THE Fifth Brunei International Conference on Engineering and Technology (BICET) 2014 officially came to an end yesterday in a closing ceremony held at Lecture Theatre 2, Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB).
The three-day conference themed ‘Developments and Advances in Engineering and Technology’, organised by Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), was conducted from November 1-3.
The event started with a welcoming remark delivered by Dr Md Abdus Salam, Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee.
The guest of honour at the event was Professor Dr Nawaf Hazim Saeid, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) of ITB, who also presented certificates to paper presenters and participants.
A total of 91 papers were presented at the conference including three keynote papers and five papers by invited speakers.
The conference papers focused on various domains of Engineering and Technology such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering and Petroleum and Chemical Engineering. More than 40 international paper presenters and participants from 10 countries had joined the conference.
The three keynote papers presented in the conference were delivered by distinguished international academics, namely Professor Dr Mohamed Abdou, Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, who discussed ‘The Importance of a Diversified Portfolio Approach to Solving the World’s Energy and Environment Problems’; Professor Dr Ram B Gupta, Associate Dean for Research and a Professor in the School of Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA who discussed on ‘Clean Energy for a Growing and Prospering World’; and Professor Dr Prosun Bhattacharya, Professor at the KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering , KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden who discussed on ‘Geogenic Arsenic Contamination in Drinking Water Resources and Strategies for Sustainable Mitigation’.
ITB is striving to become a university that can contribute to the enrichment of knowledge and the solving of contemporary issues through its research endeavours. ITB’s research efforts are focused along three research thrusts: Oil and Gas, Green Technology and Water.
The ITB Centre for Transport Research (CfTR) was established to carry out research activities that include policy studies, transport modelling and intelligent transport system, and focuses on the areas of Transport Safety, Highway and Geotechnics, and Traffic.
The newly-established Centre for Innovative Engineering aims to become a dynamic centre for multi-disciplinary and innovative translational research.
According to a statement, in 2014, research grants awarded to ITB by the Brunei Research Council has seen an increase of 300 per cent.