About Keynote Speakers


Prof. Ramesh Kuppuswamy, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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

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. Raid Al-Aomar, Abu Dhabi University, UAE

Biography: Dr. Raid Al-Aomar is a professor of Industrial Engineering and the director of Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program at Abu Dhabi University in the UAE. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Wayne State University in Detroit, USA. He has over 20 years of experience at companies and universities in Jordan, USA, and UAE with more than 60 publications in the field of Industrial Engineering. He is also a professional trainer and a consultant on deploying Lean Six Sigma systems, Supply Chain, & Quality Management. He is the author of “Process Simulation using WITNESS” and "Simulation-based Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma" books from John Wiley. Dr. Al-Aomar’s research interests include Simulation-based Optimization, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Lean Six Sigma Systems.

Prof. Moses J Strydom, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of South Africa

Biography: Prof. Moses Strydom is currently accredited to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of South Africa. Having retired in 2017, he chaired the Department since 2011. Moses received his PhD. in énergétique from the Université de Perpignan (France) and an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering at the New Mexico State University (USA) Moses is bilingual, French-English and for the past 30 years, as a Professor of mechanical engineering, has worked in several universities in Africa, France and the USA. His research interests include computational/experimental fluid dynamics; sustainable energy systems; nanotechnology in heat transfer and energy applications; evolution of pedagogy and scholarship; hydrogen fuel cells; knowledge management; big data governance and holographic technology in m-learning.

Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

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

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.

Prof. Dr. Paul Mativenga, The University of Manchester, UK

Biography: I am currently a Chair in Multiscale & Sustainable Manufacturing at The University of Manchester after having joined the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2002. My expertise and research is in Manufacturing Technologies (machining science, micro manufacturing, laser processing and sustainable manufacturing). I focus on manufacturing at different length and speed scales. I obtained a PhD and MSc in Manufacturing Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Technology respectively from The University of Liverpool, UK.

I am excited about developing engineering science solutions to the major challenges of resource efficiency and industrial sustainability. My research focuses on innovative manufacturing technologies and resource efficient or green manufacturing. We research and understand how we can make manufacturing industry technologically and economically competitive but operating within the boundaries of environmentally friendly manufacture. I am a Member of the International Academy of Production Engineering, College International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP). The CIRP was founded in 1951 with the aim to address scientifically, through international co-operation, issues related to modern production science and technology.

In the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, my major administrative responsibility is as Director of Research.

The University has an important role to play in knowledge creation, delivering industrial, environmental and policy impact. Companies, universities and other organisations are welcome to contact me regarding working with the School to address your needs.

Assoc. Prof. Gianluca Percoco, Politecnico di Bari, Italy


Invited Speaker

Dr. Arif Rochman, University of Malta, Malta

Speech Title: Rapid Tooling Using Plastic and Metal 3D Printing