Keynote Speakers


Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal (IEEE Fellow)

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Bio: 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 45 years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Acoustics and Electromagnetics, Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 600 publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over sixty countries. He is a Fellow of 22 professional societies including American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Physical Society (APS) 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 including the AIAA Reeds Aeronautics Award, SAE Medal of Honor, ASME Honorary Membership and Honorary Fellowship from Royal Aeronautical Society.

Prof. Danica Kragic (IEEE Fellow)

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

Bio: Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden. She holds a Honorary Doctorate from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. She chaired IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Computer and Robot Vision and served as an IEEE RAS AdCom member. Her research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. She is a recipient of ERC Starting and Advanced Grants. Her research is supported by the EU, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Swedish Research Council. She is an IEEE Fellow.

Plenary Speakers


Prof. Anthony Tzes

New York University Abu Dhabi

Bio: Dr. Anthony Tzes is Professor and Program Head of the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at New York University Abu Dhabi, since 2017. Prior to this, he was a member of the Council (Board of Trustees) of University of Patras (UPAT) in Greece and Professor and Head of the ECE at UPAT. He was the director of UPAT’s graduate program in Biomedical Engineering (2015-7). He is a graduate of UPAT (1985) and has received his doctorate from the Ohio State University in 1990. From 1990 till 1999 he was (tenured associate professor) with Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He has been a Visiting Professor (2009-13) at U. of Loughborough, UK.
He has been the Chairman of IEEE’s Control Systems Society Greek Chapter, a member of the national (Greek) committee of the European Control Association (EUCA), member at several committees of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and the national representative (2006-9) to EU’s FP7’s thematic area “Regions of Knowledge, Research Potential and Coherent Development of Policies”. He has served in various positions (Program Chairman (MIM ’00), Organizing Committee Chairman (ECC’07), General Chairman (MED2011 and ICUAS2020), Program Chairman (MED2015)), and as IPC-member at several international conferences.
His research interests include Cooperative Control of Networked UAVs, Surgical Robots, Mechatronics, and Control engineering applications. Prof. Tzes has received research funding from various organizations including NASA, the National (U.S.) Science Foundation, the European Union (Horizon2020), and the European Space Agency (ESA). He has over ten years of experience as the director of the Instrumentation and Control Laboratory at Polytechnic University (now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering) focusing on smart sensors and self-tuning systems. Concurrently, he served as the principal investigator of the Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center in New York, NY.
He has authored more than 80(225) papers published in international journals(conferences). He has received various awards as co-author of published articles including the best paper published in 2014 in IET Control, Theory & Applications and the ECC 2003 IST Prize Award. He has served in the editorial board of several journals (e.g. IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Circuits Systems and Computers, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks.

Prof. Evgeni Magid

Kazan Federal University, Russia

Bio: Professor Evgeni Magid is currently an acting Head of Intelligent Robotics Department, a Professor, a founder, and a Head of Laboratory of Intelligent Robotic Systems (LIRS) at Kazan Federal University, which is one of the top 10 Russian universities and the third oldest university in Russia. Professor, founder and a Head of Intelligent Robotic Systems Laboratory at Innopolis University, Russia. He worked at University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK; Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, USA; University of Tsukuba, Japan and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. He earned his Ph.D. degree (2011) from University of Tsukuba, Japan, and Master (2006) and Bachelor (2002) degrees from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Senior member of IEEE, member of ACM and INSTICC. His research interests include urban search and rescue robotics, mobile robotics, path planning, robotic teams, and human-robot interaction. He authors over 200 publications in English, Russian and Japanese languages and 5 patents. As a PI, he conducted over 20 research projects with governmental and industrial external funding, including 3 international projects that engaged foreign research partner teams from top universities of India, Israel, Japan and Thailand.


Prof. Harmtmut Surmann

University of Applied Science Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Bio: TBA