Event Schedules

  • Day 01

    Apr 19, 2018

  • Day 02

    Apr 20, 2018

  • Day 03

Keynote Speakers

Douglas Kelbaugh

University of Michigan
USA

Urban Cool, Infrastructure that Combats Heat and Other Challenges

“Urban Cool” is meant to conjure up not only cooler, more comfortable cities, but the cosmopolitan, hip and trendy finesse and savoir faire of urbanites. The paper is a straightforward declaration about the essential role of good urbanism in the life-threatening and civilization-challenging war against Climate Change (CC). The “other challenges” include the dangerously high temperatures of Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) and heat waves, as well as the litany of pressing problems that cities are able to address, especially over-population. One major theme is “the environmental paradox of cities”: contrary to popular perception, urbanites consume less energy and natural resources per capita than suburbanites, thereby combatting air pollution and climate change. People who live in dense, walkable, transit-served areas tend to be physically healthier, happier, and more creative and productive. And local governments pay less per capita to build and maintain urban infrastructure than the sprawling infrastructure of suburbia or the countryside. Four design and planning strategies to reduce local heat islands are presented, as well as effective policies. Another major theme is that UHIs can be utilized as a Trojan Horse in the battle against global CC, because ways to mitigate and adapt to both challenges are essentially the same. And as a more immediate and palpable problem, the UHI more compellingly motivates people to act in the bigger, slower war against CC.

Hazem Elzarka

University of Cincinnati
USA

Applications of Drones in Construction and Transportation

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, are evolving beyond their military origin to become powerful business tools. Goldman Sachs predicts the fastest growth opportunity for drones comes from construction. They expect the construction industry to spend $11 billion on drones between now and 2020. Applications of drones in construction include progress tracking, asset inspection, contractor monitoring, construction safety, and construction quality control. In the transportation field, UAV applications include traffic monitoring, and work zone traffic control assessment and optimization. The presentation will discuss the state of the art applications of drones in construction and transportation. The speaker will discuss the sensors, platform, navigation challenges, requirements, and sensor related technologies needed for successful drone applications in construction and transportation. For example, a construction site is highly dynamic with obstacles in three dimensions. It is important to develop path planning methods to generate safe paths and use Real‐Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS or GPS‐denied navigation techniques to create accurate georeferenced imagery from the drone’s camera.

Vincenzo Naddeo

University of Salerno
Italy

Sustainable development of smart cities: the role of the environmental technologies

Cities are first and foremost built for people and must be managed to guarantee a suitable quality of life. More than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, this figure will rise to nearly 75%. The big challenger is to sustainably provide and manage energy, buildings, transportation, security, health, food, water and wastes in the urban-ecosystem dimension. In today’s world, people are able to produce large amounts of valuable data, thus contributing to developing smart cities. Smart cities consist of human-made structures or environments that are, in some capacity, monitored, metered, networked and controlled. A smart, sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation, and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects. The improvement of livability and sustainability are main issues of a smart city. In this context, environmental technologies are the hot solution. The development of novel technologies is strongly required to monitoring in realtime the key parameters directly on site at different parts of the urban-ecosystem. However to make the technology smart, for each environmental issue a robust algorithm for the data analyses and interpretation is necessary to make the right action/decision needs for the control of the quality of the environment. In the next future we can also image that these decision could be made by an artificial intelligence that can control all enviromental tecnologyes in the city. Design of smart cities is one of the most growing issue to be resolved for both current and next generations and environmental technologies designed at urban level will be the core. At this day, as almost every smart building, infrastructure and city is a prototype, these communities are in the early stage of development and require specific attention and expertise as we advance. This work will uncover the newest worldwide trends and developments that are driving smart city innovation for a sustainable development

Sessions:

Smart Infrastructure and Construction
Landscape Architecture
Sustainable Cities, Society and Culture
Low-energy and high-performance materials
Interior Design
Urbanization, Energy Supply and Transportation Construction
Infrastructure Asset Management
Architecture and Civil Engineering
Construction and Engineering

Paul Hampton

University of Wolverhampton
UK

The 4th Built Environment Industrial Revolution

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4ID) will ring in both the new and the old. It will engender innovative technologies and processes that are astonishingly new, and it will lead to the revival of institutions and ways of living that up to now have been widely seen to be archaic. We are already familiar with open source design and "digital commons". But there is something even more peculiar about the impact of 4ID because of the very strong sense of its imminence. It is not likely to be gradual. Over the last three decades, the pace of change in digital technology and the increase in its capacity and efficiency have been exponential; and the curve is likely to get steeper. Tablets that are now available for about £750 are 5000 times more powerful than the first generation. What makes the 4ID different is that it forces us to think in utopian terms here and now, and this leads to a cautious optimism. But 4ID has not yet so radically altered or challenged the way in which we organize and structure our communities and our social and professional relationships. Our ambition must be to manage 4ID in such a way as, not only to ensure we have roofs over our heads and food in our cupboards, but also to enable ourselves to re-establish the link between intellectual endeavour and manual labour, and thus come closer to achieving the sense of wholeness, purposefulness and a basic trust that every mature human being seeks.

Genell Ebbini

University of Minnesota
USA

Redefining the Practice of Biophilic Design: Linking the Gaps

Biophilic design elements are at the forefront of the industry and are emerging as a pivotal theme in interior design. Research demonstrates measurable results in improved human health and wellbeing by connecting people to nature through biophilic design elements and patterns which require designers to develop complex problem-solving skills. As the industry adopts biophilic design, significant gaps of biophilia elements and design strategies are evident. A preliminary study indicates that incorporating the principles of biophilic design is a challenge for many practitioners and solutions do not align with biophilic principles in an effective, authentic, and holistic manner. The purpose of this body of research is the identification of gaps between education and practice. A conceptual framework model was developed as an attempt to close the gap that integrates dimensions of biophilia, linking design education and practice. The framework is to build capacities based on foundations of theories, tested educational models, and strategies for future research. The implications of this work for future research and design education are promising and provide effective tools for building critical and analytical thought processes. There is a significant body of evidence-based research existing on the topic of biophilic design, and both human and ecological health and wellbeing. Biophilic design is promising; primarily the psychosocial importance of forging connections between nature, people, and the built environment. This body of research challenges industry precedents by redefining the practice of biophilic design in creating interiors that are responsive and healthy using evidence-based design and biophilic design elements.

P. Richard Perron

University of Manitoba
Canada

Canadian Ecological Infrastructure Strategies

The research is focused upon current and recent urban strategies being undertaken across Canada. Looking at Canadian cities, the work reveals the underlying assumptions behind the urban strategies that are being adopted (such as smart growth, sustainable community design, ecological urbanism, etc.), and illustrates how urban strategies are being realized through urban design. The work aims at demonstrating how ecological infrastructures are being used to develop urban design strategies. Urban design encompasses a wide spectrum of methods, so it is important throughout this research to illustrate the range of approaches taken across the country rather than concentrating on a single design approach or strategy. It is through cases studies of Canadian cities that we reveal the implementation of change. An urban strategy has been described as “a framework of reflection geared to regenerating towns and cities for the benefit of their inhabitants” (Francois Delarue). Urban strategies may take several forms, including the development or embellishment of public spaces, central commercial areas, recreational areas, experiments in the development of business/residential districts (such as Transit Oriented Design), the rejuvenation of neighborhoods, and many more. There is an ever-growing presence within Canadian cities to strategically implement change. The current research investigates the following questions: How are these changes being realized through urban design? How do cities of different sizes go about reinventing themselves? What is the importance of ecological infrastructure in the redevelopment of Canadian urban centers?

Norhan Magdy Mohamed Bayomi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA

Meeting Climate Goals for Major Carbon Emitters in the Middle East

Energy is a key ingredient to facilitate economic development in the Middle East. Expectations for a rapidly growing economy in the next decade will likely cause an increase in the fraction of energy consumed domestically tumbling what is available for export. Rising living standards, energy-intensive urban expansion and mounting power demands compound the energy challenge in the Middle East. After Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, countries in the Middle East have committed to curb their GHG emissions and increase the deployment of renewable technologies. As a result, energy systems have been under significant transitions driven by environmental policies and economic development. The presentation underlines the role of energy supply and power generation sector in the Middle East to meet climate goals. Emissions addressed in the talk are examined under the 450- pathway for the Middle East, developed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to contribute to the global goal of staying below 20C. The focus is given to four countries, namely Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, which account for around 76% of the region’s CO2 emissions. The main objective is to first, highlight current power generation strategies and assess their contribution under 450-emission scenario. Finally, live demo of an interactive web tool (MENA-CC.com) is presented that is developed and directed towards climate change challenges and rapid urbanization in Middle East and North African countries (MENA Climate Change Accelerator). The Climate Change Accelerator allows users to have open access to energy data sets, graphically conduct country-to-country comparison, examine different power scenarios and assess emissions trajectories relative to the 450-emission target.

Saad Binhowimal

University of Queensland
Australia

Fillers’ application in high-performance concrete

Modern concrete material science proposes that varying particle size distributions from very fine powder to coarse aggregates could help particles to fill the gap and fit together in a properly proportioned mixture leading to optimal packing. This opportunity will reduce voids between particles and free up more paste to support in creating an area of improvement in concrete performance properties. An experimental investigation is conducted to explore the possibilities of reducing the use of cement in the concrete paste and enhance the use of more low-carbon-footprint materials. In this research, a scientific high-performance concrete mix design is constructed by utilising various locally available natural fillers or recycled industrialised waste in mono or multi-size fillers adding mode. Blended concrete mixtures are then examined for flowability, passing ability, segregation stability and strength under standard tests; both single and concurrent performance comparison is considered, to verify the suitability of incorporating these fillers in structural application of high-performance concrete. These performance properties and fillers comparative additions are then correlated in relation to solid particle wet packing density and liquid film thicknesses theories. The results presented in this project can facilitate improvements in stability, durability and sustainability of building structures, which may possibly, extend the design life, cut the construction cost and conserve the energy by implementing high-quality fillers as a partial replacement of cement in paste or concrete mixture.

Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis

University of Leeds
UK

Structural Topology Optimisation Towards 3D Printing

Aerospace and automotive engineers routinely employ structural topology optimisation techniques and have reported significant structural performance gains as a result. Recently architects and designers have also started investigating the use of topology optimisation, for efficiency and aesthetics. Dr Tsavdaridis’ research team has exploited the use of structural topology optimisation design in various applications and will demonstrate some examples of where topology optimisation may be a useful design tool in civil/structural engineering. • A geometrically complex but efficient exoskeleton for a high-rise building and the optimal design of its architectural building envelop. • Optimisation and design of a perforated steel I-section beam, since such structural members are widely used nowadays in the vast majority of steel buildings and structures while they provide numerous of advances. • A new breed of aluminum cross-sections that have been generated through a comprehensive study of structural topology optimisation improving the cross-sectional stiffness while minimizing the weight of beams and columns. • A new conceptual design for tall slender lattice telecommunication towers and masts improving cost, static and dynamic performance as well as aesthetics, investigating the potential of using structural topology optimisation through a combination of 2D and 3D approaches with a focus on post-processing and manufacturability. Conclusions attempt to highlight the general characteristics of the optimised structural members and systems as well as the benefits of using 3D printed (additive manufacturing) in order to realize some of these results.

Amin K. Akhnoukh

East Carolina University
USA

Additive Construction using 3-D Printing for Earth and Space Applications

Additive construction has been recently introduced to the construction industry in the local and international markets by the new millennium. Additive construction refers to the building of any structure/structural element through the mechanical (automated) addition of construction materials in consecutive layers to form a 3-D structure according to a predetermined architectural design. Currently, plain concrete is used in additive construction projects and poured through extrusion from robotic arms called 3-D printer. The main advantages introduced to the construction industry by additive construction include excellent quality control, labor and time savings, minimizing human errors, and increased construction site safety. However, multiple impediments exists and hinders the widespread of this technology. First, the concrete mix used in additive construction is required to be flowable enough to be extruded through the 3-D printer nozzle, yet, the concrete mix has to be of sufficient viscosity and quick setting to be ready for additional layers of the pour. This research paper presents the advantages of additive construction, the challenges that face the concrete material mix design, and constructability techniques. Examples of successful projects using 3-D printing are presented. It is estimated that additive construction market share will be multiplied during the next decade, with an increased share in military projects, low cost housing construction, and in the establishment of space habitats

David Daw

North West University
South Africa

Infrastructure: a foundation for South African development vision 2030

In this study we investigate the relationship between mining infrastructure and economic growth in South Africa from 1980-2013. The importance of the study is to examine if there is both short and long run significant relationship between mining infrastructure and economic growth in South Africa. The data for mining was collected from South African Reserve Bank (SARB) covering the range from 1980-2013 of the study. Both Augmented Dickey Fully (ADF) and Philip Perron (PP) where used for stationarity tests. The study used 5% critical value to analyse the results obtained from the study. Engle granger and johansen Cointegration tests are employed in the study, also Vector Error Correction Model (VECM) were also employed in the study. In the results we obtained that there is also a causal relationship between mining infrastructure and economic growth, meaning development of mining infrastructure does promote economic growth. There is also a causal relationship between mining infrastructure and economic growth, meaning the development of mining infrastructure does not promote economic growth. In conclusion the policy makers should improve private infrastructure which will equip human capital to be more useful in contributing towards knowledge and innovation. This means South Africa government and mining industry should priorities the development of infrastructure as component that will be sufficient towards economic development.

Peter Burggräf

RWTH Aachen University
Germany

Enabling Sustainable Production through Urban Factories

The increase of the world’s population and the trend of urbanization create new challenges for the industrial economy, especially for the manufacturing sector and its strategic orientation of goods and services. Additionally, manufacturing companies must constantly adapt existing value-adding networks. Urban production as a form of value creation in urban areas is considered as a solution for these challenges. Characteristics of a production close to the city are lower logistics costs and a flexible work schedule for employees as well as implicitly fewer emissions through shorter distances to customers and for workforce. In this paper, the corresponding urban factory, along with its requirements towards the production system, is understood as a new factory archetype. In addition to 'Mega Factories’ (automated, large scales, rural areas) and 'Micro Factories' (mobile, small scales, connectable), it is seen as a potential factory of the future. Although research in factory planning uses many approaching levels to encounter urban production, the research landscape lacks a compatibility test as an instrument and tool for factory planning to explore scales of urban factories. In this paper, measures of cost competitiveness by cost degression as well as possibilities in production regarding information, human factors and ecologic aspects are presented and demonstrated referring to results from a project of a low-invest factory in the automotive sector.

Xinxin Wang

Unitec Institute of Technology
New Zealand

Planning green infrastructure for a regional Auckland

Auckland is facing rapid urban growth which based on urban population increasing about one million by 2040. How this development can be made environmentally sustainable would be the key question to planners in the 21st century. Not only traditional infrastructure will be needed for the population change, but also a new green infrastructure to ensure environmental sustainability. Green infrastructure is a design strategy to link up existing green spaces, both public and private; to help ensure the environmental health of a city and its continued social-economic wellbeing. Green infrastructure also plays an ever-increasing role in shaping regional urban forms. It can act as; dividers of urban sub-centers, directors of urban growth and urban retrofitting tools. This paper discusses the development of green infrastructure along State Highway One, the economic and spatial corridor of the Auckland region. The proposed green infrastructure will not only preserve and enhance the existing environment but will also ensure the continuing connection between city and nature that Aucklanders take for granted. The authors established two sets of criteria; environmental and social, to drive the development of the infrastructure. Three case studies were developed to test the proposition, ranging in scale from the regional to the local. Research findings suggested that preserving and enhancing the green infrastructure in the greater Auckland Region could not only offer a new regional park system but also provide more land for sustainable development and enhance the quality of life for future citizens

Julie Larsen

Syracuse University
USA

Rhizolith Island: Prototyping a Resilient Coastal Infrastructure for Mangrove Repopulation

The design and development of Rhizolith Island investigates ways for floating, high performance concrete structures to revitalize depleting mangrove forests along vulnerable, urbanized shorelines with ongoing flooding. The project is a collaboration between architects, a concrete manufacturer, coastal engineers, the local government of Cartagena, Colombia, and local NGOs. The process combines innovative design strategies with advanced R&D concrete mixes and fabrication techniques to strengthen ecological resilience of coastal infrastructure and reinforce community appreciation of the ecologies that surround and protect them. As a new infrastructural type, the island is a barrier that protects and enables new mangroves, and the habitats they provide, to grow and thrive while creating a new public edge for visitors along the shore. The initial proof of concept of the island was exhibited in the harbor of Cartagena, Colombia and supported by the National Park Los Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo and the Cartagena Port Authority. The city is interested in ways to combat mangrove loss in littoral environments and subsequent flooding with resilient approaches that are responsive to ecological conditions while still maintaining an aesthetically enriching recreational shoreline. Rhizolith Island can float above water to ensure mangrove seedlings stay protected above continuous waves in the deep waters adjacent to the lagoon. The design of the concrete modules are made with a high-strength and lightweight concrete technology to encase the mangrove seedlings as they grow; while concrete fins below water create new ecological habitats. Eventually, mature mangroves are able to control flooding and re-establish their habitat to bring the site back to nature.

Mohammed Al Surf

Effat University
Saudi Arabia

From Sustainable Buildings to Sustainable Cities

Sustainable design methods have been the norm for the past two decades and the application levels vary from location to location and consider different environmental, economical and social variables. The focus for local governments is shifting from small-scale applications on building to cover whole cities. The main approach to apply the different triple bottom line variables is to retrofit existing non-sustainable conditions to be sustainable. City retrofitting approach allows the consideration of all buildings located in the same district or city as an entity. In this case the application of retrofitting measures is not limited to single buildings only but can be applied on city level by exploiting synergies and interactions between buildings and their surrounding infrastructure and environment. The creation of sustainable cities can be treated as the point where sustainable buildings and the sustainable urban planning meet. The US Green Building Council launched a new performance measuring tool called ARC where it can be a platform that measure the efficiency of a city from 5 different parameter, Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience. This paper will elaborate on the integrated sustainable city retrofitting design methodology and city sustainability assessment KPIs that were the base of design of the ARC platform. Furthermore, the lessons learned and the results of implementing these methodologies and KPIs on real sustainable city retrofitting case studies are going to be discussed.

Eugene Kwak

Pratt Institute and New York Institute of Technology
USA

Defining local food network and distribution system in New York Metropolitan area

From the effects of widespread monoculture to the aging population of career farmers, the agriculture industry today is facing myriad challenges. Industrialized farming, for all its virtues, has not come without collateral damage—depleting healthy soil and contributing to threats of contamination. With land becoming more and more scarce, the number of farmers in America has likewise declined, now sitting at an all‐time low. And yet, there has never been more consumer demand for what they produce. But farms today are plagued by a sheer lack of resources, capital and infrastructure required to distribute and preserve sustainable agriculture. According to American Famland Trust, the U.S. is losing farmland at a rate of 40 acres every hour; New York state alone has lost a half million acres over the last 30 years. With the average age of farmers rising and the number of young, new farmers declining at an alarming rate, the generational passing of practical, institutional knowledge and experience is at risk. More than 8 million people in and around New York City rely on local farms for their food every day. And yet, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, great farms are being threatened daily. The aim of this research is to 1) define local food network and distribution systems in New York Metropolitan area, 2) help foster the growth of young and beginning farmers in Hudson Valley region in New York, 3) develop design focused “agri” based business model to catalyze investment in agriculture, 4) connect urban demographic to the natural environment and establish environmental stewardship, and 5) raise awareness of sustainability through responsible farming.

Giovanni Cascante

University of Waterloo
Canada

Investigation of sample size effects on Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Method – experimental study

Nondestructive ultrasonic evaluation (NDE) is commonly used for assessment of civil infrastructure and characterization of construction materials; because, it is an efficient technique that could save millions of dollars with respect to traditional intrusive tests. Changes in the medium conditions are inferred currently from changes in the wave velocity of a low-strain pulse travelling between two points. Velocity changes are evaluated using practically only one point of information out of thousands that are actually recorded in typical tests. Why? Because, ultrasonic sensors are not calibrated; they do not measure displacement, velocity, or acceleration. Therefore, the real input excitation and corresponding output response of the medium in NDE tests are not known. This paper is aimed at addressing these important limitations in the use of ultrasonic pulse velocity method for the dynamic characterization of construction materials. Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV) method is a very popular technique used in NDE. Major benefit of the method is its simplicity. UPV uses the concept of measuring time of a first arrival of ultrasonic wave from one side of the specimen to another. Moreover, UPV is an ASTM standard test method for concrete specimens. The standard specifies the applications of UPV as: assessment of relative quality of concrete, presence of voids imperfections (i.e. voids, cracks, and the effectiveness of its repairs). UPV can be also applied to monitoring changes in the condition of specimen. In spite of an easiness of the method obtained results highly depend on the transducers used, coupling quality, and specimen dimensions. The authors briefly comment on the first two factors and focus on the latter. The results for UPV tests of 6 concrete specimens of different heights and diameters are presented. The specimens are tested with 50 kHz and 1 MHz excitation transducers and the state-of-the-art laser vibrometer (response measurements). The authors discuss the influence of specimens’ dimensions on the measured pulse velocities. Practical recommendations for the minimal dimensions of the test object in order to minimize the error in UPV tests are proposed.

Ali Ali Hassen Shash

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
Saudi Arabia

Risk Management in Construction Projects in Saudi Arabia

Risk management is a proactive and responsive practice that works to deliver a project within allocated the time, cost, and quality. This paper reveals, through a questionnaire survey, the techniques and practices that construction companies in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia follow to eliminate or mitigate risks in construction projects. The majority of contractors in Saudi Arabia have risk management systems embedded within their organizations. Managers, cost estimators, planners, and tender specialists, e.g., senior vice president of estimation, director of cost and planning and tendering team are responsible for risk management processes. Very few organizations have a separate risk management department. The risk management process typically entails the risk identification, risk analysis, risk prevention, and control. The contractors use effective and suitable techniques to analyze, prevent, and mitigate risks.

A. B. M. Saiful Islam

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
Saudi Arabia

Offshore floating wind turbine as deep water energy exploration structure

The floating offshore wind turbines are expected to become more popular structure because of the high quality of offshore wind resources and the environmental benefits. Excessive use of fossil fuels has caused climate change in the last few decades and threatened human security and development. Nowadays, serious energy crisis and environmental pollution have forced people and governments throughout the world to look for sustainable alternative sources of energy. As a result, wind power as a type of abundant, clean, renewable energy sources has received considerable attention worldwide and its development is growing at an unprecedented rate in recent years. The onshore wind farm development is usually restricted by land availability. Problems such as wind turbine noise and their visual impact on the natural environment are the main reasons for people to refuse to accept the building of onshore wind turbines close to residential areas. Besides, wind over the water is generally stronger, more consistent and much smoother than wind over land. In contrast, the present research deals with the offshore wind turbines aimed at installing in deep sea and operating in the same manner as onshore wind turbines. Installation of this structure ensures a lot more available space as well as fewer complaints about noise and visual intrusion. The coastal regions are usually the most economically developed with high electricity demand, thus the exploitation of offshore wind energy can not only help ease pressure on power supply in those areas but also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The offshore wind turbine becomes potential energy exploration structure and is expected to be the future focus of development in many countries around the world

Chipozya Tembo

Copperbelt University
Zambia

Towards achieving sustainability in the built Environment

With an increase in the global population, there is an increasing need for various types of infrastructure. Provision of the infrastructure is a challenge with the limited financial and natural resources. This is exacerbated by the need to provide sustainable infrastructure to ensure that the current resources are accessible to future generations. Sustainability economically, environmentally and socially are the main goals. The challenges and opportunities for achieving sustainability in the built environment are presented using existing literature. Notwithstanding, the challenges for sustainability are more pronounced in the existent literature. Nevertheless, the literature suggests that measures can be taken to achieve viable, bearable and equitable solutions for the sustainability of the built environment. Practically, the highlighted measures such as energy efficiency, natural resource stewardship, use of renewable natural resources, implementation of resilient building regulations/standards and collaborative problem solving can be implemented in order to achieve a sustainable built environment

Edmore Chikohora

Namibia University of Science & Technology
Namibia

Adaptive algorithm for parameterization of feature extraction techniques in remote sensing images

Collaboration is one important strategy that can used by researchers from different disciplines to come up with solid next generation solutions however, the big question is who should collaborate and how do we do it? This presentation introduces part of our research work, which is a collaboration between computing and biological science ideas. The research is aimed at developing a novel algorithm that determines parameter values for feature extraction techniques in remote sensing images using the adaptive principles of the biological genes. The presentation shows some of the simulations, experiments and results obtained that evidence the potential of the developed novel algorithm. I believe collaboration with other disciplines enables the construction industry to mass produce sustainable building parts that can significantly bring down the costs to attractive levels, thereby promoting affordability of services rendered

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