Prof. John Mo, (Fellow of IME and IEA)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Biography: John P. T. Mo is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and former Head of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at RMIT University, Australia, since 2007. He has been an active researcher in manufacturing and complex systems for over 35 years and worked for educational and scientific institutions in Hong Kong and Australia. From 1996, John was a Project Manager and Research Team Leader with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for 11 years leading a team of 15 research scientists. John has a broad research interest and has received numerous industrial research grants. A few highlights of the projects include: signal diagnostics for plasma cutting machines, ANZAC ship alliance engineering analysis, optimisation of titanium machining for aerospace industry, critical infrastructure protection modelling and analysis, polycrystalline diamond cutting tools on multi-axes CNC machine, system analysis for support of complex engineering systems John obtained his doctorate from Loughborough University, UK and is a Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK) and Institution of Engineers Australia.
Prof. Shane Xie (Chair in Robotics+Autonomous Systems)
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Biography: Prof. Sheng Quan Xie received his M.Sc., and PhD in Mechatronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, in 1995, and 1998, respectively. He also received his second PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2001. He is Chair of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Director of the Mechatronics and Robotics programme and Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Leeds, and was previously the Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Centre at the University of Auckland (2002-2016). His research interests include intelligent robots, medical devices and technologies, rehabilitation and assistive robots, wearable sensors, actuators and exoskeletons, modern control technologies and applications. He has published 8 books, 25 book chapters and over 400 international journal and conference papers. He was the Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and the Mechatronics Journal Elsevier, and has been on the Editorial Board of many journals. He led many research projects as principle investigator and so far has completed over 50 funded research projects totalling over £30M of research contracts from government granting agencies and industries.
Prof. Hesheng Wang
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Biography: Hesheng Wang received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology. Harbin, China, in 2002, the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Automation & Computer-Aided Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Researcher Assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an Associate Professor in 2009. Currently, he is a Professor of Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He worked as a visiting professor at University of Zurich in Switzerland. His research interests include visual servoing, service robot, robot control and computer vision.
Prof. Wang has published more than 100 papers in refereed professional journals and international conference proceedings. He has received a number of best paper awards from major international conferences in robotics and automation. Dr. Wang is an Associate Editor of Assembly Automation and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS from 2015 to 2019. He was a guest editor of Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Journal of Applied Mathematics and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He serves as The Technical Activities Board Member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He served as associate editor in Conference Editorial Board of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Prof. Wang is actively involving in organization of international conferences. He served as organizing committee member for many international conferences such as ICRA and IROS. He was the program chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, the general chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics. He is the program chair of The 2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics. He was a recipient of Shanghai Rising Star Award in 2014 and The National Science Fund for Outstanding Young Scholars in 2017. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Prof. Tao Liu
Zhejiang University, China
Biography: Tao Liu received the M. Eng. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2003 and the Doctorate degree in engineering from Kochi University of Technology, Kochi, Japan, in 2006. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Intelligent Mechanical Systems Engineering, Kochi University of Technology, Japan, from 2009 to 2013. He is currently a Professor of the State Key Laboratory of Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems, School of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China. Dr Liu is also an inventor of one Japan patent about wearable sensors for gait analysis, which was commercialized. He was a recipient of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Encouragement Prize (2010). His current research interests include wearable sensor systems, rehabilitation robots, biomechanics, and human motion analysis.