Keynote Speakers

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Submission Deadline(Full paper)June 30,  2018
Submission Deadline(Abstract)June 24,  2018
Author notificationwithin 2 weeks
Final versionJuly 31, 2018
RegistrationJuly 31, 2018
Main conferenceOct. 26-282018   

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Ms. Anna H. M. Wang



Keynote Speaker I


Prof Dracos Vassalos, University of Strathclyde, UK

Bio: Professor Dracos Vassalos BSc, MBA, PhD, DSc, CEng, FRINA, FIMarEST (Male). Dracos Vassalos is Professor of Maritime Safety and Director of the Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) at the Department of NAOME, University of Strathclyde. His motto is “safety enhancement through innovation”, pursued over a 38-year career in industry and academia, promoting the use of scientific approaches in maritime safety. He is Chairman of the Design for Safety” Conference, a subject topic he has introduced to the maritime industry in 1995 and spearheaded its development and implementation since then with some 100 large-scale R&D projects. Professor Vassalos is one of the instigators of EU maritime research in the early 1990s where, in close collaboration with industry, he introduced a Thematic Network on safety as the vehicle to shaping maritime safety. Professor Vassalos was the co-ordinator for maritime safety research in EU from 1996 to 2004, which led to some 100 large-scale projects with over €250M funding that completely transformed maritime safety. He has filed 3 safety-related Patents, is the Editor of 10 Conferences/Workshops Proceedings; co-editor of the first book on Contemporary Ideas on Ship Stability and of the first Special Edition in the SMOT Journal and Ocean Engineering Journal. Professor Vassalos is the author of 415 technical publications, comprising: 2 HSE books on “Avoidance of cable snap-loading in offshore lifting operations”, 2 major chapters on the first book on “Risk-Based Ship Design” and 14 additional chapters in various other books (80 refereed Journal, 168 refereed Conference, 88 Conference, 69 Invited Papers/Key Note Addresses/Articles and of numerous research, contract and internal reports. He is also the Chairman of Safety at Sea/Brookes Bell, a company offering one-stop-shop provision of maritime safety. Professor Vassalos received a Life Achievement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011, the Froude Medal from RINA in 2012 and the David Taylor Medal from SNAME in 2016 for his life-long contribution to maritime safety.

Keynote Speaker II


Prof. Ir. Dr. Hj. Ramli Nazir, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia 

Speech Title : Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Underground Station and Portal Construction Challenges in Kuala Lumpur Limestone Formation

Abstract: The Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line project is the first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project in Malaysia. The  KVMRT  Project  when completed  will  cover  a  distance  of  51km  and  comprises  of  31 passenger  stations.  This paper presents the challenges of temporary earth retaining system design together with vertical rock excavation to the final depth of the station in karstic limestone formation for three underground stations and one portal. The Kuala Lumpur Limestone formation exhibits notorious karstic features with irregular bedrock profiles, variable weathering condition, cavities and slime zones. It is well known for its highly erratic karstic features. With the exception of Batu Caves, exposures of Kuala Lumpur Limestone are mainly found in tin mining areas. The limestone is estimated to be about 1,850m thick, overlying graphitic schist known as Hawthornden Schist. The top of the sequence is Kenny Hill formation which occupies the heartland of KL including areas at KLCC and Bukit Bintang. The karsts consist of deep dissections, potholes, steep depressions and solution channels, resulting in erratic limestone rock bedrock profile that posts great uncertainties and challenges in foundation construction. The unique experience (design and construction) gained from this project will be a useful reference for similar excavation works, especially in karstic limestone formation in future.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Qiang Meng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Keynote Speaker IV 


Prof. Akinori Morimoto, Waseda University, JAPAN

Speech Title: The strategies for integrating land use and public transportation in Japan

Abstract: Land use and transportation are interdependent, similar to a chicken-and-egg relation. Creating new public transport increases the attractiveness of the land, promoting new urban facilities. The speech focuses on the relationship between land use and public transportation for the purpose of sustainable city. From the viewpoint of compact city under depopulation, Transit Oriented Development should be implemented along next-generation public transportation system such as Light Rail Transit. The key issues of the speech are as follows;

[1 ] History of Transit Oriented Development in Japan

[2 ] Depopulation society and compact city policy

[3 ] Strategies for integrating land use and new transport

[4 ] Challenge in local hub-city