Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering
New Mexico State University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Abdelkefi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at New Mexico State University. He has advised three PhD students and four Master students. He is currently advising seven PhD students and six Master students. His research interests are in the fields of nonlinear dynamics, energy harvesting, vibration & control, smart materials, aeroelasticity, fluid-structure interactions, MEMS & NEMS, and flight dynamics. Dr. Abdelkefi has one book, one patent, more than 100 published archival journal articles, and more than 80 conference presentations at national and international conferences. He has also served as a reviewer in more than 50 journals. Before joining New Mexico State University, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Virginia Tech between July 2012 and July 2014. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2012 and a Master of Science in Computational Mechanics from Tunisia Polytechnic School in collaboration with Virginia Tech in 2009.

Research Interest :

Dynamical systems, Biomemitics, drones, robotics, fluid-structure interactions, energy harvesting, MEMS & NEMS

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Associate editor & Assistant Professor, Department of Robotics and Automatic Control
University of Basilicata , Italy
Biography :

Francesco Pierri received the Laurea degree (master degree) cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Basilicata, Italy, in 2003. In 2006 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Automatic Control of Lund Institute of Technology in Lund, Sweden. He received the PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Basilicata in 2007, with the final dissertation “Modeling, Control and Fault Diagnosis for Chemical Batch Reactors". From 2006 to 2008 he had postdoctoral positions at the University of Basilicata and at the University of Naples, Federico II, working on control and fault diagnosis of cooperative manipulators and on control of robotic hands. From December 2008 he is Assistant Professor of Automatic Control and Robotics at the School of Engineering of the University of Basilicata. In August 2017 he received the Italian National Scientific Qualification to the associate professor position. He is member of IEEE Control System Society and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society since 2005. His research interests include: fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control of nonlinear systems, process control, force control for robotic manipulators, fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control of multi-robot systems and control of aerial manipulators. He has been involved in research projects funded by the European Community, the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research, the Italian Space Agency and other public and private institutions. Since 2013, he has been an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Robotics and Automation and of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). He was in the program committee of several international conferences, such as IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (Robio) and IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA). He is co-author of the book "Control and Monitoring of Chemical Batch Reactors" and of more than 50 papers on international journals and international conference proceedings.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Production Engineering
KTH Royal Institute of Technology , Sweden
Biography :

Xi (Vincent) Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Production Engineering, and also the chair of the XPRES research centre's research leading team. He is working with the division of Sustainable Manufacturing. Vincent received his PhD and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and Tianjin University (China), respectively in 2013 and 2008. Vincent’s main research focus is on Cloud-based manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, computer-aided design, process planning, and manufacturing. Additionally, he has been involved with STEP-compliant CNC research (ISO10303/14649) for years.

Research Interest :

Cloud-Based Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, Computer-Aided Design, Process Planning, Manufacturing.

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Assistant Professor, Engineering
Texas A&M International University , USA
Biography :

Dr. T. Tashtoush is an Assistant Professor of Engineering in Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Laredo, TX. He got his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Systems and Industrial Engineering from State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton on 2013 and 2009, respectively and his B.S. in Mechatronics - Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan on 2005. He is one of the founders and the Vice-President for The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Laredo Professional Chapter. He is the founder, faculty adviser and team leader of TAMIU DustyTRON and DustySWARM Robotics and intelligent systems teams, DustyMOTOR Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Team/Chapter, and the TAMIU Society of Woman Engineers (SWE) student Chapter, also, he is the Faculty Advisor of TAMIU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Chapter, Students Engineering Council. In addition, Dr. Tashtoush is the West Officer for the Corpus Christi Section of IEEE and the advisory and facilitator for the Youth Science Leader of Laredo non-profit organization. He is a professional member in Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Woman Engineers (SWE) organizations, and a life-member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Secretary of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Chapter 296. He is a multi-discipline engineer, who has experience in the field of Systems Simulation and Design, Production Quality and Management, Lean Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation, Artificial Intelligent, 3D Printing Processes, Engineering Statistical Analysis, Project Management, Optimization, Instruments and Electrical Devices, Reliability, Healthcare Systems, Nano-Technology and Energy Harvesting, and Human Factors.

Research Interest :

He is a multi-discipline engineer, who has experience in the field of Systems Simulation and Design, Production Quality and Management, Lean Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation, Artificial Intelligent, 3D Printing Processes, Engineering Statistical Analysis, Project Management, Optimization, Instruments and Electrical Devices, Reliability, Healthcare Systems, Nano-Technology and Energy Harvesting, and Human Factors.

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Researcher , Department of Automatic Control
INRIA Lille , France
Biography :

Gang Zheng received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in Communication and systems from Wuhan University, China, in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in automatic control from ENSEA, Cergy-Pontoise, France, in 2006. Since 2007, he has held postdoctoral positions at INRIA Grenoble, at the Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, and at ENSEA. He joined INRIA Lille as a permanent researcher from September 2009. His research interests include control and observation/estimation of nonlinear systems, and its applications to rigid/soft robotics.

Research Interest :

Control and Observation/estimation of Nonlinear Systems, and its applications to Rigid/Soft Robotics.

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Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science
The University of Oxford , United Kingdom
Biography :

Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo is Research Fellow at the at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where she is the Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, and is Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Her recent work focuses mainly on the ethical analysis of cyber security practices, cyber conflicts, and ethics of data science. Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information, although she has worked on issues concerning Epistemology, Logic, and Philosophy of AI. Dr. Taddeo has been awarded The Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy in recognition of the scholarly significance of her two articles: An Information-Based Solution for the Puzzle of Testimony and Trust (Social Epistemology, Springer) and Modelling Trust in Artificial Agents, a First Step toward the Analysis of e- Trust (Minds & Machines, Springer). She received the World Technology Award for Ethics acknowledging the originality and her research on the ethics of cyber conflicts, and the social impact of the work that she developed in this area. Since 2016, Taddeo serves as editor-in-chief of Minds & Machines (Springer) and of Philosophical Studies Series (Springer). She is also Fellow of the Council on the Future of Cybersecurity of the World Economic Forum.

Research Interest :

Ethical Analysis of Cyber Security Practices, Cyber Conflicts and Ethics of Data Science. Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information, although she has worked on issues concerning Epistemology, Logic, and Philosophy of AI.

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Researcher, Department of Robotics
IRAS-ITIA-CNR , Italy
Biography :

Loris Roveda received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He is a Researcher at ITIA-CNR, IRAS group, Milan, Italy. He is involved in many projects, e.g., CleanSky2 EURECA, EFFORTLESS, EuRoC. His main research interests are related to interaction control for both human-robot cooperation and autonomous industrial tasks (such as assembly/disassembly tasks), and to wearable robotics (design and control of devices). Author of several international journal/conference papers, he has been awarded for the Innovation Prize at MECSPE 2018 for the developed human-robot cooperative application within the EURECA project.

Research Interest :

Interaction Control for both Human-Robot Cooperation and Autonomous Industrial Tasks, Wearable Robotics.

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Researcher , Department of Mechanical engineering
Schlumberger , USA
Biography :

Lejun Cen, received the B.E. (2011) from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, and the Master (2012) and Ph.D. degree (2017) from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (Mechanical Engineering Major). He has held research assistant positions at Urban Robotic Lab, Bio Robotic Lab, SSDS Lab and Precision Machining Research Center in the last 10 years. He is currently working in Schlumberger on Machine Learning based Automation for ES Engineer Applied Research (MI SWACO project) since Feb 2017.

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Professor, Department of Mechatronic Engineering
National Taiwan University , Taiwan
Biography :

Yu-Sheng Lu received the B.S. degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1990, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 1995. From 1997 to 1998, he was at the Opto-Electronics & Systems Laboratories, ITRI, Taiwan. From 1998 to 2000, he was with the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR, Germany. From 2000 to 2008, he was with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan. In 2008, he moved to the Department of Mechatronic Engineering, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, where he is currently a professor. His research interests include control system design with applications to mechatronic systems.

Research Interest :

Mechatronics, Robotics, Dynamics and Control, Sensing and Instrumentation, Control System

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Associate Professor, Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery
University Medical Center , Germany
Biography :

He completed his Medical study in University of Zurich, Switzerland. He completed his Medical thesis on Intracerebral expression and regulation of Interleukin-18 after traumatic brain injury and clinical and experimental study. From 2002 - 2003 he has been in the Department of General Surgery at General Hospital Zollikerberg, Zurich, Switzerland. From 2003 - 2006 he took part in Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery and Department of Trauma Surgery at University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. From 2007 to 2010 he has been in the Department of General Surgery at General Hospital Triemli, Zurich, Switzerland. From 2010 to 2012 he has been involved in Clinical Fellowship, Surgical Oncology. In addition with this he also Attended Surgeon (Oberarzt) in University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and has been qualified from European Board of Surgical Qualification (EBSQ), UEMS Surgical Oncology. In 2015 he received Board certification on visceral surgery and complex visceral surgery at Hamburg, Germany. He completed his scientific training as Associate Professor of surgery in Germany. He has been a member in European Academy for Robotic Colorectal Surgery (2015) , German Society for General- and Visceral Surgery (2015) , European Society of Surgical Oncology (2012) , Society of Surgical Oncology (2010) , Swiss Medical Association (2002). He has also reviewed Journals on Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Annals of Oncology, European Journal of Surgical Oncology. He has been an Associate Editor for Robotic Surgery and Innovative Techniques and European Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Research Interest :

Surgical Oncology, General and Visceral Surgery

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Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sanyo-onoda City University , Japan
Biography :

Fusaomi Nagata received the B.E. degree from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1985, and the D.E. degree from the Faculty of Engineering Systems and Technology at Saga University in 1999. He was a research engineer with Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co. from 1985 to 1988, and a special researcher with Fukuoka Industrial Technology Centre from 1988 to 2006. He is currently a professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, Japan and also a Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. His research interests include deep convolutional neural networks for visual inspection of resin molded articles, intelligent control for industrial robots and its application to machining process, e.g., robot sander, mold polishing robot, desktop NC machine tool with compliance control capability, machining robot with robotic CAM system, and 3D printer-like data interface for a machining robot have been developed for wood material, aluminum PET bottle blow mold, LED lens mold, foamed polystyrene, and so on.

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