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.
Resilient and responsible architecture is a kind of architecture in which 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 adaptive cities to sustain a life that is suitable to users, providing them with an improved quality of life. The COVID19 pandemic showed that the usage of cities and buildings can rapidly change and 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.
After the success of the previous editions of the international conference on Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU), IEREK organizes the 4th edition of the conference to allow researchers and architects to discuss the reasons behind disasters and the cities' incompetent built environment, and the proposed techniques to create long-lasting resilient cities.
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 factors contributing to resilience are many and often complicated, the larger lesson is simple: buildings need to be resilient to become sustainable.
1. Resiliency on a Building Scale
1.1 Ramping Up Net Energy Zero Buildings
1.2 Improving Existent Buildings to Achieve Resiliency
1.3 Geographical Effects on a Resilient City Buildings
1.4 Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Resilience
1.5 Meeting Resiliency Demands of a City
1.6 Nature-Based Solutions for Resilient Buildings
2. Resilient Infrastructure
2.1 Resilient Infrastructure.
2.2 Architectural and Urban Challenges.
2.3 Green Initiatives and Sustainable Urbanism.
2.4 Energy-Efficient Urban Areas.
2.5 Development of Sustainable and Resilient Power Generation Systems.
2.6 Resiliency in Low Population Density Area
3. Resiliency on a Community Scale
3.1 Sustainable Economy and Well-being
3.2 Risks and Insurance
3.3 Design of a Resilient Transport System
3.4 Resilient Hubs
3.5 Resilient Communication Systems.
3.6 Meeting the Demands of the City
3.7 Resiliency in Low-Income Countries
3.8 IoT Promoting Smart, Safe, and Resilient Cities
3.9 COVID19, the House, and the City
4. Resiliency in an Environmental Scale
4.1 Energy & Resource Cycle
4.2 Renewable Energy Sources
4.3 Water Management as Part of the Built Environment
4.4 Climate change and Global Challenges
4.5 Withstanding Extreme Weather and Natural Disaster
Abstract Submissions Deadline
19 Aug 2021
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance
31 Aug 2021
Full Paper Submission Deadline
03 Oct 2021
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance
20 Oct 2021
Early Payment Deadline
20 Oct 2021
Regular Payment Deadline
01 Nov 2021
Late Payment Deadline
20 Nov 2021
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry)
15 Jun 2021
Letter of Final Acceptance
22 Jun 2021
15 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 of Architecture in School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University.
Prof. Shaosen WANG is currently the dean of the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University. His research interests span the fields of architectural design and theory, urban landscape planning and design, cultural heritage conservation and reuse, Chinese garden and modern life. Prof. Wang has authored more than 80 publications and has been serving as a senior member of Architectural Society of China. He was awarded the China Architecture Education Award, and listed in Contemporary 100 Chinese architects. Prof. Wang is now leading the General Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China “Research on Upgrading Modern Fujian-Taiwan Regional Architecture Design Based on Complex System” and has completed numerous research and design projects.
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.
Conference Program & Planning committee
Wang Hui Qiong, Xiamen University Malaysia (Chair)
Geetha Kanaparan, Xiamen University Malaysia (Co-Chair)
Awards Committee Chair
Hamid Tahaei, Xiamen University Malaysia (Chair)
Siti Nurliana Jamali, Xiamen University Malaysia (Co-Chair)
Mohamed Alswaitti, Xiamen University Malaysia (Chair)
Das Debashish, Xiamen University Malaysia (Co-chair)
International Advisory committee
Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Abbas Rajabifard, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ahmad Affandi Supli - Xiamen University Malaysia
Amor Laaribi, UN, the United States of America
Das Debashish – Xiamen University Malaysia
Davood Mafi-Gholami, Shahrekord University, Iran
Fabiola Yépez, National Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Mexico
Geetha Kanaparan - Xiamen University Malaysia
Guoxiang Liu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Hamid Tahaei - Xiamen University Malaysia
Heng Yu Ping - Xiamen University Malaysia
Hongchao Fan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
José Marcato Junior, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Julian Smit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Karel Pavelka, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Lim Thian Li - Xiamen University Malaysia
Liyuan Qian, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Mahnaz Mahdavi Shahri, Azad University of Shiraz, Iran
Masood Varshosaz, KNT University, Iran
Md Iftekhar Salam - Xiamen University Malaysia
Miraz Mahdi Hassan - Xiamen University Malaysia
Mohammad Firuz Ramli, Xiamen University Malaysia
Mohammed Alswaitti – Xiamen University Malaysia
Naeema Al-Hosani, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Nelly Lucero Ramírez Serrato, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Norma Liyana binti Omar - Xiamen University Malaysia
Qing Zhu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Rifaat M. Abdalla, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Shabnam Jabari, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Shattri Mansor, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Sisi Zlatanova, University of New South Wales, Australia
Siti Nurliana Jamali - Xiamen University Malaysia
Syed Mohammad Asghar Rizvi, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Uwe Stilla, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Wesley Nunes Gonçalves, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Wong Lai Wan - Xiamen University Malaysia
Xianfeng Zhang, Peking University, China
Xiaojun Yang, Florida State University, USA
Yifang Ban, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Yuhong He, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
- 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:
Covid-19 Conference attendance Fees: Held online from the comfort of your own home, the fees below guarantee your virtual attendance for all days of the conference date above.
Non-XMUM & Non-XMU Participant Fees
*Applicable to non-XMUM and non-XMUparticipants. *Covers paper submission processing fees, consideration for publication, virtual attendance, and virtual social program.
Attendance Fees (Co-authors & Audience Members)
*Covers virtual attendance, virtual social program, and contribution certificate.
XMUM and XMU Participant Fees ID/ proof must be shown.
*50% Discount ONLY applicable to XMUM & XMUfaculty members and staff.
*Attending and non-attending. Covers inclusion in abstracts book, publication upon approval, and contribution certificate.
Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request. Alternatively, authors located in Egypt can pick them up from Cairo/ Alexandria office.
Shipping Fees for Conference Abstract book and certificate (Depends on Location)
Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances will receive refunds according to the following:
Up to 60 days before the event
59 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)
- A submitted manuscript is rejected by the editorial board after going through peer review.
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.
Authors must refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in submitting their abstracts/ papers:
Step 1: Abstract Submission Process
- The author should prepare and submit an Abstract (250 300 words) through the website and before the abstract submission deadline.
- The abstract should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
- The author should select the most relevant topic for the paper from the corresponding conference topics.
- The author can use/download an abstract writing template to submit the abstract file accordingly.
To downloadthe Abstract Writing Template, Click Here
Step 2: Abstract Review
- Upon submission, an abstract will undergo a preliminary evaluation process by members of our scientific committee.
-A relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented and sound literature and methodology of the work.
- The author will receive a notification by email, within 2 weeks, of:
Approval, after which they will be requested to prepare and submit their full/short paper submissions.
Rejection, if the topic proposed does not fit the theme of the conference.
Step 3: Paper Submission & Preliminary Review
There are 2 types of paper submission at this conference:
- A short paper submission consists of 4–5 pages and suits researches that make significant contributions, but still in progress or can be reported briefly.
- 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 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 corresponding fee.
- The Full/ Long paper submission is 8 – 12+ pages in length.
- 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.
- A full/long paper will be included in the conference abstracts book as well as get published online by Springer or by IEREK PRESS Journals.
- The author should submit the full/short paper written on the writing template, through our online system before the paper submission deadline.
- The full/short paper should be written in English as it's the official language of the conference.
Step 4: Similarity Check/ Plagiarism Detection
All Chapters will be screened for similarity using iThenticate; a Turnitin Plagiarism detection software, used for academic publishers. Springer Similarity guidelines are as follows:
Max. % from all sources: 10-15%
Max. % from one source: 3-5%
Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities
Once Preliminary approval for presentation at the conference and/or consideration for publication is granted, authors will be expected to complete payment in reference to the Conference Fees.
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 acceptance by one reviewer, a paper preliminary acceptance notification will be sent to the author accordingly.
- As soon as payment is confirmed and done successfully, corresponding official documents can be issued from our end such as:
A signed/stamped preliminary acceptance letter
Receipt of Payment
Visa Invitation Letter
Step 6: Rigorous Peer Review Process (Full-length papers only)
Only after payment is confirmed,
- and the full paper submission deadline is reached, a submitted full-length paper is assigned to an Editor from the Editorial Board, in alignment with IEREK’s revision SOP (double-blind process).
- Each paper/ chapter is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers, after which a final decision by the responsible Editor is made. There is no maximum to the number of times a paper can be reviewed, depending on the quality of the submission.
- Once a decision is made by the Editors, IEREK Editors will communicate one of the following three final decisions:
Accepted without comments
Revise and Resubmit – Minor or Major revision
- If modifications are in order, authors will be sent the relevant instructions and a deadline will be set. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion from the final publication/ final rejection.
- A back and forth process, modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted.
Benefits Of Attending
Attending a conference dramatically enhances both your professional and personal development. They help you sharpen the saw, meet and converse with industry experts, expand your resources and grow your professional network. IEREK Conference will help you:
1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, from different universities and countries, to exchange and share their experiences and research results.
2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates acknowledged by IEREK, the University, and Partnering Organizations.
3. Publication: Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) book series by Springer indexed by Scopus.
4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.
5. Networking: You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.
6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.
7. Conference Abstracts Material: Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in both hardcover and digital format on a CD.Shipping fees may apply.