Manuel Armada, Prof.
Industrial Automation Institute – Spanish Council for Scientific Research(CSIC), Spain
Carretera de Campo Real km. 0,200 , 28500 La Poveda, Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 91 871 1900
Cell: +34 616 759118
Responsibilities: Public Relations, Membership and Sponsorship
Manuel A. Armada received his PhD in Physics from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 1979. He has been involved in research activities related to Automatic Control and Robotics in 1976 and has participated in more than 40 major projects, many under the EU programmes such as EUREKA, ESPRIT, BRITE/EURAM, GROWTH, INCO-COPERNICU as well as major collaborations with Latin America and Russia. He also carried out an important activity in several EC Networks, like CLAWAR and ROBMAR; Dr. Armada was the Chairman of the TELEMAN Evaluation Panel set up by the EC for evaluation of that Programme, and was one of the independent external reviewers for EURON Network of Excellence. Dr. Armada owns several patents, and has published over 250 papers (including contributions to several books, monographs, journals, international congresses and workshops). He is currently Vice Director of the Instituto de Automatica Industrial of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), being his main research direction concentrated in robot design and control, with especial emphasis in new fields like flexible robots and walking and climbing machines. Dr. Armada has been very active, in the last fifteen years, in the preparation and management of RTD projects and has been also a reviewer for projects funded by the European Commission and by the Spanish, Italian, Netherlands and Argentinean administrations. Dr. Armada is member of the editorial board and reviewer of several international journals. Dr. Armada is presently the National Contact Person for Spain at the IARP (International Advanced Robotics Programme).
Bryan Bridge, Prof.
Professor of Emeritus
London South Bank University, UK
Currently working as independent consultant to the NDT Technology Group at TWI Ltd, Cambridge, UK
Responsibilities: Research and Development
Professor Bryan Bridge graduated in physics at the University of Leeds, where he also was a research student in low temperature physics. From 1965 until 1989 he was successively assistant lecturer, lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Physics at Brunel University. In 1989 he became Professor and Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the now London South Bank University. Subsequently he became Head of School and Deputy Dean the Faculty. Since 2003 he has devoted all his working time to personal research and research management. During his career he pioneered the world’s first MSc Course in Non Destructive Testing of Materials which attracted students from all round the world, funded by the British Council, the International Atomic Energy Authority, National Atomic energy authorities, and many governmental Defence Agencies. His early research involved many aspects of the properties of advanced materials including ultrasonic characterization at extremes at high and low temperature. This involved the development of complex instrumentation as well as theoretical modeling. As an example he pioneered a technique for three dimensional imaging of thick, opaque, underwater off shore oil structures with single sided access only. This was based on Cobalt 60 Compton Scatter Imaging. For this work in 1990 he was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for a collection of 126 papers entitled ‘Non Destructive Characterisation of Materials. In 1992, at South Bank he founded the Research Centre for Automated and Robotic Nondestructive Testing. He has published over 300 papers, the majority in refereed physics and engineering journals and been awarded 63 personal research grants of cumulative value exceeding £9Million. He is a Fellow of 4 professional bodies: The institute of Physics, The British Institute of NDT of which he is a Technical Committee Member and former Council Member, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Society of Art, Design and Manufactures. He is an Editorial Board Member two journals: Insight, the journal of the British Institute of NDT and Non Destructive Testing and Evaluation.
Seungbin Moon, Prof.
Department of Computer Engineering, Sejong University
98 Gunja-Dong Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul, 140-747, Korea
Tel : +82-2-3408-3243
Cell: +82 109 943 1937
FAX : +82-2-3408-4321
Responsibility: Robot standardization
Professor Moon obtained his BSE from Myoung Ji University, Seoul Korea (1985), MSE from University of Michigan (1988), USA both in Electrical Engineering. He has a PhD from West Layayette University, USA in “Optimal trajectories for multiple robots in cooperative manipulation” (1993) after which he worked for Samsung as a principal researcher. He joined Sejong University in 1999. His research areas are face recognition, mobile robot manipulation, coordinate manipulation of multiple manipulators and microprocessor-based controllers for robot manipulators. He is involved in the following professional activities:
• Convenor, ISO TC 184/SC2/WG8 (Service robots)
• Chairman, KS (Korea Industrial Standard) committee
• Chairman, Korea Intelligent Robot Certification Committee
• Chairman, KOROS (Korea Robot standard) Forum Administration Committee
• Trustee, ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems)
• Auditor, KAR (Korean Association of Robot industry)
• Director, KAR (Korean Association of Robot industry)
Giovanni Muscato, Prof. Dr. Ing.
Professor of Robotics
Responsibilities: Sponsorship, Robot Competitions and Training
Giovanni Muscato is Full Professor of Robotics at University of Catania, Italy. His current research interest includes service robotics, agricultural robotics and environmental robotics. He was the coordinator of the EC project Robovolc and is the local coordinator of several national and European projects in robotics. He is the author of more than 250 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and three books in the fields of control and robotics. Prof. Muscato is the Co-chair of the IEEE Service Robotics Technical Committee and is with the Board of Trustees of the Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) Association.
Gurvinder S. Virk, Prof.
Professor of Robotics and the Built Environment
University of Gävle, Sweden (60%)
Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development University of Gävle, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, S-801 76 Gävle
Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (40%)
Tel: +46 26 648704
Responsibilities: Deputy Chairman & Treasurer of CLAWAR, Robot Standardization, Robot Ethics and Publications
Professor Virk (BSc, PhD, DIC, FIET, FCIBSE, CEng, CMath, FIMA) is a technical expert in control theory and its applications with particular experience in service robotics and building management systems, and the use of advanced model-based control to a variety of applications. His current interests are using his control and systems expertise in the development of personal care robots, medical robots, olfactory navigation for mobile robots, renewable energy systems for buildings and sustainable construction. He has extensive experience of project management and leading large international projects. He has held several grants from national and European sources (total value of over 17 M Euro), as well as industry. He has produced over 250 papers in these areas and 8 books. Prof Virk is chairman of ISO TC184/SC2/WG7 Personal robot safety and IEC TC62/SC62A & ISO TC184/SC2 JWG9 Medical electrical equipment and systems using robotic technology (i.e. medical robots) which are developing the safety standard for personal care robots and for medical robots respectively.
He is Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE) and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA); he is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Mathematician. He has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his work in promoting Information Technology.
M. Osman Tokhi, Dr.
Chairman of CLAWAR Association
Reader of Control and Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Tel : (+44) (0)114 222 5617
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 5683
Responsibilities: Chairman, Robot Standardization, Robot Ethics and Events
M. Osman Tokhi (BSc PhD FIET SMIEEE MIIAV MCA) is Chartered Engineer, Fellow of IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), Senior Member of IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Member of IIAV (International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration), and Member of CLAWAR Association. He has extensive research experience in the area of control and systems including noise and vibration control, intelligent/adaptive control, soft-computing modelling and control of dynamic systems and assistive robotics. He is author or co-author of 17 research monographs and text books, and over 700 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Low-Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, member of Editorial Advisory Board of Industrial Robot, co-editor of a Book Series on Mobile Service Robotics (published by Elsevier Publishing Company). He has acted as the Editor-in-Chief of Journal on Advances in Acoustics and Vibration, Associate Editor, member of editorial board and guest editor of several international journals. He has had major research grants from national sources and has been involved in several EC supported projects. Over 50 PhD degree programmes have successfully been completed under his supervision. He has received several awards for his research work, including the 1995/96 F C Williams Premium Award by the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) for his work in high-performance real-time signal processing and control.
Dr Tokhi is Member of IFAC Technical Committee TC 3.1 Computers for Control, IFAC Technical Committee TC 3.2 Computational Intelligence in Control, Member of IET Technical Advisory Panel of Concepts for Automation and Control Professional Network, Member of several working groups of ISO/TC184/SC2 (Robots and Robotic Devices) and of ISO/TC184/SC2 and IEC TC62/SC62A (Common aspects of Electrical Equipment used in Medical Practice) joint working group on Medical electrical equipment and systems using robotic technology, and member of BSI AMT/00-/02 Robots and robotic devices committee. He is leading the UK Robot Ethics (UKRE) Forum formed as part of the BSI AMT/00-/02 committee. He was General Chair of CLAWAR2005 (International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, London, September 2005), and has acted as IPC Chair of CLAWAR annual conferences since 2007. He was a director of International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, Co-founder, Co-chair of IEE Inter-Active On-line Conference on Active Control of Noise and Vibration, (June 1999, November 2001). He has acted as member of IPC of several international conferences, reviewer for several scientific journals, international conferences and publishers, and external examiner of taught and research programmes at several national and international higher education institutions.