keynote speaker I



Prof. Huijun Gao from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2014 for contributions to the theory and industrial applications of networked control systems. Huijun Gao received the Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, he carried out his postdoctoral research with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. Since November 2004, he has been with Harbin Institute of Technology, where he is currently a Professor and director of the Research Institute of Intelligent Control and Systems. Dr. Gao’s research interests include network-based control, robust control, intelligent control and mechatronics. In these areas, he has (co-)authored 3 monographs, and published more 200 papers in international journals. He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and an Associate Editor for Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He is serving on the Administrative Committee of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES). Dr. Gao is a Fellow of IEEE. He was the recipient of the IEEE J. David Irwin Early Career Award from IEEE IES in 2013. In 2014, he was selected as one of the 17 world’s most influential scientific minds by Thomson Reuters.

keynote speaker Ii

Prof. Okyay Kaynak
Bogazici University

Speech Title: Science, Technology and Industry in 21st Century
Abstract: This presentation discusses the profound technological changes that have taken place during the last 2 decades, the main characteristics being erosion and convergence. It is pointed out that the advances are at the edge of traditional disciplines and the connections between different disciplines are becoming the core of the new technologies, in a not multi, not inter but a transdisciplinary manner. It is argued that convergence fuels convergence and results in emergence. Four distinct phases of industrial revolution, culminating in Industry 4.0 are discussed. The emerging paradigms of big data and cyber physical systems, supported by new disruptive advances both on software and hardware sides, as well as the cross-fertilization of concepts and the amalgamation of information, communication and control technology driven approaches are pointed out to. The recent hype on AI is then discussed and a view on its expected impacts on industry is presented. The presentation concludes with the brief discussions of circular economy and possible transition from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0.

Prof. Okyay Kaynak received the B.Sc. degree with first class honors and Ph.D. degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1969 and 1972 respectively. From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions within the industry. In 1979, he joined the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus, holding the UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics. He has hold long-term (near to or more than a year) Visiting Professor/Scholar positions at various institutions in Japan, Germany, U.S., Singapore, and China. His current research interests are in the broad field of intelligent systems. He has authored three books, edited five and authored or co-authored more than 450 papers that have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Kaynak has served as the Editor in Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics and IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, as well as the Co-Editor in Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics. He presently serves as the Editor in Chief of the Springer Journal; Discover Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kaynak is active in international organizations, has served on many committees of IEEE and was the president of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society during 2002-2003. Dr. Kaynak received the Chinese Government’s Friendship Award and Humboldt Research Prize in 2016. Most recently, in 2020, he was awarded the Academy Prize of Turkish Academy of Sciences.


keynote speaker III

Prof. David Zhengwen Zhang
University of Exeter

Prof. David Zhang is Chair of Manufacturing Systems in the University of Exeter, UK, since 2000. His research over the last 30 years has covered many areas of manufacturing and industrial engineering including advanced manufacturing, agility strategies, supply chain management, agent-based modelling, heuristics, and manufacturing systems. Recent work involves assembly line balancing and optimisation, inventory modelling and management, robust supply chains, additive manufacturing, digital inventory and on-demand manufacturing, and strategies and implementation of distributed hybrid manufacturing systems. Professor Zhang has had over 250 publications, many of which are highly cited. He is an initiator of several research areas in industrial engineering, including agility taxonomy, agent-based modelling for supply chain design, parallel U-shaped assembly lines, manufacturing strategy for implementation of additive manufacturing, and production planning and control in additive manufacturing. He serves as panel members for various grant funding and scholarship councils in the UK, EU, and China.