Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrew Ball
University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Professor Andrew Ball is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Diagnostic Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 1987, with a first class honours in Mechanical Engineering. He then joined the Total Technology Scheme at the University of Manchester, from which he graduated in 1991 with a PhD in Machinery Condition Monitoring.

Andrew then took the Shell sponsored lectureship in Maintenance Engineering at the University of Manchester; he was promoted to Professor of Maintenance Engineering in 1999, and was the Head of School of the Manchester School of Engineering from 2003 to 2004. In 2005 he became Dean of Graduate Education and thereafter Dean of Research and in late-2007 he moved to the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Diagnostic Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Andrew’s personal research expertise is in the detection and diagnosis of faults in mechanical, electrical and electro-hydraulic machines, in data analysis and signal processing, and in measurement systems and sensor development. He is the author of over 300 technical and professional publications, and he has spent a large amount of time lecturing and consulting to industry in all parts of the world.

Andrew will soon graduate his 100th research degree. He has acted as external examiner at over 50 international institutions, holds visiting and honorary positions at 5 overseas universities, sits on 3 large corporate scientific advisory boards, and is also a Registered Expert Witness in 3 countries.

Professor Younho Cho
Pusan National University, South Korea

Younho Cho received his BSc at the department of mechanical engineering, Yonsei University and MSc subsequently in the graduate school at the same university, majoring in fatigue and fracture. He earned his PhD at the engineering science and mechanics department at Pennsylvania State University, studying ultrasonic guided wave NDE/SHM.

He is now a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering in Pusan National University, South Korea. He had also spent many years in the past at Pennsylvania State University and Northwestern University as research and visiting professors, respectively. His research includes ultrasonic wave modeling, guided wave tomography, long range NDE/SHM and nonlinear ultrasonic wave applications.

He has given keynote and invited speeches via a number of major academic/society meetings in related fields such as the 17th WCNDT in Durban, South Africa (2012), the 15th APCNDT in Singapore (2017), FENDT conferences, SPIE, and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He is presently serving as the President of the 20th WCNDT to be held in Seoul, South Korea in June 2020 and is also an Associate Editor for the journal, Ultrasonics, for the past 7 years. He is an Executive Committee Member of the International Committee for NDT (ICNDT) chairing its Working Group on NDE Education and Research, and a Board Member of the International Congress of Ultrasonics (ICU). He is also a Vice President and Fellow of the Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing (KSNT), as well as a Board Member of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME).

Professor Tat-Hean Gan
Brunel University London, United Kingdom

Tat-Hean Gan graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He went on to pursue his MSc degree  in  Advanced  Mechanical  Engineering  and  graduated  with  a  distinction from the University of Warwick in 1998, and  continued  his  PhD  studies in Engineering specialising in advanced ultrasonic imaging at the same university. In 2006, he completed his Executive MBA degree at the University of Birmingham.

He has worked as an academic and in industry for many years.  He has published more than 100 papers and has contributed to several books in the field of non-destructive testing (NDT) and condition monitoring.  Tat-Hean is currently a Professor at Brunel University London, where he is also the chair of acoustic Waves Technologies in the School of Engineering and Design. He is also the Director of the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC).

His research interest is in signal and image processing, sensor development, artificial intelligence, digital twin, asset integrity management and structural assessment. He was a recipient of The Welding Institute Lidstone Award who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the advancement of welding technology. He has obtained his CEng, EurIng and IntPE(UK) status and he is also Fellows of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, International Society of Condition Monitoring, International Society of Engineering Asset Management and the Welding Institute.

Tat-Hean is also an Associate Director at TWI Ltd., and Technology Director of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the UK's first industry-led postgraduate education and research centre in structural integrity. Recently he has been appointed as the Programme Director of the Nonmetallic Innovation (NIC), a collaboration between TWI, Saudi Aramco Technologies and ADNOC, to develop flexible pipe composites for oil and gas applications.

Professor Stephan Heyns
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Stephan Heyns is Professor and Director of the Centre for Asset Integrity Management in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1977, followed by his Master’s degree in 1982 and his PhD in 1988, also from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

His personal research focuses on machine and structural health monitoring using vibration measurement and analysis techniques including optical measurement techniques, as well physical asset integrity management, and the use of machine learning and signal processing techniques in these applications. 

His current work includes structural integrity monitoring in turbomachinery using non-contact measurement, gear and bearing condition monitoring, and the use of optical measurement techniques for structural integrity assessment. He is an accredited researcher with the National Research Foundation in South Africa, a registered professional engineer in South Africa, as well as a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management and Honorary Fellow of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Professor Robert Randall
University of New South Wales, Australia

Bob Randall is a visiting Emeritus Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, which he joined as a Senior Lecturer in 1988. Prior to that, he worked for the Danish company Brüel & Kjær for 17 years, after ten years’ experience in the chemical and rubber industries in Australia, Canada and Sweden. His book “Frequency Analysis”, published by Brüel & Kjær in 1977 with a new edition in 1987, was widely distributed around the world.

He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 2001, and was made an Emeritus Professor on his retirement in 2008. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Arts (Mathematics, Swedish) from the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively. He is the invited author of chapters on vibration measurement and analysis in a number of handbooks and encyclopedias, and a member of the editorial boards of three journals. His book Vibration-based Condition Monitoring was published in 2011 by Wiley.  He is the author of more than 300 papers in the fields of vibration analysis and machine diagnostics, and has supervised seventeen PhD projects in those areas.  

From 1996 to 2011 he was Director of the DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation) Centre of Expertise in Helicopter Structures and Diagnostics at UNSW, with the main effort on diagnostics and prognostics of gears and bearings in helicopter gearboxes and gas turbine engines. He is still active in research, for example being a co-author of fourteen journal papers in the last two years.

Professor Gongtian Shen
China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute, China

Gongtian Shen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Doctorate degree, majoring in materials processing engineering. He served as deputy director of the Chinese Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI), is the President of the Chinese Society for Nondestructive Testing, the Chairman of ISO/TC135/SC9 (Acoustic Emission Testing) and the Honorary President of the International Society on Acoustic Emission.

Gongtian has been engaged in inspection, non-destructive testing and condition monitoring technology research and application for pressure equipment, cranes, amusement rides and passenger ropeways. He has presided over more than 20 national research projects including methods such as acoustic emission testing, infrared thermal imaging testing, eddy current testing, magnetic leakage testing, ultrasonic testing, electromagnetic guided wave testing and magnetic memory testing and he has made many research achievements and developments in a variety of advanced NDT and CM equipment.

Gongtian has drafted more than 30 national standards of amusement rides and non-destructive testing and more than 100 articles have been published. He has won two Second Class National Science and Technology Progress Awards and five First Class Provincial Science and Technology Progress Awards.

Professor Tomoki Shiotani
Kyoto University, Japan

Tomoki Shiotani is Professor of Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, as well as Vice Director of Infra-System Management Unit, Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research in Kyoto University. He got B.E. and M.E. degrees both from The University of Tokushima, and was awarded Ph.D. from Kumamoto University. After working in general contractor as well as Senior Research Fellow in Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), He joined in Kyoto University as an Associate Professor in 2007. From 2010, he was also appointed as an Associate Professor of Business School of Kyoto University. In 2014, he became a Professor of the laboratory on innovative technologies for infrastructures in Kyoto University.

His research fields are involved in advanced NDT to assess such infrastructures as road bridges, dam, tunnels and so forth. Fibre optical sensing, elastic wave approaches including acoustic emission (AE) are his principal fields and well known worldwide in AE science for damage index and methodology to quantify damage, namely improved b-value and AE tomography.

Not only in AE division of Japanese Society of Non-Destructive Testing (JSNDI) but also in Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG), USA, he served as chairman. He is also known as a contributor to establish the International Institute of Innovative Acoustic Emission (IIIAE), consisting of three major AE groups of Japan, USA and Europe, and lead the first IIIAE Kyoto conference successful as an organizing chair in 2016. His recent interest covers the life-cycle evaluation of infrastructures with NDT so that he established relevant TC-269IAM, RILEM (France) as chairman. He has published more than 200 reviewed papers and holds more than 40 patents. He was a convener to lead three JP proposed ISO standards on AE testing to publication in 2019. He has received a lot of awards such as four NDT awards from Structural Faults & Repair Conference, UK, 2008, 2013, 2016 and 2018. He is also medalists of AEWG of USA, Fellow Award in 2013, Joseph Kaiser Achievement Award in 2017 and Gold Medal, highest award of AEWG in 2019.

Professor Zhongqing Su
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR

Zhongqing Su is a Professor affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong, and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonics (Elsevier). In PolyU, he leads a group dedicated to a wide array of research and development pertaining to guided-ultrasonic-wave-based structural health monitoring (SHM) and damage identification, with both fundamental investigations and real-world engineering applications. He earned his PhD in 2004 from School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at The University of Sydney, Australia.

His research interests lie primarily in the area of SHM, ultrasonics, wave propagation, sensor and sensor network, non-destructive evaluation, smart materials and structures, advanced composite materials. Apart from his appointment as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonics, Professor Su has also been an Associate Editor for Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal (SAGE) since 2016, and ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems (ASME) since 2017. He served Journal of Sound and Vibration (Elsevier) as a Subject Editor in 2016-2018. As at the end of 2018, Prof. Su is the author/co-author of 2 research monographs, 5 edited books and international conference proceedings, 6 book chapters, and over 260 refereed papers including around 150 papers in top-tier SCI journals.

Professor Su was the General Chair of the 7th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring which was successfully held in Hong Kong in 2018. He has been the Co-chair of SPIE Conference on Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems (SPIE Conference Series on Smart Structures/NDE) since 2018. In addition, he is also an elected member of the Steering Committee of the European Workshop on SHM (EWSHM), and the Scientific Committee of the Asia-Pacific Workshop on SHM (APWSHM). In recognition of his achievements in the field of SHM and scientific contributions to the SHM society, Professor Su received the “Structural Health Monitoring - Person of the Year (SHM-POY) Award” in 2012.