ICDPR 2021 Speakers

Prof. Dan Zhang

(Keynote Speaker)

Senior Member of IEEE
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

York University, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biography: Dr. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor and Tier 1 York Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics, as well as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University. Before 2016, Dr. Zhang was a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, and was a founding Chair of the Department of Automotive, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in June 2000.
Dr. Zhang's research interests include robotics and mechatronics; high performance parallel robotic machine development; sustainable/green manufacturing systems; rehabilitation robot and rescue robot.
Dr. Zhang’s contributions to and leadership within the field of robotic and automation have been recognized with several prestigious awards, within his own university (Research Excellence Award both from university level and faculty level) and Kaneff Professorship, the Province of Ontario (Early Researcher Award), the professional societies (Fellow of the ASME, the CAE, the EIC and the CSME), and federal funding agencies (Canada Research Chair in January 2009 and renewed in January 2014).
Dr. Zhang is the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Robotics Applications and Technologies. Dr. Zhang served as a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee.
Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a Fellow of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), a Senior Member IEEE, and a Senior Member of SME.

Prof. Pierre Larochelle

(Keynote Speaker)

Senior Member of IEEE
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, USA

 

 

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Biography: Pierre Larochelle (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Irvine) is the Department Head and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Previously he served as an Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the design of complex robotic mechanical systems and enabling creativity and innovation in design. He is the founding director of the RObotics and Computational Kinematics INnovation (ROCKIN) Laboratory, has over 100 publications, holds two US patents, and serves as a consultant on robotics, automation, machine design, creativity & innovation, and computer-aided design. He serves on the Executive Committee of ASME’s Design Engineering Division and will serve as Chair of the Division in 2018-2019. He serves on ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and as an ABET Accreditation Visit Team Chair. Moreover, he currently serves as the Chair of the U.S. Committee on the Theory of Mechanisms & Machine Science and represents the U.S. in the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism & Machine Science (IFToMM) (2016 - 2020). He has served as Chair of the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee (2010-2014) and as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics (2013 – 2016, 2017 - present), the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (2005 – 2011), and for Mechanics Based Design of Structures & Machines (2006 – 2013). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, ASEE, and the Order of the Engineer.


Prof. Zhengtao Ding

(Keynote Speaker)

IEEE Member

University of Manchester, UK

 

 

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Biography: Zhengtao Ding received B.Eng. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and M.Sc. degree in systems and control, and the Ph.D. degree in control systems from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, U.K. After working as a Lecturer with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, for ten years, he joined the University of Manchester in 2003, where he is currently Professor of Control Systems with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is the author of the book: Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Systems (IET, 2013) and has published over 200 research articles. His research interests include nonlinear and adaptive control theory and their applications, more recently network-based control, distributed optimization and distributed learning, with applications to power systems and robotics. Prof. Ding has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Control Systems Letters, Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, Control Theory and Technology, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Unmanned Systems, and the International Journal of Automation and Computing, etc. He is a member of IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems and Control, IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Control, and IFAC Technical Committee on Adaptive and Learning Systems.

   

Past ICDPR Speakers

Prof. Dan Zhang
Prof. Pierre Larochelle
Prof. Naira Hovakimyan
York University, Canada
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, USA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Prof. Zhengtao Ding
Dr. Ara Nefian
Prof. Wenqiang Zhang
University of Manchester, UK
NASA , USA
Fudan University, China
Prof. Bipin C. Desai
Prof. Desineni Subbaram Naidu
Prof. Evangelos Theodorou
Concordia University, Canada
University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Wilson Q. Wang
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang
Prof. Yiyu Cai
Lakehead University, Canada
University of South Carolina, USA
Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
Prof. Chu Kiong Loo
Dr. Hongjun He
University of Malaya, Malaysia
The 21st Research Institute of China, Electronics Technology Group Corporation, China


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