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Prof.Jun Lin, School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China


Research Area: Business Model; Product Management and Innovation; Big Data and Platform Management


Title:Containing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Environmental Factors and Control Strategies

Abstract:Understanding the effect of meteorological factors and control strategies on COVID-19 transmission is critical for containing the spread of the epidemic. Here we use the information of confirmed patients obtained from 46 countries including China, in conjunction with meteorological factors related to these areas, SEIR model, and regression model to explore the effect of temperature, relative humidity, and control measures on the spread of COVID-19. We find that high temperature and low relative humidity mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. Increased awareness of the virus in the general population and rapid isolation of suspected cases, confirmed cases and contacts significantly reduce the effective reproduction number. However, the effect of these measures is markedly reduced because of the existence of asymptomatic infectious period. More than half of the secondary cases are infected by the primary cases not onset yet when strict control measures are implemented. The analytic results also highlight the importance of early intervention for containing the spread of COVID-19.


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Assoc. Prof. Mei-yung Leung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


Research Area: Facilities Management, Stress Management, Value Management


Title:Enhancing Elderly Quality of Life in the Care and Attention Homes via Facilities Management Guidelines

Abstract:

Increasing life expectancy and reduced mortality are leading to significant growth of the aging population in Hong Kong. More than 550 residential care homes have been constructed to provide over 75,000 places for accommodating the elderly. However, living environment in

the existing care and attention (C&A) homes may not satisfy the needs of elderly residents without considering their special characteristics. Hence, a facilities management (FM) guideline for the C&A homes is necessary to ensure the quality of life (QoL) of the elderly. A systematic research study with multiple research methods (e.g., on-site measurement, questionnaire survey, focus group, interview, etc.) and high-tech (e.g., RFID system, BIM, WSN-based sensor devices, etc.) were adopted to identify the key factors of FM for improving the QoL of the elderly. Finally, an FM guideline was established for C&A homes, including space management (i.e., layout, functional rooms and accessibilities), building services (i.e., lighting, ventilation, water supply, fire safety, closed-circuit television and vertical transportation) and supporting facilities (i.e., windows, finishes, furniture and fixtures). The established FM guideline benefits not only elderly residents but also construction professionals, facilities managers, caregivers and policymakers. Recommendations given by the FM guideline can help the construction professionals and managers of C&A homes to design and manage a comfort, health and safe living environment for elderly residents. It will also give insights to enhance the living environment for the elderly all over the world.


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Prof. MUHAMMAD KAMARUL KABILAN, Technological University of Malaysia, Malaysia


Research Area:  English Language Education


Title:Meaningful Integration of Technology in Humanities Science

Abstract:

In this 21st century, the role of technologies is undeniable and very integral in the advancement of knowledge and creation of new ideas. Hence, the integration of technology in the field of humanities science cannot be ignored. This paper discusses, in great length, a framework that could be used to determine how ICT could be integrated meaningfully and with a purpose in this area.