Prof. Richard de Dear

University of Sydney, Australia
Over the last 35 years, Professor Richard de Dear has focused his research career on defining what occupants want and need from their built environments, and assessing the performance of buildings in terms of meeting those requirements. He is currently the most highly cited living researcher in the domain of thermal comfort, with over 250 peer-reviewed papers plus several monographs on the subject. Within that body of research, it is his adaptive model of thermal comfort that’s had the greatest impact, not just on the research community but also on the design and operation of actual buildings. De Dear’s adaptive model underpins the American Society of Heating and the Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ thermal comfort standard, ASHRAE 55-2004, 2010, 2013, which in turn, informs several national thermal comfort standards around the world.

Prof. Tengfei (Tim) Zhang

Tianjin University and Dalian University, China 
Zhang, Tengfei (Tim) is a professor and the vice dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, China. He obtained the bachelor’s degree from Southeast University in 2000, master’s degree from Tsinghua University of China in 2003, and Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2007. He has been conducting built environment research for over 17 years. Dr. Zhang is the PI of the research projects/subprojects of the national Key Basic Research and Development Program, national Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Chinese Ministry of Education, Boeing Commercial Airplane, COMAC, etc. Dr. Zhang has published more than 140 papers and these papers have been cited more than 1800 times (based on the Google database). His H-Index is 20 (Google) and I10-Index is 37 (Google).He was recognized as one of the national distinguished young scholars of China in 2016. He received the prestigious Chorafas Dissertation award from Switzerland in 2007 and the most cited article award by the international journal of Building and Environment in 2010. Dr. Zhang was one of the Most Cited Chinese Scholars in each year from 2014 to 2018 according to the Elsevier Publishing Group. His research was once reported by CNN, CNN Headline News and Business Week. He is also a holder of 11 China patents. He serves in the international journal of Building and Environment as editorial member.

Prof. Cao Guangyu

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Guangyu Cao, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He received his PhD degree in 2009 in Helsinki University of Technology. From 2009 till 2014, he worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as senior scientist. Since October 2014, he has worked as professor at Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research interests are ventilation in hospitals, indoor airflow distribution, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, built environment quality and protected zone ventilation. Since 2005, Dr. Cao has completed over 70 scientific publications regarding ventilation, airflow distribution and indoor air quality in international journals and international conferences. Currently, he is a Norwegian national representative in the European standard working group CEN TC156 WG18 Ventilation in hospitals. In addition, he is a core member of Technical Committee in REHVA – Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations. Since he received REHVA Fellowship in 2013, Dr. Cao has served as co-chair of External Relation Committee and Publishing and Marketing Committee in REHVA until 2019. Moreover, he has served many international journals as peer reviewer, including: journal of Energy and Buildings, journal of Building and Environment and the journal of Journal of Building Engineering. In 2016, he served as a Guest editor for STBE HVAC in Cold Climate Topical Issue, Journal of Science and Technology for the Built Environment. In 2019, he served as a Guest editor for the CLIMA 2019 conference and an editor for the revision of Industrial Ventilation Design Guide Book.