Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Eng. PhD Marco Casini
Department of Urban planning, Design and Architecture Technology
SAPIENZA University of Rome
Prof. Marco Casini is a leading academic in the Green and
Smart Building sector with over 20 years experience in
He is an environmental engineer, PhD in Environmental Engineering and Research Fellow in Architecture Technology at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Urban Planning, Design and Architecture Technology. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Architecture Technology and of Environmental Certification of Buildings at the Faculty of Architecture of Sapienza University where he also teaches in several Master's, PhD and Graduate schools on subjects pertaining to Energy and Environmental Sustainability for Buildings. Dr. Casini's research activities cover a wide spectrum of topics within sustainable architectural design and energy efficiency of buildings, focusing on advanced materials and nanotechnologies for smart building envelopes as well as integrated renewable energy systems. He worked as scientific coordinator on major projects including the development of "Italian regional system for the certification of environmental sustainability of buildings - Protocollo ITACA Lazio" (2014) and the preparation of the "Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Rome" within the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (2012). Dr. Casini's professional activity has included scientific and technical consultancy on technological, environmental and energy aspects related to the design and construction of complex building structures worldwide, as well as training on Green Building and Smart Cities strategies and policy making for Italian public authorities (Prime Minister's Cabinet, Ministry of Internal affairs, Regione Lazio).
Keynote Speaker II
Prof. Jim P. Zheng
Sprint Eminent Scholar Chair Professor and Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida State University, Florida, USA
Dr. Jim P. Zheng is a Professor and Sprint Eminent Scholar Chair at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Florida A&M University and Florida State University. He is the recipient of National Academy of Inventors Fellow, National Research Council Fellow, Army Research & Development Achievement Award, NASA Faculty Research Award, and Progress Energy Professional Development Award. He has published more than 120 articles in scholarly journals, and 110 papers in conference proceedings in the fields of energy storage, fuel cells, nano-sensors, photonics, and thin film growth, and been awarded 18 patents, and 5 patents have been licensed by a private companies. He is the founder of General Capacitor LLC and a co-founder of Bing Energy International Inc. He serves as editorial board of the Journal of Materials. Zheng is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and member of the Electrochemical Society.