The conference full program will be given around October, 2017.
Magnus Thor Jonsson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Science, University of Iceland, located in Reykjavik, Iceland. He received his MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland, Department of Industrial Engineering in 1982 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Mechanical Department at the Technical University of Norway in Trondheim in 1987. His major field of study was model based design using nonlinear FEM models. His main research interest is in the field of model based optimization for geothermal power plants. He has published a number of reviewed research papers and led a number of funded research projects in the areas of thermal and structural modeling of geothermal wells and optimization of steam gathering systems for geothermal power plants. Prof. Jonsson has worked as the Department Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and has been the chairman of the Engineering Research Institute, University of Iceland, chairman of Continuing Education, and the chairman of CAD, CAM and CAE Association in Iceland. He has also been the chairman of the Machine Group of Icelandic Standards. He has been a board member of many steering committees at the University of Iceland and at Icelandic associations such as the Icelandic Society of Engineers and the IT&T User Forum.
Dr. Guanghsu A. Chang is an associate professor in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern University He has spent the last 21 years in teaching industrial and manufacturing engineering programs. He earned his MSIE, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include robotic applications, manufacturing automation, Design for Assembly (DFA), and Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) applications. He was a vice president of Southern Minnesota APICS (2009-2012) and faculty advisor of APICS student chapter at MSU.
Giuseppe Conte received the Laurea in Mathematics in 1974 from the University of Genova, Italy.
He has been Lecturer, from 1974 to 1985, and Associated Professor, from 1985 to 1990, at the University of Genova and from 1990 he is Professor of System Theory at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. He has been Visiting Professor at the Ohio State University of Columbus, Ohio, in 1987 and at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, in 1988. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1980 and in 1987 and a NATO Senior Fellowship in 1987.
From 1974, he published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books on topics in systems and control theory and robotics. He is co-author of the books "Nonlinear System Theory. An Algebraic Setting" Springer-Verlag, NY, 1999; “Niadenie nelinearnych systemov: Algebricky pristup” Slovenska Technicka Unverzita v Bratislave, Bratislava, 2001; “Algebraic Methods for Nonlinear Control Systems - Theory and Applications” Springer-Verlag, New York, 2006; “, Algebraic Methods for Nonlinear Control Systems Systems” bilingual edition China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. (Science Press), 2013; and editor of the books “New Trends in System Theory" Birkhauser, Boston, 1991; "Theory and Practice of Control and Systems" World Scientific, Singapore, 1999. He holds one Italian patent and a second one is pending. His scientific interests are in the theory of dynamical systems and control, in underwater robotics and in mechatronics.
He has been principal investigator in EU research projects (FP6 VENUS - Virtual Exploration of Underwater Sites, 2006/09; FP6 EPOCH – Newton Research Project UPGRADE, 2006/08; Tempus EUTERICS - Enhancement of University Technical Education in Robotics, Informatics and Control Science, 1992/95), coordinator of National Research Projects (PRIN) (Robotics for Assisted Diving ROAD, 2014/16; Navigation, Guidance and Control of Robotic Vehicles for Underwater Activities NGC-Veras, 1999/00) and principal investigator in many other research projects funded by other research agencies or companies (CaRiVerona, Regione Marche, Italian Space Agency, Italian National Research Council CNR, French National Research Council CNRS, NATO, U.S. National Science Foundation).
He is or has been: Associated Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization from 1990 to 1995; Associated Editor of IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information from 2008; Technical Associated Editor of the Procedings of the IFAC World Conference in 2011 and in 2014; General Chairman/IPC Chairman of several international conferences; member of the IFAC TC on Linear Control Systems (2000-) and Chairman of the same TC (2010-); founders and Chairman of the Italian Chapter della IEEE - Control Systems Society (1998-2015); President of the Adriatic Section of the Federazione Italiana di Elettrotecnica, Elettronica, Automazione, Informatica e Telecomunicazioni AEIT (2002-2004); member of the Accademia Marchigiana di Scienze Lettere ed Arti (2004-) and member of its Board (2010-2015); Senior Member of the IEEE Control System Society; founder and President of the academic spin-of INGEGNA, a small company working in the area if ICT and industrial automation, from 2007 to 2010..