ITET Speakers








Professor Makoto Iwasaki, Dr. Eng., IEEE Fellow, IEE Japan Fellow

Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan


Title of the speech

“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. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology. As professional contributions of the IEEE, he has participated in various organizing services, such as, a Co-Editors-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics since 2016, a Vice President for Planning and Development in term of 2018 to 2021, etc. He is IEEE fellow class 2015 for "contributions to fast and precise positioning in motion controller design".
He has received many academic, foundation, and government awards, like the Best Paper and Technical Awards of IEE Japan, the Nagamori Award, the Ichimura Prize, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Japanese Minister of Education, respectively. He is also a fellow of IEE Japan, and a member of Science Council of Japan. 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. Yongsheng Ma

SUSTech in Shenzhen, China


Title of the speech

“Current AI Challenges and Applications in Engineering Informatics” (Click for abstract)


Dr. Yongsheng Ma is a full professor with Southern University of Science and Technology, China (since 2021). Dr. Ma had been a full professor with the University of Alberta (2007 to 2021). He is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE, CSME and an Alberta P.Eng. His research focuses on engineering informatics for design and manufacturing. Dr. Ma received B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. Before 2007, he had served as an associate professor with Nanyang Technological University (2000-2007), Singapore. Before that he also worked with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (1993-1996) and then Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1996-2000). Dr. Ma has had an established research profile with many research projects from different sources, and published more than 200 internationally recognized top journal and conference papers, and book chapters. Dr. Ma had been an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). In 2012, he won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation together with Drader Manufacturing Ltd. Dr. Ma had also served as a senator of UA during 2014-2016. He has been serving as an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Engineering Informatics (Elsevier) since 2012, and became an associate editor since 2020. He is currently also an associate editor of ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE), Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering - Digital Manufacturing, and an editorial board member for Scientific Reports (Springer Nature).


Prof. Wilson Q. Wang

Lakehead University, Canada








Prof. LAW, Nancy W. Y.

The University of Hong Kong, China


Title of the speech

“Empowering Teachers as Learning Designers through a Learning Analytics integrated Learning Design Studio” (Click for abstract)


Nancy Law is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong and the Founding Director for the Centre for Information Technology in Education. She is a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Her research focuses on designing technologies and learning architectures for scalable technology-enhanced learning-innovations. Professor Law received a Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme Award by the HKSAR Research Grants Council in 2014 in recognition of her research in scalability of technology-enhanced learning innovations. She is currently spearheading projects in three related areas: implementation and refinement of multilevel network models of innovation as sociotechnical co-evolution, and investigation of students’ development as digital citizens from childhood to early adulthood, and the design and implementation of a learning analytics integrated learning design platform to empower teachers as learning designers.














Assoc. Prof. Cheng Siong Chin

Newcastle University, Singapore


Title of the speech

“Intelligent Systems Modelling”


Dr Chin received his Ph.D in Applied Control Engineering at Research Robotics Centre in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2008 and M.Sc. (Distinction) in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering from The University of Manchester in 2001. He also graduated with a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from NTU in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor (Reader) and Director of Innovation at Newcastle University on the Singapore campus.

He was a Lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering at Temasek Polytechnic. He worked in the consumer electronics industry for more than 4 years before moving into academia. He currently holds 3 U.S. Patents in electronics test systems and components.  His research interests include intelligent systems modelling and designing complex systems under uncertain environments such as marine electric vehicles, energy storage systems, and acoustic systems. He is an author/co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers on journals and conference proceedings.  Dr Chin has obtained 7 research grants from Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and Economic Development Board Singapore - Industrial Postgraduate Programme (EDB-IPP) grants in his research areas.  He is an elected Vice-Chairman for IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society in Singapore Section, Associate Editor for IEEE Access Journal, IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC) eNewsletter and Electronics.  He has served as General Chair, Session Chair, and Technical Committee in various international conferences.