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Keynote & Plenary

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Yangmin Li, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. Li started his academic career in 1994 as a Lecturer of Mechatronics Department at the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.  He was a Fellow in International Institute for Software Technology of the United Nations University (UNU/IIST) from May to November 1996, a visiting scholar in University of Cincinnati in 1996, and a Posdoctoral Research Associate in Purdue University, W. Lafayette, USA in 1997. He was an Assistant Professor (1997.9-2001.8), Associate Professor (2001.9-2007.8) and Full Professor (2007.9-) in University of Macau. He is now a Full Professor at Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Li is serving as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science Engineering, Associate Editor of Mechatronics etc. reputable international journals. He was senior member of IEEE, member of ASME and CSME. Prof. Li has published 369 papers in journals, book chapters and conferences. His papers have been cited 4867 times and his h-index is 40 according to Google Scholar up to now.

Plenary Speech I

Prof. Tetsuya Akagi, Okayama University of Science, Japan

Tetsuya Akagi is currently a professor of Department of Intelligent Mechanical Engineering, Okayama University of Science, Japan. He received his doctor degree in Engineering from Okayama University of Science in 1998. He started at Tsuyama National College of Technology, Japan as a research associate on 1998. Then, he joined Okayama University of Science as a lecturer from 2005. He received Young Scientists' Prize from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. His research interests include mechatronics and robotics; especially wearable control systems using microcomputers and wearable control devices such as flexible pneumatic actuator, soft sensor and wearable control valve. Prof. Tetsuya Akagi is currently a member of The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), The Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), and The Japan Fluid Power System Society (JFPS).

Speech Title: Development of Pneumatic Soft Actuators and Sensors for Low-cost Home Rehabilitation Device

Abstract: Based on an aging society and chronic lack of physical therapists in Japan, a rehabilitation device that can recover physical ability of elderly after injuring temporally is required. In ideal, it is better that the patient can use the rehabilitation device without special knowledge at home. In addition, the device must be produced at low-cost so that patients can buy them by themselves without financial support from the government. Therefore, the actuators used in such a home rehabilitation need to be flexible so as not to injure the human body. The compact and light-weight control devices such as a valve, an actuator and a sensor are also required. In this plenary talk, several pneumatic drive soft actuators are introduced. One is a novel flexible pneumatic cylinder that can be used even if the cylinder is deformed by external forces. A flexible wearable robot arm and a portable spherical actuator using flexible pneumatic cylinders for a rehabilitation device for human wrist and arm are also introduced. As a soft actuator with larger force and longer stroke, a long stroke type Rubber artificial muscle that can generate larger force with a long stroke of more than 90 % of the original length of the muscle is introduced. In addition, various low-cost built-in position sensors for these soft actuators are introduced. Small-sized and low-cost control valves using vibration motor and buckled tubes for wearable driving system will be also introduced.

Plenary Speech II

Prof. Deepak L. Waikar, Edu Energy Consultants Llp, Singapore

Dr. Deepak L. Waikar is Managing Partner, EduEnergy Consultants, Singapore and Senior Consultants Tacstra Solutions Pte Ltd, Singapore. He has been involved in education, training, research & management fields for almost three decades. He has been Associated with the premier institutions & academies in India, Singapore, Australia and UK. He has authored/co-authored book chapters, research articles and policy papers on power, energy, management & education related topics. He has served on various committees in professional bodies such as Chairman of IEEE, Power Engineering Chapter, Singapore. He is a recipient of IEEE-PES Outstanding Power Engineers' Award 2003 and SP Green Buddy Award 2004. Dr. Waikar has been a member of Board of Examiners of Singapore Certified Energy Manager’s programme. He has delivered invited presentations on power, energy, education, management & leadership related topics at the international conferences, seminars and forums in North America, Australia-New Zealand, Europe & Asia. He is a Fellow of the International Energy Foundation, Senior Member of IEEE USA and a Life Member of the Institution of Engineers, India with Ph.D. from National University of Singapore, M.S. from University of Saskatchewan, Canada & Advanced PD Cert in University Teaching (University of Newcastle, Australia). He obtained PG-DBM, M.Tech. & B.E. from Nagpur University, Banaras Hindu University and Marathwada University in India, respectively. His interests include Sustainable Energy Leadership, Rethinking Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership, Re-inventing & Transforming Higher Education, SMART Model for Talent & Leadership Development, Innovative Project Design & Management, cricket & chess.


Abstract: We the people in general and powerful industrialists, businessmen, politicians & administrators in particular have placed considerably higher priority on rapid economic growth than environment protection especially after the first industrial revolution. Since then exploitation of natural resources for insatiable greed for economic growth has gained higher momentum.  Aping rising lavish life style of the rich nations by developing nations has been continuing in spite of unprecedented natural as well as human made disasters causing deaths, displacement and damage to livelihood of billions, globally. Inept energy governance, inadequate infrastructure and enormous disruptions make billons of people suffer in abject energy poverty. The Paris accord of the United Nations has provided a mechanism for addressing adverse effects of climate change. However, industry friendly President Trump has pulled world’s one of the largest polluter out of the agreement and created a big hole in the environmental security. Thus, energy, environment and economic security conflict continues to affect transition to a low carbon economy. Leaders of the rest of the world have been scrambling to find sustainable alternatives. This keynote address evaluates such alternative innovative technologies which could be less affected by the whims of politicians, industrialists, businessmen and administrators. The speaker will focus on new, renewable, sustainable and clean technologies for harmonising illusive Energy, Environment and Economic Security. How innovations in technologies, policies and practices can be channeled to finding prudent alternative solutions through research & development projects will also be highlighted in the keynote address. How youths can be engaged in inspiring and enriching collaborative programmes will also be discussed.

Plenary Speech III

Assoc. Prof. Stanislaw Szwaja, Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland

Dr. Stanislaw Szwaja received his PhD from Czestochowa University of Technology in 1994, where he works as the associate professor. His research work is dealing with various problems on energy conversion, its impact on natural environment, energy storage and savings. Currently, he is involved in state R&D projects, which are focused on the following: investigation on IC engine working with gaseous fuels, thermal processing of biomass, algae cultivation with aid of both CO2 recycled from exhaust gases and natural organic nutrients from organic post-fermented wastes, renewable gaseous and liquid fuels for the dual-fuel compression-ignition engine and applications of the stationary high power spark-ignited gas engine working on biogas-syngas mixtures. He is a co-author of original solution for the IC engine with a variable compression ratio mechanism. Currently he heads 2 projects: Polish state project on torrefaction of biomass and the EU Horizon 2020 project on knock prevention and increase of reliability and efficiency of high power gaseous internal combustion engines. Under this project prof. Szwaja coordinates research work between seven consortium participants: Wartsila, AVL, Motortech, University of Birmingham, Michigan Technological University, Czestochowa University of Technology and Warsaw University of Technology. He is a member of the following organizations: Polish Section of Combustion Institute, Society of Internal Combustion Engines, Scientific Committee for Kones-Congress.

Important Dates
Submlission Deadline
February 15, 2018
Acceptance Notifcaiton
March 05, 2018
Registration Deadline
March 20 , 2018
Conference Date
May 25-27, 2018
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