Tishk International University and Erbil Polytechnic University hosted 4th International Engineering Conference on Development in Civil & Computer Engineering Applications (IEC2018) on February 26 and 27, 2018. The aim of the conference was to disseminate research findings and provide a platform for scholars to debate and exchange ideas on the developments in the field of engineering. The conference proceedings will be indexed by Google Scholar Databases and each paper will have DOI number. Furthermore, the conference provides our graduate students a chance to establish communication with experienced researchers in order to discuss their current work as well as to be engaged in future research topics, and new opportunities.

The rate of acceptance was 69% while 30 papers accepted and presented. 23 papers were in Civil Engineering and 7 papers from Computer Engineering field. 45 authors registered from Kurdistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Australia, Portugal, Iran, and Hungary. Erbil Polytechnic and Tishk International University are grateful to all prospective presenters for their valuable contributions that will bring new perspectives on the developments in the Civil and Computer Engineering to Kurdistan Region. The contributions of the conference to Kurdistan will be as follows:

  • To encourage people to use the latest technology in constructions
  • To develop projects for better technology use
  • To inform people about global changes in construction and technology

The first day of the conference was held at Erbil Polytechnic University and second day at Tishk International University. The conference started with welcome speeches by Asst. Prof. Dr. Kawa Sherwani President of Erbil Polytechnic University, Dr. Wasfi Kahwachi Vice President of Tishk International University and two keynote speeches from Prof. Dr. Riadh Al-Mahaidi (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia), and Prof. Dr. Sabah A. Jassim (University of Buckingham, UK).

We were delighted to organize the panels to hear what the technology gurus and researchers will share about the technology advancements and their impact on our society and daily lives. During the conference, two panels were held in order to advance and contribute to specific research areas in the majors of Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering.

The first panel was about the Computer Engineering titled “New Trends in IoT”, chaired by Dr. Saman Mirza Abdullah (Koya University). Other panelists were Asst. Prof. Dr. Tara Yahiya (University of Kurdistan-Hewler), and Mr. Dler Mawlud (Cisco ICT).

The second panel was about “Building Resistance to Earthquake and Strengthening Schemes” chaired by Prof. Dr. Bayan Salim ALNu’man (Civil Engineering Department, Tishk International University) and consists of the members of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Öztaş (Head of IRO, Tishk International University), Asst. Prof. Qubad Zeki (Head of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering, Tishk International University), and Asst. Prof. Dr. Srood Farooq Omar (Head of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Tishk International University).

We were also delighted to organize a plenary session about promoting study in abroad which was presented by Prof. Dr. Henning Zeidler (Germany).

We are grateful to our partners and sponsors: Mass Group Holding, Hemn Group, and Ekhlas Group.