From March 12 to 13, 2014, Professor Bing Chen from Memorial University of Newfoundland visited Peking University (PKU). Professor Chen gave a lecture on Optimization-aided Environmental Management and Water Pollution Control. He introduced the Optimization-aided environmental management (OEM) approach and three case studies with OEM.

Lecture Details:Research and development of systematic modeling approaches for supporting environmental management and pollution control have gained growing interest from governments, industries, and academia in the past decades. This seminar will present a comprehensive review of the optimization-aided environmental management (OEM) approaches and their applications. Particularly integration of optimization methods and uncertainty analysis will be discussed in details. By incorporating stochastic probabilities, fuzzy memberships and intervals, uncertain information can be effectively handled when pursuing the optimum solution for a complex environmental system. Furthermore by coupling with environmental simulation (so called simulation-optimization coupling) and assessment, the dynamics and interactions can be reflected during decision making procedures, leading to more reliable and realistic decisions. A number of real-world cases in China and Canada will be presented covering the areas of watershed management, nonpoint source pollution control, petroleum-contaminated groundwater remediation and management, and offshore oil spill response decision support.

Background: Dr. Chen is the Associate Professor on Civil Engineering, Leader of NRPOP Laboratory and the Chair, MASc ESEM Program in Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests lie in the areas of watershed modeling and management, POPs and NPS studies, water and wastewater treatment, oil spills and offshore pollution control, waste management, site remediation, climate change and northern studies, and decision making under uncertainty. He serves as a senior expert of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Project Expert Workstation (China), chair of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) - NL Section, and commission co-chair of International Society of Environmental Informatics Science (ISEIS). He is on the Editorial Board or Associate Editor of three peer-refereed journals and invited reviewer for over 20 other journals and some major funding organizations as well as have participated in international and national conferences and workshops as keynote speaker, program/session chair, and technical/organizing committee member. He is also a member or serve on subcommittees of several other professional associations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and International Water Association (IWA) as well as a registered Professional Engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador.