Keynote Speakers

Prof. Andrew Carruthers

Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, School of Engineering, University of Bradford, UK

Senior academic at the University of Bradford which over twenty five years of experience in teaching and research in Operations Management with particular interests in the aerospace industry. Previously worked for British Aerospace (BAE) Commercial aircraft and the Rover car company in the UK. Graduated from the University of Bradford which a BSc in Industrial Technology and Management and then gained a “Postgraduate Certificate in Education” from Loughborough University of Technology. Awarded PhD from the University of Aston in Birmingham with a doctoral thesis focussed on the effect of advanced manufacturing on small and medium sized companies. Have collaborated internationally with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States, Alstadt-Sigmaringen University and the European University of Applied Sciences Rhein in Germany and the HZ University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Speech Title: Meeting the challenges of modern society: The contribution of advanced manufacturing and automation technologies


Abstract: The lecture with outline several of the key issues facing modern society and how such trends as industry 4.0 are addressing them. It will also assess the potential of manufacturing to disseminate wealth to developing countries.


Prof. T. Hikmet Karakoc

Anadolu University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Turkey

T. Hikmet Karakoc is a Full Professor in Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey. He received his MSc and PhD in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He has published many papers at various national and international conferences, while he has authored several books. He is a member of many journals and associations. Professor Karakoc is also in charge of Editor-In Chief role at the International Journal of Sustainable Aviation, the International Journal of Engineering and Technology, the Journal of Sustainable Aviation Researches. He is president of SARES ( Sustainable Aviation Research Society) and Founding Chair of ISSA (International Symposium of Sustainable aviation). His research areas include aviation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, energy and energy economy, exergy, gas turbine engines, fuels, sustainable development, isolation and installation.

Speech Title: Aspects of Sustainable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design


Abstract: In this study, the key aspects of the sustainable unmanned aerial vehicle design (UAV) were examined. UAV systems and subsystems were assessed with a scope of sustainability. UAV’s are a trending research area throughout the world due to feasible project budgets required. UAV configurations and payloads vary with size and mission. These variables diversify the extent of research projects on UAVs. The wide range of UAV categorization allows researchers to focus on a category which is available sustain with their research budget. Thus, a wide number of researches and articles emerge with each day. Sustainability of UAV propulsion systems, sustainability of UAV energy sources, sustainability of UAV materials and sustainability of UAV’s flight characteristics and operational capabilities are examined individually. After the examinations phase, a concept of sustainable UAV is defined. UAV’s with alternative fuel sources and UAV’s that comply with the sustainable UAV concept defined were also examined with supplementary technical data.


Prof. Chien-Yuan Chen

National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Dr. Chien-Yuan Chen is a Professor at the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University, Taiwan ROC. He holds MSc in Geotechnical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2001. He has over 15 years of academic and research experience. He published over 50 peer-reviewed research conference and journal papers. His present academic roles include: Associate Editor of the International Journal of Engineering and Technology (IJET, ISSN: 1793-8236); Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Knowledge Engineering, ISSN: 2382-6185. Dr. Chen is the current Chairman at the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering in National Chiayi University, Taiwan. Also, he is member of the Disaster Management Society of Taiwan and The Chinese Soil and Water Conservation Society (CSWCS); and reviewer for more than 15 international journals. His research is focused on the disaster prevention management and system, disaster prevention education, debris flow and landslide hazards prevention and mitigation, geotechnical engineering, GIS application and numerical modeling.

Speech Title: Combined Effect of Rainfall Seepage and Seismic Shaking on Slope Stability by Using a Three-Dimensional Stability Analysis


Abstract: Taiwan is located in the Pacific Rim seismic zone and has a subtropical climate and mountainous areas. As a limited amount of area in Taiwan can be categorized as plains, the mountainous areas are used for development requirements. Overdevelopment on weak slope lands causes them to collapse and further exposes the lands to natural disasters such as earthquakes and torrential rains. Thus, appropriate slope stability analysis methods and engineering design measures should be proposed for slope lands. The purpose of this study was to discuss the combined effect of seismic shaking and soil seepage due to rainfall on slope lands by analyzing their combined effect on the factor of safety (FS) and failure mode of a slope land. A slope stability analysis was conducted using finite difference analysis, performed with FLAC3D. The soil strength reduction method was adopted to identify the FS of slopes in a static state by using FLAC3D. The formation of plastic sliding zones as the ratio of soil strength reduction was defined as FS in the seismic analysis. This study employed earthquake time history data of the Chi-Chi earthquake recorded at the Shihgang Dam station in the central region of Taiwan. The combined effect of seismic shaking and soil seepage due to rainfall was analyzed to determine its influence on the FS of the slope. The proposed method, which analyzes the combined effect of seismic shaking and rainfall seepage on the FS, obtains superior results to the conventional method, which analyzes the effects of seismic shaking and rainfall seepage separately.