Speakers 2024

Keynote Speaker Ⅰ

Prof. Hong Zhang

IEEE Fellow

Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Brief Biography: Professor Hong Zhang received his B.S. from Northeastern University (Boston) in 1982, and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1986, both in Electrical Engineering. Subsequently he conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the University of Alberta, Canada, where he worked for over 30 years.  Since October 2020, he has been a Chair Professor in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, where he directs the Shenzhen Key Laboratory on Robotics and Computer Vision.

Professor Zhang’s research interests include robotics, computer vision, and image processing, with over 300 publications in these areas. While in Canada, Professor Zhang held a prestigious NSERC Industrial Research Chair from 2003 to 2017. He was the General Chair of 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), in Vancouver, Canada, and served a three-term as the Editor-in-Chief of IROS Conference Editorial Board (2020-2022).  Currently, he is a member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2023-2025). In recognition of his research accomplishments, he is elected Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. 

Title: Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation: From Foundamental Research to Its Practical Applications

Keynote Speaker Ⅱ

Prof. Chao Xu

Zhejiang University, China

Keynote Speaker Ⅲ

Prof. Liang Yan

Beihang University, China

Brief Biography: Prof. Liang Yan is the Changjiang distinguished professor of Beihang University. His research interest is mainly on high-performance actuation and its applications in robotics and aerospace engineering. He has completed research projects funded by the Natural Science Foundation and the ministry of Science and Technology of China. The research achievement has been published on top journals and refereed conference, such TMech, TIE, TASE, TCyber and etc. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of HydroMechatronics, the chairman of IEEE IES Control, Robotics and Mechatronics Technical Committee (China). He is also the Electrical Machine Committee Member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, the Robotics and Mechatronics Committee Member of IFToMM, and the Mechatronics Committee Member of Chinese Aeronautics Society.

Title: Design and Analysis of High-performance Electromagnetic Actuators with Compounded Magnet Patterns

Abstract: With the progress of industrial engineering, the conflict between the output-performance improvement and the structure compactness of electromagnetic machines becomes significant. The major challenge to solve this problem is the utilization rate of electromagnetic field in three-dimensional space. So far, two-dimensional magnet arrays are widely employed for electromagnetic actuation. The low utilization rate of magnetic field avoidably constrains the improvement of system output performance. Therefore, the improvement of utilization rate of magnetic field and its intensity is the key solution to increase the actuation capability. This talk will mainly focus on electromagnetic actuation technology, and introduce the operating principle of complex three-dimensional space magnetic field of electric machines.