ICRAS 2018 · Wuhan

Keynote Speakers of ICRAS 2018


Prof. Mengchu Zhou
IEEE Fellow, IFAC Fellow, AAAS Fellow
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

MengChu Zhou received his B.S. degree in Control Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China in 1983, M.S. degree in Automatic Control from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China in 1986, and Ph. D. degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1990.  He joined New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ in 1990, and is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of Discrete-Event Systems Laboratory. His research interests are in intelligent automation, Petri nets, Internet of Things, Web service, workflow, big data, transportation and energy systems.  He has over 700 publications including 12 books, 390+ journal papers (over 280 in IEEE transactions), and 28 book-chapters. He has 11 patents and several pending ones. His recently edited books include Contemporary Issues in Systems Science and Engineering, IEEE/Wiley, New Jersey, 2015 (with H.-X. Li and M. Weijnen).

He was invited to lecture in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and US and served as a plenary/keynote speaker for many conferences. He is the founding Editor of IEEE Press Book Series on Systems Science and Engineering, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering. He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, Managing Editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Review and Applications, and Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He served as a Guest-Editor for many journals including IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing. He was General Chair of IEEE Conf. on Automation Science and Engineering, Washington D.C., August 23-26, 2008, General Co-Chair of 2003 IEEE International Conference on System, Man and Cybernetics (SMC), Washington DC, October 5-8, 2003, Founding General Co-Chair of 2004 IEEE Int. Conf. on Networking, Sensing and Control, Taipei, March 21-23, 2004, and General Chair of 2006 IEEE Int. Conf. on Networking, Sensing and Control, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. April 23-25, 2006.  He was Program Chair of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, August 4-7, 2010, Xi’an, China, 1998 and 2001 IEEE International Conference on SMC and 1997 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation. He organized and chaired over 100 technical sessions and served on program committees for many conferences. Dr. Zhou has led or participated in over 50 research and education projects with total budget over $12M, funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NIST, New Jersey Science and Technology Commission, and industry.  He was the recipient of NSF’s Research Initiation Award, CIM University-LEAD Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Perlis Research Award and Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award from NJIT, Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Leadership Award and Academic Achievement Award from Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA, Asian American Achievement Award from Asian American Heritage Council of New Jersey, and Outstanding Contributions Award, Distinguished Lecturership, Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award and the Norbert Wiener Award from IEEE SMC Society, and Distinguished Service Award from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is founding Co-chair of Enterprise Information Systems Technical Committee (TC) and Environmental Sensing, Networking, and Decision-making TC of IEEE SMC Society. He has been among most highly cited scholars for years and ranked top one in the field of engineering worldwide in 2012 by Web of Science/Thomson Reuters. He is a life member of Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA and served as its President in 1999. He is Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Speech Title: Internet of Things and Smart Systems-the Next Industrial Revolution
Abstract: Human beings have experienced two major industrial revolutions. The first one took place in the 19th century, which replaced muscle power from humans and animals with mechanical power. The second one started in the middle 20th century, which provided people and societies with Internet. It was built with the technologies from computing, communication, networking and information storage. Both offered unprecedented productivity increases. What will be the next one? This talk intends to answer this question by presenting some recent development of Internet of Things (IoT) and smart systems. IoT was selected by IEEE as a major initiative to develop and advance over the next few years. Several recent studies have predicted the huge growth of IoT and tremendous benefits to the world economy. It was expected that 26 billion IoT units would be installed by year 2020, generating $300 billion in revenue. The IoT will generate an additional $1.9 trillion in economic value. We plan to present a system engineering approach to Internet-of-Things-based smart systems and their applications to smart manufacturing, smart cities, smart gird, smart medical and healthcare services.



Prof. Zhang Dan, 
Kaneff Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics
Professor and Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lassonde School of Engineering
York University, Canada

Dr. Dan Zhang is a Professor and Kaneff Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. From July 1st 2004 to December 31 2015, Dr. Zhang was a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, was a founding Chair of the Department of Automotive, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering with the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in June 2000. Dr. Zhang’s contributions to and leadership within the field of robotic and automation have been recognized with several prestigious awards, within his own university (Research Excellence Award both from university level (2009) and faculty level (2008)), the Province of Ontario (Early Researcher Award in 2010), the professional societies (election to Fellow of the ASME in 2016, the EIC in 2012 and the CSME in 2010), and federal funding agencies (Canada Research Chair in January 2009 and renewed in January 2014). Besides, he was awarded the Inaugural Teaching Excellence by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science of UOIT in 2006and the Best Professor Award by UOIT Engineering Students' Society in2012. Dr. Zhang is the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Robotics Applications and Technologies, Associate editor for the International Journal of Robotics and Automation (ACTA publisher) and guest editors for other 4 international journals. Dr. Zhang served as a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee. Dr. Zhang was director of Board of Directors at Durham Region Manufacturing Association, Canada, and director of Board of Directors of Professional Engineers Ontario, Lake Ontario Chapter, Canada. Dr. Zhang is a registered Professional Engineer of Canada, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a Fellow of (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering) CSME, a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Senior Member of SME.


Prof. Chiharu ISHII, Hosei University, Japan

Chiharu Ishii received Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sophia University in 1992, Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sophia University in 1994 and Doctor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sophia University in 1997.
Chiharu Ishii worked at Ashikaga Institute of Technology between 1997 and 2002, at Kogakuin University between 2002 and 2009, and at Shibaura Institute of Technology between 2009 and 2010. Since 2010, Chiharu Ishii has been working at Hosei University, and currently he is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Hosei University.
He has received several awards such as The Best Paper Award in the area of Tactile and Haptic Interfaces at the 4th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI2011); Best Paper Award at the 1st International Conference on Computer Science, Electronics and Instrumentation (ICCSE2012); Best Presentation Award at the International Conference on Intelligent Mechatronics and Automation (ICIMA2013).

He is currently a member of IEEE, SICE, JSME, RSJ, IEEJ and JSCAS. His research interests are in medical robotics, assistive technology and robust control.