Keynote Speakers

Prof. Youfu Li, IEEE Fellow

City University of Hong Kong

Biography: Dr Li received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology China. He obtained the PhD degree from the Robotics Research Group, Dept of Engineering Science  of  the University of Oxford in 1993. From 1993 to 1995 he was a postdoctoral research staff in the Dept of Computer Science, University of Wales, AberystwythUK. He joined City University of Hong Kong in 1995 and is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include robot sensing, robot vision,  3D vision, visual tracking, sensor guided manipulation, mechatronics and automation.  In these areas, he has published over 180 papers in SCI listed international journals. Dr Li has received many awards in robot sensing and vision including IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award by IEEE Sensors Council, Second Prize of Natural Science Research Award by the Ministry of Education, 1st Prize of Natural Science Research Award of Hubei Province, 1st Prize of Natural Science Research Award of Zhejiang Province, China.  He was on Top 2% of the world’s most highly cited scientists by Stanford University, 2020. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Associate Editor of IEEE  Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM)Editor of the IEEE Robotics Automation Society's Conference Editorial Board (CEB) and Guest Editor of IEEE  Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM). He is a fellow of IEEE.

Prof. Makoto IWASAKI, IEEE Fellow, IEEJ Fellow

Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Biography: Makoto Iwasaki received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1986, 1988, and 1991, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology. As professional contributions of the IEEE, he has participated in various organizing services, such as, a Co-Editors-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics since 2016, a Vice President for Planning and Development in term of 2018 to 2021, etc. He is IEEE fellow class 2015 for "contributions to fast and precise positioning in motion controller design".
He has received many academic, foundation, and government awards, like the Best Paper and Technical Awards of IEE Japan, the Nagamori Award, the Ichimura Prize, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Japanese Minister of Education, respectively. He is also a fellow of IEE Japan, and a member of Science Council of Japan. His current research interests are the applications of control theories to linear/nonlinear modeling and precision positioning, through various collaborative research activities with industries.

Prof. Liang Yan

Beihang University, China

Biography: Liang YAN obtained his Ph.D degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is currently with Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics as a Changjiang Distinguished Professor. His research interests are mainly on high-performance actuation technology and its applications. He has assumed research projects from National Science Foundation of China, National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), National Key Research and Development Program, and etc. He has published more than 200 papers in top journals and recognized conferences, and obtained several research awards and best conference papers/finalists. He is the Technical Committee Member of Robotics and Mechatronics Organization, International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM), and Electrical Machines Organization of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Committee. He was on the committee board of a number of IEEE/ASME conferences.

Assoc. Prof. Jen Jen Chung

The University of Queensland, Australia

Biography: Jen Jen Chung is an Associate Professor in Mechatronics within the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland. Her current research interests include perception, planning and learning for robotic mobile manipulation, algorithms for robot navigation through human crowds, informative path planning and adaptive sampling. Prior to working at UQ, Jen Jen was a Senior Researcher in the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at ETH Zürich from 2018-2022 and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University researching multiagent learning methods from 2014-2017. She completed her Ph.D. on information-based exploration-exploitation strategies for autonomous soaring platforms at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics in the University of Sydney. She received her Ph.D. (2014) and B.E. (2010) from the University of Sydney.