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 http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~ymzhang/.


Prof. Wei-Hsin Liao, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Biography: Wei-Hsin Liao received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA. Since August 1997, Dr. Liao has been with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he is now Chairman and Professor of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. His research interests include smart structures, vibration control, energy harvesting, mechatronics, and medical devices. His research has led to publications of over 260 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 18 patents in US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. He was the Conference Chair for the 20th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies in 2009; the Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE in 2014 and 2015. He is a recipient of the T A Stewart-Dyer/F H Trevithick Prize 2005, the ASME 2008 Best Paper Award in Structures, the ASME 2017 Best Paper Award in Mechanics and Material Systems, and three Best Paper Awards in the IEEE conferences. At CUHK, he received the Research Excellence Award (2011), and was awarded Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering (2014). He received the SPIE 2018 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Liao currently serves as an Associate Editor for Mechatronics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, as well as Smart Materials and Structures. Dr. Liao is a Fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IOP.


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.