About Keynote Speakers
Prof. Ramesh Kuppuswamy, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Speech Title: An Overview of High-speed Machining Technology for Processing Aero-engine Components (Abstract)
Biography: Dr. K. Ramesh is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is having several years of industrial and research experience at A&STAR -Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Okamoto Machine Tools in machine design and automation with a particular focus on material removing processes. He has obtained his PhD from the department of Mechanical & Production engineering of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. While working at Okamoto Machine tools both at Japan and Singapore, he did extensive machine design like surface grinders, Chemical mechanical polishing machine, dicing machine, lapping machines and automation equipment. He is an author or co-author of seventy + peer reviewed scientific-technical publications and international conferences focusing on material removal process and machine design. Currently he is serving as international reviewer and guest editor for several journals. He holds senior membership in Society of Manufacturing Engineers, USA and his name did appear in Marquist Who's Who book of World 2009.
Prof. Ing. Jonathan C. Borg, University of Malta, Malta
Speech Title: Emotional Products Exploiting the Merger of Industrial & Engineering Design (Abstract)
Biography: Jonathan C. BORG is a full Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (DIME) at the University of Malta, and founding member of the Concurrent Engineering Research Unit (CERU) of the same University. Besides a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta, he holds an M.Sc. in Computer Aided Engineering Design (1993) and a Ph.D. in Intelligent Concurrent Product Design (1999), both from the University of Strathclyde (UK). For 12 years, he served as Head of the DIME. Since 2002, he has been regularly appointed by the European Commission's DG Research as expert evaluator/reviewer for various projects related to ICT in Design & Manufacturing. In May 2003, he was awarded a Medal of Appreciation by the UK Institution of Engineering Designers at the House of Commons, London and in June 2017, made Honorary Professor at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He has held a number of international appointments including member of number of scientific advisory committees. Since 2014, he co-founded and leads the 'International PhD Summer School on Integrated Product Development' that is endorsed by the Design Society. He has published over 120 peer reviewed scientific publications.
Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Speech Title: Advances in Ultra-High Precision Manufacturing of Optics (Abstract)
Biography: Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein serves as the director and a full professor of School of Engineering, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa . His current research focus is on ultrahigh precsion diamond machining of optical materials. He obtained his PhD in manufacturing engineering from National Technical University of Ukraine in 2000.
Dr. Mardé Helbig, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Speech Title: Dynamic Multi-objective Optimization: Challenges, Applications and Opportunities (Abstract)
Biography: Mardé Helbig is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She obtained her PhD at the University of Pretoria, with her thesis entitled: “Solving dynamic optimisation problems using the vector evaluated particle swarm optimisation algorithm”. Before joining the university, she worked for 14 years at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. She received a Y1 rating from the South African Research Foundation.
She has been the main organizer of special sessions on DMOO at CEC 2014, CEC 2015 and SSCI 2016, and a competition on DMOO at CEC 2015. She also presented a tutorial on DMOO at SSCI 2015, ICSI 2016 and as co-presenter of a PSO tutorial at WCCI 2016. She has numerous publications on DMOO and is a regular reviewer for the top conferences and journals in the field.
She is active in the international community as the vice chair of the IEEE Computational Intelligence (CIS) Task force on Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization, a member of the IEEE CIS Emergent Technologies Technical Committee, a member of the IEEE Woman in Computational Intelligence sub-committee and the chair of the IEEE CIS Chapter in South Africa.
Her research interests include dynamic-, constrained-, multi-objective- and many-objective optimization.
Assoc. Prof. Gianluca Percoco, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Speech Title: 3D Printing of Sensors: a focus on Filament Freeform Fabrication (Abstract)
Biography: Gianluca Percoco is Professor of Manufacturing at the Polytechnic University of Bari. He is the author of more than 100 international publications on the topic of Additive Manufacturing and Industrial 3D Scanning. His studies on this issue have been published in leading journals such as Additive Manufacturing, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, CIRP Annals, Precision Engineering. He belongs to the editorial team of Advances in Materials Science and Engineering and principal investigator in several research projects on the topic of 3D Printing.