Keynote Speaker J.L. (Just) Herder, ASME fellow
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Professor, Interactive Mechanisms and Mechatronics
Founding member of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design

Just Herder is a full professor of Interactive Mechanisms and Mechatronics, Chair of the Mechatronic System Design group and Head of Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

He has widely published in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has received several international awards. He is an ASME fellow, board member of several international conferences, associate editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory, and co-founder of Mechanical Sciences. Seven start-up companies have emerged from his research and he holds over a dozen international patents in different areas of mechanism design. He held visiting positions at Laval University, Canada, and at MIT, USA, as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

Research Interests
“His research interest is in mechatronic systems with remarkable behavior and their applications. In particular I am interested in those mechanisms that effect or are affected in a special way by interaction with their environment, called Interactive Mechanisms. A long term goal is to establish Distributed Mechatronics, where motion, actuation and sensing are distributed along a compliant structure, with a high level of function integration, trending towards small length scales. To reach this goal, we focus on the development of new technology, methods and techniques, such as static balancing, dynamic balancing, compliant mechanisms, parallel kinematics, self-adaptability, distributed actuation and sensing. Applications fields include precision engineering and mechatronics, robotics, rehabilitation engineering, high-tech industry, MEMS”.

◆ Chair, Editorial Board, Mikroniek, ISSN: 0026-3699, 2014-present.
◆ Associate Editor, Mechanism and Machine Theory, ISSN: 0094-114X, 2011-present.
◆ Editor-in-Chief, co-founder, Mechanical Sciences, ISSN: 2191-9151, eISSN: 2191-916X (ISI indexed 2014), 2010-present.
◆ Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, ISSN: 1534-4320, 2009-2012.
◆ Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Medical Devices, ISSN 1932-6181, 2006-2013. 
For more bio information, you can visit Prof. Herder's personal page.

Prof. YangQuan Chen
MESA Lab of University of California, Merced, USA


YangQuan Chen earned his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1998. He had been a faculty of Electrical Engineering at Utah State University from 2000-12. He joined the School of Engineering, University of California, Merced in summer 2012 teaching “Mechatronics”, “Engineering Service Learning” and “Unmanned Aerial Systems” for undergraduates; “Fractional Order Mechanics”, “Nonlinear Controls” and “Advanced Controls: Optimality and Robustness” for graduates. His research interests include mechatronics for sustainability, cognitive process control, small multi-UAV based cooperative multi-spectral “personal remote sensing”, applied fractional calculus in controls, modeling and complex signal processing; distributed measurement and control of distributed parameter systems with mobile actuator and sensor networks. 

Dr. Chen serves as a Co-Chair for IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee (TC) on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Aerial Robotics (12-18). He recently served the TC Chair for the ASME DED Mechatronics Embedded Systems Applications (2009-10); Associated Editor (AE) for IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology (00-16), ISA Trans. (12-17), IFAC Control Engineering Practice (12-17), IET Control Theory and Applications (15-18) and Journal of Dynamics Systems, Measurements and Control (09-15). He now serves as Topic Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Field Robotics), Section AE (Remote Sensors) for Sensors, Senior Editor for International Journal of Intelligent Robotic Systems, Topical AE for Nonlinear Dynamics (18-) and AE for IFAC Mechatronics, Intelligent Service Robotics, Energy Sources (Part A) (18-) and Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis. He is a member of IEEE, ASME, AIAA, ASPRS, AUVSI and AMA. He relies on Google citation page to keep track of his publications at 

Dr. Chen started some new investigations, published some papers and books, graduated some students, hosted some visiting scholars and also received some awards including the IFAC World Congress Best Journal Paper Award (Control Engineering Practice, 2011), First Place Awards for 2009 and 2011 AUVSI SUAS competitions, and most importantly, the “Relationship Counselor” award from IEEE Utah State University Student Branch for “explaining human relationship using control theory.” His is listed in Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate in 2018.

Title: Greener Process/Motion Control Using Fractional Calculus
Abstract: By fractional calculus we mean that the order of differentiation/integration can be non-integer. Denying fractional calculus is like saying that there is no nonintegers in between integers. For control engineers, the fundamental question is: Can the fractional order controller really outperform its integer order counterparts under fairness consideration? We will show that fractional order proportional derivative and integral controllers (FOPID) indeed outperform integer order PID controllers (IOPID) under fairness comparison for first order plus time-delay (FOPTD) plants. It is now being accepted that the additional freedom in tuning the FOPIDs can offer a good potential to achieve better performance at the cost of extra implementation efforts. Since the embedded computing power and memory are both getting cheaper and cheaper, people are running out of excuses not to attempt FOPID in industry 4.0 era when more optimal performance is being pursued. FOPID can do better than the best of its integer order counterpart under fairness comparisons in terms of performance, robustness margins and even control energy consumption. We then focus on the energy consumption of control efforts and we make a convincing case that it is possible to achieve greener process/motion control using fractional calculus that has huge implications in many industry sectors. 

Prof. Peter Plapper, 
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Plapper was born in Mannheim, Germany on September 16th 1963. In 1986 he completed his studies on Mechanical Engineering / Design at TU Kaiserslautern with the degree Dipl.-Ing. His doctoral thesis at the laboratory of tool machines (WZL) of RWTH Aachen, Germany was awarded with the Borchers Medal for scientific excellence in 1993.

Since 1994, he worked for Adam Opel and General Motors in different management positions in Manufacturing Engineering (ME) with increasing responsibility. He developed innovative production technologies, implemented tool machines and coordinated the refurbishment of robotic assembly lines. From 1998 until 2002 he joined the Tech Center of GM in Michigan, USA where he shaped the global manufacturing strategy for Body Shop and General Assembly. During his industrial career he worked on many different robot applications, led the installation of assembly lines all European GM vehicle plants and was responsible as HEAD of MANUFACTURING Engineering for the equipment of all shops in plant Russelsheim. Following his assignment as MANAGER ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES EUROPE Peter Plapper was appointed in 2010 FULL-PROFESSOR for manufacturing engineering to the University of Luxembourg. 

Prof. Plapper is member of AIM (European Academy of Industrial Management), VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure), and Luxembourg Materials and Production Cluster Steering Committee. Since 2014 he is the DIRECTOR of the new Master program “Master of Science in Engineering – Sustainable Product Creation”. For the current list of publications please visit