Keynote Speakers




Dr. Wei Yu
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Topic:"Process Analytical Technologies in Food Processing"


Dr. Wei Yu is working in Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, the University of Auckland. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2), Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand from 2008 to 2011. He received his B.E. (1993) degree in Chemical Engineering from Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, Fushun, P.R. China, Master (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Queen’s University, Canada. He worked as a process engineer at West Pacific Petrochemical Company, Dalian, P.R. China from 1993-1999. His main research interests include process monitoring, multivariate data analysis and process control and identification.


Prof. Chin Jian Leo
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
University of Western Sydney, Australia

Chin Leo received his education at the University of Adelaide, University of Queensland and University of Sydney. He obtained his PhD in 1994 from the University of Sydney and is currently a Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has professional experience working in infrastructure and geotechnical engineering projects, including soil investigation, slope stability analysis and geotechnical issues of soft soils. Early in his research career, he studied groundwater and contamination problems in soils. During this period, he developed several numerical models for contaminant migration in porous media. Since early 2000s, he has been involved in poromechanics research dealing with consolidation, sedimentation-consolidation of soft soils, tunnel closure, vibrations of piles and foundations embedded in porous media. His research contributions in this area are primarily on the theoretical or computational side of continuum mechanics, in terms of formulation of the theoretical governing equations from first principle conservation laws, and development of analytical, semi-analytical and numerical finite element solution techniques. Another area of his research, mainly in the last 5 years, deals with characterization and remediation of geomaterials, namely: EPS geofoam, red mud, high power ultrasound remediation of contaminated soils and characterization of compacted sites using unorthodox techniques, such as by microtremor measurements. In this area of research, his contributions are primarily in relation to laboratory (triaxial, true triaxial, consolidation, high power ultrasonics etc), and field experimental work, with a significant computational component. He currently leads the GWEE (Geotechnical, Water and Environmental Engineering) research group at UWS.




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.


Professor Haynes has carried out research in commercial horticultural, pastoral, arable and forestry production as well as in small-holder semi subsistence agriculture. He has also worked on bioremediation of soils contaminated with organic pollutants, rehabilitation of mined sites, application of organic and inorganic wastes to soils and the effects of heavy metal contaminants on soil processes. His research has been mainly in the areas of applied soil chemistry and soil microbiology/biology with links to soil physical properties and to pollution of air and water. He has specialised in working on applied problems and maintains strong links with industry. Major areas of research have included the role of grazing animals in the fertility of pastoral soils, N cycling and gaseous and leaching losses from arable and pastoral systems, soil quality and soil degradation under agricultural land use, effects of soil contaminants on soil processes, rehabilitation and remediation of contaminated, degraded and mined sites and use of wastes as soil amendments.