Keynote Speakers

Speaker I

Prof. Gordon Huang
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina, Canada

Dr. Gordon Huang is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Energy and Environment, and Executive Director of the Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities at the University of Regina, Canada. He holds BSC from Peking University (China), MSc from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and PhD from McMaster University (Canada). Since the 1990s, Huang has led over 150 research projects, produced over 800 peer-refereed international journal papers (with an SCI-based H-index of 51 in Science Citation Index under Thomson Reuters' Web of Science), and supervised over 100 Master/PhD students (with degrees awarded). Over 20 Huang's PhD graduates were appointed as faculty members at universities in Canada, USA, China and Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the President of the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences. He also acts as editor-in-chief for Journal of Environmental Informatics (, and served the United Nations Development Programme as Chief Scientist for a program of Rural Water Resources Management and Drinking Water Safety. His pioneering work in environmental risk management has been recognized as a significant innovation, and has influenced government and business approaches for tackling environmental challenges and formulating related policies.

Speaker II

Prof. Yongping Li
Xiamen University of Technology, China

Yongping Li is a Changjiang Scholar Professor at Beijing Normal University, China. She receives her MSc and PhD Degrees from the University of Regina, Canada. Her research interests involve in energy and environmental systems analysis, environmental pollution control, water resources management, and decision making under uncertainty. Since 2005, Li has led or involved in over 50 energy- and environment-related research projects supported by industrial, governmental and international organizations. She has produced over 270 peer-refereed international journal papers (with an SCI-based H-index of 35 in Science Citation Index under Thomson Reuters' Web of Science), and supervised over 50 Master/PhD students. 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, the National Award for Youth in Science and Technology, and the National Award for Youth Female Scientist.

Speaker III

Prof. Satya Harpalani
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA

Dr. Satya Harpalani is a Professor of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley, M.S. from Virginia Tech and B. Tech (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology. Starting with his Doctoral work at UC Berkeley in 1984, he has devoted his entire career to studying flow in deep rocks, with emphasis on unconventional gas recovery, enhanced recovery of gas and charging depleted gas reservoirs. His primary area of specialization is evaluating pressure-dependent-permeability in a laboratory environment, replicating in situ conditions, and modeling the flow behavior. Dr. Harpalani has a long list of peer-reviewed journal papers, conference proceedings and presentations. During last fifteen years, he has secured external funding in excess of US$ 7 Million for his research from various sources of funding, including federal government and industry. He has a state-of-the-art laboratory for flow characterization which is one-of-its-kind in North America.