National University of Singapore, Singapore
Biography: Shuzhi Sam Ge, IEEE Fellow, PhD, DIC, BSc, PEng, is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of Social Robotics Laboratory of Smart Systems Institute. The National University of Singapore, Singapore. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 1993, and the B.Sc. degree from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China, in 1986.
He has (co)-authored seven books, and over 300 international journal and conference papers. He is the Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Social Robotics,Springer. He has served/been serving as an Associate Editor for a number of flagship journals including IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transaction on SMC-Systems, and Automatica. He also serves as a book Editor of the Taylor & Francis Automation and Control Engineering Series. At IEEE Control Systems Society, he served/serves as Vice President for Technical Activities, 2009-2010, Vice President of Membership Activities, 2011-2012, Member of Board of Governors of IEEE Control Systems Society, 2007-2009. He is also a Fellow of IFAC, IET, and SAEng. His current research interests include robotics, adaptive control, intelligent systems and artificial intelligence.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Biography: A native of China, Professor Wang obtained his undergraduate degree from Xian Jiaotong University in China, his M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. from the Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining HKUST in 2015, he served on the engineering faculty at University of Maryland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. Professor Wang has held other positions worldwide, including visiting scholar at Stanford University, A*STAR OAP Fellow in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Guest Professor in Xian Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Haerbin Institute of Technology, Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Eminent Visiting Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of University of Technology Sydney.
Wang’s research focuses primarily on robotics, autonomous systems, manufacturing automation, topology optimization, and additive manufacturing, with over 300 technical publications in these areas. His research projects were supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Boeing, Chrysler, ALCOA, Maryland Industrial Partnerships in USA, by RGC and ITC and local industries in Hong Kong, by NSFC and MOST in China, and by Singapore A*STAR, MOE, and Defense Ministry. He has supervised 25 PhD, 11 MS and 4 MPhil degree students.
University of Macau, China
Biography: Qingsong Xu is a Full Professor with the Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, and Director of Smart and Micro/Nano Systems Laboratory. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, the National University of Singapore, Singapore, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. His current research area involves mechatronics, robotics and automation, intelligent control, micro/nano-robotics and systems, etc. Prof. Xu is a Senior Member of IEEE. He has published 3 monographs in Springer and Wiley and over 290 technical papers in international journals and conferences. His publications have been cited by over 7400 times in Google Scholar with h-index of 48. He currently serves as a Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Prof. Xu is the recipient of several Best Paper Awards from IEEE international conferences. He has received multiple times of Macao Science and Technology Awards (2014, 2016, and 2018) from Macao SAR, China.
Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Biography: Hamid Reza Karimi (M’06–SM’09) received the B.Sc. (First Hons.) degree in power systems from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1998, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. (First Hons.) degrees in control systems engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He is currently a professor of Applied Mechanics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His current research interests include control systems and mechatronics with applications to automotive control systems, vibration systems and wind energy. Prof. Karimi is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cyber-Physical Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Machines, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Aerospace System Science and Engineering, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Designs, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronics, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Progress, Subject Editor for Journal of The Franklin Institute and a Technical Editor, Moderator for IEEE TechRxiv or Associate Editor for some international journals, for instance, the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers, the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, Information Sciences, IFAC-Mechatronics, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. He is a member of Agder Academy of Science and Letters and also a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty, the Committee on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems, the Committee on Robust Control, and the Committee on Automotive Control. Prof. Karimi awarded as the 2016-2019 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering.
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Biography: Cesare Fantuzzi is a professor of automatic control
at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in which
he has the role of director of the both bachelor and
master degrees in Mechatronics. In this role, apart from
normal academic duties, Prof. Cesare Fantuzzi works to
define the vision for the didactical organization, in
particular, he recently launched a revision of the
academic plan accordingly to new technologies known as
Industry 4.0 (IoT, human-robot co-working, smart
In Prof. Cesare Fantuzzi's research activities he always seek for cooperation between industry and academia, he has a score of more than 80 research project totally financed by private companies. He strongly believes in a modern approach to research, in which there is no space any longer for researchers who work alone in their office, but with a strong team who work together to reach effective research overlooking to industrial impact. Prof. Cesare Fantuzzi founded the laboratory of Automation, Robotics and System Control, who in 2016 is formed by 26 researchers and is involved in 4 European projects currently active.
Prof. Cesare Fantuzzi launched 4 academic spin-offs, who are now brilliant industrial bodies well introduced in the economic structure of the city of Reggio Emilia.
DIMEG-University of Calabria, Italy
Biography: Giuseppe Carbone is Associate Professor at DIMEG, University of Calabria, Italy, since Dec. 2018. He has got the Master and Ph.D. degree at University of Cassino (Italy) where he has been working as key member of LARM (Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics) since 2000. In 2015-2017 he has been Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK and member of the Executive Board of Sheffield Robotics, where he is visiting professor, since 2018. He has been Visiting Professor at Humanoid Robotics Institute (Waseda University, Japan), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (University Carlos III Madrid, Spain), Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang University, Beijing, China), GMSC Department, Pprime Institute (University of Poitiers, France). Currently, he is Deputy Chair of IFToMM TC on Robotics and Mechatronics, Deputy Chair of the Youth Committee of the International Society of Bionics and Biomechanics, Treasurer of the IFToMM Italy Member Organization. His research interests cover aspects of Mechanics of Manipulation and Grasp, Mechanics of Robots, Engineering Design with over 300 research paper outputs. He has been PI or co-PI of more than 20 projects including 7th European Framework and H2020 funds.
IFToMM President 2016-19, ASME fellow, Head of Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics
University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy
Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Intelligent Robots and Systems, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
Biography: Marco Ceccarelli received his Ph.D. in Mechan-ical Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 1988. He is Professor of Mechan-ics of Machines at the University of Cassino and South Latium, Italy, where he chairs LARM: La-boratory of Robotics and Mechatronics.
His research interests cover subjects of robot de-sign, mechanism kinematics, experimental me-chanics with special attention to parallel kinemat-ics machines, service robotic devices, mechanism design, and history of machines and mechanisms whose expertise is documented by several pub-lished papers in the fields of Robotics. He has been visiting professor in several universities in the world and since 2014 at Beijing Institute of Technology. He is ASME fellow. Professor Ceccarelli serves in several Journal editorial boards and conference scientific committees. He is editor of the Springer book series on Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) and History of MMS. Professor Ceccarelli is the President of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of MMS. He has con-tributed to Romansy since 1986 and is in the Scientific Committee since 2004. He has started several IFToMM sponsored conferences including MEDER (Mechanism Design for Robot-ics) and MUSME (Multibody Systems and Mechatronics).
Head of BIROMED-Lab (Bio-Inspired RObots for MEDicine-Laboratory)
University of Basel, Switzerland
Biography: Georg Rauter studied “Mechatronics in Mechanical Engineering” at TU-Graz, Austria and “Mathematical and Mechanical Modeling” at Université Bordeaux 1, Ecole MATMECA, France. Afterwards he moved to Switzerland to perform his PhD thesis in robotics at ETH-Zurich under supervision of Prof. Robert Riener. In 2014, Georg Rauter graduated and continued his research career as a postdoc at in Los Angeles, USA at University of Southern California with Prof. David Z. D’Argenio in the field of statistical modeling. Then he moved back to Switzerland to manage an innovation project on the rehabilitation robot “the FLOAT” at the spinal Cord Injury Center of the Balgrist, University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2016, Georg Rauter was called to University of Basel, Switzerland as an assistant professor for “Medical Robotics and Mechatronics” at the Department of Biomedical
Engineering of University of Basel, where he founded his BIROMED-Lab (Bio-Inspired RObots for MEDicine-Lab).
His research focuses on robotic endoscopes for laser ablation of hard tissue, bio-inspired sensor technologies for endoscopic navigation, telemanipulation, automation, kinematics, rehabilitation robotics, and control.
Università degli Studi di CATANIA, Italy
Giovanni Muscato received the Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Catania, in 1988.
After completing graduation, he was with the Centro di Studi sui Sistemi, Turin, Italy.
In 1990 he won the position of researcher in Automatic Control in the University of Catania. In 1991 he won a “Fulbright” fellowship.
In July-August 1991 he was visiting researcher in the University of New Mexico working on “Robust Control”, In September 1992 he was visiting researcher at the Waseda university (Tokyo) Japan working on “Neural Networks”.
In 1998 he becomes Associate Professor at the University of Catania.
In September 2000 he was visiting professor at the University Picardie Jule Verne, San Quentin (France) working on “Mobile robotics”.
In 2005 he won the position of Full Professor at the University of Catania.
He regularly holds several courses of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Catania in topics regarding Automatic Control, System theory and Robotics. He regularly follows as supervisor Master students (more than two hundred till now) and PhD students (more than ten till now).
The scientific research activity regarded several theoretical and experimental topics mainly concerning automatic control and robotics. From this activity he has published more than 250 articles in congress proceedings and in national and international journals, four books and two patents.
He was local responsible of several national research projects as ROBINSPEC: A robot for industrial inspection, TECSIS PON (2002-2005), PRIN PICTURE (Motion control of innovative locomotion systems and navigation in unstructured environments” (2004-2006), RI4.2 “Innovative methods for the adoption of ICU in robotics” FAR 2 MIUR (2002-2006), “Study design and building of a robot for automatic artichoke harvesting”, funded by Regione Siciliana. As regard European projects he was the coordinator of the project ROBOVOLC (5FP) where a robot for volcanic inspections was designed built and tested. He was also local coordinator of the european projects: CLAWAR 2 (Climbing and Walking Robots), EUROBOT (Robotic educational events to promote a dissemination of science and technology among young people in Europe), RAPOLAC (Rapid Production of Large Aerospace Components), MOW-BY-SAT (Mowing the lawn by satellite), TIRAMISU (Toolbox Implementation for Removal of Anti-personnel Mines, Submunitions and UXO). Moreover he was responsible of several grants with local and national companies for the development of robotic systems.
In 2003 he organised as General Chairman the international conference CLAWAR 2003 and in 2006 the finals of the international robotic competition EUROBOT.
He is in the editorial board of several journals and in the International committee of many robotic conferences. He is expert reviewer of the European Commission of the Italian Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico and of the MIUR.
He is senior member of the IEEE Control & System Society and of the IEEE Robotics & Automation society.
He is in the board of trustees of the CLAWAR Association. He is in the board of directors of the Distretto Tecnologico Sicilia Micro e nano Sistemi and is one of the founder of the Spin-Off Etnamatica S.r.l.
Director, VT Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory
Core Faculty, Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS)
Virginia Tech, USA
Biography: Dr. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the founding Director of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory at Virginia Tech. He received the B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology in 2000 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Before joining University of Toronto in 2002, he was an R&D engineer at General Electric Medical Systems Company developing medical diagnostic robotic and mechatronic systems. Dr. Ben-Tzvi's current research interests are in robotics & intelligent autonomous systems, human-robot interactions, mechatronics, systems dynamics and control, mechanism design and system integration, and novel sensing and actuation. Examples of research application areas and projects include autonomous mobile robots with symbiosis of locomotion and manipulation and modular & reconfigurable mobile robotics for search & rescue and hazardous environment sensing and monitoring; design of intelligent biomimetic robotic tails for robust dynamic stabilization and agile maneuvering of mobile/legged robots on rough terrain; autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch and recovery from naval vessels; haptics devices and upper-extremity exoskeletons for tele-operation and medical diagnostics and therapeutic purposes such as rehabilitation therapy; and novel smart sensors and actuators for biomedical applications. His research program has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), United States Navy (USN), United Sates Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), and US Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO). He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and refereed papers in conference proceedings and is the named inventor on at least twelve U.S. patents and patent applications and a Canadian patent directed to various robotic technologies and devices. He is the recipient of the 2013 GW SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award and the 2013 GW SEAS Outstanding Young Teacher Award, as well as several other honors and awards including best paper awards and is active in the professional community, such as organizing conferences and workshops. Dr. Ben-Tzvi is a Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and Associate Editor for the Int'l Journal of Control, Automation and Systems, and served as an Associate Editor for IEEE ICRA 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Dr. Ben-Tzvi is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASME.