List of the plenary speakers in alphabetical order.

Title. AI, Connectivity and Cyber-Security in Avionics.

Marc Gatti
Thales Avionics SAS, France

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Marc Gatti is Scientific Director & Academics Relationship at Thales Avionics SAS. An Engineer by background, he joined Thales in 1980 after graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique, Electrotechnique, Informatique et Hydraulique de Toulouse, France, with a Master in Computing & Signal processing. He has obtained a PhD degree in Computing from University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) and Associate Professor Degree (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in Electronics from Université de Bordeaux.

A French national, he has worked in multiple locations and areas for Thales spanning 40 years career covering computing domain first in the naval domain for submarines, torpedoes and surface ships then in the aircraft military area for fighters and transport, and now covering both commercial and military areas.

Marc has spent five years as a Computing Technical Director then 5 years as Director for managing the R&T at the Avionics Global Business Unit Level and now he is the Scientific Director and manage all the relation with academics; he is involved in advanced researches in this domain and has more than 40 publications and 25 patents in the area of sensors management, processing, modeling and recently in the analysis of ageing phenomena for components using Deep Sub Micronic (DSM) technologies.

For certified commercial & military aircraft he has participated to the introduction of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) as the Avionics Computing Reference and now he is working on the preparation on the next generation of these systems.

He is also the pilot for the Strategic Activity Domain (DAS) named Embedded System, Autonomous Systems, Internet of Things, Software and Hardware (Systèmes embarqués, systèmes autonOmes, objets Connectés, Logiciel et Électronique) within the Aerospace Valley cluster and the co-pilot for the DAS Photonics and Microwave for Aeronautic and Space (PHAROS) within the Alplha Route Des Lasers et des Hyperfréquences Cluster.

Title. Dynamically Integrating Manufacturing Automation with Logistics.

Robert Harrison
WMG’s Automation Systems Group, University of Warwick, UK

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Professor Robert Harrison is head of WMG’s Automation Systems Group at the University of Warwick, with a focus on systems engineering and industrial automation through a wide range of R&D programmes from the EU, EPSRC, Innovate UK, HVM Catapult, and industry. His work spans two main areas of research and development: (1) cyber-physical systems methods, tools, and technologies and (2) their application to production systems, typically by user-driven applications engineering projects, in an area of expertise now commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. His expertise is underpinned by a lifetime’s experience of working in systems integration and engineering tools and methods for automation systems realisation in very close collaboration with industry. He has conducted collaborative research programmes with a wide range of companies and has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and a wide network of academic collaborators, nationally and internationally. Previously a founding member of the MSI (Manufacturing Systems Integration) Group at Loughborough University, a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, Ford Motor Company and Schneider Electric, and recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award in the field of Modular Reconfigurable Manufacturing Automation. Robert has also played a major role in the UK and Europe in research related to the realisation of service-oriented distributed systems for embedded devices and the integration of business systems with SoA-based automation systems, with his focus of expertise being particularly related to the creation of lifecycle engineering tools and related data models, which are now often referred to as digital-twins.

Title. Robots in challenging environments.

Luis Montano
University of Zaragoza. Spain

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Luis Montano received the Industrial Engineering degree in 1981 and the PhD degree in 1987 from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He is a Full Professor of Systems Engineering and Automatic Control at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He was Head of the Computer Science and Systems Engineering Department, and Associated Director and responsible of the Ambient Intelligent Division at the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research of the University of Zaragoza. Now he is member of the Academic committee of the Biomedical Engineering doctorate programme of the University of Zaragoza.

He is the coordinator of the Robotics, Perception and Real Time group of the Institute, and he is principal researcher in national and international robotic research projects. His major research interests in robotics are motion planning and navigation, multi-robot systems, tasks planning and allocation, planning in dynamic environments, robot teams coordination under communication restrictions, mobile ad-hoc networks, exoskeleton control from biosignals. He is the author of more than 125 publications in journals and in International Congresses, and he has participated in 46 international, national and regional research projects, in many of them as the Principal Reseacher. He is co-editor of two international books of proceeding of robotic conferences.

Until 2015 he was member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Association of Robotics-Automation of Production Technology (AER-ATP), he was the Secretary and now is the Vice-president of the Spanish Society for Research and Development of Robotics (SEIDROB). He is the representative of the University of Zaragoza in the European association euRobotics. He has been co-chair and organizer of International Congresses. He is a member of the Spin-off Committee of the University of Zaragoza, an advisory board for promoting new start-up and spin-off companies.

Title. Automation to Autonomy – drivers and challenges.

Shiva Sander-Tavallaey
ABB Corporate Research, Sweden

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Shiva Sander Tavallaey received a MSc in Mechanical Engineering 1988 from Chalmers University of Technology (CTH) and a PhD in Sound and Vibration/ Technical Acoustics in 2000 from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After graduating as MSc, she started at Volvo Car AB as Senior designer, where she among the others initiated an R&D project in collaboration with Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) which in turn lead to her increased interest in the field of wave propagation in different media as well as signal processing.

In January 2001 she joined ABB Corporate Research in Västerås, Sweden. After a specialist career within condition monitoring and diagnostics, culminating in an appointment to Principal Scientist in 2009, she started in a management position leading a team of 15-20 specialists in modeling and control of industrial automation applications. During this period, she continued working with different applications and projects applying state of the art approaches such as AI/ ML for anomaly detection, predictive and prescriptive maintenance. In 2015, she was appointed as Adjunct professor at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the department of Vehicle Engineering, at Marcus Wallenberg Laboratory of sound and vibration. In February 2018 she stepped off the management team to follow the specialist career. She was appointed in May 2018 as Senior Principal Scientist in Applied Analytics coordinating the AI-related activities at ABB Sweden.

Title. Modeling, analysis and intelligent control of automated manufacturing systems using Petri nets.

Carla Seatzu
University of Cagliari, Italy

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Carla Seatzu received her Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy in 2000. Since 2011 she is Associate Professor of Automatic Control at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari, which she joined in 2002 as an Assistant Professor. In 2013 she got the Italian National Abilitation to Full Professor of Automatic Control. She is Coordinator of the B.Sc. Degree in Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Vice-Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Cagliari. In 2015-2018 she was Vice-President of the Faculty Committee of Engineering and Architecture.

Carla Seatzu’s research interests include discrete-event systems, Petri nets, hybrid systems, networked control systems, manufacturing and transportation systems. She is author of over 230 publications, including 70 papers in international journals and one textbook. She is editor of two international books and the proceedings of two international conferences. Her h-index in Scopus is equal to 30.

Currently she is Senior Editor of one international journal: IEEE Control Systems Letters, and Associate Editor of 2 international journals: IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control and Discrete Event Dynamic Systems. She has also been Associate Editor for: IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (2015-2017) and Nonlinear Analysis – Hybrid Systems (2007-2016). She actively collaborated to the organization of several international events: she was Program Chair of the 23rd IEEE Int. Conf. on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (2018), Workshop Chair of the 55th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control (2016) and General Co-chair of the 18th IEEE Int. Conf. on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (2013). Since 2017 she is Senior Editor of the IEEE Conf. on Automation Science and Engineering.

She is Vice Co-chair of the IFAC Technical Committee of Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems and Co-Chair of the IEEE Industrial Electronic Society – Technical Subcommittee on Industrial Automated Systems and Control.

She has been visiting professor in several foreign universities in Spain (Zaragoza), USA (Atlanta), Mexico (Guadalajara), and China (Xi’an, Hangzhou).