Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal
Washington University in St. Louis, USA


Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of forty years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), Neuro-Computing, Control Theory and Systems, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 journal and refereed conference publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow eighteen societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Mário S. Ming Kong
University Lisbon, Portugal


Mário Say Ming Kong holds a PhD in Architecture in the field of Design and Visual Communication at the Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Barcelona - Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (ETSAB-UPC) with post-doctoral studies at ETSAB-UPC, a Master degree in Architecture from FAUTL.
He is currently Professor with Aggregation of FA-ULisboa, Guest Professor at ESELx and at the Master Course of Art at FBA-ULisboa.
Previously he was a lecturer at the University Lusófona (U.L.H.T.) and the Universidade Independente, respectively in the departments of Urban Planning and Architecture.
In 2000 he was the coordinator of the first year of the Urban Planning Course at U.L.H.T. In 1998, Regent of the discipline of Design / CAD / Geometry in U.L.H.T.
He has participated in scientific research studies and consultancy work for external entities. He has carried out publications, communications and training courses in order to disseminate the results of his research activity and teacher in national and international universities.
His main fields of research are: "Harmony and proportion in the representation between the West and the East" and "Architectures in Paper and Sustainable Materials with its application in the Plasticity of Paper in the Creative Process of Architecture, Urbanism and Design" applying concepts of Origami and Kirigami to materials such as paper and bamboo.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Vesna Spasojevic Brkic
University of Belgrade, Serbia


Prof. Vesna Spasojevic Brkic has graduated at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1994 with the specialization in Industrial Engineering field. She received her MSc degree in1999 and PhD degree in 2008 at the same faculty. From 2016 she is full professor. The teaching activity of Prof. Vesna Spasojević Brkić includes lecturing for undergraduate, master and doctoral students in the following fields: Production Management, Risk Management, Quality and Maintenance Management and Design of Organization. Her research interests include the same fields. She has supervised many master and doctoral students. Prof. Vesna Spasojević Brkić has over 100 publications, including 1 teaching book and 2 monographs, few chapters, over 30 papers in journals with impact factor, over 25 papers in national journals, over 20 technical solutions and national and international projects etc.


Crane Cabins Development - Are there Innovations Needed?


The use of load lifting/handling equipment makes workplaces dangerous given the high potential for injury, loss of life and material damage. Cranes are extremely important component in many different industrial operations today. Previous researches have highlighted the need of such equipment to be safely operated and easily maintained, while associated human errors have to be considerably reduced. Hence, human centered issues have to be analyzed first and according to those conclusions certain innovations are necessary. This survey has offered new design based on univariate and multivariate approaches applied on anthropometric data in aim to enable ergonomic convenience. Later, design issues are solved, through static and dynamic calculations using finite method elements in that context. Finally, crane cabin design in the light of Industry 4.0 concept is further analyzed together with inventions that are helpful there. Accordingly, we can conclude that in crane cabins development process proposed innovations are needed and very beneficial.

Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Frederic Vignat
Université Grenoble Alpes, France


Prof. Frédéric Vignat is Associate professor at G-SCOP laboratory of Grenoble Institute of technology. He is teaching Manufacturing and Design. His research is focused on Additive manfacturing and especially design and numerical chain for additive manufacturing. He has written 60 papers and has supervised 12 PhD students.