Prof. Ching-chih Tsai
National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Prof. Ching-Chih Tsai received the
Diplomat in Electrical Engineering from National Taipei
Institute of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, the MS degree in
Control Engineering from National Chiao Tung University,
Hsinchu, Taiwan, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical
Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA,
in 1981, 1986 and 1991, respectively. Currently, he is
currently a life distinguished professor in the Department
of Electrical Engineering, National Chung-Hsing University,
Taichung, Taiwan, where he served the Chairman in the
Department of Electrical Engineering from 2012 to 2014. He
is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, CACS (Chinese Automatic Control
Society) and RST (Robotics Society of Taiwan).
Dr. Tsai served as the Chair, Taipei Chapter, IEEE Control Systems Society, from 2000 to 2003, and the Chair, Taipei Chapter, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 2005 to 2006. In 2007, he was the program chair of 2007 CACS international automatic conference sponsored by Taipei chapter, IEEE control systems society. In 2010, he served as the program co-chair of SICE 2010 annual conference in Taiwan, which was technically sponsored by IEEE CSS; in 2011, he served as the General Chair, 2011 International conference on service and interactive robotics; in 2012, he has served as the General Chair, 2012 International conference on Fuzzy Theory and Its Applications, the General Chair, 2012-2015 CACS International Automatic Control Conferences, and the General Chair, 2016-2017 International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Dr. Tsai served the two-term President, Chinese Institute of Engineers in Central Taiwan, Taiwan from 2007 to 2011, and two-term President of Chinese Automatic Control Society from 2012 to 2015. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Directors in Boards of Government of thee professional associations, including Robotic Society of Taiwan, Taiwan Fuzzy Systems Association, and Taiwan Systems Association. He has served as the Chair, Taichung Chapter, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society since 2009, the Chair of IEEE SMC Technical Committee on intelligent learning in control systems since 2009, the two-term President of Robotics Society of Taiwan since 2016, the steering committee of Asian Control Association since 2014, a BOG member of IEEE Nanotechnology council since 2012, the President-Elect of International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA) since 2019, and a BOG member of the IEEE SMCS since 2017.
Dr. Tsai has published more than 500 technical papers, and seven patents in the fields of control theory, systems technology and applications. Dr. Tsai is respectively the recipients of the Third Society Prize Paper Award from IEEE Industry Application Society in 1998, the Outstanding Automatic Control Engineering Award in 2008 from Chinese Automatic Control Society (CACS), and the Outstanding Engineering Professor Award in 2009 from the Chinese Institute of Engineers in 2009, the IEEE Most Active SMC Technical Committee (TC) Award in 2012 from IEEE SMC Society, the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor Award from the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering in 2014, Outstanding Industry Contribution Award from Taiwan Systems Association in 2016, the best paper award in the International Journal of Fuzzy Systems in 2017, the 2018 outstanding research award from Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan, and many best paper awards from many international conferences technically supported by IEEE. He is the advisor, IEEE SMC student branch chapter at National Chung Hsing University; this chapter was the recipient of certificate of appreciation from IEEE SMCS in 2009. He has served as the associate editors of International Journal of Fuzzy Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, IEEE Transactions on Industry Informatics, and International Journal of Electrical Engineering. Recently, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of a new international robotics journal called “Robotics”. His current interests include advanced nonlinear control methods, deep model predictive control, fuzzy control, neural-network control, advanced mobile robotics, intelligent service robotics, intelligent mechatronics, intelligent learning control methods with their applications to industrial processes and intelligent machinery.
Prof. Mehrdad Saif
University of Windsor, Canada
Dr. Mehrdad Saif was appointed Dean of
the Faculty of Engineering, effective July 1, 2011.
Dr. Saif previously was a professor and Director of the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. He earned bachelor's (1982), master's (1984), and doctoral (1987) degrees in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University and joined the Simon Fraser faculty in 1987.
He says he is excited by the opportunites offered by his new position.
"We have expanded engineering at SFU quite aggressively over the past nine years and so I was looking for new challenges," says Saif. "I know the University of Windsor and the region and believe we can contribute a great deal to the economic development of the surrounding area."
He says the faculty is well-known for its work with automotive industries and hopes to identify new opportunities in aerospace and other related areas. Another draw is the Centre for Engineering Innovation, currently nearing completion of its first phase.
"The new building is definitely impressive and offers many exciting opportunities—the students can learn both in it and from it," he says. "My hope is the building will be not just an engineering building, but an environment that will promote cross-pollenization between our discipline and business, sciences, human kinetics, the arts as well as the community and local industry. Working at the boundaries we can develop exciting programs at the intersections between disciplines."
Dr. Groarke said he is delighted with Saif's appointment.
"He brings all sorts of significant experience to us," he said. "I look forward to his leadership, especially as our faculty enters the new era heralded by the Centre for Engineering Innovation."
At Simon Fraser, Saif was active in program and curriculum development and oversaw a major expansion of the engineering program.
"Of particular note are interdisciplinary programs with other departments and faculties, and the mechatronic systems engineering program, which has become one of the cornerstones of the new campus of SFU," established in Surrey, B.C. Groarke said.
Saif's research interests lie in systems and control theory; model-based fault detection and diagnostics; linear and nonlinear controller and observer design; large scale systems; and optimal and intelligent control. Working with a number of industries and government organizations, he has applied the results of his research in automotive, power systems, autonomous systems and other areas.
Prof. Xiaochun Cheng
Middlesex University, UK
Dr. Xiaochun Cheng (X.Cheng@mdx.ac.uk) received the B.Eng. degree in computer software engineering and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Jilin University, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He has been with the Computer Science EU Project Coordinator, Middlesex University, since 2012. He is currently a member of IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Enterprise Information Systems, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Computational Intelligence, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Cognitive Computing, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Intelligent Internet Systems, IEEE Communications Society Communications and Information Security Technical Committee, BCS Information Security Specialist Group, BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group, and BCS Artificial Intelligence Specialist Group.
Prof. Qinmin Yang
Zhejiang University, China
to be announced soon
Prof. Zhun Fan
Shantou University, China
to be announced soon
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