Biography: Dr. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics, as well as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University. Before 2016, Dr. Zhang was a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, and was a founding Chair of the Department of Automotive, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in June 2000.
Dr. Zhang's research interests include robotics and mechatronics; high performance parallel robotic machine development; sustainable/green manufacturing systems; rehabilitation robot and rescue robot. 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 and faculty level) and Kaneff Professorship, the Province of Ontario (Early Researcher Award), the professional societies (Fellow of the ASME, the CAE, the EIC and the CSME), and federal funding agencies (Canada Research Chair in January 2009 and renewed in January 2014). 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. Dr. Zhang served as a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee.
Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a Fellow of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), a Senior Member IEEE, and a Senior Member of SME.
Biography: Weidong Chen received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Control Engineering in 1990 and 1993, and Ph.D. degree in Mechatronics in 1996, respectively, all from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. Since 1996, he has been at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University where he is currently Chair and Professor of the Department of Automation, and Director of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Processing. He is the founder of the Autonomous Robot Laboratory. From August 2003 to February 2004, he was a visiting associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University. In July and August 2012, he was a visiting professor in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He is a visiting professor in the Brain Science Life Support Research Center at the University of Electro-Communications in Japan from 2016 to 2018.
Dr. Chen’s current research interests include autonomous robotics, collective robotics, assistive robotics, and medical robotics. His research has been supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program), Ministry of Education (MOE), etc. Dr. Chen has served on numerous program and organizing committees of international conferences. Most recently, he was an Organizing co-Chairs of the 2015 International Symposium on InfoComm & Media Technology in Bio-Medical & Healthcare Application (2015 IS-3T-in-3A), Chiba, Japan, November 15-18, 2015, and is serving as the General Chair of the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-14), Shanghai, China, July 3-7, 2016.
Personal website: http://robotics.sjtu.edu.cn/
Biography: Professor Ghassan Beydoun is currently based at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in University of Technology Sydney, where he is also deputy Head of School (Research) Systems, Management and Leadership at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also an adjunct senior research fellow at the School of Information Systems, Management and Technology at the University of New South Wales, an associate editor of the International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies (IJIIT) and an Editorial member of the Journal of Software. He received a degree in computer science and a PhD degree in knowledge systems from the University of New South Wales in 2000. His research interests include multi agent systems applications, ontologies and their applications, and knowledge acquisition. He is currently working on a project sponsored by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to investigate the best uses of ontologies in developing methodologies for complex systems and another project with SES on exploring the use of ontologies for flood management decision support. He has authored more than 100 journal and conference papers in these areas over the past 15 years. His most recent publication appeared in IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering, Information Systems journal, Information and Management, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Information Processing and management and others.