Organizing Committee


Prof. Robert S. Laramee  MSc., PhD 
Swansea University,
singleton Park,
Swansea, wales, UK

Robert S. Laramee received a bachelors degree in physics, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (ZooMass). He received a masters degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He was awarded a PhD from the Vienna University of Technology (Gruess Gott TUWien), Austria at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms in 2005. From 2001 to 2006 he was a researcher at the VRVis Research Center (www.vrvis.at) and a software engineer at AVL (www.avl.com) in the department of Advanced Simulation Technologies. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Swansea University (Prifysgol Cymru Abertawe), Wales in the Department of Computer Science (Adran Gwyddor Cyfrifiadur). His research interests are in the areas of scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and conferences.


Prof. Andrew Kusiak
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Dr. Andrew Kusiak is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at The University of Iowa, Iowa City and Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He has chaired two departments, Industrial Engineering (1988-95) and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2010-15). His current research interests include applications of computational intelligence and big data in automation, manufacturing, product development, renewable energy, sustainability, and healthcare. He has published numerous books and hundreds of technical papers in journals sponsored by professional societies, such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Nature, and other societies. He speaks frequently at international meetings, conducts professional seminars, and consults for industrial corporations. Dr. Kusiak has served in elected professional society positions as well as various editorial boards of over fifty journals, including five different IEEE Transactions. Professor Kusiak is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. Besides his academic appointment at the University of Iowa. His past academic appointments, include the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) and the University of Manitoba in Canada. He has held distinguished research professorships at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), University of Hong Kong (SAR), and King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) as well as visiting positions at the University of Lion, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, University of Nancy (France), and the University of Montreal (Canada). His graduate students have assumed prominent positions in academia and industry. Dr. Kusiak has co-advised PhD students at the University on Munich (Germany) and Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France). His lab has hosted numerus visitors from different countries. Professor Kusiak is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing.


Prof. Tarek M. Sobh, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research
Dean, School of Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Bridgeport
Fellow, African Academy of Sciences
Member, The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Professor Tarek M. Sobh received the B.Sc. in Engineering degree with honors in Computer Science and Automatic Control from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1988, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Dean of the School of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Bridgeport (UB), Connecticut; the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control (RISC) laboratory and the Founder of the High-Tech Business Incubator at UB (CTech IncUBator). He was Vice President from 2008-2014, Vice Provost from 2006-2008, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Director of External Engineering Programs, Interim Chairman of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and Chairman of the Department of Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport. He was an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Bridgeport from 1995-1999 and a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Utah from 1992-1995.

Professor Sobh has supervised over 50 award-winning graduate and undergraduate students working on different projects within robotics, prototyping, computer vision, control, and manufacturing; in addition to more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students working on their B.S. projects, Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertations. Dr. Sobh is active in consulting and providing service to many industrial organizations and companies

Dr. Sobh has been awarded over 50 research awards and grants to pursue his work in robotics, automation, STEM education, manufacturing, and sensing. Dr. Sobh is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He has received many awards and merits in recognition of his research and scholarly activities in engineering, education and computing and his services to the academic community


Prof. Dr. Abdel-Badeh Mohamed  Salem 
Ain Shams University,
Cairo-Egypt

Prof. Dr. Abdel-Badeh M. Salem is a professor emeritus of Computer Science since  September 2007 till now. He was a former Vice Dean of the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences at Ain Shams University, Cairo-Egypt (1996-2007).  He was a full professor Dr.of Computer Science at Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University from 1989 to 1996.  He was a Director of Scientific Computing Center at Ain Shams University (1984-1990).In 1996 he was moved to the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences at the same university. His research includes Knowledge engineering and computing, expert systems, intelligent  medical and health informatics, and intelligent e-learning technologies.  He has published around 400 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these areas.  He has been involved in more than 500 conferences and workshops as a Keynote speaker, member of Int. Program Committees, organizer and Session Chair.  He is author and co-author of 25 Books in English and Arabic Languages. 


Prof. Eduard Babulak  PH.D
The Institute of Technology and Business
Czech Republic

 

Professor Eduard Babulak is accomplished international scholar, researcher, consultant, educator, professional engineer and polyglot, with more than thirty years of experience. He served as successfully published and his research was cited by scholars all over the world. He serves as Chair of the IEEE Vancouver Ethics, Professional and Conference Committee. He was Invited Speaker at the University of Cambridge, MIT, Yokohama National University and University of Electro Communications in Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, Purdue University, Penn State in USA, Czech Technical University in Prague, University at West Indies, Graz University of Technology, Austria, and other prestigious academic institutions worldwide. His academic and engineering work was recognized internationally by the Engineering Council in UK, the European Federation of Engineers and credited by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and APEG in British Columbia in Canada. He was awarded higher postdoctoral degree DOCENT - Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in the Czech Republic, Ph.D., M.Sc., and High National Certificate (HNC) diplomas in the United Kingdom, as well as, the M.Sc., and B.Sc. diplomas in Electrical Engineering Slovakia. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Co-Editor, and Guest-Editor. He speaks 14 languages and his biography was cited in the Cambridge Blue Book, Cambridge Index of Biographies, Stanford Who’s Who, and number of issues of Who’s Who in the World and America.
 

Fellow of the Royal Society RSA, London, UK; Chartered Fellow. Mentor and Member of the ELITE Group of the British Computer Society, London, UK Invited Panel Member for the DoD & National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, USA Expert Consultant for CORDIS FP6 - FP7 European Commission, Brussellex, Belgium Mentor and Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM, USA Nominated Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, UK and Distinguished Member of the ACM, USA Chartered Member of the IET, London, UK Professional Member of American Society for Engineering Education, American Mathematical Association and Mathematical Society of America, USA


Dr.Jun Ho Oh
Vice President for Budget and Planning
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Humanoid Robot Research Center(Hubo Lab)
KAIST

Prof. Jun Ho Oh(64) received his B.S. and M.S. degree from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 1977 and 1979, he received Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in the field of automatic control at U.C., Berkeley in 1985. He is now a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and the director of Humanoid robot research center(Hubo Lab) at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

He performed many industry and government research projects in motion control, sensors, microprocessor applications, and robotics, etc. He is especially interested in mechatronics and system integration. In the recently ten years, he completed unique humanoid robot series KHR-1, KHR-2, Hubo, Hubo 2, DRC-Hubo and DRC-Hubo+. And he also developed Albert Hubo and Hubo FX-1. He is currently studying to improve the performance of humanoid robot for faster and more stable walking, robust robot system integration and light weight design, etc.


Prof. Yu-Sheng Lu
Department of Mechatronic Engineering
National Taiwan Normal University,
Tiwan  

Yu-Sheng Lu received the B.S. degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1990, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 1995.

From 1997 to 1998, he was at the Opto-Electronics & Systems Laboratories, ITRI, Taiwan. From 1998 to 2000, he was with the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR, Germany. From 2000 to 2008, he was with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan. In 2008, he moved to the Department of Mechatronic Engineering, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, where he is currently a professor.His research interests include control system design with applications to mechatronic systems.

 


Prof. Ali T. Alouani
 Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Tennessee Technological University,
 USA.

Ali T. Alouani works as a Professor in The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee Technological University, USA. He received his degree of Ingenieur Principal from Ecole National d’Ingenieurs de Tunis (ENIT), Tunisia in 1981. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1986. Dr. Alouani developed and taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in the Systems and Signals areas. To date, he has published over 140 technical journal and conference papers. He holds 7 United States patents. He has been active in many areas of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His theoretical research includes Stochastic Systems, Sensor Data Fusion, Artificial Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems, Robust Control & Independent Component Analysis. He has applied his research to many real world applications including target tracking, intelligent systems design, robust control of power systems, and human health monitoring.