AIACT 2018 Speakers


Makoto Kaneko

IEEE Fellow (2006), JSME Fellow (2003), RSJ Fellow (2009), SICE Fellow (2014), Professor of Hyper Human Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department Osaka University


BIOSKETCH Makoto Kaneko received the Master of Engineering degree and the Doctor of Engineering degree both from the University of Tokyo, in 1976 and 1981, respectively. He joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in Japan in 1981, while he was a PD researcher at Technical University of Darmstadt in 1988-1989, Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1990, Hiroshima University in 1993-2006 and then joined Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University, Japan in 2006.
His research encompasses Beyond Human Technology which opens a new world in robotics, bio, and medical fields. Especially, he is interested in hyper human robotics and bio/medical application by combining both a high speed camera and high speed actuators. The 100G capturing robot and the pizza manipulation robot are categorized into hyper human robotics. Eye stiffness measurement, tumor detection of lungs, evaluation of heart stiffness, and micro dynamic sensing of cell are categorized into bio/medical application. He served as the EIC of Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, an AE of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics and Automation, and an editorial member of Robotics and Automation Magazine. He served as a part editor of the handbook of robotics. He was the Director of the Hyper Human Research Project Center and the PL of the 21century COE on “Hyper Human Technology toward the 21st Century Industrial Revolution” in 2004-2006. He was a VP of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 2004-2005. He published over 250 journal papers and 300 conference papers. He got 37 awards including Humboldt Research Award, IEEE Best Conference Paper Awards (ICIA, ICRA, ISATP, MHS, ICMA, ICBS) and IEEE RAS Best Transactions Paper Award. He was the general chair for both IEEE RAS Technical Exhibition of Robotics and Automation (2004) and the 13th International Symposium of Robotics Research (2007). He received Honorary Doctor of Technical University of Darmstadt, (2013), Professor Emeritus of Hiroshima University (2014), and Member of Science Council of Japan (2017-).


Dan Zhang

ASME Fellow; IEEE Member
Professor and Kaneff Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
York University, Canada


BIOSKETCH Prof. Dan Zhang is a Kaneff Professor in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, Canada
Dan Zhang received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in June 2000.His  research interests include robotics and mechatronics; high performance parallel robotic machine development; sustainable/green manufacturing systems; micro/nano manipulation and MEMS devices (sensors), micro mobile robots and control of multi-robot cooperation, intelligent servo control system for the MEMS based high-performance micro-robot; web-based remote manipulation; rehabilitation robot and rescue robot.
Dan Zhang was director of Board of Directors at Durham Region Manufacturing Association, Canada, and director of Board of Directors of Professional Engineers Ontario, Lake Ontario Chapter, Canada. Prof. Zhang is a registered Professional Engineer of Canada, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and a Fellow of (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering) CSME, a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Senior Member of SME, and ASME member.


Wei Dong

IEEE Senior Member
Professor of Mechatronics Engineering

State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


BIOSKETCH Wei Dong is a professor of the State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. His research expertise is in the general areas of robotics and mechatronics. He has extensive experience in a series of inter-related research subjects including innovative design of robot/mechatronics systems, robotic system modeling and optimization, and smart material and structure integration and application etc. Prior to joining Harbin Institute of Technology, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at CNRS FEMTO-ST, France (2009.09-2010.08) and University of Connecticut, US (2007.11-2009.07), respectively. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechatronics Engineering and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from HIT in 2007, 2003 and 2001, respectively.
Prof. Wei Dong is a senior member of IEEE.




ZhiDong Wang

IEEE RAS Associate Vice-President of CAB
Professor of Department of Advanced Robotics, head of Biomimetic Systems Lab. at CIT, Japan

Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan


BIOSKETCH ZhiDong Wang received his Bachelor of Engineering from Beihang University, China in 1987, and received his Master degree and Ph.D in Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan in 1992 and 1995 respectively. In 1995, he joined the Advanced Robotics Laboratory at Tohoku University. From 2000 to 2001, he was a visiting scholar of the GRASP Lab., University Pennsylvania, USA. In 2001, he joined the Intelligent Robotics Lab. at Tohoku University as an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Robotics at the Tohoku University. From 2006, he joined the Department of Advanced Robotics, Chiba Institute of Technology, and is currently professor and head of Biomimetic Systems Lab. at CIT, Japan. 

Dr. Wang has published numerous journal and conference articles. He and his colleague received the Best Paper Award of DARS conference in 2002, the Best Paper in Robotics Award of ROBIO conference in 2004, the JSME Award for best paper from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2005, and the Robotics and Mechatronics Award from Robotics and Mechatronics Division, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2005. He served several academic meetings and was General Chair of ROBIO2011 and Cyber2014, NANOMED2016, a Program Chair of ICAM2006、ROBIO2007, ARSO 2016, and Program Co-Chair of ICRA2011, IROS2013, and an Organizing Committee Chair of ROBIO2008, AIM2012, NANOMED2012, ROBIO2016. Currently, he is serving as a Program Chair of CYBER2018 and ISR2018, and a member of AdCom of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and Associate VP of CAB of the RAS society. His main research interests are human-robot interaction, biomimetic robot, distributed robotics, autonomous mobile robot, nano-manipulation, and application of intelligent robot technologies for the disabled.


AIACT 2017 Speakers

Prof. Dan Zhang
Prof. Songyi Dian
Prof. Runli Wang
Prof. Tianye Haung
York University, Canada
Sichuan University, China
Massey University, New Zealand
China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China


2018 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Control Technologies (AIACT 2018)