Speakers and organisers biographies

Monday 14 to Friday 18 June 2021 

Professor M Ahmadian
Mehdi Ahmadian is J Bernard Jones Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 1995, Mehdi worked in the transportation industry for eight years, including serving as the Lead Design Engineer for steerable locomotive trucks (bogies) at General Electric Transportation System from 1993 – 1995. He has authored four book chapters, more than 150 archival journal papers, and more than 400 conference publications and presentations, including numerous major keynote and plenary lectures, and invited presentations. He holds 11 U.S. and international patents.

Mehdi is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), Fellow of the International Society for Condition Monitoring (ISCM), and Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His most recent professional awards include the 2019 Magnus Hendrickson Innovation Award, the 2015 SAE Lloyd L Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award; and the 2014 SAE International L Ray Buckendale Award with a plenary lecture on 'Integrating Electromechanical Systems in Commercial Vehicles for Improved Handling, Stability, and Comfort.'

Professor A BallAndrew Ball is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Diagnostic Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. He has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Machinery Condition Monitoring from the University of Manchester. He held the Shell Lectureship in Maintenance Engineering at the University of Manchester, became Professor of Maintenance Engineering in 1999, and was then Head of School of the Manchester School of Engineering. He went on to be the Dean of the Graduate School and in late-2007 he moved to the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Diagnostic Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Andrew established the Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering at Huddersfield, with the aims to advance the scope and sensitivity of machinery fault detection and diagnosis and of plant performance and emissions monitoring. With a focus on non-intrusive on-line techniques to detect incipient faults and predict future behaviour, the Centre is recognised internationally for its specialisms in: machinery condition monitoring, fault detection and diagnosis, signal processing, dynamic modelling, feature extraction, pattern recognition, vibro-acoustics and sensor development.

Andrew is the author of over 300 technical and professional publications, and has more than 8000 citations and an H-index of 44. To date he has supervised to completion more than 100 doctoral degrees in the fields of Mechanical, Electrical and Diagnostic Engineering. He has acted as external examiner for research degrees at over 50 institutions worldwide, he holds visiting and honorary positions at 6 overseas universities, and he sits on 3 large corporate scientific advisory boards.

Professor N Gucunski

Dr. Gucunski is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also director of the Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program (ICMP) at the Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT). Dr. Gucunski has extensive practical and research experience in the development and application of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies for condition assessment and monitoring of transportation infrastructure, bridges in particular, development of deterioration and predictive models, automation and integration of NDE technologies, and integration of NDE and remote sensing. He was leading a number of prominent research projects related to the assessment of bridges by NDE technologies. He was the principal investigator for the Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System (ANDERS) for Bridge Decks project, and the lead of the NDE team for the FHWA’s Long Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program from 2009 to 2017. He led the development of RABIT (Robotics Assisted Bridge Inspection Tool) for Bridges, a fully autonomous bridge deck inspection system that deploys multiple NDE technologies and high-resolution imaging. He also led a Strategic Highway Research Program II (SHRP2) R06-A project on NDE for concrete bridge decks for the National Academies, and a number of other bridge and pavement related projects funded by federal and state agencies. Dr. Gucunski has a broad practical experience related to the condition assessment of bridges. He was involved in numerous projects for DelDOT, NJDOT, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and other agencies.

Dr. Gucunski is an internationally recognized expert in NDE/NDT technologies and an elected member of NDT Academia International. He published more than 250 publications on various aspects of R&D, and the application of NDE technologies in the condition assessment of transportation infrastructure. Dr. Gucunski is also actively involved in several technical committees. He is the past chair of the ASCE Geophysical Engineering Committee, and an active member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Infrastructure Committee, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AKB40 Committee on Field Testing and NDE of Transportation Structures. Dr. Gucunski received several awards for his research accomplishments, most notably the 2014 ASCE Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. Dr. Gucunski is currently leading the effort to develop the NDE Guide for Concrete Bridge Decks for Practitioners for the AKB40 Committee.

G Herborg-Enevoldsen
Georg Herborg holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Aarhus within the field of atomics scale studies of metal oxide surfaces. Since then Georg made a career in the Wind Industry with Vestas, taking the role as Director of Tooling, responsible for developing and delivering all wind turbine blade manufacturing equipment. Since 2017 Georg has taken the role as Director of Innovation in Danfoss High Pressure Pumps, accountable for both R&D activities, New Product Developments, Technical ownership of current product portfolio as well as the internal laboratory where products and prototypes are tested and validated. Here Georg has initiated and driven forward a Condition Monitoring Strategy with the clear target to create industry leading tools and insights, that create unique value both for Customers and for Danfoss.

Dr Chinmaya Kar

Dr. Chinmaya is a Condition Monitoring and Reliability Specialist at UAE, Honeywell Middle East. He has worked in many multi-national companies like GE global research, Honeywell Technology Solution, SAFCO/SABIC etc. He has nearly 26 yrs of field, project, research and academic experiences.

He is bachelor of Engineering from Utkal University, a master of Technology from IIT-ISM, Dhanbad, a High-Value Ph.D. Fellow from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a Erasmus Mundus Fellow from INSA, Lyon, France. He is a Certified RCM Facilitator, Certified CAT-III Vibration Analyst and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

He has 20 patents and several publications in international journals and conferences to his credit. His areas of expertise are mechanical systems and their signal processing, fuzzy feature fusion, vibration analysis, Reliability Centered Maintenance, FMEA and Data Analytics.

Professor Hamid Reza Karimi
Hamid Reza Karimi is currently Professor of Applied Mechanics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His original research and development achievements span a broad spectrum within the topic of modeling, control, and fault diagnosis to complex systems with applications such as wind turbine, vehicles, robotics. He is author or editor of several books published on the topics of offshore mechatronics, health monitoring of wind turbines, offshore robotics, etc. Karimi is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cyber-Physical Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Aerospace System Science and Engineering, Editor-in-Chief of Designs, former Editor-in-Chief of Machines, Subject Editor of Fault Detection and Applications-Journal of The Franklin Institute, Subject Editor of Instrumentation and Measurement-IET Electronics Letters, Series Editor of Mechanical Engineering-Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. Karimi is a member of Agder Academy of Science and Letters and is the recipient of several international awards such as the 2016-2020 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering, the 2020 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award, August-Wilhelm-Scheer Visiting Professorship Award, JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Research Award, and Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung research Award, for instance. He has also participated as keynote speaker, distinguished speaker or program chair for many international conferences in the areas of Control Systems, Robotics and Mechatronics.

Professor P I Lazaridis
Pavlos I Lazaridis received the MEng degree in electrical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in electronics from Université Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6), Paris, France, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) Paris and Université Paris 6, France, in 1996. From 1991 to 1996, he was involved with research for France Télécom, and teaching at ENST Paris. In 1997, he became the Head of the Antennas and Propagation Laboratory, Télédiffusion de France/France Télécom Research Center (TDF- C2R Metz). From 1998 to 2002, he was a Senior Examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO), The Hague, The Netherlands. From 2002 to 2014 he was involved with teaching and research with the ATEI of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Brunel University, London, UK. He is currently a Professor of electronics and telecommunications at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has been involved in several international research projects: EU Horizon 2020 MOTOR5G and RECOMBINE, NATO-SfP ORCA, and he has published over 150 research papers and several national and European patents. He is a member of the IET (MIET), Senior Member IEEE, Senior Member URSI, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

C Svendsen

Christian Svendsen holds a PhD in Physics from the university of Southern Denmark within the field of scattering and absorption studies of atomic molecules. Since then he initially worked as a university lecturer, and for the last 20 years in the industry covering a wide range technical areas, however focus has been on theoretical and experimental studies of high-end compressors and positive displacement pumps. Since 2013, Christian has in a Senior Specialist role been leading the theoretical CFD and vibration/acoustics studies at Danfoss High Pressure Pumps, as well as the execution of complex simulation model validation measurements. As such Christian is a key person within the strategic efforts of creating an effective and value adding condition monitoring solution for products in the Danfoss High Pressure Pumps product portfolio.

Professor A Zak

Arkadiusz Żak graduated from the Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics, Gdańsk University of Technology in 1994. From 1993 to 2012 he was a researcher at the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk, where he received his PhD in 1998 and next his DSc in 2009. In years 2000-2003 he worked at the University of Glasgow, where he was a research and teaching employee, firstly under a Stefan Batory Foundation scholarship and then as part of an EPSRC and Rolls-Royce company research project. Since 2012 he has been a scientific and didactic employee of the Faculty of Electrical and Control Engineering at Gdańsk University of Technology.

His research interests include methods of modelling physical phenomena, in particular with regards to the use of FEM and derivative methods. He is the author and co-author of over 100 scientific papers, including over 65 published in the Web of Science database, as well as a reviewer for several scientific journals from the Journal Citation Reports database. He is also an editor of an academic journal from the JCR list.

He was a manager of 3 domestic projects (KBN, Ministry of Science and Higher Education and NAWA) and the main contractor in 14 other domestic and foreign projects (KBN, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, NCN, EU and NATO). He was the author or co-author of numerous conference papers and presentations in Poland and abroad.

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