• ICRAI 2016

    November 1~2, 2016

    NUST CEME

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan



  • ICRAI 2016

    November 1~2, 2016

    NUST CEME

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan



  • ICRAI 2016

    November 1~2, 2016

    NUST CEME

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan



  • ICRAI 2016

    November 1~2, 2016

    NUST CEME

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan



  • ICRAI 2016

    November 1~2, 2016

    NUST CEME

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Keynotes
 
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture Applications: Trends and Roadmap
 
  Prof. John Billingsley
  Professor of Mechatronics at University of Southern Queensland
Professor at the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, Australia
 

 
  Biography
 
John Billingsley John Billingsley graduated in mathematics and in electrical engineering from Cambridge University in 1960. After four years working in the aircraft industry on autopilot design, he returned to Cambridge and gained a PhD in control theory in 1968. He led research teams in Cambridge University developing early 'mechatronic' systems including a laser phototypesetting system which was the precursor of the laser printer and the 'acoustic telescope' which enabled sound source distributions to be visualized.

He moved to Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1976, where he founded the Robotics Research Group. The results of the Walking Robot unit led to the foundation of Portech Ltd, which for many years supplied systems to the nuclear industry for inspection and repair of containment vessels. Other units in the Robotics group have had substantial funding for research in quality control and in the integration of manufacturing systems with the aid of transputers.



In April 1992 he took up a Chair of Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. His primary concern is mechatronics research and teaching and he directs some of the research of the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture. Three prototypes of new wall-climbing robots were completed at USQ, while research on a fourth included development of a novel proportional pneumatic valve. Robug 4 was acquired for further research into legged robots and now has joined Robocow in the Sydney Powerhouse Nuseum. A substantial project in the NCEA concerned the guidance of a tractor by machine vision for very accurate following of rows of crop. Prototypes of the system went on trial on farms in Queensland, New South Wales and the USA for several years. In production form, it was marketed (without great success) by a major US tractor manufacturer, CASE IH.

 

He has taken a close interest in the presentation of engineering challenges to young engineers over many years. He has promoted the Micromouse robot maze contest around the world since 1980. With Mark Phythian he simplified the Micromouse contest to become the Bilby contest, appealing to eleventh and twelfth year school contestants. He has contrived machines which have been exhibited in the 'Palais de la Decouverte' in Paris, in the 'Exploratorium' at San Fransisco and in the Institue of Contemporary Arts in London, hands-on experiments to stimulate an interest in control."

 
 
 
 
On Trends of 3D Printing Technology
 
 
 

  Prof. Dr. Jeng Ywam Jeng
  Fellow Professor and Dean
Department of Mechanical Engineering,National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
 

 
  Biography
 

Professor JY Jeng is currently serving the Dean of College of Engineering at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology/ Taiwan Tech and the 3D Printing Fellow Professor of XYZ Printing Inc. He is also the Founder and President of Taiwan 3D Printing Association and the Consultant to SAS Wafer Taiwan. He was on leave from Taiwan Tech to serve as the Diplomatic Director of Science and Technology Division in Taipei Moscow Representative Office in Moscow during Jan. 2010- July 2012, and to establish and serve as the Director General of Teco Group Research Institute Taiwan during 2005-2007. He was the Founder of EU FP7 National Contact Point Taiwan in 2008. He graduated from National Cheng Kung University in 1985 in Tainan Taiwan for the engineering bachelor degree. And then he gained the Advanced Manufacturing Technology MSc from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1990, and Laser Material Processing PhD from The University of Liverpool in 1992 UK. He was also the visiting scholar in UC Santa Barbara USA in 2002 and The Cambridge University UK in 2008.

 
 
 
 
Long–term mobile robot autonomy in changing environments
 
  Dr. Tomas Krajnick
  Research Member of Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems
Lincoln School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln,Lincolnshire United Kingdom
 
 
  Biography
 

Dr. Tomas is working in the mobile robotics domain since 2004 with a particular focus on mobile robot navigation and mapping in long-term scenarios. Author of a robust visual navigation algorithm that allows autonomous operation of aerial and ground robots in outdoor environments that exhibit seasonal appearance variations. Proposed to model the uncertainty of environment states by their frequency spectra, which improves long-term mobile robot autonomy in changing environments. Implemented software libraries for fast visual tracking and UAV control, which are nowadays used by the roboticists of the JPL, EPFL, KIT, AIT etc.

 
 
 
 
Compact groups of cooperating micro aerial vehicles
 
  Dr. Martin Saska
  Head Me at Czech Technical University in Prague
 
 
  Biography
 

Martin Saska received his MSc. degree at Czech Technical University in Prague, 2005, and his Ph.D. degree at University of Wuerzburg, Germany, within the PhD program of Elite Network of Bavaria, 2009. Since 2009, he is a research fellow at Czech Technical University in Prague, where he founded and heads the Multi-robot Systems lab (http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz/) and co-founded Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems with more than 40 researchers cooperating in robotics (https://robotics.fel.cvut.cz/cras/). He was a visiting scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2008 and at University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2012, 2014 and 2016, where he worked with Vijay Kumar's group within GRASP lab. He is an author or co-author of more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed conferences and more than 10 publications in impacted journals, including IJRR, AURO, RAS, ASC, EJC, with > 600 citations indexed by Scholar and h-index 14. He received best paper award at ICUAS 2013 and he was best paper award honored finalist at ICRA 2008. He was program committee member of RA 2007, FLAIRS 27, IDC 2013, FLAIRS 28, ICUAS 2015, ICRA 2016, ICUAS 2016 and serves as reviewer in IEEE trans. on automatic control, IEEE trans. on automation science and engineering, Journal of intell. & robotic syst., Autonomous robots, Swarm intelligence, European journal of control, Journal of the franklin institute, Engineering and applied mathematics. His interests include cooperation and control of multi-robot systems, formation flying, and bio-inspired swarms. The main scientific target of his group is to design a multi-robot system for stabilization and navigation of compact groups of cooperating micro aerial vehicles in clustered GPS-denied environment.