Keynote Speakers



Juyang (John) Weng, Professor, IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University, USA

Biography: Juyang Weng received the BS degree from Fudan University, in 1982, M. Sc. and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1985 and 1989, respectively, all in computer science.  He is a professor emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering, faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program, and faculty member of the Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University, East Lansing.  He was a visiting professor at the Computer Science School of Fudan University, Nov. 2003 - March 2014.  Since the work of Cresceptron (ICCV 1993), he expanded his research interests in biologically inspired systems to developmental learning, including perception, cognition, behaviors, motivation, and machine thinking models.  He has published over 300 research articles on related subjects, including task muddiness, intelligence metrics, brain-mind architectures, emergent Turing machines, autonomous programing for general purposes (APFGP), post-selection flaws, vision, audition, touch, attention, detection, recognition, autonomous navigation, and natural language understanding.  He published with T. S. Huang and N. Ahuja the first deep learning system for 3D world, called Cresceptron and a research monograph titled Motion and Structure from Image Sequences.  He authored a book titled Natural and Artificial Intelligence: Computational Introduction to Computational Brain-Mind.  Dr. Weng is an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, the Editor-in-Chief of the Brain-Mind Magazine, and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development (now Cognitive and Developmental Systems).  With others’ support, he initiated the series of International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, and the startup GENISAMA LLC.  He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence and the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.  He is a Fellow of IEEE.


GIULIO SANDINI, Professor, Founding Director
Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Biography: Giulio Sandini is a Founding Director of the Italian Institute of Technology where in 2006 he established the department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As a research fellow and Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale in Pisa and Visiting Researcher at the Neurology Department of the Harvard Medical School he investigated visual perception and sensorimotor coordination in humans and technologies for Brain Activity Mapping in children with learning disabilities. As a professor of bioengineering at the University of Genova in 1990 he founded the LIRA-Lab (Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics, which was to become the birthplace of the iCub humanoid robot. In 1996 he was Visiting Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of MIT.
Giulio Sandini research activity is characterized by an engineering approach to the study of natural intelligent systems with a focus on the design and implementation of artificial systems to investigate the development of human perceptual, motor and cognitive abilities (and viceversa).

Wei-Hsin Liao, Professor, Chairman
Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography:Wei-Hsin Liao received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA. Since August 1997, Dr. Liao has been with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is now Chairman and Professor of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. His research interests include smart structures, vibration control, energy harvesting, mechatronics, exoskeleton and prosthesis. His research has led to publications of 300 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 19 patents in US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. He was the Conference Chair for the 20th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies in 2009; the Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE in 2014 and 2015. He is a recipient of the T A Stewart-Dyer/F H Trevithick Prize 2005, the ASME 2008 Best Paper Award in Structures, the ASME 2017 Best Paper Award in Mechanics and Material Systems, and three Best Paper Awards in the IEEE conferences. At CUHK, he received the Research Excellence Award (2011), and was awarded Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering (2014). As the Chair of Joint Chapter of Robotics, Automation and Control Systems Society (RACS), IEEE Hong Kong Section, Dr. Liao received 2012 Chapter of the Year Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is the recipient of the 2020 ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award and the 2018 SPIE SSM Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Liao currently serves as an Associate Editor for Mechatronics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, as well as Smart Materials and Structures. Dr. Liao is a Fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IOP.