About Keynote Speakers

 

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Speech Title: Ultra-High Precision Machining of Optical Mould Inserts

Abstract: Metal cutting techniques that result in surface roughness in the ranges of few nanometres and form accuracy in the sub-micron region are categorised as ultra-high precision machining (UHPM). In this technology, diamond inserts are used to shape components from various non-ferrous materials by lathe operation. These components are usually optical objects such as flats, convex and concave lenses made from aluminium, copper alloys, silicon, germanium, etc. Diamond turning can also be used to produce mould inserts for plastic optics injections. Optical injection moulds are usually made from high strength aluminium such as AA 6061 and beryllium copper alloys. These materials are easily machined by diamond tools. However, for high requirements mould inserts used for glass moulding, the mould inserts must be made from ultra-hard materials such as tungsten and silicon carbides. UHPM of these materials can be achieved using ultra-high precision grinding spindles. This presentation will highlight the capabilities of precision engineering when making optics and mould insert manufacturing. Optical components, including freeform, with form accuracy of about 0.1 um and surface roughness of 1 nm can be produced with diamond machining. Currently, we are busy investigating the process of diamond turning when machining a special grade of aluminium produced by rapid solidification and spin melting. This aluminium grade which enjoys elevated tensile strength (600 MPa) can be used as a mould material for injecting plastic optics.

Biography: Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein serves as the director and a full professor of School of Engineering, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa . His current research focus is on ultrahigh precsion diamond machining of optical materials. He obtained his PhD in manufacturing engineering from National Technical University of Ukraine in 2000.

 

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Ramesh Kuppuswamy, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Speech Title: Use of Speed + Nano-meter to evolve Advanced Manufacturing solutions

Abstract: The on-going manufacturing challenges are largely vested on six main foci; productivity, complex profiles, micro-features, precision, emerging materials and environmental issues. This presentation would unveil how the speed and nano parameter was effectively used to address such manufacturing challenges. The derived Advanced Manufacturing solutions deals with how the machines and processes combined with science, information technology, microelectronics, and new organizational practices are integrated to facilitate improved manufacturing productivity and quality at reduced cost.The on-going manufacturing challenges are largely vested on six main foci; productivity, complex profiles, micro-features, precision, emerging materials and environmental issues. This presentation would unveil how the speed and nano parameter was effectively used to address such manufacturing challenges. The derived Advanced Manufacturing solutions deals with how the machines and processes combined with science, information technology, microelectronics, and new organizational practices are integrated to facilitate improved manufacturing productivity and quality at reduced cost.

Biography: Dr. K. Ramesh is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is having several years of industrial and research experience at A&STAR -Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Okamoto Machine Tools in machine design and automation with a particular focus on material removing processes. He has obtained his PhD from the department of Mechanical & Production engineering of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. While working at Okamoto Machine tools both at Japan and Singapore, he did extensive machine design like surface grinders, Chemical mechanical polishing machine, dicing machine, lapping machines and automation equipment. He is an author or co-author of seventy + peer reviewed scientific-technical publications and international conferences focusing on material removal process and machine design. Currently he is serving as international reviewer and guest editor for several journals. He holds senior membership in Society of Manufacturing Engineers, USA and his name did appear in Marquist Who's Who book of World 2009.

 

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Samir Mekid, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

Speech Title: Value Analysis Value Engineering in Design Decision-Making and Impact on Manufacturing Cost Reduction with Industrial Examples

Abstract: Value Analysis Value Engineering (VAVE) becomes an integral part of the engineering design process embedded with customer real needs and related product functions cost. It is also moving little earlier in the design process to support technology development. Many in-market products are returning to office for VAVE analysis for the sake of manufacturing cost reduction including manufacturing time in mass production. Examples from industry will be discussed using VAVE analysis through better value estimation related to suitable manufacturing process while maintaining similar or better technical performance. A couple of technical design solutions are proposed and discussed with study cases.

Biography: S. Mekid is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and Chartered Engineer registered with IMechE (UK). Dr Mekid completed his MSc and PhD at Compiegne University of Technology (France). Prior to joining KFUPM, he was Lecturer at UMIST (UK) and The University of Manchester (UK). He has worked with Caterpillar (France) in the Design Department and has been an evaluator to several European projects. His area of research includes machine design, mechatronics, smart materials, smart systems, sensors design and instrumentation. He has published over 150+ publications in professional journals and international conference proceedings and recently edited two books. He holds about two dozens of patents. His commitment to industrially collaborative research is supported by major public grants with national and international funding agencies.

Plenary Speaker II

Dr. Mardé Helbig, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Speech title: Dynamic multi-objective optimization: Applications, Issues and Future Directions

Abstract: Most optimization problems in real-life have more than one objective, with at least two objectives in conflict with one another and at least one objective that changes over time. These kinds of optimization problems are referred to as dynamic multi-objective optimization (DMOO) problems.

Most research in multi-objective optimization has been conducted on static problems and most research on dynamic problems has been conducted on single-objective optimization. The goal of a DMOO algorithm (DMOA) is to find an optimal set of solutions that is: as close as possible to the true set of solutions, and a diverse set of solutions. However, in addition to these goals a DMOA has to track the changing set of optimal solutions over time.

This keynote will introduce the participants to the field of DMOO by discussing: benchmark functions and performance measures that have been proposed and the issues related to each of these; algorithms that have been proposed to solve DMOO; challenges in the DMOO field that are not yet addressed, such as incorporating a decision maker’s preference in DMOO and visualizing the behaviour of DMOAs; real-world applications; and emerging research fields that provide interesting research opportunities.

 

Biography:  Mardé Helbig is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She obtained her PhD at the University of Pretoria, with her thesis entitled: “Solving dynamic optimisation problems using the vector evaluated particle swarm optimisation algorithm”. Before joining the university, she worked for 14 years at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. She received a Y1 rating from the South African Research Foundation. 
She has been the main organizer of special sessions on DMOO at CEC 2014, CEC 2015 and SSCI 2016, and a competition on DMOO at CEC 2015. She also presented a tutorial on DMOO at SSCI 2015, ICSI 2016 and as co-presenter of a PSO tutorial at WCCI 2016. She has numerous publications on DMOO and is a regular reviewer for the top conferences and journals in the field. 
She is active in the international community as the vice chair of the IEEE Computational Intelligence (CIS) Task force on Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization, a member of the IEEE CIS Emergent Technologies Technical Committee, a member of the IEEE Woman in Computational Intelligence sub-committee and the chair of the IEEE CIS Chapter in South Africa.
Her research interests include dynamic-, constrained-, multi-objective- and many-objective optimization.