Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Jose M. Framinan
University of Seville, Spain

Speech Title: New Manufacturing Scheduling Paradigms: An Overview
Abstract: Although manufacturing scheduling is a well-established field with a sound theoretical background, a series of disruptive changes in the manufacturing processes & technologies (additive manufacturing, IoT, CPS …among others) and in the demand & social drivers (servitization, circular economy, …) have taken place in the last years. These emerging manufacturing scenarios may be radically different than those currently in place and so is the way scheduling decisions must be carried out. In this talk we will discuss some of these new scenarios, and how scheduling decisions can be addressed. We will provide some illustrative examples and ongoing research work.

Biodata: Jose is full professor at the School of Engineering in the University of Seville and head of the Industrial Management Research Group. His research interests refer to decision systems and models in industry and services, including a range of decisions related to the design and optimization of processes, production and supply chain planning and scheduling, as well as information systems as a supporting infrastructure. In these areas, he has published over 90 papers in international refereed journals (check here for an updated list) and conducted a number of research projects (see here) and industry grants (here). He also has some editorial duties, most notably being the current Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Industrial Engineering, a high-impact journal in Industrial Engineering. He also serves as Area Editor (Scheduling) of the Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Loon Ching Tang
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speech Title: Resilience as a System Performance Indicator for Spatial-temporal Cyber-physical Systems
Abstract: It is increasingly evident that climate change has induced more natural disasters of greater magnitude that posed threats and major disruptions to critical infrastructures and systems. At the same time, many systems have been developed and functioning as cyber-physical systems (CPS). It has become clear that we need to look beyond traditional risk management and develop a better understanding of system resilience. Here, we present a unifying framework for defining and measuring resilience. We use supply chain system as an example of spatial-temporal CPS to illustrate how resilience could be measured when disruption occurred. In particular, the resulting recovery data are used to illustrate a typical recovery function and then together with other key dimensions of resilience, the parameters of these functions can be used to form a set of resilience measures. We also demonstrate that resilience can also be the key design consideration for emergency response systems which is also a distributed spatial-temporal CPS.

Biodata: Dr Loon Ching TANG is currently professor of Department of Industrial Systems Engineering & Management at the National University of Singapore and Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore. He 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 30 years, Prof Tang has served as a consultant for many organizations, such as the Ministry of Home Affair, Singapore Power Grid, 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 Co-Editor-in-Chief of Quality & Reliability Engineering International, editorial review board member of Journal of Quality Technology and a member of the advisory board of the School of Engineering of Temasek Polytechnic.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Luiz Moutinho
University of Suffolk, UK; The Marketing School, Portugal; University of South Pacific, Fiji

Speech Title: The Future Value of Smart Manufacturing
Abstract: Green technologies, sustainable manufacturing , additive manufacturing and molecular manufacturing are presented at the beginning of the talk . Other topics covered will include 6D Printing and Meshing. New concepts are the discussed-Advanced AI , AIoT , Factory in a Box and Cloud Robotics. The trends of exosuits , smart factories , smart dust and semantic product memories are then introduced. The presentation ends with the analysis of conceptualisations like Multiphysics simulation , Machine Design , Digital Twins , Smart Logistics , Drone Swarms and Droids.

Biodata: During 2015 - 2017 he was professor of BioMarketing and Futures Research at the DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Ireland. This was the first Chair in the world on both domains - BioMarketing and Futures Research. Previously, and for 20 years, he had been appointed as the Foundation Chair of Marketing at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Scotland. In 2017 Luiz Moutinho received a degree of Professor Honoris Causa from the University of Tourism and Management Skopje, FYR of Macedonia. In 2020 he was elected as the member of The Academia Europaea. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1982. He has been a Full Professor for 31 years and held posts at Cardiff Business School, University of Wales College of Cardiff, Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA, Northern Arizona University, USA and California State University, USA. He has held Visiting Professorship positions at numerous universities in China, Lithuania, Austria, New Zealand, Denmark, Slovenia, Portugal...... Prof. Moutinho has over 155 articles published in refereed academic journals, 34 books and 15,579 academic citations, the h-index of 57 and the i10-index of 212 (Google Scholar, Sept. 2020). (Getting more)

Speakers in 2024 to be announced soon......