Plenary

 

A. Jacob Odgaard, Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Design, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China; formerly Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S., and Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, He  has served as Editor of ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. He received Hydraulic Structures Medal and Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulics Prize from ASCE. He has earned the designation of Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Board of Trustees.

Presentation Title: Water Quality Control Measures in Growing Cities

Abstract: Urbanization, climate change, and outdated infrastructure are driving innovations in storm water and pollution management in cities. Low impact and green infrastructure technologies are being developed to manage excess storm water runoff and water quality. Many are being developed for and used in the so-called sponge cities. Design guidelines vary as do performance. Critical for a smart management approach is understanding the urban water balance and the parameters in the hydrologic cycle that affect this balance. We’ll discuss alternatives for managing the man-made change in the ratio between runoff and infiltration, methods for capitalizing on nature’s own ability to self-regulate and purify, and strategies for monitoring performance. We’ll also pitch the need for education in the new technologies and suggest ways to effectively share experience worldwide.

Paulo Pereira is a Professor and a Director of The Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction (CTAC), University of Minho, Portugal and a coordinator of the Interdisciplinary platform UM-Cities. The purpose of CTAC is to produce knowledge to support its vision of “Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Territories”, developing innovative materials and technologies and systems in the fields of built environment, systems and infrastructures for transport, water and wastewater and for territory development, contributing to climate-change-resilient buildings and infrastructures. He is a former dean of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho and a founder and former President of the International Society for Maintenance And Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (iSMARTi).

Presentation Title: Mobility & Transport Systems for a city with future

Abstract: Today, as is true of our modern history, cities seem to be the best place to live, attracting more and more people and activities. However, not only does this movement represents a threat, but also challenges and opportunities for everyone, e.g., people, companies, organizations and governments. With the objective of providing urban quality of life, a balance between cities and territories and the efficiency of all assets, building and natural environments, and all systems, in particular physical and digital, must be addressed and achieved. I will will discuss the present context, the main challenges, as well concepts of smart cities, such as: smart, sustainable, resilient, safe and inclusive; with future cities relying on mobility and networks, both physical and digital, where physical networks and systems, like Mobility and Transport Systems will play a key role for the sustainability of cities. Therefore, the main focus of this presentation will be on the mobility and evolution of transport systems for a smart, sustainable, resilient and inclusive mobility, from roads and streets redesigning, to integrated smart mobility management, with a focus on the efficiency of all transport networks for everyone, today and tomorrow, faced with the threat of climate change and the demands of citizens.