Keynote Speakers

Juyang (John) Weng, Professor, IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University, USA

Biography: Juyang Weng received the BS degree from Fudan University, in 1982, M. Sc. and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1985 and 1989, respectively, all in computer science.  He is a professor emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering, faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program, and faculty member of the Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University, East Lansing.  He was a visiting professor at the Computer Science School of Fudan University, Nov. 2003 - March 2014.  Since the work of Cresceptron (ICCV 1993), he expanded his research interests in biologically inspired systems to developmental learning, including perception, cognition, behaviors, motivation, and machine thinking models.  He has published over 300 research articles on related subjects, including task muddiness, intelligence metrics, brain-mind architectures, emergent Turing machines, autonomous programing for general purposes (APFGP), post-selection flaws, vision, audition, touch, attention, detection, recognition, autonomous navigation, and natural language understanding.  He published with T. S. Huang and N. Ahuja the first deep learning system for 3D world, called Cresceptron and a research monograph titled Motion and Structure from Image Sequences.  He authored a book titled Natural and Artificial Intelligence: Computational Introduction to Computational Brain-Mind.  Dr. Weng is an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, the Editor-in-Chief of the Brain-Mind Magazine, and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development (now Cognitive and Developmental Systems).  With others’ support, he initiated the series of International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, and the startup GENISAMA LLC.  He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence and the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.  He is a Fellow of IEEE.

GIULIO SANDINI, Professor, Founding Director
Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Biography: Giulio Sandini is a Founding Director of the Italian Institute of Technology where in 2006 he established the department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As a research fellow and Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale in Pisa and Visiting Researcher at the Neurology Department of the Harvard Medical School he investigated visual perception and sensorimotor coordination in humans and technologies for Brain Activity Mapping in children with learning disabilities. As a professor of bioengineering at the University of Genova in 1990 he founded the LIRA-Lab (Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics, which was to become the birthplace of the iCub humanoid robot. In 1996 he was Visiting Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of MIT.
Giulio Sandini research activity is characterized by an engineering approach to the study of natural intelligent systems with a focus on the design and implementation of artificial systems to investigate the development of human perceptual, motor and cognitive abilities (and viceversa).

Wei-Hsin Liao, Professor, Chairman
Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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, where he is now Chairman and Professor of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. His research interests include smart structures, vibration control, energy harvesting, mechatronics, exoskeleton and prosthesis. His research has led to publications of 300 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 19 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). As the Chair of Joint Chapter of Robotics, Automation and Control Systems Society (RACS), IEEE Hong Kong Section, Dr. Liao received 2012 Chapter of the Year Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is the recipient of the 2020 ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award and the 2018 SPIE 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.

Plenary Speakers

Marcelo H Ang Jr, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Ag Director, Advanced Robotics Centre
National University of Singapore

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:

Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs
University of South Florida, USA

Biography: Dr. Yu Sun is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), Cambridge, MA from Dec. 2007 to May 2008 and a Postdoctoral Associate in the School of Computing at the University of Utah from May 2008 to May 2009. His research interests include intelligent systems, robotics, cyber-physical systems, computer vision, virtual reality, medical applications, and deep learning. His research works have been reported on the Discovery Science Channel, Bay News 9, and Univision (Spanish).

Ki-Uk Kyung,
Associate Professor
KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea

2018 ~ present Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST
2018 ~ present Adjunct Professor, Robotics Graduate School Program, KAIST
Intelligent Human- Machine /Robot Interaction
(Applications: Haptics, Soft Sensors/Actuators, Soft Robotics, Interactive User Interfaces, Wearable Systems)
Co-Chair, IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics, 2018.1 ~ 2020.12
Program Chair, Asiahaptics 2014 Japan, Asiahaptics 2016 Japan, Asiahaptics 2018 Korea, Asiahtpcis 2020 China
Symposium Chair, Symposium on Soft Sensors, Actuators and Robotics at International Conference on Active Materials and Soft Mechatronics (AMSM) 2019, Korea
Expert Member (Korean Delegate), ISO(International Organization of Standardization) TC159/SC4 Human-System Interaction, 2007.4 ~ present Steering Committee Member: Asia Haptics Society, 2014-

Invited Speakers

Sharmila. B, Professor
Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, India

Biography: Dr. B. Sharmila received her Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering under Anna University, Chennai in the year of 2013. She completed her Post Graduate in Applied Electronics in 2004 and her Under Graduate in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering in the year 2000. She has secured Bharathiar University Second Rank during her Under Graduate Programme. She began her career as a Software Engineer at Vigil Software Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore in 2000. Then started her teaching profession in the year 2001. She is now working as Professor in the Department of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering at Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore.She has a total experience of 16 years in teaching.She is a recognized Research Supervisor under Anna University, Chennai. Currently she guides One Full Time Research Scholar, 3 Part Time Research Scholars and two Post Graduate Scholars. Her area of interest includes Control Systems, Sensor Technology, Networked Control System and Automation. She published 16 Technical Research Papers in referred International Journals. Also presented and published papers in International Conferences held at Singapore, Dubai and Indonesia. She has published one Book and three Book Chapters (Two Springer Series). She has 4 IPR Copyrights for Laboratory Manuals. She has applied and published 8 Patents since 2016 and also submitted the FER for 5 Patents. She has generated revenue around Rs. 25, 00,000/- by completed Consultancy Project at Bimetal Bearings Ltd., T-Stanes& SolutionCompany, and PRICOL Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore for the project titled Machine Inspection System. Her team has received project funding of $ 2210 from IEEE headquarters New York under the scheme IEEE – EPICS. She has been Organizing Secretary for various events liked Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Faculty Development Programme, Short Term Training Programming sponsored by funding agencies as AICTE, CSIR, ICMR, ISRO, TNSCST, National Instruments, IEEE, ISTE, etc. She has acted as Resource persons in various events and also attended FDPs / Workshops. She has received Best Women Faculty Award, Best Paper Awards and NI Impact Award in various forums.She is having interactions with other Departments, Institutions and Organizations by acting as a Member of Board of Studies, Department Advisory Committee, and Referred Journal Reviewer, Technical Committee member of International Conferences, Academic Expert Committee member and Jury member for innovative projects. She holds membership in Professional bodies as IEEE, IEI, ISTE and ISOI. 

Augie Widyotriatmo
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Biography: Augie Widyotriatmo received his bachelor degree in engineering physics and master degree in instrumentation and control from the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Pusan National University, Korea. He is currently an assistant professor in Instrumentation and Control Research Group, Faculty of Industrial Technology, ITB, Indonesia. He has published many technical papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings. He received an outstanding paper award in the 18th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2018), South Korea, best paper awards in the 4th International Conference on Industrial Internet of Things 2018 (ICIIOT 2018), Indonesia and in the 3rd International Conference on Robotics, Biomimetics, & Intelligent Computational Systems 2018 (ROBIONETICS 2018), Indonesia. He serves as Associate Editor in the International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS). He was the chair of the IEEE Indonesia Section Control Systems and Robotics and Automation Joint Chapter Societies (CSS/RAS) in 2017-2019. His current research includes robotics, autonomous vehicles, nonlinear control, energy optimization and automation, biomedical instrumentation, metrology, process automation system, and safety instrumented system.