CENSAM Annual Workshop 2017
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29 & 30 JUNE 2017



Organisers' message:

On behalf of the organising committee, we are pleased to invite you to CENSAM’s 10th annual workshop to be held in Singapore on 29th-30th June, 2017. The goal of our concluding workshop is to provide a forum for our achievements, recent research findings and technologies, and to create networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and collaboration.

In this year's programme, we highlight both achievements and ongoing Singapore-MIT collaborative work on air quality, regional climate, and marine and offshore monitoring and sensing. CENSAM researchers, collaborators, and alums will present talks and posters, providing a sense of the range of interdisciplinary research that has been conducted at CENSAM.

In addition, the workshop will feature invited talks by Dr. Farhana Anuar (National Climate Change Secretariat), Prof Stefan Wuertz (Research Director, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sci. and Engineering), Dr. Serena Teo, (Facility Director, St John's Island National Marine Laboratory), and Dr. Heiko Aydt (Singapore-ETH Centre, Project Leader Cooling Singapore).

This year we also have a significant number of posters presented by each research group, so please make sure to set aside time during coffee and lunch breaks to enjoy one-on-one interaction with the presenters.

We look forward to your participation at CENSAM's 10th 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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12:45 - 13:00 Registration
13:00 - 13:20 Welcome and Overview by Andrew Whittle, CENSAM Lead Principal Investigator and Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
13:20 - 15:10 Thermal comfort and air quality for liveable cities
(Chair: Janelle Thompson + Cheng Dan)
13:20 - 13:40 Buildings, vegetation and human activity in Singapore: discoveries and directions by Leslie Norford, Professor of Architecture, MIT and former Lead Principal Investigator for CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
13:40 - 14:00 Cooling Singapore by Heiko Aydt, Coordinator for Responsive Cities, Future Cities Laboratory & Project Leader of Cooling Singapore, Singapore-ETH Centre [DOWNLOAD]
14:00 - 14:20 Numerical Modeling of Urban Climate: Understanding Microscale and Informing Mesoscale by Negin Nazarian, Postdoctoral Associate, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
14:20 - 14:35 How to battle air pollution and climate change in Singapore by Erik Velasco, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
14:35 - 14:55 A new approach to quantifying and constraining biomass burning in Southeast and East Asia by Jason Cohen, Professor at School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University [DOWNLOAD]
14:55 - 15:10 Panel - Q&A
15:10 - 16:00 Coffee Break (50 min)
16:00 - 17:45 Marine contaminant transport and Sensing
(Chair: Paola Rizzoli + Jurriaan Gillissen)
16:00 - 16:20 The History of Marine Paleoclimate and Anthropogenic Pb in the Singapore Region: Coral Histories and Seawater Sampling by Edward A. Boyle, Professor of Marine Geochemistry at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
16:20 - 16:35 Zinc (Zn) chemical speciation in the Singapore coastal environment, the Malacca-Straits and South China Sea by Gonzalo Carrasco, Postdoctoral Associate, SMART-CENSAM. [DOWNLOAD]
16.35 - 16:55 Bioinspired sensors and robots by Michael Triantafyllou, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor in Ocean Science and Engineering; Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering; Director, Center for Ocean Engineering, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
16:55 - 17:10 Imaging Through Highly Scattering Media by Shakil Rehman, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
17:10 - 17:30 The coupled variability of the regional climate in the South China Sea by Jun Wei, Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Peking University [DOWNLOAD]
17:30 - 17:45 Panel - Q&A
17:45 - 20:30 Cocktail Reception (Beer, Wine, finger food) and Music band (2hr 45min)
30 JUNE 2017, FRIDAY
08:30 - 09:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 10:35 Advanced technologies to promote water security (Chair: Leslie Norford + Chen Kian Wee)
9:00 - 9:20 Online measurement and interpretation of drinking water quality by Andrew Whittle, CENSAM Lead Principal Investigator and Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil Engineering, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
9:20 – 9:40 Electrochemical and colorimetric aptasensor technologies for rapid detection of viral contaminants in water by Masaaki Kitajima, Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University [DOWNLOAD]
9:40 - 10:00 Next generation analysis of microbial water quality in the urban tropics by Janelle Thompson, Principal Investigator, SMART-CENSAM; Associate Director of Outreach, SMART [DOWNLOAD]
10:00 - 10:20 Microbial Communities in the Urban Water Cycle: Fate of Pathogens by Stefan Wuertz, Research Director (Environmental Engineering) & Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU [DOWNLOAD]
10:20 - 10:35 Panel - Q&A
10:35 - 10:55 Tea Break (20 min)
10:55 - 12:50 Integrated solutions for off-shore monitoring, modelling, and utilization
(Chair: Dick Yue + Grgur Tokic)
10.55 - 11:15 Dynamics of sediment clouds and plumes with application to land reclamation and dredging activities by Eric Adams, Senior Lecturer, Senior Research Engineer, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
11:15 - 11:35 Distributed System of Autonomous Buoys for Scalable Deployment and Monitoring of Marine Environment by Roland Bouffanais, Assistant Professor in the Engineering & Product Development (EPD), SUTD & Dick Yue, Philip J. Solondz Professor of Engineering, the Skolkovo Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, MIT
11.35 - 11:55 Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms in Singapore waters: Toxic species by Sandric Leong, Senior Research Fellow, Tropical Marine Science Institute, NUS [DOWNLOAD]
11:55 - 12:15 New soft robot technologies and their potential environmental applications by Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Assistant Professor in the Engineering Product Development, SUTD
12:15 - 12:35 Challenges for Marine Science in World's Busiest Port by Serena Teo, Facility Director, St John's Island National Marine Laboratory, C/O TMSI, NUS [DOWNLOAD]
12:35 - 12:50 Panel - Q&A
12:50 - 14:20 Lunch (1hr 30min)
14:20 - 16.00 Prediction and mitigation of climate impacts in South East Asia (Chair: Chien Wang + Benjamin Grandey)
14:20 - 14:40 Singapore’s Approach to Climate Change by Farhana Anuar, Senior Assistant Director (Policy Innovation & Futures), National Climate Change Secretariat, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office
14:40 – 14:55 The Contribution of Fire and Non-fire Pollutants to Regional Air Quality in Southeast Asia by Lee Hsiang He, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
14:55 - 15:10 Tropical peatlands: fundamental principles and their applications for management by Alex Cobb, Research Scientist, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
15:10 - 15:25 The Impact of Various Aerosol Emission Scenarios on Precipitation and its Effects on Lower Mekong River Hydrology by Yeo Lik Khian, PhD Student, SMART-CENSAM [DOWNLOAD]
15:25 - 15:45 Climate change impacts over the Maritime and Asian Continents by Elfatih Eltahir, Breene M. Kerr Professor, MIT [DOWNLOAD]
15:45 - 16:00 Panel - Q&A
16:00 - 16:30 Tea Break (30 min)
16:05 Group Photo

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