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Professor and Chair, Electrical Engineering
University of Minnesota Duluth , USA
Biography :

Desineni “Subbaram” Naidu received MTech and PhD (1979) degrees in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Control Systems Engineering), from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, INDIA. Dr. Naidu taught, visited and/or conducted research at IIT; National Research Council (NRC) Senior Research Associate at Guidance and Control Division at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA (1985-90); Old Domain University, Norfolk, VA, USA (1987-90); as Professor, Associate Dean and Director, School of Engineering at Idaho State University and Measurement and Control Engineering Research Center, Pocatello, Idaho, USA (1990-2014); National Research Council (NRC) Senior Research Associate at Center of Excellence in Advanced Flight Research at United States (US) Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio, USA (1998-99); Visiting Research Fellow at Center of Excellence for Ships and Ocean Structures at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NORWAY (2014); Academic Guest at Measurement and Control Laboratory at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, SWITZERLAND (2015); Visiting Professor at Nantong University, Nantong, CHINA (2007); Jiangsu College of Information Technology, Jiangsu, CHINA (2007); Visiting Research Professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA (2008); Visiting Professor at the Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics at East China Normal University, Shanghai, CHINA (2011); Visiting Professor at the Institute of Systems Science, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA (2011); Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, CHINA (2011), Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow State University, Moscow, RUSSIA (2012) and Satish Dhawan Endowed Visiting Professor at Indian Inst. of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, INDIA (2017). Since August 2014, Professor Naidu has been with University of Minnesota Duluth as Minnesota Power Jack Rowe Endowed Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering. Professor Naidu received twice the Senior National Research Council (NRC) Associateship award from the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and is an elected (1995) (now Life) Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and an elected (2003) Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, UK.

Research Interest :

Robotics, Prosthetics, Control Engineering

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Professor, Department of Science and Technology
Meiji University , Japan
Biography :

Occupation: Doctor of Engineering, a professor at Meiji University, President of Heuristics Science Research Institute. Activities: General Chair of ICAM94 (International Conference of Advanced Mechatronics, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) Guest Professor: Karlsruhe University, Germany, 1994 Trusty of the RSJ, 1998–2000 Aide for the President of Meiji University (2004-2011) Program Committee: IROS 2006. BICA (Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures), Founding Member, Program Committee, 2010– Fellow of the RSJ, 2014 Associative Editor of the ELSEVIER, 2016– Awards: Best Papers: IEA/AIE 2005 Contribution Prize Thesis: ICST 2008 BICA research prize (2017) News Coverage: Discovery Channel (Web) “Robot in touch with its emotions,” Sep. 2005 Discovery Channel (Web) “Robot demonstrates self-awareness,” Dec. 2005 Russia RIA (Russia National TV), 2017 TV Programs: PLANETOPIA, German TV SAT1, Apr. 2008

Research Interest :

Autonomous mobile robots, humanoid robots, robot vision, robot facial expressions, robot consciousness, robot mind, robot conscience.

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Associate Professor, Information Technology
Beijing University of Technology , China
Biography :

Daoxiong GONG received the PhD degree in control theory and control engineering from Beijing University of Technology in 2004. He was an academic visiting scholar with the laboratory for robotics and automation, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, US, from 2012 to 2013. He is an associate professor with the Faculty of Information Technology, Beijing University of Technology. His research is supported by the NSFC.

Research Interest :

His research interests include tele-manipulation robot, evolutionary computation, and intelligent control.

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Researcher & Lecturer, Engineering and Information Technology
Hasanuddin University , Indonesia
Biography :

Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Electrical Department Faculty of Engineering Universitas Hasanuddin UNHAS Makassar Indonesia and also an Associate Research at Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology University of Technology Sydney UTS, Australia. Achieved a bachelor degree, Sarjana Teknik ST at the University of Hasanuddin UNHAS Makassar in 2003 in the area of Control Systems and Design, with the title of final project Robot BASIC for Obstacle Detection and Avoidance. Obtaining a masters' degree in Computer Science, MScCS by Research at the University of Technology Sydney UTS Australia in 2009, awarded an Australian Partnership Scholarship from the AUSAID, with the title of thesis A Directed Learning-based Evolutionary Approach for Legged Robot Motion. A PhD in Computer Systems the University of Technology Sydney UTS Australia in the area of robotics, awarded by the AUSAID in the scheme of Australian Leadership Award from 2012 to 2016 with the project on Evolving Robot Empathy through the Generation of Artificial Pain in an Adaptive Self-awareness Framework for Human-Robot Collaborative Tasks. Active research in the area of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and recently in Cognitive and Social Robotics with the particulars of development of self-awareness concept into robot framework. Research works involved with data mining, machine learning, visual processing which covers image detection and visual transformation. Besides, several projects involving hardware robot development, embedded systems and kinematics for robot gait development, with software development utilising C, C++, R Programming and Python. He is currently working at the Department of Electrical Engineering UNHAS and being the head of the Indonesia-Australian Cognitive and Social Robotics Collaboration, which is a joint research work between the Faculty of Engineering UNHAS and the Faculty of Information and Technology UTS Australia which was formerly a joint research project in Advance Artificial Intelligent Research Group established in 2009 in the area of robotics.

Research Interest :

Research works involved with data mining, machine learning, visual processing which covers image detection and visual transformation. Besides, several projects involving hardware robot development, embedded systems and kinematics for robot gait development, with software development utilizing C, C++, R-Programming and Python.

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Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
New Mexico State University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Abdelkefi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at New Mexico State University. He has advised three PhD students and four Master students. He is currently advising seven PhD students and six Master students. His research interests are in the fields of nonlinear dynamics, energy harvesting, vibration & control, smart materials, aeroelasticity, fluid-structure interactions, MEMS & NEMS, and flight dynamics. Dr. Abdelkefi has one book, one patent, more than 100 published archival journal articles, and more than 80 conference presentations at national and international conferences. He has also served as a reviewer in more than 50 journals. Before joining New Mexico State University, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Virginia Tech between July 2012 and July 2014. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2012 and a Master of Science in Computational Mechanics from Tunisia Polytechnic School in collaboration with Virginia Tech in 2009.

Research Interest :

Dynamical systems, Biomemitics, drones, robotics, fluid-structure interactions, energy harvesting, MEMS & NEMS

OCM Member
University of Palermo , Italy
Biography :

Salvatore Gaglio graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy in 1977, and in 1978 he received the M.S.E.E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, U.S.A. From 1986 he is the professor of computer science and artificial intelligence at the University of Palermo, Italy. From 2007 he is the scientific responsible of the Ph. D. program in Computer Engineering at the University of Palermo. From 2005 he is the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems of ICAR-CNR at the University of Palermo. From 2016 to 2018 he has been the President of the Italian National Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and Arts of Palermo. He has been a member of various committees for projects of national interest in Italy and he is a referee of various scientific congresses and journals.

Research Interest :

His present research activities are in the area of artificial intelligence and robotics. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and AAAI.

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