Special Talks

Prof.Dr. Andrew Kusiak
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering College Of Engineering
The University of Iowa, USA
Dr. Andrew Kusiak is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory at The University of Iowa, Iowa City. He speaks frequently at international meetings, conducts professional seminars, and consults for industrial corporations. He has served on the editorial boards of over fifty journals. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and hundreds of technical papers published in journals sponsored by professional societies, such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and other societies. His current research interests include applications of computational intelligence and big data in automation, energy, manufacturing, product development, sustainability, and healthcare.
Professor Kusiak is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. He is a holder of a Distinguished Adjunct Professorship at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His past academic appointments, include Technical University of Nova Scotia and University of Manitoba in Canada, as well as visiting faculty positions at the University of Hong Kong, University of Lion, University of Grenoble, and University of Nancy, France. 

Prof. Dr. Duc Truong Pham
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
The University of Birmingham, UK
Duc Truong Pham has made wide-ranging contributions to the theory and practice of mechanical, manufacturing and systems engineering. His academic output includes more than 500 technical papers and 15 books. He has supervised over 100 PhD theses to completion. He has won in excess of £30M in external research grants and contracts. In addition to pursuing and leading research, he has also been very active with knowledge transfer to industry, applying the results of his work to help multinational companies and SMEs to generate wealth and create and safeguard jobs. He has lectured extensively abroad on his research and has acted as a consultant to several major companies. He was Professeur Invité at École Centrale de Paris, Consulting Professor at HUST (China), Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Visiting Professor at the Université Paul Verlaine (France) and Visiting Professor at King Saud University (Saudi Arabia).  He is currently a Strategic Scientist at Wuhan University of Technology.He is the recipient of several prizes including the Sir Joseph Whitworth prize awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1996 and 2000 and the Institution’s Thomas Stephens Group Prize in 2001 and 2003 and Donald Julius Groen Prize in 2004, and the 5th ICMR Best Paper Prize in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Learned Society of Wales, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was made an OBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours List for his services to Engineering.

Prof.Dr.Filippo Berto

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology
Filippo Berto got his degree summa cum laude in ‘Industrial Engineering’ in 2003 at the University of Padua (Italy). After attending the PhD course in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Florence, he worked  as researcher in  the same field at the University of Padua. From 2006 to 2013 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Padua, Department of Management and Engineering, Vicenza and from October 2014 to September 2016 he was Associate Professor.
Since 1 January 2016 he has been appointed with the most prestigious available position at NTNU as international outstanding renowned Chair of Materials Engineering Science of Metals and Mechanics of Materials (top research program for international researchers recognized internationally for the quality of their academic achievements and having an impressive track record of publications and research projects, historically regius professorship).
He is the co-founder of the new fatigue lab at IPM together with Prof. A. Vinogradov (the laboratory dealing with multiaxial facilities will be entitled to the memory of Prof. Paolo Lazzarin).
Google scholar H-index = 45, H10-index= 110, citations 5500
Scopus H-index = 39,  H10-index=105, citations 4100
Isi Web of Knowledge H-index=37, H10-index=100 citations 4000

Prof. Dr. Fatih Taşgetiren

Department of International Logistics Management, Yaşar University, Turkey
Dr. M.Fatih Taşgetiren completed his master’s degree in Istanbul Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering, after completing his undergraduate studies in Industrial Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Sakarya Engineering Faculty and his Ph.D. in Operations Management at Istanbul University, Faculty of Management. He started his academic career at Yaşar University in 2009 as Associate Professor. In 2014 he was appointed Professor at Yaşar University. He served as the director of Yaşar University Research and Development (YAGEM) at Yaşar University. He is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of International Logistics Management of Yasar University, and he is the full-time acting director of the department. Dr. M. Fatih Taşgetiren has a total of 108 publications in international indexed articles, book sections and conference papers. Google academic citations are 5100 and h-index is 33. He is the assistant editor of the Journal of Swarm and Evolutionary Computation-Elsevier. (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/swarm-and-evolutionary-computation/editorial-board). He is also a member of IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee (http://cis.ieee.org/evolutionary-computation-tc.html).

Prof.Dr.Jan Torgersen

Stanford University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford, USA
“Thin film deposition for next generation DRAM structures”
NTNU Trondheim
Jan Torgersen got his degree summa cum laude in “Industrial Engineering” in 2011 at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria. He has been working as Researcher in “High resolution Additive Manufacturing for Biological Applications” at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology at TU Wien, where he obtained his PhD summa cum laude in 2013.
In 2014, he started working as PostDoc at Stanford University, where he started his work in “Ultrathin high-k dielectric films” in the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory for Energy Conversion and Storage.
He started as Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2016 and holds a Guest Lecturer position at Stanford University.

Dr. Orhan Dengiz

Department of Industrial Engineering, Nuh Naci Yazgan University, Turkey
DVM Technology Inc., Ankara, Turkey
Orhan Dengiz was born in Ankara, Turkey. Dengiz received his bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University (METU) in civil engineering in 2000. He later joined Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and received master’s and Ph.D. degree in 2007.
Dengiz has worked on inter-disciplinary projects that involved materials science, computer and machine vision, and industrial engineering.
Dengiz’s research involves application of computational techniques such as heuristic optimization algorithms and artificial intelligence tools in areas of manufacturing, system reliability design, automated vision systems, wireless telecommunication network design and automation problems.
After completing his doctoral studies, Dengiz returned to Ankara-TURKEY, and worked for the industry before he founded DVM Technology, a leading industrial IoT solutions company and joined Nuh Naci Yazgan University’s Engineering Faculty.

Hasan Burak Tiftik
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