Invited Speakers


Assoc. Prof. Shayok Mukhopadhyay

American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Biography: Shayok Mukhopadhyay (Member, IEEE) received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly known as the University of Pune), India, in 2006, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2014. He has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), since 2014, where he is currently an Associate Professor and coordinator of the Mechatronics graduate program. His research interests include control systems, nonlinear systems, computational methods, battery modeling and failure detection, and robotic path planning. He received the Award for the Best Presentation in the Nonlinear Systems III Session from the American Control Conference 2014. He was a part of five-person team that received the national category of the AI and Robotics for Good Award for developing an in-pipe inspection robot at UAE, in 2017.

Prof. Li Guo

Hunan University, China

Biography: Li Guo received the B.Sc. degree from Hunan University, Changsha, China, in 1984, the M.Sc. degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree from Xi‘an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China in 1994, all in mechanical engineering.,He is a Professor with the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha. His research interests include intelligent monitoring of acoustic emission in advanced grinding process and high performance hydrostatic bearing spindle in machine tool.

Assoc. Prof. Sallehuddin Bin Mohamed Haris

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

Biography: Sallehuddin Mohamed Haris is an Associate Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He received his BEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK in 1993, MSc in Mechatronics from the University of London (King’s College London) in 1996 and PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK in 2006. His current research interests include adaptive and switching control systems, hybrid dynamic systems, and mechatronic systems for automotive and robotic applications.


Dr. Yannick Verbelen

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Biography: Dr ing Yannick Verbelen obtained a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering at Brussels University, Belgium, in 2009 and specialized in development of novel embedded electronic systems and sensor systems. He co-founded Fablab Brussels in 2011, since grown to be the largest public workshop for rapid engineering prototyping in Belgium. Dr Verbelen is an expert in electronic circuit design and manufacturing, and has over 100 peer-reviewed circuit board designs in his portfolio. He obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering summa cum laude in 2017, and published a book on sustainable electronic engineering titled Complementary Balanced Energy Harvesting later that year. In 2018 he joined the School of Physics at Bristol University to apply his experience in electronic sensor systems to the development of radiation sensors and robotics for nuclear applications. His robots have been deployed in some of the most challenging and hazardous environments on the planet, such as the radioactive exclusion zones of Fukushima and Chornobyl. In addition, he is a STEM Ambassador in the UK aiming to promote science and technology to the general public, and co-founded several companies to commercialise IP.