Submission Deadline: August 25, 2017
Notification Date: September 15, 2017
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Conference Date: November 2-4, 2017

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mitsuo Yoshida
Director, International Network for Environmental & Humanitarian Cooperation (iNEHC)
 Technical Advisor, Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

Professor Mitsuo Yoshida is now a senior advisor in environmental management at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and also the director of International Network for Environmental & Humanitarian Cooperation(iNEHC).
His specialties are in environmental management engineering, solid waste management, environmental geology. In 2001, he was a research fellow in environmental geology, Imperial College London, London, UK; In 1982, he got the PhD degree in geology and mineralogy from Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan; the MSc degree in geology and mineralogy, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan and in 1975, he got the BSc degree in geology, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan.
He is a member of Japan Environmental Council (JEC); Japan Scientist Association (JSA); Japan Association on the Environmental Studies (JAES); Japanese Association for Water Resources and Environment (JAWRE); Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM), etc.

Speech Title: Capacity Development in Solid Waste Management

Abstract: Solid wastes are unavoidably generated in places where people live or in industrial activities, but particularly in developing countries, they are imperfectly collected, improperly disposed, and non-renewable resources contained are wasted, which cause public health problems and inhibit their sustainable development.
As widely known, the United Nations decided the "Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)" in 2000 as the international development goals were set for the target year of 2015. However, although targets for environmental conservation and public health are included at that time, waste management issue was not mentioned. As a successor to the MDGs, the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" was decided in 2016 as international development goals for the target year of 2030, where, targets and indicators were defined from the field of solid waste management, which means solid waste management has been recognized as a major issue in considering the sustainable development. Thus, it is the time for the entire world to cooperate and work on solid waste management.
From a global perspective, the progress of urbanization and the population growth in developing countries are increasingly accelerating today, as the results, the total amount of waste generated has increased rapidly and the waste problem is becoming more serious; where we often find a weak capacity to cope with the huge amount of waste generated, insufficient controls to various environmental burdens, and difficulties to coordinate about socio-economic issues. Combatting to the problems, various efforts are required for the countries by themselves and international donors such as ODA (official development assistance) agencies, NGOs, and private sector. There is a strong need for comprehensive approach under the long-term prospect for enhancing the capacity in solid waste management to cope with waste problems under given conditions of each city in each country.
In this presentation, I would like to discuss about a phased development model of solid waste management and the strategy for supporting capacity development in solid waste management, based on the experience of development cooperation practices in Asia and Africa.

Prof. Guohong Wu
Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan

Professor Guohong Wu is working as a tenured professor and director of the Advance Power Engineering Lab. and Renewable Energy and Hybrid Mirogrid Lab. at Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Tohoku Gakuin Univ. Japan. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tianjin Univ. China in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and a joint-supervised Ph.D. degree from the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan and Tianjin Univ. in 1998. He was with the Univ. of Tokyo and Tohoku Univ. Japan from 1995 to 2005. Since 2005, he has been working with the Tohoku Gakuin Univ. From April 2014 to Mar. 2015, He was a visiting researcher at UCLA, USA.
Professor Wu’s research interests include renewable power generation system, microgrid/smart grid, FACTS devices, HVDC systems, power system stability analysis, superconductivity application to power systems, etc. He is the author of 4 books and 157 technical papers, and has been representatives of tens of research projects and assigned as many academic and social committee members related electrical engineering field in Japan. Professor Wu is also guest professor of 2 universities in China. He is both the Senior Members of IEEE and IEEJ.

Speech Title: An Overview of the Current Research and Development of Renewable Power Generation and Microgrid Technologies in Japan

Abstract: With the increasing concerns of the global warming, fossil source depletion and environmental pollution problems, the renewable power generations have been increasingly developed over the last decades. However, the main challenge for utilizing renewable resources is associated with the unpredictability and fluctuation of the power generated from these natural resources. Microgrid potentially has the ability of power management to mitigate the power fluctuation as well as contribute to the stabilization of the integrated power grid, it is therefore considered as a prospective way to facilitate the expanded use of distributed renewable resources. Japan is one of the countries that is importing most of the energy sources in the world and the major proposer of Kyoto Protocol, which is the first important international agreement related to dealing with the global warming problems. This speech will give an overview of the research works in Japan for the development of renewable power generations and microgrid/smart grid technologies, and provide a basic understand of the current researches on this area in Japan.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Takehiko Murayama
School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He specializes in environmental planning and policy such as environmental impact assessment, risk assessment, management and communication as well as consensus building with stakeholders. Since 2004, he is a chair of JICA advisory committee on environmental and social consideration for relatively large-scale projects. Currently, he is also a member of the committee on EIA of the Central Environment Council and a co-chair of policy dialogue on chemicals and the environment, Ministry of the Environment. Since 2008, he is a member of International Advisory Board of a Journal, Environmental Impact Assessment Review (Elsevier), and has contributed to the activities of the Society for Risk Analysis, Japan as a secretary-general since 2010. In addition, he has been involved in activities relevant to recovery and reconstruction in Fukushima region where was damaged by the nuclear disasters in 2011. In 2016, He also contributed into the annual meeting of International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) held in Nagoya City as a co-chair.

Speech Title: Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Development: Case of Renewable Energy Development and Consensus Building

Abstract: Renewable energy is one of important drivers for sustainable development, and the related facilities are getting to spread in Japan. However, they are not always acceptable for the public. While the number of wind farms has been gradually increasing since mid-1990s, some of them brought about environmental disputes with local citizen as well as NGOs. According to a survey, around 40 percent of all wind farm projects in Japan brought about disputes, and almost half of them were suspended. Main points of issues include noise pollution, wildlife conservation, landscape and disaster management. Another attractive source is geothermal energy, and Japan is the third place in term of the potential after the US and Indonesia. The capacity of installed frailties, however, is less than 550 MW, the 10th grades in the world. One of critical factors would be related to our historical and cultural background. Thanks to the presence of many volcanoes, there are many hot springs and we have a long history to be familiar with them. As geothermal energy projects are often planned the places close to hot springs, the owners have some anxieties that such kind of projects may affect hot springs. Such a social acceptance may be affected by some factors, such as distributional and

Assoc. Prof. P. W. T. Pong
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Philip W. T. Pong is a chartered physicist, a chartered electrical engineer, and a chartered energy engineer. He is a registered professional engineer in electrical, electronics, and energy. He is working on spintronic magnetic field sensors, smart grid, and nano-bio at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He received a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2005. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Magnetic Materials Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States for three years, he joined the HKU Faculty of Engineering where he is now an associate professor working on development and applications of spintronic sensors and magnetic nanoparticle technologies in smart grid and smart living. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Corporate Member of HKIE in Electrical, Electronics, and Energy Divisions. He is an associate editor for two SCI journals, and he serves on the editorial review board of the IEEE Magnetics Letters. He published over 200 technical papers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and also a Fellow of the NANOSMAT Society.

Speech Title: Make Better “Sense” of Smart Grid for Energy Stability and Efficiency via the New Sensing Capabilities offered by Magnetic Sensors

Abstract: The recent flourishing development of spintronic magnetic sensors has stimulated the versatile utilization of magnetic sensors in various areas such as biomedical engineering, consumer gadgets, homeland security, automobiles, aerospace, and robotics. In particular, it galvanizes the novel application of magnetic sensors in smart grid because of their superb current sensing capability, compact-in-size, mass-manufacturability, broad bandwidth, low power consumption, and signal compatibility with conventional electronics. The market of smart grid sensors is expected to reach US$39 billion in 2019. Besides current measurement, our research demonstrates magnetic sensors can unprecedentedly offer many advanced sensing capabilities critically needed to enable smart grid. We can now make better "sense" of the power grids. These new sensing capabilities can enable dynamic line rating and provide extra capacity for the existing power grids to integrate renewable energy. The situational awareness of the power grids is greatly enhanced that is conducive to the stability and efficiency of the power system. These new sensing capabilities will enable the collection of information that are vital for achieving self-healing and resilient operation in smart grid. Essentially, magnetic sensors can provide innovative solutions to many problems in today's electric grid infrastructure, from generation to transmission and distribution to end-use. They are going to bring salient impacts on asset monitoring, outage management, demand response, and building energy management to name a few in this age of new energy.

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