Keynote Speakers & Plenary Speaker


Prof. Ing. Jiří Tůma

Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Prof. Ing. Jiří Tůma, CSc. graduated from the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, in 1970 (M.Sc.) and completed his doctoral studies in 1977 (CSc., an equivalent to Ph.D.). After graduation, he became a researcher in the field of control systems at a research institute and in 1988 he began working in the R&D department of an automotive company (Tatra Trucks). In 1995, he joined the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering where he became a full professor in the field of Machine and process control in 2001. He gives lectures and is doing research in the field of control systems, signal processing, active vibration control of mechanical structures, and diagnostics of rotary machines. He has authored more than 200 publications, including books. The first book deals with signal processing with the use of FFT (Sdělovací technika 1997, in Czech), and the second one deals with Vehicle gearbox noise and vibration (Wiley 2014). As one of 130 co-authors from around the world he was recruited by prof. Crocker to complete a chapter of Handbook on noise and vibration control (Wiley 2007).

Prof. Tůma's research work is focused on signal processing in the field of machine diagnostics, especially on the issue of uniformity of rotation and angular vibration with the use of order tracking analysis and on active vibration control. His research results with citations are related primarily to noise and vibration of gearboxes, Vold-Kalman order tracking filtration and active vibration control of journal bearings.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora

Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Hahn-Schickard, Germany


Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora holds a diploma of Electrical Engineering (M.Sc.) and a diploma of Business Administration (M.B.A), both from Aachen Technical University. He has done a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronics Circuits and Systems, Duisburg, with a thesis on SOI-technologies. After various positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry, he became a professor at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach in 1999. In 2011, he joined Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he leads the Institute of Reliable Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics (ivESK). Since 2016, he is additionally active as head of the business unit "software solutions" and deputy director of Hahn-Schickard in Villingen-Schwenningen (Germany), one of the leading state-funded research institutes for the Internet of Things.

His major interest is in the system development of efficient, energy-aware, autonomous, secure, and value-added algorithms and protocols for wired and wireless embedded communication. Dr. Sikora is author, co-author, editor and co-editor of several textbooks and more than two hundred papers in the field of embedded design and wireless and wired networking. Amongst many other duties, he serves as member of the Steering Board of Embedded World Conference (Europe's largest conference on embedded systems) and as Scientific Advisor to the annual Wireless Congress.


Prof. Dr. David Macii

University of Trento, Italy


David Macii received the M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Westminster, London, U.K., in 2002, and at the Advanced Learning and Research Institute (ALARI) of the University of Lugano, Switzerland, between 2003 and 2005. Between 2005 and 2012 he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento, Italy. Between 2009 and 2010, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) of the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Currently, he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento.

He was a General Chair and a Technical Program Chair of the IEEE EESMS Workshop in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Also, he was work-in-progress Co-chair of the IEEE SIES Workshop in 2012. Currently, he is a member of the Technical Program Committees of several IEEE Workshops and Conferences and he is a member of the TC-10 and TC-37 of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.

David Macii is author and co-author of about 110 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals, books and international conference proceedings. His research interests include estimation techniques based on digital signal processing and embedded measurement systems for mechatronic and energy monitoring applications. 



Dr. Pavel Kucera
Eaton European Innovation Center (EEIC) in Prague, Czech Republic

Pavel Kucera received his master degree (MSc.) and Ph.D. degree in Cybernetics, Automation and Measurement both from the Technical University in Brno in 2000 and 2004 respectively. In 2004, he joined Centre of Applied Cybernetics (CAK) as a researcher, where he has been working on several industrial research and development projects. From 2004-2005 for Vitkovice Machinery Group: Real time Monitoring System of a Pilger Mill, from 2006-2008 for Siemens Turbomachinery: Real-time Simulator of a Middle Pressure Steam Turbine and Reliability Model of a Turbine Protection System, from 2009-2011 for Trinec Iron and Steel Works: Real-time Monitoring System of Continual Steel Casting Process and Real-time Model of Cast Solidification. In 2012, he joined Department of Control and Instrumentation at the Technical University in Brno where he worked as an assistant professor in the area of real time embedded system and fault-tolerant systems. Since 2016, he joined Eaton European Innovation Center where he works as a senior Safety and Fault Tolerance Engineer.