Topic: Augmented and Virtual Reality

Prof. Gino Dini

Prof. Gino Dini

Production Engineering at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy

Gino Dini is a professor of Production Engineering at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa (Italy). He is author of more than 150 papers published in national and international conference proceedings and journals. His main interests and research areas include machining process monitoring, machining of non-conventional materials, assembly planning and CAD integration, optimization of assembly processes and application of augmented reality techniques in manufacturing processes. He is a fellow of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering Research) since 2002. Within this organization he had the offices of technical secretary of the scientific committee on “Assembly” and the working groups on “Unification” and “Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Production Engineering”. He was also a member of CIRP Editorial Committee and Financial Committee. Prof. Dini is a founding member of AITEM (Italian Association of Production Engineering) and he is a member of the director board of the same association. He was awarded with the CIRP F.W. Taylor Medal for an innovative contribution to the development of a planning system, integrated within a CAD environment, for the automated assembly of mechanical products.

Topic: Industry 4.0

Prof. Fulufhelo V. Nelwamondo

Prof. Fulufhelo V. Nelwamondo

CSIR Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria South Africa

Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo is an electrical engineer by training, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a  PhD in Electrical Engineering, in the area of Computational Intelligence, both from the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa. He is a registered Professional Engineer, the Executive Manager for the CSIR Cluster: Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions, and was the Executive Director for the CSIR Modelling and Digital Science Unit. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering, at the Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, of Harvard University. Fulufhelo has research and practical experience in software engineering, computational intelligence and optimisation in various applications. He is the youngest South African ever to receive the Harvard-South Africa fellowship and has been awarded many national and international research accolades, from organizations such as the IEEE, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, amongst others.

In 2017, Prof Nelwamondo was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, highest civilian honour bestowed by the President of the Republic of South Africa. In 2016, he was recognised by the Operation Research Society of South Africa, for outstanding contributions to the science and profession of Operation Research. He has interests in exciting and emerging areas of software and technology applications including biometrics based system, data mining, modelling of complex systems, machine learning, optimisation and mechanism design. He has presented his work in various countries across the world. Nelwamondo has successfully supervised a number of Masters and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Nelwamondo was part of the working group that established the South African Young Academy of Science, and he served as a founding member, and also in the SAYAS founding Executive Committee.

Topic: Cloud Manufacturing

Prof. Lihui Wang

Prof. Lihui Wang

Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Lihui Wang is a Professor and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interests are focused on cyber-physical systems, cloud manufacturing, real-time monitoring and control, predictive maintenance, human-robot collaborations, adaptive and sustainable manufacturing systems. Professor Wang is actively engaged in various professional activities. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Manufacturing Research, Editor-in-Chief of Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Manufacturing Systems. He has published 9 books and authored in excess of 500 scientific publications. Professor Wang is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, CIRP, SME and ASME. He is also a Professional Engineer in Canada, the President-Elect of North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME, and the Chairman of Swedish Production Academy.