Down Under: Industrial Electronics and Applications

IEEE conference moves from Asia for the first time

19 April 2013

The latest advances in industrial informatics, control systems, and mechatronics will be covered at the 8th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 19 to 21 June.

Previously held only in Asia—in Singapore, China, and Taiwan—ICIEA will break new ground geographically. The conference, organized by the Industrial Electronics Society Chapter of the IEEE Singapore Section and sponsored by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, will be held on the grounds of Swinburne University of Technology.

About 350 people are expected, according to IEEE Member Zhihong Man, ICIEA’s cochair and the head of the robotics and mechatronics department at Swinburne. “Many of those attending are not only interested in Australia’s research in industrial electronics and applications, but also hope to collaborate with Australian researchers in the near future,” says Man. “Holding it here also provides a chance to show how a technical university like Swinburne plays a very important role in the development of Australia’s science, technology, and economy.”

The conference is divided into eight tracks. For example, the industrial informatics track will cover the processing, management, and retrieval of information, including human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interactions, intelligent transportation, and automation.

In the computational intelligence track, topics will include artificial neural networks, fuzzy systems, genetic algorithms, evolutionary computing, machine learning, and data mining.

Another track will cover control systems, including adaptive and intelligent control, hybrid control, digital control theory and development, nonlinear systems and control, networked control, and cooperative control.

The mechatronics track will cover the integration of mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems, robotics, sensors and actuators, sensor fusion, high-precision motion control, microelectromechanical systems, industrial automation, and remote operation.

Other tracks will be devoted to power electronics, signal and information processing, energy and the environment, and network and communication technologies.

About 400 papers will be presented. In addition, special sessions on the program will include biomedical electronics and biosignal processing, testing and control systems, object recognition and image processing, and system modeling and analysis.

Three keynote addresses are planned. Linda Kristjanson, vice chancellor of Swinburne, will discuss the importance of innovation and research to the development of a nation. IEEE Fellow Gang Tao, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, will discuss adaptive, fault-accommodation-based resilient control systems. And Shi Xue Dou, a professor of engineering at the University of Wollongong, Australia, will describe the development of nanomaterials for energy applications at his school’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, which he heads.

“I’ve been attending ICIEA since 2006, and I’m gratified to see how it’s grown over the years,” says Man.

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