Prof. Teresa Zielinska
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Short Bio: Full professor of technical sciences. Deputy director for research at the Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics of the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) and Rector’s Proxy of WUT for internationalization and doctoral education. Member of the Control and Robotics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of the Polish Section of Robotics and Automation IEEE (2016-2019) and Secretary General of the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM) (2011-2019). Local coordinator of the Japan-Europe Master of Advanced Robotics (JEMARO), member of the Experts Team of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2017-2018), member of the Council of the National Science Center (2019-2022). She conducted research at several international universities, e.g. Polytechnic University of Turin (grant from the Italian Ministry of Education), Loughborough University of Technology (UK, grant from the Science and Engineering Research Council), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) - senior research fellow. Visiting professor at: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Griffith University (Australia), Keio University (Japan), Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), Tianjin University of Technology (China). She is the co-holder of 2 national patents and the author or co-author of over 300 publications. Teresa Zielińska received the award of the Minister of Higher Education (Poland) for her scientific monograph, the Gold Cross of Merit and the Medal of the National Education Commission, as well as many university awards for her scientific activity. She graduated from the Faculty of Electronics of the Warsaw University of Technology, specializing in control, received her doctorate in robotics, and obtained her habilitation at the Institute of Biocybernetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research interests concern robotics, in particular biorobotics. Teresa Zielinska deals with the design and implementation of real-time control systems, motion synthesis and the design of novel robotic systems inspired by biology. She designed a prototype of a shear force sensor, developed and implemented a model of a biological Central Pattern Generator to generate motion for a humanoid robot, implemented a control system for an autonomous team of biologically inspired autonomous walking machines. Currently, her research interests focus on predicting human movement and actions. She is a laureate of the 1000 Talents Experts Program of Tianjin Municipality. She serves as Vice President of HERITAGE Network (Europe-India, is a member of the advisory board of Chist-Era and coordinates of academic cooperation between WUT - NTU and NUS (Singapore).

Speech Title: From Ancient to Current Robotics: Development Trends and Selected Research Problems

Abstract: Modern services and industry cannot avoid robotization. Therefore, it is worth having some information from the field of robotics. Who and when came up with the idea of a robot? Who were the precursors of robotics? When did the term "robot" appear? The presentation will answer the above and other questions. Statistical data describing the development of robotics will be presented and current development trends will be presented. Selected research topics in the field of service robotics will be briefly discussed. It is expected that the presentation will initiate and stimulate discussion about the importance of robotization for our lives.

Prof. Daolun Chen
Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

Short Bio:  Dr. Daolun Chen is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada. He received his BSc and MSc from Northeastern University (China), PhD from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Dr.rer.nat. from the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Chen has published more than 480 refereed journal (396) and conference (90) papers in the area of advanced materials and key engineering materials, and their deformation, fatigue, fracture, welding and joining, plus over 230 non-refereed conference papers/research reports. His seminal work on nanocomposites leads to a well-known method that bears his name, and is twice identified by the Council of Canadian Academies to be one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in his field worldwide. He has also been featured in the World's Top 2% Scientists List in a study from Stanford University, California, USA. Dr. Chen is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including Premier's Research Excellence Award, G.H. Duggan Medal, Canadian Metal Physics Award, MetSoc Award for Research Excellence, MetSoc Distinguished Materials Scientist Award, Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award, Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) Engineering Medal - Research and Development. Dr. Chen is an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of 28 journals, including Journal of Magnesium and Alloys, Journal of Materials Science and Technology, Materials and Design, Materials Research Letters, Materials Science and Engineering A, International Journal of Fatigue, etc. He has been invited by science reporters to give interviews and comments on some key scientific breakthroughs published in the journals of Nature and Science. Dr. Chen is an elected Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts (MEASA), Fellow of Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (FCIM), Fellow of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (FCSME), Fellow of CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) Association (FCWBA), Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). More information could be seen on his web site at https://people.ryerson.ca/dchen/biography.html.

Speech Title: Ultrasonic spot welding of lightweight materials

Abstract: One of the most effective methods to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the transportation industry is to develop and utilize lightweight materials along with innovative manufacturing processes, since a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6%-8% fuel economy improvement. Vehicle lightweighting can be achieved via stronger materials (e.g., advanced high-strength steels (AHSS)) or lighter materials (e.g., magnesium and aluminum alloys) along with the essential manufacturing methods. While AHSS has a weight reduction potential of 10-19%, aluminum and magnesium alloys have a higher weight reduction potential of 50-65% and 64-72%, respectively. Hence, an innovative “multi-material” concept has been adopted to maximize the lightweighting potential, where the characteristics of different materials are optimized for the desired application for lightweighting, cost effectiveness and value addition. The structural applications of multi-materials inevitably involve welding and joining, especially dissimilar welding. This poses significant challenges due to different thermophysical and mechanical properties and the related requirements on the safety, reliability, and durability of welded joints. Dissimilar welding between magnesium and other alloys presents a big challenge, since intermetallic compounds may occur to potentially cause premature failure. Some emerging solid-state joining techniques, such as ultrasonic spot welding, have been developed to join the lightweight alloys. In this talk, several examples on the welding of dissimilar magnesium-to-aluminum, magnesium-to-steel and aluminum-to-steel using ultrasonic spot welding will be presented.

Prof. Wojciech Grega
NGHeat Ltd, Krakow, Poland

Short Bio: Wojciech Grega, wgr@agh.edu.pl, PhD, DSc, Former  Full Professor of AGH University of Science and Technology  in Krakow: digital control, optimization methods, distributed control, energy  control systems, engineering education. Author and co-author of more than 150 papers and books. In 2005 he was conferred the Title of National Professor by the President of Poland. For over 30 years he  lectured at the AGH University of Science and Technology, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and supervising master's and doctoral dissertations. Professor  Grega supervised the total of 12 doctoral students as the primary advisor.
He was  coordinator or main researcher in 19 national and international projects. In the years  2007 - 2012 he was main coordinator of international Atlantis educational project.  Head of the Control Laboratory at AGH (2000-2018),  Head of the Faculty Commission for Education (2001-2009),  KIC InnoEnergy Poland  Educational Manger ( 2011-2015). In 2016-2019  he was elected chairman of IEEE Control Systems  Society, Polish Section. He was chairman and co-founder  of several international conferences, between them Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (2011-2017), European Conference on Design, Modeling and Optimization (2016-2020).
Currently, he is employed on a part-time basis  lecturing at  AGH University. He is  also  serving  as   Scientific Consultant for  Polish   innovative companies:  NGHeat (http://ngheat.pl/) , INTECO (http://www.inteco.com.pl/).

Speech Title: Power Scheduling for Public and Residential Buildings with Demand Response

Abstract: In 2021, households represented 27% of final energy consumption in EU. The main use of energy by households in the EU in 2021 was for heating their homes (64.4% of energy consumption in the residential sector), with renewables accounting for more than a quarter (27%) of EU households space heating consumption. Residential, public and commercial buildings can be divided into those with small-scale heating and cooling systems or large-scale district heating systems.
The residential sector is consuming around 29% of all electricity in the European Union, and it is expected that its electricity consumption will considerably increase because of the electrification of both the transport and the heating system. Generation and storage of electricity shall match the dynamic consumption of residential, industrial and other sectors at all times, regardless of fluctuations and high levels of unpredictability in the distribution grids. Here we also observe the problems of reducing operating costs and minimizing electrical energy consumption peaks, both on the small scale of a microgrid and on the large scale of an entire urban district.
Common to these sectors is the need to balance energy supply and demand.
To maintain the balance between electrical energy generated by energy providers and the electricity consumed, energy suppliers need to estimate the energy required by all consumer sectors on a broad range of time scales from seconds to days. Estimating the typical variations in the electricity demand over the course of a day yields a load profile, which can be attained through extracting a load profile from empirical data.
We observe similar phenomena in the production and distribution of heat energy. The energy load of District Heating System is also subject to large variations due to the fluctuating demands of customers. A District Heating System must be capable of meeting all such fluctuating energy demands.
Balancing of the grids has traditionally focused on Supply Side Management (SSM). Variable demand can be roughly achieved by overestimating energy supply based on historical data. Since the 21th century grid balancing has become less predictable with more variable renewable energy being installed into the grid (like wind and solar for electrical grid or solar collectors for heating systems).
Demand Side Management (DSM) means involvement of individual users demands in the optimization of the electricity or heat demand of the building. The idea of DSM is, that consideration of large number of small local decisions taken together, has a great impact of the overall system performance - if only coordinated control is implemented. DSM strategies can reduce the peak load of energy and change in real-time the shape of the load profile. DSM approach brings the demand and supply closer to a perceived optimum.
The presentation introduces a distinction between "primary system" - a basic infrastructure delivering housing utilities (thermal energy, electrical energy, water, natural gas ..) and "secondary system" information technology infrastructure transmitting and processing data obtained from the “primary system”. The functionality of both systems is very similar: the primary system produces, transmits, processes and consumes energy, the secondary system does the same with information.
The presentation will cover the following aspects:
(1) The methods of integrating the components of monitoring and control systems in energy distribution applications.
(2) New concepts and technologies supporting digital transformation in the energy sector. Between them Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing.
(3) Examples of digital systems that monitors and controls energy generation, storage and consumption within a household.