Keynote & Plenary Speakers for ICAME2018



Prof. Youmin Zhang, Concordia University, Canada


Biography:  Professor Youmin Zhang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, in 1983, 1986, and 1995, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering and the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

His current research interests include condition monitoring, health management, Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), and Fault-Tolerant Control Systems (FTCS), cooperative Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) of single and multiple unmanned aerial/space/ground/surface vehicles and their applications to forest fires, pipelines, power lines, environment, natural resources and natural disasters monitoring, detection, and protection by combining with remote sensing techniques; dynamic systems modeling, estimation, identification, advanced control techniques and signal processing techniques for diagnosis, prognosis, and health management of safety-critical systems, renewable energy systems and smart grids, and intelligent manufacturing processes. He has authored 4 books, over 460 journal and conference papers, and book chapters.

He is a Fellow of Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Technical Committee (TC) for several scientific societies, including the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety for Technical Processes, the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Program Committee on Unmanned Systems, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society TC on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the ASME/IEEE TC on Mechatronics and Embedded Systems and Applications, and the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) Association Executive Committee. He has been invited to deliver plenary and tutorial talks at international conferences/workshops and research seminars worldwide for over 90 times. He is a founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems, an Editor-at-Large of the Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, and an Editorial Board Member/Associate Editor of several other international journals (including three newly launched journals on Unmanned Systems). He has served as General Chair, Program Chair, Program Vice Chair, and IPC Member of many international conferences, including the General Chair of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS) in 2014, Montreal, Canada, Program Chair of the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in 2014, Orlando, FL, USA, one of General Chairs of the ICUAS in 2015, Denver, USA, a Co-General Chair of the ICIUS 2016 to be held at Xian, China, Program Chair of the ICUAS 2017 held at Miami, USA, a General Co-Chair of the 2nd Int. Symp. on Autonomous Systems (ISAS’18), Chongqing, May 19-21, 2018, and General Chair of the ICUAS 2018 to held at Dallas, USA in June 12-15, 2018. More detailed information can be found at


Title of the tutorial: New Developments on Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC), and Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Control (FTCC) of Unmanned Systems

Abstract: Unmanned Systems (USs) including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems (UAVs or UASs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) and Autonomous/Driverless Vehicles, as well as Unmanned Surface/Underwater Vehicles (USVs/UUVs) are gaining more and more attention during the last a few years due to their important contributions and cost-effective applications in several tasks such as surveillance, sensing, search and rescue, agriculture, forest and environment, pipelines and powerlines, military and security applications. On the other hand, Diagnostics and Health Management (DHM) of USs have also been attracted more and more attention due to the requests of safety and reliability of using these USs for the above-mentioned various applications. In this talk, the DHM issues will be represented in detail as functions of Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) and Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC). Benefited from the recent and significant advances and developments of USs, new developments on FDD, FTC, and even newly developed Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Control (FTCC) techniques have been emerged and developed quickly in recent years.





Prof Meng Joo Er, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Biography:  Professor Meng Joo Er is currently a Full Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He served as the Founding Director of Renaissance Engineering Programme and an elected member of the NTU Advisory Board from 2009 to 2012. Furthermore, he served as a member of the NTU Senate Steering Committee from 2010 to 2012. 

He has authored five books entitled “Dynamic Fuzzy Neural Networks: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications” and “Engineering Mathematics with Real-World Applications” published by McGraw Hill in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and “Theory and Novel Applications of Machine Learning” published by In-Tech in 2009, “New Trends in Technology: Control, Management, Computational Intelligence and Network Systems” and “New Trends in Technology: Devices, Computer, Communication and Industrial Systems”, both published by SCIYO, 18 book chapters and more than 500 refereed journal and conference papers in his research areas of interest. 

Professor Er was bestowed the Web of Science Top 1 % Best Cited Paper and the Elsevier Top 20 Best Cited Paper Award in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of the significant and impactful contributions to Singapore’s development by his research projects, Professor Er won the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award twice (2011 and 2015). He is also the only dual winner in Singapore IES Prestigious Publication Award in Application (1996) and IES Prestigious Publication Award in Theory (2001). Under his leadership, the NTU Team emerged first runner-up in the Freescale Technology Forum Design Challenge 2008.  He received the Teacher of the Year Award for the School of EEE in 1999, School of EEE Year 2 Teaching Excellence Award in 2008, the Most Zealous Professor of the Year Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014. He also received the Best Session Presentation Award at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence in 2006, the Best Presentation Award at the International Symposium on Extreme Learning Machine 2012, Best Paper Award (First Prize) at the  International Automatic Control Conference 2016 and Best Presentation Award at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Control, Power and Instrumentation (ICICPI) 2016. On top of this, he has more than 60 awards received at international and local competitions. 

Currently, Professor Er serves as the Editor-in-Chief of 3 international journals, namely International Journal of Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Transactions on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and the International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications. He also serves an Area Editor of International Journal of Intelligent Systems Science and an Associate Editor of 14 refereed international journals, namely IEEE Transaction on Cybernetics,  Information Sciences,  Neurocomputing, Asian Journal of Control, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems,  ETRI Journal, International Journal of Humanoid Robots, International Journal of Modelling, Simulation and Scientific Computing, International Journal of Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing, International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining, International Journal of Fuzzy and Uncertain Systems, International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology, International Journal of Intelligent Information Processing  and an editorial board member of the Open Automation and Control Systems Journal and the EE Times. 

Professor Er has been invited to deliver more than 60 keynote speeches and invited talks overseas. He has also been active in professional bodies. He has served as Chairman of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Singapore Chapter (2009 to 2011) and Chairman of IES Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technical Committee (EEETC) (2004 to 2006 and 2008 to 2012). Under his leadership, the IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter won the CIS Outstanding Chapter Award 2012 (The Singapore Chapter is the first chapter in Asia to win the award). In recognition of his outstanding contributions to professional bodies, he was bestowed the IEEE Outstanding Volunteer Award (Singapore Section) and the IES Silver Medal in 2011. Due to his outstanding contributions in education, research, administration and professional services, he is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Singapore, Edition 2013.


Title of the tutorial: Cognitive Robotics: Recent Developments and Futuristic Trends

Abstract: The quest for building human-like intelligence has gained enormous momentum in recent decades. Since the seminal works on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the desire of realizing the quest has become stronger. With the rapid developments in Science, Engineering and Technology, machines that mimic human intelligence have become a reality and sometimes indispensable parts in our daily life, such as Apple Siri and Google Voice.  Cognition is a group of mental processes that include attention, memory, producing and understanding language, solving problems and making decisions and making decisions. Cognitive robotics is concerned with endowing robots with intelligent behavior by providing a processing architecture that will allow it to learn and reason about how to behave in response to complex goals in a complex world. In this talk, recent developments of cognitive robotics with applications in the healthcare industry, domestic services, marine vehicles etc will be reviewed. The futuristic trends and challenges will also be discussed.


Prof. Christos Spitas, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Biography:  Prof. Dr. Christos Spitas is professor of Machine Design at Nazarbayev University, leader of the Space Technology Research cluster and head of the Machine Design laboratory in Astana, Kazakstan. During the past 18 years, also in his previous positions as professor of Embodiment Design and head of the Product Engineering section at Delft University of Technology and as manager R&D in the high-tech industry, he has developed with his teams a number of technologies on compact, high load capacity, high efficiency, high accuracy mechatronic systems based on multiphysical principles of mechnical contacts and mechanisms, hydraulics, piezoelectricity, and thermal expansion/ morphing. These principles are combined with composite and smart meta-material topologies, incl. particle- and directional-fibre-reinforced and graded polymer- and metal-matrix composites, flat and spatial honeycombs, and frequency-tuned damping-, strength- and stiffness-optimised structures. The primary fields of application have been space satellites, precision machines, mechanical transmissions, machine foundations and alignment systems, and robotics, in the context of several JIPs, as well as national and EU-funded projects with partners such as CERN, ESA, Kazakh Space Agency, Toyota, Kawasaki, etc.


Title of the tutorial: High-performance Actuation Technologies for Mechatronic Systems, including Multi-DOF Vibration Test Beds, Robotics and Space Satellites

Abstract: The talk will discuss case studies related to the use of electro-mechanical, thermo-mechanical, hydraulic and piezoelectric actuation principles for mechatronic systems, including vibration test beds, ultra-high precision robotic FMS and space satellite systems from the portfolio of the Space Technology Research Group at Nazarbayev University and work done previously at the Delft University of Technology and IMMG. The different physical principles enabling the various technologies will be classified and explained and their fitness-for purpose in different application contexts will be discussed. Finally, the directions for future research of the Space Technology Research Group on actuation technologies will be discussed as well.


Prof. Andrew Ragai Henry Rigit, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia


Biography: Professor Andrew Ragai Henry Rigit received his B.Eng. (Mechanical) from The City University, London, U.K. in 1995, M.Eng. (Mechanical) from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in 1997, and Ph.D (Fluid Dynamics) from Imperial College London, U.K. in 2004. His doctoral study was in the field of charge injection electrostatic fuel atomizer and its spray characteristics. He is a practicing professional engineer registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia.


Title of the tutorial: Feasibility of Non-Thermal Plasma Assisted Semiconductor Material Synthesis for Thermoelectric, Photovoltaic and Energy Applications

Abstract: Silicon being the major component in the semiconductor industry has proved itself very effective in myriad applications that include its use in transistors, energy storage, photovoltaics etc. A boom into its efficiency has emerged with the use of the Nano technology, when the same material is used at Nano scale for the fabrication of the devices in the said applications, it provides promising characteristics. Yet the synthesis techniques for the usage of the silicon as material at Nano scale encounter myriad hurdles, however, still the application of non-thermal plasma at Nano scale has found promising results in this field. It could bring about a huge improvement into its efficiency and can thus become ideal for the vast industrial uses. Yet it encounters several issues that makes this practice economically not feasible, like it needs more time to process such material rather than the conventional methods to synthesize materials on the liquid, solid or gas phases have their own short comings which will result into certain compromises the synthesizers have to deal with based on the properties of the end finished product. On the contras, Non-thermal plasma processing is found cost effective with properties like lack of agglomeration and more efficiency.


 Assoc. Prof. Rosli Bin Ahmad, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia


Biography: Dr. Rosli Bin Ahmad is an Associate Professor at the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). Associate Professor Dr. Rosli Ahmad is a metallurgical researcher known for his contribution to the magnesium research as well as his work in promoting magnesium for light-weighting applications in the transportation sector. He received his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wales in 2006. Over the length of his career, his areas of interest have spanned the breadth of magnesium and aluminium research, with special emphasis on the development of new magnesium rare-earth alloy. He was Head of Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, UTHM between 2007-2009.


Title of the tutorial: New Lightweight Magnesium Alloys, Some Recent Developments and Potential Opportunities

Abstract: In recent years, Magnesium (Mg) alloys have made inroads into applications in transportation industries, where weight savings are critical. Their favorable property profile promotes increased usage. Despite Mg alloys being in service for years, there is still a lack of knowledge on capability of Mg alloys. New or optimized alloys are inventing new ideas to substitute traditional materials. Developments in the last decade have led to an improvement of the property profile and effectiveness of magnesium alloys. Rare earth metals as alloying components in Mg alloys open new opportunities in tailoring of property profile and functionality. The strength of Mg alloys can be enhanced by adding proper amounts of certain alloying elements. This presentation will give an overview of the status of alloy development, and discuss the challenges in extension of use of magnesium alloys and various applications.