Plenary Speakers

Asst. Prof. Dr. Rafiq Ahmad,
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in May 2016. He is currently leading research in the Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA). He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Ecole Arts et Metiers Paris respectively, in France. He has recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Luxembourg.

His research interest in "Design and Manufacturing" bridges the gap between fundamental research and their advanced applications into industry.

His research orientations are divided into three major areas:

Advanced Manufacturing (Hybrid Manufacturing, CNC machining, 3D Printing, STEP-NC, Laser welding and cladding):
Combined machining and 3D printing, Mutli-nozzle system for additive manufacturing, Re-manufacturing, Reverse Engineering, Knowledge-based vision-assisted approaches, STEP-NC, & Laser-assisted Manufacturing, Rapid Reconfigurable Manufacturing systems, Industry 4.0, Lean Manufacturing and ERP systems.

Design for X (Design for Manufacturing/Re-manufacturing/Hybrid-manufacturing/Additive-manufacturing):
Sustainable design of both product and innovate manufacturing systems to produce it. This includes: Decision systems for Methods and Tools selection, Design-for-Manufacturing and Additive manufacturing, Innovative Assembly Designs, Mutli-nozzle system design, DFM,and DFAM.

Industrial Automaton (Robotics):
Assembly / Disassembly automation, Multi-pass welding automation, Software, algorithms and systems development based on knowledge and ontologies, vision-based path planning, Human-Robot Collaboration.