Energy Harvesting from Infrastructure and Ocean Systems (EHIOS)

An ECI Conference

November 3-6, 2019
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

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About This Conference

Energy harvesting becomes an important topic in research and industry with the upsurge of clean energy and green technologies. This conference provides a forum for academic researchers, industry leaders and engineers, technology entrepreneurs and investors, and policy makers and federal agencies to exchange the state-of-the-art research results, novel engineering designs, and emerging technologies in energy harvesting with focuses on applications in infrastructure, farm and ocean.  It covers novel materials, structures, and systems for solar, geothermal, and mechanical energy harvesting applications, including but not limited to:

  • Building envelope systems, self-heated pavements, self-powered transportation, self-powered sensing, self-powered wireless communication, solar tracking systems, sun-powered farm, wave energy converters, ocean energy and desalination, geothermal systems;
  • Phase change materials, advanced nanocomposites, sensors, coatings, thermoelectric cells, batteries, and fuel cells;
  • System integration and optimization, manufacture and instrumentation, computer-aided design, smart city technologies, and zero energy building and transportation technologies..

The conference will also become an information resource for new technology consortium, industry-university collaboration, and social networking.

Program Outline

(August 2, 2019)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

17:00 – 18:00  Conference Check-in

18:00 – 19:30  Reception

Monday, November 4, 2019

Session I – Energy harvesting for buildings information management

Session II – Energy harvesting for buildings envelope

Poster Competition

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Session III – Energy harvesting for transportation

Session IV – Energy harvesting in other infrastructure

Laboratory tour of Davidson Laboratory

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Session V – Wave energy harvesting

Session VI – Offshore energy harvesting

Banquet and Cruise around Manhattan

Conference Organization

Conference Chair:

Professor Huiming Yin, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University; Director of NSF IUCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems @ Columbia Site     Email:

Conference Co-Chairs:

Professor Muhammad R. Hajj, Chair of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering and Director of the Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology   Email:

Professor Lei Zuo, Director, Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Research Lab, Director, NSF I/UCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS), Virginia Tech  Email:

Professor David T. Ma, University of Hawaii, Manoa   Email:


T.J. DeGanyar, Virtual Construction Lab of Schüco-USA
Maria Q. Feng, Director, SMaRT Laboratory, Columbia University
Mohammad Heidarinejad, Illinois Institute of Technology
Stefanie Hubert – Executive DirectorCornell Cooperative Extension – Putnam County
Robert Karlicek, Director, LESA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Fred Pena, Commissioner of Highways & Facilities, Putnam County, NY
Frank Pao, Sustainable Product Developments Labs
Louis R. Viana, LRV Puerto Rico, LLC

Abstracts Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.

The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Deadline for abstracts:                                                     September 20, 2019
Deadline for abstracts for free-forum posters:              September 30, 2019

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at This Link.

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Note: Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster.

Travel Grants for Students

The conference organizers have been working with the NSF IUCRC Program to provide Travel Grants of up to $500 for students and post-doctoral researchers to participate in the poster competition. All current students or post-doctoral researchers are encouraged to apply and a limited number of awards will be provided based on the necessity and review results of the abstracts. The conference travel funding can cover any aspect of travel, including but not limited to, plane/train tickets, fuel, accommodations, registration fees, etc.

Applicants must be presenting at the Poster Competition Session.

Apply now at this link.

Please send any questions to the NSF IUCRC CEHMS Columbia Site administrator – Junhui Lou <>.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please click HERE to view the opportunities for sponsorship.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Conference sessions will be held in the Bissinger Room on the third floor of the The Wesley J. Howe Center.

The Institute is named for the distinguished family known as “America’s First Family of Inventors.” The Stevens family changed the face of American engineering forever, designing steamboats, locomotives, railroad tracks and a host of other technical innovations that powered a new nation.

When inventor Edwin A. Stevens died in 1868, his will provided for the establishment of the university that now bears his family’s name. Two years later, in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology opened, offering a rigorous engineering curriculum leading to the degree of Mechanical Engineer following a course of study firmly grounded both in scientific principles and the humanities. It is one of the oldest technological universities in the United States and was the first college in America solely dedicated to mechanical engineering.

The Institute is now home to approximately 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The university also boasts two national Centers of Excellence as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Homeland Security – the Maritime Security Center (MSC) and the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC).

Hoboken itself is a vibrant, walkable small town located on the banks of the Hudson River across from lower Manhattan.  Hoboken’s main thoroughfare, Washington Avenue, is lined with bustling dining and drinking spots. For more details on the town see here.

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General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

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