Dean of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia.
Head of GeoAI Smarter Map and LiDAR Lab, Southwest Jiaotong University, China.
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The 4th edition of the International Conference on “Future Smart Cities”, the 4th edition of the International Conference Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism”, and the 7th edition “Earth Observation for Environmental Changes” & 9th edition “Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management” was held in collaboration with Xiamen University Malaysia, and took place virtually from the 3rd to the 5th of December 2021, due to the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The 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.
Among the main topics discussed in the conference:
1- Challenges and Key Components for Developing Smart Cities.
2- Computational Advancements in Future Smart Cities.
3- The Path to Resiliency: Theory and Application.
4- Earth Observation for Environmental Changes & Geo-information Technologies.
5- Resiliency for the Future.
The Opening Ceremony started with the online registration and welcoming speeches from the Conference Chair and IEREK’s founder.
First a Presentation about IEREK introducing IEREK as a company and its activities to the audience.
Following IEREK’s introduction, short welcoming speeches were given by the conference chair Prof. Jonathan Li, Dean of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia, and the conference co-chair Prof. Saeid Pirasteh, Head of GeoAI Smarter Map and LiDAR Lab, southwest Jiaotong, China, and Prof. Zhang Ying Assistant President XMUM, Malaysia.
Finally, a video Presentation about XMUM University Malaysia was presented by Dr. Geetha Kanaparan, Assistant Dean of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia.
A plenary session was Moderated by Prof. Wang Hui Qiong, Director of Research Management Centre, Xiamen University Malaysia started by introducing the first keynote speaker Prof. Qiao Xiang, Professor of Computer Science at Xiamen, China , whose speech was entitled: “Toward Flexible, Efficient Smart Cities: A Network-Application Integration Perspective”, and the Second keynote Prof. Raed A. Abd-Alhameed, Professor of Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Engineering at the University of Bradford, Uk, whose speech entitled: “Wireless Sensor Network for blockage and leakage within the sewer infrastructure in Urban Catchments”.
After the keynote speech was the First Session of the conference titled “Challenges and Key Components for Developing Smart Cities”. The session was moderated by Professor Siti Nurliana, Xiamen University Malaysia, and Professor Norma Liyana Binti Omar, Xiamen University Malaysia. The session had nine presentations before a short break.
Following the short break was the second Session entitled “Computational Advancements in Future Smart Cities” then started and was moderated by Professor Lawal Billa,The University of Nottingham, The United Kingdom, and Dr. Debashish Das, Xiamen University Malaysia. Four presentations were discussed during the second session and concluded the first day of the Conference.
The second day of the conference was Moderated by Prof. Yasser Mahgoub, Program Director, Faculty of Architecture, Galala University, Egypt by Introducing the Third Keynote Prof. Shasoen Wang, Dean and Professor of Architecture in School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University, whose speech was entitled: “Resiliency on a Building Scale”
After the keynote speech, the Third Session entitled “The Path to Resiliency: Theory and Application”, which is moderated by Professor Yasser Mahgoub, Galala University, Egypt, and Professor Ahmad Affandi Supli, Xiamen University Malaysia. The third session discussed eight presentations, before a short break.
After the short break a new session was Moderated by Professor. Ahmad Affandi Supli, Xiamen University Malaysia started by introducing the third Keynote Prof. Saeid Pirasteh, Head of GeoAI Smarter Map and LiDAR Lab, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, whose speech was entitled: “Geospatial Infrastructure Management Ecosystem (GeoIME) Earthquake Preparedness and resiliency” and the Fiifth Keynote Prof. Arnis Asmat, Associate professor in the Program Environmanetal Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia, whose speech was entitled: “Google The Environment: What’s Next?”
the Next was the Fourth Session of the conference entitled “Earth Observation for Environmental Changes & Geo-information Technologies” and it was moderated by Professor Shabnam Jabari, University of New Brunswick, Canada, and Prof. Saeid Pirasteh, Jiaotong University, China. Four presentations were discussed during the Fourth session and concluded the second day of the Conference with the Sixth Keynote Prof. Amor Laaribi, Previously Senior Statistician in charge of Geosptial Information in Support SDGs Indicator Framework, United Nations, New York, whose speech was entitled: “Integration and Statistical Information in Support of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Developments Goals”.
The Third day of the Confernece Started with the speeches of the remainig keynote speakers Prof. Anna Laura Pisello, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy, with a speech entitled: “A View of Urban Resilience to Climate Change”, and Prof.Baojie He, Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqinq University, China, with a speech entitled: “Creation of Cool Cities and Communities”.
After the Keynote Speeches, The Fifth Session, which is moderated by professor Liuyan Qian, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, and Professor Donia Zhang, Neoland School oc Chinese Culture and Chinese Culture Publishing. The Fifth and the last session discussed nine presentions.
A discussion and a Questions and Answers session followed, Introducing Presentation by Prof. Honschao Fan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, IEREK Upcoming Events 2022 & 2023 By Toka Amer, Operation Manager, IEREK, and the Conference was concluded by Closing Ceremony & Awards Announcement selecting the Best paper and Best Presentation was led by Prof. Hamid Tahaei, Cagir, Xiamen University Malaysia, Prof Siti Nurliana Jamali, Co-Chair, Xiamen University Malaysia, and a Panel session where final remarks and feedback were discussed.
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.
Hosting, for the first time, three International conferences under one common resounding theme, IEREK is happy to organize the 4th editions of the Future and Smart Cities (FSC) and Resilient and Responsible Architecture & Urbanism (RRAU) conferences together with the 7th Edition of the Earth Observation for Environmental Changes (EOEC) & 9th edition of the Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM) conference.
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.
With the increase of natural disasters worldwide due to natural causes or humans' influence over the years, the creation of resilient cities becomes an essential step in emergency preparation. Researchers, architects, and governments are trying to avoid the consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, and avalanches by establishing sustainable energy-efficient cities with disaster preparedness techniques. There is an increased focus on new studies on the sustainable built environment, energy-saving, and emergency-prepared urban cities.
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.
1.1 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
2.1 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
3.1 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
4.1 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|
|Conference Program||15 Nov 2021|
|Conference Launch||03 Dec 2021|
Wang Hui Qiong, Xiamen University Malaysia (Chair)
Geetha Kanaparan, Xiamen University Malaysia (Co-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)
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
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- Each co-author (1-5 max) has his/her own separate fees to pay as shown in the table below.
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|Author & Audience additional fees (Physical Attendance -TBA)||EUR 150|
Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances will receive refunds according to the following:
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- A submitted manuscript is rejected by the editorial board after going through peer review.
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.
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.
Authors can choose to publish their research in The International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation by Elsevier. This journal publishes original papers that apply earth observation data to inventorisation and management of natural resources and the environment. The journal accepts contributions of the highest quality, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Important Note: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:
- 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.
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- 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:
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.
All Chapters will be screened for similarity using iThenticate; a Turnitin Plagiarism detection software, used for academic publishers. Springer Similarity guidelines are as follows:
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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.
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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:
- 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.
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4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.
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Dean of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia.
Head of GeoAI Smarter Map and LiDAR Lab, Southwest Jiaotong University, China.
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