Keynote Speakers


Keynote I

Prof. Roberto San Jose
Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

Roberto San Jose is a Professor of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). He studied Physics in the University of Valladolid (Spain) and made the Ph. D. in 1983 on relation to Atmospheric Boundary Layer. He became associated professor in University of Valladolid in 1986. He was on leave in the Max-Planck Institute of Meteorology in Hamburg (Germany) in  1989-1990 and He was a guest senior scientist in the IBM-Bergen Environmental Sciences and Solutions Center in Bergen (Norway) in 1990-1992. In 1992 he moved to the Computer Science School of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in Madrid (Spain). In 2001 he became head professor of the UPM. In 1992 He started a laboratory in UPM called Environmental Software and Modelling Group. Up to now, Prof. San Jose has been principal investigator in more than 200 projects related with Air Quality and Climate issues. The projects were down with private and public companies and also with European Union. More than 20 EU projects on the environmental area and Information Technology have been carried out. 


Keynote II

Prof. Carlos Garbisu
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Spain

Title: "Enhancement of ecosystem services during phytoremediation of metal contaminated mine soil"

Prof. Carlos Garbisu is the Head of the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources at NEIKER-Tecnalia, The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (Spain), where he leads the Soil Microbial Ecology Group ( He obtained his PhD degree in Biology at King’s College London (1992). Then, he carried out postdoctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of the Basque Country (1992-1993, 1996-1997) and in the Department of Plant Biology of the University of California at Berkeley (1993-1996). He has published more than 100 international papers (h-index>25; total number of citations: >2500), >145 communications to congresses, led more than 30 research projects, and taught a great deal of courses at the university level. He has participated in many scientific committees and acted as project evaluator for many organizations (including the European Commission) and as reviewer for many international journals. He has focused his career on the fields of microbiology and environmental biotechnology, mainly regarding the utilization of microorganisms and plants to clean-up contaminated soils and water. At the moment, he is most interested in the field of soil microbial ecology and, in particular, in the utilization of microbial indicators of soil quality within the context of the phytoremediation/bioremediation of contaminated soils. His research projects deal with the impact of contamination on soil functioning, the biological monitoring of bioremediation and phytoremediation procedures, and the effects of agricultural practices on soil quality.

Keynote III

Professor R. J. (Dick) Haynes

Soil and Environmental Science, School of Land Crop and Food Sciences/CRC CARE, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland


Professor Haynes works in the areas of soil and environmental science. His present research interests are in the use and recycling of industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes and minimising their effects on the environment. He has extensive experience having worked as both an applied research scientist and as a university professor and has worked in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He has published over 170 original research papers in international journals, over 20 review papers in international volumes as well as many conference and extension papers and contract reports. He has been an invited keynote speaker at 7 international conferences and has served on the editorial board of 4 international research journals. He has acted as principal supervisor and co-supervisor of PhD, MSc and honours students in both South Africa and Australia.


Plenary I

Prof. Satya Harpalani
Southern Illinois Uinversity, 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.

Plenary II

Prof. José M. Cela
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

José Mª Cela es Doctor Ingeniero de Telecomunicación. Actualmente desarrolla su trabajo como director del departamento Computer Applications in Science & Engineering (CASE) en el Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), y como profesor Titular de Universidad en la UPC. Ha participado en más de 40 proyectos de I+D, y ha publicado más de 80 artículos en revistas y congresos internacionales. Su investigación se centra en la paralelización y optimización de simulaciones numéricas principalmente en el área de mecánica computacional. Es responsable del centro conjunto de investigación REPSOL-BSC, en el cual se desarrollan simulaciones en las áreas de imagen sísmica, simulación de yacimientos, reactores químicos y diferentes problemas de mecánica computacional.


Plenary III

Dr. Frederic Cegla
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Frederic Cegla is currently a Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Research Fellow in the Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) group at Imperial College London. He was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and received the MEng and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, United Kingdom, in 2002 and 2006 respectively. He returned to Imperial College London after a short stay as postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His current research focuses on the topics of ultrasonic sensors, ultrasonic monitoring techniques, structural health monitoring and ultrasonic manipulation of particles and bubbles. He was a founder of Permasense Ltd. a spin out company and market leader in the field of wireless ultrasonic corrosion monitoring. He has authored more than 50 publications and 6 patents.






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