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Keynote Speaker-ICMRA 2023

Prof. Shugen Ma
IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow

Ritsumeikan University, Japan

BIO: Shugen Ma (IEEE Fellow, AAIA Fellow, JSME Fellow) received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1991. From 1991 to 1992, he was a Research Engineer with Komatsu Ltd, and from 1992 to 1993, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Riverside. He joined the Department of Systems Engineering at Ibaraki University as an Assistant Professor in 1993. In 2005, he moved to Ritsumeikan University, where he is currently a Professor in Robotics. He is/was a visiting professor at John Hopkins University, Shenyang Institute of Automation, Tianjin University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and Harbin Institute of Technology, respectively. His research interests include the design and control of environment-adaptive robots, field robotics, and Bio-robotics. He has published over 500 papers in refereed professional journals and international conference proceedings.
He is the general chair of IROS2022 in Kyoto, founded the ROBIO conference in 2004, and served as the general chair of ROBIO 2004, ROBIO 2010, and ROBIO 2016. He was/is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics from December 2003 to November 2007, an Editor of Advanced Robotics, and an Associate Editor of Biomimetic Intelligence and Robotics, serving many societies and conferences.



Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal
IEEE Fellow, ASME Fellow

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

BIO: Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of 40 years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering – Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Acoustics and Electromagnetics, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 600 publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. He is a Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions including the AIAA Reeds Aeronautics Award, SAE Medal of Honor, ASME Honorary Membership and Honorary Fellowship from Royal Aeronautical Society.

Prof. Yanhong Luo


Northeastern University, China

BIO: Yanhong Luo received the B.S. degree in automation control and the Ph.D. degree in control theory and control engineering from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2016 to 2017, she visited the University of Texas at Arlington as a Visiting Scholar. She is currently with Northeastern University as a Professor. She has published more than 100 SCI/EI indexed papers. Her research interests include renewable energy accommodation, distributed control and optimal operation of energy Internet, adaptive dynamic programming, and data-driven self-learning control and its industrial applications. She is a recipient of the Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award with IEEE SMC Society in 2015. She has served as the session chair or the TPC member for more than 10 international conferences. In addition, she is the former Vice-Chair of Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning Technical Committee with IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.