Keynote & Plenary

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Anand Krishna Asundi, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Anand Asundi (安顺泰) is currently Professor and Director of the Centre for Optical and Laser Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also Deputy Director of The Photonics Institute, Singapore. His teaching area is in Optical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics with research interests in Computational Optical Metrology, Photomechanics and Optics for Life. He has numerous patents, has published extensively and presented invited seminars/talks at various institutions and at international conferences. He is Editor of Optics and Lasers in Engineering and Fellow of SPIE, the International Society of Optical Engineers and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. He is founding chair of the Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore and the Asian Committee on Experimental Mechanics. He has chaired numerous conferences both in Singapore and overseas. He is also the founder of d’Optron Pte Ltd., an award winning Start-up Company for precision metrology and quantitative phase microscopy.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Yangmin Li, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


Dr. Li started his academic career in 1994 as a Lecturer of Mechatronics Department at the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.  He was a Fellow in International Institute for Software Technology of the United Nations University (UNU/IIST) from May to November 1996, a visiting scholar in University of Cincinnati in 1996, and a Posdoctoral Research Associate in Purdue University, W. Lafayette, USA in 1997. He was an Assistant Professor (1997.9-2001.8), Associate Professor (2001.9-2007.8) and Full Professor (2007.9-) in University of Macau. He is now a Full Professor at Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Professor Li is serving as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science Engineering, Associate Editor of Mechatronics etc. reputable international journals. He was senior member of IEEE, member of ASME and CSME. Prof. Li has published 369 papers in journals, book chapters and conferences. His papers have been cited 4867 times and his h-index is 40 according to Google Scholar up to now.


Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Tetsuya Akagi, Okayama University of Science, Japan


Tetsuya Akagi is currently a professor of Department of Intelligent Mechanical Engineering, Okayama University of Science, Japan. He received his doctor degree in Engineering from Okayama University of Science in 1998. He started at Tsuyama National College of Technology, Japan as a research associate on 1998. Then, he joined Okayama University of Science as a lecturer from 2005. He received Young Scientists' Prize from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. His research interests include mechatronics and robotics; especially wearable control systems using microcomputers and wearable control devices such as flexible pneumatic actuator, soft sensor and wearable control valve. Prof. Tetsuya Akagi is currently a member of The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), The Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), and The Japan Fluid Power System Society (JFPS).


Speech Title: Development of Pneumatic Soft Actuators and Sensors for Low-cost Home Rehabilitation Device

Abstract: Based on an aging society and chronic lack of physical therapists in Japan, a rehabilitation device that can recover physical ability of elderly after injuring temporally is required. In ideal, it is better that the patient can use the rehabilitation device without special knowledge at home. In addition, the device must be produced at low-cost so that patients can buy them by themselves without financial support from the government. Therefore, the actuators used in such a home rehabilitation need to be flexible so as not to injure the human body. The compact and light-weight control devices such as a valve, an actuator and a sensor are also required. In this plenary talk, several pneumatic drive soft actuators are introduced. One is a novel flexible pneumatic cylinder that can be used even if the cylinder is deformed by external forces. A flexible wearable robot arm and a portable spherical actuator using flexible pneumatic cylinders for a rehabilitation device for human wrist and arm are also introduced. As a soft actuator with larger force and longer stroke, a long stroke type Rubber artificial muscle that can generate larger force with a long stroke of more than 90 % of the original length of the muscle is introduced. In addition, various low-cost built-in position sensors for these soft actuators are introduced. Small-sized and low-cost control valves using vibration motor and buckled tubes for wearable driving system will be also introduced.