Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Hyoseop Woo - School of Earth Science and Environmental Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology,


Short biography

He received his education in civil engineering from Seoul National University (BSc 1976 and MSc 1981) and Colorado State University (PhD 1985). After a two and half year of post-doctoral research in University of Cincinnati, Ohio, he had been employed by Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), the largest public research institute on civil, architectural, and water and environmental engineering in Korea having about 1,000 employees and USD 150 million annual budget. After his tenure as president of that institute, he went to academia and now he is Industry-cooperation professor at School of Earth Science and Environmental Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology. His research interests include, among others, sedimentation engineering and eco-hydraulics. He has published several text books (written in Korean) and more than hundred technical papers both internationally and in Korea.


Title: Nature-based Solutions for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction - Revived from Old Wisdom of Traditional Ecological Practice- 



Nature-based solutions (NBS) refers to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling socio-environmental challenges such, focusing on water issues, as water security, flood protection, and water pollutions. Focusing especially on the fundamental facilities and systems necessary for the socio-economic activities of human society, the term could be interchangeably used with green infra, or blue-green infra.

Traditionally, people living in the East Asian region including Korea, Japan, and eastern part of China, which are affected by the East Asian monsoon climate, have used various ecological practice for making better living environment, protecting themselves against natural disasters, and more efficient use of natural resources for better yield. They include, among others, riparian forest belt in Korea, Beitang in China, and Satoyama in Japan. Many of those practice disappeared, however, since modern natural resources management practice of land, water, and forest have overshadowed, for efficiency, the traditional nature-based measures. Some of them, however, have been revived in their original forms or modified ones as our society puts its emphases on the conservation and restoration of nature and eventually on the nature-based measures on tackling societal issues including climate change issue.

An example of such in Korea is the old wisdom of planting trees for disaster risk reduction. The first type is planting trees on the earthen levees along the rivers to protect their villages and farmlands against river floods. The second type is planting trees along the coasts and beaches to protect them against storm surges as well as windstorms incurred from the sea. The third one is planting trees on the northwestern side of villages to protect their villages against the chilly northwestern winds in winter season. The first one was called anti-flood forest strip, the second was called anti-storm coastal forest strip, while the third was called anti-wind forest strips. All of them, which could be also found in other parts of the East Asian region, can be called modern-type green infras for disaster-risk reduction. Riparian buffer strip or zone, one of the well-introduced nature-based solutions on the water management practice as well as eco-corridor habitat provision, could be a good example of the revival of a traditional ecological practice in Korea. Likewise, modern-day constructed wetlands for water purification as well as aquatic habitat provision is another good example of the revival of Beitang in China.

In addition, the concept of so called ‘room-for-the-river’ could be also a nature-based solution for flood risk reduction in channelized rivers. In Korea, one of such examples would be utilization of a paddy field as washland. Here, washland means a semi-natural or artificial retention basin to accommodate excessive flood water from neighboring river.

Key Words: Nature-based Solutions(NBS), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Ecological Practice 



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abhijit Chaudhuri - Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT - Madras),


Short biography

Dr. Abhijit Chaudhuri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mechanics of Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He completed his BE and ME in Civil Engineering in 1999 and 2001, respectively from Bengal Engineering College (2nd oldest engineering institute in India). He did his PhD in the Civil Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Science Bangalore in 2006. He spent more than three years as a postdoc in University of Colorado Boulder and Los Alamos National Laboratory in USA. He joined Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2010. He is a author of 30 international journal papers, 15 conference papers and 3 book chapter. His research interests are in computational subsurface hydrology and fluid mechanics. He works on multiphase flow, heat transfer, reactive transport in porous media, stochastic modelling, and stability analysis related to geothermics, CO2 sequestration, enhanced oil recovery and desalination.


Title: Coupled thermo-hydro-chemical and mechanical modeling of reservoir trasmissivity alteration and temperature drawdown



Geothermal energy extraction by cold water injection and hot water production disturbs the thermo-chemical equilibrium of a geothermal reservoir, activating the dissolution/precipitation of minerals in the fractures and porous rock matrix. The cooling also causes mechanical deformation of rock matrix and rock joints/fractures. These lead to alteration of hydraulic transmissivity. The dissolution/precipitation depends on minerals, rock type and injection conditions. 1/5th of the earth's surface is made of limestone. In that calcite (CaCO3) is over 90% of the bulk. Silica (SiO2) is one of the most abundant mineral (around 37% in upper earth crust). Amorphous silica is more reactive. There are two major differences in their solubility and reactivity. With temperature the solubility decreases and increases respectively for calcite and silica. The dissolution/precipitation of calcite is 103 – 104 times faster than silica. So the dissolution and precipitation patterns around injection and production wells are very different in carbonate and silicate reservoirs. Consequently the reservoir transmissivity evolves differently. The contraction due to cooling and swelling/contraction due to pore pressure result in significant change in trasnmissvity of fractured reservoir. We numerically simulated the effects of mineral dissolution/precipitation and thermo-poro-elastic deformation on temperature drawdown and pumping pressure change for a reservoir that consists of a single fracture connecting the injection and production wells. We predicted the alteration of fracture aperture by both thermo-hydro-chemical (THC) and thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) effects during heat extraction by water circulation. The channeling of flow between injection and production wells by THM effects and dissolution of calcite causes faster temperature drawdown and reduces energy production. However the dissolution of silica occurs more away from the wells. So in this case injected water travels more before coming to production well. This increases the energy production rate. The precipitation of minerals increases the pumping pressure for maintaining the constant flow rate. So the operating cost will be more. We also modeled the possible hazard of ground surface displacement due to hydro-mechanical deformation of reservoir.



Prof. Dr. Trong-Min Mon - Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Tamkang University,



Dr. Trong-Ming Don currently is a professor at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in Tamkang University in Taiwan. He received his B.S. degree at the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1985 and M.S. degree at the Institute of Materials Science in 1987 both in National Taiwan University. Later on in 1996, he received his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Materials Science, Polymer Program under the supervision of Prof. James Bell in the University of Connecticut, USA. His research interests include biodegradable polymers, epoxies and chitosan materials. He has published 97 SCI journal papers, over 200 conference papers, and 5 patents.


Title: Structure and toughness improvement of poly(lactic acid) blends


Biodegradable polymers have attracted a great deal of attention in decades owing to the environmental concern and sustainability issue. Among them, poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is the most used biodegradable polymer which is derived from renewable resources and considered as non-toxic for humans and the environment. However, it is well known that PLA is a brittle plastic with low resistance to fracture. In this presentation, I will talk about the research work in my group about the structure and toughening of PLA materials through blending with low-molecular-weight plasticizer, biodegradable polymer and organic-modified clay.



Prof. Dato' Dr. Alias Abdullah - Kullliyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa,




Professor Dato' Dr. Alias is well known for his gregarious and enthusiastic personality. Currently he holds a post of Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He is also the Immediate Past President, Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP no. 198/88) and a Registered Town Planner with the Malaysian Board of Town Planner (no. A008). His specialization lies in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Design, Heritage and Conservation, Municipal Management as well as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), CAD and Spatial Planning and Decision Support Systems (SPDSS).


Title: Liveraging SDG for life in future: Current challenges and expectations in urbanisation




We believe in the advances of ideas, innovations and technologies the quality of life will be tremendously improved. More people will be migrating and leaving in urban areas to acquire such benefits and advantages. It is predicted that in year 2050, urban population will take around seventy percent (approximately seven billion) of the total world population. Such huge numbers of population will be a great challenge to urban managers, policy and decision makers, as well as the countries’ leaders. In 2015, the United Nation Member States have adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be achieved in year 2030. The vision, target and hope are to improve quality of life (QoL) in all countries, and to a greater extend, to ensure liveability for their urban inhabitants. Liveraging SDG on the one hand can facilitate the needs to improve way of doing things, but on the other hand will be a great challenge to many people, organisations, institutions, decision makers and governments. Towns and cities have been grooving since their establishment in the past. They are facing all sorts of acute challenges in the urbanisation processes – some are due to mismanagement of resources, poor decision making, corruptions and abuses of power, inadequate of budgets and human capitals as well as lack of ideas, creativities, innovations, techniques and knowledge in planning and managing towns and cities. At the same time, advances of technologies do provide solutions needed by towns and cities. This keynote will address some challenges and expectations in liveraging the SDG. Matters like IoT, Big Data, Planning of Smart and Intelligence Cities to name a few that comes under the purview of IR4 (and IR5) will be discussed.



Prof. Dr. Lam Loong Ham - Universiti of Nottingham,

Malaysian Campus

TITLE: Lean and green approach to sustainable manufacturing

Short biography

Dr. Lam Hon Loong, is a Professor with the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. He has obtained a double PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Maribor, Slovenia) and Information Technology (University of Pannonia, Hungary). His research topics are process quality control and supply chain synthesis. He has completed his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering, both from University Technology Malaysia with a specialisation in process system engineering. DDr Lam is also active in several international scientific committees; for example, he is the Editor for the International Journal of ENERGY, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, guest editor for Journal of Cleaner Production, and Chemical Engineering Transaction. He is also the Vice President for the international conference, PRES.


Title: Lean and green approach to sustainable manufacturing

Manufacturing industry has contributed majorly in the global economy especially in the developing country. The advancement of new technology has broaden cross border trading of manufacturing goods (e.g. cell phones, vehicles, and etc.).  Industrialists are challenged by global competition due to cross border trading. The need to seek for operational performance improvement is very desirable. Despite the importance of operational improvement, the environmental aspect is similarly critical as well. An approach that is able to improve manufacturing performance without compromising environmental condition is very desirable. Lean and green (L&G) approach targets to improve operation and environmental performance in industry application. Lean manufacturing approach that has been pioneered by Toyota has become a good example of lean manufacturing in the manufacturing industry. Lean approach reflects positive continuous improvement outcome from the industry to achieve more effective and efficient operation. On the other hand, green manufacturing focuses on environmental performance. The synergy of both approach is able to complement each other that can further improve operation and environmental performance concurrently. Despite lean approach and green approach have been widely implemented by industrialist, there is a lack of proper implementation framework to guide the industrialist to achieve L&G. The objective of the proposed L&G framework is to provide a systematic method to assist the industry to develop continuous operation improvement and debottlenecking based on five major components (e.g. manpower, machine, material, money and environment). Generally, the five major components covers the majority of the manufacturing aspect which can reflect in operational and environmental performance. Analytic network process method will be use to reflect the weightage and prioritise the five major components to maximise lean and green factor. L&G approach will be able to improve operation performance without compromising the environmental performance. A case study is presented to demonstrate the implementation of L&G.