The International Conference on Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing Techniques (PACT) was held in the University of East London, UK. The conference was chaired by Professor Hassan Abdalla (Dean, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London (UEL)) and Mr. Gilles Retsin (Senior Lecturer School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London (UEL)) and organized by IEREK.
The opening session started by a welcoming word from Prof. John Joughin (Vice Chancellor of UEL), Prof. Hassan Abdalla (Dean, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, UEL) and Mr. Gilles Retsin (Senior Lecturer in MSc Computing and Design, UEL – Gilles Retsin Architecture).
It was shortly followed by a word from Dr. Hocine Bougdah (Reader in Architectural Technology, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK – IEREK Advisor)
Moving on to the conference sessions which was held at the which was led and moderated by great and reputable professors and professional personnel who were of great help in organizing this conference and its sessions. The sessions were preceded by a “Keynote Speak” from the Keynote Speakers. The topics discussed during the conference are of great interest to the field of integrating computer techniques into architecture, and each session was followed by a “Open Discussion” , then followed by a “Keynote Speak”, and the day was concluded by a “Round Table Discussion” moderated by key persons in the conference.
The Conference Keynote Speakers were:
- Professor Patrik Schumacher Director of Zaha Hadid Architects
- Professor Mario Carpo Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, The Bartlett, UCL
- Professor Jose Sanchez Assistant Professor at USC & Director of Plethora Project
- Benjamin Dillenburger Assistant Professor of Architecture, ITA ETH
The sessions and discussions were moderated by: <<Please check the order>>
- Jose Sanchez Assistant Professor at USC & Director of Plethora Project
- Gilles Retsin Senior Lecturer in MSc Computing and Design, UEL – Gilles Retsin Architecture
- Soomeen Hahm Director & Founder of SoomeenHahm Designs
- Patrik Schumacher Director of Zaha Hadid Architects
- Daniel Köhler University of Innsbruck iOUD , Lab EDS
- Kory Bieg Assistant Professor UT Austin, OTA+, ACADIA
- Mollie Claypool Lecturer, University College of London
- Hassan Abdalla Dean, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, UEL
- Manuel Jimenez Garcia University College of London, MADM Design
- Mario Carpo Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, The Bartlett, UCL
- Benjamin Dillenburger Assistant Professor of Architecture, ITA ETH
- Manuel Jimenez Garcia University College of London, MADM Design
A wide range of topics was covered by the conference papers, they were grouped into sections, and the conference topics are as follows;
- Parallels in Access: Gamification, Open-Source, Interfaces and Virtual Reality
- Parallels in Algorithms: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Computing
- Parallels in Advanced Fabrication: Large Scale Additive Manufacturing
- Parallels in Big Data: Digital Theory and New Sciences
- Parallels in Urbanism: Parametric Design, Theory and Urbanism
- Parallels in Construction: Materiality and Context
The Tour at “The Crystal a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens”
The submitted and accepted papers in the “Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing Techniques, (PACT), 2016” 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Date From||Date To||Notes|
|Abstract Submission Deadline||May 15, 2016|
|Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance||June 10, 2016||Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.|
|Full Paper Submission Deadline||July 27, 2016|
|Limited time offer (£ 450 for Authors)||August 5, 2016|
|Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance||August 15, 2016||Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.|
|Late Payment||August 20, 2016|
|Payment Deadline||August 1, 2016|
|Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry)||July 25, 2016||Will not be issued without completing the Conference Fees.|
|Letter of Final Acceptance||August 10, 2016||Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full-Paper.|
|Conference Program||August 15, 2016|
|Conference Launch||September 12, 2016|
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.
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.
IEREK proudly announces that the submitted papers in the “Parallelism, Environment in Architecture and Computing Techniques, (PACT), 2016” Conference shall be posted and published by two Journals of one of the leading Publishers worldwide, Taylor & Francis:
1- Connection Science:
Connection Science is a world-leading inter-disciplinary journal dedicated to exploring the convergence of the analytic and synthetic sciences of mind including psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, computational modelling, artificial intelligence, analog and parallel computing, and robotics.
A strong focus is on the simulation of living systems and their societies, including humans, and on the development of novel forms of synthetic life such as biomimetic robots. Articles arising from connectionist, probabilistic, dynamical, or evolutionary approaches, and that explore distributed adaptive computation or emergent order, are particularly relevant. The journal also encourages submission of research in systems-level computational neuroscience that seeks to understand sensorimotor integration, perception, cognition, or awareness in brain-like model systems.
The International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (IJPEDS) is a world-leading journal publishing original research in the areas of parallel, emergent, nature-inspired and distributed systems.
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.
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”
University of East London (UEL)
University Way, Dockland Campus
London, E16 2RD, UK
University of East London, University Way, London, United Kingdom
Please note: these are just suggestions that we found most suitable for accommodation, they are not mandatory.
The rates are the average of the room rates based on booking websites informations during the time period of the conference (3 Nights).
Please note: Check the hotel website, as they may have special offers durig this period, and also to check the availability.
|Hotel Name and Link||Location||Single Room
For Three Nights
For Three Nights
|Premier Inn London Beckton||1 Woolwich Manor Way, London E6 5NT, United Kingdom||N/A||£275|
|Holiday Inn Express London – ExCel||1018 Dockside Rd, London E16 2FQ, United Kingdom||N/A||£620|
|Travelodge London Central City Road Hotel||1016 Dockside Rd, London E16 2FQ, United Kingdom||£339||£399|
|Travelodge London City Airport||1 Connaught Road, London E16 2BD, United Kingdom||£258||£288|
|Hotel ibis budget London City Airport||N Woolwich Rd, London E16 2EE, United Kingdom||£190||£210|
|Connaught House Hotel (Excel)||2 Festoon Way, London E16 1RH, United Kingdom||N/A||£497|
|Aloft London Excel||One Eastern Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1FR, United Kingdom||Click to Check the Available offers|
|Prince Regent Hotel Excel London||361-363 Prince Regent Ln, London E16 3JP, United Kingdom||£715||£820|
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.
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.
*Early booking delegates: registered on or before 31 March, 2016
**Standard delegates: booking after 31 March, 2016
- Based on many recommendations and requests, Limited Seats only are now to receive an offer of £ 450 instead of £ 550
- You can now submit your “Short Paper” instead of the Full-Paper, for more information, please click here to get to the instructions page.
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.
|Fees for Authors (Early booking)*(Expired!)||£ 450|
|Fees for Authors Limited Time Offer (Until 5th of August)||£ 450|
|Fees for Authors (Standard Booking)**||£ 550|
|Late Payment Fees for Authors (After 15th of August)||£ 600|
|Fees for Authors (Short Paper)||£ 400|
|Fees for 1st Co-Author||£ 300|
|Fees for Group of Co-Authors (2-4 Co-Authors)||£ 500|
|Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners||£ 400|
|On Site Bookings (Audience Only - When Visa is not Needed)||£ 800|
-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.
- The conference sessions will be held in the West Building (WB) ground floor, Lecture Theatre 02 (WB.G.02).
- The lunch will be served in the Knowledge Docks (DK).
- Please prepare a 10 minutes presentation in PowerPoint or pdf-form for a windows computer We do not allow use of presenter’s own computers, so please bring your presentation on a USB stick.
- We will be strict with time tabling, and will stop any presentations exceeding 10 min. Your presentation will be followed by a 5-min question round, moderated by the session chair.
- Please meet with your session chair 15 minutes before the beginning of your session to copy the files and introduce yourself.
Please click on the following link to download the PACT exclusive program:
Senior Lecturer in MSc Computing and Design at UEL and Tutor of GAD Research Cluster 4 at UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Associate Professor in CAAD at Faculty of Architecture of Czech Technical University in Prague.
Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Design Computing, American University in Cairo (AUC)
Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).
Associate Professor of Interactive Systems and Design and Co-‐Director of Computational Design Lab, Simon Fraser University.
Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Campinas.
Assistant Professor at the Stuckeman School of Architecture, Penn State University and leads the Design Ecologies Lab (DeLab).
President of eCAADe and Director of PhD programme and developing Research by Design at Aarhus School of Architecture.
Instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Co-Founder and Co-Director Fab Lab Egypt.
|Marc Aurel Schnabel||
Architect and Professor in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington.
Associate Professor at University of British Columbia Architecture and Associate Chair of Wood Building Design and Construction.
Assistant Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies at College of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Chile.
Assistant Professor at University of Southern California (USC) and the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture.
|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.
Reader in Digital Architecture at University of Liverpool, Department of Architecture - School of the Arts.
Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Assistant Professor at Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Architecture School, New York City.
Associate Professor at Department of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.
Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Southern California.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University (NYU), Tisch School of the Arts.
BSc Architecture Programme Leader at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
Visiting Lecturer at Royal College of Art and Diploma 2 Unit Master at Architectural Association.
Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Founder of The Computational Monkeys.
Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin and the founding principal of OTA+ (Office of Technical Architecture).
Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Programme Leader for the Diploma in Architecture / Design Tutor at University of East London.
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.
Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong Shanghai City and Architect with ECADI.
Associate Professor at Abu Dhabi University, UAE and at Ain Shams University, Egypt.
|United Arab Emirates|
Computational Design Tutoring for Post-professional Masters Programme in Urban Design at the Bartlett(UCL).
Co-founder of TFPS architects (www.tfps.cl) and escript-o (escripto.wordpress.com) a blog focused in research about digital technologies applied to architecture and design.
Research Director at Bentley Systems’ Applied Research Group since 2008.
An Architect interested with the possibilities of digital fabrication, algorithm aided design methods and implementing natural processes in architecture.
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BSc in Architectural Design Technology at the University of East London
Practicing Architect and a senior lecturer at the University of East London in the area of Architecture+Design
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