Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Kansai University of International Studies in Kobe, Japan

    Speech Title: Recent Developments in Recognition of Micro-credentials and Their Impact on Higher Education in Japan

    Profile: Shingo Ashizawa is a professor and Vice President at Kansai University of International Studies in Kobe. His research involves the comparative study of higher education management. Currently, Prof. Ashizawa is leading a joint-research project supported by the Japanese government agency, JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science). The project focuses on foreign credential evaluation and the comparative study of the National Qualifications Framework. His publications include “The impact of Tokyo Recognition Convention and Digital Student Portability (2019)” and “Student Mobility Trends and the Role of University Networks in the Asia Pacific Region -UMAP and Its New Initiatives (2019).”

    He serves as an advisor for MEXT on the UNESCO’s Tokyo Recognition Convention Committee, as well as a referee for a number of JSPS grants related to the internationalization of Japanese universities. Prof. Ashizawa served as Deputy Secretary General for UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific) from 2016 until 2020. He teaches a number of courses related to cross-cultural communication and global entrepreneurship. As an outgrowth of these activities, he has organized several online communities for global education, including “RYUGAKU NO SUSUME Dot JP (Invitation to Study Abroad).” (http://ryugaku-susume.jp/ ). Shingo Ashizawa received the Fulbright scholarship twice and studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1995). He has also conducted joint research at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii. His past professional experience includes positions at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Keio University, Osaka University, Meiji University and Toyo University.

     

    Prof. Thomas Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea

    Speech Title: Architecture and Architectural Engineering: Sharing Korean and Personal Experience

    Profile: Dr. Kang is a Professor in the Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering and Director for Engineering Education Innovation Center at Seoul National University, Korea. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. He has held various affiliated positions in the U.S. and Japan, including Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lecturer at UCLA, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo. Prof. Kang received his PhD from UCLA, his MS from Michigan State University, and his BS from Seoul National University.

    Prof. Kang is a Fellow of Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and a Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI). Prof. Kang received the Kenneth B. Bondy Award for Most Meritorious Technical Paper as Lead Author from PTI in 2012, and the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper as Lead Author from ACI in 2009 with the subject of post-tensioned concrete. He regularly teaches the course of Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign every other summer (both on campus and online) and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa every fall (live online lectures). Prof. Kang is an Editor-in-Chief for three journals: International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, and Advances in Computational Design; and Associate Editor for PTI Journal of Post-Tensioning Institute. He is one of the founding and voting members of PTI DC-20 Committee, Building Design, and has been a voting member for ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; Joint ACI-ASCE Committees 335, Composite and Hybrid Structures, 352 Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 423, Prestressed Concrete; and Joint ACI-ASME Committee 359, Concrete Containments for Nuclear Reactors, as well as various committees in Korea.

    Prof. Kang published more than a hundred international journal papers and more than a hundred international conference proceedings, including 40 in ACI Structural Journal and 10 in PTI Journal. He has chaired many sessions/symposiums of structural engineering; delivered many keynote/invited speeches; and organized international conferences/workshops as a Chair. Additionally, Dr. Kang has done a lot of practice as a consulting engineer in Korea and the U.S. Prior to joining the academia, he had a working experience in California, USA (e.g., John A. Martin & Associates), and was a licensed Professor Engineer (PE) in California.

    Prof. Dr. Herlien D. Setio, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

    Speech Title: Structural Dynamics and Control of Structures Which are Excited by Dynamic Loadings

    Profile: Dr. Herlien D. Setio is a professor and faculty member of Structural Research Group, Faculty Civil and Environment Engineering - Institut Teknologi Bandung (FCEE-ITB), Indonesia. She graduated from Civil Engineering Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in 1981. Professor Setio received her doctoral degree in Structural Dynamics from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France in 1990.
    She has been serving as lecturer in Institut Teknologi Bandung since 1982 in the Civil Engineering Department and continues her work until now as Professor with speciality in Structural Dynamics and Control. Throughout her service as lecturer and government officer at ITB, Professor Setio has held various positions including Head of Civil Engineering Department, Head of Structural Engineering Research Group FCEE-ITB, member of Academic Senate ITB, and since 2019 she has been assigned as Head of Senate FCEE-ITB. In addition, she is a member of AARGI, Indonesian Earthquake Engineering Association.

    Professor Setio’s researches are focused on her expertise, structural dynamics and control, with stabilizing of structures excited by dynamic loading being the main interest. She has published many papers in some international journals, including Journal of Sound and Vibration, Journal of Applied Mechanics, ASME Transaction, and The International Journal of Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis, Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc., USA. She was invited to the International Conference in Commemoration of 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake, Taiwan, presenting her research work as invited speaker.

    Thanks to her expertise, she received “The Best Paper Awards” from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, USA, for her paper that was published in The International Journal of Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis.

    Additionally, Professor Setio is active in developing some academic international collaborations. She was Chair of the First International Structural Dynamics Conference, which was held in Bandung. The conference was carried out as a collaboration between Institut Teknologi Bandung and Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France. An academic and cultural cooperation with Fachhochschule Erfurt, Germany, has also been developed.  

    Recently, Professor Setio developed an international research collaboration with National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). The collaborative research is focused in developing an application and optimization of machine learning on smart structural vibration.

    Professor Setio has been teaching courses which are in line with her expertise including Advanced Structural Dynamics, Applied Mechanics, and Experimental Dynamics and Control. She is continuously active in supervising many bachelor, master, and doctoral students.  

    Prof. Youngjin Lee, D.TO, Inc. and Boston Architectural College, USA

    Speech Title: BIM as a Collaborative Knowledge-sharing Platform for Carbon-neutral Design

    Profile: Prof. Lee is a co-founder and CEO of D.TO, Inc, a startup in the AEC, and a faculty of the Boston Architectural College in Massachusetts, US. Before D.TO, he was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates, Inc. in Massachusetts, US as a licensed architect with 20-plus years of experience. He received a BS (1998) in Aeronautical Engineering and a BS (2000) in Architecture from Seoul National University, Korea, and an M.Arch (2007) from the School of Architecture at Yale University, U.S.

    Prof. Lee is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), a member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and a member of the Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK). He is also a peer reviewer of international journals, including Nexus Network Journal and Architectural Research.

    Prof. Lee has been teaching multiple Master’s Thesis Studios and advanced architectural workshops of design computation and digital fabrication at Boston Architectural College since 2011, with a unique pedagogy focusing on integrating digital design between multiple disciplines.

    Prof. Lee is also an active part of an emerging generation of designers deeply immersed in the exploration of emanating technologies in architectural practice, with a particular interest in design computation and digital fabrication while maintaining practical relevancy in their application to professional practice. He explores the reciprocal relationship of computational design and fabrication processes in design methodology, helps students apply the algorithmic approach to architectural design context, and further redefines the practice’s future. As a design computation group leader at Sasaki Associates, he explores diverse digital technologies and workflow to expand design capability

    Prof. Lee’s research stems from his experience in academia and practice and his efforts to improve design methodology, which offers design possibilities through integrative design media and generative algorithms. He has published in many journals, including Architectural Research, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, Automation in Construction, Nexus Network Journal, Advances in Computational Design, and presented his works at International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia 2016, AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, and ASHRAE 2017 Building Performance Analysis Conference.