Magesh Chandramouli
Dr./ Professor
Professor,Purdue University Northwest,USA

  • Application of computer graphics and Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality (VR/AR) applications
  • Other areas of Interest: STEM Education, 3D Visualization, GIS, and Genetic Algorithms
Magesh Chandramouli is a Professor of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University Northwest and is a Distinguished Visiting Faculty of Computer Graphics at Feng Chia University, Taiwan. Dr. Chandramouli has served as Principal Investigator & collaborator in Federal and Regional grants including NSF, SMART grant (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology), NASA/INSGC Grant, etc. He served as the Director of Programs of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He was a Frederick Andrews Fellow at Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he completed his Ph.D. He received Master of Science from the University of Calgary, Canada, Master of Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and B.E. from College of Engineering, Guindy, India. He has received National and International awards for his scholarly accomplishments and has delivered invited lectures in reputed universities and research centers around the world.
Bruno Basso
Foundation Professor
Michigan State University

  • Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
  • Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, 1st. Sustainable Resources Adjunct Professor at Feng Chia University (Taiwan), 2008-2012
Bruno Basso is John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor and MSU Foundation Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University.
He is an agroecosystem scientist and a crop systems modeler with interest in long-term sustainability of agricultural systems, digital agriculture, circular bioeconomy.
His research focuses on assessing and modeling spatial and temporal variability of crop yield, soil organic carbon, GHG emission, water, and nutrients fluxes across agricultural landscapes under current and future climates.
He holds global patents on AI, remote sensing, and crop model systems to evaluate cropland productivity and environmental sustainability.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); American Society of Agronomy (ASA). He is the recipient of the 2021 Morgan Stanley Sustainability Solution Prize Collaborative; 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award at Michigan State University; 2016 Recipient of the Innovation of the Year Award from Michigan State.
He serves as member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). He is a member of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC), Department of Energy, Office of Science. He is ranked as top 2% scientist across all disciplines (PLOS one, 2021).
He has published more than 200 peer-review papers, and several high profile journals (Nature Climate Change, Nature Food, Nature Plants, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communication, PNAS, Scientific Reports). His H-index is 62 and his citation in November 2022 are 16349.
He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Personal website or Curriculum Vitae (may be attached below or with email):

My research falls broadly in the area of sustainable agriculture. My approach is to integrate diverse disciplines such as Biophysics, Climatology, Hydrology, Genetics, Agronomy, and Soil Science to understand the overall agricultural systems and to improve decision-making across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from the smallholder farmer in the developing world to the industrial producer and policy maker at all scales.
I am mainly interested in the ecosystem of row-crop production systems. Chemically intensive production requirements have raised serious concerns about the sustainability of these systems. Of particular importance is the ability to provide sustainable ecosystem services (crop production, carbon sequestration, and nitrogen conservation, in particular).
Key aspects of my approach include the following:
1.Developing and applying advanced crop system models to predict the impact of weather, soil and management on short-term and long-term yield, nutrient uptake, water use efficiency and environmental outcomes
2.Exploring the advances and limitations of different air and space-borne platforms to obtain remotely sensed data and link this information with algorithms to understand spatial and temporal nutrient and water uptake by plants and to integrate this information in quantitative models
3.Assessing the impact of climate variability and change on agricultural production systems.
The understanding of the spatial and temporal variability aspects of the soil-plant-atmosphere system is at the core of my research. One of my main research goals is to develop new technologies and transfer knowledge to farmers to better manage this variability and to quantify the risk associated with the decisions they make in order to optimize economic and environmental outcomes.
Chen Yang Lee
Director General
Soil and Water Conservation Bureau

  • Soil and water conservation
  • Civil engineering
  • Rural regeneration
  • Disaster management
Alessandro Pasuto
Dr./ Research Director
CNR-IRPI Italian National Research Council - Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection, Italy

  • Disaster risk reduction and management
  • Emergency management
  • Prevention and preparedness
  • Innovative techniques for landslide monitoring
  • Land and urban planning for risk mitigation
  • Geological and applied geomorphological mapping
Alessandro Pasuto is the Research Director at Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of the National Research Council of Italy (IRPI-CNR) and responsible of the Padova Unit. His research activity is mainly focused to applied geology and geomorphology as well as landslide hazard and risk assessment and management. He is consultant for the Nation Dept. of Civil Protection in case of emergencies. Since 1990 he is involved in EU funded research projects and conduct research activities in many countries worldwide (e.g., Japan, China, Argentina, Svalbard Islands, Malta).
In 2003 he established GRJL, Geo-Risk Joint Lab, Italy-Japan Joint Laboratory on hydrogeological risks supported by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Moreover in 2005 he was founder member of TellNet, “International Disaster Transfer Live Lessons Network” ( He was member of the Italian official delegations at the 2nd and 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Kobe, Japan 2005; Sendai, Japan 2015).
Since 2014 he is coordinating bilateral scientific research activities between CNR-CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) on landslides hazard and in 2017 in cooperation with Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment he established the Sino-Italian Joint Laboratory on Geological and Hydrological Hazards based in Chengdu (Sichuan, China).
He is member of the European Landslide Expert Group and of the Executive Committee of CERG (European Centre on Geomorphological Hazard). Moreover, he collaborates with several universities and research centres both in Italy and abroad and is author of more than 200 scientific papers also acting as guest editor for prestigious scientific journals.
Stephen L. Slaughter
U.S. Geological Survey, USA

  • Landslide hazards
  • Geologic emergency response
  • Project/Program management
  • Education and outreach Risk communication
  • Post-wildfire landslide hazards
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Incident Command System
keynote speech topic
In the past decade, a series of significant landslides events in the United States and territories has brought these geologic hazards to the attention of the public, media, politicians, and scientists. Events include a ~8 M m3 landslide in Washington state that took 43 lives in 2014, ~70,000 landslides triggered by hurricane-related rainfall in Puerto Rico in 2017, post-fire debris flows in California that killed 23 people in 2018, and in 2021 the discovery of a ~500 M m3 landslide in Alaska that continues to threaten several coastal communities and maritime traffic from a potential landslide-triggered displacement wave (tsunami). These events have fundamentally changed how the United States Geological Survey (USGS) responds to landslide emergencies, including the focus of our current research. This includes directing additional resources to enhancing preparedness, assisting first responders during landslide disasters, and investigating these landslides events to increase the scientific communities understanding of significant landslide events. This presentation will touch on these four landslide events, the USGS response, and lessons learned through response and research.
Trinh Hai Son
Dr./ Director
Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR), Vietnam

  • Mineral resources management, geohazard.
Frank T.-C. Tsai
Dr./ Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

  • Hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Modeling
  • Optimization
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Water resources management
  • High performance computing
Thomas Glade
Dr. / Professor
ENGAGE – Geomorphic Systems and Risk Research, University of Vienna, Austria

  • Landslides
  • Soil erosion
  • Periglacial processes
  • Arctic and alpine environments
  • Human impact on natural systems
  • Complex system theory
  • Frequency / magnitude and thresholds of geomorphic processes
  • Spatial modelling of geomorphic processes
Maria Patek
Maria Patek is forest manager by training and today the head of the Directorate for Forestry and Sustainability of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.

Hiroyuki Ohno
Japan Sabo Association

  • Prevention (Mitigation) of sediment-related disasters
  • Prevention (Mitigation) of volcanic disasters
  • Erosion control in mountain regions
Masahiro Chigira
Dr./Professor Emeritus
Fukada Geological Institute, Kyoto University

Masahiro Chigira finished his Master course in Geology of the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1980 with a thesis on the structural geology and landslides. In 1987, he obtained a degree of Dr. of Science from the University of Tokyo, with a dissertation on long-term gravitational deformation of rocks by mass rock creep. From 1981 to 1997, he worked for the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, engaging in geological investigation for various electric power facilities like dams, power plants, power transmission towers. He moved to the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University as a professor in 1997, and since then to 2020, had been engaged in the research on natural disaster induced by landslides and related basic studies including rock weathering, long-term gravitational slope deformation and slope development.
Catastrophic and continuous debris yielding from large gravitationally deformed slopes. Some deep-seated gravitational slope deformations transform into catastrophic failure, suddenly yielding a large volume of debris, and other deep-seated gravitational slope deformations continue to yield debris for a long time. Those examples would be shown in relation to sediment control.

Upstream of Daxixi Railway Bridge

© Interpraevent Taiwan

Keynote Speakers

Chen Yang Lee
Director General, Soil and Water Conservation Bureau
Speech topic Comprehensive Strategies of Slope Land Hazards Mitigation in Taiwan
Maria Patek
Head of the Directorate for Forestry and Sustainability of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.
Speech topic Impact of Global Change in Forestry and Risk Management
Hiroyuki Ohno
President, Japan Sabo Association
Speech topic Natural Disasters Occurrence, Reduction and Restoration in Japan
Bruno Basso
Foundation Professor, Michigan State University
Speech topic Digital Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.
Magesh Chandramouli
Professor, Purdue University Northwest,USA
Speech topic Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality for Disaster Mitigation and Management
Masahiro Chigira
Professor Emeritus, Fukada Geological Institute, Kyoto University
Speech topic Catastrophic and continuous debris yielding from large gravitationally deformed slopes.
Thomas Glade
Professor, ENGAGE – Geomorphic Systems and Risk Research, University of Vienna, Austria
Speech topic Landslide risk governance – THE future perspective?
Alessandro Pasuto
Dr./ Research Director, CNR-IRPI Italian National Research Council - Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection, Italy
Speech topic On the “naturalness” of disasters: a philosophic perspective
Stephen L. Slaughter
Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
Speech topic Presentation on significant landslide events, the USGS response, and lessons learned through response and research
Trinh Hai Son
Dr./ Director, Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR), Vietnam
Speech topic An overview on research, assessment and mitigation of landslides in Vietnam and direction for study in the next period
Frank T.-C. Tsai
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute,
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Speech topic Groundwater modeling to investigate levee underseepage and relief well performance