WAIT 2020-Speakers

IEEE Fellow, Prof. Makoto Iwasaki, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Speech Title: GA-Based Practical System Identification and Auto-Tuning for Industrial Robots (Click for abstract)

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. KONG, Siu Cheung, the Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof. KONG Siu Cheung currently is Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology (MIT); and Director of Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC), the Education University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong holds a doctorate from the Department of Computer Science of the City University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong has produced over 280 academic publications in the areas of pedagogy in the digital classroom and online learning; policy on technology-transformed education and professional development of teachers for learner-centered learning; and computational thinking education. He has completed/conducted 71 research projects since joining the University (the then Hong Kong Institute of Education). Prof. Kong is at present serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL) and Journal of Computers in Education (JCE). He was in the presidential roles for the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE) for six years, as the President-Elect in 2012 and 2013, the President in 2014 and 2015, and Past-President in 2016 and 2017. Prof. Kong was the Convener of Theory and Practice of Pedagogical Design for Learning in Digital Classrooms International Research Network (IRN) under World Educational Research Association (WERA) from December 2012 to December 2015. He was also the member of the Assessment and Monitoring Sub-committee of the Quality Education Fund (QEF) of the HKSAR for 6 years from February 2011 to January 2017.

Prof. Bob Fox, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia

Professor Bob Fox, Academic Lead Curriculum, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education at UNSW Sydney (2013-present) and Professor (AD) Innovation in Higher Education, School of Education at UNSW (2013-2019). Awarded University Teaching Fellow, The University of Hong Kong (HKU).  Professor (Hon) Faculty of Education, HKU (2013-2018). 2000-2013 Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for IT in Education and A/Dean (Learning Environments), Faculty of Education HKU, with one year as Professor and A/Director, Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research at Chinese University. Professor Fox was A/Director, Centre for Advancement of Education at Curtin University, Perth for 13 years; a senior lecturer in vocational training for four and a further education lecturer for two years.

He has published around 150 papers on innovation, change and learning environments in higher education. His research focuses on learning, teaching and technological practice and change in higher education; blended, online and mobile learning; change and e-leadership.