Biography: Prof Shane (Sheng Q) Xie, Ph.D., FIPENZ, is the Chair of Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Leeds, and he was the Director of the Rehabilitation and Medical Robotics Centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (NZ, 2002-2016). He has >28 years of research experience in healthcare robotics and exoskeletons. He has published > 400 refereed papers and 8 books in rehabilitation exoskeleton design and control, neuromuscular modelling, and advanced human-robot interaction. He has supervised >15 postdocs, 62 PhDs and 80 MEs in his team with funding of >£27M from five countries since 2003. His team has invented three award-winning rehabilitation exoskeletons. He is an expert in control of exoskeletons, i.e. impedance control, adaptive control, sliding mode control, and iterative learning control strategies. He has received many distinguished awards including the New Zealand Science Challenge Award, the David Bensted Fellowship Award, and the AMP Invention Award. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and the Technical Editor for IEEE/ASME Transaction on Mechatronics.
Biography: Hesheng Wang received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology. Harbin, China, in 2002, the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Automation & Computer-Aided Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Researcher Assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an Associate Professor in 2009. Currently, he is a Professor of Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He worked as a visiting professor at University of Zurich in Switzerland. His research interests include visual servoing, service robot, robot control and computer vision. Prof. Wang has published more than 100 papers in refereed professional journals and international conference proceedings. He has received a number of best paper awards from major international conferences in robotics and automation. Dr. Wang is an Associate Editor of Assembly Automation and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS from 2015 to 2019. He was a guest editor of Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Journal of Applied Mathematics and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He serves as The Technical Activities Board Member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He served as associate editor in Conference Editorial Board of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Prof. Wang is actively involving in organization of international conferences. He served as organizing committee member for many international conferences such as ICRA and IROS. He was the program chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, the general chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics. He is the program chair of The 2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics. He was a recipient of Shanghai Rising Star Award in 2014 and The National Science Fund for Outstanding Young Scholars in 2017. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.