Prof. Biao Huang (IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada)
University of Alberta, Canada

Biography: Biao Huang obtained his PhD degree in Process Control from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1997. He had MSc degree (1986) and BSc degree (1983) in Automatic Control from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He joined the University of Alberta in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and is currently a Full Professor and NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair. He is an IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and recipient of a number of awards including Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, APEGA Summit Award in Research Excellence, ASTech Outstanding Achievement in Science and Engineering Award and a best paper award from the Journal of Process Control. Biao Huang’s research interests include: process data analytics, machine learning, system identification, image processing, fault detection and isolation, and soft sensors. He has applied his expertise extensively in industrial practice. He has published 5 books and over 390 SCI journal papers. Biao Huang currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice, Subject Editor for Journal of the Franklin Institute, and Associate Editor for Journal of Process Control.

Prof. I-Ming Chen (IEEE Fellow, ASME Fellow, Fellow of Singapore Academy of Engineering)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Biography: Prof Chen I-Ming is a Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU Singapore. He received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1986, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA in 1989 and 1994 respectively. His research interests are in logistics and construction robots, wearable devices, human-robot interaction, and industrial automation. I-Ming, his students, and staff, have won many international robotics competitions including the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge, 2017 DHL Robotics Challenge, 2018 IROS Mobile Manipulation Hackathon, and, most recently, the International Grand Prize of Hong Kong CIC Construction Innovation Award 2019.
From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of Robotics Research Centre in NTU. He was a member of the NRF Robotics Task Force 2014 which is responsible for Singapore’s strategic R&D plan in future robotics, and General Chairman of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) in Singapore.
He co-founded two robotics start-up companies in Singapore: Transforma Robotics Pte Ltd developing robots for the construction industry, and Hand Plus Robotics Pte Ltd developing robotics and AI solutions for the logistics and manufacturing industry. Professor Chen is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME).


Prof. Zhiwu Li (IEEE Fellow)
Xidian University, China

Biography: Zhiwu Li received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all from Xidian University, Xi’an, China, in 1989, 1992, and 1995, respectively. He is currently with the School of Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Xidian University. Dr. Li held visiting professor positions at the University of Toronto, Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Martin-Luther University at Halle (supported by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), University of Cagliari, Politecnico di Bari, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam, supported by the program of Research in Paris), King Saud University, and Meliksah University. He has published two monographs in Springer (2009) and CRC Press (2013) and 170+ publications in Automatica and IEEE Transactions. His research was cited by leading business giants IBM, HP, ABB, Volvo, GE, GM, and Huawei. His current research interests include Petri net theory and application, supervisory control of discrete event systems. Dr. Li serves (served) as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems and Human Beings, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, Information Sciences (Elservier), IEEE Access (Senior Editor), and Scientific Reports. He is a Fellow of IEEE (2016) and was selected as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Engineering from 2014-2018.


Prof. Carla Seatzu
University of Cagliari, Italy

Biography: Carla Seatzu is currently a Full Professor of Automatic Control with the University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy.  Her research interests include discrete-event systems, Petri nets, hybrid systems, networked control systems, manufacturing, and transportation systems. She is the author of over 260 publications, including 90 articles in international journals and one textbook. She is the editor of two international books. She has been a Visiting Professor with universities in Spain, (Zaragoza), USA (Atlanta), Mexico (Guadalajara), and China (Xi’an, Hangzhou). Her h-index in Scopus is equal to 37.  Prof. Seatzu is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Letters and the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. She is Department Editor of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems. She was a Program Chair of the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation in 2018, Workshop Chair of the 55th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control in 2016 and a General Co-Chair of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation in 2013.