Keynote Speakers


                 Prof. Zhang Dan,

                 PhD, PEng., FCAE, FEIC, FASME, FCSME, SMIEEE
                 Kaneff Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics
                 Professor and Chair
                 Department of Mechanical Engineering
                 Lassonde School of Engineering
                 York University, Canda


Dr. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics, as well as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University. Before 2016, Dr. Zhang was a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, and was a founding Chair of the Department of Automotive, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in June 2000.
Dr. Zhang's research interests include robotics and mechatronics; high performance parallel robotic machine development; sustainable/green manufacturing systems; rehabilitation robot and rescue robot.
Dr. Zhang¨s contributions to and leadership within the field of robotic and automation have been recognized with several prestigious awards, within his own university (Research Excellence Award both from university level and faculty level) and Kaneff Professorship, the Province of Ontario (Early Researcher Award), the professional societies (Fellow of the ASME, the CAE, the EIC and the CSME), and federal funding agencies (Canada Research Chair in January 2009 and renewed in January 2014).
Dr. Zhang is the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Robotics Applications and Technologies. Dr. Zhang served as a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee.
Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a Fellow of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), a Senior Member IEEE, and a Senior Member of SME.

Speech Title: Reconfigurable Robotic Systems and Applications

Abstract: Robotics provides transformative technologies for all aspects of human lives from manufacturing, education, entertainment, healthcare and medical systems. Nevertheless, it is an open technology that continues to evolve for higher accuracy, speed, reliability, robustness, resilience and sustainability. In particular, the attributes of resilience and sustainability have only received growing attentions recently. Robotics is also a highly interdisciplinary technology which integrates knowledge from many fields including mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, and informatics. One of the most significant challenges this technology faces today is to develop technologies for the new attributes (such as sustainability) of a robotic system. However, system sustainability can be achieved by reconfiguration and decentralization, whose system configurations are evolved with the changes of design requirements and dynamic environment. The modular construction of parallel robotic machines allows them to achieve this objective and generate a class of reconfigurable robotic structures.
In this talk, the parallel robotic system and its characteristics will be presented and discussed. Based on the modular structure of parallel robotic system, reconfigurable robots are generated and their potential applications such as 3D printer, machine tools and mobile modular rescue robots etc. are demonstrated.



               Prof. Jamaluddin Mahmud,

               Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia





Prof Dr Jamaluddin Mahmud is a senior member (SM) of IACSIT (80343528) and a member (M) of IAENG (118142). He is currently an esteemed member of the panel of judges for the Crown Prince CIPTA Award (CIPTA 2013) Brunei Darussalam and International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) since ITEX 2012. His academic pursuit has led to a PhD degree in (Biomechanical) Engineering from Cardiff University UK, an MSc (Manufacturing) Engineering degree from International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM) and a B.Eng. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He obtained his PhD in less than 3 years and for that, he has been regularly invited to share his PhD study experience. He joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering UiTM as a lecturer in 2001, and currently an Associate Professor and a Deputy Dean. He has three years of industrial experience, working as a service engineer at UMW Equipment Sdn. Bhd. Dr. J Mahmud has been lecturing on Biomechanics, Composite Materials, Finite Element Method, Manufacturing Processes and Product Design, which happens to be his areas of research interest and has published more than 80 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings locally and internationally. Due to his expertise and experience, he sits in many committees, editorial boards, training groups and evaluating teams in various events at national and international level. Due to his active exploration on the new application of motion capture system, a paper entitled `Using motion capture and analysis to explore the mechanical properties of human skin in-vivo¨ has been invited by IMechE, UK for presentation at the IMechE Medicine and Health Division Meeting: 15 October 2009.


Abstract: The introduction of low-cost Microsoft Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 with high resolution of 3D depth and RGB sensing supported with several of tool development has considerable potential in independent motion system applications. This paper analyses for the first time, the publication trend pertaining to the Kinect indexed in Scopus and WoS for the past seven years from 2010 until 16th June 2017. The only keyword “Kinect” has been used to retrieve the relevant data from those two top recognised academic databases for Malaysian researchers. These data then classified to three stages of publication where the first stage concentrated the publication throughout the world, followed by publication among ASEAN country for the second stage and the publication by Malaysian affiliations on the third stage.  A significant average annual growth rate percentage of publications of 62.16% for Scopus and about 42.16% for WoS from 2010 until 2017 could be seen throughout the world. In addition, ASEAN countries also have shown a tremendous increased as 61.42% for Scopus database and 123.22% for WoS between the past seven years. On top of that, Malaysia universities and organisation also have shown an increasing trend in terms of the number of publications resulting Malaysia is the most publication indexed in Scopus and WoS among other ASEAN countries. Thus, based on the data trend analysis, it can be concluded that research and publications pertaining to the Kinect are expanding throughout the world and Malaysia is could be a potential nation for research collaboration in ASEAN and the world.




               Prof. Christos Spitas,

                Delft University of Technology, Netherlands/ Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan





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