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Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen, Institute of Technology, University of Ontario, Canada
Marc A. Rosen is a Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada, where he served as founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from 2002 to 2008.
Dr. Rosen was President of the Engineering Institute of Canada from 2008 to 2010, and President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering from 2002 to 2004. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and has served in many professional capacities, including Editor-in-Chief of journals and a member of the Board of Directors of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation.
With over 60 research grants and contracts and 700 technical publications, , Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in sustainable energy, the environmental impact of energy and industrial systems, and energy technology (including renewable energy and efficiency improvement). He has also carried out research on the linkages between thermodynamics, economics and ecology. Much of his research has been carried out for industry, and he has written numerous books.
Dr. Rosen has worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. He was also a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada for 16 years. While there, Dr. Rosen served as department Chair and Director of the School of Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honours, including an Award of Excellence in Research and Technology Development from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Engineering Institute of Canada's Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering's Angus Medal for outstanding contributions to the management and practice of mechanical engineering. He received a distinguished scholar award from Ryerson University and a Mid-Career Award from University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Energy Foundation.
Title: Energy Sustainability: Concepts, Needs and Transitions
Abstract: Energy sustainability is important given the widespread nature of energy use, the importance of energy use in economic development, and the significant impacts that energy processes have on the environment. Factors that need to be considered and appropriately addressed in moving towards energy sustainability are energy resources, efficiency, and environmental stewardship, as well as economics, equity, lifestyle, sociopolitical factors and population. The speaker will discuss these and a recently published assessment, which identifies the urgent need for a sustained and comprehensive strategy, including energy transition pathways, to resolve the challenges facing sustainable development, including climate change mitigation and energy security and access.
Prof. Paulo Brito, Polythecnic Institute of Portalegre, Portugal
Paulo Sérgio Duque de Brito has a degree in chemical engineering, Processes and Industry specialization, in the Technical Superior Institute; has a master's degree in "Corrosion Science and Engineering" by UMIST, Manchester University; is a PhD in Chemical Engineering, by the Superior Technical Institute in the electrochemical – on fuel cells. He has also an MBA – Master of Business and Administration.
Currently, he is a Coordinator Teacher in the Superior School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP), where he is also the President of the Technologies and Design Department. He is also, Institutional Coordinator for I&DT of IPP and responsible for C3i – Investigation and Innovation Interdisciplinary Coordination.
The main areas he investigates are related with Bioenergy, waste environmental treatments, materials corrosion and energy galvanic production.
He has published more than 150 works, in books, articles and conferences presentations.
Speech Title: Energy production from wastes by thermal gasification processes
Abstract: Issues related to the emissions of greenhouse gases, lack of fossil natural resources and the price increasing of fuels have increasingly encouraged research and adoption of new technological strategies for energy production from renewable sources and application of waste-to-energy (WTE) concepts. Syngas obtained from gasification of biomass and wastes constitutes an interesting resource for energy generation because it has lower impacts for the environment compared with traditional technologies and allows the valorisation of waste residues as feedstocks. Forest residues and municipal solid wastes are the major sources of biomass energy with interest. This paper presents the scope, potential and technologies related to the use of biomass resources with a focus on thermal gasification of industrial and forest wastes. The study presents some experimental results of thermal gasification of typical wastes produced in Portugal with pilot scale thermal gasification units.
Prof. Zhongjie Huan, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
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Prof. Dr. Wanyang Dai, Nanjing University, China
Wanyang Dai received his Ph.D degree in applied mathematics jointly with industrial engineering and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., in 1996, where he worked on stochastics and applied probability concerning network performance modeling and analysis, algorithm design and implementation via stochastic diffusion approximation. The breakthrough results and methodologies developed in his thesis were cited, used, and claimed as "contemporaneous and independent" achievements by some other subsequent breakthrough papers that were presented as "45 minute invited talk in probability and statistics" in International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 1998, which is the most privilege honor in the mathematical society. The designed finite element-Galerkin algorithm to compute the stationary distributions of reflecting Brownian motions (the weak solutions of general dimensional partial differential equations) is also well-known to the related fields.
He was an MTS (permanent) in End-to-End Network Architecture Department of AT&T Bell Labs (now called Nokia Bell Labs), Atlanta, GA and Warren, NJ, U.S.A., from 1996-1999, where he was principal investigators and developers of several projects in telecommunication network architecture and design, network performance and financial engineering, operating system and database development to support various intelligent engines/models for strategy planning and big data analysis in a "Plug-in and Play" manner, with some (nowadays called cloud computing) project won "Technology Transfer".
He is a distinguished professor in Nanjing University, where his research includes stochastic processes related optimization and optimal control, admission/scheduling/routing protocols and performance analysis/optimization for big data oriented cloud computing and the next generation of wireless and wireline communication systems, forward/backward stochastic (ordinary/partial) differential equations and their applications to queueing systems, stochastic differential games, communication networks, financial engineering. His "influential" papers are published in "big name" journals including Operations Research, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Queueing Systems, Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Dynamical Systems.
He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advances in Applied Mathematics, editors or members of editorial boards of over 20 international journals ranging from pure mathematics to its applications (e.g., Wireless Engineering and Technology), General Chairs and plenary/keynote speakers of over 20 IEEE and international conferences, member/group leader of judge committee in mathematics for National Natural Science Awards of China, Vice Presidents/Directors of probability, statistics, operations research societies.
He was a visiting scholar in Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science of China, Beijing, China, in 2001, a Long Term Participant of IMA Annual Program of Probability and Statistics in Complex Systems: Financial Engineering, Communication Networks and Genomics in Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA), Minneapolis, U.S.A., in 2004, a visiting professor in Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management in Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, in 2007.