Invited Speakers

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Plenary Speakers

Kristin Y. Pettersen received the MSc and PhD in Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. She is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU and Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). She is Key Scientist at the CoE Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS) and co-founder of the NTNU spin-off company Eelume AS, where she was the CEO in 2015-2016. She is member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, and member of the Academy of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. Her research interests are in nonlinear control of mechanical systems with applications to robotics, with a special emphasis on marine robotics and snake robotics.

Kenji Fujimoto received his B.E. and M.E. degrees and Ph.D. degree in Informatics from Kyoto University, in 1994, 1996 and 2001, respectively. He is a Professor at Kyoto University in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, Delft University of Technology, Groningen University and RIKEN. Prof. Fujimoto received the IFAC Congress Young Author Prize in the IFAC World Congress 2005 and SICE Pioneer Award in 2007. His research interest includes control of Hamiltonian/Lagrangian systems, model order reduction for nonlinear systems, optimal control based on classical mechanics, and statistical learning for dynamical systems.

Zhong-Ping Jiang received the MSc in Statistics and the PhD in Automatic Control and Mathematics from University of Paris XI in 1989, and from Ecole
des Mines de Paris in 1993, respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, IFAC and CAA, a foreign member of the Academia Europaea and is among the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers. He is a key contributor to the nonlinear small-gain theory. His recent research focuses on robust adaptive dynamic programming, learning-based optimal control, nonlinear control, distributed control and optimization, and their applications to computational and systems neuroscience, connected and autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems.

Semi-Plenary Speakers

Pauline Bernard graduated in Applied Mathematics from MINES ParisTech in 2014. She joined the Centre Automatique et Systèmes of MINES ParisTech and obtained her PhD in Mathematics and Control from Université Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) in 2017. For her work on Observer design for nonlinear systems, she obtained the European PhD award on Control for Complex and Heterogenous Systems 2018. As a post-doctoral scholar, she then visited the Hybrid Systems Lab at the University California Santa Cruz, USA, and the Center for Research on Complex Automated Systems at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2019, she became an Assistant Professor at the Centre Automatique et Systèmes of MINES ParisTech, Université PSL, France. Her research interests cover the observation and output regulation of nonlinear and hybrid systems.

Dana Kulić received her Bachelor, Master and Doctorate from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Since 2019 she is a professor and Director of Monash Robotics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She received an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2014, was appointed as August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professor to the Technical University Munich in 2016, and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Global Innovation Research Professor in 2015. In 2020 she was awarded the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Her research interests include robotics and human-robot interaction.

Tarek Hamel is a Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis since 2003. He received his Ph.D. degree in Robotics from the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France, in 1996.
After two years as a research assistant at the UTC, he joined the Centre d’Etudes de Mécanique d’Ile de France in 1997. He is IEEE Fellow and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His research interests include nonlinear control theory, estimation and vision-based control with applications to Unmanned Robotic Systems.

Airlie Chapman received the Ph.D. degree from the William E. Boeing Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2013. She received the M.S. degree in Mathematics from University of Washington (2013) and the M.S. degree and the B.S. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia (2008 and 2006). She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Chapman was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship and is a two-time recipient of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Her research interests are multi-agent dynamics, networked dynamic systems, data-driven control and graph theory with applications to robotics and aerospace systems.