Keynote Speakers (by last name alphabetic order)

System Aspects of Robotics for Construction 4.0
Construction is labour-intensive due to: 1) tasks and processes are not standardized; 2) complex working environments. Once humans are involved, work place safety and health, manpower crunch and ageing are all surfaced in the form of construction project progress delays and low productivity. Promoting robotics and automation to transform the construction industry, therefore, becomes an inevitable development trend. In this talk, I will first introduce the world trend in construction innovation from technology to business, namely 3D volumetric fabrication, robotics and AI for built environment and construction, new start-ups on construction technology and the ecosystem. Secondly, Singapore’s approach in coping with construction productivity and nurturing the new built environment industry sector will be introduced. This includes systematic method based on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) paradigm for construction robotics and automation, i.e., Construction 4.0, to address the construction productivity issues from the pre-fabrication factories to the onsite construction.
Prof. I-Ming Chen

  • Professor
  • School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tel: +65 6790-6203
Research Topics
  • Logistics and construction robots
  • Wearable devices
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Industrial automation
  • Editor-in-chief of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
  • Director of Robotics Research Centre, NTU, Singapore
  • Director of Intelligent Systems Centre, NTU, Singapore
  • Member of the Robotics Task Force 2014
  • General Chairman of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017)
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of Transforma Robotics Pte Ltd
  • Co-Founder and CTO of Hand Plus Robotics Pte Ltd
  • Fellow of Singapore Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of IEEE
  • Fellow of ASME

  • Red Dot International Design Award (2020)
  • Construction Innovation Award, International Grand Prize, Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (2019)
  • Champion, IROS Mobile Manipulation Hackathon (2018)
  • Winner, DHL Robotics Challenge, Troisdorf, Germany (2017)
  • Champion, Amazon Robotics Challenge, Nagoya, Japan (2017)

  • PhD California Institute of Technology 1994
  • MS California Institute of Technology 1989
  • BS National Taiwan University 1986

Intelligent Robot Control for Flexible Object Handling
Flexibility and versatility are more and more expected in object handling by robots. Sensing and control offer two fundamental technologies for intelligent robot control for flexibility and versatility. In this talk, I will introduce two works in progress at the Mechanical Systems Control (MSC) laboratory at the UC Berkeley on intelligent robot control. One is real-time estimation of deformable objects with dynamical simulation. This problem is intended to further developed to applications such as cable handling in assembly of personal computers and automated handling of clothes and shirts. The other problem is on introducing intelligence to impedance control. Impedance control has been widely applied to robot systems to guarantee safe physical interactions. Many complex manipulation tasks require the robot to change impedance according to the task phases. To achieve variable impedance control for robots, I will discuss 1) Safe OnGO-VIC: Safe Online Gain Optimization for Variable Impedance Control with Control Barrier Functions and 2) learning variable impedance control via inverse reinforcement learning.
Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka

  • Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr. Distinguished Professor
  • Associate Dean for the Faculty College of Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Tel: +1 (510) 847-4574
Research Topics
  • optimal and adaptive control
  • digital control
  • signal processing
  • motion control
  • control problems related to
    1. robotics
    2. manufacturing
    3. mechatronic systems
    4. vehicles
    5. human-machine systems
  • Program Director of the Dynamic Systems and Control Program of the National Science Foundation (2002-2004)
  • President of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) (1998-1999)
  • Chair of IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems

  • Honorary Member of the ASME, Life Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Fellow of IFAC and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
  • J-DSMC Best Paper Award (1995, 2010)
  • The Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (ASME, 1997)
  • The Rufus Oldenburger Medal (ASME, 2002
  • The John R. Ragazzini Award (AACC, 2006)
  • The Richard Bellman Control Heritage Award (AACC, 2018)
  • The Honda Medal (ASME, 2019)
  • The Nichols Medal (IFAC, 2020)

  • PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1974
  • MS Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • BS Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Robotics: R&D to commercialisation
New robot markets are needed to commercialise service robots for a wide variety of applications to help humans rather than the traditional industrial robots. The new robot sectors demand new technologies and new regulations to be developed in medial and non-medial sectors. The talk will present an overview of the emerging trends starting with how the area of robotics has evolved from its early roots to the current situation, and where it is likely to go in the future. Prof Virk has also been actively involved in the international transformation. He has also been involved in a number of research projects to develop robots for new applications in hazardous environments as well as in service scenarios to help persons in everyday life. The service robotics work involved designing and developing lower-body mobility exoskeletons for elderly persons to stay independently living in their own homes for as long as possible. The talk will describe the R&D and the current activities to commercialise the mobility exoskeleton knowhow.
Prof. Dr. Gurvinder Singh Virk

  • Professor of Robotics
  • Dean, School of Engineering
  • Managing Director
  • UPES University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
  • Endoenergy Systems, UK and India

Tel1: +44 7592 611234
Tel2: +91 8284 848189
  • Professor in Massey University, New Zeeland
  • Professor in University of Gävle and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Professor in Universities of Portsmouth and Leeds, UK
  • Visiting Professor in Fachochschule Südwestfalen, Soest, Germany
  • Visiting Professor in Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Visiting Professor in Zhejiang University, China
  • Technical Director at InnotecUK
  • Treasurer and Trustee of the UK registered charity CLAWAR
  • Member of Advisory Board for StraightWalk Innovation Fund in exoskeletons
  • Advisor on Development of robot technology and safety evaluation, ITRI, Taiwan
  • Member of the UK EPSRC’s Control and Instrumentation College of peer reviewers
  • Expert evaluator for the EC ICT DG and SME Calls and Expert for EC projects (EMICAB, INTRO, etc).

  • Led creation of the first harmonised ISO safety standard (EN ISO 13482) for personal care robots allowing close robot-human interaction including human-robot contact, 2014.
  • Led creation of IEC TR 60601-4-1 (Medical electrical equipment – Part 4-1, 2017
  • Led creation of ISO 22166-1: Modularity for service robots. Part 1: General requirements, 2021
  • Awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his work in promoting Information Technology in schools and has been made a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, 1999.

  • PhD Imperial College, University of London, UK


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