CENSAM Annual Workshop 2016
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22 JUNE 2016



Organisers' message:

The Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) is pleased to invite you to its 9th Annual Workshop on Wednesday 22nd of June 2016. In this year’s programme, we explore three themes: Accomplishments, Innovations, and Visions, and end the day by a panel discussion.

The Accomplishments session will showcase projects funded by the CENSAM Research Initiative Programme (indicated with *), a new effort to encourage junior scientists to drive their own research activities. In addition, two MIT faculty will present keynote talks.

The Innovations session will explore the process of commercialising research. Dr Howard Califano (Director, SMART Innovation Centre) will present a keynote talk. Four shorter talks will introduce research that is contributing to the innovation ecosystem in Singapore, with potential global impact.

The Visions session will look forward to the future, outlining some bleeding edge research ideas. Speakers include three MIT faculty, alongside faculty from NTU and NUS.

A panel of lead researchers and faculty from MIT, NUS, Cambridge, and ETH Zurich will discuss pathways for reducing outdoor temperatures and improving thermal comfort for a more livable Singapore. Before taking questions from the audience, panel members will summarize current local and international efforts to reduce urban temperatures by, for example, reducing heat sources or changing surface properties of buildings, outline needed research in Singapore, and examine opporturities to better assess and improve the thermal comfort of those engaged in outdoor activities

We look forward to your participation at CENSAM's 9th Annual Workshop. To register, please click the button below. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.



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08:30 - 09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome remark and opening address by Andrew Whittle, CENSAM Lead Principal Investigator and Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
9:15 - 11:15 ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Session chair: Andrew Whittle (MIT)
9:15 - 9:35 Carbon and water fluxes in tropical peatlands: field experiments, ecological models, and remote sensing by Charles Harvey, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
9:35 - 9:45 * Wind dispersal in Southeast Asian trees by Alex Cobb, Research Scientist, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology – Center for Environmental Sensing & Modeling (SMART-CENSAM) [DOWNLOAD]
9:45 - 9:55 * Investigating the climate impacts of fires by Benjamin Grandey, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
9:55 - 10:05 * Norovirus aptasensor: an aptamer-based biosensing platform for environmental pathogen monitoring by Masaaki Kitajima, Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University [DOWNLOAD]
10:05 - 10:15 * Seasonal study of selected trace metals, sources and bioavailability around Singapore: connecting natural and anthropogenic sources to regional scale distributions by Gonzalo Carrasco, Postdoctoral Associate, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break & Poster Session (30 min)
10:45 - 10:55 * Affordable robust multi-domain drones for sensing by Tawfiq Taher, Senior Research Manager, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
10:55 - 11:15 Robotics, sensing and Interpretation by Nicholas Patrikalakis, Kawasaki Professor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
11:15 - 12:30 INNOVATIONS - Session chair: Michael Triantafyllou (MIT)
11:15 - 11:30 Driving research to impact: adaptive Innovation™ approach by Howard Califano, Director, SMART Innovation Centre [DOWNLOAD]
11:30 - 11:40 Visenti, taking innovation from lab to market place by Ami Preis, Director & Co-Founder, Visenti Ltd. [DOWNLOAD]
11.40 - 11:50 From biological cilia to miniaturized flow sensor - a Nature-Inspired innovation by Ajay Kottapalli, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
11:50 - 12:00 Safe-guarding urban water with the holistic LEDIF technology by Kelvin Ng, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
12:00 - 12:15 Biomimetic and graphene chemical sensors for environmental monitoring by Jianmin Miao, Associate Professor at School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) [DOWNLOAD]
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Poster Session (1h30min)
14:00 - 15:30 VISIONS - Session chair: Chien Wang (MIT)
14:00 - 14:20 Significant Rice Crop Yield Reduction in Southern Vietnam due to Changing Climate by Liong Shie-Yui, Deputy Director, Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), National University of Singapore (NUS) [DOWNLOAD]
14:20 – 14:35 External influences on air quality in Singapore by Steven Barrett, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Finmeccanica Professor of Engineering, and Director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
14:35 - 14:50 Large-Scale Networked Wave-Field Sensing and Reconstruction for Maritime Operational Guidance - Predictability and Capacity by Dick Yue, Philip J. Solondz Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at School of Engineering, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
14:50 - 15:05 Energy efficiency in desalination: a thermodynamic systems problem by John Lienhard, Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Laboratory, and Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
15:05 - 15:25 Investigating the air microbiome in Singapore by Enzo Acerbi, Research Fellow Singapore Center for Environmental Life Science Engineering (SCELSE) [DOWNLOAD]
15:25 - 15:55 Tea Break
16:00 - 17:00 "A more livable Singapore: pathways for reducing outdoor temperatures and improving thermal comfort".
- Leslie Norford, Professor, Architecture, MIT and former Lead Principal Investigator for CENSAM (Chair)
- Markus Kraft, Lead Principal Investigator for Cambridge Centre for Energy Efficiency in Singapore (CARES)
- Nyuk Hien Wong,Professor, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, NUS
- Heiko Aydt, Senior Researcher and Coordinator for Responsive Cities, Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Singapore ETH Centre (SEC)
17:00 - 17:10 Wrap-Up Session - Andrew Whittle, CENSAM Lead PI

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