Keynote & Plenary Speakers of ICACR 2018

       

                 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.

 

       

               Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelgawad,

               Central Michigan University, USA

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ahmed Abdelgawad received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and 2011 and subsequently joined IBM as a Design Aids & Automation Engineering Professional at Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In Fall 2012 he joined Central Michigan University as a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor. In Fall 2017, Dr. Abdelgawad was early promoted as a Computer Engineering Associate Professor. His area of expertise is distributed computing for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), data fusion techniques for WSN, low power embedded system, video processing, digital signal processing, Robotics, RFID, Localization, VLSI, and FPGA design. He has published two books and more than 65 articles in related journals and conferences. He served in the organizing committee of ICECS2013 and 2015 IEEE ICECS2015. Dr. Abdelgawad is the publicity chair in North America of the IEEE WF-IoT 2016/18 conferences. He also is the TPC CoC Chair of IoT International Innovation Conference 2017 (I3C'17), the TPC CoC Chair of Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS 2017), and the technical program chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2018. He is currently the IEEE Northeast Michigan section chair and IEEE SPS Internet of Things (IoT) SIG Member. In addition, Dr. Abdelgawad served as a PI and Co-PI for several funded grants from NSF.

 

 

       

               Assoc. Prof. Ratchatin Chanchareon,

               Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ratchatin Chancharoen is currently an Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 1991, MS degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University in 1994, and PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 2000. Dr. Ratchatin Chancharoen has twenty years experience in robotics research including both manipulators and mobile robots and ten years in teaching both Robotics and Mechatronics at the university level. During these years, he has designed and built more than twenty robots in various configurations and published more than 20 research papers and one text book entitled "Linear Control Systems" (in Thai). He is principal investigator and co-investigator of a number of research grants in robotics and also the manager of a number of industrial projects in design and control. His major research activities involve tele-operation and control of robotics manipulators and mobile robots using various kinds of sensors, especially force and vision. His current research is the design a telerobot, a new type of robot, to work closely with human to do a higher level of tasks. The telerobot is designed with lighter frame, less power consumption, small footprint controller, and higher level of intelligence, compared to the industrial robot, to safely work in our working space. This type of robot will be populated in the near future as more complex tasks are demanded. His main research interests are in the field of Robotics and Mechatronics including new parallel robot configuration, new hardware processor, electronics, control algorithm, and intelligence.

 

       

               Assoc Prof Ir Dr Jamaluddin Mahmud Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,

               Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

 

 

 

 

Assoc Prof Ir Dr Jamaluddin Mahmud obtained his PhD degree in (Biomechanical) Engineering from Cardiff University UK; MSc (Manufacturing) Engineering degree from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); and B.Eng. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering UiTM as a lecturer in 2001 and currently he is an Associate Professor. He has served UiTM Management Team at various levels such as a Deputy Dean, Head of Academic Programmes and the Head of Industry Linkage at the Chancellery's Office of Industry, Community and alumni Network (ICAN). He has more than two years of industrial experience, working as a service executive at UMW Equipment Sdn. Bhd. His competency in mechanical engineering supported by his past experience in industry and current involvement with industries has enabled him to register as a Professional Engineer (Ir) with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). Assoc Prof Ir Dr J Mahmud has been lecturing on Biomechanics, Composite Materials, Finite Element Method and Engineering Design, which happens to be his areas of research interest and has published more than 150 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings locally and internationally. Due to his expertise and experience, he has been appointed as a judge in design competitions, external examiner, keynote speaker, panel evaluator, visiting researcher and a member in various technical committees at national and international level.

 

Prof. Dr. Mohamed bin Hussein, Universiti Technologi Malaysia, Malaysia