Biography: Professor Huayong Yang is the head of School of Mechanical Engineering, the director of the State Key Laboratory of Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems, Zhejiang University. He received a doctor degree of Philosophy from the University of Bath, and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2013.
Professor Yang’s research interests are in motion control and energy saving of mechatronic systems, development of fluid power component and system, integration of electro-hydraulic system and engineering application. He is a prolific researcher with 179 invention patents, (co)authored 3 academic books and over 290 technical papers published in international journals and conferences. From 2000 to 2015, he was a committee member of the advanced manufacturing technology within the China High Technology (863) program of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). In 2007 and 2012, he was twice the Chief Scientist of a project founded by the National Basic Research Program (973) of MOST. He was appointed as a Cheung Kong Chair Professor by the MOE in 2005. He has been a fellow member of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, and a member of the Academic and Advisory Committees of 7 State Key Laboratories of TsingHua University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Central South University and Chongqing University. He was recipient of the first prize in the National Scientific and Technological Progress in 2012 and the second prize in 2003.
Biography: Atsuo Kawamura (S’77-M’81-SM’96-F’02-LF’2019 of IEEE) received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1981, respectively.
In 1981, he joined to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1983 to 1986. Since 1986, he has been with the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan, where he was first an Associate Professor and later became a Professor in 1996. He served as a dean of College of Engineering Science and Graduate School of Engineering from 2013 to 2015. He has become Professor Emeritus in 2019, and now is a professor of endowed chair ( Power Electronics) at the same university. He has served to completion of 38 Ph.D and 145 Master’s and 179 Bacheler’s students. He holds 7 patents and has published more than 130 journal papers and 320 international and 560 domestic conference papers, and 9 books.
His research interests include power electronics, digital control, electric vehicles, robotics, train traction control, etc. He received several awards including the IEEE IAS Transactions Prize Paper Award in 1988, the Prize Paper Award of IEE of Japan in 1996, IEEE IES Transactions Best Paper Awards in 2001 and 2002 , and EPE-PEMC Award in 2008. He became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2002 with the citation, "For Contributions to Real-Time Digital Feedback Control of PWM Inverters.”
Dr. Kawamura is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan(IEE of Japan), and member of Robotics Society of Japan. He was the conference chairperson of the IEEE/IAS and IEEJ/IAS joint Power Conversion Conference (PCC-Yokohama) in 1993. He was an associate editor of IEEE Power Electronics Transactions from1995 to 2000. He was the program chair of the 2009 Robotics Society of Japan Annual Meeting, and was the conference Chair of IPEC-Sapporo-ECCE-Asia in 2010 and a president of IEE of Japan/IAS(Industry Application Society) in 2012-2013, and a conference chair of 2018 IEEJ IAS annual meeting (JIASC) at Yokohama.
Biography: Naira Hovakimyan received her MS degree in Applied Mathematics from Yerevan State University in Armenia. She got her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the Institute of Applied Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. She is currently W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. She has co-authored two books, eleven patents and more than 450 refereed publications. She is the 2011 recipient of AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award, the 2015 recipient of SWE Achievement Award, the 2017 recipient of IEEE CSS Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Controls, and the 2019recipient of AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Humboldt prize for her lifetime achievements. She is Fellow of AIAA and IEEE. She is cofounder and chief scientist of Intelinair. Her work was featured in the New York Times, on Fox TV and CNBC.
Speech Title: Safe Learning and Control with L1 Adaptation
Abstract: Learning-based control paradigms have seen many success stories with various robots and co-robots in recent years. However, as these robots prepare to enter the real world, operating safely in the presence of imperfect model knowledge and external disturbances is going to be vital to ensure mission success. In the first part of the talk, we present an overview of L1 adaptive control, how it enables safety in autonomous robots, and discuss some of its success stories in the aerospace industry. In the second part of the talk, we present some of our recent results that explore various architectures with L1 adaptive control while guaranteeing performance and robustness throughout the learning process. An overview of different projects at our lab that build upon this framework will be demonstrated to show different applications.
Biography: Zheng Liu received a Doctorate in engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2000, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 2007, respectively. From 2000 to 2001, he was a Research Fellow with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Liu then joined the National Research Council of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) as a Governmental Laboratory Visiting Fellow nominated by NSERC in 2001. From 2002, he became a Research Officer associated with two research institutes of NRC (Aerospace [IAR] & Construction [IRC]). From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Liu worked as a Full Professor with Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan. He is now with the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. His research interests include digital twin, data/information fusion, computer/machine vision, machine learning, smart sensor and industrial IoT, and non-destructive inspection and evaluation. Dr. Liu is a fellow of SPIE and a senior member of IEEE. In addition, he co-chairs the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society technical committee (TC-1). He holds a Professional Engineer license in both British Columbia and Ontario. Dr. Liu serves on the editorial boards for journals including IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Journal of RFID, Information Fusion (Elsevier), and Machine Vision and Applications (Springer). He also serves the Standards & Interoperability Committee of Research Data Canada.