2016 CACS International Automatic Control Conference

Plenary Panel Discussion

Trend in Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Internet of Control
14:50 - 16:50, Thursday Nov. 10, The Evergreen Ballroom

It is our great pleasure to hold a plenary panel discussion at CACS 2016. The theme of the panel is Trend in Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Internet of Control. We are honored that six distinguished professors will join this panel and share their visions and experiences in control research and education. This panel will give the audience a direct contact with world-renowned scholars. You are cordially invited to participate in this plenary panel discussion on Thursday 11/10 14:50~16:50.


Prof. Kai-Tai Song, National Chiao Tung University, President of CACS


Prof. Li-Chen Fu, National Taiwan University, IEEE Fellow & IFAC Fellow
Prof. T. H. Lee, National University of Singapore, President of ACA
Prof. Yoshito Ohta, Kyoto University, Vice President of SICE
Prof. Tsu-Chin Tsao, University of California Los Angeles, Fellow of ASME
Prof. Keum-Shik Hong, Pusan National University, Vice President of ACA
Prof. Jay Katupitiya, University of New South Wales

Brief biographies of the chair and panelists in an alphabetic order:

Li-Chen Fu
Li-Chen Fu received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. Since 1987, he joined National Taiwan University, and was awarded Lifetime Distinguished Professorship and Irving T. Ho Chair-professorship in 2007. He has also served as the university Secretary General from 2005 to 2008. His areas of research interest include Robotics, Visual Detection and Tracking, and Control Theory & Applications.
Dr. Fu has been extremely active and highly regarded in his technical field. He has served as the Program Chair of 「2004 IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA)」. In terms of the editorial work, he has served as Associate Editor of the prestigious control journal, called Automatica from 1996 to 1999. Starting from 1999, he started a new international control journal, called Asian Journal of Control, and became an Editor-in-Chief of the journal till now. Due to his profound academic reputation, he was appointed as Vice-President for Publication of Asian Control Association (ACA) since 2006, and then was elected as President of ACA during 2012–2013. Due to his active role in international control community, he was elected as BoG member of IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) from 2014 to 2016.
Dr. Fu has received numerous recognitions for his outstanding performance in research and education during his almost 30 year technical career. Domestically, he has received multiple Distinguished Research Awards from Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST) before 2000, Outstanding Youth Medal in 1991, Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1999, Outstanding Control Engineering Award from Chinese Automatic Control Society (CACS) in 2000, Industry-Academia Collaboration Award from Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2004, TECO Technology Award in 2005, Outstanding Research Award from Pan Wen Yuan Foundation in 2012, and Academic Award from MOE in 2015. Internationally, he was awarded IEEE Fellow in 2004, has been elected as a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Control Systems Society from 2013~2015, was awarded 「Wook Hyun Kwon Education Prize」from Asian Control Association in 2015, and was elevated to IFAC Fellow in 2016.

Keum-Shik Hong
Keum-Shik Hong is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University (PNU), Busan, Korea. He pursues the concept of adaptive feedback control of human brain, in which fMRI, EEG, fNIRS are considered as sensors and rTMS and tDCS are considered as actuators. His particular specialty is fNIRS sensing. Dr. Hong received his B.S. from Seoul National University in 1979, his M.S. from Columbia University, New York, in 1987, and both an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991. In 2009, under the auspices of the World Class University Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea, he established the Department of Cogno-Mechatronics Engineering, PNU. Dr. Hong has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (2008-2011) and as Associate Editor of Automatica (2000-2006). He currently serves as Associate Editors for Brain-Computer Interfaces and the Frontiers of Neuro-robotics. He was a past President of ICROS, and is currently a Vice President of Asian Control Association. His other research interests include brain-computer interface, nonlinear systems theory, adaptive control, distributed parameter systems, autonomous systems, and innovative control applications in brain engineering.

Jay Katupitiya
Jay Katupitiya is an Associate Professor of Mechatronics at The University of New South Wales (UNSW-Australia) in Sydney, Australia. He is currently the deputy head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and is also the Head of the Mechatronics Engineering undergraduate program at UNSW Australia. He received his PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, specializing in robotics. His current area of research interests are in the development of large vehicle guidance methodologies for wheeled and tracked vehicles, in particular for agricultural machinery. In addition, he also develops control paradigms for vectored thrust aerial vehicles, mostly using adapted and improved versions of sliding mode controllers, model predictive algorithms and optimization methods such as sequential quadratic programming. He will share his experiences in developing autonomous agricultural machines with the conference audience.

T. H. Lee
T. H. Lee received the B.A. degree with First Class Honours in the Engineering Tripos from Cambridge University, England, in 1980; the M.Engrg. degree from NUS in 1985; and the Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 1987. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS); and also a Professor in the NUS Graduate School, NUS NGS. He was a Past Vice-President (Research) of NUS. Dr. Lee’s research interests are in the areas of adaptive systems, knowledge-based control, intelligent mechatronics and computational intelligence. He currently holds Associate Editor appointments in the IEEE Transactions in Systems, Man and Cybernetics; Control Engineering Practice (an IFAC journal); and the International Journal of Systems Science (Taylor and Francis, London). In addition, he is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IFAC Mechatronics journal.
Dr. Lee was a recipient of the Cambridge University Charles Baker Prize in Engineering; the 2004 ASCC (Melbourne) Best Industrial Control Application Paper Prize; the 2009 IEEE ICMA Best Paper in Automation Prize; and the 2009 ASCC Best Application Paper Prize. He has also co-authored five research monographs (books), and holds four patents (two of which are in the technology area of adaptive systems, and the other two are in the area of intelligent mechatronics).
Dr. Lee was an Invited Panelist at the World Automation Congress, WAC2000 Maui U.S.A.; an Invited Keynote Speaker for IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, IEEE ISIC 2003 Houston U.S.A.; an Invited Keynote Speaker for LSMS 2007, Shanghai China; an Invited Expert Panelist for IEEE AIM2009; an Invited Plenary Speaker for IASTED RTA 2009, Beijing China; an Invited Keynote Speaker for LSMS 2010, Shanghai China; an Invited Keynote Speaker for IASTED CA 2010, Banff Canada; an Invited Keynote Speaker for IFTOMM ICDMA 2010, Changsha China; an Invited Keynote Speaker for ICUAS 2011, Denver USA; an Invited Keynote for IEEE CISRAM 2011 Qingdao; an Invited Keynote for IASTED EAS 2012 Colombo; and also an Invited Keynote for IEEE ICCSE 2014 Vancouver.

Yoshito Ohta
Yoshito Ohta received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, a Master of Engineering Degree, and a Doctor of Engineering Degree in Electronic Engineering in 1980, 1982, and 1986 respectively, all from Osaka University, Suita, Japan. In 1983, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering, Osaka University as a Research Associate. In 1991, he became a Lecturer at the Department of Computer-Controlled Machinery, Osaka University, and in 1999 he became a Professor at the Department of Computer-Controlled Mechanical Systems, Osaka University. In 2006, he joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Kyoto University, where he is currently a Professor. From 1986 to 1988, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
His research interest is in the area of robust control, networked control, and system identification. He received the SICE paper awards several times including 1992 Tomoda Prize and 2014 Takeda Prize from the Society for Instrument and Control Engineers in Japan.
Dr. Ohta was a member of Program Committee for the 34th and 35th IEEE Conferences on Decision and Control in 1995 and 1996. From 2000 to 2001, he was a member of Conference Editorial Board, IEEE Control Systems Society. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control from 2001 to 2005. He was the Vice-Chair for Invited Sessions for the 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2003. He served as an External Liaison Representative to SICE from 2006 to 2008, and a member of Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society, from 2008 to 2010. He was the General Chair for the 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2015. He was an Associate Editor of Automatica from 2006 to 2015, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of SICE Journal of Control, Measurement, and System Integration since 2015. Currently he is a Vice President of SICE.

Kai-Tai Song
Kai-Tai Song is a professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute of Electrical Control Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in 1989. He served as the Director of Institute of Electrical Control Engineering and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean of the Office of Research & Development at NCTU. He is currently the President of Chinese Automatic Control Society (CACS) at Taiwan and VP of Asian Control Association (ACA). He served as the chairman of the Society of IEEE Robotics and Automation, Taipei Chapter in 1999 and the Program Chair of the 8th Asian Control Conference (ASCC 2011). He received the best paper award of IEEE ICSSE 2016, IEEE ICAL 2012 and best paper award of CACS International Automatic Control Conference in 2013 and 2014. He coached the NCTU Robotics team, which won the first place of University Challenge at World Robot Olympiad Qatar2015. His current research interests include mobile robots, image processing, visual tracking and mobile manipulation.

Tsu-Chin Tsao
Tsu-Chin Tsao is a Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Henry Samuelli School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California Los Angeles. He received B.S. in engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Recognitions of his research accomplishments include ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control Best Paper Award, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Outstanding Young Investigator Award, American Automatic Control Council Hugo S. Shuck Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Flexible Automation Best Paper Award, and International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Mechatronic Systems Award.

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