Keynote Speakers


Prof. Aman Behal

University of Central Florida, USA

Aman Behal received the 5-year integrated M.Tech degree in EE from IIT Bombay, India, in 1996 and a Ph.D. in controls and robotics from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, in 2001. After a brief stint as a post-doctoral associate in Bioengineering at Clemson University, he joined the faculty of the ECE Department at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2003. In 2006, he joined the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL where he is currently a Professor jointly with the ECE Department and the NanoScience Technology Center. His current research interests include assistive robotics and nonlinear controls. He serves as an Associate Editor on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He has previously served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. He is the lead for the Disability, Aging, and Technology cluster funded under the Faculty Cluster Initiative at the University of Central Florida.

Speech Title: "Assistive Robotics: Challenges and Opportunities"

Prof. Ashraf Elnagar

University of Sharjah, UAE

Ashraf Elnagar is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sharjah, UAE. He received his BSc and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Kuwait, Kuwait, and his and PhD (1993) from the University of Alberta, Canada. During his service at the University of Sharjah, he held several administrative positions. He served as founding chair of the Department of Computer Science, chair of the MIS department, Dean of the Community College. Recently, he formed the Machine Language & Arabic Language Processing Research Group in the University of Sharjah. He won a number of teaching, research and community and professional service awards. He is the recipient of the 1999 Shoman¨s Best Young Researcher Award in the fields of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics in the Arab World. He supervised and examined numerous graduate students. He is serving on the editorial board of international journals as well as technical program committees of international conferences. His research interests include: machine learning, natural language processing, intelligent systems (robotics), and IT education.


Invited Speakers


Prof. Chiharu Ishii

Hosei University, Japan

Chiharu Ishii received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Sophia University, Japan in 1997. He worked at Ashikaga Institute of Technology between 1997 and 2002, at Kogakuin University between 2002 and 2009, and at Shibaura Institute of Technology between 2009 and 2010. He has been working at Hosei University since 2010, and currently working as a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Hosei University. Dr. Chiharu Ishii has received several awards such as The Best Paper Award in the area of Tactile and Haptic Interfaces at the 4th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI 2011); Best Paper Award at the 1st International Conference on Computer Science, Electronics and Instrumentation (ICCSE 2012); Best Presentation Award at the International Conference on Intelligent Mechatronics and Automation (ICIMA 2013); Excellent Oral Presentation Award, at the 4th International Conference on Soft Computing & Machine Intelligence (ISCMI 2017), Best Presentation Award, at the 2nd International Conference on Control, Robotics and Informatics (ICCRI 2019). He is currently a member of IEEE, SICE, JSME, RSJ, IEEJ and JSCAS. His research interests are in medical robotics, assistive technology and robust control.