Prof. Frank Allgöwer
Frank Allgöwer is professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Stuttgart in Germany, director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control (IST) and director of the Stuttgart Research Centre for Systems Biology (SRCSB). He studied Engineering Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics in Stuttgart and at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) respectively and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Stuttgart. Prior to his present appointment he held an assistant professorship in the electrical engineering department at ETH Zurich and visiting positions at Caltech, the NASA Ames Research Center, the DuPont Company, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Newcastle in Australia. Since 2012 Frank serves in addition as Vice-President of Germany's most important research funding agency, the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Bonn, Germany.
Frank's main interests in research and teaching are in the area of systems and control with emphasis on the development of new methods for the analysis and control of nonlinear systems, networks of systems, optimization based control and data based control. His application interests span a wide range from chemical engineering via mechatronic systems to systems biology. He has published over 500 scientific articles on his research and received several recognitions including several best paper awards, an IFAC Fellowship, the IFAC Outstanding Service Award, the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award, the State Teaching Award of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and the Leibniz Prize, which is the most prestigious award in science and engineering awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Frank is involved in various scientific and societal organizations. Since 2017 he is the President of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). Prior to that he was chairman of the IFAC Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems, Member of IFAC's Policy Committee, Member of the IFAC Council and Chair of the Administration and Finance Committee. In addition he was Editor for IFAC's flagship journal Automatica for 13 years. In addition Frank also served the IEEE Control Systems Society as Vice-president for Technical Activities in 2013/14, was repeatedly a member of IEEE CSS Board of Governors, and has been the chairman of the CSS International Affairs Committee for 2007-2013. Furthermore he has been a member of the council of the European Union Control Association (EUCA) and a member of the Board of Governors of the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automatic Control. Frank has been organizer or co-organizer of more than a dozen international conferences.
Prof. Keum-Shik Hong
Keum-Shik Hong received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering from Seoul National University in 1979, his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, in 1987, and both an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1991. He joined the School of Mechanical Engineering at Pusan National University (PNU) in 1993. His Integrated Dynamics and Control Engineering Laboratory was designated a National Research Laboratory by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea in 2003. In 2009, under the auspices of the World Class University Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) of Korea, he established the Department of Cogno-Mechatronics Engineering, PNU.
Dr. Hong served as Associate Editor of Automatica (2000-2006), as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (2008-2011), and is serving as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems. He was a past President of the Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS), Korea, and is President-Elect of Asian Control Association. He was the Organizing Chair of the ICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, Fukuoka, Japan. He is an ICROS Fellow, a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, and many other societies.
He has received many awards including the Best Paper Award from the KFSTS of Korea (1999), the F. Harashima Mechatronics Award (2003), the IJCAS Scientific Activity Award (2004), the Automatica Certificate of Outstanding Service (2006), the Presidential Award of Korea (2007), the ICROS Achievement Award (2009), the IJCAS Contribution Award (2010), the Premier Professor Award (2011), the JMST Contribution Award (2011), the IJCAS Contribution Award (2011), and the IEEE Academic Award (2016), among many others. Dr. Hong's current research interests include brain-computer interface, nonlinear systems theory, adaptive control, distributed parameter systems, autonomous systems, and innovative control applications in brain engineering.
Prof. Jun-ichi Imura
Jun-ichi Imura is a Professor of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is also Vice-President for Teaching and Learning at Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2018. He received the M.E. degree in Applied Systems Science, and the D.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He served as a Research Associate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto University from 1992 to 1996, and as an Associate Professor at Hiroshima University from 1996 to 2001. From 1998 to 1999 he was a visiting researcher at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Since 2001, he has been with Tokyo Institute of Technology.
His research interests include modeling, analysis, and control of hybrid systems, large-scale network systems, and nonlinear systems with applications to power grids, ITS, biological systems, industrial process systems, and so on. He co-authored 3 books (in Japanese) and over 70 international journal papers and over 150 international conference papers. He was a semi-plenary speaker of MTNS 2012 and a recipient of Best Paper Awards from SICE (1994, 2005, 2007, 2010) and from ISCIE (1991, 1998), etc.
He has served as an Member of IEEE CSS Board of Governors (2010, 2013, 2015-2017), IFAC Policy Committee (2014-), and IFAC Technical Board (2017-), and as Executive Director (General Affairs) of SICE (2011-2012) and General Chair of IFAC Conference on Analysis and Control of Chaotic Systems (2015). He is General Chair of IFAC World Congress 2023, and the PI of JST CREST project (2012-2020). He also has served as an Associate Editor of Automatica (2009-2017), Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems (2011-2016), and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2014-2016), and so on. He is a Fellow of SICE and a Senior Member of IEEE.