Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Venue: Toyonaka Campus

09:00-10:00 PLENARY 1
Han Ding, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Venue:Toyonaka Campus

09:00 – 10:00 PLENARY 2
Title: What is the Next Industrial Revolution?
Mengchu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Friday, July 5, 2019

Venue: Toyonaka Campus

09:00 – 10:00 PLENARY 3
Title: Digital and Physical Twins for Design and Evaluation: Human, Digital Actor and Humanoid
Eiichi Yoshida, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Plenary Speakers

Han Ding, Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology,China

Biography: Prof. Han Ding received his Ph.D. degree in Mechatronics from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 1989. Supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he worked at University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1993. He obtained the National Distinguished Youth Scientific Fund in 1997 and was awarded the “Cheung Kong” Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2001. He was elected a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. Prof. Ding has long dedicated himself to research in the field of robotics and digital manufacturing, and has successfully combined both technologies. He published three academic books and more than 300 journal papers, and licensed more than 60 patents in China. Prof. Ding acted as an Associate Editor (2003-2007) and as an Editor (2011-) of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He was also a Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics from 2010 to 2014. Currently, he is a Senior Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. He is also the Co-founder of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications.

Mengchu Zhou, Distinguished Professor, Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, AAAS and CAA, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

What is the Next Industrial Revolution?

Abstract: Human beings have experienced two major industrial revolutions. The first one took place in the 19th century, which replaced muscle power from humans and animals with mechanical power. The second one started in the middle 20th century, which provided people and societies with Internet. It was built with the technologies from computing, communication, networking and information storage. Both offered unprecedented productivity increases. What will be the next one? This talk intends to answer this question by presenting some recent development of Internet of Things (IoT) and smart systems. IoT was selected by IEEE as a major initiative to develop and advance over the next few years. Several recent studies have predicted the huge growth of IoT and tremendous benefits to the world economy. It was expected that 26 billion IoT units would be installed by year 2020, generating $300 billion in revenue. The IoT will generate an additional $1.9 trillion in economic value. We plan to present a system engineering approach to Internet-of-Things-based smart systems and their applications to smart manufacturing, smart cities, smart gird, smart medical and healthcare services.

Biography: MengChu Zhou received his B.S. degree in Control Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China in 1983, M.S. degree in Automatic Control from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China in 1986, and Ph. D. degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1990. He joined New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ in 1990, and is now a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in Petri nets, intelligent automation, Internet of Things, big data, web services, and intelligent transportation. He has over 800 publications including 12 books, 460+ journal papers (360+ in IEEE transactions), 12 patents and 29 book-chapters. He is the founding Editor of IEEE Press Book Series on Systems Science and Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica. He is a recipient of Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award and the Norbert Wiener Award from IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. He has been among most highly cited scholars for years and ranked top one in the field of engineering worldwide in 2012 by Web of Science/Thomson Reuters and now Clarivate Analytics. His work has been cited for nearly 30,000 with his H-index being 84 according to Google Scholar. He is a life member of Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA and served as its President in 1999. He is VP for Conferences and Meetings, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Chinese Association of Automation (CAA).

Eiichi Yoshida, Director, CNRS-AIST JRL (Joint Robotics Laboratory), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Digital and Physical Twins for Design and Evaluation: Human, Digital Actor and Humanoid

Abstract: Eiichi Yoshida present an approach for product design and evaluation using physical and digital twins of humans, namely a digital actor and humanoid. A digital human can model its shape, musculo-skeletal structure and motions, as well as interactions with devices. By understanding and implementing humans’ motion principles by using a digital actor, its behavior can be simulated in the digital world inside the computer. This allows doing some design and test loops without time-comsuing hardware prototyping, which improves efficiency of human-centered design process. On the other hand, a humanoids can serve as physical twin for humans by reproducding various human behaviors to serve as an evaluator of products closely interacting with humans such as assistive devices. This allows estimating its mechanical supportive effects in a quantitative manner, which is difficult with human measurement. Robotics is a key technology that brings significant contributions to both approaches: dynamics analysis, synthesis and optimization of anthropomorphic systems, as well as robot control and physical interaction. In this presentation we will also show some applications to product design and evaluation and also to standardization of wearable lumbar-support assistive devices.

Biography: Eiichi Yoshida received M.E and Ph. D degrees on Precision Machinery Engineering from Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1993 and 1996 respectively. In 1996 he joined former Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, later reorganized as National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. He served as Co-Director of AIST/IS-CNRS/ST2I Joint French-Japanese Robotics Laboratory (JRL) at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France, from 2004 to 2008. Since 2009, he has been serving as Co-Director of CNRS-AIST JRL (Joint Robotics Laboratory), UMI3218/RL, and appointed as Director in 2017. He also served as Deputy Director of Intelligent Systems Research Institute (IS-AIST), AIST, Tsukuba, Japan from 2015 to 2018. He is currently Director of Planning Office, Department of Information Technology and Human Factors, in AIST. He was awarded Chevalier, l’Ordre National du Mérite from French Government in 2016 for his long-term contributions to French-Japanese collaboration on robotics. He is IEEE Fellow, and member of RSJ and JSME. His research interests include robot task and motion planning, human modeling, and humanoid robots.