Biography: Prof Chen I-Ming is a Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU Singapore. He received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1986, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA in 1989 and 1994 respectively. His research interests are in logistics and construction robots, wearable devices, human-robot interaction, and industrial automation. I-Ming, his students, and staff, have won many international robotics competitions including the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge, 2017 DHL Robotics Challenge, 2018 IROS Mobile Manipulation Hackathon, and, most recently, the International Grand Prize of Hong Kong CIC Construction Innovation Award 2019.
From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of Robotics Research Centre in NTU. He was a member of the NRF Robotics Task Force 2014 which is responsible for Singapore’s strategic R&D plan in future robotics, and General Chairman of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) in Singapore.
He co-founded two robotics start-up companies in Singapore: Transforma Robotics Pte Ltd developing robots for the construction industry, and Hand Plus Robotics Pte Ltd developing robotics and AI solutions for the logistics and manufacturing industry. Professor Chen is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME).
Biography: Biao Huang obtained his PhD degree in Process Control from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1997. He had MSc degree (1986) and BSc degree (1983) in Automatic Control from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He joined the University of Alberta in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and is currently a Full Professor and NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair. He is an IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and recipient of a number of awards including Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, APEGA Summit Award in Research Excellence, ASTech Outstanding Achievement in Science and Engineering Award and a best paper award from the Journal of Process Control. Biao Huang’s research interests include: process data analytics, machine learning, system identification, image processing, fault detection and isolation, and soft sensors. He has applied his expertise extensively in industrial practice. He has published 5 books and over 390 SCI journal papers. Biao Huang currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice, Subject Editor for Journal of the Franklin Institute, and Associate Editor for Journal of Process Control.
Biography: Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the De La Salle University in the Philippines and University of Hawaii, USA in 1981 and 1985, respectively, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, New York in 1988 where he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1989, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore where he is currently Professor and Acting Director of the Advanced Robotics Center. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, autonomous systems, and applications of intelligent systems. He teaches robotics; creativity and innovation; applied electronics and instrumentation; computing; design and related topics. In addition to academic and research activities. He is also actively involved in the Singapore Robotic Games as its founding chairman, and the World Robot Olympiad as member of its Advisory Council. Some videos of his research can be found in: http://188.8.131.52/marcelo/videos/.
Biography: Zhun Fan received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in control engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1995 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, USA, in 2004. He is currently a Full Professor with Shantou University (STU), Shantou, China. He also serves as the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Digital Signal and Image Processing. Prior to joining Shantou University, he was an Assistant Professor, and then an Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark. His major research interests include intelligent control and robotic systems, robot vision and cognition, MEMS, computational intelligence, design automation, optimization of mechatronic systems, machine learning and image processing. He has published more than 160 scientific articles, such as the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.
Biography: Jangmyung Lee has been a Professor at the Department of Electronics Engineering, Pusan National University since 1992, where he is currently a director for the robotics research center, SPENALO. He received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees in electronics engineering from Seoul National University in 1980 and 1982, respectively and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from University of Southern California in 1990. He is currently leading a research laboratory working on intelligent robots (http://robotics.pusan.ac.kr). His current research interests include intelligent robotic systems, integrated manufacturing systems, cooperative control and sensor fusion. Dr. Lee is an IEEE Senior member, and a fellow of ICROS. He served as a president of Korean Robotics Society in 2010 and as a vice-president of ICROS and IEIE several years. He was the general chair for IEEE AIM 2015, IEEE ICIT 2014, ICIRA 2013 and ICT-ROBOT 2017. He has several awards including the presidential award for the contribution to robotics in 2015.