Keynote Speakers|

Professor GUPTA Manoj, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Dr Manoj Gupta was a former Head of Materials Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Director designate of Materials Science and Engineering Initiative at NUS, Singapore. He did his Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, USA (1992), and postdoctoral research at University of Alberta, Canada (1992). He is currently among top 0.6% researchers as per Stanford’ List, among Top 1% Scientist of the World Position by The Universal Scientific Education and Research Network and among 1% among scientists as per ResearchGate. His international rank among Materials Researchers in World is currently at 1305.  To his credit are: (i) Disintegrated Melt Deposition technique and (ii) Hybrid Microwave Sintering technique, an energy efficient solid-state processing method to synthesize alloys/micro/nano-composites. He has published over 650 peer reviewed journal papers and owns two US patents and two Trade Secrets.  His current h-index is 79, citations greater than 21500 and reads greater than 100,000 (Research Gate). He has also co-authored eight books, published by John Wiley, Springer and MRF - USA. He is Editor-in-chief/Editor of twelve international peer reviewed journals. A multiple award winner, he actively collaborate/visit Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, USA and India as a visiting researcher, professor and chair professor.

Speech title: Fascinating Potential of Cryogenic Treatment to Alter the Properties of a Magnesium Based Nanocomposite.

Speech abstract: New magnesium-based materials including nanocomposites have been evolving rapidly for over 20 years and have shown tremendous promise as potential material choice in both engineering and biomedical applications. The main driving force for such a development is the lightweight (typically 33% lighter than aluminum) of magnesium-based materials (~  = 1.74 g/cc) which can noticeably mitigate carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, the choice of magnesium-based materials is rather limited and hence the efforts are continuing globally to develop magnesium-based materials which display a much wider range of properties akin to that of steels and aluminum-based materials. The variation in properties, irrespective of the type of metallic material, can be accomplished through judicious compositional modification, choice of primary and secondary processing and exposure to different temperatures (subzero and above zero degree centigrade) for a predetermined duration of time. The present talk accordingly will highlight the capability of sub-zero temperature treatment in altering various properties of a magnesium-based nanocomposite highlighting a new path in development methodology for magnesium-based materials..

Prof. Stefano Mariani, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.

Stefano Mariani received an M.S. degree (cum laude) in civil engineering in 1995, and a Ph.D. degree in structural engineering in 1999; both degrees are from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He is currently a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Milan. He was a research scholar at the Danish Technical University in 1997, an adjunct professor at Penn State University in 2007, and a visiting professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 2009. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Algorithms, International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements, Inventions, Machines, Micro and Nanosystems, Micromachines, and Sensors. He has been a recipient of the Associazione Carlo Maddalena Prize for graduate students (1996), and of the Fondazione Confalonieri Prize for PhD students (2000). He has co-authored around 300 journal and conference papers.His main research interests are: the reliability of MEMS that are subject to shocks and drops; the structural health monitoring of composite structures through MEMS sensors; numerical simulations of ductile fracture in metals and of quasi-brittle fracture in heterogeneous and functionally graded materials; extended finite element methods; the calibration of constitutive models via extended and sigma-point Kalman filters; and multi-scale solution methods for dynamic delamination in layered composites.

Speech title: Piezo-actuated MEMS testing devices for materials characterization at the microscale.

Speech abstract: Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are small-scale devices that have already revolutionized a number of high-tech fields, owing to their versatile functionalities. However, there is still concern regarding their reliability, especially when they have to operate in harsh environments characterized by high temperature and humidity levels. The unknown behavior of the relevant structural parts under varying loading, as affected by possible microfabrication defects, can spoil the long-term performance of the devices. In this work, the reliability problem has been addressed by investigating the fatigue-induced delamination processes in polysilicon-based MEMS structures. Ad-hoc designed test structures featuring a piezoelectric actuation have been designed, aiming to maximize the stress state in regions susceptible to the said delamination events. An optimization strategy for the topology/shape of the test structures has been then proposed by taking advantage of a numerical investigation, to allow for all the possible dissipative phenomena that characterize the response of the movable structures at the microscale, including their interaction with the surrounding fluid.

Prof. Yaowu Hu, Wuhan University, China.

Yaowu Hu, PhD, professor at Wuhan University, young leading scholar, recipient of national young talent program. Dr. Hu focuses on laser shock hybrid manufacturing research. From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Hu was in School of Industrial Engineering of Purdue University, doing research in the design, experimental, and modeling of scalable 3D manufacturing. He was a tenure-track assistant professor at University at Buffalo, SUNY, and served at NSF of USA as a panel reviewer. His works have been published at Science, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture,Advanced Materials,Nano Letters,Applied Surface Science, and other high-standard journals for more than 40 times.

Speech title: Intense laser shocking of metallic materials and the applications in property enhancements.

Prof. Ming-Feng Ge, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China.

Dr. Ming-Feng Ge is currently a full professor and the director of department of mechanical engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China. He received his B.Sc. degree in automation in 2008 and the Ph.D. degree in control theory and control engineering in 2016 both from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. From February 2017 to June 2021, he was serving as an associate professor and vice director with the School of Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Information, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan. His research interests include human-in-the-loop systems, human-robot shared control, cyber-physical systems, swarming intelligence, and computational neuroscience. Prof. Ge is IEEE Senior Member, and is serving as the section editor or associate editor for several international journals, for examples, Science Progress (SAGE Journals), Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Electronics Letters (IET), International Journal of Dynamics and Control (Springer), Cyber-Physical Systems (Taylor & Francis Online). He has been the corresponding author of the featured cover paper for VOLUME 31, ISSUE 18 in International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. He has been rewarded as the Outstanding Reviewers of 2019 in Asian Journal of Control. He is a member of the Sakura Science Club and successfully achieved the course of Japan-Asia Youth Exchange program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) administered by Japan Science and Technology Agency in 2016. He has been the deputy secretary general of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society TC16 Technical Committee (China), the Executive Director of TC13 Technical Committee (China) since May, 2022. He has been the Member of Technical Committee on Control Theory (TCCT) Multi-agent Group, Chinese Association of Automation since 2018. He has also served as the General President of 2022 International Conference on Applied Mathematics and Digital Simulation (AMDS 2022), the Vice President of The 8th International Conference on Digital Manufacturing and Automation (ICDMA 2022), as well as many chairs and Special Section Organizers of other international conferences. He has also been invited as the Keynote Speaker in 2017 2nd International Conference on Mechatronics and Electrical Systems (ICMES 2017).

Speech title: Cooperation and Game Theory for Hybrid Intelligent Systems.

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