Keynote Speakers


Prof. Toshio Fukuda (IEEE, SICE, JSME, RSJ, and VRSJ Fellow)
Nagoya University / Meijo University, Japan / Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China


Toshio Fukuda graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1971. He received the Master of Engineering degree and the Doctor of Engineering degree both from the University of Tokyo, in 1973 and 1977, respectively, while he studied at Graduate School of Yale University in 1973-1975. He joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in Japan in 1977, while he was a research Scientist at University of Stuttgart in 1979-1981, the Science University of Tokyo in 1981, and then joined Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan in 1989. He is a Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University, having worked as Professor of Dept. of Micro and Nano System Engineering and Dept. of Mechano-Informatics and Systems, Nagoya University, Japan and as director of Center for Micro and Nano Mechatronics.

He is currently one of thousands of talented foreign Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). He has been working as Professor of Shenyang University of Technology, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science, Russell Springer Chaired Professor at UC Berkeley, Seoul National University, Advisory Professor of Industrial Technological Research Institute and others. He is mainly engaging in the research fields of intelligent robotic system, micro and nano robotics, bio-robotic system, and technical diagnosis and error recovery system.

He was the President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (1998-1999), Director of the IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2001-2002), the Founding President of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2002-2005), Region 10 Director (2013-2014) and is Director-elect, IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2016). He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ASME Trans. Mechatronics (2000-2002). He was the Founding General Chairman of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) held in Tokyo (1988). He was Founding Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics Technology and Social Impacts (ARSO, 2005), Founding Chair of the IEEE Workshop on System Integration International (SII, 2008), Founding Chair of the International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS, 1990-2012).

He has received many awards such as IEEE Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award (1997), IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), IEEE Robotics and Automation Pioneer Award (2004), IEEE Transaction Automation Science and Engineering Googol Best New Application Paper Award (2007), George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation (2009), IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (2010). He received the IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies (2011), Friendship Award of Liaoning Province PR China (2012), Friendship Award of Chinese Government (2014), IROS Distinguished Service Award (2015), Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from Japanese Government (2015), IEEE Fellow (1995). SICE Fellow (1995). JSME Fellow (2002), RSJ Fellow (2004), VRSJ Fellow (2011) and member of Science Council of Japan (2008-2013 ), and Academy of Engineering of Japan (2013-).


Prof. Yang Xiao (IET Fellow)
The University of Alabama, USA


Dr. Yang Xiao currently is a full Professor of Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. His current research interests include communications/networks and computer/network security. He has published over 200 SCI-indexed journal papers and over 200 EI indexed refereed conference papers and book chapters related to these research areas. Dr. Xiao’s papers have more than 12000 citations and his h-index is 56, based on Google scholar on Aug. 1 2014. Dr. Xiao was listed among 800 computer science researchers with h-index larger than or equal to 40. His research has been supported by the U.S. NSF, U.S. Army Research, GENI, Fleet Industrial Supply Center-San Diego, FIATECH, and The University of Alabama’s Research Grants Committee.

Dr. Xiao was a Voting Member of IEEE 802.11 Working Group from 2001 to 2004, involving IEEE 802.11 (WIFI) standardization work. He is a Fellow of IET (FIET). He servedrves as a Panelist for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Telecommunications expert committee, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, as well as a Referee/Reviewer for many national and international funding agencies. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Security and Networks and International Journal of Sensor Networks. He had (s) been an Editorial Board or Associate Editor for 15 international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, during 2014 to 2015, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, during 2007 to 2009, and IEEE Communications Survey and Tutorials, during 2007 to 2014. He served (s) as a Guest Editor for over 20 times for different international journals, including IEEE Network, IEEE Wireless Communications, and ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET). Dr. Xiao has delivered over 20 keynote speeches at international conferences around the world and gave more than 60 invited talks at different international institutes.


Invited Speaker


Asst. Prof. Dr. Jaeryoung Lee
Chubu University, Japan


Jaeryoung Lee received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pusan National University, Korea in 2009 and her M.S. and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the Nagoya University, Japan in 2012, 2014. She is currently an assistant professor of the department of Robotic Science and Technology in Chubu University, Japan. Her research interests are in robot-assisted therapy, rehabilitation robotics, and human machine interaction, social and affective robots, and Ambient assisted living. She is currently the PI of MEXT project regarding robots for autism, and a partner in EU & MIC project Culture Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support, and so on.


Speech Title: Social and Affective Robot for Healthcare
Abstract--Robots are expected to elicit more active communication and provide life support for humans. Social robots have found a number of applications in many aspects of our daily life, including elderly care and therapeutic purposes (e.g. therapy for children with autism). The critical role of robots here is to interact with and assist humans in their every-day activities. Considering a wide variety of users, the robots should be also capable of deciding what kind of services and interactions they perform. The accurate and autonomous evaluation is needed through the technology, especially if the users are people with special needs. For this “user-centered” human-robot interaction, this requires that the social robots can learn the user’s states and be able to respond to it accordingly. The main topic of this talk is her current work, including CARESSES project (, regarding the social robots for healthcare.