Prof. Y. LAWRENCE YAO (Keynote Speaker)

Columbia University, USA


Bio: Dr. Yao is Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, where he directs the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory.  He joined Columbia University in 1994 and served as Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering from 2005 to 2011.

He is Editor, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (JMSE) of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).   JMSE is a premier journal featuring original research in all branches of manufacturing, where he works with some 18 Associate Editors of the journal to better serve the manufacturing research community. He also serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

He received many awards including the Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal (ASME), Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award from ASME, Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Outstanding Paper Award from NAMRI, and Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award. He is a Fellow of ASME, SME, and LIA.


Prof. Andrew Rae (Keynote Speaker)

University of the Highlands and Islands, UK











Keynote Lecture: On the Use of Aerospace Techniques for the Design and Operation of Unconventional Aircraft and their Extension to Renewable Energy Devices

Abstract: This paper will explore how aerospace design techniques, such as initial sizing, multi-disciplinary optimisation, and the determination of stability and control, must be modified when applied to unconventional aeroplanes.  To do so it will use, as a case study, the ultra-long endurance, uninhabited air vehicle ‘Phoenix’ which exploits a variable-buoyancy propulsion system.  This vehicle spends half of its time as a heavier-than-air aeroplane, and the other half as a lighter-than-air balloon, the repeated transition between which provides forward motion, and thus it does not fall neatly into any one conventional Certification Standard.  As a prototype and technology demonstrator it was decided to operate at under 150kg thus requiring certification under a Permit-to-Fly with associated Operating Manual and Safety Case.  However, at low speeds, the aeroplane (without the benefit of contributions from the aerodynamic surfaces) displays a challenging mix of high manoeuvre inertia (a slow response to self-generated forces such as control inputs) and high sensitivity to disturbances (a fast response to externally-generated forces such as gusts)......( Learn More)

Bio: Prof Andrew Rae graduated from Imperial College in 1987 and joined the High-Lift Section of the Aerodynamics Department at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (later DRA, DERA and QinetiQ), Farnborough. His activities there concentrated on the physics of multi-element aerofoils, largely but not exclusively for civil aircraft, including Reynolds-number effects and wake vorticity. Based at the 5m Pressurised Wind Tunnel at Farnborough he was involved in the development and application of wind tunnel corrections and test techniques for low-speed wing design.  He has managed tests at over 30 other major facilities in seven countries and worked on projects for Airbus, Boeing and many Formula 1 teams.....(Learn More)


Prof. Yong Zhao (Keynote Spaker)

Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan




Bio: Dr. Michael Yong Zhao received his PhD and MSc from the University of Manchester, UK on a Sino-British Friendship Scholarship from the PRC/UK governments, and his BEng from Xi'an Jiaotong University, PRC. He has held faculty and admin positions at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore from 1992-2010 and Alfaisal University, KSA from 2010-2016. Since 2016 he is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Nazabayev University in Kazakhstan. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structural dynamics (CSD) and their engineering applications in biomedical engineering, combustion engines and renewable energy systems. He has been a consultant to international companies in the energy and automotive engineering fields. He has also received a number of awards for his research work, including a Blue Challenge bronze award from IBM, a Cray Quest gold award from Silicon Graphics and a MIT conference fellowship from the 2nd MIT conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics. Recently he and his co-author have just published a book entitled “Computational  Fluid Structure Interaction: Methods, Models and Applications” by Academic Press in 2018..


Prof. Huang Weimin (Invited Speaker)

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore











Invited Lecture: Advanced shape memory technology to reshape product design, manufacturing and repairing/recycling: an update of recent development

Abstract: New shape memory materials and phenomena are continuously reported in recent years. The interesting feature of the shape memory effect (SME), which has been found in alloys, polymers, ceramics and hydrogels, is behind all shape memory phenomena, and is different from the shape change effect (SCE) in most of the applications based on traditional materials.
The SME provides us with many new techniques for advanced applications, in which conventional approaches may have difficulties to cope with.
In this talk, a brief review of the various shape memory phenomena in SMMs is presented. The fundamentals behind them are discussed. The important features of the advanced shape memory technology are explained. Typical applications in the whole life cycle of products, from design, fabrication to repairing/recycling, are revealed to demonstrate the potential advantages of this technology.

Bio: Dr Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 20 years of experience on various shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid), he has published over 180 papers in journals, such as Materials Today, Accounts of Chemical Research and Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 200 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Material, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, CRC and Elsevier. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, and Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over two dozen of international journals.


               ICMAE PAST SPEAKERS

Prof. Ruxu Du

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof. Y. Lawrence Yao

Columbia University, USA

Prof. Dan Zhang

York University, Canada

Prof. Yong Zhao

Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Prof. Ian McAndrew Embry Riddle

Aeronautical University, UK

Prof. Matthew Parkinson

Pennsylvania State University, USA

Dr. WONG Chee How

Nanyang Technology University, Singapore

Prof. Cheng Li

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Prof. Christopher Chao

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Prof. Kyle Jiang

(Keynote Speaker)

University of Birmingham, UK