Invited Talks

  • Moe Khaleel (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

    Material Design issues for electrocatalytic and multi-phase materials in high temperature fuel cells

    About the speaker: Dr. Khaleel is the Director of the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division with capabilities in high performance computing, computational physical and biological sciences, scientific computing environments, informatics analytics, applied mathematics, and statistical and quantitative Sciences. Dr. Khaleel is an international leader in multiphysics and multiscale modeling of solid oxide fuel cells and lightweight materials. Dr. Khaleel's national coordinator for the modeling and simulation of solid oxide fuels for the Department of Energy Solid Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA). Dr. Khaleel published over 100 referred journal article and has received the award for Excellence in Technology Transfer of superplastic forming of aluminum to General Motor Company, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, May 10, 2000; the ASME International, McGrattan Literature Award for authoring the outstanding paper in the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology in 1998 “Effects of Flaw Sizing on Reliability of Piping;” Battelle Memorial Institute Technical Network Leader of the Year (2001); Suksdorf Fellowship at Washington State University (WSU), 1990-1992.

  • Saeid Nahavandi (Deakin University)

    Haptically Enabled Interactive Virtual Reality for Knowledge Capture, transfer and visualization

    Abstract: Virtual reality and haptics are proving to become novel tools in knowledge capturing and consequent intuitive interaction and visualization for maximum knowledge transfer.
    The manufacturing industry has long realized the potential and has reaped the benefits of using virtual reality as training tools due to their potential advantages over the conventional training practices. Automotive industries are considered to be the leaders in applying virtual reality technology for real-world, non-trivial problems. Significant cost savings have been achieved due to the shorter training-scenarios development times and reuse of existing engineering models. In addition, virtual reality systems has proven to shorten the time span from computer aided product design (using commercial 3D engineering tools for digital mock-ups) to commercial production due to non-reliance on the hardware.
    Currently employed VR systems are effective if the knowledge required to be transferred is just operational sequence. Knowledge transfer capabilities of virtual reality systems, for procedural learning and cognitive skills development, are very limited due to the lack of interactivity and immersion.
    This talk will focus on research technology platform where VR and haptics are integrated to create an environment for knowledge capture and visualization as well as knowledge transfer. Virtual reality provides grounds for realistic visualization, as well as immersion, considered to be important in creating sense of engagement and perception, whereas, haptics enforces physical constraints within the virtual world generating the feelings of realistic interaction. Both technologies, in complementary way, give rise to systems capable of maximum knowledge transfer and better understanding of the tasks. Studies show that virtual environments with integrated haptic feedback can evoke the implicit embodied knowledge, making it accessible for formal learning and better understanding during task performance.

    About the speaker: Saeid Nahavandi is Alfred Deakin Professor and the Director for the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin University in Australia.
    Saeid is a graduate of Durham University in the UK. He is a Fellow member of IET, IEAust and senior member of IEEE.
    Professor Nahavandi has published over 300 refereed papers and been awarded 13 competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) grants in the past five years.
    He received the Research collaboration / initiatives award from Japan (2000) and Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award in 1994. He won the title of Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and holds one patent. In 2002 Professor Nahavandi served as a consultant to Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA) during his visit to JPL Labs. In 2006 he received the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest honour at Deakin University for his contribution to fundamental research.
    Professor Nahavandi is the founder for the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research with 53 full time researchers at Deakin University. He actively contributes and leads four major research projects in three Cooperative Research Centres with over 50 major international companies as partners. In modelling and simulation of complex systems he received awards from several organisations to focus on simulation based optimization manufacturing processes, of airport operations and logistics and distributions. He has carried out industry based research with several major international companies.
    Professor Nahavandi has been the chairman of six International conferences and the General Chair for World Manufacturing Congress series and the International Congress on Autonomous Intelligent Systems. He also holds the position of Editor for the International Journal Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (South Pacific region), International Journal of Computational Intelligence and Associate Editor - IEEE Systems Journal.