Keynote Speakers


Prof. Mohd. Hudzari Bin Haji Razali
University Technology MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

Title: Sustainable irrigation through dynamically and mechanically of smart ramp pump water system
Abstract: Nowday the use of ramp pumps become more popular because the system fulfil the concept of sustainability. The basic principle of smart ramp pumps is to use a large amount of water falling pressurise a short distance, to pump a small amount of water by water hammer effect then pumping the water to a higher point at agricultural area. The development of ramp pump is consists of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) conveyance piping, T-joints, threat joints and control valve which connected with smart reservoir system. Materials and Methods: Experiments were conducted with two variable water resources in common height between agricultural area with river stream which area two (2) feet. Results: Observation revealed that the ramp pump performance are depend on the height of water resource, height of delivery pipe, size of pipe and size of ramp pump. Estimation of 15.55 litres water is pumped to the delivery point while the wasted water that flows back into water stream is about 194.45 litres, mean that 92.59% from overall intake of water flow. While the percentage of 7.41% water is fed into conveyance system which suitable to irrigate the small farm area. Although the pumped water volume is low mechanically, but the amount of water is pumped continuously and the ramp pump operated sustainably without any fuel or electricity. Some adjustment for making ramp pump work at flat flow river stream dynamically, the pressurise delivery piping is designed which base on reducing diameter sizes of pump inlet. Conclusion: This technique on natural ramp pump application was comply in nowdays sustainable concept in agriculture. The water that naturally catch from water stream can be freely to be irrigate in plantation area that avoiding to depend on power electricity.
Keywords: Irrigation system, Sustainable agriculture, Water pump, Water hammer, Gravity force
Biography: Mohd Hudzari bin Haji Razali was born on 07rd February 1974 in Muar, a small village in North of Johor, boundary neighbour with Jasin, Melaka Malaysia. He did his elementary education in his village school. He passed his secondary school certificate from High School Muar, Johor, Malaysia. He started his university education at the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Serdang, and Selangor, Malaysia, where he obtained a Diploma of Agriculture Engineering in 1996. He obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1999 and Master of Science degree on Agriculture Automation and Robotic from Universiti Putra Malaysia at the same University on program of structure A (research basis) in 2003. He worked as an Assistant Researcher for the national research grant during 2003 till present under his supervisor; Professor Wan Ishak Wan Ismail. In 2005, he was awarded a partial scholarship from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia when appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant to pursue Ph.D program at Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia and received Ph.D on Smart Technology and Robotic Engineering in October 2010. Previously worked as an Associate Professor in Department of Agriculture Science and Biotechnology, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA); and currently worked as at same gred of Associate Professor in UiTM; the position as academician took up on 6 February 2011, a day to his 37th anniversary. Mohd Hudzari also hold other posts, including Research Assistant at Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (1999 -2000), then offered as an Automation Engineer at private sector in STMicroelectronic Sdn Bhd, 84000, Muar, Johor, Malaysia (2000-2002), Program Manager and Graduate Research Assistant, Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia (2003-2010). He is registered graduate engineer, Board of Engineer (BEM) Malaysia (2011-now) and also currently appointed as Deputy Dean (Student Affairs and Alumni) at same faculty from 1 September 2015.


Prof. Kalyana C. Veluvolu
Kyungpook National University, South Korea

Title: Intelligent Hand-held Robotics for Microsurgery
Abstract: Precision, robustness, dexterity, and intelligence are the design indices for current generation surgical robotics. To augment the required precision and dexterity into microsurgical work-flow, hand-held robotic instruments are developed to compensate physiological tremor in real-time. The active compensation is challenging due to the time-varying unknown delay introduced by hardware (sensors) and software (causal linear filters) that adversely affects the device real-time performance. The current techniques for 3D tip position control rely on modeling and canceling the tremor in 3-axes (x, y, z) separately. Our recent findings show significant correlations in tremor across the three dimensions (x, y, z) and the grip force (f). This talk will first introduce the challenges and present our research efforts on multi-dimensional (3D and 4D) tremor modeling that show improved performance.
Biography: Dr. Kalyana C. Veluvolu is a Professor at the College of IT Engineering, Kyungpook National University, South Korea. He heads an interdisciplinary research group where research interests lie at the intersection of intelligence, robotics, sensing systems and health-care. Specifically, my interests are on developing technology for biomedical, health-care related fields, with primary focus on smart medical robotics, and EEG based human/brain computer interface applications.
Since 2009, he has been with the College of IT Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea. He received the B.Tech degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India, in 2002, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Research Fellow with the Biorobotics Group, Robotics Research Center, Nanyang Technological University. He was attached to the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, as a Visiting Professor during 2016–2017. He has also held several visiting positions in University of Newcastle, UK, and University of Valenciennes, France.
He has been a Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator on a number of research projects funded by government, industry, and universities with a total budget of over 2.5 Million US$. He also received several awards for research excellence including the 2020 KNU Academic Award and 2017 Excellent Research Award awarded by Ministry of Education, South Korea in 2018. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 journal articles and conference proceedings. He is currently the Associate Editor for Journal of The Franklin Institute, Systems Science and Control Engineering Journals. He has been on technical/program committee’s of several international conferences. Dr. Veluvolu is also a senior member of IEEE.


Prof. Shuenn-Yih Chang
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

Biography: Shuenn-Yih Chang received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in 1995. Prior to joining National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, in 2002, Shuenn-Yih Chang was an associate research fellow of National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE). His research focuses on the structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. His work addresses on the dynamic testing of large-scale earthquake resistant structures, including the developments of novel pseudo- dynamic techniques. He is also of great interest in the design of accurate and efficient computational methods for dynamic problems of contemporary engineering interest. He has publishing more than one hundred and thirty more refereed journal articles and conference papers since 1988.


Prof. Min Zhang
Tsinghua University, China

Biography: Min Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. He has been working on MEMS sensors, micro/nano assembly and micro/nanostructured surfaces during his research experiences in Tsinghua University and University of Minnesota, USA. In 2012, he joined the Graduate School at Shenzhen of Tsinghua University as an Associate Professor. His long-term research aims to investigate the fundamental electrical and mechanical properties of novel structures and materials for flexible MEMS/NEMS sensors and actuators. Present research efforts are flexible tactile sensors and insect-scale soft robots.