The following interdisciplinary topics are engineering research themes highlighted by the FEGRS 2017. Oral presentation sessions with presenters from a variety of engineering departments are dedicated to each topic. The research works which are not directly related to one of the first seven categories may be submitted to the open category. The research submitted to the open category may be reallocated by the organizing committee to one of the 7 topics.
1. Engineering for a Sustainable Future
An important goal of modern engineering practice is to provide a high quality of life while protecting the environment and to do this without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The pursuit of this goal involves analyzing and designing both small-scale systems with a local impact and large-scale systems with a global impact. This topic includes: urban development, water treatment, transportation infrastructure, telecommunication networks, smart grids, waste management, environmental engineering, renewable energy, public health, mining, and green chemistry. Related topics will also be considered.
2. Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
A basic definition of nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale and applications of nanotechnology are making contributions in medicine, energy production, materials science and electronics. The topics in this category comprise: micro/nanofabrication methods, nanomaterials (nanoparticles and thin-films), advanced nanocomposite materials, MEMS/NEMS technologies, microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip technologies, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, molecular nanotechnologies, and advanced structural materials.
3. Process and Systems Modeling and Simulation
Modeling and simulation have been considered as the essential aspect of nearly all engineering analyses and this theme features both modeling and simulation of engineering process and systems. Possible topics include: process control, computational modeling, geostatistics, engineering management, construction engineering and management, structural engineering and modeling, intelligent transport systems, biological system models, signal processing, data mining, multi-scale simulation.
4. Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a diverse interdisciplinary topic covering research in medical imaging, tissue regeneration, novel drug delivery techniques, aerosols, bio and bioinspired nanomaterials, and functional electrical stimulation. In addition, this topic includes: biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system (including soft tissue, bone and dental mechanics), and BME applications ranging from the development of medical implants or devices to rehabilitation medicine applications.
Research which does not relate directly to one of the previous seven topics can be submitted to the Open category. If the general theme of your research does not fit the previous six categories, please suggest a 3–4 word theme when you submit your abstract. The abstract submission form includes a field for suggesting a theme.