Keynote&Plenary Speakers

Prof. C. W. Lim, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Profile: Dr. Lim obtained a B.Eng. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a M.Eng. (1992) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong from December 1997. In February 2000, he joined Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor and later promoted as an Associate Professor in February 2003. He is also a Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) since March 2006.  

Dr. Lim is a fellow of International Biography Association, Cambridge, England since 2000. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Acoustical Society if America (ASA) and Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. he is also a member of The Hong Kong Institution of Mechanical Engineers (HKIE) and a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE). He has been listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Among the awards Dr. Lim has obtained are Best Academic Performance Medal in Mechanical Engineering (Aero) in 1989, University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-97), University of Hong Kong Research Fellowship (1998-2000).  

Dr. Lim has published a book on Symplectic Elasticity, more than 130 refereed technical papers and more than 60 international conference papers. His publications have attracted more than 850 independent citations in refereed international journals, numerous technical notes, international conferences papers and research theses since 1993. He is the Associate Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Advances in Vibration Engineering, and on the editorial board of three other international journals, as well as in the International Advisory Committee of numerous other international conferences. He has attracted more than 20 research grants as Principal Investigator and others as Associate Investigator since 1995. He also acts as a reviewer for books published by John Wiley & Sons, Kluwer Academic Publishers and for technical papers of more than 40 prestigious international journals. 

Prof. Cees de Bont, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Profile: Professor de Bont has solid experience and track records in the management and leadership of a sizable and leading design schools in the world.  He took up the deanship in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2005 and carries responsibility for the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since February 2012. Professor de Bont has a good mix of academic and industrial experience.  He started his academic career in 1993 as Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology at the University of Tilburg.  During his appointment in the University of Tilburg, Professor de Bont also acted as a consultant to the Philips Design in Eindhoven of the Netherlands.  In 1995, he joined Philips Design to become responsible for the Human Behaviour Research Centre.  He was subsequently Head of Marketing Research and Strategy at Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care from 1997 to 2005 when he was responsible for generating and utilizing market information for the formulation of the strategy, R&D and marketing plans of the company. Professor de Bont’s research interests are in the areas of early concept testing of consumer acceptance, consumer behaviour, innovation adoption, and networked innovation.  From 2009 till 2012 January, Professor de Bont chaired the Dutch Innovation Centre for Electric Road Transport which is a nationwide platform for electric mobility in the Netherlands; meanwhile, he was chairman of the largest research program for the creative industries in the Netherlands (CRISP).  He is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Design Institute for Social Innovation at PolyU and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre and PMQ.