Keynote Speaker

Prof. Graziano Chesi
The University of Hong Kong

BIO: Graziano Chesi is a full professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Hong Kong. He received the Laurea in Information Engineering from the University of Florence and the PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Bologna. He served as associate editor for various journals, including Automatica, the European Journal of Control, the IEEE Control Systems Letters, the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and Systems and Control Letters. He founded the Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He also served as chair of the Best Student Paper Award Committees of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control. He authored the books "Homogeneous Polynomial Forms for Robustness Analysis of Uncertain Systems" and "Domain of Attraction: Analysis and Control via SOS Programming". He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAIA.

Prof. Yongping Pan
Sun Yat-sen University, Shenzhen, China

BIO: Yongping Pan is a Professor who leads the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the Sun Yat-sen University, Shenzhen, China. He hold a Ph.D. degree in control theory and control engineering from the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, and has over ten years of research experience in top universities in Singapore and Japan. His research interests lie in automatic control and machine learning for robotics. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed academic papers, where over 130 papers were published in reputable refereed journals. His publications have attracted over 7200 and 5500 citations in the Google Scholar and Web of Science Core Collection, respectively. Dr. Pan is currently serving as the Chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Guangzhou Chapter and an Associate Editor of several top-tier journals published by IEEE and IFAC. He has served as an Organizing Committee Member of five international conferences and the Lead Workshop Organizer of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. He received the Best Automation Paper Finalist at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Best Conference Paper Award at the International Conference on Control and Robotics, and the Best Conference Paper Finalist at the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics. He has been recognized as a Global Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate, a Most Cited Chinese Researcher by Elsevier, and a World Top 2% Scientist by Stanford University. Furthermore, he has been invited to deliver academic talks at leading universities and conferences over 60 times worldwide.

Speech Title: Composite Learning Tracking and Interaction Control for Compliant Robots

Abstract: Due to the rapid population aging globally, the current trend of robotic research has been shifting from traditional industrial robots that are separated from humans to human-centered robots that coexist, cooperate, or collaborate with humans. A major motivation for introducing compliance to human-centered robots is physical human-robot interaction. This talk introduces our major results in composite learning tracking and interaction control for robots driven by compliant actuators. First, we develop a data-driven online learning methodology termed composite learning inspired by the cerebellum learning and control mechanism, and establish its rigorous theoretical results on consistent learning and strong robustness, which revolutionizes existing adaptive systems that are vulnerable and difficult to learn online. Then, we solve a series of key theoretical challenges in robotic applications of composite learning, and apply it to trajectory tracking, visual servoing, and interaction control of compliant robots, which improves their overall accuracy, safety, and naturalness.