Speaker 2019

Keynote Speaker I


Prof. George Baird

School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Talk TitleAssessing Building Performance from the Occupants’ Viewpoint

Abstract: In his keynote address Prof Baird will present the case for assessing building performance from the point of view of the occupants. The obstacles and incentives for doing so will be outlined and some of the tools that can be employed described. Overall results and lessons learned from carrying out such assessments in sets of conventional and sustainable commercial buildings worldwide will be presented, in terms of their occupants’ perceptions of comfort, health and productivity. The potential for using occupants’ perception scores and comments as benchmarking tools will also be explored.

A more detailed analysis of key demographic factors collected during these surveys will also be presented – in particular, the influence of age, sex, time spent in the building, proximity to a window, and the number of people in a shared workspace. Finally, the results of a recent and relatively rare type of before-and-after case study will be described in which staff and postgraduate research students of an a university biological science department were surveyed, first in their original 40 year old premises, and then four years later after they had occupied new premises for a full academic year. The presentation will conclude with a plea for the building industry to put performance, from the point of view of the building occupants, top of the agenda.


George Baird is Emeritus Professor of Building Science at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, specialising in building environmental science and the assessment of building performance from the point of view of the users.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK) and of Engineering New Zealand, and was awarded Life Membership of the Energy Management Association (now Carbon and Energy Professionals) of New Zealand in 2013.

He received the NZ Science and Technology Bronze Medal in 1999, the international “Pioneers of the World Renewable Energy Network” Award in 2006 and was appointed a Fellow of the Architectural Science Association at their 50th Annual Conference in 2016.

Dr Baird has authored innumerable conference papers and journal articles over the last half century. Major books include: Energy Performance of Buildings; Building Evaluation Techniques; Architectural Expression of Environmental Control Systems; and most recently Sustainable Buildings in Practice, a worldwide survey of sustainable buildings.

Still active in his field, he was an invited speaker at the recent World Sustainable Building Conference in Hong Kong and the Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference in Edinburgh, and is a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of architectural science, including Architectural Science Review, Journal of Building Engineering, Intelligent Buildings International, and Buildings.

For further details see: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/architecture/staff/george-baird.aspx

Keynote Speaker II


Dr. Yun Wang 

Griffith University, Australia

Talk Title:  Molecular Engineering of Nanomaterials for high-performance catalysis 

Abstract: The molecular design of high-performance materials is of paramount importance yet is challenging for the advance of catalysis. With state-of-the-art computational materials science, scientists can now computationally design novel nanomaterials on the basis of a comprehensive understanding of their electronic properties, which is likened to a materials genome. Incorporating computational simulations with advances in experiments and data science has, therefore, been envisioned to significantly reduce the materials development cycle according to ‘Materials Genome Initiative’ of the USA. Herein, some examples from my recent studies will be used to illustrate how to manipulate the electronic properties of nanomaterials through engineering their composition, atomic structures and external factors, which can enable the molecular design of high-performance functional nanomaterials for catalysis applications. 


Dr. Yun Wang has completed his PhD at Fudan University, China and postdoctoral research training from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Sydney. He is currently leading the computational materials science theme at Griffith University. Dr. Wang has published more than 130 refereed articles in high-impact journals including Nature and Nature Energy. His current h-index is 39. Dr Wang’sgroup develop and use multi-scale computational method to understand the properties of materials, interface/surface science, and mechanisms of chemical reactions, particularly in catalysis and renewable energy-related areas. The outcomes will advance fundamental understanding of the operational principles for green chemistry technologies. The developed solid knowledge and insights will enable the control of electronic properties of materials by changing their structure and composition under the working conditions, which can lead to improved device design to achieve better performance in practical applications.

Speakers in ICCAEE 2018

  Prof. Tom Wu

  Affiliation: School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia

  Talk title: Heterostructured “Binary Materials” for Photodetection from Mid-Infrared, Visible, to X-ray


  Prof. Eduardo Nebot

  Affiliation:  FIEEE, FTSE, Director Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney

  Talk title:  Autonomous System in industrial application and Urban environments