Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I


Prof Meng Joo Er, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Speech Title: Cognitive Robotics: Recent Developments and Futuristic Trends


Abstract: The quest for building human-like intelligence has gained enormous momentum in recent decades. Since the seminal works on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the desire of realizing the quest has become stronger. With the rapid developments in Science, Engineering and Technology, machines that mimic human intelligence have become a reality and sometimes indispensable parts in our daily life, such as Apple Siri and Google Voice. Cognition is a group of mental processes that include attention, memory, producing and understanding language, solving problems and making decisions and making decisions. Cognitive robotics is concerned with endowing robots with intelligent behavior by providing a processing architecture that will allow it to learn and reason about how to behave in response to complex goals in a complex world. In this talk, recent developments of cognitive robotics with applications in the healthcare industry, domestic services, marine vehicles etc will be reviewed. The futuristic trends and challenges will also be discussed.


Biography:  Professor Meng Joo Er is currently a Full Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He served as the Founding Director of Renaissance Engineering Programme and an elected member of the NTU Advisory Board from 2009 to 2012. Furthermore, he served as a member of the NTU Senate Steering Committee from 2010 to 2012. 

He has authored five books entitled “Dynamic Fuzzy Neural Networks: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications” and “Engineering Mathematics with Real-World Applications” published by McGraw Hill in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and “Theory and Novel Applications of Machine Learning” published by In-Tech in 2009, “New Trends in Technology: Control, Management, Computational Intelligence and Network Systems” and “New Trends in Technology: Devices, Computer, Communication and Industrial Systems”, both published by SCIYO, 18 book chapters and more than 500 refereed journal and conference papers in his research areas of interest. 

Professor Er was bestowed the Web of Science Top 1 % Best Cited Paper and the Elsevier Top 20 Best Cited Paper Award in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of the significant and impactful contributions to Singapore’s development by his research projects, Professor Er won the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award twice (2011 and 2015). He is also the only dual winner in Singapore IES Prestigious Publication Award in Application (1996) and IES Prestigious Publication Award in Theory (2001). Under his leadership, the NTU Team emerged first runner-up in the Freescale Technology Forum Design Challenge 2008.  He received the Teacher of the Year Award for the School of EEE in 1999, School of EEE Year 2 Teaching Excellence Award in 2008, the Most Zealous Professor of the Year Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014. He also received the Best Session Presentation Award at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence in 2006, the Best Presentation Award at the International Symposium on Extreme Learning Machine 2012, Best Paper Award (First Prize) at the  International Automatic Control Conference 2016 and Best Presentation Award at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Control, Power and Instrumentation (ICICPI) 2016. On top of this, he has more than 60 awards received at international and local competitions. 

Currently, Professor Er serves as the Editor-in-Chief of 3 international journals, namely International Journal of Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Transactions on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and the International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications. He also serves an Area Editor of International Journal of Intelligent Systems Science and an Associate Editor of 14 refereed international journals, namely IEEE Transaction on Cybernetics,  Information Sciences,  Neurocomputing, Asian Journal of Control, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems,  ETRI Journal, International Journal of Humanoid Robots, International Journal of Modelling, Simulation and Scientific Computing, International Journal of Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing, International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining, International Journal of Fuzzy and Uncertain Systems, International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology, International Journal of Intelligent Information Processing  and an editorial board member of the Open Automation and Control Systems Journal and the EE Times. 

Professor Er has been invited to deliver more than 60 keynote speeches and invited talks overseas. He has also been active in professional bodies. He has served as Chairman of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Singapore Chapter (2009 to 2011) and Chairman of IES Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technical Committee (EEETC) (2004 to 2006 and 2008 to 2012). Under his leadership, the IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter won the CIS Outstanding Chapter Award 2012 (The Singapore Chapter is the first chapter in Asia to win the award). In recognition of his outstanding contributions to professional bodies, he was bestowed the IEEE Outstanding Volunteer Award (Singapore Section) and the IES Silver Medal in 2011. Due to his outstanding contributions in education, research, administration and professional services, he is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Singapore, Edition 2013.


Keynote Speaker II


IEEE Fellow, Prof. Dong SUN, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speech Title: Micromanipualtion and Microrobotics for Cell Surgery


Abstract:  Robotics for cell surgery is an entirely new emerging theme that is enabled with specially designed micromanipulation tools and microrobots capable of operation at the single-cell level. This talk will introduce our development of various automated precise engineering tools, including optical tweezers, micro-needles, and electromagnetic devices, as specialized end-effectors to explore robotic manipulation for cell surgery. With this emerging technology, we have achieved numerous cell surgery operations such as single cell transportation and rotation, single cell biopsy and microinjection, and target delivery of cells using magnetic actuation. The new technologies for automated cell surgery will permit many new unforeseen applications previously thought impossible, and will profoundly affect surgical treatment and precision medicine in the future.


Biography:  Prof. Dong Sun is currently a chair professor and head of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined City University of Hong Kong in 2000. He has achieved world renown for his pioneering works in robotic single cell manipulation and control, with numerous outcomes in both fundamental and applied research. He received numerous best paper awards from the international journal and conferences, as well as industrial awards such as Hong Kong Awards for Industry. He served as an associate editor or technical editor for a number of international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. He has organized several international flagship conferences as a General Chair, including the upcoming 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), and 2019 Advanced and Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM). He is a member of the Biomedical Division, Science and Technology Committee of Education Ministry of China, and a member of Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineer (HKIE).