Keynote Speakers

Prof. John Mo (Fellow of IME and IEA)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

John P. T. Mo is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and former Head of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at RMIT University, Australia, since 2007. He has been an active researcher in manufacturing and complex systems for over 35 years and worked for educational and scientific institutions in Hong Kong and Australia. From 1996, John was a Project Manager and Research Team Leader with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for 11 years leading a team of 15 research scientists. John has a broad research interest and has received numerous industrial research grants. A few highlights of the projects include: signal diagnostics for plasma cutting machines, ANZAC ship alliance engineering analysis, optimisation of titanium machining for aerospace industry, critical infrastructure protection modelling and analysis, polycrystalline diamond cutting tools on multi-axes CNC machine, system analysis for support of complex engineering systems John obtained his doctorate from Loughborough University, UK and is a Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK) and Institution of Engineers Australia.


Prof. Shane Xie
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Prof. Sheng Quan Xie received his M.Sc., and PhD in Mechatronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, in 1995, and 1998, respectively. He also received his second PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2001. He is Chair of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Director of the Mechatronics and Robotics programme and Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Leeds, and was previously the Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Centre at the University of Auckland (2002-2016). His research interests include intelligent robots, medical devices and technologies, rehabilitation and assistive robots, wearable sensors, actuators and exoskeletons, modern control technologies and applications. He has published 8 books, 25 book chapters and over 400 international journal and conference papers. He was the Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and the Mechatronics Journal Elsevier, and has been on the Editorial Board of many journals. He led many research projects as principle investigator and so far has completed over 50 funded research projects totalling over £30M of research contracts from government granting agencies and industries.


Plenary Speaker

Assoc. Prof. Miao Li
Wuhan University, China

Miao Li is a Professor at the School of Power and Mechanical Engineering at Wuhan University in Wuhan. He received the Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China in 2008 and 2011 respectively, and PhD in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, 2016. Miao received the 2018 EPFL ABB Award for his PhD thesis titled “Dynamic Grasp Adaptation – From Humans to Robots”. He has co-chaired the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Collaborative Automation for Flexible Manufacturing.

His research is in the area of robot learning, object grasping and manipulation and human-robot interaction. His recent work explores different learning methods for formalizing the models for integrated representation of objects, actions and tasks.