Keynote Speakers



Prof. Francesco Bullo, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
IEEE Fellow, IFAC Fellow, SIAM Fellow

Biography: Francesco Bullo is a Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was previously associated with the University of Padova (Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering, 1994), the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems, 1999), and the University of Illinois. He served on the editorial boards of IEEE, SIAM, and ESAIM journals and as IEEE CSS President. His research interests focus on network systems and distributed control with application to robotic coordination, power grids and social networks. He is the coauthor of “Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems” (Springer, 2004), “Distributed Control of Robotic Networks” (Princeton, 2009), and “Lectures on Network Systems” (Kindle Direct Publishing, 2021, v1.5). He received best paper awards for his work in IEEE Control Systems, Automatica, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and SIAM.

Prof. Makoto IWASAKI, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Eng., IEEE Fellow, Co-EiC of IEEE/TIE
IEEE/IES Vice President for Planning and Development
Member of Science Council of Japan (SCJ)

Biography: Makoto Iwasaki received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1986, 1988, and 1991, respectively. Since 1991, he has been with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, where he is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. As professional contributions of the IEEE, he has been an AdCom member of IES in term of 2010 to 2019, a Technical Editor for IEEE/ASME TMech from 2010 to 2014, an Associate Editor for IEEE TIE since 2014, a Management Committee member of IEEE/ASME TMech (Secretary in 2016 and Treasurer in 2017), a Co-Editors-in-Chief for IEEE TIE since 2016, a Vice President for Planning and Development in term of 2018 to 2019, respectively. He is IEEE fellow class 2015 for "contributions to fast and precise positioning in motion controller design". He has received the Best Paper Award of Trans of IEE Japan in 2013, the Best Paper Award of Fanuc FA Robot Foundation in 2011, the Technical Development Award of IEE Japan in 2017, the Nagamori Awards in 2017, the Ichimura Prize in Industry for Excellent Achievement of Ichimura Foundation for New Technology in 2018, the Technology Award of the Japan Society for Precision Engineering in 2018, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Japanese Minister of Education in 2019, respectively. His current research interests are the applications of control theories to linear/nonlinear modeling and precision positioning, through various collaborative research activities with industries.

Prof. Rezia Maria Molfino, University of Genova, Italy
President of SIRI (Italian Association of Robotics and Automation) from 2000 to 2016; then Vice President
President of IIS (Italian Institute of Welding) from 2013 to 2016, then Past-President
National Coordinator at IFR (International Federation of Robotics)
Expert of: Advisory Group for Horizon 2020 LEIT-NMBP (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology); European Commission (ICT, ERC, NMP, ESF); Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Education, Universities and Research; Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education; Spanish National Research Council Action Plan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University academic program; Foresight Agency (ANEP)…

Biography: She has carried out interdisciplinary research activities in the fields of complex mechatronic systems including machine mechanics, sensory-actuation, regulation and control, intuitive interfaces, expert systems, AI in particular with reference to the fields of Robotics and Flexible automation.
Main research topics: smart instrumental  robot design, kinematic and dynamic modelling and simulation; intelligent manipulation and soft grasping; surgical robots, climbing robots, extreme robotics; intelligent flexible manufacturing.
Author or co-author of some 250 publications in the area of robotics and manufacturing systems.
Referee of several international journals on robotics and industrial automation. CV @

Prof. Qianchuan Zhao, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Biography: Prof.Qianchuan Zhao received the B.E. degree in automatic control in July 1992, the B.S. degree in applied mathematics in July 1992, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in control theory and its applications in July 1996, all from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is currently a Professor and Director of the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS), Department of Automation, Tsinghua University. His current research focuses on the modeling, control and optimization of complex networked systems. He has published more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Dr. Zhao is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Results in Control and Optimizaiton. He was awarded The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China in 2014.


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