Tongji University Hosts its first ever multilingual International Collegiate Conference
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Tongji University Hosts its first ever multilingual

 International Collegiate Conference


On 25th May 2019, Tongji University hosted the Fifth International Collegiate conference in its first ever multilingual coordination. Over 20 universities nationwide took part in this event through live streams, that were simultaneously broadcast on national television.

  The conference, was organized by the College of English, at Tongji University in conjunction with the School of International Studies, Sino-Italian Campus, Sino-Spanish Campus, Sino-German Institute of Engineering, Sino-French Institute of Engineering and Management, as well as UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) as co-organizers. China ESP Association, which is affiliated to Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese (ACSEE) as well as China EAP Association (CEAPA) and Tongji University hosted the event.

 The ceremony kicked off at the 4th floor auditorium of Zhonghe Building, Siping campus with opening remarks from the Vice president of Tongji University Prof. Lei Xinghui followed by speeches from leading dignitaries in academia. Thereafter, parallel sessions were held simultaneously throughout the afternoon and at various university venues including Tongji.

Ms. Anne Wambui Mumbi, IESD Phd Student


Ms. Anne Wambui Mumbi a young PhD graduate student at IESD was among the keynote speakers and tackled AI-aided Human Existence and Sustainability which she related to her research on transboundary water resources and their management. Ms. Mumbi holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, from Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya. A Master’s of Science in Environment and Engineering from Tongji University and a 2017 presidential awards recipient from the same institute of higher learning. A consummate scholar with publications in the International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, Water Utility Journal, as well as the International journal of advanced Research. 

Research focus: 

Decoupling the relationship between water consumption and water demand linked to economic growth and modelling future scenarios.

Case Study: River Nile in Kenya and Egypt and the role of AI in managing the resources.



Water resources are key in development and growth of any countries economy, water steers the economy, unfortunately the resource is marred by massive challenges resulting from pollution, scarcity, and climate change. Transboundary resources are at the centre of controversy of ownership and management worldwide and major conflicts arise from utilization of these resources, this thus necessitates the need to study these resources and solve any problems that could arise form sharing these resources. With the aid of AI and Artificial Neural Networks future scenarios, real time assessment of water quality and quantity can be done to manage these resources. Decoupling the use of the resource and its demand could set the right pace and direction not only for water resources but for other resources available to man on the planet. ANN was selected due to the Ability to learn and model non-linear and complex relationships, applicable in reality as many of the relationships between inputs and outputs that are non-linear as well as complex. Additionally, many studies have shown that ANNs can better model data with high volatility and non-constant variance. There were future prospects suggestions that were stated :such as Incorporation of the obtained  results to management models for effective resources management communication, solutions for better transboundary management and access to critical data and cooperation  models for countries sharing resources to alleviate any Potential  conflicts. It is thus imperative and timely that such research can be undertaken to address future uncertainties of the resources through modelling future scenarios.


For any questions relating to this research please contact:

Ms. Anne Wambui Mumbi

Tongji University

College of Environmental Science and Engineering

Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development.

Tel: +86 15316166387,