Keynote Speakers

ICCAR 2019

IEEE President-2020

Prof. Toshio Fukuda,
Beijing Institute of Technology, China,
Nagoya University/Meijo University, Japan r> IEEE LIFE FELLOW

Biography: Toshio Fukuda received the B.A. degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1971, and the M.S and Dr. Eng. from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1973 and 1977, respectively. In 1977, he joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. In 1982, he joined the Science University of Tokyo, Japan and then joined Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, in 1989. Currently, he is Director of Center for Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Professor of Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering at Nagoya University, where he is mainly involved in the research fields of intelligent robotic and mechatronic system, cellular robotic system, and micro- and nano-robotic system. He is Distinguished Professor, Seoul National University since 2009.

Dr. Fukuda is IEEE Region 10 Director-Elect (2011-2012) and served President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (1998-1999), Director of the IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2001-2002), and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE / ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2000-2002). He was President of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2002-2003, 2005) and President of SOFT (Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory and Intelligent Informatics) (2003-2005). He was elected as a member of Science Council of Japan (2008-).

He received the IEEE Eugene Mittelmann Award (1997), IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), IEEE Robotics and Automation Pioneer Award (2004), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award (2005), Award from Ministry of Education and Science in Japan (2005). IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished service award (2007). Best Googol Application paper awards from IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering (2007). Best papers awards from RSJ (2004) and SICE (2007), Special Funai Award from JSME (2008), 2009 George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation (2009), IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (2010), ROBOMECH Award 2010 (2010), The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers Technical Field Award (2010), Distinguished Service Award, The Robotics Society of Japan (2010), World Automation Congress 2010 (WAC 2010) dedicated to Prof. Toshio Fukuda, Best Paper Award in 2010 International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS2010), IEEE Fellow (1995), SICE Fellow (1995), JSME Fellow (2001), RSJ Fellow (2004), Honorary Doctor of Aalto University School of Science and Technology (2010).

Prof. Ferial El-Hawary, Dalhousie University, Canada

Ferial El-Hawary received the M. Sc. from the University of Alberta, Canada in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Oceans Engineering. She is Cofounder and President of BH Engineering Systems Limited of Halifax, and the "Modeling and Signal Analysis Research Laboratory" in the Faculty of Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS). Dr. El-Hawary supervised many of graduate students at TUNS and her research work has been supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grants.

Dr. El-Hawary has been involved in OCEANS Activities both technically and administratively having been a member of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) since over two decades. She is the founding Chair of the MTS' Canadian Maritime Section, Halifax, N.S., Canada and has served the MTS with many capacity.

Dr. El-Hawary continues to be involved in OCEANS Activities both technically and administratively as a current member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Administrative Committee (AdCom) having served as Vice- President International, and Past Chairman of the Membership Development Committee. She was nominated to serve as President of the Society. Ferial has been instrumental in establishing the Canadian Atlantic Chapters of Oceanic Engineering Society, and she is recognized for her leadership roles in establishing strong IEEE/OES European Chapter based in France as well as the IEEE/OES Chapter based in Trondeheim, Norway. Ferial was heavily involved in the organizing Committees of OCEANS'87, OCEANS'97 Conferences, and CCECE'2000 in Halifax, N.S., Canada and OCEANS'94, OCEANS'98 in France. Dr. El-Hawary is the current Chair of Eastern Canada Council of IEEE Canada, and a member of IEEE Committee on Women in Engineering.

She has organized and chaired many Technical sessions as well as Panel Discussions at the OCEANS Conferences for the past two decades. Dr. El-Hawary served as Chair of the Tutorial Program for many OCEANS Conferences including OCEANS'01. She has published widely, and was guest editor of a special sequence of issues for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering on Advanced Applications of Control and Signal Processing in the Oceans Environment. Also she is the Chief Editor of "The OCEANS Engineering Handbook" published in 2001 by IEEE and CRC Press. Currently she is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering Society (JOES).

She is a recipient of IEEE Canada Wally Read Service Award for 2000, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal' 2000, the 1999 RAB Achievement Award, 1997 IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Distinguished Service Award . She is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and a Fellow of the Marine Technology Society (MTS). Ferial served as president of IEEE Canada in 2008 and 2009.

Prof. Wei-Hsin Liao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IOP

“Robotic Exoskeletons for Motion Assistance and Rehabilitation”

Abstract: Robotic exoskeletons have been developed for two main applications: human power augmentation, rehabilitation and healthcare. Robotic exoskeletons for rehabilitation and healthcare purposes are usually equipped with actuators at hip and knee joints in the lower limbs. For paralyzed patients who totally lost the mobility in their lower limbs, the exoskeleton suits are designed to assist their daily motions like stand up and walk. While for geriatric patients and other patients suffering from stroke or traumatic brain injury, the exoskeletons can be used in functional rehabilitation. The number of patients with paraplegia due to spinal cord injury has reached one million in Hong Kong and mainland China. Lives in the wheelchairs not only bring secondary complications like neuropathic pain and bladder complications to these paralyzed patients, but also may cause psychological problems like depression. We developed novel assistive devices for the welfare of these patients. With the developed robotic exoskeletons, paralyzed people could regain the ability to stand up and walk. This will bring them better life quality and social activities. On the other hand, the developed robotic exoskeletons can also be used in neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation of mobility impaired patients. By providing user-adaptive assistance in gait training, robotic exoskeletons can help the patients achieve better recovery from gait disorder, and reduce the burden of physical therapists at the same time. In this talk, the developed devices/systems and key results will be presented.

Wei-Hsin Liao received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA. Since August 1997, Dr. Liao has been with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is now Chairman and Professor of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. His research interests include smart structures, vibration control, energy harvesting, mechatronics, and medical devices. His research has led to publications of 230 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 16 patents in US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. He was the Conference Chair for the 20th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies in 2009; the Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE in 2014 and 2015. He is a recipient of the T A Stewart-Dyer/F H Trevithick Prize 2005, the ASME 2008 Best Paper Award in Structures, the ASME 2017 Best Paper Award in Mechanics and Material Systems, and three Best Paper Awards in the IEEE conferences. At CUHK, he received the Research Excellence Award (2011), and was awarded Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering (2014). He received the SPIE 2018 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Liao currently serves as an Associate Editor for Mechatronics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, as well as Smart Materials and Structures. Dr. Liao is a Fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IOP.

Prof. Yutaka Ishibashi, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Fellow of IEICE

Biography: Yutaka Ishibashi received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1981, 1983, and 1990, respectively. In 1983, he joined the Musashino Electrical Communication Laboratory of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently, NTT). From 1993 to 2001, he served as an Associate Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology. Currently, he is a Professor of Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology. From June 2000 to March 2001, he was a visiting researcher, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida (USF), USA. He was the Head of Department of Computer Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology from 2005 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2009. He is currently one of the four College Directors at Nagoya Institute of Technology. His research interests include multisensory communications, QoS (Quality of Service) control, and remote robot control with force feedback.

He was the Chair of the IEICE Communication Quality Technical Committee from 2007 to 2009. He served as TPC Chair of IEEE CQR (Communications Quality and Reliability) Workshop in 2011 and 2012. He also served as NetGames (Network and Systems Support for Games) Workshop Co-Chair in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2017, Executive Committee Chair of Tokai-Section Joint Conference on Electrical, Electronics, Information, and Related Engineering in Japan, Chair of IEEE MAW 2017 (Metro Area Workshop in Nagoya, 2017), Conference Co-Chairs of IEEE ICCC 2017 and 2018 and ICECE 2018, Conference Chair of ICCCS 2018, Technical Program Chair of IEEE ICCE-TW 2018, and Conference Co-Chairs of ICFCC 2019 and ICCET 2019. He was IEEE Nagoya Section Secretary in 2015 and 2016 and IEEE Nagoya Section Chair in 2017 and 2018, and he is currently IEEE Nagoya Section Past Chair. He is further a Steering Committee Member of NetGames. He is a Fellow of IEICE, a Senior member of IEEE, and a Member of ACM, ITE, IPSJ, VRSJ, and IEEJ.