Conference Speakers

Prof. Mo-Yuen Chow (IEEE Fellow)

Director of Advanced Diagnosis, Automation, and Control (ADAC) Laboratory / North Carolina State University, USA

Biography: Mo-Yuen Chow earned his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., 1982); and Cornell University (M. Eng., 1983; Ph.D., 1987). Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Chow joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1993, and a Professor since 1999. He worked in U.S. Army, TACOM TARDEC Division as a Senior Research Scientist during the summer of 2003. He spent his sabbatical leave as a Visiting Scientist in 1995 in ABB Automated Distribution Division, and as a Distinguished Consultant, SAS Institute, Fall 2016. Dr. Mo-Yuen Chow is the founder and the director of the Advanced Diagnosis, Automation and Control Laboratory at North Carolina State University. His recent research focuses on collaborative distributed control and fault management with applications on smart grids, PHEVs, batteries, and mechatronics/robotics systems. He has served as a Principal Investigator in projects supported by various federal agencies and private companies. He has published one book, seven book chapters, and over three hundred journal and conference articles. Dr. Chow is an IEEE Fellow, the co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics 2014-2018, was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 2010-2012, a co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, a past Technical Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, a past Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He was the Vice President for Publication of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2006-2007, and the Vice President for Membership of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2000-2001. He was the General Chair of IEEE-IECON05, the General Co-Chair of IEEE-IECON10, IEEE-ISIE12, IECON18, ISIE19. Dr. Chow served as a guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics Focus Section on Mechatronics in Multi Robot Systems (2009), IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics special sections on Distributed Network-Based Control Systems and Applications (2003), on Motor Fault Detection and Diagnosis (2000), and on Application of Intelligent Systems to Industrial Electronics (1993). He was a Senior Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2003. He has received the IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2004, the IEEE Region-3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2005, the IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section Outstanding Service Award in 2007, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Anthony J Hornfeck Service Award in 2013. Dr. Chow received the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award in 2020. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IES.

Prof. Gianluigi Pillonetto (IEEE Fellow)

University of Padova, Italy

Biography: Gianluigi Pillonetto was born on January 21, 1975 in Montebelluna (TV), Italy. He received the Doctoral degree in Computer Science Engineering cum laude from the University of Padova in 1998 and the PhD degree in Bioengineering from the Polytechnic of Milan in 2002. In 2000 and 2002 he was visiting scholar and visiting scientist, respectively, at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle. From 2002 to 2005 he was Research Associate at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, becoming an Assistant Professor in 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor of Control and Dynamic Systems at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova. His research interests are in the field of system identification, estimation and machine learning. From 2014 to 2016 he has been Associate Editor of Systems & Control Letters. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Automatica and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. In 2003 he received the Paolo Durst award for the best Italian Ph.D. thesis in Bioengineering, he was the 2017 recipient of the Automatica Prize, assigned every three years for outstanding contributions to control theory by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and Automatica (Elsevier), and he was Plenary Speaker at System Identification IFAC Symposium in 2018. He has been elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2020 for contributions to System Identification. 

Prof. Gentiane VENTURE, Distinguished Professor

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Biography: Gentiane Venture is a French Roboticist working in academia in Tokyo. She is a distinguished professor with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and a cross appointed fellow with AIST. She obtained her MSc and PhD from Ecole Centrale/University of Nantes in 2000 and 2003 respectively. She worked at CEA in 2004 and for 6 years at the University of Tokyo. In 2009 she started with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology where she has established an international research group working on human science and robotics. With her group she conducts theoretical and applied research on motion dynamics, robot control and non-verbal communication to study the meaning of living with robots. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, collaborating with therapists, psychologists, neuroscientists, sociologists, philosophers, ergonomists, artists and designers.

Prof. Ning Sun, Nankai University, China

孙宁教授,机器人与信息自动化研究所 /天津市智能机器人技术重点实验室/ 南开大学

Biography: Ning Sun received the B.S. degree in measurement & control technology and instruments (with honors) from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in control theory and control engineering (with honors) from Nankai University, Tianjin, China, in 2014. He is currently an IEEE Senior Member.
He is currently a Full Professor with the Institute of Robotics and Automatic Information Systems, Nankai University, Tianjin, China. He was awarded the prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard). His research interests include intelligent control for mechatronic/robotic systems with emphasis on (industrial) applications.
Dr. Sun received the Wu Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Excellent Youth Award in 2019, the China 10 Scientific and Technological Developments in Intelligent Manufacturing (2nd achiever) in 2019, the First Class Prize of Wu Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Natural Science Award in 2017, the First Class Prize of Tianjin Natural Science Award in 2018, the Golden Patent Award of Tianjin in 2017, the IJCAS (International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems) Academic Activity Award in 2018 and 2019, the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the Chinese Association of Automation (CAA) in 2016, etc.
He is the Executive Editor for Measurement and Control and serves as an Associate Editor (editorial board member) for several journals, including IEEE ACCESS, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, IET Cyber-Systems & Robotics, Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, etc. Dr. Sun has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Conference Editorial Board (including ACC, IEEE CDC) since July 2019, and he is an Associate Editor for IEEE ICRA 2021 and IEEE/RSJ IROS 2020.

Assoc. Prof. Stephen L. Smith, University of Waterloo, Canada

Biography: Stephen L. Smith received his B.Sc. degree from Queen’s University, Canada, in 2003, his M.A.Sc. degree the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2005, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, in 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Vector Institute, in Toronto, Canada. From 2009 to 2011 he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prof. Smith has received several awards including the Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation in 2016, the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award in 2015, and two Outstanding Performance Awards from the University of Waterloo. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PEng) with the Professional Engineers Ontario, a Senior Member of the IEEE, an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Networks Systems, and a General Chair of the 2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). His main research interests lie in control and optimization for autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on robotic motion planning and coordination.