Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, successfully organized the 9th AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference on Natural Disaster (RCND) 2021 from December 15–16, 2021.

Figure 1. The 9th AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference on Natural Disaster (RCND) 2021 organized on December 15–16, 2021

Formed as an autonomous institution under the UTM, MJIIT is a government-to-government initiative with the objective of incorporating a novel Japanese style of education in Malaysia. The institution is the first Japanese-oriented engineering educational establishment in Malaysia. Under the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), 29 Japanese universities have become members of the Japanese University Consortium (JUC), providing adequate and continuous support in conjunction with MJIIT, including dispatching Japanese academic staffs, facilitating mobility activities, and promoting the university and industry collaboration.

Figure 2. Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For almost two decades, JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net has been serving as a platform for the development of advanced education, research, and human resources in the ASEAN engineering field under a collaboration between Member Institutions and Japanese universities through various programs. Regional Conference (RC) is one such initiative to foster the development of mobility programs and academic events involving 10 thematic engineering fields, including natural disaster.

This RCND 2021 organized by UTM-MJIIT accentuated not only the enhancement of the academic network among ASEAN, Japan, and beyond, but also maximized the network outreach for stronger impact by involving the related stakeholders. Despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, the people-to-people network can be connected through this virtual event. More than 100 participants comprising researchers, academicians, policymakers, practitioners, and industry representatives, attended the conference to share recent research trends, the latest technology, and experience on a wide variety of disaster-resilient ideas for sustainable development. Under the theme “Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development”, this conference covered broad topics concerning natural disaster. A hundred research outputs were presented by researchers from the ASEAN and Japan throughout the various sessions. The presentations at this conference focused on natural disaster-related aspects, including Risk Reduction, Disaster Resilience Community, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Internet of Things (IoT) in Disaster Risk Management Machine Learning & AI on Disaster Management, Water-Related Disaster, etc.

The event started with introductory remarks by the Dean of MJIIT, Prof. Ts. Dr. Ali Selamat, followed by opening remarks by His Excellency Mr. TAKAHASHI Katsuhiko, Japan’s Ambassador to Malaysia. The conference then continued with three welcoming speeches from Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Muhammad Yuzir, RCND 2021 Program Chairperson, Mr. TAKIZAWA Masahiko, the Chief Representative, JICA Office Malaysia, and Prof. Emeritus Dr. UEDA Tamon.

Figure 3. (Front row) Mr. TAKIZAWA Masahiko, Ms. Laila Diana Amalia Purba (MC), and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Muhammad Yuzir, (Second row) Prof. Ts. Dr. Ali Selamat, His Excellency Mr. TAKAHASHI Katsuhiko, Japan’s Ambassador to Malaysia, and Prof. Emeritus Dr. UEDA Tamon

The conference started with a presentation by Prof. Dr. TAKARA Kaoru, Dean of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies (GSAIS), Kyoto University, on “Frequency Analysis of Extreme Hydrological Events and Flood Risk Management”. This was followed by the second keynote presentation delivered by Dr. KURAOKA Senro, Chief Engineer of the R&D Center, Nippon Koei Co., Ltd, on the “Multi-Sectoral Approach for Development of Commercial-Based Technologies (perspectives of a consulting engineering firm)”.

Figure 4. The keynote presentation delivered by Dr. TAKARA Kaoru
Figure 5. The keynote presentation delivered by Dr. KURAOKA Senro

On day two of the conference, four keynote speakers: Professor Ir. Dr. Azlan bin Adnan from the School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, UTM, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aznah Nor Anuar, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM, Asst. Prof. Dr. Anurak Sriariyawat from Chulalongkorn University, and Dr. Adam Pamudji Rahardjo from Universitas Gadjah Mada delivered their presentations prior to the technical sessions.

Figure 6. The keynote presentation delivered by Professor Ir. Dr. Azlan bin Adnan
Figure 7. The keynote presentation delivered by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aznah Nor Anuar
Figure 8. The keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Adam Pamudji Rahardjo
Figure 9. RCND 2021 virtual conference platform
Figure 10. One of the RCND 2021 technical sessions delivered by Professor Ir. Dr. Azlan bin Adnan

The conference ended with the closing remark by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Muhammad Yuzir. This was followed by the momentum everyone was looking forward to, the announcement of the best presentation award of RCND 2021. Eight awards winners were asfollows: Zahir Hassan, Jamie Alea Ramos, Adyansah Pratama, Chhordaneath Hen,Conrad Matthew Soriano, Satria Damarnegara, and Le Minh Quan.

We would like to express our gratitude for the efforts and dedication of the MJIIT UTM organizing team, and related stakeholders, for making this conference a success.

Share This Story!