Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Topic: PHM  in Railways : Big Data or Smart Data ?


Dr. Pierre Dersin
RAM (Reliability Availability Maintainability) Director and PHM (Prognostics & Health Management) Director, Alstom Transport, France

Dr. Pierre Dersin obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1980 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is now RAM (Reliability-Availability-Maintainability) Director and PHM Director in Alstom. He has contributed a number of communications and publications in IEEE conferences and journals in the fields of RAMS, automatic control and electric power systems. He was just elected Vice President, Technical Activities, of the IEEE Reliability Society and is a member of the IEEE Future Directions Committee.

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Keynote Topic: Turbofan Engine System Diagnostics, Prognostics and Health Management -- Challenges and Opportunities


Dr. Ming Cao
Senior Researcher, General Motors R&D, MI, USA; Senior Scientist, United Technologies Research Center, CT, USA

Dr. Ming Cao received Ph. D. on Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. He spent the last decade working on PHM solutions including human-moving vehicle systems such as car, elevator, helicopter, as well as fixed-wing aircraft & tubo engine system and industry systems. Dr. Cao has worked for Fortune 500 companies, such as General Motors, United Technologies, and Ingersoll Rand throughout his career. He is the member of AIAA Sensor Technical Committee, and ASME Transportation Technical Committee. He served as ASME IDETC AVTT Conference Program Chair for 2 years, and guest Editor of International Journal of Vehicle Dynamics. 

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Keynote Topic: Current trends and reliability challenges in current generation server and cloud computing packages


Dr. Preeti Chauhan
Quality and Reliability Program Manager, Intel Corporation, USA

Dr. Preeti Chauhan obtained her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering 2012 from CALCE, University of Maryland College Park. She is now served as the reliability engineer and server Q&R program manager in Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona. She is quality and reliability expert in areas of epoxy underfill, mold underfill, mid-level interconnects, stiffener, thermal compression bonding, and chip attach for mobile, laptops, desktops, and server processors. 

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Keynote Topic: Connecting the Dots. Navigating an Interconnected World Through IoT and Big Data


Prof. Christian K. Hansen
Past President, IEEE Reliability Society; Professor and Associate Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Eastern Washington University, USA

Dr. Christian K. Hansen recently served as President of the IEEE Reliability Society (2014-2016) and is currently the Associate Dean and Professor of Statistics in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM), Eastern Washington University (EWU). Over the past two decades he has been active with the IEEE Reliability Society and has served in leadership positions that include vice-president of publications and treasurer before being elected to president in 2013. 

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Keynote Topic: Risk-based Prognostics and Health Management: Probabilistic Methods for Continuous-time Hazard Analysis and Risk Mitigation


Prof. John W. Sheppard
College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and RightNow Technologies Fellow; Director of Numerical Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Montana State University, USA

Dr. John Sheppard serves as a member of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and is the Computer Society liaison to IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 20 on Test and Diagnosis for Electronic Systems. He is also the co-chair of the Diagnostic and Maintenance Control Subcommittee of SCC20 and has served as an official US delegate to the International Electro-technical Commission's Technical Committee 93 on Design Automation. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, he was elected as an IEEE Fellow. 

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Prof. Philip Leong
Professor of Computer Systems in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, Visiting Professor at Imperial College

Prof. Philip Leong received the B.Sc., B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Sydney. In 1993 he was a consultant to ST Microelectronics in Milan, Italy working on advanced flash memory-based integrated circuit design. From 1997-2009 he was with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently Professor of Computer Systems in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, Visiting Professor at Imperial College, Visiting Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, and Chief Technology Advisor to ClusterTech. 

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Keynote Topic: Reliability Assessment for Fleets of Systems and Family of Products: from Practice to Theory


Dr. Loon Ching TANG
Director of Temasek Defence Systems Institute and a full professor of Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore

Dr. Loon Ching TANG obtained his Ph.D degree from Cornell University in the field of Operations Research in 1992 and has published extensively in areas related to industrial engineering and operations research. He has been presented with a number of best paper awards including the IIE Transactions 2010 Best Application Paper Award and 2012 R.A. Evans/P.K. McElroy Award for the best paper at Annual RAMS. Prof Tang is the main author of the award-winning book:Six Sigma: Advanced Tools for Black Belts and Master Black Belts. Besides being active in the forefront of academic research, in the last 25 years, Prof Tang has served as consultant for many organizations, such as the Ministry of Home Affair, Singapore Power, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Seagate, HP, Phillips, etc, on a wide range of projects aiming at improving organizational and operations efficiency; especially through better management of engineering assets. He is currently a fellow of ISEAM, the Editor of Quality & Reliability Engineering International and a member of the advisory board of the Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute.

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Tutorial Speaker

Tutorial Topic: Physics of Failure based Prognostics


Dr. Nagarajan Raghavan
Assistant professor in Division of Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and DesignSingapore

Dr. Nagarajan Raghavan is the assistant professor in Division of Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design. His work focuses on reliability modeling of nano-devices, physics of failure modeling, maintenance engineering, design for reliability and prognostics and system health management. 

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Tutorial Topic: Data-driven diagnostics and prognostics


Dr. Bin Zhang
Assistant professor in College of Engineering and Computing, University of South CarolinaUSA

Dr. Bin Zhang is the assistant professor in college of engineering and computing, University of South Carolina. His research interests include Prognostics and health management, which covers fault detection and isolation, failure prognosis, and fault tolerance robotics, unmanned systems, electromechanics, and industrial electronics, intelligent systems and control dynamic systems, design, modeling, simulation and control.   

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Tutorial Topic: Accelerated testing for diagnostics and prognostics


Prof. Haitao Liao
Hefley Professor of Logistics and Entrepreneurship, Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Arkansas, USA

Dr. Haitao Liao is a Professor and Hefley Endowed Chair Professor in Logistics and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Industrial Engineering at University of Arkansas. His research is focused on both experimental and analytical studies related to Reliability Engineering and Service Logistics. His research interests include: (1) reliability models, (2) maintenance and service logistics, (3) prognostics, (4) probabilistic risk assessment, and (5) analytics of sensor data. 

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