Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Mohammad Radi Hayajneh

The Hashemite University, Jordan

Biography: Dr. Mohammad R. Hayajneh is an Associate Professor in the Mechatronics Engineering Department at the Hashemite University, Jordan. He is the department’s chair and the director of SMART Lab at the Hashemite University. His research focuses on control, guidance, and navigation methods, as well as machine learning for autonomous systems. He specializes in the use of multi-robot systems for a variety of applications such as search and rescue, security, inspection, and agriculture. He also has publications in attitude and position estimations and control systems and landing solutions of quadcopter UAV. Dr. Mohammad received his Ph.D. in Automatic control and operational research from the University of Bologna, Italy in 2016. He received his bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering in 2010 and his master's degree in 2012 from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).

Assoc. Prof. Josip Balen

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia

Biography: Josip Balen works as an associate professor at the Department of Software Engineering in Osijek, Croatia, where he received his PhD in 2014. His main area of expertise outside of his teaching career is intelligent transportation systems, while his main area of expertise in regard to teaching are mobile app development and implementation. He has spent a lot of time on numerous prestigious European universities, bringing his own skills and knowledge to as high of a level as possible, while also participating in a number of national and international projects. He is an active IEEE volunteer with several position on local, national and international level, as well as being the founder of IEEEmadC, a global mobile app development competition.

Assoc. Prof. Zhifu Li

Guangzhou University, China

Biography: Zhifu Li received the BE and MS degrees from Central South University, China, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the PhD degree in Control Theory and Control Engineering from South China University of Technology, China, in 2012. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology from 2012 to 2015. He was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, from 2019 to 2020. He is currently an associate professor at the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Guangzhou University, China. Dr. Li has published over 30 journals and conference papers. His current research interests include intelligent precision equipment and systems, automatic/robot control system and visual inspection technology, swarm intelligence optimization.

Assoc. Prof. Wenfeng Hu

Central South University, China

Biography: Dr. Wenfeng Hu is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Automation, Central South University, Changsha, China. He received the M. Eng. degree in computer software and theory from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering from City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, he won the Outstanding Academic Performance Award in City University of Hong Kong, in 2019, he was awarded the "Zadeh Best Conference Paper Award Finalist" in IEEE ICCSS 2019 Conference, in 2021, he was awarded the "HNAAI Outstanding Master's Thesis Award" (as the supervisor). He has published more than 30 papers in the top peer-reviewed journals, including IEEE TAC, Automatica, and IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and 3 papers were among the 1% Highly Cited Paper by ESI.
His current research interests include multi-agent systems, networked control systems, event-triggered control, and high-speed train control and scheduling.