ICITE2019 Invited Speakers

Hironori Suzuki

Professor

Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan

Hironori Suzuki received Doctor of Engineering in transportation engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand in 2001. After serving for Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) as a researcher, he joined the Faculty of Engineering, Nippon Institute of Technology as an assistant professor. He is currently teaching at Department of Robotics in Nippon Institute of Technology as a professor. In addition, he has been acting as the chairperson of Human Factors Research Committee, Society of Automobile Engineers of Japan from 2018 to present. His research interests are modelling of traffic systems, traffic simulation, active safety measures and driver assistance systems.

Title of Speech: Appropriate Interactions between Human and Machine in Autonomous Driving Era 

Abstract: The technology of autonomous driving (AD) has been rapidly developed and the self-driving cars have been quickly penetrated into the market. Some driving tasks that humans have to do may be replaced with the highly computerized machines in the AD. However, the interactions between humans and machines should be carefully designed to avoid unexpected errors in automation system. In this talk, some problems in the aircraft automation system are summarized by introducing the examples of aircraft accidents occurred during the last three decades. Then, the appropriate and fundamental design between human and machine in the area of self-driving vehicle is discussed.  

 

Andrew Keong Ng

Associate Professor

Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

Dr. Andrew Ng is an Associate Professor with Singapore Institute of Technology. He is the Deputy Programme Director of the BEng (Honours) and MEngTech in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land), which focuses on railway engineering and total preventive maintenance. He is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and serves on the committees of various local and international professional engineering institutions, such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE). He is a Senior Member of IEEE and IES, as well as a Consultant and Advisor to startups and multinational corporations. In addition, Dr. Ng is a Principal Investigator of several grants amounting to more than half a million Singapore dollars. He holds one international patent and has more than 20 publications as both first and corresponding author. His research and development innovations have also garnered him several prestigious awards, such as Amity Researcher Award, Young Investigator Award, and National Instruments Editor’s Choice Engineering Impact Award. Furthermore, Dr. Ng has been frequently quoted and interviewed by news media on railway transportation issues and current affairs.

Title of Speech: Towards Condition Monitoring and Prognosis of Railway Tracks  

Abstract: Railway transportation is a common mode of moving people, animals, and goods from one place to another. Condition monitoring and prognosis are essential to improve railway reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety. They also provide good basis for effective asset maintenance and management, thereby reducing downtime and maintenance costs. This keynote presentation will elaborate the concept and importance of condition monitoring and prognosis, particularly of railway track including track geometry and rail defects, which play a critical role in railway safety. Different railway track condition monitoring and prognostic methods and technologies that are available in academia and industry will also be discussed. Lastly, future developments in this area will be highlighted.