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Keynote Speakers


Fakhri Karray, Professor, Fellow of IEEE
University Research Chair, co-Director, Waterloo AI Institute
University of Waterloo, Canada

Biography: Fahkri Karray is a Research Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence. He is the Co-Director of the University of Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute (waterloo.ai). Professor Karray’s research interests are in the areas of operational artificial intelligence, cognitive machines, natural human-machine interaction, autonomous and intelligent systems. Applications of Karray’s research include cognitive and self-aware machines/robots/vehicles, predictive analytics in supply chain management and intelligent transportation systems. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellow of the IEEE. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.


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.

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: 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.


Yajing Shen, Associate Professor
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography: Dr. Yajing Shen received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He received the Dr. Eng. degree in Micro-nano Systems Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan in 2012. Then, he was a postdoc researcher at Fukuda Lab. within the Dept. of Micro-nano Systems Engineering until March 2013. He is working as an associate professor now in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong.
He is interested in the research at the interface of micro-nano engineering and biology. The current research focuses on the Bioinspired robot, Micro/Nano robot, and Biomedical robot. Dr. Shen received the Best Manipulation Paper Award in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 2011, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Japan Chapter Young Award in 2011, and the early career award of Hong Kong in 2014, the Big-on-Small Award in 2018. He is served as the Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Robotics.


Darwin Lau, Ph.D
Co-director of the CUHK Centre of Robotic Construction and Architecture
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography: Darwin Lau received Bachelor of Engineering (mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2008, and the Ph.D degree in robotics from the University of Melbourne, in 2014, on the modelling and analysis of anthropomorphic musculoskeletal cable-driven robots. From 2014 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at ISIR, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, on the ROMEO2 project working on predictive control walking algorithms. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, and the co-director of the CUHK Centre of Robotic Construction and Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include: the study of kinematics, dynamics and control of complex robotic mechanisms, such as redundantly actuated and cable-driven manipulators. The applications of the work focus on bio-inspired robots, biomechatronics and robotic architecture and construction. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and member of ASME. Furthermore, he is currently a junior chair of the RAS Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design, associate editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Noticeable awards received by Dr. Lau include: University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, CUHK University Education Award and Hong Kong University Grants Committee Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members).