Ankit Garg
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Guwahati, Assam
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My research mainly consists of studying effects of vegetation types and its root and leaf characteristics on induced soil suction (or matric water potential). A comprehensive approach that includes field testing and monitoring, laboratory testing and numerical modeling is adopted. In field monitoring, new artificial embankments with tree and grass as vegetation are instrumented to monitor suction and leaf/root characteristics. Laboratory testing includes development of new flume to simulate plant transpiration and study hydrological effects in an atmospheric controlled plant room. In addition, soil hydraulic properties with roots are investigated. In addition to this, my research also includes application of artificial intelligence in determination of soil hydraulic properties in collaboration with DrAkhilgarg in NTU Singapore and Prof Sreedeep S at IIT Guwahati. My main role in collaboration with DrAkhilgarg was to provide measured soil parameters data so as to develop new model and conduct optimization for better understanding. In addition, I am also collaborating with Prof Hannah Zhou from University of Macau on investigation of hydrological processes in vegetated slopes. Through my research work, I have published total 14 International referred Journals and 4 International conference publications.

Priyanka Ghosh
Associate Professor
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Priyanka Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur. After completion of PhD from IISc, Bangalore in 2005, he served as faculty member at BITS, Pilani, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. His primary research focus is in Computational Geomechanics and in particular, analysis of foundations, ground anchors, retaining structures, vibration isolation and geopolymers. He is the recipient of several awards like IEI Young Engineers Award by The Institute of Engineers (India), Outstanding Young Investigator Award by International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), USA, Scholarship for Young Indian Researchers by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Indo-US Research Fellowship by Indo-US S&T Forum, Class of 1982 Research Fellowship by IIT Kanpur etc. He has published several research papers in various international journals and conferences. He has guided several post graduate students for their thesis work and taught different courses in various capacities. He has completed a number of sponsored research projects funded by different government organization such as Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), India; Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Indian Railway, India etc.
Bearing capacity of foundations under both static and seismic cases
Vibration screening
Method of characteristics
Upper bound limit analysis
Finite element analysis
Pullout resistance of anchors and piles
Stability of retaining walls under both static and seismic cases
Liquefaction analysis.

Sutapa DAS
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Architecture
Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, West Bengal
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Intelligent buildings
Building performance
Decision analysis in building management
Construction material & technology
Project management.

Abraham George
Associate Professor
Department of Architecture and Regional Planning
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
West Bengal, INDIA
Dr. Ar. Abraham George is born on the Seventh of December, 1963. He has graduated with First Rank in B. Arch from the University of Kerala in December 1986, secured M. Arch with Excellent Grade from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1991 and Ph.D in Development of symbolic tools for communication in Architecture from Calicut University, in 2005. He worked as an active faculty member of the Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology-Calicut, from August 1988 to January 2009, and has contributed to the cause of Architecture through institution development, numerous building and interior projects; including the prestigious administrative complex of NITC, research projects, numerous published papers, teaching and invited lectures. He was awarded the John Crawford Scholarship by the Government of Australia, 1992 and Fulbright Research Fellowship 2003-04 with centre of research at the Department of Architecture, Cornell University, New York. The Nehru Trust for Cambridge Collections, Victoria Albert Museum, UK had awarded him research grant for 2005-06. His paper "Gazing into the future of Architecture; An evolving profession" was awarded the Best Faculty Paper Award in the Golden Jubilee Conference of School of Architecture and Planning Chennai, February 2008. He is currently Member Board of Studies of School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University and University of Calicut, Member of the Editorial Board of(i) Education and Practice published by IISTE US, (ii) ICFAI Journal of Architecture, Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - JETERAPS, Reviewer, (iii) Journal of Architectural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, (iv) Journal of design Studies, published by IISTE US, and Member of Review panel of International Congress, Petronas University, Kuala Lumpur. He worked as the Chairman - Academic Board, IIA Kerala Chapter, Vice-Chairman-IIA Calicut Center, till February 2009. Formerly, he contributed as the Head of the Department of Architecture and gladly built up the Department of Architecture, NIT Calicut to the national level accredited by the Council of Architecture in the year 2009. Dr. Abraham George is currently working as Associate Professor, with effect from January 29, 2009 at the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
* Architectural Design of all types of buildings
* Urban Design and Preservation documentation
* Semiotics and Spatial
* Communication in Architecture
* Pedagogy in Architectural Education
* Sustainability and Landscape Architecture
* Interior Design and Ergonomics
* Culture, Architectural Anthropology and Heritage Studies
* Visual communication, Print, Media, Graphic Design in Architecture

Miklas Scholz
Chair and Head
Civil Engineering Research Group
School of Computing, Science and Engineering
The University of Salford
Prof. Miklas Scholz, canding, BEng (equiv), PgC, MSc, PhD, CWEM, CEnv, CSci, CEng, FHEA, FIEMA, FCIWEM, FICE, Fellow of IWA holds the Chair in Civil Engineering at The University of Salford. He is the Head of the Civil Engineering Research Group. Prof. Scholz has shown individual excellence evidenced by world-leading publications. About 46% and 45% of his research is in water resources management and wastewater treatment, respectively. He has published three books and 176 journal articles. Between 2009 and 2013, he topped the publication list in terms of numbers for all members of staff at The University of Salford. Prof.Scholz’s full journal article publications in recent years are as follows: 2009 (13), 2010 (19), 2011 (13), 2012 (21), 2013 (17) and 2014 (15). Prof. Scholz has total citations of more than 2845 (above 2122 citations since 2010), resulting in anh-index of 28 and an i10-Index of 64.
Decision support systems, Integrated constructed wetland, Permeable pavement, Storm water, Sustainable drainage system, Sustainable flood retention basin, Treatment wetland, Wastewater treatment, Water resources management

Yonca Hurol
Department of Architecture
Eastern Mediterranean University
North Cyprus
Republic of Cyprus
Yonca Hurol is a Professor at the Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. She has been teaching structure to students of architecture for more than thirty years. She worked in Middle East Technical University, Gazi University and Eastern Mediterranean University. She has published many articles in the areas of her research interest, structures in architecture, tectonics of structural systems, earthquake resistant design in architecture, ethics and architecture. She has a book called “The Tectonics of Structural Systems – An Architectural Approach” being published by Routledge.
1. Structures in architecture
2. Tectonics of structural systems
3. Earthquake resistant design in architecture
4. Ethics and architecture

Bao-Jie He
School of Environment and Architecture
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
Bao-Jie He, as an expert, is conducting research work in both architectural design and structural engineering. With regard to architectural design, he has possessed a full understanding of green building, including indoor air quality, wind environment, indoor thermal environment, renewable energy as well as energy policies. Meanwhile, he has explored some advanced methods, including digital technology, numerical simulation to enhance architectural design and urban planning. More importantly, he has introduced the concept of social problems in green buildings, some items such as humanistic needs, rebound effects and social acceptance are all introduced in this field, and all these methods pay more attention to the real effects among dwellers and residents. In the field of structural engineering, he has researched steel-concrete composite material, especially the size effects and ductility of concrete-filled steel stub tubular columns. In addition, wind pressure against on building surface is also researched.
Building Energy-saving
1. Analyzed energy consumption patterns of buildings in Chinese rural areas to establish reasonable and appropriate energy policy and to promote energy-saving. 2. Summarized the drawbacks of buildings in terms of energy efficiency to provide scientific reference for energy-saving retrofitting and innovation.

Building Performance
1. Compared performance of green buildings with that of conventional buildings to explore rebound effects for the establishment of a perfect rating system. 2. Explored relationship between users’ experience and rebound effects of green building to research social problems of green building. 3. Literature reviewed users’ experience of and tolerance over green and conventional buildings to obtain a preliminary knowledge of social acceptance. 4. Questionnaire studied citizens’ understanding of and purchasing intentions to green building to conclude consumers’ request for green building.

Architectural Science
1. Analyzed building energy-saving technologies with ECOTECT to explore green planning and design methods for residential district. 2. Combined of digital technology and architectural design methods to develop a process for enhancing building energy efficiency.

Built Environment
1. Systematically analyzed the influence of building shapes on building wind pressure coefficients to provide a basis for the research of natural ventilation. 2. CFD simulated indoor air quality in buildings to evaluate and improve indoor environment quality.

Junhong Li
Hebei University of Architecture
Name: Junhong Li;
Educational: Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China

Organization: Hebei University of Architecture

Research Projects:
Youth Science Foundations of Education Department of Hebei Province (2010233) Principal Investigator;
Youth Science Foundations of Education Department of Hebei Province (2011236) Co-Principal Investigator;

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
The third Prize of the Award of science and technology of Hebei (Principal Investigator);

Skills and expertise:
Applied Mathematics; Dynamics; Nonlinear Analysis; Stability Analysis; Differential Equations; Dynamics;
Applied Mathematics; Dynamics; Nonlinear Analysis; Stability Analysis; Differential Equations; Dynamics;

Shankha Pratim Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture and Regional Planning
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
West Bengal, India
General Information:
Name: Shankha Pratim Bhattacharya
Date and Place of Birth: 30th August, 1971, Bhatapara, Chattisgarh, India
Position: Assistant Professor
Present Official Address: Department of Architecture and Regional Planning
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
West Bengal, India

Educational Qualification:
Graduation: Regional Engineering College, Calicut [Presently, NIT-Calicut] during 1990-94, B.Tech in Architectural Engineering.
Post Graduation: Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi, 1999-03, ME in Structural Engineering [Part Time Mode]
Doctorate: Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi, in 2011, Topic: Modelling of building structure under seismic excitation,

Professional Experience [2& half years]: 2 & half years in New Delhi as Assistant Architect, during 1995-97

Academic Experience [17 years]: Joined Department of Architecture, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi, in 1998 as Associate Lecturer. Left in 2011 and Joined Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, as Assistant Professor.

Area of Interest:
Building Construction and Management
Structural Systems
Building Physics and energy efficient design of building
Earthquake resistant building design

National & International Journals: 10 nos includes: Acoustical Society of India, Journal of Bengal Art,
International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Disaster Advances, ABACUS, International Journal of Civil and Structural Engineering.

National & International Conferences and Seminars: 14 nos
Consultancy Projects: Completer: 8 Ongoing: 2 [Mostly the architectural design and services detailing of Government and private projects].
Building Construction and Management
Structural Systems
Building Physics and energy efficient design of building
Earthquake resistant building design

Pasquale Avino
Environmental Chemistry and Cultural Heritage
University of Rome
Pasquale Avino received Master and Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He spent 1 year at the Rowland’s Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine (USA) studying the separation of non-methane compounds and the halocarbons and their behavior in atmosphere.
From 1999 until now he has appointed as Researcher at the ISPESL Research Center (now INAIL Research Area). Dr. Avino is involved in the Air Chemical Laboratory: his studies are devoted to the different aspects of the atmospheric pollution with main regard to the characterization of areas at high sensibility both residential (urban and suburban) and industrial sites.
In 2003 he was the recipient of the NASA SONEX award for the contribution to the SONEX project and of the “Environmental Sapio” Award for his research in the environmental field.
From 2004 dr. Avino has appointed Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Molise and Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Rome. Dr. Avino attends to many national and International Committee Panels for problems connected with environmental efforts.
Dr. Avino is author of more than 100 scientific publications indexed in Scopus database
Atmospheric Chemistry
Aerosol Chemistry
Dynamic of gaseous and particulate matter pollutants
Chemical and Physical characterization of PM
Dynamic of the Planetary Boundary Layer
Climate change
Urban air quality
Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

Stefan Talu
Associate Professor
Department of Automotive Engineering and Transportation
The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Assoc. Prof. Ph.D. Eng. Stefan Talu The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Automotive Engineering and Transportation, Discipline of Descriptive Geometry and Engineering Graphics, 103-105 B-dul Muncii St., Cluj-Napoca 400641, Cluj, Romania. Phone: + 40 264 401 610, e-mail: ORCID ID:
Stefan Talu, holder of Ph.D. degree in engineering, is currently teaching Descriptive Geometry and Engineering Graphics within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of AET, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in technical sciences, in 1998, from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has published 17 books and 256 scientific papers in international journals and has participated in national and international conferences. He has also participated in 11 national and international research projects. He is a Member of several national and international professional societies: the International Society of the Arts, Mathematics and Architecture (ISAMA), the International Association of Engineers (IAENG), the General Association of Romanian Engineers (AGIR), the Romanian Association of Engineering Graphics (SORGING), and the Romanian Committee for History and Science Philosophy and Technics (CRIFST) of Cluj Branch of Romanian Academy.
His research interests include the universal history of architecture, descriptive geometry and technical drawing, Computer Aided Design, AutoLISP programming language, fractal and multifractal geometry applied in technique, and digital image processing.