1.3 Thematic workshops and UK-China forum

1.3.1 2010 International Conference on Life System Modeling and Simulation & 2010 International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment
The 2010 International Conference on Life System Modeling and Simulation & 2010 International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment were held in Wuxi, China on Sep. 17-20, 2010.
LSMS'10 and ICSEE'10 received over 800 paper submissions from 23 countries and regions. These papers went through a rigorous peer review procedure, including both pre-review and formal refereeing. Based on the review reports, the Program Committee finally selected 260 papers (24% accepting rate) for presentation at the conference, from amongst which 195 were subsequently selected and recommended for publication by Springer in two volumes of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and one volume of Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI). 60 high-quality papers are recommended for publication in SCI indexed international journals.
A total of 255 delegates and participants from UK, Japan, Ireland, Singapore, Korea, US, Australia, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, Malaysia, Pakistan and so on 15 countries and regions attended the conference. All programs of the conference have been completely realized. 8 keynote speeches have been given by experts from UK, US, China, Netherland and Singapore. Delegates have presented their up to date researches in 32 oral sessions. It was pleased to see highly interactive discussions following each talk.The conference has generated significant impact in the community, and the conference website has received over 262,000 visits worldwide.
Website: http://lsms-icsee-2010.org/?page=Content/Scenes

   

Opening ceremony and website of LSMS & ICSEE 2010

 

The Conference Group Photo of LSMS & ICSEE 2010

 

Conferences Proceedings

 

Volunteer of LSMS & ICSEE 2010

 

Best paper award

 

Organization committee

 

Oral session

1.3.2 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment
The second International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment (ICSEE’2012) was held in Shanghai in September 2012, which aimed to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of intelligent computing theory and methodology with applications to sustainable energy and environment from all over the world, and bring together key figures from the public sector, from academia and from industry, in order to discuss the crucial role of science, innovation and technology in driving growth of UK and China, in the meantime to profile the excellence of the UK-China Science Bridge partnerships and seek support and funding to sustain and build upon these established Research & Technology Development (RTD) based partnerships with leading institutions and companies in the two countries. These build upon the success of 2010 ICSEE conference and a series of Science Bridge workshops, technical exchanges within the research community has taken in the form of keynote speeches, panel and round-table discussions, special sessions and workshops, as well as oral and poster presentations. In addition, participants were treated with a series of social functions, receptions and networking sessions, which served as a vital channel to establish new connections, foster everlasting friendships, and forge collaborations among fellow counterparts.

1.3.3 UK-China Science Bridge Forum

The UK-China Science Bridge Forum organized by Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) was held in Gaotian (Takada) Hall, Minhang Campus of SJTU on 12 September 2012. Over 100 representatives from over 20 universities, research institutions, and industry from both UK and China attended the forum.
The forum aimed to bring together key figures from the public sector, academia, and industry, in order to discuss the crucial role of education, science, innovation, and technology in driving growth of the two countries, in the meantime to profile the excellence of the UK-China Science Bridges partnerships and seek support and funding to sustain and build upon these established Education and Research & Technology Development based partnerships with leading institutions and companies in the UK and China.

 

Prof. Sir Peter Gregson, President and Vice-Chancellor of QUB, Prof. Zhongqin Lin, Deputy President of SJTU, Dr Alicia Greated, RCUK China Director, Prof. Jijun Xing, Deputy Director of General of CSTEC from Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Prof. Zhaotian Zhang, Deputy Director of Department of Information Sciences from National Natural Science Foundation of China, Mr. Xingfa Ma, Secretary General of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality attended and presented in the Forum. The forum was hosted by Ms Liang Guo, Deputy Director of the International Office of Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Prof Kang Li, Chairman of the Science Bridge forum from Queen’s University Belfast. 

 

Prof. Zhongqin Lin, Deputy President of SJTU addressed in the Forum.

 

Prof. Sir Peter Gregson, President and Vice-Chancellor of QUB: I believe that we have surpassed the founding ambition of the Science Bridge project. Together we have created the research environment for China to develop its energy and infrastructure in a sustainable manner that has allowed the economy to flourish. In turn we in the UK have been able to establish lasting academic partnerships and business opportunities founded in the sharing of technological innovation, knowledge and expertise.

 

Dr. Alicia Greated, Director of Research Councils UK (RCUK) China: Summarising the Science Bridge project from five aspects including energy, novel technologies and products, social sciences, health and medical sciences, food and agriculture.

 

Prof. JiJun Xing, Deputy Director of General of CSTEC from Ministry of Science and Technology of China: With the large-scale implementation of “Science Bridge”, universities and enterprises of the two countries launched a series of cooperation, including "Sustainable Energy and Built Environment", "R&D on (B)4G Wireless Mobile Communications", "Water availability and quality " and "Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medical Technology" four areas, and have made many remarkable achievements.


 

Prof. Zhaotian Zhang, Deputy Director of Department of Information Sciences from National Natural Science Foundation of China: During the last three years, by the scientific research workers joint efforts, “Science Bridge” has established several joint laboratories, research centers and joint experiment platforms; held many international conferences and forums; published more than three hundred papers and completed more than ten joint projects.

 

Mr. Xingfa Ma, secretary-general of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality: By constructing laboratories, carrying out scientific research projects, and driving talent exchange items, we have built a batch of labs together with British universities and research institutions, and gained series of important scientific research achievements. For example, Shanghai Jiantong University developed closely scientific research cooperation with Queen’s University Belfast, and their related scientific research achievements displayed in Shanghai World Expo, drawing a lot of attention from the society and received very positive responses.

Moreover, Mr Tim Standbrook, Science and Innovation Consul, from Consulate General of the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Shanghai, also made a speech saying “Science Bridges, the reason we are here today, are an important tool for facilitating the development of that base of joint research, for raising the impact and profile of collaborative activity between the UK and China. And we are grateful to the Research Councils UK for the excellent work they continue to do to support research collaboration and innovation in this way. I hope that today not only celebrates the sterling work done so far, but inspires further collaborations. We remain keen to support you in all your joint endeavours”.


Ceremonies:
1. Inaugural Ceremony of “Joint Laboratory on Loose Particle Detection for Sealed Electronic Components and Devices”, Queen’s University Belfast and Harbin Institute of Technology
2. Opening Ceremony for the “UK-China Joint R&D Centre in Future Wireless Networks”, Heriot-Watt University and Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications.


Key Outcomes, Impacts, and Sustainability

1. UK-China Science Bridge in Sustainable Energy and Built Environment
(Summarised from the aspects of Events, Joint Laboratories and Centre (6), Joint Conferences, workshops and training, Knowledge Transfer, Academic and student exchanges (over 50), Joint project and publications (5 conference proceedings, 44 Journal and 163 conference papers), and over  10 joint projects.
Presenters:
Prof Kang Li, Queen’s University Belfast;
Prof Donghua Zhou, Tsinghua University

2. UK-China Science Bridges: R&D on (B)4G Wireless Mobile Communications
(83 publications, 5 invited keynote speeches, 2 patents awarded (1 in Spatial Modulation),  8 newly awarded joint projects: £2.18 M, UC4G Wireless Testbed and B4G Technology Demonstration,  8 project workshops, 350+attendees, 120+presentations, 30 UK-China Visiting Fellows, 30+collaboration partnerships)
Presenter:
Prof Cheng-Xiang Wang, Heriot-Watt University;

3. Water availability and quality: Natural Environments, Domestic Use and Food Production
(The WaterSci project unites the Lancaster Environment Centre and Chinese laboratories in a partnership which leads the world in sustainable water management, to focus on the development and exploitation of tools to deliver on this global innovation challenge and market opportunity. Joint workshops and conference (7), Third party via LEC to CAS, Third party via CAS to LEC)

Presenter:
Prof Nigel Paul, Lancaster University;

4. Science Bridges: Bradford-China Programme for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medical Technology (Video)

 

UK-China Science Bridge was launched in the year of 2008 when British Prime Minister Brown visited China. It is an important part and flagship project of Chinese and British science cooperation in recent years.

Comments and feedbacks from government officials:
After the Science Bridge forum, Dr Alicia Greated, Director of RCUK China has sent Prof. Kang Li an email, commenting ' the event last week was excellent. Extremely well organised and the turnout was great. '

Prof. Xing, Deputy Director of General of CSTEC from Ministry of Science and Technology of China also sent Prof. Kang Li an email after the forum, saying, 'the forum has covered broad spectrum of elements, showing the fruitful collaborative outcomes, and further demonstrating that the Science Bridge is the highlight of the UK-China Science and Technology collaborations in recent years. It all relies on the hard work of all science bridge partners'. He expected us to continue the momentum and further strengthen such collaborations.

After the Science Bridge forum, the second International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment (ICSEE’2012)) was held on Sept 12 and 13. Over 60 Science Bridge partners shared their recent research outcomes, which helped to plan for future research collaborations (http://icsee2012.sjtu.edu.cn/).


1.3.4 International conference ‘Structural Faults & Repair 2010’

‘Structural Faults and Repair’ is an international conference hosted bi-annually by the University of Edinburgh, bringing together hundreds of leading academics and industry professionals from around the world to discuss topical issues relating to the durability, deterioration, maintenance and repair of civil engineering structures. At the 2010 event (14-17 June), QUB coordinated a dedicated UK-China Science Bridge conference session, which was attended by around 30 leading delegates from China and resulted in 29 technical presentations and papers published in the conference proceedings.
1.3.5 The First UK-China Innovation Symposium on Durability of Concrete
From 28-29th September 2011, the UK-China Science Bridge project partners hosted the inaugural ‘UK-China Innovation Symposium on Durability of Concrete’ in Beijing. Organised locally and hosted by the Science Bridge Concrete Centre and CRIBC’s Research Institute of High Performance Concrete, the symposium provide a platform for researchers and industry professionals from the UK and China to discuss topics linked to advanced concrete technology, novel durability design and innovative testing and monitoring methods to extend service life. Over 150 delegates attended the event, representing leading academic, industrial and government organisations in China. Papers were presented on the following topics over the course of the two days:
  1. Durability design of structural concrete
  2. Monitoring research and application for durability of concrete structures
  3. Ultra-high performance concrete research and application
  4. Diagnosis and rehabilitation of concrete structures
  5. New cementitious system and concrete
  6. Chemical admixtures influence on the durability of concrete
  7. Application of domestic and foreign standards (regulations)

1.3.6 International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures

The International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures (ICDCS) series brings together leading experts in the field of concrete durability from around the world. Co-organised by QUB, Zhejiang University (China) and Hokkaido University (Japan), the aim is to share recent achievements, present latest development and to discuss current problems so that the future challenges on durability issues of concrete structures could be addressed. Second in the series, following a successful ICDCS in Hangzhou, China in 2008, this event was hosted by Hokkaido University from 24-26 November and involved a strong delegation of UK-China Science Bridge partners.

1.3.7 International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures
The third International Conference on the Durability of Concrete Structures (ICDCS) will be hosted by Queen’s University Queen’s University in Belfast, from 17-19 September 2012. Again co-organised with Zhejiang University (China) and Hokkaido University (Japan), this event is very much part of UK-China Science Bridge project activities and will see in excess of 100 international delegates, including between 20-30 from China.
1.3.8 International workshop ‘Entrepreneurship, commercialisation & intellectual property management’ Belfast (June 2010)
Under the Science Bridge umbrella, this workshop was hosted by QUB on June 18 in connection with the ‘Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education’; a five year strategy to strengthen the UK’s position in international education. Opened by QUB’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Gregson, this event included presentations from leading industry professionals and academics from the UK and China covering key topics such as: intellectual property management and commercialisation; spin out companies; and integration of entrepreneurial teaching into academic pathways. Aimed at strengthening strategic alliances between QUB and key academic and industrial partners in China, the UK and Ireland, this event attracted in excess of 80 delegates from the UK, Ireland, China and elsewhere.
1.3.9 International workshop ‘In situ monitoring and assessment of concrete structures’, Belfast (June 2010)
On 19 June 2010, the Centre for Built Environment Research at QUB hosted this workshop directly as part of UK-China Science Bridge project activities. Opened by QUB’s Director of Research & Regional Services Directorate, Mr. Trevor Newsom, this event included presentations from leading industry professionals and academics from the UK, China, North America and Sweden covering key topics such as: sustainable development; identifying and managing deterioration of structures; models for predicting structural service life; and in situ structural health monitoring. The overall objective of this workshop was to accelerate the deployment of research knowledge, deepen and strengthen current research links and contribute to technology-transfer activities in the field of sustainable solutions for the built environment. The event attracted in excess of 80 delegates from the UK, Ireland, China and elsewhere.
1.3.10 UK-China workshop and PhD student summer school on smart grids
“UK-China workshop and PhD student summer school on smart grids” was held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 12-17 Sept. 2010. The event was jointly organized by the Electric Power and Energy Systems Research Cluster, the Queen’s University of Belfast, and the School of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University.
The focus of presentations by invited speakers and PhD students and discussions in the workshop and summer school was the security and safety of smart grids, power transmission and distribution to accommodate renewable power generation and CO2-controlled power consumption in future. Over 80 people from universities in the UK and China and from power companies in China attended the workshop. The workshop was jointly chaired by Prof. Fusuan Wen, Zhejiang University, and Prof. Haifeng Wang, the QUB. The summer school was chaired by Dr. Wenjuan Du, the QUB.