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Invited Speakers

Prof. Sathans Suhag
National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, India
Dr. Sathans received the B. Tech., M. Tech. (Control Systems) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra (an Institution of National Importance), India, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He carries with him a teaching & research experience of nearly 23 years. Presently, he heads the students’ welfare activities of the Institute as Dean (Students’ Welfare) and is also working closely with the All India Council for Technical Education on various matters related to formulation of policy as the Chairman of All India Board of Technician Education. He has delivered many invited talks and chaired technical sessions in national/international conferences within and outside India. He is reviewer of different journals/conferences of repute. He is life member of Indian Society for Technical Education. His areas of interest include Intelligent Control and Applications, Automatic Generation Control, Advanced Control Applications in Power Systems, Micro Grid and Wind Energy Conversion Systems. He has got more than 50 publications to his credit in different international/national journals and conferences of repute. He has supervised many students at PG level and currently guiding many PG students and Ph.D. Research Scholars.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Rafiq Ahmad,
University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Rafiq Ahmad has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in May 2016. He is currently leading research in the Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA). He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Ecole Arts et Metiers Paris respectively, in France. He has recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Luxembourg.

His research interest in "Design and Manufacturing" bridges the gap between fundamental research and their advanced applications into industry.

His research orientations are divided into three major areas:

Advanced Manufacturing (Hybrid Manufacturing, CNC machining, 3D Printing, STEP-NC, Laser welding and cladding):
Combined machining and 3D printing, Mutli-nozzle system for additive manufacturing, Re-manufacturing, Reverse Engineering, Knowledge-based vision-assisted approaches, STEP-NC, & Laser-assisted Manufacturing, Rapid Reconfigurable Manufacturing systems, Industry 4.0, Lean Manufacturing and ERP systems.

Design for X (Design for Manufacturing/Re-manufacturing/Hybrid-manufacturing/Additive-manufacturing):
Sustainable design of both product and innovate manufacturing systems to produce it. This includes: Decision systems for Methods and Tools selection, Design-for-Manufacturing and Additive manufacturing, Innovative Assembly Designs, Mutli-nozzle system design, DFM,and DFAM.

Industrial Automaton (Robotics):
Assembly / Disassembly automation, Multi-pass welding automation, Software, algorithms and systems development based on knowledge and ontologies, vision-based path planning, Human-Robot Collaboration.


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