The International Conference on Power Engineering (ICOPE) was jointly sponsored and organized by the Chinese Society of Power Engineering (CSPE), the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). ICOPE were hosted every two years by JSME, CSPE and ASME in rotation. Following conferences in Tokyo (1993 and 1997), Shanghai (1995), San Francisco (1999), Xian (2001), Kobe (2003 and 2009), Chicago (2005), Hangzhou (2007), Denver (2011), Wuhan (2013), Yokohama (2015), and Charlotte (2017), the ICOPE-2019 will be held in Kunming of China.
The objective of the conference is to provide a forum for presenting, discussing, and promoting the international exchange of recent technological advances in power engineering and related areas. The conference will include plenary lectures, technical sessions and technical tour.
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is known as the “city of eternal spring.” Located in the middle of the Yunan Plateau 6,300 feet above sea level, subtropical Kunming is skirted by mountains to the north, east, and west, while to the south lies a large lake called Dianchi.
Kunming has a mild climate and flowers bloom most of the year round. But its association with eternal spring can be misleading, because there are sometimes cold winds in winter, chilly days in spring, and heavy rains in summer. Generally speaking, though, the city's climate is kind to travelers most of the time.
Kunming has a history spanning more than 3,000 years. It is known to have been a small settlement as early as 109 B.C., trading in salt, silver, gold, silk and lumber. Through the eighth to the 13th centuries, it was the secondary capital of a small kingdom in the region, before falling to the Mongols in 1374. A small group of Mongols still exists at Tonghai, about 75 miles south of Kunming.
Yunnan Province, so named because of its location to the south of the Yun Mountains, is the home of 33 ethnic groups including the Han.
Officially founded in 1954 and with the history started from 1925, Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST) is one of the top 100 universities in China, and the largest university as well as the only polytechnic university across Yunnan province. KUST has 3 campuses, all located in Kunming City, the capital city of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, a province with 46 million population. Kunming is known as the Spring City of China, due to its mild weather all year round.
With 27 faculties (schools/colleges) and 3,900 staff members, KUST is offering over 300 degree programs at Bachelor, Master and Doctor levels to around 40,000 full time on-campus students. The programs cover engineering, science, management, economics, medicine, law, arts, philosophy, agriculture, and education. In 2005, KUST was ranked by the Chinese Ministry of Education as the first Excellent University in Yunnan Province for its undergraduate programs. The programs of engineering and materials of KUST are ranked by ESI as the top 1% worldwide.
The research in KUST is at the top level in Yunnan province, in both funding and achievements, with the important feature of very close connections to industries. In certain fields, especially the subjects related to mineral industry, KUST is at the top level of research in China. The annual research fund of KUST in recent 5 years has been taking a proportion of over a 60% of the total funding to all the universities in Yunnan Province. KUST has 18 national level key-labs or research centers, and also dozens of provincial level ones and around 100 university level ones.
The goal of KUST is to develop into a high level research university in the international region, to serve the sustainable development of the region, and serve the wellbeing of mankind, by offering excellent teaching, research, social services, and also by promoting culture inheritance and exchange. KUST has established partnerships with over 60 universities in more than 30 countries, for the cooperation in research, student and staff exchange, joint programs, technical transfer etc. As a representative institution of Chinese universities, KUST has been playing an important role for China in the cooperation with the neighboring south-east Asia and south Asia countries, including in the mechanisms of China-ASEAN cooperation, Lancang Mekong (GMS) Cooperation etc., and also in the other international region cooperation mechanisms including China-EU cooperation, Asia-Europe higher education programs, among the others.
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