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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

The mission of Springer/IEREK book series “Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI)” is to communicate to the international scientific community excellent research results from all fields of science and technology aiming to ensure sustainable development.

The editorial board of ASTI carefully worked with the editors/authors of each book published in the series to ensure that all book chapters accepted for publication were rigorously and fairly reviewed by expert referees.

Those reviewers have been most supportive in assessing manuscripts. Their input and valuable constructive criticism to the authors are highly appreciated. Springer and IEREK gratefully acknowledge their valuable support.

The editorial board (advisory board) of ASTI series consists of a group of prominent scientists in the fields covered by the series. Having such an editorial board is very important for ASTI quality and reputation. The role of the editorial board is to advise and support the editor(s) and author(s) of each book before its publication in ASTI series. Without their scientific approval, ASTI series does not publish any book. Functions of the editorial board also include:

- Identifying new topics for new books and advising on direction for the series—giving feedback on past published books and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors

- Approaching potential contributors

- Helping to identify peer reviewers (evaluators) and provide second opinions on chapters (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers)

- Identify appropriate conferences to attend and to consider for publishing their best papers as edited volumes in the series

- Endorse the series to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.


Editorial Board 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 2016 as one of the world’s most influential mind. He is a recipient of 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 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 widely travelled abroad visiting more than 55 countries to present his research findings.

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.

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 some reputable journals. In 2008, he founded IEREK which aims at exchanging knowledge among 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) aiming at publishing a series of edited volumes and conference proceedings on emerging scientific topics related to promoting sustainable development.

Publishing Editor 

Nabil Khélifi (MENA program, Springer, Germany)

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Nabil Khelifi received START and DAAD fellowships to continue with his PhD studies in Marine Geosciences at 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 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 his career as a Publishing Editor with Springer in Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing the Springer’s publishing program in MENA region. The 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 delivering 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 presentations and techniques of paper publishing, 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 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 has been awarded with the Africa Green Future Leadership Award in recognition of work contributing to sustainable development through advancing science and promoting publications.