National Centre of Robotics & Automation (NCRA), NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (CEME), in collaboration with Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST), IEEE and IEEE Global Humanitarian Activities Committee organised the 3rd “International Conference on Robotics & Automation in Industry (ICRAI 2019)” at CEME, Rawalpindi, from October 21 to 22, 2019. This was the third ICRAI; the first and second were also organised by NUST CEME in 2012 and 2016, respectively. Dr Samar Mubarakmand (NI), Chairman Board of Directors, Punjab Mineral Company (PMC), Government of Punjab, graced the inaugural session as chief guest.
The conference provides an insightful understanding into the field of Robotics & Automation. It also serves as an opportunity to bridge the collaboration gap between industry and academia, and invokes better communication and relation between researchers, engineers, scientists, and industry.
Brig Dr Javaid Iqbal, the Conference Chair, stressed the need for regularly organising such conferences. He informed the audience that out of a total of 180 papers submitted for ICRAI 2019, the organising committee accepted only 54 papers that met the strict criteria for publication. The conference included Industrial Exhibition, Plenary Sessions, Seminars, and Keynote speeches.
ICRAI 2019 comprised 3 keynote speaker sessions. The first keynote speaker, Professor Peter Corke, a distinguished Professor of Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, graced the session with an informative lecture on machine vision and reinforced learning. The second keynote speaker, Prof Dr Karsten Berns, Professor at the University of Kaiserslautern, shared his views and research on autonomous vehicles. The third keynote speaker was Professor Jun-Ho Oh, who is a distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Humanoid Robot Research Centre (Hubo Lab) at Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST). He has performed many industry and government research projects in motion control, sensors, microprocessor applications, and robotics. He is especially interested in mechatronics and system integration.
October 24, 2019