THE Fifth Brunei International Conference on Engineering and Technology (BICET) officially commenced Saturday with an opening ceremony at the Starlodge Hotel in Kampong Jerudong.
The three-day conference which is themed ‘Developments and Advances in Engineering and Technology’ is being organised by Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) from November 1-3 at the ITB campus.
The guest of honour was a member of the Legislative Council, YB Awang Haji Zulkipli bin Haji Abdul Hamid.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of ITB, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, presented her welcoming remarks followed by a speech from Awang Haji Zulkipli as he officiated the start of the conference.
The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers and practitioners, and provide a platform for mutually beneficial collaboration and knowledge sharing between the industry and academics, both locally and internationally.
The objectives are to provide a forum for intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary interactions for the exchange of recent research findings and to forecast the initiative of future research, strengthen collaborative research, enhance exchange of visits between engineers, professors and graduate students from different fields and industries, and create a global database through the publication of findings.
Some 89 papers have been accepted for the conference following a screening process by an international scientific committee. 102 extended abstracts were shortlisted from 157 that were submitted in the early stages. 32 papers were presented on the first day of the conference, 37 on the second day and 17 on day three.
There are also five invited speakers from Italy, Malaysia, Oman and India. The papers cover the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, civil engineering as well as petroleum and chemical engineering.
Three keynote papers were presented by distinguished international academics: ‘The Importance of a Diversified Portfolio Approach to Solving the World’s Energy and Environment Problems’ by a professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, Professor Dr Mohamed Abdou; ‘Clean Energy for a Growing and Prospering World’ by the Associate Dean for Research and a professor at the School of Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA, Professor Dr Ram B Gupta and ‘Geogenic Arsenic Contamination in Drinking Water Resources and Strategies for Sustainable Mitigation’ by a professor at the KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group of the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, Professor Dr Prosun Bhattacharya.
ITB is striving to become an institution 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 was established to carry out research on policy studies, transport modelling and intelligent transport system, transport safety, highway and geotechnics as well as traffic.
The newly-established Centre for Innovative Engineering aims to become a dynamic centre for multidisciplinary and innovative research. In 2014, research grants awarded to ITB by the Brunei Research Council rose 300 per cent.