Keynote Speakers


Prof. Kalyana C. Veluvolu
Kyungpook National University, South Korea

Biography: Dr. Kalyana C. Veluvolu is a Professor at the College of IT Engineering, Kyungpook National University, South Korea. He heads an interdisciplinary research group where research interests lie at the intersection of intelligence, robotics, sensing systems and health-care. Specifically, my interests are on developing technology for biomedical, health-care related fields, with primary focus on smart medical robotics, and EEG based human/brain computer interface applications.
Since 2009, he has been with the College of IT Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea. He received the B.Tech degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India, in 2002, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Research Fellow with the Biorobotics Group, Robotics Research Center, Nanyang Technological University. He was attached to the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, as a Visiting Professor during 2016–2017. He has also held several visiting positions in University of Newcastle, UK, and University of Valenciennes, France.
He has been a Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator on a number of research projects funded by government, industry, and universities with a total budget of over 2.5 Million US$. He also received several awards for research excellence including the 2020 KNU Academic Award and 2017 Excellent Research Award awarded by Ministry of Education, South Korea in 2018. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 journal articles and conference proceedings. He is currently the Associate Editor for Journal of The Franklin Institute, Systems Science and Control Engineering Journals. He has been on technical/program committee’s of several international conferences. Dr. Veluvolu is also a senior member of IEEE.
Title: Robust Control and Observation for Automotive and Energy Systems
Abstract: Increasing automation levels in recent decades have led to the development of complex controllers for automotive vehicles and Energy applications. Various commercial vehicles are equipped with active suspension controllers, which perform various tasks such as enhancing comfort levels, increasing stability levels for various driving conditions. First part of the presentation deal with Active suspension Control, where an output feedback active suspension control technique is discussed to achieve a ride comfort while maintaining the road holding for the vehicle. The second part of the presentation focusses on Autonomous shared control where the interaction between the human driver and automation based on cooperative game theory. Lastly, the talk discusses on energy applications where robust control of battery energy storage system (BESS) is discussed to mitigate the power fluctuations.


Prof. Agnese Rapposelli
“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Biography: Prof. Agnese Rapposelli have main research interests in Efficiency measurement, Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), undesirable outputs, Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA), environmental efficiency, waste management, airline industry, disability and employment, corporate governance and firms performance. During January 2020 – present: collaboration with the research group composed by Prof. Giulia Romano (Department of Economics and Management, University of Pisa), Prof. Ginevra Virginia Lombardi (Department of Economics and Management, University of Firenze) and Prof. Massimo Gastaldi (Department of Industrial & Information Engineering & Economics, University of L’Aquila), partners of the network “Advances in Cleaner Production”. Their research activity focuses on waste management and water management. During 2019 - 2020: Lecturer of Statistics (16 hours, course held in English), PhD in Accounting, Management and Business Economics, Department of Management and Business Administration, “G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy.


Dr. Tuan Sheikh Ahmad Izaddin Sheikh Md Ghazali
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Biography: Ts Dr Sheikh Ahmad Izaddin Sheikh Mohd Ghazali is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry and Environment, Faculty of Applied Sciences Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia. He joined UiTM in 2005 until today. Previously he was employed as a Research Officer at Petronas Research Centre from 2004-2005.
His research interest is in the field of NanoChemistry, Natural Product Chemistry, and NanoClay Chemistry. He has received several government and international research grants with a total of (RM250000.00) in the areas of nanomaterial and agrochemical nanocomposite, acting as the head researcher or associate researcher for such grants. Dr Sheikh Ahmad Izaddin has published around 72 publication with several academic writings related to his field in journals (30 refereed journals), 24 journal proceeding, 3 research book and chapters in books (8) and the rest is conference papers (9). Currently, his h-index is 5 with 91 citations (Scopus) and 7 h-index with 210 citations in Google Scholar Citations. He was also received many awards such as Best Academic Award, Research Academic Award, Best Academician Paper Award, Excellence Service Award and Open Distance Learning Award.
Speech Title: New Synthesis of Binate Herbicide-Interleaved Anionic Clay Material: Synthesis, Characterization and Simultaneous Controlled-Release Properties
Speech Abstract: A new synthesis nanohybrid herbicide compound was successfully synthesized by the simultaneous insertion of 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxybutyrate (TBA) and 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy acetates (MCPA) as a binate guest anion into the interlamellar space of the host Zn/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) using the ion-exchange method. Two different basal spacings of 23.1Å and 23.8Å were detected by the PXRD (Powder X-Ray Diffraction) of the nanohybrid accounting for the presence of two distinct intercalated phases. Direct insertion mass spectroscopy (DIMS), Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Sulfur analysis (CHNS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), thermogravimetry analysis-derivative thermogravimetry analysis (TGA-DTG) confirmed that both anions were intercalated to yield a biphasic well-ordered nanohybrid material. The study of the release properties showed that both ions were released, but at different rates, offering the possibility of using this biphasic nanohybrid for the controlled-release of more than one active anionic agent at different controlled rates. The release of MCPA and TBA from the nanohybrid fitted a pseudo-second order model and the material possessed good controlled-release properties. This property demonstrates the potential use of the layered materials as both supply system and reservoirs, particularly when multiple active agents are simultaneously used to shape an organic inorganic host-guest nanohybrid.


Prof. K. M. Pandey
National Institute of Technology Silchar, India

Biography: Prof. K.M. Pandey obtained B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from BHUIT, Varanasi now known as IIT BHU in 1980. Dr. Pandey also did M.Tech in Heat Power from the same Institute in 1987. Dr. Pandey did his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 from IIT Kanpur. He has published and presented more than 325 papers in International & National Journals and Conferences. His h-index in google scholar is 24. Dr. Pandey has also served in Colombo Plan Staff College Manila, Philippines in the year 2002 as Faculty Consultant seconded by Govt. of India. Currently he is working as Senior Professor in Department of Mechanical. Engineering ,of National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam, India. He has also served the department in the capacity of head for two terms of 3 years at NIT Silchar. He has also served as member of Board of Governors of NIT Silchar for two terms. His research interest areas are the following; Combustion, High Speed Flows, Technical Education, Heat Transfer, Internal Combustion Engines, Human Resource Management, Gas Dynamics and Numerical Simulations in CFD area from Commercial Softwares. Dr. Pandey has got more than 70 SCI indexed journal papers and more than 180 research articles indexed in Scopus. His h-index in Scopus is 19. He has guided 16 for Ph.D and 89 for M.Tech. so far. He has also worked as dean faculty affairs and dean research for 3 months each in the year 2012 and 2013. He has delivered many key note speeches in India, Singapore, and China. He has also chaired one session in IMECE 2011 organised by ASME and SEEP 2019 at University of Sharjah, where he conducted one special session on computational combustion. In the year 2020 Dr Pandey has given 3 keynote speeches for conferences held in Beijing ICMEM 2020,in ICNFM held in Shanghai on 22 December 2020 and Keynote aSpeaker in 5GAI INSAI Connected Global Forum & 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Manufacturing (AIAM2020) held on 26 December 2020 in Shanghai, P.R.China. In many earlier occasions also he had given speech in Singapore in 2018 and in Guangzhou in GMEE 2019 in December. In few conferences he has served as co-editor and general chair also.
Speech Title: Recent Advances in Pulse Detonation Engine-A Review
Abstract: A pulse detonation engine, or "PDE”, is a supersonic relative of a jet engine, known as supersonic pulse jet engine. It is an experimental propulsive device that uses supersonic combustion waves as detonation mechanism. The main difference between a jet engine and a pulse detonation engine is the method of combustion. In a jet engine, deflagration waves are the cause of combustion, a subsonic combustion flame propagates in the chamber. But PDE works under detonation, combustion involving a supersonic exothermic front accelerating through a medium and it drives a shock front propagating directly in front of it. This type of propulsion system has the capability to do efficient combustion and rapid energy and material conversion. The basic operation of the PDE consists of air fuel mixing then mixture ignition by detonation waves. At last the exhaust gases are expands through a nozzle producing a thrust. The time taken by the combustion mechanism was very less hence the entire process considered as constant volume process. Up to now, no practical PDE engine has been put into production. The present review analysis gives the further scope in research in the area of pulse detonation engine and practical possibilities of PDE.


Prof. Xiao Wu
Southeast University, China

Biography: Prof. Xiao Wu received his B. S. degree and Ph. D. degree in Energy information and Automation in Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2008 and 2014. He joined Southeast University in 2014 as assistant professor in School of Energy and Environment, was promoted to associate professor in 2019. Since 2019, he has been a visiting professor in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the University of Sheffield, UK.
Prof. Wu has been investigators in over 20 research grants with funding from European Union, Royal Society, NSFC, MOST and Industry. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers including Applied Energy, Energy, Fuel, IEEE Trans. Energy Conversion. He has been awarded Jiangsu Outstanding Youth Foundation, Excellent young scholar of Jiangsu Engineering Thermophysics Society, Royal Society-Sino-British Trust International Fellow, Young Science and Technology Talents of Jiangsu Province in the last three years. His main research area is in Process Systems Engineering for Energy and Environment, including Process Modelling, Simulation, Control and Optimization, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Power Plants, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and Integrated Energy System (IES).
Speech Title: Dynamic Modelling, Identification and Advanced Control of Solvent Based Carbon Capture for Power Plants
Abstract: Solvent-based post-combustion CO2 capture (PCC) appears to be the most effective choice to overcome the CO2 emission issue of fossil fuel fired power plants. To make the PCC better suited for power plants, growing interest has been directed to the flexible operation of PCC in the past ten years. The flexible operation requires the PCC system to adapt to the strong flue gas flow rate change and to adjust the carbon capture level rapidly in wide operating range. In-depth study of the dynamic characteristics of the PCC process and developing a suitable control approach are the keys to meet this challenge. This talk introduces the state-of-the-art studies of modelling, data-driven system/process identification and control design to improve the flexibility of the carbon capture system in future low carbon energy mix.