Keynote Speakers & Plenary Speakers
Prof. Dan ZhangYork University, Canada | Full Professor
Dr. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor in Advanced
Robotics and Mechatronics, as well as the Chair of 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 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 (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 2006 and 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 (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.
Speech Title: Advancing and Integrating the
Performance of Robotic Systems for the 21st Century
Speech Abstract: There has been increasing in developing enviromentally-benign manufacturing technologies, robots, etc. This is considered a significant step in achieving sustainable development. Sustainability of a manufacturing system becomes critical technology that enables manufacturing companies to reduce production costs and improve their global competitiveness. System sustainability can be achieved by reconfiguration and decentralization, whose system configurations are evolved with the changes of design requirements and dynamic environment. The modular construction of parallel robotic machines allows them to be used as a class of reconfigurable machine tools. Nevertheless, parallel robotic machines as contemporary manufacturing robotic systems often have difficulty meeting the highly increased workplace demands on (1) operational accuracy, (2) operational load capacity, (3) task adaptability, and (4) reliability. For example, according to some large robot/robotic machine tool manufacturers and manufacturing robot user, i.e., ABB Robotics, Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., the current robotic systems for high speed machining often fail due to thermal effects, which fatally distort the accuracy of the systems. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), more than 60% of industry robots operating in the manufacturing industry are articulated robots (i.e., serial robots), or robots that can only allow material handling, but not material fabrication.
In this talk, the rational of using parallel robotic machines for green and sustainable manufacturing is discussed and explained. A comparative study is carried out on some successful parallel robotic machines and conventional machine tools. Meanwhile, the latest research activities of parallel manipulators in the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation of UOIT are introduced, they are: parallel robotic machines, reconfigurable/green robotic manipulators, web-based remote manipulation as well as the applications of parallel manipulators in micro-motion device, MEMS (parallel robot based sensors), wearable power assist hip exoskeleton, and rescue robot.
Prof. Saïd HanafiUniversity of Valenciennes, France | Full Professor
Saïd Hanafi holds a Full Professor position in Computing Science at Institute of Techniques and Sciences, University of Valenciennes and is currently in charge of the team Operations Research and Decision Support. His research lies in the design of effective heuristic and meta¬heuristic algorithms for solving large-scale combinatorial search problems. His is interested in theoretical as well as algorithmic modelling and application aspects of integer programming and combinatorial optimization and has published over 50 articles on the topic. His current interests revolve around the integration of tools from hybrid methods mixing exact and heuristics for solving hard problems.
Prof. Farouk YalaouiUniversité de Technologie de Troyes, France | Full Professor
Farouk YALAOUI obtained his Engineering degree in
Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnics School of
Algiers (Algeria) in 1995, his master’s degree in
Industrial System Engineering from Polytechnics
Institute of Lorraine (Nancy, France) in 1997, his Ph.D.
degree in Production Management from the Troyes
University of Technology (UTT) in 2000 and followed by a
Habilitation à diriger les recherches (Dr. Hab) from
Compiegne University of Technology (UTT) in 2006. He is
currently a full Professor at Troyes University of
Technology, France, where he is the head of Optimisation
Industrial systems Optimisation Lab (Research Team),
Charles Dealaunay Institute (ICD), UMR CNRS 6281 . His
research topic focuses on the scheduling problems,
system design, operations research, modeling, analysis
and optimization of logistic and production systems,
reliability and maintenance optimization and on
optimization problems in general.
He is author or co-author of a pattern and more than 300 contributions, publications or communications with 3 books (Ellipses, Hermes-Lavoisier, Willey and Sons), 9 book chapters and 58 papers in journals such as IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational research, International Journal of Production Economics, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Computer & Operations research, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. He also published more than 210 papers in conference proceedings. He had presented 19 invited speeches (seminaries or conferences plenary sessions).
He is member of IFAC TC group 5.2. He is Chair of a Working Group on multiobjective optimization. He is member of French Universities National Council (CNU) field Automation, Control, Industrial Engineering (section61). http://losi.utt.fr/fr/membres/yalaoui.html.. He is French expert for different agency such French ANR agency, French AERES Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Algerian PNR program.
Prof. Belkacem BouamamaEcole Polytechnique de Lille, France | Full Professor
Belkacem OULD BOUAMAMA is full Professor and head of the
research at Ecole Polytechnique de Lille, France.
His main research areas developed at CRIStAL laboratory
CNRS9189 where he leads “MOCIS” group, concern
Integrated Design for Supervision of System Engineering.
Their application domains are mainly nuclear, energy,
and mechatronic systems. He is the author of more than
one hundred international publications in this domain.
He is co-author of five books in bond graph modeling and
Fault Detection and Isolation area. Research and
teaching activities can be consulted at:
Speech Title: Graphical and Multiphysics Modelling, for Diagnosis and Integrated Design: Theory and Applications
Speech Abstract: A review of the literature
suggests a large spectrum of modelling approaches for
control, diagnosis and reconfigurability analysis, for
continuous and hybrid systems. All those properties are
analysed in an independent manner with specific models.
In spite of their simplicity, graphical models provide
many useful information, since with any need of
numerical calculation and using only one representation,
they are able to:
*Generate systematically of dynamic models valid for continuous systems and all modes of hybrid systems;
*Provide a control analysis in terms of structural observability and controllability, flattening ability and sizing of actuators;
*Provide diagnosis analysis (automatic generation of robust fault indicators, sensor placement,and structural diagnosability).
Furthermore graphical models are well suited for informatics implementation and software development dedicated for automated modelling and supervision system design.
How to elaborate such models (digraph,bi-partite graphs,causal graphs,bond graph), how to develop the diagnosis and control algorithms from those representations,what are the links and differences between these models, what are the limits and the complementarities of each method,...? Such are the questions we want to contribute and discuss during this speech from an industrial and theoretical point of view.