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Keynotes & Special Sessions

IDETC-CIE will feature the following keynotes and special sessions. Please check back often as we are always updating.

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Sandeep Neema

Sandeep Neema
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Conrad Tucker

Conrad Tucker
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Anita Woolley

Anita Woolley
Associate Professor, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Emrah Bayrak

Emrah Bayrak
Assistant Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology


Sandeep Neema, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Dr. Sandeep Neema joined DARPA in July 2016 and again in September 2020. His research interests include cyber physical systems, model-based design methodologies, distributed real-time systems, and mobile software technologies. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Neema was a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Neema participated in numerous DARPA initiatives through his career including the Transformative Apps, Adaptive Vehicle Make, and Model-based Integration of Embedded Systems programs. Dr. Neema has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed conference, journal publications, and book chapters. Dr. Neema holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in electrical engineering from Utah State University. He earned a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Conrad Tucker, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Conrad Tucker is an Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering and holds courtesy faculty appointments in machine learning, robotics, and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the design and optimization of systems through the acquisition, integration, and mining of large scale, disparate data. Tucker has served as PI/Co-PI on federally/non-federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) via the NSF Center for eDesign, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). In February 2016, he was invited by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President Dr. Dan Mote, to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. He received his Ph.D., M.S. (Industrial Engineering), and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Anita Woolley, Associate Professor, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Anita Williams Woolley is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. She has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, where she also earned Bachelor's and Master’s degrees. At the Tepper School of Business, she teaches MBA and executive education courses on managing people and teams in organizations. Prof. Woolley's research includes seminal work on team collective intelligence, which was first published in Science in 2010 and has been featured in over 3000 publications and media outlets since, including Forbes Magazine, the New York Times, and multiple appearances on NPR. Professor Woolley's research has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science and Social Neuroscience, among others. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Institute, DARPA, as well as private corporations. She has won awards for her research and her teaching.

A. Emrah Bayrak, Assistant Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology
A. Emrah Bayrak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. degree (2011) in mechatronics engineering from Sabanci University, M.S. (2013) and PhD degrees (2015) in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Optimal Design Lab at the University of Michigan, and as a Research Scientist in the Integrated Design Innovation Group at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Bayrak’s research focuses on integrating computational methods with human cognition for the design and control of smart products and systems. He is particularly interested in developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can effectively collaborate with humans considering unique capabilities of humans and computational systems. He studies the impact of AI behaviors, division of labor and coordination on trust and performance in human-AI collaboration. His research uses methods from design, controls and machine learning as well as human-subject experiments on virtual environments such as video games.

Alison Olechowski, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
Alison Olechowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Olechowski and her team study collaborative engineering design work. In particular, her lab is investigating modern collaborative CAD software, with the aim of uncovering new and effective ways to design. Dr. Olechowski completed her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying product development decision-making during complex industry projects. Dr. Olechowski completed her BSc (Engineering) at Queen’s University and her MS at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering. She has studied engineering products and projects in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, medical device and oil & gas industries.

Daniel Selva, Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
Daniel Selva is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he directs the Systems Engineering, Architecture, and Knowledge (SEAK) Lab. His research interests focus on artificial intelligence and human-machine collaboration for early design and architecting of complex engineered systems, with a strong focus on space systems. Dr. Selva holds dual degrees in electrical engineering and aerospace engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain) and Supaero (France), and a PhD in Space Systems Engineering from MIT. Before doing his PhD, Dr. Selva worked for 4 years in Kourou (French Guiana) as an avionics specialist within the Ariane 5 Launch team. Dr. Selva has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, including several best paper awards. Dr. Selva is a member of the European Space Agency's Advisory Committee for Earth Observation and the Secretary of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee.

Nabil Z. Nasr

Nabil Z. Nasr, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology
CEO, REMADE Institute
Rochester, New York

Title: Innovation in Reducing Embodied Energy and Decreasing Emission through Circular Economy

Abstract: In response to growing challenges of expanding energy consumption and emissions in manufacturing there is a need to develop a strategy at the national level with clear goals and objectives to address those challenges. In 2017 the REMADE Institute was formed as a public/private partnership focused on developing transformational technologies to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy for plastics, metals, fibers and e-waste. The institute is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy with $70 Million in Federal funding and $70 Million in private funding for the first 5 years. This presentation will provide an overview of the REMADE Institute and its objectives and technology strategy. REMADE seeks to enable early stage applied research and development of key industrial platform technologies that could dramatically reduce the embodied energy, emissions, and waste and increase material availability associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing. Eliminate and/or mitigate technical and economic barriers that prevent greater material recycling, recovery, remanufacturing, & reuse.

Biography: Dr. Nabil Nasr is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He also founded RIT’s Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, a leading source of applied research and solutions in remanufacturing technologies. Dr. Nasr’s research interests focus on remanufacturing, circular economy, life cycle engineering, cleaner production and sustainable product development, and he is considered an international leader in research and development efforts in those disciplines. Nasr is also the founding Chief Executive Officer of the REMADE Institute, providing oversight of node-level research roadmap development as well as corporate engagement of the Institute’s largest industrial partners. This national coalition is working on new clean energy initiatives, focusing on driving down the cost of technologies essential to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste. Dr. Nasr currently serves as a member of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In addition, he has been an expert delegate with the U.S. Government in several international forums such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), United Nations, World Trade Organization, and the OECD. He holds an MS and PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Rutgers University.

Please join us for an interactive DFMLC panel discussion with several past Kos-Ishii Award Winners. In this discussion, we will reflect on the contributions made by the DFMLC research community to advancing design and manufacturing over the past decade as well as envisioning the future role of the DFMLC community over the coming decade and its relationship with other ASME and external communities.

Additional information forthcoming

Shane Xie

Shane Xie
University of Leeds

Title: Innovative Robotic Technology for the Future of Healthcare

Abstract: Stroke and neurological diseases have significant impact on our society, this talk will discuss the key societal challenges, robotic technologies for delivering effective care and opportunities for the healthcare industry. The keynote will cover the recent development of robotics for stroke rehabilitation, the research gaps and the need for new technologies in neuroscience, robotics and artificial intelligence. The talk will introduce a EPSRC-funded project on intelligent reconfigurable exoskeletons tailored to meet patients’ needs, deliver effective diagnosis and personalised treatment, and monitored remotely by rehabilitation therapists. The talk will also briefly introduce the Leeds Centre for Assistive/Rehabilitation Robotics and our work on ankle robot, gait exoskeleton, gait upper limb bilaterial robot, neuromuscular and brain computer interfaces. The focus is on the enabling technologies for those whose strength and coordination have been affected by amputation, stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and ageing.

Biography: Prof Shane (Sheng Q) Xie, Ph.D., FIPENZ, is the Chair of Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Director of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Leeds, and he was the Director of the Rehabilitation and Medical Robotics Centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (NZ, 2002-2016). He has >28 years of research experience in healthcare robotics and exoskeletons. He has published > 400 refereed papers and 8 books in rehabilitation exoskeleton design and control, neuromuscular modelling, and advanced human-robot interaction. He has supervised >15 postdocs, 62 PhDs and 80 MEs in his team with funding of >£27M from five countries since 2003. His team has invented three award-winning rehabilitation exoskeletons. He is an expert in control of exoskeletons, i.e. impedance control, adaptive control, sliding mode control, and iterative learning control strategies. He has received many distinguished awards including the David Bensted Fellowship Award and the AMP Invention Award. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and the Technical Editor for IEEE/ASME Transaction on Mechatronics.

Additional information forthcoming

Roya Maboudian

Roya Maboudian
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
University of California, Berkeley

Title: Silicon Carbide Micro-/Nanosystems for Harsh Environment Applications

Abstract: Silicon has been the dominant semiconducting material in micro-/nanosystems technologies. However, the material and surface properties of silicon impose limitations on its use in applications involving harsh environment (such as high temperature, high radiation and corrosive conditions). Silicon carbide (SiC), a wide bandgap semiconductor, is emerging as a material to address the limitations of silicon as it is temperature tolerant, radiation resistant, and chemically inert. In this talk, I will present recent advances, by our group and others, in the materials science and manufacturing technology of SiC thin film and low dimensional structures, and some applications that these advances have enabled ranging from harsh environment sensing to energy technologies.

Biography: Roya Maboudian is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Her research interest is in the surface/interface and materials science and engineering of micro/nanosystems, with applications in harsh-environment sensing, health and environmental monitoring, and energy technologies. Her research has addressed several technological barriers and has enabled a number of new and promising applications in sensor technology. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, NSF Young Investigator award, and the Beckman Young Investigator award. She is a Fellow of IEEE and AVS, and a Bakar Fellow. She has served as editor to IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS) and as associate editor to IEEE/SPIE Journal on Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS (JM3), and is currently serving as associate editor to ACS Sensors.

Marcia O'Malley

Marcia K. O'Malley, Ph.D.
Thomas Michael Panos Family Professor in Mechanical Engineering,
Computer Science,
and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University
Houston TX USA

Title: Designing wearable robots for physical human-robot interaction

Abstract: Robots are increasingly transitioning from factories to human environments: today we use robots in healthcare, households, and social settings. I'm particularly interested in the potential for improving human performance with wearable robotic devices. Physical interactions between robots and humans offer an opportunity for the human and robot to implicitly communicate. For example, a rehabilitation robot exoskeleton can guide and train human movements, or a wearable haptic device can be used to convey informative tactile cues to the user. As engineers, we must consider the unique design and control constraints that are introduced when we design robots that are to be worn by the human, such as the complex degrees of freedom of human joints, the limitations of our human perceptual capabilities, and the necessity for compliant control algorithms to ensure user safety. This talk will feature recent research from my lab and will highlight these design challenges and the unique approaches that we have taken to ensure that the wearable robot and human achieve more together than either can achieve alone.

Biography: Marcia O'Malley is the Thomas Michael Panos Family Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University where she directs the MAHI (Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces) Lab. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Her research is in the areas of haptics and robotic rehabilitation, with a focus on the design and control of wearable robotic devices for training and rehabilitation. She has won awards for exemplary teaching at Rice, and she was the recipient of both an ONR Young Investigator Award and an NSF CAREER Award. She is a Fellow of both the ASME and the IEEE. Her editorial roles include Associate Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions and Senior Editor for the ACM Transactions on Human Robot Interaction. She is the incoming chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Conference Editorial Board.

Additional information forthcoming

Friedrich Pfeiffer

Friedrich Pfeiffer
Institute of Applied Mechanics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Technical University Munich

Title: Steps towards non-smooth multibody dynamics

Abstract: Multibody dynamics theories including non-smooth effects came up not before the second half of the last century. In my previous Institute we had quite a number of industry problems requiring urgently new solution ideas, for example gear rattling, turbine blade dampers, roller coasters and automotive drive trains, all with contact problems influencing dynamics, for some cases dominating it.

We started, as many other colleagues working in the field, with a description of such problems applying time-varying sets of equations of motion due to the fact, that contact, events like impacts or friction reduce the number of degrees of freedom of the system as long as the contact is active, and generate additional degrees of freedom when contacts are passive and open. This works for small systems, but fails for larger ones. Introducing the complementarity idea solved this problem, but generated new numerical ones. They were avoided by an idea of Alart, Curnier (1991), replacing complementarity by a set theoretical method, the prox-functions. Including these advancements into multibody system theory made successful treatment of large dynamical systems possible.

The lecture will focus on evolution of the theoretical fundament and on typical industry applications, typical also for the author’s academic life during the last decades.

Biography: After Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in mechanical engineering and dissertation in aerodynamics (Dr.-Ing.) at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, Friedrich Pfeiffer went to the German aerospace industry, today EADS, working there 8 years in the space and 8 years in the guided missile division, being involved in dynamics and control of satellites, missile systems and airbag gas generator production. In 1982, Friedrich went back to University, as full Professor of Mechanics at the Technical University, Munich: Dean and Vice-Dean in the years 1992-1996, member of the University Senate, member of the DFG Senate from 1996-2002 (German Research Foundation), GAMM President and Vice-President 2002-2007 (Society of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics), committee chairman Belgium Research Foundation, member Council of the German Army University in Munich, Rector of CISM, Udine, Italy (International Centre for Mechanical Sciences). Friedrich is a member of national and international scientific and technical societies, editor and associate editor of some international scientific journals. He was consultant to automotive and mechanical engineering industry. His main academic achievements are non-smooth multibody dynamics, especially with respect to large contact problems, and robotics together with walking machines. He received many awards, published more than 200 papers, has written seven books and several book contributions. In 20 years he gave lectures for more than 20000 students and candidates for exams and supervised more than 80 dissertations.

B. Balachandran

B. Balachandran
University of Maryland

Title: Lyapunov's Contributions and Some Applied Nonlinear Dynamics

Abstract: Aleksandr Mikhailovich Lyapunov's contributions have had a significant influence on studies of nonlinear dynamics of a range of systems within engineering and outside engineering. These contributions, which are related to the stability of motion, include the Lyapunov function, Lyapunov vectors, and Lyapunov exponents. In the spirit of these contributions, applied nonlinear dynamics in the context of ship crane-load oscillations, underwater vehicle systems, and growth and decay of nonlinear waves will be addressed in this talk.

Biography: Dr. Balachandran received his B. Tech (Naval Architecture) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, M.S. (Aerospace Engineering) from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA and Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics) from Virginia Tech. Currently, he is a Minta Martin Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland, where he has been since 1993. His research interests include nonlinear phenomena, dynamics and vibrations, and control. The publications that he has authored/co-authored include a Wiley textbook entitled "Applied Nonlinear Dynamics: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental Methods" (1995, 2004), a Cambridge University Press textbook entitled "Vibrations" (2019), and a co-edited Springer book entitled "Delay Differential Equations: Recent Advances and New Directions" (2009). Recently, he completed his terms as the Editor of the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics and a Contributing Editor of the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics. He is a Fellow of ASME and AIAA and a senior member of IEEE.

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