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Keynote Speakers
Haptically Enabled Robotics and Tele-operations
Professor Saeid Nahavandi
  • Alfred Deakin Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation, Deakin University - Victoria, Australia
Haptically Enabled Robotics and Tele-operations have the potential to dramatically improve access to diagnostic tools for world citizens living in regional and remote parts of a country, either not serviced by, or with limited access to, medical resources. Combining robots with a remote sense of touch and having human on the loop, the systems will provide true tele-presence for applications such as haptic based minimally invasive surgery and remote robotic based medical imaging, to other types of non-medical applications such as; mining, nuclear, Defence and extraterrestrial type activities and experimentations. This talk will highlight key enabling technologies that have been developed and successfully tested. It will also demonstrate how this could be a main driver in creating new capability for future new applications.
Saeid Nahavandi received his BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD in Control Engineering from Durham University, UK in 1985, 1986 and 1991 respectively. Saeid is an Alfred Deakin Professor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and the Director for the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation at Deakin University in Australia. Professor Nahavandi is a Fellow member of IEEE, IET and IEAust. He has published over 800 refereed papers and been awarded over 50 competitive grants over the past 30 years. He received the Research collaboration / initiatives award from Japan and Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award and two Life time Achievements Awards. Saeid won the title of Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and holds six patents, two of which have resulted in two very successful start-ups (Universal Motion Simulator Pty Ltd and FLAIM Systems Pty Ltd). In 2002 Professor Nahavandi served as a consultant to the Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA) during his visit to JPL Labs in Pasadena, California. Saeid has carried out industry based research with several major international companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Bosch, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, General Dynamics, Holden, Lockheed Martin, Nissan, Thales and Vestas just to name a few. Professor Nahavandi is the General Chair for IEEE SMC 2021. He was also the General Co-Chair for IEEE SMC 2011. He holds the positions of Senior Associate Editor: IEEE Systems Journal, Associate Editor: IEEE Transaction on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, Editor-In-Chief for IEEE SMC Magazine, Chair: IEEE SMC Electronic Communications Subcommittee and founding Chair: IEEE SMC Victorian Chapter. Saeid is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).

Daoyi Dong
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
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