Keynote&Plenary Speakers of ICMES 2018

  • Prof. Zhang Dan, 

    Kaneff Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Lassonde School of Engineering
    York University, Canda

    Dr. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics, as well as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University. Before 2016, Dr. Zhang was a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, and was a founding Chair of the Department of Automotive, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering at the 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 and faculty level) and Kaneff Professorship, the Province of Ontario (Early Researcher Award), the professional societies (Fellow of the ASME, the CAE, the EIC and the CSME), and federal funding agencies (Canada Research Chair in January 2009 and renewed in January 2014). 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. Dr. Zhang served as a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), 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 IEEE, and a Senior Member of SME.

    Speech Title: Performance Improvement of Robotic Systems for Manufacturing

    Abstract: There has been increasing in developing enviromentally-benign manufacturing technologies, robots, etc. This is considered a significant step in achieving sustainable development. Sustainability of a manufacturing system becomes critical technology that enables manufacturing companies to reduce production costs and improve their global competitiveness. System sustainability can be achieved by reconfiguration and decentralization, whose system configurations are evolved with the changes of design requirements and dynamic environment. The modular construction of parallel robotic machines allows them to be used as a class of reconfigurable machine tools. Nevertheless, parallel robotic machines as contemporary manufacturing robotic systems often have difficulty meeting the highly increased workplace demands on (1) operational accuracy, (2) operational load capacity, (3) task adaptability, and (4) reliability. For example, according to some large robot/robotic machine tool manufacturers and manufacturing robot user, i.e., ABB Robotics, Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., the current robotic systems for high speed machining often fail due to thermal effects, which fatally distort the accuracy of the systems. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), more than 60% of industry robots operating in the manufacturing industry are articulated robots (i.e., serial robots), or robots that can only allow material handling, but not material fabrication. In this talk, the rational of using parallel robotic machines for green and sustainable manufacturing is discussed and explained. A comparative study is carried out on some successful parallel robotic machines and conventional machine tools. Meanwhile, the latest research activities of parallel manipulators in the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation of UOIT are introduced, they are: parallel robotic machines, reconfigurable/green robotic manipulators, web-based remote manipulation as well as the applications of parallel manipulators in micro-motion device, MEMS (parallel robot based sensors), wearable power assist hip exoskeleton, and rescue robot.

  • Prof. Christos Spitas,

    Nazarbayev University, Kazakstan

    Prof. Dr. Christos Spitas is professor of Machine Design at Nazarbayev University, leader of the Space Technology Research cluster and head of the Machine Design laboratory in Astana, Kazakstan. During the past 18 years, also in his previous positions as professor of Embodiment Design and head of the Product Engineering section at Delft University of Technology and as manager R&D in the high-tech industry, he has developed with his teams a number of technologies on compact, high load capacity, high efficiency, high accuracy mechatronic systems based on multiphysical principles of mechnical contacts and mechanisms, hydraulics, piezoelectricity, and thermal expansion/ morphing. These principles are combined with composite and smart meta-material topologies, incl. particle- and directional-fibre-reinforced and graded polymer- and metal-matrix composites, flat and spatial honeycombs, and frequency-tuned damping-, strength- and stiffness-optimised structures. The primary fields of application have been space satellites, precision machines, mechanical transmissions, machine foundations and alignment systems, and robotics, in the context of several JIPs, as well as national and EU-funded projects with partners such as CERN, ESA, Kazakh Space Agency, Toyota, Kawasaki, etc.

    Speech Title: High-performance actuation technologies for machine foundations, robotics and space satellites

    Abstract: The talk will discuss case studies related to the use of thermo-mechanical, hydraulic and piezoelectric actuation principles for the design of machine foundations, vibration test beds, ultra-high precision robotic FMS and space satellite systems from the portfolio of the Space Technology Research Group at Nazarbayev University and work done previously at the Delft University of Technology and IMMG. The different physical principles enabling the various technologies will be classified and explained and their fitness-for purpose in different application contexts will be discussed. Finally, the directions for future research of the Space Technology Research Group on actuation technologies will be discussed as well.

  • Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelgawad,

    Central Michigan University, USA

    Dr. Ahmed Abdelgawad received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and 2011 and subsequently joined IBM as a Design Aids & Automation Engineering Professional at Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In Fall 2012 he joined Central Michigan University as a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor. In Fall 2017, Dr. Abdelgawad was early promoted as a Computer Engineering Associate Professor. His area of expertise is distributed computing for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), data fusion techniques for WSN, low power embedded system, video processing, digital signal processing, Robotics, RFID, Localization, VLSI, and FPGA design. He has published two books and more than 65 articles in related journals and conferences. He served in the organizing committee of ICECS2013 and 2015 IEEE ICECS2015. Dr. Abdelgawad is the publicity chair in North America of the IEEE WF-IoT 2016/18 conferences. He also is the TPC Co– Chair of IoT International Innovation Conference 2017 (I3C'17), the TPC Co– Chair of Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS 2017), and the technical program chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2018. He is currently the IEEE Northeast Michigan section chair and IEEE SPS Internet of Things (IoT) SIG Member. In addition, Dr. Abdelgawad served as a PI and Co-PI for several funded grants from NSF.

    Speech Title: Internet of Things (IoT): Sensors and Signal Processing

    Abstract— Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity. It enables the objects to collect, share, and analyze data. The IoT has become an integral part of our daily lives through applications such as public safety, intelligent tracking in transportation, industrial wireless automation, personal health monitoring, and health care for the aged community. IoT is one of the latest technologies that will change our lifestyle in coming years. Experts estimate that as of now, there are 25 billon connected devices, and by 2020 it would reach to 50 billion devices. This talk aims to introduce the design and implementation of IoT signal processing systems. The foundations of IoT will be discussed throughout real applications. Challenges and constrains for the future research in IoT will be discussed. In addition, research opportunities and collaboration will be offered for the attendees.

  • Assoc. Prof. Ratchatin Chanchareon,

    Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

    Dr. Ratchatin Chancharoen is currently an Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 1991, MS degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University in 1994, and PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 2000. Dr. Ratchatin Chancharoen has twenty years experience in robotics research including both manipulators and mobile robots and ten years in teaching both Robotics and Mechatronics at the university level. During these years, he has designed and built more than twenty robots in various configurations and published more than 20 research papers and one text book entitled "Linear Control Systems" (in Thai). He is principal investigator and co-investigator of a number of research grants in robotics and also the manager of a number of industrial projects in design and control. His major research activities involve tele-operation and control of robotics manipulators and mobile robots using various kinds of sensors, especially force and vision. His current research is the design a telerobot, a new type of robot, to work closely with human to do a higher level of tasks. The telerobot is designed with lighter frame, less power consumption, small footprint controller, and higher level of intelligence, compared to the industrial robot, to safely work in our working space. This type of robot will be populated in the near future as more complex tasks are demanded. His main research interests are in the field of Robotics and Mechatronics including new parallel robot configuration, new hardware processor, electronics, control algorithm, and intelligence.

  • Assoc Prof Ir Dr Jamaluddin Mahmud, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,

    Universiti Teknologi MARA, MALAYSIA

    Assoc Prof Ir Dr Jamaluddin Mahmud obtained his PhD degree in (Biomechanical) Engineering from Cardiff University UK; MSc (Manufacturing) Engineering degree from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); and B.Eng. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering UiTM as a lecturer in 2001 and currently he is an Associate Professor. He has served UiTM Management Team at various levels such as a Deputy Dean, Head of Academic Programmes and the Head of Industry Linkage at the Chancellery's Office of Industry, Community and alumni Network (ICAN). He has more than two years of industrial experience, working as a service executive at UMW Equipment Sdn. Bhd. His competency in mechanical engineering supported by his past experience in industry and current involvement with industries has enabled him to register as a Professional Engineer (Ir) with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). Assoc Prof Ir Dr J Mahmud has been lecturing on Biomechanics, Composite Materials, Finite Element Method and Engineering Design, which happens to be his areas of research interest and has published more than 150 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings locally and internationally. Due to his expertise and experience, he has been appointed as a judge in design competitions, external examiner, keynote speaker, panel evaluator, visiting researcher and a member in various technical committees at national and international level.


    The plenary speech is intended to introduce Motion-Capture and Analysis using a simple and portable motion capture system, developed using Kinect. The first part of the presentation highlights the review to benchmark the publications of ASEAN Countries related to Kinect Applications. The literatures are retrieved from Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) as these are the top two recognised databases for Malaysian research community. Based on the results, it is interesting to observe that there is an increasing trend of research and indexed publications pertaining to Kinect in Malaysia and thus, this could highlight Malaysia as a prospective nation for research collaboration. The second part of the presentation highlights the development of a simple, portable, low-cost and reliable motion capture system using Kinect that is associated with modified RULA (mRULA) scoring system which can assess the physical risk during the use of a computer (named as FJ Sense-mRULA). The results obtained are promising and thus this system could provide numerous advantages when compared to the established marker or wearable sensor-based system. Therefore, it could be concluded that the study has contributed significant knowledge towards understanding of motion capture system and modified RULA assessment.

  • INvited Speakers of ICMES 2018


    Prof. Wen-Tsai Sung, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taiwan

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