Keynote Speakers

Keynote #1


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Totok Prasetyo
POLINES, Semarang, Indonesia


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Keynote #2

Prof. Joongseok Joseph Ryu,Ph.D.
CAU, Korea


Joongseok Joseph Ryu is Provost and Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs at Chung-Ang Unversity, Seoul, Korea. He is also a Professor of urban design in the Department of Urban Design and Studies. He studied Architecture (B.Arch), Urban Planning and Design (MCP) at the Seoul National University and received his PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK in the year 1991. He worked at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) as a senior researcher from 1992 to 1996. Major works at KRIHS was in the area of newtown planning and GIS application development in urban planning and design. He was President of Korea Landscape Council, and also Chairman of Urban Reform Centre, CCEJ (Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice) which is a leading NGO group working for the housing and human rights for the urban poor in Korea.

He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis(CASA), University College London in the year 2004 and also at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), University of Delaware, USA in the year 2012~2013. He has extensive experience in newtown planning in Korea and abroad. As a senior advisor to KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency), he involved in many newtown master-planning work for Vietnam, Algeria, Tunisia, and Uganda. He was principal investigator of a government initiated research project for developing ubiquitous urban space (U-Eco City Project, USD460,000) from 2008 to 2009. Recently he was a master urban planner for the urban regeneration project in Seoul. His research area covers newtown planning, environmental psychology, urban regeneration with focusing on the application of computer technology.

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Abstract Keynote
Vision and Strategy for Smart City in Asian Countries
With the advent of 4th industrial revolution, cities are transforming from the conventional hardware and infrastructure-oriented to software and information-oriented one. However, for most Asian cities, there is a big gap between ideal dream for smart city and reality of current status. Most of industrialized cities in the U.S.A. and Europe have already completed modernization of infrastructure facilities and are on the way to transform them into smart cities. Situation of Asian cities make it more difficult to pursue both modernization of infrastructure and make it smart.

Smart city technology is based on the fusion of diverse engineering fields (electronic, civil, transportation, sewage treatment, energy, etc.) and urban planning. Most of smart city projects in Asian countries, including Korea, focused on the development of new ICT technology and it’s application to urban space. Nevertheless, technology-only-led smart city strategy can be dangerous and even harmful without considering human nature imbedded in the technology. Therefore, strategies for smart city in Asian countries must be different from western version.

In this presentation, some experiences of Korean smart city projects will be shared and lessons with implications for other Asian cities will be drawn. Some recent research attempts to foster AI Humanities and interesting topics to be considered by the engineers will be given.

In conclusion, the followings aspects need to be considered to establish strategies for smart city in Asian cities;
1) Mixture of top-down (government-driven) and bottom-up (market-driven) approach to maximize the potential of the country.
2) Concentration of resources to one successful model case and proliferation of best case to other cities.
3) Provision of forum for scholars in humanities and engineering to discuss and prevent possible aftermath and side effect of smart city.

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Keynote #3

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nurmin Bolong
UMS, Selangor, Malaysia


Nurmin Bolong is a lecturer of Faculty of Engineering at Universiti Malaysia Sabah for more than 15 years. Her first degree attained from UniversitiSains Malaysia (USM) Tronoh, Perak in 1999, majoring in civil engineering (B.Eng). Later in 2001, she obtained her Master in Engineering for Development from Universiti of Southampton, UK. She specialized in environmental engineering for her doctorate at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai, Johor in 2009. She’s also member of Board of Engineer Malaysia (BEM) and Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), participated in Environmental Management & Research Association of Malaysia (ENSEARCH) and International Water Association (IWA).
Currently she is an associate professor of Civil Engineering. Previouslyshe heldthe Deputy Dean of Academics in 2011 to 2014 and then was deputy Dean of Student Affairs & Alumni in faculty of Engineering from 2014 to 2016. She has been attached with civil engineering programme in teaching subject courses such as fluid mechanics, hydraulic and hydrology engineering, environmental engineering, water and wastewater engineering.
In spite of her dedication in teaching, she’s also passionate in conducting research and community engagement in the area of environmental and civil engineering. She has been publishing more than 70 papers/articles and manuscripts (in conference, books or journals etc) and building research cooperation with industries and external institutions such as Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) of Malaysia and Department of Works. In the research work arena, she has supervised thirty undergraduates and fifteen postgraduate students; and collaboratein teamwork and manages research grants. Her research specialization is in nanotechnology membrane, water supply and wastewater treatment.

Abstract Keynote
Measuring the Outcome of Environment and Sustainability Toward Program Outcome: Correlation Between Random and Specific Evaluation

Outcome-Based Education (OBE) is an educational approach that focuses on the outcomes and objectives that the students are expected to achieve at the end of their learning process. OBE is a process that involves the restructuring of curriculum, assessment and reporting practices in education to reflect the achievement of high order learning and mastery rather than accumulation of course credits. Recent emphasis on monitoring student outcomes to ensure continuous quality improvement (CQI) of an academic curriculum has been influential in higher education. Hence, in this paper, the correlation and effect of education strengthening strategies on student’s effectiveness in knowledge understanding and technology skills of environment and sustainable were evaluated in this paper. Direct measurement of learner’s outcome and course grade performance of Civil engineering students from three consecutive cohorts of Universiti Malaysia Sabah were analyzed and quantified. After several years of implementation and improvement in the measurement method, we observed positive influence between learner’s appreciation and environmental application.

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Keynote #4


Dato Ir. Aziz bin Mustafa BSc (Eng), MSc, FIEM, PEng, CEng
JPZ, Malaysia


Aziz Mustafa, born 1956, is a Registered Professional Civil & Structural Engineer. Aziz has over thirty five years experience in academia, engineering, construction, development and international relations. Ir. Aziz obtained his degree from Kings’s College London, an MSc in Foundation Engineering from Birmingham University and MSc in Urban Development and Management from UiTM. He previously served Sepakat Setia Perunding and co-founded Jurutera Perunding ZAABA (JPZ) in 1984. Aziz is Fellow Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (FIEM) (1984), past Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK (MICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers UK (MIStructE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE), the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE, Switzerland) and the Council of Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (Lehigh, USA). Aziz has thought graduate and postgraduate courses in structural and foundation engineering subjects at UKM (as Acting Head of Civil & Structural Engineering Department), UTM, UPM (as Adjunct Staff), Limkokwing University and is a frequent trainer for Petronas Professional Courses, and has published more than 30 papers in local and international conferences and journals. Aziz was involved in the design of 60 storey Petronas KLCC Tower 4, 75 storey, Amwaj Towers at Um-Al-Quwaain UAE, Sultan Mizan Mosque Putrajaya, as Independent Checking Engineer for Penang Second Bridge, East-West Highway slope hazard assessment study with JKR and Bristol University, National Axial Load Study for Malaysia Federal Roads and Bridges, and has participated in projects in Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somaliland, Tanzania and UAE. Aziz is examiner for the IEM Professional Engineers Interview. Ir. Aziz was also past Industry Advisor to University Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and sits on the Industrial Advisory Panel for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Limkokwing Universiti and MAHSA University. Ir. Aziz is Chairman of Board of Trustee of Yayasan Harapan (Hope Foundation) (2016) of Malaysia. In 2006 he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Somaliland as Economic and International Relations Representative of and Advisor to the Government of Somaliland to Malaysia, and is currently its Economic and Planning Advisor.

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Perceived Factors Influencing Bike-Ability in Kuala LumpurPerceived Factors Influencing Bike-Ability in Kuala Lumpur

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Keynote #5

Prof. Ir. Dr. Shahrir Bin Abdullah
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


My academic strength lies in the field of Fluid Mechanics with a specialisation in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). My main contribution is in producing hybrid CFD solvers which embed mechanism of mesh/grid updating as well as introduce optimisation tool within the CFD solvers. As a result, I was invited by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in 2002 to lead a project to develop a new monofuel direct injection engine using natural gas (referred to as CNGDI engine) in which the team also comprises other universities such as UPM, UM, UTP, UTM and UiTM as well as industrial collaborations, namely PROTON (the national automaker) and PETRONAS (the national oil producer). The prototypes of the engines are completed in 2006.
Based on this success, I was then invited to lead another top down project in 2008 to establish a grid computing facility for local automotive industries (referred to as AutomotiveGRID). The team comprises other local universities such as UPM, UM, UTM and UniKL and the industrial collaborators for this project are PROTON, MIMOS (national provider for networking and grid computing facility) and MyREN (owner of research connectivity among Malaysian public universities).
In addition, I also contribute my expertise to the development of new terminologies in the Malay language for Automotive Engineering discipline coordinated by Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka (the national authority for the Malay language) as well as to the development of some Malaysian Standards for engineering components coordinated by SIRIM (the national body for quality and standard).
Based on my experience in managing projects of multiinstitutional and large-scale i nature, I was appointed as the Deputy Director (Quality Assurance) at the Centre for Corporate Planning and Communications in 2008 and then the founding Director for the Centre for Quality Assurance, where I am in charge on matters pertaining to Quality Assurance within the University as well as academic programme accreditation by Malaysian Qualification Agency and professional bodies. At the same time, I am give task to lead several university funded quality related research projects under the University’s Transformation Plan on the establishment of several key systems for continual quality improvement within the University.

Abstract Keynote
Aligning Research Agenda to Support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for a Prosperous Future

In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) Summit endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aimed at transforming the world to be a better and prosperous place to live. These goals and officially came into force on 1 January 2016. Over the next fifteen years, with these new goals that universally apply to all, countries are expected to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. In responding to the challenges set by the SGDs and the action plans developed by the UN, universities and institutions of higher education should take a leading role in exploring and developing solutions to some or many of these problems. As the world is also entering a new era of technological advancement referred to the fourth industrial revolution, the solutions have to take advantage of the emerging destructive technologies which have also inevitably contributed to global transformation. Hence, this paper proposes a way forward in aligning research agenda and explores actions that needs to be taken by the academic community in order to support the delivery of these goals.

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