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EI2E Speakers

EI2E 2022 Speakers


Prof. Yongping Li

(Keynote Speaker)

Beijing Normal University, China













Speech Title: An integrated bi-level model for China’s multi-regional energy system planning under uncertainty

Abstract: As the damage brought by climate change becomes a reality, more and more countries have realized that it is imperative to take actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and develop renewable energy resources. In this study, an integrated bi-level model is developed for China’s multi-regional energy system planning by synergistically minimizing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission and system cost from a long-term perspective. The developed model can handle leader-follower issues in decision-making process as well as examine the risk of violating joint-probabilistic constraints. A series of scenarios associated with different carbon capture and storage (CCS) levels and violation risks of energy-demand constraints are analyzed. Results indicate that the share of non-fossil energy in China’s energy supply would keep increasing in 2021-2050, where Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, and Gansu would be the top three suppliers of renewable electricity. Results also reveal that the national CO2 emission would reach a peak during the period of 2026-2030, and Shandong, Inner Mongolia, and Shanxi would be main contributors of CO2 emission in the future. Among developed regions, the individual probability level of Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai is the most significant parameter for both CO2 emission and system cost. Compared with the single-level model under all scenarios, the CO2 emission from the integrated bi-level model could reduce by [2.7, 5.7]%. The study provides more solid method for planning multi-regional energy system with a low-carbon and cost-effective manner.

Brief biography: Dr. Yongping Li receives her MSc and PhD Degrees from the University of Regina, Canada. Currently, she is a Changjiang Scholar Professor at Beijing Normal University, China. Her research interests involve in energy and environmental systems analysis, environmental pollution control, water resources management, and decision making under uncertainty. Dr. Li has led or involved in over 60 energy- and environment-related research projects supported by industrial, governmental and international organizations. She has produced 400 peer-refereed international journal papers (with a SCI-based H-index of 45 in Science Citation Index under Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science). She has been continuously selected as a highly cited scholar in the field of “Environmental Science” (by Elsevier) since 2013. She was recently included in Stanford University’s 2020 World Ranking for the world’s top 2 per cent of most-cited scientists in the field of Environmental Engineering. Previously, Dr. Li was received a number of awards such as Distinguished Young Scientist Award, New Century Excellent Talents in University, the National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar in 2012, the National Award for Youth in Science and Technology, and the National Award for Youth Female Scientist.



Prof. Edward McBean

(Keynote Speaker)

University of Guelph, Canada













Speech Title: Climate Change, Extreme Events, and Insights into the Role of the Arctic Ocean

Abstract: Issues of urban flood damage are intensifying due to the intensification of urban storms with climate change and the increasing sizes of urban areas. Increased levels of carbon dioxide are being recorded and the increasing of long-term temperatures are being reported. These indicators are being used as part of the evidence that sea level rise in the future will be between 0.3 and 1.0 m by the year 2100, which translates into increasing challenges for coastal cities. As part of this puzzle, the enormous glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will continue to contribute to sea level rise but, fortunately, at modest levels, as thousands of years are involved in their melting. On the other hand, land-based glaciers will continue to become depleted and the ramifications to agricultural practices are expected to be profound with situations of significant percentages of the world’s land-based glaciers being lost by the year 2100. Further, the disappearance rate of the Arctic Ocean ice cover is already profoundly evident, with losses of ice cover of about 13.2 percent per decade now occurring. The rate of warming in the Arctic is increasing at two to three times the global annual average since, with the reduced ice cover, the water in the Arctic Ocean is now absorbing the energy from the sun, and not reflecting the sun’s energy, thereby accelerating further ice cover melting. These features may be responsible for introducing more extreme weather conditions. These many evidential-based information sources are implying that the ability to safely improve control of urban flooding are in jeopardy.

Brief biography: Dr. Ed McBean received his BASc from University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1968, and his PhD (Magna Cum Laude) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1973. After a post-doc at Cornell University, he was a professor at the University of Waterloo and from 1995 to 2003, and Ed then worked in industry, as Vice President of CRA (3rd largest engineering firm in Canada) and President of CRA Engineering, Inc. In 2003, McBean was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water Security, which he held at the University of Guelph until 2017. Subsequently, he has been University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair Professor, Water Security. Ed is an academician in Canada, being a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering and an academician in the US, being Diplomate, American Academy of Water resources Engineering and American Society of Civil Engineers. Ed has received many additional awards including the Research and Development Medal from Professional Engineers of Ontario, the K Y Lo Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada, Lifetime Achievement awards from both UBC and from Ton Duc Thang University in Viet Nam, and the Julian C. Smith Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada. Ed has published three books and more than 400 papers in engineering journals.


Prof. Liping Fang

(Keynote Speaker)

Ryerson University, Canada
















Speech Title: Investigating Environmental Disputes Using the Graph Model for Conflict Resolution

Abstract: A groundwater contamination dispute arising in the town of Elmira, Ontario, Canada, is utilized to explain a rich range of capabilities of the Graph Model for Conflict Resolution (GMCR) and the associated decision support system (DSS) GMCR II. The Elmira case study is used to demonstrate the process of modeling and analysis within the GMCR paradigm in order to obtain strategic insights for supporting informed decision making. The modeling phase includes the identification of decision makers (DMs), options or courses of actions available to the DMs, and feasible scenarios or states which can occur, as well as the elicitation of each DM’s relative preferences over the feasible states. The analysis phase involves the determination of stability of each state for each DM and the equilibria, which are possible resolutions, for the conflict according to a variety of solution concepts, which reflect the ways humans may behave under conflict, and coalition analysis, which checks if a DM can fare even better by cooperating with others. Ongoing research to expand GMCR in the areas of modeling uncertain preferences, considering psychological factors, handling hierarchical structures, and representing composite DMs is discussed. Three perspectives of further development in GMCR, forward investigation, inverse engineering, and behavioral analysis, are presented.

Brief biography: Dr. Liping Fang is Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (2012 to 2017 and 2018 to present); former Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (August, 2019 to January, 2020); and former Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2004 to 2012) at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), and Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC) as well as a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. His current research interests include systems engineering, environmental management, and decision making, particularly in interactive decision making, multiple-criteria decision making, and decision support systems. He has published widely, including three books, seven edited books, and numerous journal and conference papers. Professor Fang is a recipient of the 2020 Group Decision and Negotiation Section Award within the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); 2019 ICWRER Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Conferences on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER) Steering Committee; 2015 and 2012 Outstanding Contribution Awards from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society; 2015 Best Associate Editor Award from the IEEE SMC Society; 2014 Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership from Ryerson University; 2012 ENRE Best Publication Award in Environment and Sustainability from the Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ENRE), INFORMS; and 2008 Ryerson-Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award from Ryerson University. He has served as Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of eight international journals, and General Chair, Co-Chair, Program Co-Chair, and Finance Chair of major international conferences.



EI2E Past Speakers

Prof. Gordon Huang

University of Regina, Canada

Dr. Mike Monea

International CCS Knowledge Centre, Canada

Prof. Yongping Li

Beijing Normal University, China

Prof. Xi Chen

Tianjin University, China

Dr. Renfei Feng

Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, Canada

Dr. Zewei Yu

International CCS Knowledge Centre, Canada

Prof. Nesimi Ertugrul

University of Adelaide, Australia

Prof. Nopbhorn Leeprechanon

Thammasat University, Thailand

Dr. Yaser Qudaih

Higher Colleges of Technology(HCT), Dubai, UAE

Prof. Qin Xiaoshen

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Prof. Dmitry Uglanov

Samara National Research University, Russia