Keynote Speakers

Prof. XIE Min
MSc(KTH, Sweden), LicTech(Linkoping), PhD(Linkoping, Sweden)
Chair Professor, Department of Advanced Design and Systems Engineering
Chair Professor, Affiliate, School of Data Science
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Research Interests/Areas: Reliability Engineering, Quality Management, Software Reliability, Applied Statistics.

Biography :
Prof Xie has published over 300 journal papers and 100 conference papers. He is an academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a Fellow of IEEE.
Prof Xie serves as editor, associate editor, and on the editorial board of over 15 international journals. He has served as conference chair in a number of conferences and delivered keynote speeches at many others.
Prof Xie served as Program Manager for MSC(ISE) program for many years at National Univ of Singapore, and also as Associate Head (ISE) 2009-2011 there. He was Acting Head (SEEM at CityU) during fall of 2011. He also served as Associate Dean (Internationalization) at CityU's College of Science and Engineering from 2016-2020.
Prof Xie has supervised over 60 PhD students and they are holding various positions in academia, industry, and financial institutions.


  • Elected Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2022)
  • Fellow of IEEE (1 Jan 2006)
  • Fellow of Institution of Engineers Singapore (2005)
  • William Mong visiting research fellow at Univ of Hong Kong (1996)
  • Lee Kuan Yew research fellowship, Singapore (1991)
  • Youngest PhD graduate at Linkoping University, Sweden (1987)
  • Highest score in the first nation-wide entrance examination to Shao-Nian-Ban at USTC in 1978

Prof. Alexandre Dolgui
Professor of Engineering Cybernetics and Computer-Aided Production Management, in charge of the automatic, productive and computer department, IMT Atlantique, LS2N, France
(IEEE Fellow Member)

Biography :
Alexandre Dolgui (M’14) received the Dr.Habil. degree from the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France, in 2000, the Ph.D. degree in engineering cybernetics and computer-aided production management from the Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Institute of Engineering Cybernetics, Minsk, Belarus, USSR, in 1990, and the M.Sc./Engineer degree in automated systems of data processing and management (with Hons.) from Minsk Radioengineering Institute, Belarus, in 1983.,He is a Distinguished Professor and the Head of the Automation, Production, and Computer Sciences Department, IMT Atlantique (formerly Ecole des Mines de Nantes), Nantes, France. His research focuses on manufacturing line design, production planning, and supply chain optimization. His main results are based on the exact mathematical programming methods and their intelligent coupling with heuristics and metaheuristics algorithms. He is the co-author of five books, the co-editor of 16 books or conference proceedings, the author of 202 refereed journal papers, 24 editorials, and 28 book chapters, as well as more than 380 papers in conference proceedings.,Mr. Dolgui is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Production Research; an Area Editor of Computers and Industrial Engineering; an Associate Editor of the Journal Européen des Systèmes Automatisés; a past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (2005–2008), the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2006–2009), and Omega International Journal of Management Science (2009–2012); and a Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (2009–). He is a member of the editorial boards for 25 other journals, including the International Journal of Production Economics . He is a fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management, a Member of the Board of the International Foundation for Production Research, a former Chair of IFAC TC 5.2 Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control, and a member of the IFIP WG 5.7 Advances in Production Management Systems and of IEEE System Council Analytics and Risk Technical Committee. (Based on document published on 20 December 2017).

Biography :
Zdenek Hanzalek obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Informatics from the Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse and a Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering from the CTU. in 1997. He worked on a parallel algorithm optimization at LAAS CNRS in Toulouse (1992 to 1997) and LAG INPG in Grenoble (1998 to 2000). Later he founded the Industrial Informatics Group at CTU in Prague, dealing with combinatorial optimization, scheduling, autonomous cars, and real-time embedded systems. Zdenek teaches a Combinatorial Optimization course, and he is active in the scheduling community while driving the worldwide seminar He acquired and led many industrial contracts (e.g., Porsche, Skoda, Volkswagen, UNIS, AZD, Rockwell, Air Navigation Services, EATON, PPL). Besides this, Zdenek acted as the founder of the SW development group at Porsche Engineering Services in Prague, which has several hundreds of employees today. He is the author or co-author of 55 journal papers and approximately 70 conference papers, mainly dealing with applications of optimization algorithms in computer and manufacturing systems.

Keynote title: Periodic Scheduling in Automated Cars
R&D in automated cars represents an attractive challenge for every control engineer. This talk will present an application with experiments and optimal use of the car's infrastructure. First, we deal with an automated car aimed at performing a slalom use case defined by Porsche Engineering. The positions of the cones are not known, they may have unequal distances, and the U-turns may be symmetric or asymmetric. Namely, we show our trajectory planning algorithm based on optimization techniques using an external layer deciding a position of the nearest waypoint and an internal layer generating the optimal trajectory. The system's validation with Porsche Panamera reveals interesting observations about the components' precision, frequency, and sensitivity. Second, we deal with the determinism and efficiency of the car's infrastructure. We suggest time-triggered scheduling algorithms to guarantee timing requirements of safety functionalities implemented as computational tasks and communication messages. Namely, we focus on the periodic scheduling of messages on FlexRay and IEEE 802.1Qbv Time-Sensitive Networks. Everything must be safe and fast since we desire safe and fast automated cars.

Prof. Dimitrios Kyritsis (Kiritsis), PhD
Professor of ICT for Sustainable Manufacturing
Editor-in-Chief Frontiers in Manufacturing Technology, 2022-
Director, Doctoral Program on Robotics, Control and Intelligent Systems, EDRS, 2019-2021
Chair, IFIP WG5.7 – Advances in Production Management Systems, 2013-2019
Member, Advisory Group LEIT-NMBP of the European Commission, 2013-2017
Founding Member, Industrial Ontologies Foundry, 2018-
Full Member, European Academy for Industrial Management, 2019-
Member, WEF GFC on Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains, 2019-
Data-Driven Cognitive Manufacturing - Applications in Predictive Maintenance and Zero Defect Manufacturing
Taking the LEAP: The Methods and Tools of the Linked Engineering and Manufacturing Platform (LEAP)
EPFL SCI-STI-DK, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
(IEEE Senior Member)

Prof. Dr. Dimitris Kyritsis (Kiritsis) is leading the ICT for Sustainable Manufacturing group at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of EPFL, Switzerland. His research interests are Closed-Loop Lifecycle Management, Sustainable Manufacturing, Cognitive Digital Twins, Industrial Ontologies and Industrial Data Analytics. He has more than 250 publications. Dimitris served as Director of the Doctoral Program on Robotics, Control and Intelligent Systems of EPFL from 2019 t0 2021. From 2013 to 2019. Dimitris was the Chair of IFIP WG5.7-Advances in Production Management Systems. He is founding member of the International Society for Engineering Asset Management and co-founder of the Industrial Ontologies Foundry. Since 2019 Dimitris is member of the WEF Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains.

Keynote title: The Emergence of Cognitive Digital Twins
As a key enabling technology of Industry 4.0, Digital Twin (DT) has already been applied to various industrial domains covering different lifecycle phases of products and systems. To fully realize the Industry 4.0 vision, it is necessary to integrate multiple relevant DTs of a system according to a specific mission. This requires integrating all available data, information and knowledge related to the system across its entire lifecycle. It is a challenging task due to the high complexity of modern industrial systems. Semantic technologies such as ontology and knowledge graphs provide potential solutions by empowering DTs with augmented cognitive capabilities. The Cognitive Digital Twin (CDT) concept has been recently proposed which reveals a promising evolution of the current DT concept towards a more intelligent, comprehensive, and full lifecycle representation of complex systems. In this keynote speech the concept of CDT and its key features will be presented, together with some application cases developed in collaborative projects with EU industries.

Prof. AIT-KADI Daoud
Full Professor
Director of the DESS program in industrial engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université Laval
College of Modeling and Information Sciences
Research Interests/Areas: Reliability/maintenance; design and management of value creation networks; life cycle engineering and reverse logistics.
Ste-Foy, Quebec (QC), Canada G1K7P4;

Biography :
Daoud Ait-kadi obtained his engineering degree in mechanical engineering in 1973 at the EMI, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science-Operations Research from the Université de Montréal in 1985. Professor Ait-kadi held a position as a mechanical engineer at OCP (Maroc Phosphore 1) from 1973 to 1977. From 1980 to 1985, he held teaching positions at École Polytechnique de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). From 1985 to 1990, he held the position of permanent professor and director of the Department of Industrial Engineering at UQTR. Since July 1990, Professor Ait-kadi has held the position of full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Université Laval. Since 1991, he has been the Director of the DESS program in Industrial Engineering. He is also responsible for the development of the Bachelor of Industrial Engineering program. Since 1996, he has been a permanent member of the Network Organization Technologies Research Center (CENTOR). He was the scientific director of the center for 4 years. He is also a founding member of the FOR@C research consortium for wood products and the recent Interuniversity Centre for Research in Logistics and Transport (CIRRELT). Prof. Ait-kadi is currently leading a team of more than 20 researchers. It maintains collaborations with several research centers around the world. He has authored and co-authored several articles in recognized scientific journals and a book on stochastic processes. He is a member of several scientific committees for both newspapers and international congresses. Prof. Ait-kadi acts as an expert in the field of reliability, maintenance, integrated logistics support and the design and management of value creation networks for industry and the scientific community. He is a senior member of several learned societies including IEEE and IIE. It receives substantial financial support from Canadian granting agencies and industry. Professor Ait-kadi has received several distinctions in both teaching and research.