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Keynote Speakers for ICCEMS 2018


Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University, USA

Speech Title: Building Supertall in Asia and Middle East  

Abstract: Supported by rapid economic growth, major cities in Asia and the Middle East have been rising as new centers for tall and supertall buildings with their greater urban and global impacts. This presentation examines technological responses for building tall in Asian and Middle Eastern contexts. The architectural transformation and globalization of what was once called the American building type in Asian and Middle Eastern countries is studied. Sustainable design technology transfer and adjustment in Asian and Middle Eastern climates are also presented. Further, future prospects on supertall design in Asian and Middle Eastern contexts are discussed. Emphasis is placed on building supertall in China, considering its ever-increasing dramatic development of tall buildings in recent years.

Bio: Dr. Kyoungsun Moon is Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Moon was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a B.S. in architecture from Seoul National University, an M.Arch. and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his doctoral dissertation titled “Dynamic Interrelationship between Technology and Architecture in Tall buildings.” Dr. Moon worked as an architect at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, one of the primer tall building design firms, and the Republic of Korea Navy.  

Dr. Moon’s primary research area is integration between the art and science/technology of architecture, with a focus on tall buildings. His enduring interest lies in viewing architecture from a synthetic perspective that includes rigorous technology research and a deep interest in design. Dr. Moon’s research projects include “Sustainable Structural Design of Tall Buildings” sponsored by the Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design and “Structural Systems for Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings” supported by Korea Institute of Construction and Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning.   

Dr. Moon’s research articles on tall buildings have appeared in scholarly journals such as The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Engineering Structures, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Science Review and International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development. Dr. Moon has also presented many research papers on tall buildings in relevant international conferences including the 8th CTBUH World Congress in Dubai and CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul. He is the guest editor of the special issue on Tall Buildings of the journal Buildings. 
Dr. Moon is a licensed architect in the U.S., and a member of the CTBUH and ASCE Committee on Tall Buildings in which he is the co-chair of the subcommittee on the state of the art technologies for tall buildings. As a teacher, Dr. Moon taught tall building design studios at the School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for three years. Since he joined the Yale faculty in 2008, he has taught a tall building design seminar course titled “Structures and Façades for Tall Buildings.”


Keynote Speaker II

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

Speech Title: A New Symplectic Approach for Thermal Buckling of Cylindrical Shells


Abstract: In the aftermath of 911, thousands of lives were sacrificed mainly due to the collapsed of two tall buildings resulted from excessive temperature that weakened the building structures.  In this aspect, we intend to study the effects of temperature on the possible collapse of building due to structural buckling.  Specifically, the research here deals with thermal buckling of cylindrical shells in a uniform temperature field based on the Hamiltonian principle in a symplectic space.  In the system, the buckling problem is reduced to an eigenvalue problem which corresponds to the critical temperatures and buckling modes.  Unlike the classical approach where a predetermined trial shape function satisfying the geometric boundary conditions is required at the outset, the symplectic eigenvalue approach is completely rational where solutions satisfying both geometric and natural boundary conditions are solved with complete reasoning.  The results reveal distinct axisymmetric buckling and non-axisymmetric buckling modes under thermal loads.  Besides, the influence for different boundary conditions is discussed.  

Bio: 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. 


Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Xiaohong Zhu, Sichuan University, China

Speech Title: Graphene-based Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors


Abstract: Graphene has attracted much attention since it was firstly stripped from graphite by two physicists in 2004, and the supercapacitor based on graphene has obtained wide attention and much investment as well. However, there are many problems to solve in practical application of graphene-based supercapacitors, for instance, how to reduce the cost and simplify the fabrication process and how to improve further the electrochemical performance. In this talk, I will present our recent breakthroughs in fabricating graphene-based electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors. First of all, to avoid graphene restacking, we come up with a pumping paper process, that is, when we use force to draw the paper from a small pore, the paper would fold. So here, we report a novel strategy to prepare wrinkled flower-like graphene through a simple suction filtration process. The wrinkled flower-like graphene shows a high specific capacitance of 272 F g-1 and a perfect capacitance retention of 99.5% after 2,000 times of charging/discharging cycles. Second, graphene/MnO2 and graphene/Ni(OH)2 composites with high electrochemical performance are prepared. Last but not least, 3D hierarchical porous carbon-based electrode materials (3DHPCs) with a composite structure are prepared from a biomass waste, sheep manure, by a facile carbonization and activation process without using any additional template. Benefiting from the composite structure, the ions experience a variety of environments, i.e., graphene-like sheets, nanotube- and microtube-like pores coexist in the same material, which, in turn, contribute significantly to the excellent electrochemical properties of supercapacitors, comprising high specific capacitance, outstanding rate capability and excellent long cycle stability. The specific capacitance at large current densities of 1 A g-1 and 50 A g-1 reaches as high as 486 F g-1 and 411 F g-1, respectively, in 6 M KOH electrolyte. Furthermore, the supercapacitor device based on 3DHPCs shows a superior cycle stability with almost 100% retention of the initial specific capacitance after 10,000 cycles; in addition, it yields a Ragone curve with high energy and power density combinations of 57.08 Wh kg-1 at 25.37 kW kg-1. 

Bio: Dr. Xiaohong Zhu is currently a full professor at College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China. Dr. Zhu received his BSc degree in Materials Physics from Sichuan University in 2000 and PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After that, he did 3-year postdoctoral research at CNRS and CEA in France, and then joined Sichuan University as a professor in 2009. From April 2012 to April 2013, he was also a research scholar at the Department of Physics & Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was selected as a New Century Excellent Talent in University of China in 2009 and an Outstanding Young Scientific and Technological Leader of Sichuan Province, China in 2011. Dr. Zhu's research interests include mainly graphene-based electrode materials and novel solid-state electrolytes for energy storage devices (supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries), piezoelectric ceramics, as well as multifunctional oxide thin films and related electronic devices. Until now, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 SCI-indexed papers and 2 scientific books.


Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Chien-Yuan Chen, National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Speech Title: Application of Thermal Images for Determining the Vegetation Coverage Ratio at Free-Frame Shotcrete Grid Beam Protected Slope


Abstract: In this study, infrared thermography was used to determine the vegetation coverage ratio (VCR) at a free-frame shotcrete grid beam-protected slope. An infrared thermal imager can detect the changes in surface radiation temperature on naked and vegetation-covered slope areas. Regional temperature analysis was performed through thermography, and the average temperature derived from the captured thermal images was used as the index for the vegetation area; the VCR was also evaluated. This method can be used in engineering practice after construction to reduce the errors in subjective visual judgment and can also serve as an effective and scientific evaluation methodology. A long-distance noncontact detection method for VCR evaluation can increase the engineering applicability of the proposed method after construction.

Bio: Chien-Yuan Chen was born on Oct. 27, 1969, in Changhua City, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2001. He received his M.Sc. in Department of Civil Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 1995. He was an associate research fellow (2001-2006) at Slopeland Disaster Reduction Division, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Sindian District, in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University. He is currently as a professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University, Chiayi City, Taiwan. His research is focused on the following: disaster prevention management and system, disaster prevention education, debris flow and landslide hazards prevention and mitigation, Geotechincal engineering, GIS application and numerical modeling. He is a member of Disaster Management Society of Taiwan. He’s recent publications included:

Chien-Yuan Chen*, 2016. Landslide characteristics under extreme rainfall conditions after Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. Landslide 13:153–164 (SCI:2.87).

Chien-Yuan Chen*, Jun-Ming Chang, 2016. Landslide dam formation susceptibility analysis based on geomorphic features. Landslide 13:1019–1033 (SCI:2.87)

His research grants are sourced from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan mainly. Those include:

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of debris flow (NSC 94-2211-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Morphometric analysis of debris flows and their source areas using GIS (NSC 95-2221-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Riverbank landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of landslide dam (NSC99-2625-M-415-003-MY3)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Batter Pile Behavior Modeling Using Finite Difference Analysis (NSC 102-2221-E-415-008-MY3)

Other grants were sourced from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan (MOE) and local government (Chiayi County in Taiwan).


Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Andrew Boyd, McGill University, Canada

Speech Title: Using Tensile Strength of Concrete to Evaluate Deterioration

Abstract:  The vast majority of deterioration mechanisms in concrete revolve around the development of some form of internal expansive stress that causes cracking within the hydrated cement paste. Whether this expansive stress is due to the expansion of water during freezing, the expansion of alkali-silicate gel during an alkali silica reaction, or the formation of ettringite during sulfate attack, the mechanical effect is the same. Even the corrosion of reinforcing steel results in a volume increase of the steel that induces stress to the surrounding concrete. Cracking in a brittle material like concrete is a tensile phenomenon, and thus the evaluation of mechanical properties induced by such deterioration should rely on tensile strength evaluation. However, measuring the tensile strength of a brittle material, particularly concrete, is not easy. For example, gripping the specimens without inducing additional stresses and localized failure at the contact points is difficult. This presentation describes the development of an alternative technique that induces an internal pore pressure using a non-contact gas pressure loading approach. It is capable of generating a true tensile failure from the inside, using the diphase concept of load application. Though the fundamental form of this method for static tensile strength determination has been used for quite some time, recent developments to the apparatus have now expanded its capabilities to include long-term sustained loading (creep), cyclic loading, or any combination of loading and unloading the researcher desires. Results from testing various forms of deterioration have shown that the pressure tension test is capable of detecting damage at much lower levels, or at significantly earlier stages, than other destructive testing techniques currently in use.

Biography: Dr. Boyd obtained a BScEng from the University of New Brunswick (1993), an MASc from the University of Toronto (1995), and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (2001), all in Civil Engineering. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University in 2006, after serving on the faculty in the University of Florida Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering for six years. He is a registered professional engineer in Canada, was named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute in 2008, and currently chairs the nondestructive testing committees of both ACI and ASTM. Prof. Boyd's research interests lie in the areas of construction materials and sustainability, particularly as they relate to transportation infrastructure. Specific fields of research include durability, nondestructive testing & evaluation, standards & specifications, repair & rehabilitation, recycling, and hazardous waste reduction & mitigation.

Plenary Speaker III


Prof. Shun Yao, Sichuan University, China

Speech Title: The Preparation and Characterization for Series of Supported Ionic Liquid-Type Materials


Abstract: In recent years, supported ionic liquid-type materials have attracted more and more attention for their increasing application in various fields, e.g. chemistry, materials, pharmaceuticals, environment, energy and so on. It preserves the performance advantages of ionic liquids and solves the problems in their recovery and residue effectively. As the frontier and hotspot of international science and technology, it has become the strategic highland of green high-tech competition in the world. The presentation will introduce the representative works of our research group in this area in recent years, which mainly include a series of exploration for the immobilized ionic liquid on silica gel and cellulose, complex ionic liquid gel, ionic liquid-modified magnetic nanoparticles, immobilized ionic liquid on metal organic framework, etc. Their preparation and characterization will be focused on and potential applications will also be mentioned. It is expected to provide meaningful reference for related researchers working in similar fields.

Biography: Prof. Yao Shun has received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in 2002 and 2005. In 2008, he received a doctorate. Since September 2008, he has worked in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University. To undertake the teaching and research work of the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering and the Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology of Sichuan Province. He was selected as Sichuan University graduate tutor on January 2012, the same year was promoted to associate professor.

Dr. Yao Shun have undertaken 11 basic and applied research topics, including Chinese National Natural Science Foundation, the provincial science and technology support project and a number of enterprise collaboration projects, and applied for 6 patents for inventions. More than 70 papers have been published at various domestic and foreign journals and conferences.


Plenary Speaker IV


Prof. Cattaleeya Pattamaprom, Thammasat University, Thailand

Speech Title: Low-cost Bio-based Toughening agents for Polylactic Acid

Abstract: Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is one of the most prevalent and the cheapest bio-based and biodegradable polymers used in many packaging applications. The advantages of PLA are its transparency and gloss. On the other hand, the brittleness and poor processability of neat PLA make it not suitable for packaging films and high impact applications. To improve toughness and processability of PLA while maintaining its bio-based, several additives and toughening agents have been investigated and one of the most effective polymers for improving toughness of PLA is Polybutyrate adipate-co-terephthalate (PBAT). However, the high cost of PBAT makes the compounds not cheap anymore. Other polymers could provide excellent toughness to PLA but they are not bio-based. Natural rubber (NR) is an interesting candidate for toughening PLA because NR is a rather inexpensive bio-elastomer which possesses high elasticity, high tensile strength, high tear resistance and high abrasion resistance. However, the incompatibility of NR and PLA leads to phase instability and agglomeration of NR domains. In this talk, several techniques have been applied to improve dispersion and phase stability of NR in PLA matrices and the improvement in the impact strength and properties of final film products will be described.  

Biography: Prof. Cattaleeya Pattamaprom was born on September 7, 1973. Prof. Cattaleeya achieved a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. A M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan, USA. And a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan, USA. Now, Prof. Cattaleeya is an associate professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Thailand

Her research areas contain: Polymers, Natural rubber, Nanocomposites, Electrospinning of nanofiber, Rheology, Constitutive theory of polymer melts. 


Invited Speaker I

Prof. Murat Gunduz, Qatar University, Qatar

Speech Title: Can construction safety be measured?




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