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Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation

IEREK Interdisciplinary Series for Sustainable Development

Series Editors: Abdalla, H., Abdul Mannan, M., Alalouch, C., Attia, S., Boemi, S.N., Bougdah, H., Bozonnet, E., De Bonis, L., Hawkes, D., Kostopoulou, S., Mahgoub, Y., Mesbah Elkaffas, S., Mohareb, N., O. Gawad, I., Oostra, M., Pignatta, G., Pisello, A.L., Rosso, F., Pradhan, B., Amer, M.

ISSN: 2522-8714

About the Editors and IEREK

Series Editors 

Hassan Abdalla (University of East London, UK)

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Professor Hassan Abdalla is an international authority in the field of Sustainability, Engineering Design, Factories of the Future, Artificial Intelligence in Design, and Future Smart Cities. He has over 20 years of experience in both academia and industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, Fellow of the IMechE and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was awarded a Medal of Appreciation by the IMS Centre in Tokyo, which is run under the auspices of the Japanese Government, in recognition of his innovation and substantial contribution to the international collaboration with Kajima Corporation, Hazama Corporation, University of Tokyo, and Waseda University. He is the author and co-author of over 100 papers published in international journals and conferences worldwide. He is currently the Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at the University of East London and visiting Professor at Cranfield University. Professor Abdalla is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals submitted in the field of Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence in Design.

Mohammad Abdul Mannan (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, Malaysia)

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Professor Mohammad Abdul Mannan has 31 years of experience in teaching, consulting and research. His main focus is on the development of commercially viable research products which contribute to the sustainable green infrastructure for the construction industry. His construction products are SIConSofa, Cchannel, High density plank, StormPav Green Pavement, StormPav Composite Pavement, Posslite, etc. His research also focuses on green reactive powder concrete. He has obtained more than 31 national and international awards. He is the author and co-author of over 100 papers published in international journals and conferences worldwide. He is author of one book titled “Oil Palm Shell: Lightweight Concrete and Structures”. Professor Mannan is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals submitted in the fields of Construction Materials and Technology for Sustainable Green Infrastructure and Waste Management.

Chaham Alalouch (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)

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Dr. Chaham Alalouch is an architect, researcher and educator with a background in urbanism. He is concerned about how to improve people’s quality of life through sustainable built environment. He believes that the built environment (building and cities) is made for people and it should be designed and constructed as such. Dr. Chaham’s research was recognized for excellence. His Ph.D. was awarded the MacFarlane Prize by Heriot-Watt University in the UK, and one of his peer-reviewed journal papers was awarded the Highly Commended Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, UK. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 articles, technical reports and a book covering a wide range of topics related to this broad area of interest such as healthcare building design, privacy, spatial experience of space users, space syntax, restorative environments, stakeholder’s involvement in the design process, and passive and sustainable design and construction. He is also a member of Oman eco-house project and currently undertaking research in architectural pedagogy and “livability” of eco-architecture. Dr. Chaham held invited talks and keynote speeches at several international conferences. He also acts as a reviewer for a range of reputable journals, and as a scientific responsible for a number of international design schools, demonstrating academic leadership. He is currently teaching and researching at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, having previously researched and taught at universities in the UK and Syria. There, he also worked in several architectural consultancy firms and in two European commission-funded projects, namely STRABON (Multilingual and Multimedia Information System for Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage and Tourism) and HERCOMANES (Heritage Conservation and Management in Egypt and Syria). Dr. Alalouch is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, and Architectural Heritage.

Sahar Attia (Cairo University, Egypt)

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Dr. Sahar Attia is a full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University, with a PhD in Urban Planning from the Urban Institute of Paris, University of Paris 12, France. She has more than 35 years experience in the practice of Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Architecture in both academic and professional roles. She was awarded the “2nd Arc Vision Prize – Women and Architecture” by the Society of Egyptian Architects (SEA). Professor Attia is currently serving as Chair of the Steering Committee for the “University Network Initiative – UN-Habitat (UNI)”, and representing research and academia in the “World Urban Campaign”. She is also a board member in “Ecocity Builders” (Oakland, USA), and in numerous national committees. She has several applied research activities, linking theory to practice and implementation. She co-edited 2 books, and supervised more than 50 theses and research projects. In 2012–2013 she was coordinating and teaching within the module “Documentation of Architectural Heritage” of the Master program “Cultural Heritage Management” at the French University in Egypt. Her specializations and fields of interest include Urban Design and Development, Strategic Planning, Community Development, Heritage Conservation, Urban Regeneration, and Upgrading Informal Areas. Professor Attia is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Culture, Heritage and Sustainable Urban Design.

Sofia-Natalia Boemi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

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Doctor Sofia–Natalia Boemi has approximately 10 years of professional experience in both academia and industry. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. In addition, she was awarded a postdoctoral scholarship of excellence from the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for her work on the problem of energy poverty. Her research interests include energy efficiency, environmental certification, construction sustainability, and environmental energy performance. Dr. Boemi is an editor of the book “Energy Performance of Buildings – Energy Efficiency and Built Environment in Temperate Climates”, author of ten journal papers, four book chapters and twenty-three conference papers, in addition to being a reviewer at eleven scientific journals and researcher and deputy project manager of fifteen national or European projects. Dr. Boemi is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Environmental Energy Performance, Technology for Sustainable Development, and Construction Sustainability.

Hocine Bougdah (University for the Creative Arts, UK)

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Professor Hocine Bougdah has over 25 years of experience in the field of Architectural Technology and Environment. Professor Bougdah’s teaching and research interests are focused on the technological, ecological and human aspects of architectural design. His research interests cover topics such as sustainable design, innovative low-tech, low-energy, low-impact buildings, the spatial experience of users and the issues of culture, urbanization and globalization. He is currently working on a number of research projects on the following topics, ultra-low energy housing, communication and workflow in the design process, immateriality in architecture (exploration of the user's spatial experience, climate change adaptation through community-driven Initiatives in the global South, and the relationship between culture and space in the post-colonial architecture of Algeria. Professor Bougdah is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of City Identity, Heritage and Sustainable Development.

Emmanuel Bozonnet (University of la Rochelle, France)

Doctor Emmanuel Bozonnet is Associate Professor at the University of la Rochelle in France. He has more than 10 years of academic and professional experience in building engineering physics and civil engineering. He specialized in building energy in his studies on building interactions with urban microclimate and on urban street canyons on a district scale. This modeling work has been corroborated by various scale experiments from the building envelope component to the development of a reduced-scale mock-up for urban canyons and in situ buildings. Moreover, Dr. Bozonnet has more than 50 publications in the field, including articles, book chapters and academic papers. His publications and studies focus on the development of cooling strategies to mitigate for building energy demand and urban heat islands. Dr. Bozonnet is also involved in various scientific conference committees and in project management. He contributes to the board of IBPSA France (International Building Performance Simulation Association) and to the board of the ECRC (European Cool Roof Council). He is also co-leader of the group on urban microclimate and energy in the research federation IRSTV (Institute for Research on Urban Sciences and Techniques, France). Dr. Bozonnet is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals submitted in the field of Urban Planning, Sustainable Development and Energy Management.

Luciano De Bonis (University of Molise, Italy)

Professor Luciano De Bonis has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Urban Planning. Since 2005, he has been in charge of urban planning for the bachelor’s and master’s degree courses in civil engineering and tourism at the University of Molise in Italy, where he is currently also coordinating the professional master in planning and promotion of cultural landscape. With more than 70 publications in various disciplines within urban planning, Dr. De Bonis’ main fields of research are top-down and bottom-up spatial planning interchanges; environmental assessment and planning intersection; environmental site planning; relationships between planning and ecology of mind; physical space and planning as media, collaborative and interactive web environments for spatial planning; and co-creative and Living Lab approaches to smart cities. Other scientific activities conducted by Dr. De Bonis include coordination of the Landscape, Economy and Planning Section of the Biosciences and Territory Department at the University of Molise, responsibility for the departmental Laboratory for Interactive Spatial Planning (LISP), membership of the Ph.D. boards in “Spatial Planning” at the University of Molise, Sapienza University of Rome and Polytechnic of Bari, and membership of the board of directors of the Italian Society of Planners. He is also member of SdT (“Società dei Territorialisti”), managing editor of their journal "Scienze del Territorio" and head of its Editorial Office in Rome. Professor De Bonis is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals submitted in the field of Urban Planning, Sustainable Development and Tourism Planning.

Dean Hawkes (Cardiff University, UK)

Professor Dean Hawkes is a British architect and an award-winning academic. His career combines practice, teaching and research. He has received a number of awards for both academic and professional work, with the most recent one being the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education in 2010. In 2002 he was awarded the Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellowship to study “The Environmental Function of Architecture”. He has had several books published, including “The Environmental Tradition: Studies in the Architecture of Environment and the Selective Environment: An Approach to Environmentally Responsive Architecture”. In addition, he has published a number of essays on architecture with contributions to many journals, including the Architects’ Journal and the Architectural Review. Professor Hawkes is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of City Identity, and Approaches to Conservation of Architectural Heritage.

Stella Kostopoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

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Doctor Stella Kostopoulou is Associate Professor of Regional and Tourism Development at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of economics specializing in tourism economics. She has published more than twenty papers on regional economics and planning, tourism, cultural industries and local development in international scientific journals such as the International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, and International Journal of Sustainable Development. Dr. Kostopoulou is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Tourism, Heritage and Sustainable Development.

Yasser Mahgoub (American University in Cairo, Egypt)

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Professor Yasser Mahgoub, is an architect, academic, and scholar. With more than 35 years of experience in architecture, Professor Mahgoub was a founding member in 1980 of “The Egyptian Designers” architectural firm. He has held several academic positions since 1990 at Ain Shams University, United Arab Emirates University, Kuwait University, and Qatar University. Professor Mahgoub has a number of publications in the field of architecture ranging from book chapters to peer-reviewed articles. His research interests include the social and cultural aspects of architecture, sustainable architecture, architectural pedagogy and the impact of globalization on architecture. He has also served as a scientific referee for many scientific conferences and journals and has attended and presented papers in several international and regional conferences. Professor Mahgoub is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Sustainability of Architecture and Design.

Saleh Mesbah Elkaffas (Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Egypt)

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Doctor Saleh Mesbah Elkaffas has over 24 years of experience in the field of Computing and Information Technology. Currently, Professor Elkaffas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems, College of Computing and Information Technology at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Egypt. Over the span of his career, Dr. Elkaffas has published a number of papers and books in the fields of Remote Sensing, GIS, Digital Image Processing, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Applied Geomatics, Sensing and Imaging and Environmental Management. Dr. Elkaffas is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals submitted in the field of Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence in Design.

Nabil Mohareb (Beirut Arab University, Lebanon)

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Doctor Nabil Mohareb is Associate Professor with over 18 years of academic experience. He has worked for a number of distinguished universities in three different countries, with the most recent one being the Beirut Arab University, Lebanon. With more than 8 years as the head of faculty branch, Dr. Mohareb has had more than 15 papers published where his research focuses on the relationship between architecture and urbanism. He is also interested in social behavioral activities, the reciprocal effect on both spatial and economic variables in urban spaces, and their interrelationship with architectural design using digital simulation to forecast their movements and behavior. Furthermore, over the past four years he has made important contributions to the research community as a reviewer for a number of international academic journals and conferences. Dr. Mohareb is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Urban and Architectural Design.

Iman O. Gawad (Helwan University, Egypt)

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Doctor Iman O. Gawad is Associate Professor of Architecture. She also holds the position of Director of “Helwan University’s International Students Bureau” and is a board member of the University’s International Relations Office. She teaches all sequences of architectural design, history, and environmental control courses. She is actively engaged in teaching, research and postgraduate supervision in the areas of energy efficiency, shading and sustainable design. She has published in a number of national and international journals and conferences, in addition to being a member of the editorial and reviewing committees for several international conferences and workshops. Dr. Gawad is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Sustainable Architecture and Architectural Heritage.

Mieke Oostra (Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands)

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Professor Mieke Oostra is an international expert in innovative technology in construction and spatial transformations at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands. She works on the intersection between research and practice, with particular focus on the client and end-user. Her main goal is to improve the quality of the built environment, making it healthier, more comfortable, livable and sustainable, as well as affordable. Her focus is on issues related to energy transition and sustainability of the built environment. Professor Oostra is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals submitted in the field of Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence in Design.

Gloria Pignatta (University of Perugia, Italy)

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Doctor Gloria Pignatta currently holds a postdoctoral position in Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. She has received a number of awards, one of them an award for Italy at the 4th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island in Singapore. Dr. Pignatta’s interests include sustainability, building energy efficiency, optimization of innovative materials, energy management, project management, building refurbishment, and microclimate analysis. Doctor Pignatta is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Alternative and Renewable Energies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Anna Laura Pisello (University of Perugia, Italy)

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Doctor Anna Laura Pisella is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy. She is the author of more than 80 papers of which 50 of them are published in international peer-reviewed journals. She is the winner of five international academic awards 2013–2017. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of “Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development” (IEREK). Her research falls into two main areas of interest: innovative smart materials for the multifunctional optimization and thermophysics characterization of building envelopes, and indoor-outdoor microclimate for environmental comfort and energy saving, with dedicated attention to the resilience of dense urban areas and cities to climate change. Within the framework of these two main themes, she investigates the following topics: energy efficiency and thermal-energy performance optimization in buildings, new analysis methods for estimating the effect of innovative strategies, continuous monitoring techniques for detecting building thermal-energy performance, high albedo solutions for passive cooling and as mitigation strategy against urban heat island phenomenon, local climate boundary conditions affecting building thermal-energy behavior, indoor-outdoor microclimate analysis for preserving cultural heritage. Doctor Pisello is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Alternative and Renewable Energies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Federica Rosso (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

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Dr. Federica Rosso currently holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. During her Ph.D. thesis, she spent an academic year as visiting research scholar at the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering of New York University Tandon School of Engineering in USA. She won, together with other Italian researchers, an award for Italy at the 4th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island in Singapore, 2016. She has published more than 10 papers and book chapters in the field of architecture, her most recent work being a book chapter called “A Cost-Effective Human-Based Energy-Retrofitting Approach” and an article titled “New cool concrete for building envelopes and urban paving: Optics-energy and thermal assessment in dynamic conditions”. Her main research interests include energy efficiency, sustainable architecture, sustainable development, solar and green buildings, energy conservation and construction technology, as well as innovative materials and construction elements for buildings and urban environment. Dr. Rosso is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals submitted in the field of Alternative and Renewable Energies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Publishing Editor 

Nabil Khélifi (MENA program, Springer, Germany)

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Dr. Nabil Khélifi holds a B.Sc. in Natural Sciences (2001) and an M.Sc. in Earth & Environmental Sciences (2004) from the University of Sfax (Tunisia). He received fellowships from the global change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) in 2005 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2006 to 2010 to continue with his Ph.D. studies in Marine Geosciences (Specialty: Paleo-oceanography and Paleoclimatology) at the University of Kiel in Germany. After completing his Ph.D. in 2010, Dr. Khélifi received a postdoctoral research grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to pursue his self-designed research projects at the GEOMAR Ocean Research Centre in Kiel, Germany, which involved reconstructing past changes in oceanography and climate in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea using marine sediment samples retrieved by the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and applying foraminiferal and geochemical proxy methods. He subsequently published his research findings in prominent scientific journals. Dr. Khélifi also received funding from the European Science Foundation (ESF) and some European universities to co-organize with colleagues from Kiel, Bordeaux and Bristol two Workshops on Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). In early 2014 he received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (SGES) to continue with his research projects at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Although his interest in scientific research remained strong, in March 2014 he decided to pursue his career as a Senior Publishing Editor with Springer (a part of Springer Nature) in Heidelberg, Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing Springer’s publishing program in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). The program currently consists of developing 18 academic journals from the Arab World and publishing numerous scientific books each year. Dr. Khélifi also helps researchers in MENA countries publish their work by delivering educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve their publication output and quality. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Carthage, Tunisia and King Saud University, KSA, where he offers M.Sc./Ph.D. courses on geo-communication/presentations and techniques for publishing papers, and career professional development workshops. Most recently, Dr. Khélifi was awarded the 2016 Africa Green Future Leadership Award in recognition of work contributing to sustainable development by advancing science and promoting publications in Africa and the Middle East. In 2017 Dr. Khélifi launched the first Springer conference dedicated to promoting the Euro-Mediterranean integration process, stressing the vulnerability and need for proactive remediation of the Euro-Mediterranean environment.

About IEREK 

IEREK – International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange – is an international institution that promotes the exchange of knowledge and enhances research by organizing and managing conferences in collaboration with research scientists in all fields of knowledge. Moreover, IEREK offers workshops and summer schools for professionals in various disciplines, in close collaboration with top universities worldwide. These events are unique in terms of both their practical format and in the certified professionals who take part in them. Further, IEREK organizes and initiates scientific programs to spread science and to develop skills on all local and international levels through its headquarters in Egypt, Rome and London, and through partners around the world. IEREK also publishes new research works online through its international journal and the IEREK Electronic Library. As a pioneer in this field, the institution is keen on sharing its success through protocols of collaboration with universities, corporations, and scientific organizations all over the globe to deliver knowledge in a diverse range of fields. In 2017 IEREK launched a collaboration with Springer in Germany to publish a series of peer-reviewed books, showcasing the best studies on emerging research that redefines existing disciplinary boundaries in science, technology and innovation and fosters socially and environmentally sustainable development, which are selected not only from various IEREK international conferences but also by inviting influential scientists to submit their latest research studies.