Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I


Prof Meng Joo Er, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Speech Title: Cognitive Robotics: Recent Developments and Futuristic Trends


Abstract: The quest for building human-like intelligence has gained enormous momentum in recent decades. Since the seminal works on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the desire of realizing the quest has become stronger. With the rapid developments in Science, Engineering and Technology, machines that mimic human intelligence have become a reality and sometimes indispensable parts in our daily life, such as Apple Siri and Google Voice. Cognition is a group of mental processes that include attention, memory, producing and understanding language, solving problems and making decisions and making decisions. Cognitive robotics is concerned with endowing robots with intelligent behavior by providing a processing architecture that will allow it to learn and reason about how to behave in response to complex goals in a complex world. In this talk, recent developments of cognitive robotics with applications in the healthcare industry, domestic services, marine vehicles etc will be reviewed. The futuristic trends and challenges will also be discussed.


Biography:  Professor Meng Joo Er is currently a Full Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He served as the Founding Director of Renaissance Engineering Programme and an elected member of the NTU Advisory Board from 2009 to 2012. Furthermore, he served as a member of the NTU Senate Steering Committee from 2010 to 2012. 

He has authored five books entitled “Dynamic Fuzzy Neural Networks: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications” and “Engineering Mathematics with Real-World Applications” published by McGraw Hill in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and “Theory and Novel Applications of Machine Learning” published by In-Tech in 2009, “New Trends in Technology: Control, Management, Computational Intelligence and Network Systems” and “New Trends in Technology: Devices, Computer, Communication and Industrial Systems”, both published by SCIYO, 18 book chapters and more than 500 refereed journal and conference papers in his research areas of interest. 

Professor Er was bestowed the Web of Science Top 1 % Best Cited Paper and the Elsevier Top 20 Best Cited Paper Award in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of the significant and impactful contributions to Singapore’s development by his research projects, Professor Er won the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award twice (2011 and 2015). He is also the only dual winner in Singapore IES Prestigious Publication Award in Application (1996) and IES Prestigious Publication Award in Theory (2001). Under his leadership, the NTU Team emerged first runner-up in the Freescale Technology Forum Design Challenge 2008.  He received the Teacher of the Year Award for the School of EEE in 1999, School of EEE Year 2 Teaching Excellence Award in 2008, the Most Zealous Professor of the Year Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014. He also received the Best Session Presentation Award at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence in 2006, the Best Presentation Award at the International Symposium on Extreme Learning Machine 2012, Best Paper Award (First Prize) at the  International Automatic Control Conference 2016 and Best Presentation Award at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Control, Power and Instrumentation (ICICPI) 2016. On top of this, he has more than 60 awards received at international and local competitions. 

Currently, Professor Er serves as the Editor-in-Chief of 3 international journals, namely International Journal of Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Transactions on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and the International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications. He also serves an Area Editor of International Journal of Intelligent Systems Science and an Associate Editor of 14 refereed international journals, namely IEEE Transaction on Cybernetics,  Information Sciences,  Neurocomputing, Asian Journal of Control, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems,  ETRI Journal, International Journal of Humanoid Robots, International Journal of Modelling, Simulation and Scientific Computing, International Journal of Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing, International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining, International Journal of Fuzzy and Uncertain Systems, International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology, International Journal of Intelligent Information Processing  and an editorial board member of the Open Automation and Control Systems Journal and the EE Times. 

Professor Er has been invited to deliver more than 60 keynote speeches and invited talks overseas. He has also been active in professional bodies. He has served as Chairman of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Singapore Chapter (2009 to 2011) and Chairman of IES Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technical Committee (EEETC) (2004 to 2006 and 2008 to 2012). Under his leadership, the IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter won the CIS Outstanding Chapter Award 2012 (The Singapore Chapter is the first chapter in Asia to win the award). In recognition of his outstanding contributions to professional bodies, he was bestowed the IEEE Outstanding Volunteer Award (Singapore Section) and the IES Silver Medal in 2011. Due to his outstanding contributions in education, research, administration and professional services, he is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Singapore, Edition 2013.


Keynote Speaker II


IEEE Fellow, Prof. Dong SUN, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speech Title: Micromanipualtion and Microrobotics for Cell Surgery


Abstract:  Robotics for cell surgery is an entirely new emerging theme that is enabled with specially designed micromanipulation tools and microrobots capable of operation at the single-cell level. This talk will introduce our development of various automated precise engineering tools, including optical tweezers, micro-needles, and electromagnetic devices, as specialized end-effectors to explore robotic manipulation for cell surgery. With this emerging technology, we have achieved numerous cell surgery operations such as single cell transportation and rotation, single cell biopsy and microinjection, and target delivery of cells using magnetic actuation. The new technologies for automated cell surgery will permit many new unforeseen applications previously thought impossible, and will profoundly affect surgical treatment and precision medicine in the future.


Biography:  Prof. Dong Sun is currently a chair professor and head of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined City University of Hong Kong in 2000. He has achieved world renown for his pioneering works in robotic single cell manipulation and control, with numerous outcomes in both fundamental and applied research. He received numerous best paper awards from the international journal and conferences, as well as industrial awards such as Hong Kong Awards for Industry. He served as an associate editor or technical editor for a number of international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. He has organized several international flagship conferences as a General Chair, including the upcoming 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), and 2019 Advanced and Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM). He is a member of the Biomedical Division, Science and Technology Committee of Education Ministry of China, and a member of Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineer (HKIE).


Keynote Speaker III




Prof. Pat Wheeler

Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of the Clean Sky JTI Project at the University of Nottingham, UK

Speech title: Electric Superbike Racing – the Design and Construction of a winning Electric Motorbike


Abstract: In 2009 the world’s first Zero Emissions Motorbike Grand Prix was held as part of the world famous TT races on the Isle of Man. I have been a senior member of the Technical Group which writes, maintains and enforces the rules for racing electric motorbikes since this historic race. I also manage a race team which are currently the European Champions for the second year in a row as well as finishing in a podium position in the TT Zero race in 2016. This talk will take a look at the reasons for promoting electric superbike racing before looking at the design and construction of the University of Nottingham’s award and race winning Electric Superbike. This bike is capable of speeds of over 200mph (320km/hr) and accelerates from zero to 60mph in well under 2.3 seconds!


Keynote Speaker IV



Prof. Adrian Ioinovici
Professor of power electronics with the Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

Speech title: Systematic Generation of Smart Grid - Purposed Converters Supplied by Environmental-Friendly Sources of Energy


Abstract: After clarifying some misunderstandings about the switched-capacitor converters and discussing the shortcomings of this type of converters if used in conjunction with the green sources of energy, a group of step-up switched-capacitor-inductor cells will be presented. They have been developed in order to be inserted in basic converters with current source type of input in order to get a large dc gain, non-pulsating input current, low components count, and high energy processing efficiency. It will be shown that almost all the available large dc gain converters have the same geometric structure. Starting from such a graph, a systematic procedure for synthesizing new converters will be shown. It permits not only to rediscover the available structures, but to find new converters suitable to be used in smart grids supplied by green sources of energy. Criteria for comparing different converters in order to find the best ones in such applications and ways for generalizing the converters for getting ultra-high dc gains, with different performances will be explained.

Keynote Speaker V



Prof. Jianguo Zhu
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia

Speech Title: Robust Design Optimization for High Quality Production of Electrical Machines and Drive Systems


Abstract: Soft magnetic composite (SMC) materials have attracted great research interests because of their unique feature to manufacture electrical machines of complex 3D flux topologies at high productivity and low manufacturing cost by the highly matured powder metallurgical technology. Some electrical machine manufacturers have recently started commercial production of permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) with SMC cores. Because of the material diversity and fabrication uncertainties, an aggressively optimized design obtained by the traditional deterministic approach often result in high failure rates. This paper presents a robust design optimization method for high quality mass production of SMC-PMSMs and drive systems based on the design for six sigma technique. Design examples of a transverse flux SMC-PMSM and its drive system are presented. 


Biography: Prof. Jianguo Zhu received his BE in 1982 from Jiangsu Institute of Technology, ME in 1987 from Shanghai University of Technology, China, and PhD in 1995 from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia, all in electrical engineering. In 1994, he was appointed a lecturer in School of Electrical Engineering at UTS. He was promoted to full professor of electrical engineering in 2004 and later the Head of school. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at UTS. His research interests include electromagnetics, magnetic properties of materials, electrical machines and drives, power electronics, and renewable energy systems.


Keynote Speaker VI



Prof.  Shibin Gao, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Speech Title: Defective detection technique and equipment for safe operation of the high-speed railway pantograph-catenary (6C)


Abstract: In the traction supply system, most of the defects come from pantograph-catenary system. Due to the violent vibration of the catenary and the violent arc in the pantograph-catenary, the collapse and short circuit of the catenary often take place and will interfere or even threaten the safe operation of the vehicles. In the past decades, the detection of pantograph-catenary is human-based. 40 thousand railway personnel climbed onto the support devices to check the potential defects during night. With the rapid growth of the China high-speed railway’s mileage, to ensure the safe operation of the high-speed railway and eliminate the hidden danger of the workers, an automatic detection system is established to report all of the potential defects and evaluate the health of the pantograph-catenary.