Pre-conference workshop
Day 1 – Friday November 4, 2022 (8:30-12:20)
The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences

08:30 – 09:00      Registration of participants and Opening
                             – Responsible Person/Moderator: EAS – BDU

09:00 – 09:30      The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences: A Journey So far
                             – Responsible Person/Moderator:
Prof. Teketel Yohannes, EAS Fellow: Natural Sciences Working Group, Executive Director, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS)

09:30 – 10:00      Science and Engineering Education Policy Analysis
                               – Responsible Person/Moderator:
Prof. Afework Kassu, EAS Fellow: Health Working Group, EAS Board Member and Director, Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI)

10:00 – 10:30      Discussion/Q and A
                            – Responsible Person/Moderator:
Prof. Kibret Mequanent, EAS Associate Fellow

10:30 – 10:50      Coffee/ Tea break

10:50 – 11:20      Agro-processing
                               – Responsible Person/Moderator:
Dr. Firew Tegegne, EAS Fellow: Agricultural Working Group, President, Bahir Dar University

11:20 – 11:50      Technology Innovation and Commercialization
                               – Responsible Person/Moderator:
Dr. Mengesha Mamo, EAS Fellow: Engineering and Technology Working Group, Chairperson: Engineering and Technology Working Group

11:50 – 12:20      Discussion / Q and A
                               – Responsible Person/Moderator:
Prof. Kibret Mequanent, EAS Associate Fellow

Day 1 – Friday November 4, 2022 (14:00-17:30)
Opening Technical and Non-Technical Program

Session Chair: Prof. Kibret Mequanint
ICAST Committee

13:30 – 14:00      Registration

14:00 – 14:10      Program Introduction – Prof. Kibret Mequanint

14:10 – 14:15      Message from the Conference  Technical Program Chair – Dr. Bereket Haile

14:15 – 14:20      Message from the Scientific Director of BiT – Dr. Bimrew Tamirat

14:20 – 14:30      Welcome Speech by the President of Bahir Dar University – Dr. Firew Tegegne

14:30 – 14:40      Opening Speech by the Guest of Honor
H.E Mr. Solomon Soka, Director General, Information Network Security Administration (INSA)

14:40 – 15:30       Keynote Speaker 1: 
Prof. Sossina M. Haile – Electrochemistry for Sustainable Energy Technologies

15:30 – 16:20      Keynote Speaker 2: 
Dr. Asregedew Kassa Woldesenbet – Construction Industry Practice: Current Efforts, Challenges & Way-Forward

16:20 – 16:40      Discussion and Q & A

16:40 – 17:30      Cocktail and Exhibition

Day 2- Parallel Sessions – Sessions 1 – 7
Saturday November 5, 2022 (Time: 8:30 -17:30)

Session 1: Sustainable Processes for Green Technologies (Room # 001)
Session Chair: Dr Metadel Kassahun
Rapporteur: Dr. Temesgen Atnafu

8:30 – 9:00             Keynote Speaker # 1 Mulugeta Admasu Deleleb – Physics based digital twins in postharvest and food processing systems

9:10 – 9:30             Characterization of False Banana Fiber as a Potential Re-inforcement Material for Geopolymer Composites
(Lulseged Belay Addis, Zenamarkos Bantie Sendekie, Nigus Gabbiye Habtu, Dirk W. Schubert, Judith A. Roether, Aldo R. Boccaccini)

9:30 – 9:50            Drying Characteristics and Kinetic Study of Coffee Cherries (Coffee Arabica) in Convective Hot Air Dryer
(Zelalem M. Salehudress, Nigus G. Habitu, Bimerew T. Adimasu, Mulugeta A. Delele, Aynadis M. Asemu)

9:50 – 10:10           Effect of threshing moisture content, threshing methods, and storage bags on mold contamination of stored maize Grain (Zea mays L.)
(Messenbet Geremew Kassa, Aynadis Molla Asemu, Admassu Fanta Worku, Biresaw Demelash Abera1, Nigus Gabye Habtu)

10:10 – 10:40     Coffee Break

10:40 – 11:00        Effects of initial moisture content and storage duration on physical and chemical characteristics of stored maize (Zea mays L.) grain
(Habtamu Gebremichael, Mulugeta Admasu, Solomon Workneh, Nigus Gabbiye, Metadel Kassahun, Admasu Fanta)

11:00 – 11:20        Identification of Dominant Lactic Acid Bacteria and Yeast Species from Teff Injera Dough Fermentation
(Zinash Tadesse Bonger, Metadel Kassahun Abera, Takele Ayanaw, Agimassie Agazie, Mesfin Wogayehu, Deginet Teferi, Abebaw Teshome, Taddele Andarge)

11:20 – 11:40        Investigation and optimization of the energy band gap of PAM/PVP/Al2O3 composites
(Negese Yazie Amogne, Delele Worku Ayele, and Nigus Gabbiye Habtu, Addisu Alemayehu)

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch Break

Session Chair: Dr. Solomon Workneh
Rapporteur: Dr. Admasu Fanta

13:30 – 14:00     Keynote Speaker # 2 Aberham Hailu Feyissa – Alternative processes for sustainable food processing

14:00 – 14:20       Performance Evaluation of GrainPro Collapsible Natural Convection Solar dryer for Maize Grain in Ethiopia
(Messenbet Geremew Kassa, Aynadis Molla Asemu)

14:20 -14:40        Production and Characterization of Ink from the Milky Fluid of Ficus Vasta and Euphorbia Abyssinica
(Surafel Argahegn, Mequanint Demeke, Yemsrach Mintesnot, Belete Adane)

14:40 – 15:00        Yeast Bioremediation of Cr(VI)from tannery wastewater
(Tessafa Abrham Ashagrie, Shegaw Ahmed, Asmare Tezera, Mekuanint Demeke)

15:00 – 17:30        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

Session 2: Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization for Sustainable Development (Room #002)
Session Chair: Dr. Tesfa Tegegne
Rapporteur: Abinew Ali

08:30 – 09:00             Keynote Speaker # 1 Seid Muhie Yimam – AI and Data Science Approaches Adoption for the Innovation of Emerging Economies

09:10 – 09:30             Amharic Text Complexity Classification using Supervised Machine Learning
(Gebregziabihier Nigusie, Tesfa Tegegne)

09:30 – 09:50            Amharic Sentence-level Word Sense Disambiguation Using Transfer Learning
(Neima Mossa and Million Meshesha)

09:50-10:10           Artificial intelligence-based Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Management System
(Elbetel Taye Zewde ,Mizanu Zelalem Degu and Gizeaddis Lamesgin Simegn)

10:10 – 10:40     Coffee Break

10:40 – 11:00        Transfer Learning with Pre-trained CNNs for Breast Cancer Stage Identification
(Tesfahunegn Minwuyelet Mengistu, Birtukan Shegaw Arega and Birhanu Hailu Belay)

11:00 – 11:20        Development of an interpretable deep learning system for the identification of patients with Alzheimer’s disease
(Selamawet Workalemahu Atnafu,  and Stefano Diciotti)

11:20 – 12:40        Digital Clinical Decision Support System for Screening of Eye Diseases
(Gizeaddis Lamesgin Simegn, and Mizanu Zelalem Degu)

11:40 – 12:00        Amharic Character Recognition Using Deep Convolutional Neural Network
(Achamie Aynalem)

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch Break

Session 3: Basin Management and Trans-boundary Cooperation (Room #002)
Session Chair: Dr. Temesgen Enku
Rapporteur: Dr. Chalachew Abebe

13:30 – 14:00     Keynote Speaker # 2 Fekahmed Negash Nuru – The Role Good Water Governance at National level in enhancing Transboundary Cooperation

14:00 – 14:20       Investigation on Utilizing of Steel Slag as a Partial Replacement of Natural River Sand as a Fine Aggregate in Concrete Production
Degsera Fantahun, Shumet Getahun, Solomon Asrat Endale, Mitiku Damtie Yehualaw,Betelhem Tilahun Habtegebreal, Duy-Hai Vo)

14:20 – 14:40        Engineering Properties of Concrete with Partial Replacement Cement and Course aggregate by Waste Glass Powder and Steel Slag Aggregate
(Yohannes Berhane Abreha, Begashaw Worku Yifru, Mitiku Damtie Yehualaw)

14:40 – 15:00        Effect of Partial Replacement of Cement by Metakaolin on Engineering Properties of Concrete
(Meseret Asrade Fentie, Begashaw Worku Yifru, Mitiku Damtie Yehualaw)

15:00 – 15:20        Comparison of Three Irrigation Management Tools for Improving Crop and Water Productivity of Wheat (Triticum Aestivum) in Koga Irrigation Scheme
(Habtamu D.Tarekegn, Seifu A. Tilahun, Fasikaw A. Zimale1, and Petra Schmitter)

Session Chair: Dr. Fasikaw Atanaw
Rapporteur: Dr. Hanibal Lemma

15:20 – 15:40        Quality Assurance Management Practices in Public Building Construction Projects (The Case of Bahir Dar City)
(Abrham Zegeye Getie, Bahiru Bewket Mitikie, Solomon Melaku Belay)

15:40 – 16:00        Assessment of the causes of Non-Revenue Water in Urban Water Distribution Systems: The case of Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia
(Yibeltal Fentahun Aycheh, Dagnachew Aklog Yihun, Chalachew Mulat Alemu, Fasikaw Atanaw Zimale)

16:00 – 16:20        Experimental Investigation on Properties of Mortar Containing Waste Marble as Fine Aggregate
(Akelilu Musback Eshetie, Mitiku Damtie Yehaulaw)

16:20 – 17:30        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00        Dinner (Jacaranda)

Session 4: Agro-Mechanics and Manufacturing Systems (Room #003)
Session Chair: Dr. Addisu Negash
Rapporteur: Dr. Teshome Mulatie

08:30 – 09:00             Keynote Speaker # 1 Sisay Geremew Gebeyehu – Bridging the Transition from Innovative Startups to Established Companies: A Commercialization Strategy for Ethiopian Innovation Ecosystem

09:10 – 09:30             Participatory Evaluation and Demonstration of Hand Maize Sheller
(Geta Kidanemariam, Worku Biweta, Seyfe Yilma, Tekelgiorgis Mamuye)

09:30 – 09:50            Characteristics of supply chain integration of manufacturing firms in Ethiopia
(Tenaw Tegbar, Thoben Klaus, D.K. Nageswara Rao, Bereket Haile)

09:50-10:10           Effect of Filtering Techniques in Manufacturing of Optimal Topologies using Additive Manufacturing Process
(Hailu Shimels Gebremedhen, Dereje Engida Woldemichael, Fakhruldin M Hashim, and Khurram Altaf)

10:10 – 10:40     Coffee Break

Session Chair: Dr. Geta Kidanemariam
Rapporteur: Dr. Muluken Temesgen

10:40 – 11:00        Numerical Simulation and Optimization of a locally built Midibus Structure in Quasi-static and Rollover Condition
(Hailemichael Solomon Addisu, Ermias Gebrekidan Koricho, Adino Amare Kassie)

11:00 – 11:20        Process Parameter Optimization of Single Lap-Adhesive Joint Date Palm Fiber Reinforced Polyester Composite Using ANN-Genetic Algorism  
(Ermias Wubete Fenta and Assefa Asmare Tsegaw)

11:20 – 11:40        Process Parameter Optimization of Single Lap-Bolt Joint

Date Palm Fiber Reinforced Polyester Composite Using ANN-Genetic Algorism
(Ermias Wubete Fenta and Assefa Asmare Tsegaw)

11:40 – 12:00        Design and Numerical Analysis of Sorghum Reaper Machine
Adino Amare Kassie, Hailu Shimels Gebremedhen, Hailemichael Solomon Addisu)

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch Break

Session Chair: Dr. Betsha Tizazu
Rapporteur: Dr. Getinet Ayele

14:00 – 14:20       Applications of Artificial Intelligence for Fault Diagnosis of Rotating Machines: A Review
(Fasikaw Kibrete, and Dereje Engida Woldemichael)

14:20 – 14:40        Assistive Smart Cane Technology for Visually Impaired Peoples: A Review
(Yosef Kassa Shiferaw and Getnet Ayele Kebede)

14:40 – 15:00        Review on Water Automatic Teller Machines (Water ATM) Technologies
(Talaksew Misganaw Agegnehu, and Getnet Ayele Kebede)

15:00 – 17:30        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00        Dinner (Jacaranda)

Session 5: Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Room #004)
Session Chair: Dr. Belachew Bantyirga
Rapporteur: Dr. Mezgibu Getinet

08:30 – 09:00             Keynote Speaker # 1 Fekadu Shewarega – The transition from conventional to predominantly renewable based power generation and the resulting challenges for safeguarding supply security in electrical power systems

09:10 – 09:30             Application of FACTS Devices for Transient Stability Enhancement in the Adama II Grid-Connected Wind Farm
(Yosef Birhan Jember, Tewodros Gera Workineh, Tefera T.Yetayew, and Mersa Dinkayow)

09:30 – 09:50            Experimental analysis of the effect of exposure of an Electro-Optic system to external Magnetic field (Case study: The input Laser and the output Detector are separately and concurrently exposed)
(Alema Abraha and Getachew Alemu)

09:50 – 10:10           A Headphone Based Heart Rate (Hr) and Heart Rate Variability (Hrv) Monitoring Unit
(Gashaye Lewtie Hailu)

10:10 – 10:40     Coffee Break

Session Chair: Dr. Prof. Pushparaghavan Annamalai
Rapporteur: Tadie Birhan

10:40 – 11:00        Deep Complex-valued Neural Networks for MIMO Signal Detection
(Isayiyas Nigatu Tiba and Mao youhong)

11:00 – 11:20        A Finite Time Trajectory Tracking of Mobile Robot Using Cascaded Terminal Sliding Mode Control Under Presence of Random Gaussian Disturbance
(Adisu Safo Bosera, Ayodeji Olalekan salau, Asrat Gedefa Yadessa and Kaheli Anteneh Jembere)

11:20 – 11:40        Fuzzy Sliding Mode Controller Based Trajectory Tracking Control of Free Flying Space Robot Manipulator System
(Esubalew W.Shibabw and Gerbaw Y.Tamiru)

11:40 – 12:00        Design and performance analysis of a multi-level fuzzybased stabilizer to dampen low frequency oscillation in single-machine infinite bus systems
(Tenaw Ayew Mezigebu, Belachew Bantyirga Gessesse)

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch Break

Session Chair: Dr. Tassew Tadiwose
Rapporteur: Molla Atanaw

13:30 – 14:00     Keynote Speaker # 2 Fikreselam Gared – Technologies and Challenges for Wireless Networks of 2030 and Beyond

14:00 – 14:20       Impact of Parametric Uncertainties on the Steady State Performances of Wind Energy Conversion System
(Endalew Ayenew, Getachew Biru, Asrat Mulatu, Milkias Berhanu)

14:20 – 14:40        Super Twisting Sliding Mode Controller for Trajectory Tracking Control of Autonomous Ground Vehicle System
(Tamiru Takele, Tefera T. Yetayew and Sam Sum Ma)

14:40 – 15:00        Optimal Placement and Size of Multiple PV-DG Units for Power Loss Reduction and Voltage Profile Improvement in Dilla Distribution Network
(Assen Beshr and Tefera T. Yetayew)

15:00 – 15:20        Trajectory Tracking of a Two-Wheeled Mobile Robot Using Backstepping and Nonlinear PID Controller
(Lencho Duguma Fufa and Endalew Ayenew)

15:20 – 15:40        Prediction of Teff Yield using Machine Learning
(Eneyachew Tamir and Adugna Necho)

15:40 – 17:30        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00        Dinner (Jacaranda)

Session 6: Advances in Green Energy Technologies (Room #005)
Session Chair: Dr. Nigus Gabbiye
Rapporteur: Netsanet Ejigu

08:30 – 09:00             Keynote Speaker # 1 Teketel Yohannes Anshebo

09:10 – 09:30             Technological development and adoption rates of injera baking stoves – A review
(Lamesgin Addisu Getnet, Muluken Zegeye Getie)

09:30 – 09:50            Design, manufacturing and experimental investigation of solar cooker using parabolic dish collector for indoor cooking application
(Mulat  Shitye Alem, Bimrew Tamrat Admasu, Temesgen Assefa Minale, muluken Zegeye Getie, Hailemariam Mulugeta Wassie)

09:50 – 10:10           Techno-Economic Analysis of Biogas Production from Cladodes of Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)
(Jemal Beshir Belay)

10:10 – 10:40     Coffee Break

Session Chair: Dr. Ababay Ketema
Rapporteur: Biniyam Zemene

10:40 – 11:00        Zn(NO3)2.6H2O)/Urea Composite Deep Eutectic Solvents derived Through Facile and Green Synthesis Approach As an Electrolyte for Rechargeable Zinc Air Batteries
(Fentahun Adamu Getie, Delele Ayele Worku, Nigus Gabbiye Gabbiye Habtu, Temesgen Atinafu Yemata, Fantahun Aklog Yihun)

11:00 – 11:20        Prediction of Global Solar Radiation Based on Sunshine Hours in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region
(Teshome B. Kotu, Venkata R. Ancha, Abdulkadir A. Hassen, Solomon W. Fanta)

11:20 – 11:40        Experimental Investigation on Thermal Performance of Parabolic Solar Dish Concentrator based Solar Dryer Assisted with Thermal Energy Storage system
(Hailemariam Mulugeta Wassie, Bimrew Tamrat Admasu, Muluken Zegeye Getie, Mulat Shitye Alem)

11:40 – 12:00        Formulation and Evaluation of Firefly and Artificial Bee Colony Algorithms for Maximum Power Extraction of Photovoltaic Systems under Partial Shade
(Tefera T. Yetayew and Tigist D. Wudmatas)

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch Break

Session Chair: Dr. Solomon Workneh
Rapporteur: Kassa Wudneh

13:30 – 14:00     Keynote Speaker # 2 Elias Wagari Gabisa

14:00 – 14:20       Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Mixed-Mode Natural Convection Solar Dryer with and without Solar Air Heater for Green Banana Flour Production
(Betelihem Zemedkun Lodamo, Kamil Dino Adem, Fiseha Kedir Jemal)

14:20 – 14:40        Evaluation of Planetary Ball Milling and Mild-Alkaline Pretreatment for Enhanced Fermentable Sugar Production from Sugarcane Bagasse
(Yalew Woldeamanuel Sitotaw, Nigus Gabbiye Habtu, Tom Van Gerven)

15:40-17:30        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00        Dinner (Jacaranda)

Session 7: Materials for Emerging Technologies (Room #006)
Session Chair: Dr. Tessera Alemeneh
Rapporteur: Dr. Getnet Yenealem

08:30 – 09:00             Keynote Speaker # 1 Desalegn Alemu Mengistie – Conductive polymers: from conductivity enhancement to energy related applications

09:10 – 09:30             Evaluation of the impact of wing span and wing chord length on the aerodynamic performance of Cessna 172-R Aircraft
(Addisu Alamirew Meku, D.K. Nageswara Rao, Mekete Mulualem Mebratu, Lamesgin Addisu Getnet)

09:30 – 09:50            Preparation of Thermal Insulation Material from Plastic Scrap, Sawdust and Gypsum
(Yemsrach Mintesnot, Mequanint Demeke, Surafel Aregahegn, Belete Adane, Asmare Tezera Admase)

09:50 – 10:10           Mechanical Response Prediction of Fiber Reinforced Composites by using Machine Learning Models: A Review
(Mekete Mulualem, Addisu Alamirew Meku, and Lamesgin Addisu Getnet)

10:10 – 10:40     Coffee Break

Session Chair: Dr. Misganaw Alemu
Rapporteur: Dr. Ephrem Terefe

10:40 – 11:00        Review on Recent Advancements in Mechanical Properties of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)
(Tamirat Semu Yihune & Dawit Wagnebachew Nega)

11:00 – 11:20        Investigating Rutting Performance characteristics of Ethiopian Jute fiber Modified Asphalt Binder
(Yohannes Sisay Zeleke, Zelalem Alebel Arega)

11:20 – 12:40        Utilization of starch from waste avocado seed for the manufacture of sustainable bio-based adhesive reinforced with clay particles
(Asmare Tezera Admase, Mequannt Demeke Aynalem, Tessafa Abrham Ashagrie, Yemsrach Mintesnot Melaku and Surafel Aregahegn Agdew)

11:40 – 12:00        Partial Replacement of Cement with Marble and Ceramic Waste Powders in Normal Strength Concrete
(Abrham Gebre, Rihanna Nuru and Yisihak Gebre)

12:00 – 13:30        Lunch Break      

15:40 – 17:30        Networking/Refreshment Break & Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00         Dinner (Jacaranda)

Day 3 – Sunday – November 6, 2022

08:30 – 12:00        Post-conference Symposium [Poly Alumni Network ]