Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dennis K. Lieu
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Title of Speech: Control of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems for Hybrid Electric Vehicles 

Abstract: Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) are becoming increasingly popular as the world become more environmentally conscious. The primary advantage of hybrid electric vehicles is their extended travel range when compared to full electric vehicles. However, the efficiency of hybrid vehicles is limited by the ability of their small electrochemical batteries, intended only to store the energy recoverable from a typical braking cycle, to absorb large regenerative braking currents. Energy in excess of what the battery can safely absorb must be dissipated through the friction brakes of the vehicle. To address these problems, Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) incorporates a mechanical flywheel energy storage system into HEVs to increase overall system efficiency, extend battery life, reduce the needed volume of batteries, and extend travel range. The work to be presented shows the design of a low-cost KERS system, using technology appropriate for consumer and commercial HEVs. A supervisory control system for directing the appropriate level of power to the vehicle, chemical batteries, or flywheel is described. A small demonstration vehicle using the KERS system as described was built and tested, and the results from the testing are presented. 

Biography: Dennis Lieu is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He received his BS, MS and D.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1977, 1978 and 1982, respectively. After working for six years as a design engineer in industry, he returned to his alma mater and has been a member of its faculty for 30 years. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles on permanent magnet motor design and engineering graphics education, and is the lead author of Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineering Design (Cengage Publishers). His research interests are in the design of electro-mechanical devices and the design of sports equipment. He is a recipient of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Orthogonal Medal for his contributions to engineering graphics education. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the ASEE. Prof. Lieu is currently engaged in the development of design courseware associated with the new Jacobs Design Institute at UC Berkeley.


Prof. Mohd Hamdi Bin Abd Shukor
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Title of Speech: Development of specialized engineering equipment 

Abstract: Commercial deployment of research output is a very daunting issue faced by most researchers. The strategy to commercialize market ready prototypes should start with preserving the “crown jewels”, the technology that is the basic premise of the innovation or the essence of what has been proven. Without changing the proven functionality, the parts surrounding the core technology and supporting systems would be designed or redesigned for the best manufacturability, cost, quality, and time-to-market while being integrated into an optimal product architecture.
The Centre of Advanced Manufacturing and Material Processing (AMMP Centre), University Malaya has been involved in numerous commercialization of research outputs and industry related projects from its inception in 2002. Several successful projects is presented as case studies to show its engineering development phases from concept ideas, modelling, lab prototypes, industrial redesign, commercial packaging and testing, scale up production and final sale and support services.
The talk will present the developmental journeys of these projects, highlighting the various stages in the process, such as in design conceptualization, prototyping, testing and commercial packaging. The products highlighted are, a modular Computer Numerically Control (CNC) lathe machine designed for the educational and Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) sectors, a specialized apparatus for the thermal testing of dental materials, an Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) system for nano-lubrication during metal cutting and a powder Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), a novel apparatus for the deposition of thin films from elemental powders.  

Biography: Professor Ir Dr Mohd Hamdi bin Abd Shukor received his B.Eng. (Mechanical), with Honours from Imperial College London and his M.Sc. In Advanced Manufacturing Technology & System Management from University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST). His Doctoral study was in the field of thin film coating for biomedical applications for which he was conferred Dr. Eng by Kyoto University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering, UK, and a professional engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Prof Hamdi has devoted his career in nurturing research and innovation and has mentored over 70 PhD students, particularly in the field of machining, materials processing and biomaterials. He has authored more than 160 ISI journals and h-index of 26. He is also a director and founder of the Centre of Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Processing (AMMP Centre), in which has grown from modest-size team of researchers and engineers to an interdisciplinary research hub. Prof Hamdi has obtained recognition from various international and local organizations.


Plenary Speakers

Prof. Huijun Li
University of Wollongong, Australia

Title of Speech: The Impact of Robotics on Wire Arc Based Additive Manufacturing 

Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) builds up a component through the deposition of materials layer-by-layer instead of starting with an over dimensioned raw block and removing unwanted materials, as practised in conventional subtractive manufacturing. With the development of AM technology, the current focus has shifted to producing functional metal components of complex shape that can meet the demanding requirements of aerospace, defence, and automotive industries. Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) is by definition a wire-feed and arc-based additive manufacturing that uses either the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) or the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process has drawn the interest of the research community in recent years due to its high deposition rate. This technique has been presented to the aerospace manufacturing industry as a unique low cost solution for manufacturing large thin-walled structures through significantly reducing both product development time and “buy-to-fly” ratios.
This talk introduces an innovative fabrication method for large expensive metal components in aerospace industry. The proposed robotic wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) system and its programming process are presented. The feasibility of the system is validated through experimental results by depositing large sample components. Challenges and future interests of robotic WAAM system are also discussed.  

Biography: Prof Huijun Li obtained a PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Wollongong; He has 22 years research experience in materials science and engineering.
He has published 4 book chapters and more than 300 papers over his career in the field of welding metallurgy, new alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterization.
In 1995, he joined CRC Materials Welding and Joining as a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Wollongong. In 2000, he took a research scientist position at Materials Division, ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), he worked on a wide range of research projects in conjunction with the CRC Welded Structures, CRC CAST3, CRC Rail, British nuclear research organisations and American national laboratories. During this period, Prof Li pioneered research on 9-12% Cr creep resistant steel s in Australia. Prof Li started working at University of Wollongong from July 2008; he is heavily involved in research work with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Energy Pipeline CRC (EPCRC), Baosteel Australia Joint Centre (BAJC), and Australian Rail Industry.
Prof Li has been supervising (or co-supervising) 28 PhD students and 10 postdoctoral fellows; he is the chief investigator of 26 research projects supported by DMTC, EPCRC, BAJC, Australian Research Council (ARC) and other industry sectors. He was involved in the preliminary work on the production of engineering components of Titanium alloys using one such method of additive manufacture, namely gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding with mechanised wire addition. He then proposed to produce intermetallics with twin wire system, combining the concept of additive manufacturing and in-situ alloying with GTA process. Gamma TiAl has been successfully produced with this method.
Prof Li was awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia, 2013, Australia Endeavour Fellowship 2014, and Defence Materials Technology Centre - Capability Improvement Award in 2014 and 2016.