Keynote & Invited Speakers

Dr. Akira Namatame
Professor Emeritus, National Defense Academy of Japan
Scientific Advisor, Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development,
US Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Akira Namatame is Professor emeritus of National Defense Academy, Japan. He is now Scientific Advisor, Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development of US Air Force Research Laboratory.

His research interests include multi-agent systems, complex networks, artificial intelligence, computational social science, and game theory. In the past ten years, he has given over 35 invited talks, and over 15 tutorial lectures in international conferences and workshops, and academic institutions. He has organized more that 30 international conferences and workshops, and special sessions. He is the editor-in-chief of Springer’s Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination (JEIC), editor in Modeling and Simulation Society Letter. He has published more than 300 refereed scientific papers, together with eight books on multi-agent systems, agent modeling and network dynamics, collective systems and game theory. More detail information can be obtained through  

Topic--Autonomous systems

Abstract--Autonomy is a growing field of research and application. Specialized robots in hazardous environments and repetitive industrial tasks have proven successful. As autonomous systems become more capable, they are able to handle increasingly complex tasks and highly uncertain environments but their capabilities in many domains are still insufficient to execute tasks robustly and efficiently in a variety of difficult situations. Autonomous systems are in their infancy and are capable only of performing well-defined tasks in predictable environments. Advances in technologies enabling autonomy are needed for these systems to respond to new situations in complex, dynamic environments.

Its interdisciplinary nature of autonomy also requires that researchers in the field understand their research within a broader context. The vision of autonomous systems working together to accomplish complex team tasks is driving much of the current research. Autonomous systems must be able to work naturally together if they are to become an integral part of society. The swarm engineering inspired from nature is a combination of swarm intelligence and robotics, which shows a great potential in several aspects. In this talk, a unified treatment of autonomy is discussed. We identify key themes and discuss challenge problems that are likely to shape autonomy and teaming of autonomous systems.

Prof. Genci Capi
Hosei University, Japan

Genci Capi is a professor of robotics and artificial inteligence at HOSEI University, Japan. He graduated with a Ph.D. in information systems engineering from Yamagata University in 2002. His teaching responsibilities include graduate courses in intelligent robots and undergraduate courses in control theory, robot programming, and numerical analysis. His research is in intelligent robots with a focus on brain machine interface, evolutionary robotics, map building, multi robot systems and humanoid robot. Know more about Prof. Genci Capi from here:

Prof. Takashi Harada
Kindai University, Japan

Professor Takashi Harada received his B.Eng. (1985) and M.Eng. (1987) from Osaka University, Division of Mechanical Engineering, following which he worked in several research and development divisions in the Japanese machine manufacturing industry for 19 years. Based on research accomplished, he developed new technologies and products relating to industrial robots and machine tools. Over the years, he has received several incentive awards and a young engineer award by the company and academic societies. He received his D.Eng. from Osaka University in 2000.
He worked in Kindai University 2006, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering. His main subject of research is precision mechanical engineering, specifically, robust measurement and control of mechanical systems in an actual environment. He worked in McGill University, Centre for Intelligent Machines as a visiting professor in 2012. Recently, He has been focusing on the design and control of parallel mechanisms, and analysis of precision grinding works. He received the JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ROBIO 2010 (International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics).

Hassan HosseinNia, PhD
TU Delft, Netherlands

Hassan HosseinNia is an assistant professor in mechatronic system design at TU Delft, Netherlands. He received his PhD degree with honor in electrical engineering specializing in automatic control: application in mechatronics in 2013. His main research interests are in distributed actuation for mechatronic system design and motion control using fractional-order control, hybrid control, and iterative learning control. He has published more than 80 papers in international conferences, journals, special issues, and chapters in book. Hassan has an industrial background working as an R&D researcher at ABB corporate research in Sweden. Currently, he is developing high performance distributed actuator, and precision motion control for high-tech mechatronic system.

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.


Prof. Sathans Suhag
National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, India

Dr. Sathans received the B. Tech., M. Tech. (Control Systems) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra (an Institution of National Importance), India, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He carries with him a teaching & research experience of nearly 23 years. Presently, he heads the students’ welfare activities of the Institute as Dean (Students’ Welfare) and is also working closely with the All India Council for Technical Education on various matters related to formulation of policy as the Chairman of All India Board of Technician Education. He has delivered many invited talks and chaired technical sessions in national/international conferences within and outside India. He is reviewer of different journals/conferences of repute. He is life member of Indian Society for Technical Education. His areas of interest include Intelligent Control and Applications, Automatic Generation Control, Advanced Control Applications in Power Systems, Micro Grid and Wind Energy Conversion Systems. He has got more than 50 publications to his credit in different international/national journals and conferences of repute. He has supervised many students at PG level and currently guiding many PG students and Ph.D. Research Scholars.