Keynote Speaker I:

Prof. Zhijun Li, IEEE Fellow, AAIA Fellow

University of Science and Technology of China

Biography: Zhijun Li (IEEE Fellow) received the Ph.D. degree in mechatronics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China, in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent systems, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan. From 2005 to 2006, he was a research fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 2017, he is a Professor in Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology, Hefei, China. From 2019, he is the Vice Dean of School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, China. From 2016, he has been the Co-Chairs of IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems (B2S), and IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Neuro-Robotics Systems. He is serving as an Editorat-large of Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, and Associate Editors of several IEEE Transactions. Dr. Li’s current research interests include wearable robotics, tele-operation systems, nonlinear control, neural network optimization, etc.


Keynote Speaker I:

Prof. Shuanghua Yang, IET Fellow

University of Reading, UK

Biography: Shuang-Hua’s educational history originated in China where he received a BSc in 1983, an MSc in 1986, both from East China Institute of Petroleum (now Petroleum University) and a PhD in 1991 from Zhejiang University. He moved to the UK in 1995 first as a visiting scholar at Leeds University and then joined Loughborough University in 1997 as a research assistant, and progressing to a research fellow in 1999, a senior lecturer in 2003, a professor in 2006 and a Head of Department in 2014. He ended the full-time appointment in 2019 at Loughborough and became a visiting professor at the same time.
He is a specialist in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and has completed several large-scale research projects in the areas, funded by FP7, MoD, EPSRC, Innovate UK, ERDF, British Council, NSFC and MOST. His research work on wireless network-based monitoring and control is seminal in the field of wireless communication and has led to a whole new sub-field, entitled wireless monitoring and control, which has had high impact in both research and commercial technology. He was a pioneer working on computer control systems safety and security in late twentieth. He invented over 20 patents, among them a nonintrusive water flowrate sensing technology, an optimal LoRa based wireless communication protocol, an innovative direction switchable security gateway, and an adaptive wireless tracking system (UWB) have been commercialized and deployed in several industries world-wide. He has authored two research monographs on Internet-based control and wireless sensor networks respectively. By organizing a series of special issues of various academic journals and other professional service, he has helped grow this field to have a major impact on the academic, research, and industry communities. In addition, he authored over 250 academic research papers. His scientific achievement has been recognized by being awarded a Doctor of Science, a higher doctorate degree, in 2014 from Loughborough University. In the same year he was selected as a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).


Keynote Speaker I:

Prof. David Greenhalgh

University of Strathclyde, UK

Biography: Professor David Greenhalgh gained a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1984 and worked at Imperial College, London from 1984 to 1986. He also has a first class Honours degree in Mathematics and a distinction in Part III Mathematics. He is am currently a member of the Population Modelling and Epidemiology Research Group at Strathclyde and has been a member of staff at Strathclyde in the Departments of Mathematics, Statistics and Modelling Science and Mathematics and Statistics since 1986. He is currently (since 2017) a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, Postgraduate Director (Mathematics and Statistics) at Strathclyde and also Associate Editor of Journal of Biological Systems. He has published over 110 publications in international refereed journals, supervised over 20 MPhil and PhD research students and been on the editorial board of eighteen international journals. In 2015 he was awarded a two year (2015-2017) Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship grant (50K RF-2015-88) as PI to study mathematical modelling of vaccination against dengue. He has also been involved in collaboration with Malaysia to mathematically model a mosquito trap to control dengue and won a 187K grant from the Newton Fund to do this in 2016. His main research interests are in mathematical and statistical epidemiology but he has also done some work in genetic algorithms and signal and image processing.