Prof. Robert Gao, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Fellow of the IEEE, ASME, SME, and CIRP
Speech: Human-Robot Collaborative Assembly for Smart Manufacturing (Abstract)
Biography: Robert Gao is the Cady Staley Professor of Engineering and Department Chair of Me-chanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since receiving his Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Ger-many in 1991, he has been working on physics-based sensing methods, stochastic mod-eling and machine learning for improving the observability of dynamical systems such as manufacturing equipment and processes, with the goal to improve process and product quality control. The outcome of his work has been reflected in more than 400 technical papers, including 180 journal articles, 13 patents, and three books that he co-authored with his co-workers.
Prof. Gao is a Fellow of the IEEE, SME, ASME, and CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering). He has received multiple honors and awards, including the ASME Blackall Ma-chine Tool and Gage Award, SME Eli Whitney Productivity Award, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society’s Technical Award, IEEE Best Application in Instrumental and Measurement Award, multiple Best Paper awards, and the NSF CAREER award. He is currently serving as a Senior Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
Prof. Henry Hu, University of Windsor, Canada
Speech: Lightweight Al-Fe Alloys for Motor Applications in Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles (Abstract)
Biography: Dr. Hongfa (Henry) Hu is a tenured full Professor at Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering, University of Windsor. He was a senior research engineer at Ryobi Die Casting (USA), and a Chief Metallurgist at Meridian Technologies, and a Research Scientist at Institute of Magnesium Technology.
He received degrees from University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1996), University of Windsor (M.A.Sc., 1991), and Shanghai University of Technology (B.A.Sc., 1985). He was a NSERC Industrial Research Fellow (1995-1997). His publications (over 150 papers) are in the area of magnesium alloys, composites, metal casting, computer modelling, and physical metallurgy. He was a Key Reader of the Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, a Committee Member of the Grant Evaluation Group for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Science Foundation (USA) and Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly. He has served as a member or chairman of various committees for CIM-METSOC, AFS, and USCAR.
The applicant’s current research is on materials processing and evaluation of light alloys and composites. His recent fundamental research is focussed on transport phenomena and mechanisms of solidification, phase transformation and dissolution kinetics. His applied research has included development of magnesium automotive applications, cost-effective casting processes for novel composites, and control systems for casting processes. His work on light alloys and composites has attracted the attention of several automotive companies.
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