Keynote Speakers

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 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 Fulei Chu
Tsinghua University, China

Fulei Chu received his PhD from Southampton University in UK. He is now a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the Vice President of the Chinese Society for Vibration Engineering (CSVE) and Chairman of the Technical Committee for Machine Fault Diagnostics of CSVE.

He serves as members of the editorial board for many journals, including Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Journal of Vibration Engineering, Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Vibration and Shock and others. His research interests include rotating machinery dynamics, machine condition monitoring and fault detection, nonlinear vibration and vibration control.

He has published more than 300 papers in peer reviewed journals, including 36 papers in the Journal of Sound and Vibration and 26 papers in the Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. He has also authored 3 books and edited 2 conference proceedings. He has received many awards in China, including the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Natural Science Foundation of China.

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 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.