Chances, Challenges & Changes in Environmental Enhancement
“Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide in Support of 2030 SDGs”
With more and more people living in urban areas and concentrations in a number of mega-cities worldwide, we are left with rapid changes that pose challenges to urban planners. There is a need to abandon traditional mapping methods and turn to new technologies that can help the world keep up by providing accurate information and insights and ensure efficient city infrastructure management.
Current advances in Earth Observation and Geospatial Information Technologies offer new solutions to problems, such as management and sustainable urban development, by supporting population density mapping, traffic planning, city planning and urban zoning. These technologies also bring solutions to various disciplines like natural hazards and disaster management, environmental change studies, monitoring and managing meteorological, geological, agricultural, ecological, and topographical mapping utilizing artificial intelligence and sensors.
This conference offers an interdisciplinary forum in the fields of Environment, Sustainable Development, Remote Sensing, Surveying and Mapping, Geodesy and Geosciences, Forestry, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities, City Planning, Urban Design, Transportation, Natural Hazards, Disaster Management, and Climate Change Science, among many others.
This event is jointly organized by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Xiamen University in Malaysia (XMUM) in collaboration with the International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (IEREK). The event is supported by other universities and research institutes including the Southwest Jiaotong University in China and the University of Waterloo in Canada in hopes of enhancing current research and innovation and further promote an exchange of knowledge.
An International Conference from the Comfort of Your Own Home!
Due to the uncertainties and restrictions inflicted by the #COVID19 pandemic, and for everyone's safety following the Health Organization's recommendations, it is in everyone's interest to host the conference online. As pioneers of this movement, IEREK is proud to be hosting this conference online. IEREK believes that rather than giving in to this disease and stopping our progress, pushing forward is of utmost importance.
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Resilient and responsible architecture is where the design process starts by thinking carefully about the typical usage scenarios of the building, common points of stress, as well as the most likely disaster situations in the surrounding environment. The local environment always plays a critical role in determining the factors that make a building resilient or not, and so a resilient design is always specific to the geographical state.
This specific conference offers a perspective of designing and planning of adaptive cities to sustain a life that is suitable to users, providing them with an improved quality of life. The COVID19 pandemic showed that cities’ and buildings’ uses can rapidly change and can have a different role in the future. This is to say that architecture carries the responsibility of making a city more flexible and resilient and summarizes the scope of the series of international conferences on Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism RRAU.
The RRAU is a great opportunity for researchers, designers, architects and planners to get involved in long-term thinking about worst-case disaster scenarios, as well as more common, everyday wear. Though the variables which contribute to resilience are many and often complicated, the larger lesson is simple: buildings need to be resilient in order to be truly sustainable.
1. Resiliency on a Building Scale
Ramping Up Net Energy Zero Buildings
Improving Existent Buildings to Achieve Resiliency
Geographical Effects on a Resilient City Buildings
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Resilience
Meeting Resiliency Demands of a City
Nature-Based Solutions for Resilient Buildings
2. Resilient Infrastructure
Architectural and Urban Challenges.
Green Initiatives and Sustainable Urbanism.
Energy-Efficient Urban Areas.
Development of Sustainable and Resilient Power Generation Systems.
Resiliency in Low Population Density Area
3. Resiliency on a Community Scale
Sustainable Economy and Well-being
Risks and Insurance
Design of a Resilient Transport System
Resilient Communication Systems.
Meeting the Demands of the City
Resiliency in Low-Income Countries
IoT Promoting Smart, Safe, and Resilient Cities
COVID19, the House, and the City
4. Resiliency in an Environmental Scale
Energy & Resource Cycle
Renewable Energy Sources
Water Management as Part of the Built Environment
Climate change and Global Challenges
Withstanding Extreme Weather and Natural Disaster
Abstract Submissions Deadline
03 Aug 2021
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance
15 Aug 2021
Full Paper Submission Deadline
03 Oct 2021
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance
15 Oct 2021
Early Payment Deadline
15 Oct 2021
Regular Payment Deadline
16 Oct 2021
Late Payment Deadline
17 Oct 2021
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry)
01 Jan 1970
Letter of Final Acceptance
17 Oct 2021
03 Nov 2021
03 Dec 2021
Discipline Leader of Geomatics, Director of Smart Sustainable Development, and Leader of the Future Infrastructure Research Program, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Prof Abbas Rajabifard is Discipline Leader of Geomatics, Director of Smart Sustainable Development, and Leader of the Future Infrastructure Research Program, Melbourne School of Engineering. He is also Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) and was Head of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering (2012-June 2020) at The University of Melbourne. He has a strong track record in research and teaching, and academic leadership, and is an internationally recognized scholar and engineer. His academic background is in Surveying and Mapping, Land Administration, and Urban Systems, and has continued to maintain a high level of performance across the areas of research, teaching, RHD supervision, and service to the profession and to the university. He is also Chair of the Academic Network of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management -GGIM and has a strong linkage with many countries and different cultures, that he has developed over the years during his activities in Australia and abroad, and also through his professional work and collaboration with many countries across the world, particularly in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Latin America regions.
Previously Senior Statistician in charge of Geospatial Information in support of SDGs Indicator Framework, United Nations, New York, USA.
Dr. Laaribi completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics (1977), a Master’s degree in Hydraulics and Land Management (1979), an Engineer Diploma in Informatics and Applied Mathematics (1981), and a Ph.D. in GIS (1994). He has over 30 years of experience working in the areas of geospatial information for decision-making and sustainable development; Dr. Laaribi joined the United Nations Statistics Division Office in 2000 to define and plan the priorities of the UN in the geospatial information area and to promote its use with census mapping in developing countries. He contributed to the foundation of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and acted as the Substantive Secretary of the UN Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information in support of the 2030 Agenda and its related SDGs Indicator Framework. He also acted as the Secretary of the UN Regional Cartographic Conferences for Asia & the Pacific and the Americas, as well as the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). Prior to the UN, he worked 10 years as a senior engineer in Applied Numerical Analysis to water supply, led a 4-year pioneering research on evaluation methodologies through the use of GIS and Multi-criteria Analysis for Spatial Decision Support Systems, and acted for 5 years as Advisor to the Tunisian Minister of Economic Development and the national coordinator of its National Spatial Data infrastructure.
Anna Laura Pisello
Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy.
Doctor Anna Laura Pisello is an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy. She is the author of more than 80 papers, 50 of which are published in international peer-reviewed journals. She is the winner of five international academic awards 2013–2017. Her research falls into two main areas of interest: innovative smart materials for multifunctional optimization and thermophysical characterization of building envelopes, and indoor-outdoor microclimate for environmental comfort and energy saving, with a focus on the resilience of dense urban areas and cities to climate change. Within the framework of these two main themes, she investigates the following topics: energy efficiency and thermal-energy performance optimization in buildings; new analysis methods to estimate the effect of innovative strategies; continuous monitoring techniques to detect the thermal-energy performance of buildings; high albedo solutions for passive cooling and as a mitigation strategy against the urban heat island phenomenon; local climate boundary conditions affecting building thermal-energy behavior; indoor-outdoor microclimate analysis for the preservation of cultural heritage.
Associate professor in the Program Environmental Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia.
Arnis Asmat is an Associate professor in the Program Environmental Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences. She is currently holding a position as a Director of UiTM Green Centre (UGC), Office of Development (Infrastructure & Info structure). She was a recipient of the PhD Commonwealth Scholarship, United Kingdom, in 2005 and graduated in 2009 from Southampton. She is a geographer by training. Her physics and technology interests led her to focus on using remote sensing and spatial analysis (GIS) to make accurate quantitative measurements of the Earth and its atmosphere. She is active in doing research and supervises postgraduate students. Her research focuses on aerosol, extreme weather, climate change science, global environmental change and earth observation, and climate change resilience using earth observation data. She published and co-authored numerous articles and established a research group in the Climate Change and Carbon Footprint at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to drive and initiate more research on global environmental/climate change/low carbon campus. She was former Director of Community Research (CoRe) under Green Technology and Sustainable Development (GTSD) at Office of Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) (February 2016-June 2020).
Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University, China.
Dr. Baojie is a Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University, China. Dr. He was ranked as one of the single-year 100,000 global scientists by Mendeley, 2020. Baojie has the strong academic capability with 57 peer-reviewed papers published in high-ranking journals and oral presentations in great conferences. Dr. Baojie’s outcomes have high impacts in energy and built environment and have been widely cited by peers, which enables Baojie to have seven highly cited/hot papers recognised by the world-known database of Web of Science and a high H-index (Scopus: 25; Google Scholar: 24). Baojie has been involved in several large research projects on energy and built environment in Australia in the name of Postdoc Research Fellow, Research Associate and Research Assistant. Baojie has been the Associate Editor, Leading Guest Editor, Editorial Board Member, Sessional Chair, Scientific Committee of a variety of reputable international journals and conferences.
Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
International Scientific Committee
Abbas Rajabifard, University of Melbourn/Australia
Amor Laaribi, UN, the United States of America
Arun K. Saraf, IIT Roorkee, India
Davood Gholami-Mafi, Shahrekord University, Iran
Guoxiang Liu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Lawal Bilal, The University of Nottingham, The United Kingdom
Liyuan Qian, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Masood Varshosaz, KNT University, Iran
Michael John Starek, Texas A&M University/USA
Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi, Laval University, Canada
Qing Zhu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Saeid Homayooni, INRS-Quebec, Canada
Syed Mohammad Asghar Rizvi, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Local Scientific Committee
Arnis Asmat, UiTM/Malaysia
Mohammad Firuz Ramli, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Shattri Mansor, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
- Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance.
- Each co-author (1-5 max) has his/her own separate fees to pay as shown in the table below.
- A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.
Loyalty Membership Discounts
The more you attend, the more you're rewarded! IEREK offers its loyal participants the following discounts depending on his/her attendance:
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Online Conference attendance
Held online from the comfort of your own home, the fees below guarantee your virtual attendance for all days of the conference date above
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Author fees (IEEE Xplore® Digital Library Publication)
Author fees (No Publication/Elsevier)*
* To publish in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation by Elsevier, please submit the paper directly to the journal after attending the conference.
* Author will pay the attendance fees for the conference (Author fees no publication/Elsevier), and pay for publication directly to Elsevier's Journal.
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Shipping Conference Abstract book and certificate
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Up to 60 days before the event
Up to 50 days before the event
Up to 40 days before the event
39 days before the event
A refund is not possible if
- An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)
- The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)
- All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)
- A submitted manuscript is rejected by the editorial board after going through peer review.
*A Rejected manuscript can be enhanced and resubmitted for the following edition and processed free of charge (exclusive of attendance).
Visa Rejection Cases
Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason of rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.
Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:
* Final Acceptance Letter for Presentation (Authors only)
* Visa Invitation Letter
* Invoice/proof of payment
If the reason of rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:
* Authors: may choose to let their co-author or colleague present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. Alternatively, he/she can submit a pre-recorded Video Presentation (Video Presentation guidelines)
* Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.
Please note that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa if needed, by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.
ASTI book series by Springer
Authors can choose to publish their research as a chapter in a title in the Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) Book Series by Springer. The series particularly features conceptual and empirical contributions from various interrelated fields of science, technology, and innovation, emphasizing digital transformation that focuses on providing practical solutions to ensure food, water, and energy security to achieve the SDGs.
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library
Conference proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library, a powerful resource for the discovery of science. Authors whose papers fall into technical fields such as electrical and electronics engineering, telecommunications, etc., can choose this option as their publishing platform.
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation by Elsevier
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 will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.
Authors are respectfully requested to abide by the following steps/instructions in order to participate in the "Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU) - 4th Edition" international conference and get their papers published...
Step 1: Abstract Submission
- Author (researcher) should submit an abstract file (paper summary) through our online system before the abstract submission deadline.
- Submitted abstract should not exceed 300 words.
- The abstract should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
- Abstract file should include the author's full name, email address, academic title and affiliation.
- Abstract file should include Co-authors' full name, email address, academic title and affiliation. (if exist)
- The author can use/download abstract writing template to submit the abstract file accordingly (please download from the link provided below).
Step 2: Abstract Review
- Once abstract is submitted abiding the mentioned instructions, it will be sent to undergo revision process by members of our scientific committee, the author will receive abstract feedback and next step action by email within 2 weeks maximum from abstract submission date.
- Once the abstract is accepted, the author will receive abstract acceptance notification by email stating that the abstract is accepted and to proceed with full/short paper submission.
Step 3: Paper Submission
- The author should submit the full/short paper written on the writing template, through our online system before the paper submission deadline (please download the writing template from the link provided below).
- The full/short paper should be written in English as it's the official language of the conference "Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU) - 4th Edition".
- The full paper file shouldn't exceed 12 pages while short paper shouldn't exceed 5 pages.
- The full paper should state the major issue(s) addressed, the potential significance of the work, the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, major findings, conclusions, implications, and relevant scholarly references.
- The short paper should clearly mention the major issue(s), methodological approach(es), major findings, conclusions, and relevant scholarly references.
- The full/short paper must be relevant to the conference theme and must be original as we don't accept research papers with similarity rate of more than 20%.
Step 4: Paper Elementary Review
- Once the full/short paper is submitted abiding the mentioned instructions, it is assigned for review by the reviewers of scientific committee in aligning with IEREK revision SOP (double-blind process).
- The author will receive paper feedback and next step action by email within 1-month maximum from paper submission date.
Note: In this phase of revision, the research paper will be evaluated based on its originality, structure, and relativity to the conference theme. If the paper gets an acceptance by one reviewer, a paper preliminary acceptance notification will be sent to the author accordingly.
Step 5: Payment
- Once the paper gets accepted, the author will be informed to pay the conferencefeesso that it could be sent to another 2 members of the scientific committee in order to provide the author with comments/notes that could improve the paper and push it to the limits.
- As soon as payment is confirmed and done successfully, corresponding official documents can be issued from our side such as paper acceptance letter and invitation letter.
Step 6: Paper Final Review
- The paper will be sent for review by another 2 members of the scientific committee in aligning with IEREK revision SOP (double-blind process). Reviewers' comments/notes will be forwarded to the author in order to modify the full paper accordingly. Then, send us the final version of the paper.
Instructions of Short Paper Submissions: Authors who like to submit short papers should be informed that the structure of a short paper should contain its abstract, keywords, introduction, problem statements, and the hypothetical solution along with further studies that they will go through when they want to extend their paper to be published online. A short paper fee doesn’t have a chance to receive any type of discount whatever the authors were previously published with IEREK or the author is one of IEREK’s scientific committee and or a representative of a co-host university. A short paper is only included in the conference Abstracts book and will not have a chance to be published online by Springer or by IEREK’s Journals unless the author extends their work to a full length paper and pay the requested fee.
Since conferences are the places where new science results are typically first presented so, it helps you sharpen the saw, meet experts & influencers face to face, learning in a new space, build your knowledge base, expand your resources and grow your professional network. Yet attending conferences organized by IEREK will not only helps you gain previous benefits but also can be very rewarding on the professional level due to below reasons:
1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of smart cities development. Furthermore, you get to converse with other researchers from different universities and countries. 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.
2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates which will be added to their certificates of experience or could be presented to the official authorities concerned.
3. Publication: The has options for publication which include publishing in the Scopus Indexed "ASTI" book series by "Springer".
4. Research Technologies: Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.
5. Networking: Conferences help in networking which often increases your chances of collaboration in future projects. As you can engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.
6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles, not to mention the benefits for your C.V as it will create an impression that you are an active member of the academic community.
7. Conference Abstract Material: Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts in both hardcover book and digital format on a CD. The CD will additionally contain materials from previous conferences in this series.
8. Venue: Getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.
9. Indexation: Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications, and databases, including referencing and abstract.