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Keynote Speakers


Saman Halgamuge
, Fellow of IEEE
University of Melbourne, Australia

Biography: Prof Saman Halgamuge is a Fellow of IEEE, a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering. He is also one of the IEEE Distinguished Speakers appointed for the theme Computational Intelligence. 
He has previously served as Director/Head, Research School of Engineering of the Australian National University (2016-18) and as a member of Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts for Engineering, Information and Computing Sciences (2016-18). He was the founding Director of the PhD training centre Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP) of University of Melbourne and contributed as Associate Dean (2013-15) and Assistant Dean (2008-13) in International Engagement in the Melbourne School of Engineering. He is also a member of various International advisory committees including the Visiting Committee of Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018) and Research Advisory Council of University of Technology PETRONAS (2015-18). He is an honorary Professor of Australian National University and an honorary member of ANU Energy Change Institute. His research interests are in AI and Data Engineering including Inclusive Learning algorithms and Active data gathering sensor systems, Unsupervised Deep Learning, Big Data Analytics focusing on applications in Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Bioengineering. These applications vary from Sensor Networks in Irrigation, Smart Grids, and Sustainable Energy generation to Bioinformatics and Neuro-Engineering. He supervised 50 PhD students as the primary supervisor. He has also been a keynote speaker for 40 research conferences. His citations and h-factor can be extracted from is https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=9cafqywAAAAJ&view_op=list_works


Wei-Hsin Liao, Professor and Chairman of 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. At Penn State University, he received the Inventor Incentive Award and Sigma Xi Graduate Research Award. Since August 1997, Dr. Liao has been with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he is now Chairman and Professor of Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. 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 received the T A Stewart-Dyer/F H Trevithick Prize 2005, awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is also a recipient of the 2008 Best Paper Award in Structures and 2017 Best Paper Award in Mechanics and Material Systems from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He also received three best paper awards in IEEE international conferences. At CUHK, Prof. Liao was awarded the Young Researcher Award 2007, the Research Excellence Award (2010-11), and Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering (2014-19). 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. Prof. Liao is the recipient of 2018 SPIE SSM Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognize his sustained contributions to the advancement of Smart Structures and Materials. He 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.


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: http://137.132.146.218/marcelo/videos/

Speech Title: Towards Truly Intelligent Robotics
Abstract: Robotics science and technology have evolved from the seminal applications in industrial robotics in manufacturing to today’s varied applications in service, health care, education, entertainment and other industries including construction, mining and agriculture. One common theme in these emerging applications is the human-centered nature in unstructured environments, where robotic systems surround humans, aiding and working with us to enrich and enhance the quality of our lives. This talk presents our latest developments in fundamental capabilities in both “body” and “intelligence.” An example of self-driving cars is presented. We will review the different components of an intelligent system. This talk will then conclude with the challenges in science and technology to further accelerate the robotics revolution.