,

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management,


Senior Editor,

Production and Operations Management

Date and time:

Apr 7 (Wed), 2021, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Supply Chain Coordination with Risk-Sensitive Agents: Recent Advances



Alexandre Dolgui

Distinguished Professor
and Head of the Automation, Production, and Computer
Sciences Department,

IMT Atlantique

International Journal of Production Research

Seminar title:

Stochastic Programming Approach for Capacitated Disassemly Lotsizing under Dynamic Demand and Random Component Refurbishing Times


Andrew Kusiak


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

University of Iowa 

Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory


Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

Seminar title:

Digital Manufacturing and Service Enterprises


Stephen T. Newman

Professor of Innovative Manufacturing Technology,

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

University of Bath


International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Seminar title:

Additive Manufacturing of Large Components



Other Events

We are very pleased to co-organize the "Editors-in-Chief Conference on Transportation Economics", one of the major events of The 8th International Conference on Transportation and Space-time Economics (TSTE2020) sponsored and organized by Beijing Jiaotong University. It is our great pleasure to be invited by the organizing committee of TSTE2020 and contribute as a co-organizer. In this event, six editors-in-chief of first-class transportation economics journals will gather and give keynote speeches. All are welcome to join! [Details]


Date and time:

Nov 21 (Sat), 2020, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Zoom link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/98484078641

Zoom meeting ID: 984 8407 8641


Previous Speakers

(in the order of seminar date)

Recorded videos will be available typically in 2 to 4 weeks after the seminar.

Christopher S. Tang

Distinguished Professor of UCLA and
Edward Carter Chaired Professor in Business Administration,

UCLA Anderson School of Management


Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Seminar title:

Faster Deliveries and Smarter Order Assignments for an On-Demand Meal Delivery Platform


Stefan Minner

Full Professor for Logistics and Supply Chain Management,

School of Management,

Technical University of Munich 

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Production Economics

Seminar title:

A Data-Driven Approach to Strategic Inventory Placement in Multi-Echelon Networks


Lihui Wang

Professor and Chair of

Sustainable Manufacturing,

Department of Production Engineering,

KTH Royal Institute of Technology



International Journal of Manufacturing Research

Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

​Journal of Manufacturing Systems

Seminar title:

Brain Robotics for Human-Robot Collaboration


Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen

Chancellor's Professor and Department Chair,

Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research,

University of California, Berkeley


the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Seminar title:

A Practical End-to-End Inventory Management Model with Deep Learning


Ren C. Luo

Irving T. Ho Chair Professor and Life Distinguished Professor, 

National Taiwan University


IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Seminar title:

AIoT and Robotics Driving Paradigm Shift of Intelligent Manufacturing Automation



Organizing Committee


International Advisory Committee

George G.Q. Huang, The University of Hong Kong

Stefan Minner, Technical University of Munich

Christopher S. Tang, University of California, Los Angeles

Lihui Wang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology



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