Keynote Speakers & Invited Speakers
Prof. Dan Zhang--Keynote SpeakerYork University, Canada | Full Professor
CAE Fellow, EIC Fellow, ASME Fellow, CSME Fellow
IEEE Senior Member, SME Senior Member
Dr. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor in Advanced Robotics
and Mechatronics, as well as the Chair of the Department
of Mechanical Engineering of the Lassonde School of
Engineering at York University. From July 1st 2004 to
December 31 2015, Dr. Zhang was a Professor and Canada
Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, was
a founding Chair of the Department of Automotive,
Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering with the
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at University
of Ontario Institute of Technology. He received his
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University,
Canada, in June 2000.
Dr. Zhang's research interests include robotics and mechatronics; high performance parallel robotic machine development; sustainable/green manufacturing systems; rehabilitation robot and rescue robot.
Dr. Zhang’s contributions to and leadership within the field of robotic and automation have been recognized with several prestigious awards, within his own university (Research Excellence Award both from university level (2009) and faculty level (2008)), the Province of Ontario (Early Researcher Award in 2010), the professional societies (election to Fellow of the ASME in 2016, the EIC in 2012 and the CSME in 2010), and federal funding agencies (Canada Research Chair in January 2009 and renewed in January 2014). Besides, he was awarded the Inaugural Teaching Excellence by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science of UOIT in 2006 and the Best Professor Award by UOIT Engineering Students' Society in2012.
Dr. Zhang is the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Robotics Applications and Technologies, Associate editor for the International Journal of Robotics and Automation (ACTA publisher) and guest editors for other 4 international journals. Dr. Zhang served as a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee.
Dr. Zhang was director of Board of Directors at Durham Region Manufacturing Association, Canada, and director of Board of Directors of Professional Engineers Ontario, Lake Ontario Chapter, Canada. Dr. Zhang is a registered Professional Engineer of Canada, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) ASME, and a Fellow of (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering) CSME, a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Senior Member of SME.
Prof. Hamid Reza Karimi--Keynote SpeakerPolitecnico di Milano, Italy | Full Professor
Hamid Reza Karimi (M’06–SM’09) received the B.Sc. (First Hons.) degree in power systems from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1998, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. (First Hons.) degrees in control systems engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He is currently a professor of Applied Mechanics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His current research interests include control systems and mechatronics with applications to automotive control systems, vibration systems and wind energy.
Prof. Karimi is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cyber-Physical Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Machines, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Aerospace System Science and Engineering, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Designs, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronics, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Progress, Subject Editor for Journal of The Franklin Institute and a Technical Editor, Moderator for IEEE TechRxiv or Associate Editor for some international journals, for instance, the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers, the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, Information Sciences, IFAC-Mechatronics, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. He is a member of Agder Academy of Science and Letters and also a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty, the Committee on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems, the Committee on Robust Control, and the Committee on Automotive Control. Prof. Karimi awarded as the 2016-2019 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering and received the 2020 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award.
Prof. Wenqiang Zhang--Keynote SpeakerFudan University, China | Full Professor
Dr. Wenqiang Zhang, Professor and doctoral supervisor of
School of computer science，Fudan University. Vice
President of AI & Intelligent Robot Institute of Fudan
University, and Vice Director of Shanghai Key Laboratory
of Intelligent Information.
He engaged in the research work of robotics, AI, and Intelligent Equipment, etc. He has published more than 100 papers and applied for more than 50 invention patents. He has undertaken more than 30 research projects from Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Ministry of Education, Shanghai Electric Group, etc. He has created the China’s first autonomous mental development robot, and successfully developed robots of Fuwa, Ato, Haibao, etc
Prof. András Horváth--Invited Speaker
Peter Pazmany Catholic
Universtiy, Hungary / Associate Professor
András Horváth is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics at Peter Pazmany Catholic University. His research is mostly focused on computer vision and artificial intelligence, especially on the efficient implementation of modern machine learning algorithms with emerging devices. He took part in the DARPA-UPSIDE (Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation) project between 2012 and 2018 in a consortium with Intel, MIT, which aimed the development of an object recognition pipeline with oscillatory based computing, implemented on emerging devices (e.g.: spin-torque and resonant body oscillators) and was involved in multiple international research grants sponsored by the European Union and ONR.
He is author or co-author of more than 50 publications which appeared in various international journals. He is an active Reviewer for various peer reviewed journal papers. (e.g.: IEEE Transaction on Signal Processing , IEEE Transactions on Circuits and System, etc.). He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and System Society and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the secretary of the Cellular Nanoscale Networks and Array Computing Technical Committee.He was also the algorithm development lead of Eutecus, a company which pioneered embedded machine vision and was acquired by Verizon in 2016.
Prof. Belkacem OULD BOUAMAMA--Invited SpeakerEcole Polytechnique de Lille, France | Full Professor
Belkacem OULD BOUAMAMA (Bio)
is full Professor, and head of international relations
and research at « Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de
Lille, France » He is the leader of Bond Graph group at
the CRIStAL (Research Center in Computer Science, Signal
and Automatic Control of Lille), Laboratory of the
National Center for Scientific Research, where his
activities concern Integrated Design for Supervision of
System Engineering. Their application domains are mainly
process engineering, renewable energies, and mechatronic
systems. He is the author or coauthor of over 100
international publications in this domain and co-author
of four books in Fault Detection and Isolation,
mechatronics and bond graph modeling.