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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Cees de Bont, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Design leadership, a driving force to successful innovation

Professor de Bont has solid experience and track records in the management and leadership of sizable and leading design schools in the world. He took up the deanship of the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in February 2011 after having been the dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (“TU Delft”) in the Netherlands for seven years. Both TU Delft and the School of Design of PolyU are ranked by the Businessweek as the top 60 design institutions around the world.
Professor de Bont has a good mix of academic and industrial experience. He started his academic career in 1993 as Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology at the University of Tilburg after his fulfilment of military obligations. During his appointment in the University of Tilburg, Professor de Bont also acted as a consultant to Philips Design in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He earned substantial industrial experience and was exposed to frontline issues in global business during his appointment as Manager of the Human Behaviour Research Centre in Philips Design. He was subsequently Head of Marketing Research and Strategy at Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care from 1997 to 2005 when he was responsible for generating and utilizing market information for the formulation of the strategy, R&D and marketing plan of the company.
Professor de Bont’s research interests are in the areas of design education, consumer behaviour, innovation adoption, design methods and networked innovation. On these topics, Professor de Bont supervised master’s students and PhD students. More recently Professor de Bont focuses also on the development of industrial design as an academic discipline, including the quality perceptions of design journals. He edited a book on design methods for succesful innovation that came out in 2013.
Professor de Bont chaired the Dutch Innovation Centre for Electric Road Transport which is a nationwide platform for electric mobility and is a member of various key professional boards and bodies related to design, industrial innovation and market research.
Expertise: Design Education, Consumer Behaviour, Innovation Adoption, Design Methods and Networked Innovation
Hometown: The Netherlands

Keynote Speaker II

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

Recent development in powder assisted electrical discharge machining process

Abstract: With the progress in material science, such as the introduction of high hardness alloys and nano-structured materials, machining processes face increasing demand to attain high productivity. Powder Mixed EDM (PMEDM) as one of the recent technologies to enhance Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) performance, facilitates producing parts with predominantly high surface quality and material removal rate (MRR). Introduction of a novel process of suspending micro-MoS2 powder in dielectric fluid and using ultrasonic vibration during micro-EDM process indicated a significant increase in MRR and improvement of surface quality by providing a flat surface free of black carbon spots. Similarly, ultrasonic vibration of dielectric fluid containing graphite powder as the cheapest and most common powder material was investigated in nano-size, which demonstrated significant reduction of machining time up to 35% as well as increasing the machining accuracy. Moreover, low-frequency vibration of workpiece in nanographite PMEDM was deployed to enhance the debris ejection from machining gap. The experimental results showed that combination of these techniques improved machining stability, assured continuous machining processes, and significant reduction of the machining time. In cutting extremely difficult-to-cut material of Inconel 718 due to short circuiting and arcing, the surface of micro-holes produced by micro-EDM has black traces and cones. Utilization of 50 nm MoS2 powder could produce higher quality micro-holes in machining Inconel 718. Most recently, addition of Ti nanopowder to dielectric in EDM resulted in substantial improvement of MRR, surface roughness and micro-defects formation on the machined surface due to discharge energy dispersion. The addition of powders in the process has improved the overall EDM performance.

Bio: Professor 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. Prof Hamdi has devoted his career in nurturing research and innovation and has mentored over 130 postgraduate students, particularly in the field of machining, materials processing and biomaterials. He has authored more than 150 ISI journals and h-index of 20. 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.



Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Sujan Debnath, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia

Natural Fiber Polymer Composites: Challenges related to Filler loading and Mechanical performance

Abstract: In the past few decades, natural fiber composites have been widely investigated by researchers due to their environmentally friendly behaviors and high specific strength compared to synthetic fiber reinforced composites. However, the poor interfacial bonding between the fiber and matrix resulted in a low mechanical performance of composite and consequently limited the range of application of these types of composites. Moreover, the potential of introducing natural fiber in particularly thermoset polymer was not fully realized up to now due to the limited filler loading capability in the matrix. This presentation will explore developments related to the research achievements in the application and processing of NFCs, highlighting the benefit and challenges, characterization, the performance of natural fiber composite. This presentation will particularly focus on the tensile and flexural performance of the composite, the effects of filler size, filler percentage, different chemical treatments of filler, and matrix type. The curing mechanism and challenges related to filler loading in thermoset resins and suitable remedial actions, the balancing between mechanical performance and thermal stability are also important aspects in this presentation.

Dr. Sujan (CEng MIMechE) Joined Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia in October 2008 after completion of two years tenure in Multimedia University, Malaysia. Since 2014, he has been appointed as the Head of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin Sarawak. Dr. Sujan obtained his PhD Degree from the University of Science Malaysia in 2006 majoring applied mechanics with specific research focuses on interfacial thermal mismatch stress analysis in layered structure.

Over the years, he has been working in the area of thermo-mechanical stress analysis, green composite materials, and polymer composite materials. He has more than 65 publications in reputable international journals and conference proceedings.

At present, Dr. Sujan is supervising four PhD and three MPhil students. Dr. Sujan is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Dr. Eric Dimla,Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Brunei

Development of An Innovative Tool Wear Monitoring System For Zero-Defect Manufacturing

Prof. Dr Eric Dimla, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Brunei since 1st of March 2015. Prior to joining UTB, he was Academic Leader (Engineering) at Southampton Solent University before which he was a Senior Lecturer in CAD and Engineering at Portsmouth University, UK form 2011 to 2014. Prof. Dimla received the MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 from University College London(University of London) and did a PhD immediately after that on ‘Tool condition monitoring using neural networks in metal turning operations’ awarded in June 1998. A postdoctoral research fellowship followed in Aberdeen Scotland where he managed and co-ordinated an EU funded project on renewable energy before his appointment as a lecturer. His research interest is within the area of metal cutting tool-wear and condition monitoring/fault diagnosis, intelligent sensor fusion and signal processing for industrial applications. He has published well over 40 papers at International Conferences/Symposiums and International Journals mainly in high speed machining of metals and the application of AI techniques in metal cutting tool wear monitoring. Prof. Dimla is a chartered mechanical engineer and member of both the IET and IMechE.


Plenary Speaker II

Dr. Vincent Lee Chieng Chen, Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia

Chatter vibration in metal cutting

Abstract: A motion that repeats itself after an interval of time is called vibration. A vibratory system, in general, includes a means of storing potential energy, a means of storing kinetic energy, and a means by which energy that is gradually lost (Rao 2005). In metal cutting operations, one of the most common challenges faced is chatter vibration. Chatter vibration has been researched for more than a century, and it is still a major obstacle in achieving automation for most of the machining processes including turning, milling and drilling (Siddhpura and Paurobally 2012). Effects of chatter vibration can be catastrophic such as poor surface finish, excessive noise, breakage of machine tool components, reduced tool life and productivity. This presentation offers an overview of chatter vibration in metal cutting, with particular example on difficult-to-cut material such as Inconel 718.

Bio: Dr. Lee is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), United Kingdom.  Dr. Lee is currently the Deputy Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Curtin University Malaysia.  Dr. Lee joined Curtin University Malaysia in 2013.   Prior joining Curtin University Malaysia, he served as a Research Engineer at Daikin Malaysia.  He received his Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, and Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Nottingham in 2009 and 2013, respectively.  Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the use of numerical and experimental methods of non-linear dynamics to solve engineering problems.  The current foci of his attention are simultaneous microwave and ultrasound irradiation, resonant valve-less pumping, chatter vibrations in metal cutting, and sports engineering.  In the engineering community, Dr. Lee works closely with other institutions such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Materials Malaysia, Institution of Engineers Malaysia, Energy Institute, and Engineers Australia, promoting professional engineering practices, and public awareness of engineering, science, and technology.  Dr. Lee is also a keen researcher in Engineering Education, particularly in Work-Integrated Learning, and Computer-Aided Engineering.



Plenary Speaker III

Professor Dr. Mohammad Yeakub Ali, International Islamic University Malaysia

Title:Micro Electro Discharge Machining of Non-Conductive Ceramic


Professor Dr. Mohammad Yeakub Ali is attached with the Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at International Islamic University Malaysia since 2004. He becomes full Professor in 2011 and was the Head of the department from 2012 until 2016. He graduated with PhD. from Nanyang Technological University in 2002. He obtained his MEng from Asian Institute of Technology in 1997 and BSc Eng from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1992. 

Prof. Ali’s teaching and research interest is in the areas of manufacturing, micromachining, MEMS, metal cutting, engineering management, project management, analytical decision making, and quantitative techniques. He brought a significant amount of research grant from ministry and he has supervised many postgraduate students at Masters and PhD levels. He has published more than 200 articles in reputed journals and conference proceedings. His h index 15. He delivered keynote and invited speech in many international conferences around the world. 

In addition to teaching and research, Prof. Ali is an expert in outcome based education and accreditation of engineering programme. In 2016 his programme Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing) (Honours) received the longest term five years accreditation under Washington Accord. Prof. Ali is a Chartered Professional Mechanical Engineer from IMechE, and Engineers Australia. He also member of many international professional societies and associations.


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