Biography: Professor Jan AWREJCEWICZ, Full Professor, Head of the Department of Automation, Biomechanics and Mechatronics at Lodz University of Technology, Head of Ph.D. School on 'Mechanics' (since 1996) and of graduate/postgraduate programs on Mechatronics (since 2006). Doctor Honoris Causa of Academy of Arts and Technology (Poland, Bielsko-Biala, 2014) and of Czestochowa University of Technology (Poland, Czestochowa, 2014). Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (since 2016). Recipient of the Humboldt Award (twice). Editor-in-Chief in 3 international journals and member of the Editorial Boards in 90 international journals (23 with IF). Author/co-author of over 775 journal papers and refereed international conference papers and 50 monographs. Editor of 25 books and 28 journal special issues. Principal investigator in 39 research grants by Polish Ministry of Education and Science (21), Committee for Scientific Research (17), National Science Centre (3). Supervisor/co-supervisor of 24 finalized and 6 ongoing PhD theses, 8 habilitation theses and 37 Master/Bachelor theses. Organizer and Head of the series of 14 international conferences Dynamical Systems-Theory and Application (Lodz, 1992-2017) and of 3 international conferences “Mechatronics: Ideas for Industrial Applications” (Warsaw 2012; Lodz, 2014; Gdansk, 2015), Chair of the "International Conference of the Polish Society of Biomechanics" (Lodz, 2014).
His papers and research cover various disciplines of mechanics, biomechanics, applied mathematics, automation, physics and computer oriented sciences, with main focus on nonlinear processes. For more see www.abm.p.lodz.pl.
Biography: Stefan Dimov, Dipl. Eng., PhD, DSc, FIMechE, is Professor of Micro Manufacturing and Head of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre at Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Birmingham. He obtained his Diploma Engineer and Doctoral degrees from Moscow State University of Technology and Doctor of Science degree from Cardiff University. His research interests encompass the broad area of advanced manufacturing with a special focus on Micro and Nano Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing and Hybrid Manufacturing technologies. He established the Micro Manufacturing and Hybrid Manufacturing labs in Birmingham, which are now widely recognised for their internationally leading research. His academic output includes more than 250 technical papers and 13 books. He has supervised over 25 PhD theses to completion. He has won in excess of £30M in external research grants and contracts. He is Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing and Precision Engineering Journals. In addition to pursuing and leading research, he has also been very active with knowledge transfer to industry, applying the results of his work to help multinational companies and SMEs to create wealth and safeguard jobs. He has established the Multi-Material Micro Manufacture (4M) Community in 2004 through the FP6 4M NoE programme and currently he is Executive Officer of the self-sustained 4M Association ( www.4m-association.org ). He is the recipient of Thomas Stephens Group Prize in 2000 and 2003 and Joseph Whitworth Prize in 2017 awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Biography: Antonio Maffei received the B.E. and the M.E. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, in 2004 and 2007 respectively. Antonio received a Ph.D. degree in production engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2012. Dr. Maffei works with Business Models in the domain of production engineering, using tools that belongs to strategic and economic research. He is working in harmonizing the business dimension with the main innovation patterns highlighted by the 4th industrial revolution. In 2016, he started a tenure track with in this topic as assistant professor position at the Department of Production Engineering in KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Dr. Maffei is currently Head of the research group named Digital Smart Production. Since 2008 he has been active in teaching activities at undergraduate and recently also at graduate level; consequently he has built up a strong pedagogical background. Other research interests include advanced automation technology, assembly technology and engineering education. Dr. Maffei is a Research Affiliate of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).