Desineni “Subbaram” Naidu received MTech and PhD (1979) degrees in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Control Systems Engineering), from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, INDIA. Dr. Naidu taught, visited and/or conducted research at IIT; National Research Council (NRC) Senior Research Associate at Guidance and Control Division at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA (1985-90); Old Domain University, Norfolk, VA, USA (1987-90); as Professor, Associate Dean and Director, School of Engineering at Idaho State University and Measurement and Control Engineering Research Center, Pocatello, Idaho, USA (1990-2014); National Research Council (NRC) Senior Research Associate at Center of Excellence in Advanced Flight Research at United States (US) Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio, USA (1998-99); Visiting Research Fellow at Center of Excellence for Ships and Ocean Structures at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NORWAY (2014); Academic Guest at Measurement and Control Laboratory at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, SWITZERLAND (2015); Visiting Professor at Nantong University, Nantong, CHINA (2007); Jiangsu College of Information Technology, Jiangsu, CHINA (2007); Visiting Research Professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA (2008); Visiting Professor at the Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics at East China Normal University, Shanghai, CHINA (2011); Visiting Professor at the Institute of Systems Science, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA (2011); Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, CHINA (2011), Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow State University, Moscow, RUSSIA (2012) and Satish Dhawan Endowed Visiting Professor at Indian Inst. of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, INDIA (2017). Since August 2014, Professor Naidu has been with University of Minnesota Duluth as Minnesota Power Jack Rowe Endowed Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering. Professor Naidu received twice the Senior National Research Council (NRC) Associateship award from the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and is an elected (1995) (now Life) Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and an elected (2003) Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, UK.
Robotics, Prosthetics, Control Engineering
Philip R. Buskohl is a Research Mechanical Engineer in the Functional Materials Division at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The Division delivers materials and processing solutions to revolutionize AF capabilities in Survivability, Directed Energy, Reconnaissance, Integrated Energy and Human Performance. He is currently a member of the Flexible Electronics research team at AFRL, where he provides mechanical analysis and design concepts for conformal and deformable electronics packaging. He received his PhD degree in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University in 2012.
Phil has authored over 23 peer-reviewed papers ranging from the mechanical properties of embryonic heart value development, the chemical-mechanical feedback of self-oscillating gels, stimuli-responsive polymers, and origami design.
Occupation: Doctor of Engineering, a professor at Meiji University, President of Heuristics Science Research Institute. Activities: General Chair of ICAM94 (International Conference of Advanced Mechatronics, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) Guest Professor: Karlsruhe University, Germany, 1994 Trusty of the RSJ, 1998–2000 Aide for the President of Meiji University (2004-2011) Program Committee: IROS 2006. BICA (Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures), Founding Member, Program Committee, 2010– Fellow of the RSJ, 2014 Associative Editor of the ELSEVIER, 2016– Awards: Best Papers: IEA/AIE 2005 Contribution Prize Thesis: ICST 2008 BICA research prize (2017) News Coverage: Discovery Channel (Web) “Robot in touch with its emotions,” Sep. 2005 Discovery Channel (Web) “Robot demonstrates self-awareness,” Dec. 2005 Russia RIA (Russia National TV), 2017 TV Programs: PLANETOPIA, German TV SAT1, Apr. 2008
Autonomous mobile robots, humanoid robots, robot vision, robot facial expressions, robot consciousness, robot mind, robot conscience.
Chris completed his PhD in 1994 fro the University of Michigan. He is the Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Middlesex University and has over 100 publications. He has been head of the AI research group at Middlesex for over 20 years.
His two main areas of research are natural language processing and processing with simulated neurons.
Dr. Eleni Efthimiou is Research Director at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing /ATHENA RC, where she heads the Embodied Interaction and Robotics Group, focusing on multimodal human communication, assistive interfaces and multimodal Human-Robot Interaction. In 1986 she received her PhD degree in Generative Linguistics from the University of Salzburg. From 1995 to date, she has designed and developed various interaction environments with emphasis on SL based interfaces, while she has also developed methodologies for human multimodal data collection. In 2005 she founded the Sign Language Technologies Team at ILSP, a group of excellence activating in wide-scale SL resources and technologies with an emphasis on synthetic signing, machine translation and information retrieval from SL video. She is an editorial board member of Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) Journal.
Her main research interests focus on natural language processing, sign language (SL) technologies and optimization of HCI/HRI
Daoxiong GONG received the PhD degree in control theory and control engineering from Beijing University of Technology in 2004. He was an academic visiting scholar with the laboratory for robotics and automation, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, US, from 2012 to 2013. He is an associate professor with the Faculty of Information Technology, Beijing University of Technology. His research is supported by the NSFC.
His research interests include tele-manipulation robot, evolutionary computation, and intelligent control.
Kohei Ogawa received the PhD degree in system information science from Future University Hakodate, Japan, in 2010. From 2012, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University. From 2016, he has been a Special Appointed Associate Professor of JST ERATO, Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project.
From 2008, he was a Researcher at Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International.
Prof. Simon X. Yang received the B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from Beijing University, China in 1987, the first of two M.Sc. degrees in biophysics from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China in 1990, the second M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, the USA in 1996, and the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1999. Prof. Yang joined the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph, Canada in 1999. Currently, he is a Professor and the Head of the Advanced Robotics & Intelligent Systems (ARIS) Laboratory at the University of Guelph in Canada. Prof. Yang has diversified research expertise. He has published about 450 referred papers, including over 200 journal papers (over 30 in IEEE Transactions). Prof. Yang, he has been very active in professional activities. Prof. Yang serves as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Robotics and Automation, and an Associate Editor or Editorial Board member of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and several other journals. Currently, he is a panel member of the NSERC Discovery Grants Selection Committee on Electrical and Computer Engineering, a panel member of the NSERC-CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Selection Committee, and a panel member of CIHR Grants Selection Committee. He was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Logistics and Automation. Among many of his awards, he was a recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award at the University of Guelph.
Dr Dipl. Eng Gerassimos Peteinatos is working into the development and implementation of sensors and sensor systems in Precision Agriculture. He has a Master and Diploma in Agriculture Engineering from the Agricultural University of Athens and a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. With this interdisciplinary knowledge, he obtained a PhD at the University of Hohenheim, concerning a sensor based identification of stress in crops and weeds and utilizing this information in precision pest management.
He has participated in various projects concerning robotic systems for mechanical weed control, the development of sensors for weed detection, herbicide resistance detection on weeds, sensor based mechanical weed control, variable rate application methods and pre-harvest identifcation of Fusarium in wheat
Dr. Shaoping Bai is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark. He is one of the founders of the Centre for Robotics Research (CRR), AAU. He was the coordinator of the CRR for the year 2010-2012. Dr. Bai leads several national and international research projects in exoskeletons, including EU AAL project AXO-SUIT and IFD Grand Solutions project EXO-AIDER, among others. Dr. Bai is a recipient of IEEE CIS-RAM 2017 best paper, IFToMM MEDER 2018 best application paper, and Grand Prize of WearRAcon Innovation Challenges 2018. Dr. Bai is an Associate Editor of ASME J. of Mechanisms and Robotics, an Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and a deputy chair of IFToMM Technical Committee of Robotics and Mechatronics.
His research interests include assistive robots, parallel manipulators, walking robots, dynamics and design.
Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Electrical Department Faculty of Engineering Universitas Hasanuddin UNHAS Makassar Indonesia and also an Associate Research at Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology University of Technology Sydney UTS, Australia. Achieved a bachelor degree, Sarjana Teknik ST at the University of Hasanuddin UNHAS Makassar in 2003 in the area of Control Systems and Design, with the title of final project Robot BASIC for Obstacle Detection and Avoidance. Obtaining a masters' degree in Computer Science, MScCS by Research at the University of Technology Sydney UTS Australia in 2009, awarded an Australian Partnership Scholarship from the AUSAID, with the title of thesis A Directed Learning-based Evolutionary Approach for Legged Robot Motion. A PhD in Computer Systems the University of Technology Sydney UTS Australia in the area of robotics, awarded by the AUSAID in the scheme of Australian Leadership Award from 2012 to 2016 with the project on Evolving Robot Empathy through the Generation of Artificial Pain in an Adaptive Self-awareness Framework for Human-Robot Collaborative Tasks. Active research in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and recently in Cognitive and Social Robotics with the particulars of development of self-awareness concept into robot framework. Research works involved with data mining, machine learning, visual processing which covers image detection and visual transformation. Besides, several projects involving hardware robot development, embedded systems and kinematics for robot gait development, with software development utilising C, C++, R Programming and Python. He is currently working at the Department of Electrical Engineering UNHAS and being the head of the Indonesia-Australian Cognitive and Social Robotics Collaboration, which is a joint research work between the Faculty of Engineering UNHAS and the Faculty of Information and Technology UTS Australia which was formerly a joint research project in Advance Artificial Intelligent Research Group established in 2009 in the area of robotics.
Research works involved with data mining, machine learning, visual processing which covers image detection and visual transformation. Besides, several projects involving hardware robot development, embedded systems and kinematics for robot gait development, with software development utilizing C, C++, R-Programming and Python.
He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and also Acting Dean – Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment at The University of the South Pacific. Qualifications: 2009: PhD in Applied Mathematics 2001: Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching 1998: Master of Science in Mathematics 1995: Post-Graduate Diploma in Biology 1991: Bachelor of Science (Math/Biology) Professional Experience: 2012 –Present: Associate Prof. of Mathematics, USP 2010 – 2016: Associate Dean L&T, FSTE, USP 2009 –2011: Senior Lecturer, USP 2006 –2009: Division Coordinator: MA/ST, USP 1997 –2008: Tutor/AL/L Maths, USP 1995 –1996: HOD Maths, SSKM College, Nadi 1994: Assistant Teacher, SSKM College, Nadi
Applied Mathematics, Advanced Science and Technology
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.
Interaction Control for both Human-Robot Cooperation and Autonomous Industrial Tasks, Wearable Robotics.
Dionisio Andujar is a researcher at the Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR-CSIC) exploiting the advantages of depth cameras, new on-ground sensors and innovative processing image analysis methods for precision agriculture purposes, with the main objective to propose new strategies that will optimize the agricultural application of inputs and autonomous guidance of agricultural vehicles. He has been the Principal Investigator of several national and international projects. His advances in up-to-date projects have already been published in several high-impact journals. He has done international stays at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, University of California and NIBIO (Norway). He has produced several papers published in prestigious journals. He is the assessor of companies such as Acciona and APIS. He has been invited as a chairman and invited a speaker in several conferences. He is the author of 5 patents. He is the coordinator of the European Agriculture Technology Network and he is editor of two JCR journal. He also has wide experience in teaching in different countries and universities. To date, his scientific activity has led to more than 60 scientific contributions and more than 70 contributions to congresses.
Salvatore Gaglio graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy in 1977, and in 1978 he received the M.S.E.E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, U.S.A. From 1986 he is the professor of computer science and artificial intelligence at the University of Palermo, Italy. From 2007 he is the scientific responsible of the Ph. D. program in Computer Engineering at the University of Palermo. From 2005 he is the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems of ICAR-CNR at the University of Palermo. From 2016 to 2018 he has been the President of the Italian National Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and Arts of Palermo. He has been a member of various committees for projects of national interest in Italy and he is a referee of various scientific congresses and journals.
His present research activities are in the area of artificial intelligence and robotics. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and AAAI.
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.
Dynamical systems, Biomemitics, drones, robotics, fluid-structure interactions, energy harvesting, MEMS & NEMS
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.
Control and Observation/estimation of Nonlinear Systems, and its applications to Rigid/Soft Robotics.
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.
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.
Dirk J. Broer is materials scientist specialized in polymer structuring. He joined Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands) in 1973 where he developed materials for data storage, telecommunication and display optics. From 2003 to 2010 he was senior research fellow and vice president at the Philips Research Laboratories. In 2010, he was appointed as full-time professor in Eindhoven to chair the Department Functional Organic Materials with a research emphasis on clean technologies as energy harvesting, water treatment and healthcare. From 2015 he is a staff member at the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems in Eindhoven and coordinates a program on responsive soft materials. Prof. Broer is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In total, he has 275 publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 120 US patents.
Parmeggiani C has completed her PhD in Chemical Science at the age of 29 years from the University of Florence with Prof. A. Goti and she was recently awarded as the researcher at the Chemistry Department of the University of Florence. Since 2010 she is associate at the European Laboratory for Non-Linear- Spectroscopy and at the National Institute of Optics (CNR). In 2016 she was awarded the “Organic Chemistry for the environment, energy and nanosciences” prize from the Organic Chemistry Division of the SCI and she was a finalist of the European Young Chemist Award.
She authored 37 papers, 1 book and 3 patents (h-index 16), on smart materials, stereoselective synthesis of iminosugars and new green oxidation methods that have been cited over 1150 times.
Xin Zhao received the B.S. degree from Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R.China, in 1991, the M.S. degree from Shenyang Institute of Automation, CAS, Shenyang, P.R.China, in 1994 , and the Ph.D. degree from Nankai University, in 1997, all in control theory and control engineering. He joined the faculty at Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R.China in 1997, he is Professor and Vice Dean of College of Computer and Control Engineering. Prof. Zhao was the recipient of 1999 Excellent Professor Award, Nankai University, 2000 Inventory Prize, Tianjin Municipal Government, 2002 Excellent Professor Award of “College Key Teachers Fund”, Ministry of Education, 2002 Excellent Professor Award of “Baogang Fund” and 2007 Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education. His team pioneered robotic animal cloning and successfully got 13 cloned piglets in 2017.
His research interests are in Mico-Nano Manipulation and System, including Micro manipulator, Micro system and Mathematical Biology.
Roger Bostelman is an Engineering Project Manager in the Intelligent Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Over his 40 years at NIST, he has managed the Intelligent Control of Mobility Systems Program, and numerous NIST and other organization technology research and development projects. Roger has designed, built, and tested mechanical systems and their interface electronics on autonomous vehicles, robot cranes, and robot arms, including an automated HMMWV; HLPR (Home Lift, Position, and Rehabilitation) Chair; AGVs; Flying Carpet RoboCrane; and several other RoboCranes. He is Chairman of the ASTM Committee F45 on autonomous industrial vehicle performance standards and two subcommittees, Chairs the ASTM F48.91 on exoskeleton terminology and serves on test method standards subcommittees, and serves as expert on the ANSI/ITSDF B56.5 sub-committee for AGV safety, RIA 15.08 mobile manipulators, and ISO TC 299 safety of personal care robots. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University, an M.S. degree in Technical Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Burgundy, France. He has over 100 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings and he holds 7 patents.
He currently performs measurement science to support development of standard test methods for autonomous industrial vehicles and exoskeletons.
Raziel Riemer is an Associate professor at Dept. of industrial engineering and management at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a PhD from Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Robotics, Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering
Jin-Woo Jung received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, in 1997, 1999, and 2004, respectively. Since 2006, he has been with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea, where he is currently a Professor. During 2001–2002, he was a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. During 2004–2006, he was a Researcher with the Human-friendly Welfare Robot System Research Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea. During 2014, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. He has published more than 50 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of several journals including Journal of Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Systems.
Informatics, Computer Science, Intelligent Systems, Fuzzy Logics