ICCRE 2024 Keynote Speakers
Prof. Hong Zhang
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China
Fellow of IEEE | Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Biography: Dr. ZHANG Hong is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). Prior to joining SUSTech, he was a Professor in the Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Canada where he worked for over 30 years. Over his career, Dr. Zhang has trained over 80 graduate students at MSc and PhD levels and post-doctoral fellows, who have moved on to their successful and important positions in academia and industry. Dr. Zhang's research interests include robotics, autonomous vehicles, computer vision, and image processing. He held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair from 2003-2017, and made significant contributions in robotics research. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IROS Conference Paper Review Board, a flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. In recognition of his many contributions, Dr. Zhang was elected a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Shugen Ma, IEEE Fellow
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), China
Fellow of IEEE, AAIA, JSME
Biography: Dr. Shugen Ma (IEEE Fellow, AAIA Fellow, JSME Fellow) received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1991. From 1991 to 1992, he was a Research Engineer with Komatsu Ltd, and from 1992 to 1993, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Riverside. He joined the Department of Systems Engineering at Ibaraki University as an Assistant Professor in 1993 and then moved to Ritsumeikan University as a Professor in 2005. In 2023, he joined the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Thrust of Systems Hub as a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), China. His research interests include the design and control of environment-adaptive robots, field robotics, and Bio-robotics, focusing on infrastructure inspection, underwater application, and factory automation. He has published over 520 papers in refereed professional journals and international conference proceedings. He has also developed over 50 novel robot systems, filed 80 patents, and supervised 44 doctoral students to graduation. For this achievement, he has been featured in the list of the world’s top 2% of scientists published by Stanford University.
He is a Professor Emeritus of Ritsumeikan University, a Japan MICE Ambassador, and the general chair of the IROS2022 in Kyoto. He also founded the ROBIO conference in 2004 and served as the general chair of ROBIO 2004, ROBIO 2010, and ROBIO 2016. He was/is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics from December 2003 to November 2007, an Editor of Advanced Robotics, and an Associate Editor of Biomimetic Intelligence and Robotics, serving many societies and conferences.
Prof. Makoto Iwasaki
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Fellow of IEEE, IEE Japan
Biography: Makoto Iwasaki received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1986, 1988, and 1991, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology. As professional contributions of the IEEE, he has participated in various organizing services, such as, a Co-Editors-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics since 2016, a Vice President for Planning and Development in term of 2018 to 2021, etc. He is IEEE fellow class 2015 for "contributions to fast and precise positioning in motion controller design". He has received many academic, foundation, and government awards, like the Best Paper and Technical Awards of IEE Japan, the Nagamori Award, the Ichimura Prize, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Japanese Minister of Education, respectively. He is also a fellow of IEE Japan, and a member of Science Council of Japan. His current research interests are the applications of control theories to linear/nonlinear modeling and precision positioning, through various collaborative research activities with industries.