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Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation

IEREK Interdisciplinary Series for Sustainable Development

Series Ed.: Amer, Mourad

ISSN: 2522-8714

Editorial Board

Task of the Editorial Board  

The Springer/IEREK book series, “Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI)”, aims to communicate to the international scientific community high-quality, leading-edge research results from the 17 key areas of science and technology defined as relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN – SDGs (further information about SDGs can be found here.)
The editorial board of ASTI has worked closely with the editors/authors of each book in the series to ensure that all book chapters accepted for publication were rigorously and fairly reviewed by expert referees.
These reviewers have been most supportive in their assessment of the manuscripts submitted to them. The input and constructive criticism they provided to the authors is much appreciated. Springer and IEREK thank them for their valuable support.
The editorial and advisory boards of the ASTI series are made up of a number of prominent scientists from the fields covered by the series. The high standard of these editorial boards contributes greatly to the eminence and reputation of ASTI. The role of the editorial board is to advise and support the editor(s) and author(s) of each book before its publication in the ASTI series. Scientific approval by the board is essential for the publication of any book in the ASTI series. Functions of the editorial board also include:
- Giving feedback on previously published books
- Identifying topics for new books and advising on the direction of the series by offering suggestions on both subject matter and potential authors
- Approaching potential contributors
- Helping to identify peer reviewers (evaluators) and providing second opinions on chapters (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers)
- Identifying relevant conferences to attend as a source of high quality papers for publication in edited volumes in the series
- Promoting the series to authors, readers and subscribers and encouraging colleagues to submit their best work.

More about the Editorial Board 

Adolf Sotoca (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)

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Adolfo Sotoca is Professor Serra Hunter in Urbanism at UPC_BarcelonaTECH and Professor in Architecture at Luleå University of Technology. He holds a PhD which he developed between his home city of Barcelona and Germany. He has been Visiting Professor at UIUC (USA) and at CTU (Poland), as well as Guest Researcher in several institutions across Europe, Latam and Singapore. Besides his professional practice as principal of CSArquitectes, Adolf Sotoca has been also active as panelist of UN-Habitat, member of the International Forum of Urbanism and the European Postgraduate Program in Urbanism. Adolfo has been researching and teaching urbanism and theory of architecture and urbanism since early 2000. He is an author to a wide range of publications, from scientific papers to books and reports. His research is currently focused on the environmental impacts of urban transformation processes and he is at work in sharpening and contesting the concept of sustainability that lies behind the current urban agenda.

Anna Laura Pisello (University of Perugia, Italy)

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Doctor Anna Laura Pisello is an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy. She is the author of more than 80 papers, 50 of which 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 multifunctional optimization and thermophysical characterization of building envelopes, and indoor-outdoor microclimate for environmental comfort and energy saving, with a focus on 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 to estimate the effect of innovative strategies; continuous monitoring techniques to detect the thermal-energy performance of buildings; high albedo solutions for passive cooling and as a mitigation strategy against the urban heat island phenomenon; local climate boundary conditions affecting building thermal-energy behavior; indoor-outdoor microclimate analysis for the preservation of cultural heritage. Doctor Pisello is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals in the field of Alternative and Renewable Energies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Antonella Versaci (Universita degli Studi di Enna "Kore", Italy)

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Antonella Versaci is a researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University “Kore” of Enna, where she is responsible of the “Laboratory of Restoration of Architectural and Cultural Heritage” and teaches “architectural restoration” and “laboratory of architectural restoration” within the Master of Architecture. She is also an associate researcher at the Institut Parisien de Recherche Architecture Urbanistique Société (IPRAUS), a research laboratory of the ENSAPB – National Superior School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville (UMR 3329 Ausser). Her research applies to the issues of safeguarding and conservation of historic buildings and landscape, with particular attention to cultural heritage spread across the territory and to the protection of historic centers, as well as to their survey, diagnosis, classification and valorization. In 1996, she earned a master’s degree in Building Engineering at the University of Messina and received a PhD degree cum laude in “Architecture” from the University of Paris VIII, with a dissertation on the legislation on historic centers in France. From June 2004 to September 2008, she was a UNESCO International staff member, responsible for numerous cultural projects in Southeastern Europe, including those related to the creation of a School of Restoration in Tirana (Albania) and to a Center for Digitization of heritage cultural in Skopje (FYROM). She is the author of over 90 refereed publications.

Azilah Binti Kasim (Putra University Malaysia, Malaysia)

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Professor, School of Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia. She is a Senior Assessor and Member of Accreditation Panel for Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the Member of various committees at the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental Management. She is also currently the Director of the Lagkawi International Tourism and Hospitality (LITH) Research Center in the Universiti Utara Malaysia. She has acquired a Ph.D. in Tourism & Environment at the University of East Anglia, UK in 2004 and a M.Sc, in Parks, Recreation and tourism Resources at the Michigan state University, USA with a GPA of 3.9. Professor Kasim has received a number of awards over the years and since 1995 for her numerous and high quality publications. Over the years, she has remained active in as a member of several editorial boards for journals nsuch as the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights (JHTI), Emerald Publishing, the International Journal ‘On-Tourism & Sustainability’. UK, “Human Arenas”: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning by Springer among others.

Biswajeet Pradhan (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

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Distinguished Professor Biswajeet Pradhan recently joined the School of Information, Systems and Modelling at the Faculty of Engineering and IT of the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He was a Full Professor of GIS and Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Engineering of the University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia. He has more than nineteen years of teaching, research, and industrial experience in the field of Geospatial Information Systems. He is listed as the World’s most Highly Cited researcher by Clarivate Analytic's Report in 2017 and as one of the world’s most influential minds in 2016. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from Germany. In 2011, he received his habilitation in “Remote Sensing” from Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He was also a recipient of the German Academic Exchange Research (DAAD) Fellowship Award, the Saxony State Fellowship from 1999 to 2002, the Keith Aurtherton Research Award, and the Georg Forster Research Award from the German Government. Since February 2015, he is serving as “Ambassador Scientist” for Alexander Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He has travelled widely abroad visiting more than 55 countries to present his research findings.

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 a sustainable built environment. He believes that the built environment (buildings 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; passive and sustainable design and construction. He is also a member of the Oman eco-house project and is currently undertaking research in architectural pedagogy and the “livability” of eco-architecture. Dr. Chaham has 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 scientist 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 in the field of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, and Architectural Heritage.

Claudio Gambardella (Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy)

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Claudio Gambardella (1953), architect and designer, is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design (DADI) of the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Luigi Vanvitelli” (SUN) - formerly known as Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli - since 2010. He is currently working on two main research branches: the first one concerns a new concept of company museums, that he has been studying for years, to create a distinctive identity that differentiates them from other types of museums. On this topic he directed a series of publications for publishing company Alinea, being the author of the publication entitled OFFICIAMUSEUM. The Regional Museum System of Design and Applied Arts & quot; (2008). He is scientific advisor and artistic director for the project “Temporary Museum of Enterprise” product of excellence in Campania, under construction in Pompeii, under an agreement between the city of Pompeii and Vanvitelli University. The second research branch he is focusing on is about the preservation and enhancement of those forms of design that are capable of connecting with local craftsmanship, thus developing what Gambardella calls “Handmade in Italy”, i.e. a kind of design that is strongly linked to local diversity over the country, competing with the more globalized “Made in Italy”.

Cristina Piselli (University of Perugia, Italy)

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Dr. Cristina Piselli, from (Perugia), Italy, is a Master’s degree holder in Building Engineering - Architecture at University of Perugia, Italy, in 2014. She earned her PhD degree in Energy and Sustainable development from CIRIAF – University of Perugia, Italy, in 2018. She is currently a research Fellow at CIRIAF - Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli”, Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy, as member of the EAP Lab (Environmental Applied Physics Laboratory) team, dealing with building energy efficiency and, specifically, dynamic analysis of building energy performance, occupant behavior, human comfort in the built environment, urban heat island mitigation, and energy systems. With a wide range of skills and actively publishing research on Building Energy Efficiency, Building Simulation, Energy Saving & Energy Efficiency, Occupancy simulation Green Building, Sustainable Architecture, Architecture, Green Architecture, Sustainable Building and more, Dr. Piselli has been involved in projects including SWS-HEATING (Development and Validation of an Innovative Solar Compact Selective-Water-Sorbent-Based), GeoFit (Deployment of novel GEOthermal systems, technologies and tools for energy efficient building retroFITting (HORIZON 2020, GA 792210) Heating System (HORIZON 2020, GA 764025) and ZERO-PLUS (Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology) (HORIZON 2020, GA 678407).

Dean Hawkes (Cardiff University, UK)

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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 his academic and professional work, 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 in the field of City Identity, and Approaches to the Conservation of Architectural Heritage.

Denia Kolokotsa (Technical University of Crete, Greece)

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Dionysia (Denia) Kolokotsa is an Associate Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, Greece. She is President of the European Cool Roofs Council. She is Editor of Energy and Buildings Journal of Elsevier and she was Editor-in-Chief of the Advances in Building Energy Research. She is Scientific Coordinator of 8 International Research Projects and participated in more than 30 International Research Projects as team leader or researcher. She is the author of more than 100 papers published in high impact scientific journals and conference proceedings. She is author of 4 Highly Cited articles, (1 % of the most cited articles) reviewer of International Research Programs in 10 countries and reviewer of International Editions for Elsevier, Taylor and Francis, Springer, World Scientific, EarthScan and Bentham Publishers

Dinko Vukadinović (University of Split, Croatia)

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Dinko Vukadinović was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1973. He received the B.E. degree from the University of Split, the M.E. degree from the University of Zagreb and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Split, Croatia, in 1997, 2002 and 2005, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He became a junior researcher in the University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB), Department of Electric Power Engineering, in 1998. In 2013, he became a Full Professor at the same university. In 2009, he also became a Chair of Power Electronics and Control at the University of Split, FESB. He is editorial board member of the following international scientific journals: Journal of Convergence Information Technology, International Journal of Innovative Research and Development, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and International Science Journal. His current research interests include induction machine control systems, power electronics, and artificial intelligence. He has published a number of papers in scientific journals and conferences.

Emmanuel Bozonnet (University of la Rochelle, France)

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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 engineering physics in construction and civil engineering. He specialized in building energy in his studies on building interactions with the urban microclimate and on urban street canyons at 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 in the field of Urban Planning, Sustainable Development and Energy Management.

Federica Rosso (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

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Dr. Federica Rosso is currently a 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 the urban environment. Dr. Rosso is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals in the field of Alternative and Renewable Energies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Ferdinando Trapani (Polytechnics School at the Palermo University, Italy)

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Professor Ferdinando Trapani is an Architect and an associate professor in Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, Polytechnics School at the Palermo University (Italy). With professional experience in urban planning and design, he has been in charge of the Department of Architecture and has taken part in a number of EU projects. He has also taken part in several scientific cooperations co- financed by the Structural Funds of EU with local and regional authorities in the place based policies into Living Labs models for social innovation, urban regeneration, participatory spatial planning practices and social housing. Since 2016, he has been a member of IEREK’s Scientific Committee organizing scientific international conferences alongside its staff and taking part in peer reviewing processes. He is currently involved in the Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscape project (Erasmus+) and in some other Interreg Programmes and design projects.

Francesco Cappa (LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy)

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Francesco Cappa is a Post-Doc Researcher at the “ReBooT - Reasearch Centre in Business Transformation” and at the “Centre for Research in Leadership, Innovation, and Organisation” at LUISS Guido Carli University. He holds a PhD in Management from LUISS Guido Carli University, and during his PhD Francesco has been visiting researcher at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering (USA), and Pace University Seidenberg School of Computer Science (USA). His main research interests are in the areas of crowd involvement (i.e. crowdsourcing, citizen science, crowdfunding) with a particular focus on innovation and sustainability issues. His papers have appeared in Research Policy, Business Horizons, Computers in Human Behaviour, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Sustainability, PloS One and Energy.

Gloria Pignatta (University of Perugia, Italy)

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Doctor Gloria Pignatta currently holds a postdoctoral position in the 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 the 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.

Haşim Altan (Final International University, Cyprus)

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Hasim Altan is Professor and Dean of Faculty of Architecture & Fine Arts at Final International University in Kyrenia, Cyprus. He is a Chartered Architect (RIBA) and a Chartered Engineer (CIBSE) with 20 years of academic and practice experience in the field of Architectural Engineering and Sustainable Design of the Built Environment in UK, Europe and the Middle East. Prof. Altan sits on a number of editorial boards and reviews project proposals for the European Commission, UK Research Councils, and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) by Qatar Foundation. Since 2004, he has, singly or jointly, secured and directed 32 research grants worth over £21 million. He is a founding member of the International Network on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH), which has so far organized seven international conferences, design workshops, and technical visits. As well as having supervised 16 successful PhD students, Prof. Dr. Altan has published over 200-refereed journal and conference papers in related fields.

Hassan Abdalla (University of East London, UK)

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Professor Hassan Abdalla is an international authority in the fields 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, an institute under the auspices of the Japanese Government, in recognition of his innovation and substantial contribution to 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 in the field of Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence in Design.

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 include 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 in the field of City Identity, Heritage and Sustainable Development.

Hugo Rodrigues (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

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Hugo Rodrigues is Senior Lecturer at the School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal, teaching several topics related with Structural Analysis, Building Pathology and Rehabilitation. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Aveiro in 2012. His experience in Seismic analysis, having participated as a team member in research and development projects, specialized consultancy studies ordered by several public institutions and companies regarding the assessment of seismic risk. His major research interests are Building Rehabilitation, Structural Health Monitoring and Seismic Safety including experimental and numerical activities. Research member of the RIsks and Sustainability in COnstruction (RISCO). He has co-authored several publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals national and international meetings.

Luciano De Bonis (University of Molise, Italy)

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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 in the field of Urban Planning, Sustainable Development and Tourism Planning.

Mansour Ghorbanpour (Arak University, Iran)

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Mansour Ghorbanpour is a faculty member at the Department of Medicinal Plants and the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Arak University in Iran. He received his PhD on “Agronomy/Crop Ecology” from Tehran University, Karaj, Iran. Dr. Ghorbanpour has also been a visiting scholar in the Nutrient Uptake and Toxicity Stress (NUTS) group at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. The research interests of Dr. Ghorbanpour include phytonanotechnology (nanotechnology in plant science), bioavailability of emerging contaminants, climate action and environmental stresses effects on metabolism of plants, natural products and bioactive compounds of medicinal and aromatic plants, etc. Up to now (August 2020), Dr. Ghorbanpour has published over 130 journal articles, 45 book chapters, and 12 books (edited volumes) with Springer, Elsevier Academic Press and some local publishers. Dr. Ghorbanpour maintains a worldwide network and serves as an editorial board member of several journals as well as a reviewer for more than 60 peer reviewed international scientific journals.

Marco Esti (Tuscia University, Italy)

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Marco Esti is a Professor of Enology and enzymatic technologies for the food industry in Department of Biological Agro-Food and Forestry Systems (DIBAF) of the University of Tuscia (Viterbo) of Italy. His research interests include the study of technological, hygienic, nutritional and sensory aspects of various agro-food products through the evaluation of chemical compounds, previously identified as specific indicators; the development and application of innovative analytical methods to simplify the control of technological processes and to evaluate the qualitative characteristics of agro-food products, also in order to improve the quality and safety of use of the finished product.

Marta Serra-Permanyer (Polytechnic University of Catalonia – BarcelonaTech, Spain)

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Marta Serra (1981) is a PhD Architect, researcher and adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Vallès School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech. Her research focuses on the community dimension of architecture and urbanism by investigating the social role of the architect within the design process and the autonomy of the user, theory about public space, creative spatial practices and theory from various humanist architects from the 20th century. She runs projects and courses deal- ing with participatory design, learning-service, urban perception, informal urbanism, memory of place, communal experiences, self-sufficiency, community planning and co-creation. Her granted dissertation “Latent Spaces: Contemporary Practices in Art Towards a Critical Urbanism” (cum laude 2014 with European Mention) includes public space politics, creative spatial practices and theory from various humanist architects from contemporary history. She has lectured at the Illinois Architecture Study Abroad Program at Barcelona-El Vallès (2018 and 2019) and was visiting professor at Università degli Studi di Enna Kore (2015-2016). Co-founder of the co-op Cíclica, she has run projects awarded first prize by Bauwelt 2017 and European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 amongst other international nominations.

Mohamed Ksibi (University of Sfax, Tunisia)

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Dr. Mohamed Ksibi obtained his MSc (1989) and PhD (1993) degrees in Applied Chemistry from the University of Poitiers, France. Afterwards, he undertook a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute of Scientific and Technical Research in Tunisia (1995). In 2003, he obtained his accreditation to supervise research (HDR) in Chemistry from the University of Sfax, Tunisia, where he was then appointed Professor of Chemistry (2009). In 2011, he became Director of the High Institute of Biotechnology at the same university. His research focuses on chemicals in the environment, and water and wastewater treatment and reuse. He developed new assessment methods for toxicity in water containing various pollutants (dyes, phenolic and pharmaceutical compounds, polluted water from pulp and paper mills, domestic wastewater, etc.) following different wastewater treatment techniques. He has co-published about 60 papers in indexed journals. He has been involved in the establishment of several joint scientific projects with Moroccan, Portuguese, German, and Japanese scientists on the quantification and risk assessment of emerging organic contaminants and heavy metals in soils and surface waters in Tunisia. More recently, he has participated in the NATO-SfP project “Remediation Processes in Uranium and other Mining Explorations.” Prof. Ksibi is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (Springer) since 2019.

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 the author of one book titled “Oil Palm Shell: Lightweight Concrete and Structures”. Professor Mannan is the Series Editor responsible for evaluating book proposals in the fields of Construction Materials and Technology for Sustainable Green Infrastructure and Waste Management.

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 a 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 reviewer for a number of international academic journals and conferences. Dr. Mohareb is the Series Editor responsible for book proposals in the field of Urban and Architectural 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 in the field of Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence in Design.

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

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Dr. 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 in the field of Environmental Energy Performance, Technology for Sustainable Development, and Construction Sustainability.

Sreetheran Maruthaveeran (Putra University Malaysia, Malaysia)

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Dr. Sreetheran Maruthaveeran is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He was a researcher at the Urban Forestry and Landscape Unit, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) for 13 years before joining the academia. Sreetheran obtained his PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in Landscape Architecture and Planning. His research falls into a number of themes such as environmental behaviour, landscape visualisation, urban greening, urban forestry and arboriculture. His PhD work was on "fear of crime in urban parks in Kuala Lumpur". He is also keen in using visualization methods in his research. Sreetheran has been involved in a range of international networking and project activities. One of the highlight is the collaboration project between the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark since 2007. The project entitled "Multipurpose Forestry in a Changing Society" has been funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). Sreetheran has produced about 70 publications, including books, reviewed proceedings, journals and popular writing. He has two books to his credit namely Hazardous Trees (2009) and Seni Tanaman Hiasan Dalaman (2015). He has also vast experience as a reviewer for several journals such as Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Forest Science and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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 in the field of Tourism, Heritage and Sustainable Development.

Tomohiro Fukuda (Osaka University, Japan)

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Dr. Tomohiro Fukuda is an associate professor in the Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. He obtained his Ph.D. (1999), M.E. (1996) and B.E. (1994) in environmental engineering at Osaka University. He worked for Matsushita Electric Works Co., Ltd. (Current: Panasonic Corporation) from 1996 to 2004, and then has been an associate professor at Osaka University since 2004. His research interests are mainly environmental design and engineering, design support, computer-aided architectural design, spatial informatics and science, and media architecture. Especially he has developed environmental design support methods using Virtual, Augmented and Mixed reality (VR/AR/MR), 3 dimensional modeling, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), BIM (Building Information Modeling), and AI (Artificial Intelligence). He has applied his developed methods to actual design projects such as Patio Design in Takamatsu Japan (2005-07), Next Gene 21+ in Taiwan (2007-08), VR Azuchi Castle in Omihachiman Japan (2011-15), and Mizuki Shigeru Road Renewal in Sakaiminato Japan (2016-18). He is a former president of CAADRIA (the association of Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia) and past Representative of AIJ (Architectural Institute of Japan). He is a member of eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe), JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers), CPIJ (The City Planning Institute of Japan), etc. He has published over 200 journal and international conference papers, and 13 books (collective writing). He was made a CAADRIA Fellow (2019) and won the best award of the Kobe lighting design competition (2001), etc.

Valeria Monno (Politecnico di Bari, Italy)

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Valeria Monno is associate professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the Politecnico di Bari (IT). Democracy, inclusion, social justice and environmental stewardship are the key-principles that have underlain her research, which so far has been mainly focused on planning for inclusive and sustainable cities and territories. Accordingly, her research has dealt with migration, environmental and urban peripheries regeneration, thus taking on the challenge of innovating spatial planning through a continuous theory/practice interplay. Therefore, possible innovations of theories and practices have been investigated, experimented and proposed with the aims of avoiding fragmentation, socio-economic polarization and environmental decline, and of enhancing the transformative potential of planning practices in fragile and deprived contexts in order to make planning meaningful for the most vulnerable human and non-human beings. Her research interests concern the need for planning practices which may enable local administrations and communities to cope with issues regarding the inclusion of marginalised communities like migrants and poor people living in deprived or contaminated peripheries. Focusing on planning as a plural and collective project aimed at integrating knowledge her research has therefore aimed at identifying and building ‘cooperative bridges’ among different structures of knowledge in order to construct alternative and regenerative visions of urban and territorial transformation.

Vincenzo Naddeo (University of Salerno, Italy)

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Vincenzo Naddeo is associate professor at Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Salerno (Italy) where he drives research activities at the Sanitary Environmental Engineering Division (SEED). He was visiting professor at University of Washington (2009) and Yamaguchi University (2016). He is Associate Editor of the Euro Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (Springer) and co-founding Chair of the conference series WaterEnergyNEXUS. He also serves on the editorial board of several journals including Scientific Reports (Nature Research), Heliyon (Elsevier), PeerJ (Life, Bio, Environment & Health Sciences) and he is actively involved in a variety of scientific organizations, funding agencies, and European networks. Dr. Naddeo has (co-) authored over 170 refereed publications in journals, congress proceedings and edited volumes. He holds 4 patents on water and wastewater treatments by sonolisys and 1 patent on novel electronic nose (e.Nose).

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 in the field of Sustainable Architecture and Design.

Zhihua Zhang (Shandong University, Jinan, China)

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Zhihua Zhang is a Taishan Distinguished Professor of climate change at Shandong University, Jinan, China. He also was professor at Beijing Normal University, China. He has published more than fifty first-authored research articles and three first-authored Elsevier/Springer/DeGruyter monographs. Prof. Zhang has been appointed as associate editor/editorial board member of several ISI-JCR journals including EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (IF=1.9), PLoS One (IF=3.0), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=5.7), and International Journal of Global Warming (IF=0.6). Since 2019, he serves as Chief Editor (Section 1: Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Climatology, Oceanography) of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (IF=1.3). Prof. Zhang’s researches are sponsored by Horizon2020 Framework Program (European Commission), National Key Program for Global Change (China), Ministry of Education (China), Shandong Provincial Government (China) and Beijing Municipal Government (China). Prof. Zhang has won Springer Certificate of Appreciation on Outstanding Performance and Scientific Contribution to the AJGS, Young Scientist's Travel Award of the EGU, Chinese Government Award for outstanding students abroad. Prof. Zhang has served as an education committee member of International Coral Reef Society, a reviewer for United Nations' IPCC report, a reviewer for United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), a reviewer for Swiss National Science Foundation, a reviewer for National Natural Science Award of China, and a review committee member for Ministry of Environmental Protection's Climate Change Program. Prof. Zhang also serves as conference track chair and advisory/scientific/organization committee member in many international known conferences.

Series Editor 

Mourad Amer (IEREK CEO, Egypt)

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Dr. Mourad Amer is an Architect, Planner and Real Estate Developer. He holds a PhD degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Design from Alexandria University, Egypt. He gained experience in scientific publishing as Author and Guest Editor in several reputable journals. In 2008, he founded IEREK which aims to promote the exchange of knowledge between international scholars. IEREK organizes summer schools, scientific conferences all over the globe and publishes journals and conference proceedings. In 2017, IEREK in collaboration with Springer, launched Advances in Sciences, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) with a view to publishing a series of edited volumes and conference proceedings on emerging scientific topics related to the promotion of sustainable development.

Publishing Editor 

Nabil Khélifi (MENA program, Springer, Germany)

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Nabil Khelifi received START and DAAD fellowships in continuation of his PhD studies in Marine Geosciences at the University of Kiel in Germany (2005–2010). After his PhD, he received two research grants from the DFG to start his self-designed postdoctoral research at the GEOMAR–Ocean Research Centre in Kiel, Germany until the end of 2013. In early 2014, he received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (SGES) to continue with his research at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Shortly afterwards, he decided to pursue a career as Publishing Editor with Springer in Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing the Springer’s publishing program in the MENA region. This program currently consists of developing 20 journals and 2 book series. In 2017, he got promoted to Senior Publishing Editor. He also helps researchers in MENA countries by conducting educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve publication quality and output. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Carthage, Tunisia and King Saud University, KSA giving MSc and PhD courses in scientific presentation and paper publishing techniques, as well as career development training and workshops on soft skills development. He is also providing support to Qatar National Library in their new project QNL Science Book Forums. He co-organized two ESF-funded workshops on the Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). In 2017 and 2018, he launched 2 international conferences in Tunisia with 500 international attendees from 70 countries. Conferences aimed at promoting 2 Springer journals: Arabian Journal of Geosciences and Euro Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration. In 2016, he was awarded the Africa Green Future Leadership Award in recognition of work contributing to sustainable development through advancing science and promoting publications.

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