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2019 Keynote Speakers/特邀报告

Prof. David Hsu, IEEE Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore

David Hsu is a professor of computer science at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a member of NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering. He received PhD in computer science from Stanford University. At NUS, he co-founded NUS Advanced Robotics Center and has been serving as the Deputy Director. He held visiting positions at MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics Department and CMU Robotics Institue. He is an IEEE Fellow. His research interests span robotics, AI, and computational structural biology. In recent years, he has been working on robot planning and learning under uncertainty and human-robot collaboration. He, together with colleagues and students, won the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge Award at International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) 2015, the RoboCup Best Paper Award at International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems (IROS) 2015, and the Best Systems Paper Award at Robotics: Science & Systems (RSS), 2017. More information on his research is available on the M²AP research group web site. He has chaired or co-chaired several major international robotics conferences, including WAFR 2004 and 2010, RSS 2015, and ICRA 2016. He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.


Prof. Lang Lihui, Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Beihang University, Beijing, China

Dr.Prof. Lang Lihui, obtained his Ph.D degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1998. He is working now as full professor, Humboldt Scholarship excellent researcher, vice director of Youth Committee of Plasticity Engineering Association, editor of Stamping and Forging Technology. Mainly focuses on automotive and aircraft fields, his team research covers hydroforming including sheet hydroforming and tube hydroforming, Glare composite, High Temperature/Pressure Forming of powder, warm/hot hydroforming of lightweight materials, KBE system. He has published more than 200 paper in journals, most of which were cited by SCI and EI. One technical book named as Innovative Hydroforming and Warm/Hot Hydroforming was published. Supported by NICHIDAI Die Manufaturing Company Youth Prize. Awarded by the Mechanical Engineering Society of UK for the “Thomas Stephen Prize”. And six special invited and keynote papers in international conferences have been presented. Obtained more than 30 patents.

Speech Title: Lightweight Materials Forming and Innovations



Prof. Yeong-Maw Hwang, National Sun Yat Sen University, Taiwan

Dr. Yeong-Maw Hwang was born in Chanhwa, Taiwan, Republic of China, in 1958. He received his Bachelor's (1981) and Master's (1983) degrees in power mechanical engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He earned his Doctor's degree (1990) in industrial mechanical engineering from Tokyo University in Japan. He has been a professor, Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering (MEME), National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, since 1996. He has ever served as the department chair (2002-2005) of MEME. His research interests have been in the area of metal forming, machine design and mechanics. He won the Best Paper Award (1992) and Outstanding Engineering Professor Award (2007) from Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers in Taiwan. He earned the Fellow title from Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity (JSTP), Japan (2012) and Distinguished Professor of NSYSU (2012). He has served again as the department chair of MEME in NSYSU since August 2017.


Speech Title: Die Design and Compound Tube Hydroforming

Abstract: Tube hydroforming (THF) processes have become popular in recent years, due to the increasing demands for lightweight parts in various fields, such as bicycle, automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries, etc. This technology is relatively new compared with rolling, forging or stamping, so that there is no much knowledge available for the product or process designers. Comparing to conventional manufacturing via stamping and welding, tube hydroforming offers several advantages, such as decrease in workpiece cost, tool cost and product weight, improvement of structural stability and increase of the strength and stiffness of the formed parts, etc. However, this technology is suffering some disadvantages, such as slow cycle time, expensive equipment and lack of effective database for tooling and process design. Profiled tubes or specially-shaped tubes, which have different shapes at different cross sections, are often used as automotive or bicycle supporting frames. Many profiled tubes can also be found in our daily life. Hydroforming processes are widely applied in manufacturing because of the increasing demand for lightweight parts in sectors such as the automobile, aerospace, and ship-building industries. Compound forming, which involves hydroforming and other forming processes such as crushing or preforming, is implemented to achieve a lower clamping force and forming pressure, as well as to ensure the uniformly distributed thickness of the formed products.



2018 Keynote Speakers/特邀报告


IEEE Fellow, Prof. Sam Shuzhi Ge, National University of Singapore, Singapore

UESTC , China (on leave with) 

Shuzhi Sam Ge, IEEE Fellow, P.Eng, is the Director of Social Robotics Lab, Interactive Digital Media Institute, and Supervisor of Edutainment Robotics Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The National University of Singapore. He received his
PhD degree and DIC from the Imperial College, London, and BSc degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He has (co)-authored three books, and over 300 international journal and conference papers. He serves as Vice President of Technical
Activities, 2009-2010, and Member of Board of Governors, 2007-2009, and Chair of Technical Committee on Intelligent Control, 2005-2008, of IEEE Control Systems Society. He served as General Chair and Program Chair for a number of IEEE international
conferences. He is the Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Social Robotics, and Springer. He has served/been serving as an Associate Editor for a number of flagship journals including IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, and Automatica, and Book Editor for Taylor & Francis Automation and Control Engineering Series. He was the recipient of Changjiang Guest Professor, MOE, China, 2008; and Fellow of IEEE, USA, 2006.

Speech Title: The Development of AI and Robots

Abstract: Artificial intelligence proceeds on the basis of the conjecture that every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it, and then robots come into existence and are coming in big, changing human’s life in every way. In this talk, I will demonstrate the development of AI, including traditional machine learning, deep learning and artificial general intelligence. And the robots have developed from robotic arms, mobile robots to service robots, and even social robots in the future. I mainly introduce social robots which will be closer and safer partner in our daily lives with the abilities, such as intelligent, cooperative and social interactive and cognitive ones. 



ASME Fellow, Prof. Renfu Li, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

 Dr. Li Renfu born in 1966, Jiangxi Fengcheng people. Professor, doctoral tutor, Chutian scholar. Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas, Arlington, ASME Fellow, Association of Mechanical Engineers.

In 1988, he graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a bachelor's degree in design. In 2000, he received a master's degree in aerospace engineering and mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) in 2000 and the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. of Technology, Atlanta, USA).

July 1988 to the aircraft industry in Chengdu Institute of aircraft design aircraft engaged in the development of aircraft. From 1997 to 2009, he has studied and worked in the United States of America, Georgia Institute of Technology and the United States Aerospace Research Institute and other departments for 13 years and 6 months, after returning to Huazhong University of Science and Technology in June 2009 engaged in teaching and scientific research And personnel training, as well as aerospace discipline construction work. His main research direction are: aircraft design technology; flight control theory and technology, spacecraft orbit dynamics and control, multi - agent cooperative flight control; aeronautical composites; Aeronautical Energy and Power Propulsion Technology. And Open course are: Introduction to Aerospace; aerodynamics and aircraft design; l flight mechanics and flight control.

Speech Title: Neuro-adaptive Tracking Control of a Hypersonic Flight Vehicle with Uncertainties using Reinforcement Synthesis



Prof. Huafeng Ding, China University of Geosciences, China

Prof. Dr. Huafeng Ding is a Full Professor and the dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Information, China University of Geosciences. He received his first Ph.D. in Robotics and Mechatronics from Yanshan University, China, in June 2007. He received his second Ph.D. in Mechanics and Robotics from University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, in February 2015. He worked as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany from 2010 to 2012. In 2014, he won the Natural Science fund for Outstanding Youth Scholars and the Fok Ying-Tong Education Foundation.

Dr. Ding's research interests include structural synthesis of mechanisms, conceptual design, control and applications of planar and spatial mechanisms. He published over 100 research papers, 1 book published by Springer. He has more than 60 patents for his inventions. He is Associate Editor for the International Journal of Mechanism and Machine Theory, International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, the Journal of China Mechanical Engineering.

Title of Speech: Automatic topological Synthesis of Mechanisms and Creative Design

Abstract:  In the design of various mechanism-based products, conceiving the mechanisms with better performance has been a challenging issue. For a long time, it has been researchers’ experience and intuition that are mostly relied on in the conception of candidate structures and the selection of one of them for the task. The structural synthesis of mechanisms which can generate a complete list of kinematic chains and mechanisms free from isomorphism and degenerate chains can provide the designers with all the independent candidate kinematic structures of mechanisms of choice. This report focuses on a novel synthesis method which is at the same time effective, automatic and designer-friendly. One can obtain all the valid topological structures of mechanisms and develop the atlas database containing all the topological graphs for these mechanisms with different numbers of links. Based on the classified atlas database, a creative design method is also addressed to generate all the feasible mechanisms for a specified design task.



Prof. Bin Zi, Hefei University of Technology, China

Biography: Bin Zi is currently a professor, the Dean of School of Mechanical Engineering, and the Director of Robotics Institute, Hefei University of Technology, China. He received the Ph.D. degree from Xidian University, China, in 2007. From 2011 to 2012 he worked as a visiting scholar with Chair of Mechanics and Robotics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He was a visiting professor at the Robotics and Automation Laboratory of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada in 2015. He has authored and coauthored 2 monographs and more than 100 journal and conference publications. His research interests include robotics and automation, mechatronics, and multirobot systems.
Title of Speech: Recent advances on mechanical properties and control technology of flexible robots
Abstract: The theoretical research of flexible-drive mechanisms is developed with its broad applications. Flexible-drive robots are promising alternative of traditional rigid-link parallel mechanisms. Different aspects like time optimal trajectory tracking, workspace, integrated mechanism design and control, and design of a flexible-drive robot for large-scale manipulation were investigated extensively. This talk focuses on recent advances on mechanical properties and control technology of the flexible robots. Some typical mechanical architectures of the robots in practical applications are provided and analyzed. On the basis of the typical applications, the fundamental mechanics, intelligent control technology of the flexible-drive robots are addressed.