Centre for Intelligent Systems Research

Selected Keynote Presentations & Invited Talks



Past Keynote Presentations

Conference: World Automation Congress, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Date: 24-28 June 2012
Details: World Automation Congress 2012 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Airport Security Analysis through Simulation Modeling and Information Reuse
 Abstract:

Airport security is a critical issue for many countries and numerous security measures have been implemented to protect passengers, staff and aircraft. While individual subsystems are being enhanced in the hope of improving the overall security, i.e. the use of EDS (Explosive Detection Systems) in baggage handling systems, a holistic view is required of such a complex environment. This talk will focus on the importance of information reuse, simulation modeling and analysis of airport operations in providing a greater understanding of airport security.


Conference: World Congress on Information and Communication Technologies (WICT 2011), Mumbai, India
Date: 11-14 December 2011
Details: WICT 2011 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Knowledge Management in Process Control using Simulation and Modelling techniques
 Abstract:

Retaining knowledge in companies often is a major challenge as there are very few formal tools available to achieve this. Capturing the appropriate knowledge about the organisation on the other hand has proved to be one of the greatest barriers. This talk will highlight challenges and devise a mechanism on how this can be achieved through simulation and modelling techniques for complex engineered systems. Through real world industry case studies the concept will be demonstrated step by step, highlighting all aspects of data capture, information processing and knowledge management for key decision-making processes demonstrating their effect on a company's bottom line.


Conference: World Automation Congress, Kobe, Japan
Date: 19-23 September 2010
Details: World Automation Congress 2010 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Haptics and Virtual Reality in Modern Manufacturing
 Abstract:

Product assembly is one of the most studied processes in modern manufacturing. In recent years a number of computer based virtual reality systems have been proposed, developed and adopted by the manufacturing industries. Such systems have major advantages over conventional training practices for product assembly. Significant cost savings can be realized due to shorter training-scenario development times and reuse of existing engineering math models. In addition, the time span from the product design to full production can be shortened due to non-reliance on actual components and subsystems for training.

Such training systems are effective if the knowledge required to be transferred is just process sequence such as assembly sequence. However, knowledge transfer for procedural and cognitive learning as well as skills development is very limited, due to the lack of user interactivity and immersion.

This talk will focus on a research technology platform where haptics and virtual reality are integrated to create an effective environment for production assembly operators’ training. In this system virtual reality provides the grounds for realistic visualisation, as well as immersion, whereas haptics enforces physical constraints within the virtual world generating the feelings of realistic interaction, making it accessible for formal learning and better understanding during task performance.

The developed research technology platform imitates real physical training scenarios by providing comprehensive user interaction, constrained within the physical limitations of the real world. Through the utilisation of a haptics device, providing realistic force feedback, users are able to engage in product assembly training with a stronger sense of ‘reality’.


Conference: 14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES'2010), Cardiff, Wales, UK
Date: 8, 9 & 10 September 2010
Details: KES 2010 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Knowledge Visualisation for Engineered Systems
 Abstract:

In this information age computer modelling and simulation is proving an indispensable tool for system design, operation, analysis, decision-making, optimisation, education and training. World leading operations are increasingly relying on modelling and simulation to develop more efficient systems and to produce higher quality products and services. Modelling and simulation allows scientists and engineers a better understanding of three-dimensional and time-dependent phenomena, as well as providing a platform for predicting future behaviour. This talk will focus on the challenges associated with the modelling and simulation of engineered systems and discuss how knowledge visualisation can provide effective communication to various levels of organisational management.


Conference: Integrated Systems Design and Technology (ISDT 2009), Anchorage, Alaska
Date: 11-14 May 2009
Details: ISDT 2009 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Haptically Enabled Interactive Virtual Reality for Knowledge Capture, transfer and visualization
 Abstract:

Virtual reality and haptics are proving to become novel tools in knowledge capturing and consequent intuitive interaction and visualization for maximum knowledge transfer.

The manufacturing industry has long realized the potential and has reaped the benefits of using virtual reality as training tools due to their potential advantages over the conventional training practices. Automotive industries are considered to be the leaders in applying virtual reality technology for real-world, non-trivial problems. Significant cost savings have been achieved due to the shorter training-scenarios development times and reuse of existing engineering models. In addition, virtual reality systems has proven to shorten the time span from computer aided product design (using commercial 3D engineering tools for digital mock-ups) to commercial production due to non-reliance on the hardware.

Currently employed VR systems are effective if the knowledge required to be transferred is just operational sequence. Knowledge transfer capabilities of virtual reality systems, for procedural learning and cognitive skills development, are very limited due to the lack of interactivity and immersion.

This talk will focus on research technology platform where VR and haptics are integrated to create an environment for knowledge capture and visualization as well as knowledge transfer. Virtual reality provides grounds for realistic visualization, as well as immersion, considered to be important in creating sense of engagement and perception, whereas, haptics enforces physical constraints within the virtual world generating the feelings of realistic interaction. Both technologies, in complementary way, give rise to systems capable of maximum knowledge transfer and better understanding of the tasks. Studies show that virtual environments with integrated haptic feedback can evoke the implicit embodied knowledge, making it accessible for formal learning and better understanding during task performance.


Conference: International Joint Conference on Knowledge Management for Composite Materials (KMCM 2008), Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: 8-11 July 2008
Details: KMCM 2008 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Knowledge Visualisation for Large Complex Systems
 Abstract:

One of the indispensable tools of the information age is computer modelling and simulation. It is used extensively in design, operations, analysis, decision-making, optimisation, and education and training. World class operations rely heavily upon simulation to develop efficient systems and operations that produce quality products and services. Computer simulation enables scientists and engineers to better comprehend and predict three-dimensional and time-dependent phenomena in science and engineering disciplines.

This talk will focus on challenges associated with modelling and simulation of large complex systems and how best the knowledge can be visualised and used as a means of communication to various levels of management in any organisation.


Conference: International Joint Conference on Knowledge Management for Composite Materials (KMCM 2007), Dusseldorf, Germany
Date: 3-6 July 2007
Details: KMCM 2007 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Knowledge management in product design and process control through simulation modelling and analysis
 Abstract:

Knowledge often gets lost if it is not captured in a timely manner and managed adequately and appropriately in many industries. This talk will focus on embedding knowledge in processes and products through the use of simulation based optimization to streamline production systems while improving product quality. New tools and techniques developed to achieve an integrated rapid modelling of product and processes will be examined. Industry based case studies will be used to demonstrate the mechanism of knowledge capture on a series of processes and products. State of the art simulation tools are used to show how product design and process simulation can be integrated to increase the system profitably while improving the product quality.


Conference: SimTecT 2006, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Date: 29 May - 1 June 2006
Details: SimTecT 2006 Keynote Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Modelling and Simulation for Manufacturing Systems - Challenges and Benefits
 Abstract:

Computer modelling and simulation is an indispensable tool of the information age, used extensively in design, analysis, operations, decision-making, optimization, and education and training. Manufacturing, production and design relies upon simulation to develop efficient production systems and factories that produce quality products. Computer simulation allows scientists and engineers to understand and predict three-dimensional and time-dependent phenomena in science and engineering discipline. This talk will focus on challenges associated with modelling and simulation in the manufacturing sector and through a number of case studies highlights the benefits gained through the use of such technologies.


Past Invited Talks

Event: Inaugural Harrison Lecture For Innovation
Presented By: The Smart Geelong Network in partnership with The Geelong Advertiser, City of Greater Geelong and The National Wool Museum
Date: Thursday 13 November 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: National Wool Museum, corner of Brougham & Moorabool Streets, Geelong
Details: Event Program (588 KB)
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Event: Associates & Technologists Cocktail Function - An evening at Chisholm Institute's Centre for Integrated Engineering & Science
Presented By: Chisholm Institute and Engineers Australia Victoria Division
Date: Thursday 13 November 2012
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Chisholm Institute, 121 Stud Road Dandenong - Building V, Room V114
Details: Event Program (147 KB)
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Conference: SimTecT 2012 - Asia-Pacific Simulation and Training Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia
Presented By: Simulation Australia
Date: 18-21 June 2012
Details: SimTecT 2012 Invited Speakers
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Conference: Integrated Systems Design and Technology (ISDT 2012), Mallorca, Spain
Date: 12-15 May 2012
Details: ISDT 2012 Invited Speakers
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Event: Industry Innovation Program Briefing Session
Presented By: Geelong Manufacturing Council
Date: Thursday 12 April 2012
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Geelong Technology Precinct, Deakin University
Details: Event Program (238 KB)
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Conference: International Workshop on Biologically Inspired System Science, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Date: 1-3 March 2012
Details: Invited Speakers
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Event: Knowledge Management & Manufacturing Enterprise - Knox Innovation Series 2011
Presented By: The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM)
Date: Thursday 9 June 2011
Time: 5:30 pm for 6:00 pm start to 8:30 pm
Location: Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway Wantirna South Venue Map
Details: Event Program (16 KB)
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Event: Breakfast Forum - Smart Futures: Connecting Physical and Virtual Worlds
Presented By: Industry Advisory Network, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology,
                        University of Technology, Sydney
Date: Friday 20 May 2011
Time: 7:00 am for 7:30 am start to 9:45 am
Location: Aerial Function Centre, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo (Building 10, Level 7), Broadway Campus, UTS
Details: Event Program (16 KB)
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Conference: 1st Australasian Cold Spray Conference (Cold Spray 2011), Melbourne, Australia
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2011
Details: Cold Spray 2011 Conference Program
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: Benefits Gained from Modeling and Simulation for Manufacturing Systems
 Abstract:

With the rapid advancement of software and hardware technologies 3D Modeling and Simulation is providing a sound foundation upon which industrial processes and systems can be transformed. This talk will expose issues and challenges associated with modelling and simulation of large scale manufacturing systems through a number of case studies to highlight the benefits gained through the use of simulation.


Invited Presentation: University of South Florida, USA
Date: Friday 3 December 2010
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Invited Presentation: Fukuda Laboratory, Nagoya University, Japan
Date: September 2010
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Event: Human Machine Interface Seminar
Presented By: SAE Australasia and AutoCRC
Date: Monday 28 June 2010
Time: 9.30am - 4.15pm
Location: 574 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne
Details: Event Program (489 KB)
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi


Invited Presentation: ACE Laboratory and IEEE CTS SMC Chapter, UTSA, San Antonio, TX, USA
Date: 16 December 2009
Presenter: Doug Creighton
Title: Innovation in data Driver Modelling: Processes, Facilities and Infrastructure Systems


Invited Presentation: Aviation Security Advisory Forum Technology and Research Task Group
Date: 2009
Presenter: Doug Creighton


Invited Presentation: Air Cargo Security Industry Working Group
Date: 2008
Presenter: Doug Creighton


Invited Presentation: Robotics Research Group, University of Technology, Sydney
Details: Robotics Research Group Invited Presentations
Date: Thursday 19 August 2004
Time:1:00pm
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: A Novel, Highly Programmable Interactive Surface
 Abstract:

The idea of the project is the creation of a dynamically responsive surface that configures in real-time according to input from a variety of electronic inputs (movements, sound, etc). As such, it can be thought of as a three-dimensional screen, but one that can be attuned to its surrounding environment, creating the potential of a physically responsive architecture. It may also be used to display text or images, responding rapidly enough to be able to map the movements and sounds of people. Therefore, it can function alternately as a tactile mirror and an information surface, the architecture coming into being 'as event' only through interaction with people. Conceptually, the project takes the calculating speed of the computer into three-dimensional space, using a matrix of actuators to deform a pliable surface in response to 'real-time' events. The principle of coordinated 3-dimensional variability evidently extends to a wide range of possible applications. It may serve, for instance, to open and close elements of the facade of a building which would respond to climatic conditions as a "breathing skin", continually recalibrating according to detected changes in ambient weather.


Event: BISC FLINT-CIBI International Joint Workshop on Soft Computing for Internet and Bioinformatics Frontiers
Location: University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
Date: 15-19 December 2003
Details: Invited Presentations
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi
Title: An Evolutionary Computing Approach to Minimize Dynamic Hedging Error
 Abstract:

The objective of our present paper is to derive a computationally efficient genetic pattern learning algorithm to evolutionarily derive the optimal rebalancing weights (i.e. dynamic hedge ratios) to engineer a structured financial product out of a multi-asset, best-of option. The stochastic target function is formulated as an expected squared cost of hedging (tracking) error which is assumed to be partly dependent on the governing Markovian process underlying the individual asset returns and partly on randomness i.e. pure white noise. A simple haploid genetic algorithm is advanced as an alternative numerical scheme, which is deemed to be computationally more efficient than numerically deriving an explicit solution to the formulated optimization model. An extension to our proposed scheme is suggested by means of adapting the Genetic Algorithm parameters based on fuzzy logic controllers.


Invited Presentation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena , USA
Date: July 2002
Presenter: Saeid Nahavandi

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