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  • 08 November / 09 November 2018
  • London,UK
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Following the success of the first version of the PACT conference, a second version is to be held around the theme of parallelism in Architecture. It will be an attempt to discuss and rather maneuver through the relations between computational design through universal, organizational, and constantly developing contexts. It will focus on practicing computational design software and the challenges faced by its practitioners as an attempt to improve its practice and positively impact the field.
The conference theme will explore the diversity and complexity in which the computational discourse exists. Such diversity and differences are to be the cause of reconciliation of parallelism through computational and digital architecture research. Thus, discussions regarding contemporary topics such as high performance computing, big data, advanced fabrication technologies, and tectonics are to be had both theoretically and are to be analytically interpreted.
The second version of the PACT Conference is to be organized by the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with the International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (IEREK) institution. The research, that is the main part of the debate, is to be contributed with and discussed over a number of sessions that are introduced and initiated with keynote lectures. The lectures are to be given by well-known speakers and continued by the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the researchers themselves.


The submitted and accepted papers in the “Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing Techniques, (PACT), 2018” Conference shall be posted and published by two Journals of one of the leading Publishers worldwide, Taylor & Francis which are Connection Science Journal and the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems(IJPEDS).

The Crystal Session and Tour

Architecture Conference in The Crystal

IEREK is proud to announce that The Crystal, a sustainable Cities Initiative by ‪Siemens ,will host the closing session of the International Conference on Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing Techniques (PACT).
The session will also feature a tour of The Crystal’s sustainable cities exhibition.
Conference Topics
  1. Parallels in Access: Gamification, Open-Source, Interfaces and Virtual Reality.

    Keynote: Jose Sanchez - The Plethora Project, USC.

    This includes: advanced graphics, computer vision, gamification, open-source, accessibility, virtual and augmented reality, projection mapping, and digital media, and interactivity.

  2. Parallels in Algorithms: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Computing.

    Keynote: Alisa Andrasek - BioThing, Wonderlab, UCL.

    This includes: distributed computing, agent based methods, machine learning, artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and robotic fabrication.

  3. Parallels in Advanced Fabrication: Large Scale Additive Manufacturing.

    Keynote: Benjamin Dillenburger, ETH

    This includes: additive manufacturing, materiality, robotics, advanced fabrication, generative design, construction automation, and tectonics.

  4. Parallels in Big Data: Digital Theory and New Sciences.

    Keynote: Mario Carpo, UCL.

    This includes: digital theory in architecture, history of architecture and computational design, data-driven computation, big data, and new sciences of simulation and optimization.

  5. Parallels in Urbanism: Parametric Design, Theory and Urbanism.

    Keynote: Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects.

    This includes: parametric urbanism, parametric design, landscape urbanism, urban analysis, urban simulations, sustainable urbanism, future cities, and smart cities.

  6. Parallels in Construction: Materiality and Context.

    Keynote: Maria Segantini, C+S, and UEL.

    This includes: sustainable design, cities, construction, heritage, critical theory, materiality, and context.

Benefits of attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level through the following:

  • Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.
  • You not only get to hear presentations but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about.
  • You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.
  • Getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.
  • Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.
  • They let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.
  • It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.
  • Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hardcover book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. “The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract.”
  • Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the IEREK E-Library IEREK where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.
  • Journal participants may attend after the conference to submit an enhanced version of their research for possible publication in our journal on IEREK website.
  • All the participants will receive accredited certificates with their role in the conference which will help enriching their curriculum vitae.
Important Dates
Date From Date To Notes
Abstract Submission Deadline May 15, 2018
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance June 10, 2018 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline July 27, 2018
Limited time offer (£ 450 for Authors) August 5, 2018
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance August 15, 2018 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Late Payment August 20, 2018
Payment Deadline August 1, 2018
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) July 25, 2018 Will not be issued without completing the Conference Fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance August 10, 2018 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full-Paper.
Conference Program August 15, 2018
Conference Launch September 12, 2018
Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers committee to go through the revision process:

  • Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented, as well as a sound literature and methodology of the work.

  • First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

  • Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

  • Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author of the paper will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.

  • Payment:

In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to the final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

  • Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

Those with full papers and who have paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Is the writing and structure clear?

(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?

(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

(7) Has the author used an appropriate methodology and has it been clearly explained?

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

The conference proceedings will be published in full in the “ARChive” International Journal of Science.
Publication in the ‘Routledge’ by Taylor & Francis will only be applicable to the selected papers that will be supervised by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material. Thus, such outstanding material will lead to indexing of the series in well-known indexing databases such as Scopus and Thomson Reuters.
Publication in the ESSD international journal on Environmental Science & Sustainable developmentis also only applicable for high quality manuscripts.
*For the selected papers to be published in “Routledge” or “ESSD”, another revision process will be added to the selected manuscripts.
Plagiarism Policy

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.

Author's Instructions

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper, a maximum 300 word abstract is to be submitted.


Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a PhD candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference.

These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference.

Each Co-author has his/her own fees that are separate and independent of the Main author’s fees

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.
English will be the official language of the “Parallelisem in Architecture, Environment  and Computing Techniques” Conference.
Short Paper

You can now submit your short paper instead of a full paper.

The paper will be of 4 pages of default format and their fees will be £400 instead of £450.

You can upload the short paper through the normal Upload Your Full Paper on your account “the upper-right part of the page” and just write in the filename the word “short-paper” for example as follows “paper name-short-paper.docx”

Conference Venue

University of East London (UEL)

University Way, Dockland Campus

London, E16 2RD, UK

University of East London, University Way, London, United Kingdom

Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter by University of East London for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

However, you are required to prepare your papers according to the regulations of your country’s embassy/consulate. To do this, you will need to visit the embassy/consulate website or by contacting them.

In case of any missing document during the appointment or any other unfortunate incident that leads to your rejection, IEREK clears its responsibility as we will have done our part in providing the documents we can provide to ease the process.

Conference Fees

Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a PhD candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference.

These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference.

Each Co-author has his/her own fees that are separate and independent of the Main author’s fees.

Registration fee includes:
•Access to all conference and poster sessions
•Refreshments /lunch as advertised in the programme
•Programme booklet
•Access to the general proceedings (online)
•Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy

1- Fees For Authors For Early Payment £ 350
2- Fees for Authors £ 400
3- Fees for (1st-5th) Co-Authors Not Attending (per person) £ 50
4- Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners/ Attending Auther £ 300
5- Late Payment £ 500
Refund Policy

For Authors;

-If for any personal reason, you will not be attending the conference, you’ll be asked to provide a presentation and contact one of our scientific committee members for an extra fee, in order to present your work instead of you.

-If your visa got rejected, or if you weren’t able to get a security clearance for travel, kindly provide us with the rejection letter from the embassy/consulate or the office responsible for security clearances, and we will assign a member of the scientific committee for free to present your paper, after you’ve completed a PowerPoint presentation, only if a co-author will not be able to provide a presentation in your place, where in order for the co-author to present he will be required to pay the co-author fees as well.

-Once a visa letter and an acceptance letter has been issued, a refund will not be possible.

For Co-Authors, Audience, and Workshop attendees;

-Refund before the event with a duration of 45 days will be allowed in full, only deducted the fees for the transaction.

-Refund after the given duration of 45 days will only occur in case of Visa rejection, proof of rejection must be submitted, and according to the rejection reason refund amount will be determined as the following;

  • If the rejection reason stated that the rejection was the applicants fault for not submitting the required papers for the visa, refund will occur with administrative fees deducted from the total amount ONLY if before the event’s date, no refunds after the event’s date will occur.
  • If the rejection reason was decided for reasons that the Applicant can’t be accounted for, refund will occur with transaction fees deducted.
Scientific Committee
Name Organization Country
Gilles Retsin
Senior Lecturer in MSc Computing and Design at UEL and Tutor of GAD Research Cluster 4 at UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture.
United Kingdom
Henri Achten
Associate Professor in CAAD at Faculty of Architecture of Czech Technical University in Prague.
Czech Republic
Sherif Abdelmohsen
Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Design Computing, American University in Cairo (AUC)
Thomas Fischer
Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).
Halil Erhan
Associate Professor of Interactive Systems and Design and Co-­‐Director of Computational Design Lab, Simon Fraser University.
Gabriela Celani
Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Campinas.
Daniel Cardoso
Assistant Professor at the Stuckeman School of Architecture, Penn State University and leads the Design Ecologies Lab (DeLab).
United States
Johan Verbeke
President of eCAADe and Director of PhD programme and developing Research by Design at Aarhus School of Architecture.
Dina El-Zanfaly
Instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Co-Founder and Co-Director Fab Lab Egypt.
United States
Marc Aurel Schnabel
Architect and Professor in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington.
New Zealand
Oliver Neumann
Associate Professor at University of British Columbia Architecture and Associate Chair of Wood Building Design and Construction.
United States
Pedro Soza
Assistant Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies at College of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Chile.
Alvin Huang
Assistant Professor at University of Southern California (USC) and the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture.
United States
Pablo C. Herrera
Full time Professor at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.
José Pinto Duarte
Full Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon Researcher and Visiting Scientist, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT
Tristan D'Estree Sterk
CEO at Formsolver, LLC and CEO at The Office for Robotic Architectural Media & Bureau for Responsive Architecture, LLC.
United States
Tuba Kocaturk
Reader in Digital Architecture at University of Liverpool, Department of Architecture - School of the Arts.
United Kingdom
Ning Gu
Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Nancy Diniz
Assistant Professor at Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Architecture School, New York City.
United States
Tomohiro Fukuda
Associate Professor at Department of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.
David Gerber
Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Southern California.
United States
Dimitris Papanikolaou
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University (NYU), Tisch School of the Arts.
United States
Mollie Claypool
BSc Architecture Programme Leader at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
United Kingdom
Kostas Grigoriadis
Visiting Lecturer at Royal College of Art and Diploma 2 Unit Master at Architectural Association.
United Kingdom
Pierre Cutellic
Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Founder of The Computational Monkeys.
Kory Bieg
Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin and the founding principal of OTA+ (Office of Technical Architecture).
United States
Kristof Crolla
Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong
Robert Thum
Programme Leader for the Diploma in Architecture / Design Tutor at University of East London.
United Kingdom
Shajay Bhooshan
Research Fellow at Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH , Zurich and Head of the research activities of the Computation and Design group at Zaha Hadid Architects, London.
United Kingdom
Nathan Melenbrink
Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong Shanghai City and Architect with ECADI.
Magdy Ibrahim
Associate Professor at Abu Dhabi University, UAE and at Ain Shams University, Egypt.
United Arab Emirates
Immanuel Koh
Computational Design Tutoring for Post-professional Masters Programme in Urban Design at the Bartlett(UCL).
United Kingdom
Diego Pinochet
Co-founder of TFPS architects ( and escript-o ( a blog focused in research about digital technologies applied to architecture and design.
Volker Mueller
Research Director at Bentley Systems’ Applied Research Group since 2008.
United States
Toni Österland
An Architect interested with the possibilities of digital fabrication, algorithm aided design methods and implementing natural processes in architecture.
Heba Elsharkawy
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BSc in Architectural Design Technology at the University of East London
United Kingdom
Anastasia Karandinou
Practicing Architect and a senior lecturer at the University of East London in the area of Architecture+Design
United Kingdom
Feda Salah
Assistant Professor – Design and Visual Communication Department – School of Architecture and Built Environment – German Jordanian University
Hisham Galal El-Shimy
Associate Professor in Architectural Engineering Department Faculty of Engineering, University of Pharos, Alexandria in Egypt