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Prof. Michael Pecht
University of Maryland, USA
Chair Professor and Director Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) A. James Clark School of Engineering, USA
Prof Michael Pecht is a world renowned expert in reliability and risk assessment. Prof Pecht has a BS in Physics, an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS and PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Professional Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, an SAE Fellow and an IMAPS Fellow. He is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Access, and served as chief editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for nine years, and chief editor for Microelectronics Reliability for sixteen years. He has also served on three U.S. National Academy of Science studies, two US Congressional investigations in automotive safety, and as an expert to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is the founder and Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) at the University of Maryland, which is funded by over 150 of the world’s leading electronics companies at more than US$6M/year. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009 and the National Defense Industries Association Award. He is currently a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a Professor in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation at the University of Maryland. He has written more than twenty books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management. He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan and India. He has written over 700 technical articles and has 8 patents. He consults for 22 international companies. In 2015 he was awarded the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Award for visionary leadership in the development of physics-of-failure-based and prognostics-based approaches to electronic packaging reliability. He was also awarded the Chinese Academy of Sciences President's International Fellowship. In 2013, he was awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2011, he received the University of Maryland’s Innovation Award for his new concepts in risk management. In 2010, he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his innovations in the area of prognostics and systems health management. In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has previously received the European Micro and Nano-Reliability Award for outstanding contributions to reliability research, 3M Research Award for electronics reliability analysis, and the IMAPS William D. Ashman Memorial Achievement Award for his contributions in reliability assessment methods for electronics products and systems.
Speech Title: Why Suppliers Should No Longer Be Trusted for Reliable Products
Abstract: There has been an onslought of well-known suppliers and original equipment manufacturers that have engaged in deceptive practices, including falsifying product characteristics data and neglecting to report known defects. The paramount question now is whether any claim from any company can be trusted. This presentation presents recent examples of renowned companies that have publicly acknowledged deception in their supply of components and products, discusses the current state of practice in supply chain management, and provides guidelines for fraud detection and risk mitigation.
Prof. Enrico ZIO
Chair on Systems Science and the Energetic Challenger
EDF Fondation, CentraleSupélec, Paris
Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Enrico Zio (BSc in
nuclear engng., Politecnico di Milano, 1991; MSc in
mechanical engng., UCLA, 1995; PhD, in nuclear engng.,
Politecnico di Milano, 1995; PhD, in nuclear engng.,
MIT, 1998) is Director of the Chair in Complex Systems
and the Energetic Challenge of the European Foundation
for New Energy of Electricite’ de France (EDF) at Ecole
Centrale Paris and Supelec, full professor, President
and Rector's delegate of the Alumni Association and
past-Director of the Graduate School at Politecnico di
Milano, adjunct professor at University of Stavanger. He
is the Chairman of the European Safety and Reliability
Association ESRA, member of the scientific committee of
the Accidental Risks Department of the French National
Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, member
of the Korean Nuclear society and China Prognostics and
Health Management society, and past-Chairman of the
Italian Chapter of the IEEE Reliability Society. He is
serving as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on
Reliability and as editorial board member in various
international scientific journals, among which
Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Journal of
Risk and Reliability, International Journal of
Performability Engineering, Environment, Systems and
Engineering, International Journal of Computational
Intelligence Systems. He has functioned as Scientific
Chairman of three International Conferences and as
Associate General Chairman of two others. His research
focuses on the characterization and modeling of the
failure/repair/maintenance behavior of components,
complex systems and critical infrastructures for the
study of their reliability, availability,
maintainability, prognostics, safety, vulnerability and
security, mostly using a computational approach based on
advanced Monte Carlo simulation methods, soft computing
techniques and optimization heuristics. He is author or
co-author of five international books and more than 170
papers on international journals.
Prof. TANG Loon Ching
National University of Singapore, Singapore
TANG Loon Ching is Professor at the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) in National University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently Director of Temasek Defence Systems Institute and a member of the Advisory Board of the Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute. He has served as the Head of ISE Department from 2008-2015. LC Tang obtained his PhD in the field of operations research from Cornell University under the NUS Overseas Scholarship. He has published widely in many leading international journals in the field of IEOM. He was presented the IIE Transactions 2010 Best Application Paper Award and the prestigious Ralph A. Evans/P.K. McElroy Awards for the best paper presented at 2011 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium. The latter is the first time in its 58-year history that it went to authors affiliated to an Asian University. He is named 2014 IEOM Outstanding Educator by the IEOM Forum and is elected as the Fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management. Dr Tang is the Editor of Quality and Reliability Engineering International since January 2016 and has been on the editorial review board of the Journal of Quality Technology, the flagship journal of American Society for Quality, since 2006, among others. He is the main author of the book: Six Sigma: Advanced Tools for Black Belts and Master Black Belts (which won the inaugural Masing Book Prize by International Academy of Quality); and a co-author of Markov- Modulated Processes and Semiregenerative phenomena.Speech Title: Degradation Modeling and Reliability Testing: Research Developments & Trends
Abstract: In recent years, degradation modeling for equipment prognostic health monitoring (PHM) and accelerated degradation testing has become an intensive area of research. This presentation will give a historical account of degradation modeling since the 80s and how it evolved over time. The main focus will be on both its theoretical development as well as its applications in reliability testing. Some milestone papers will be highlighted during the presentation.
Prof. Rui Kang
Beihang University, China
Rui Kang received his bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987 and 1990 from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronaustic(BUAA,Beijing,China) respectively. In 1990, he joined BUAA as an assistant engineer. Now he is Tenured Full Professor in School of Reliability and Systems Engineering and Chief Engineer in Reliability Engineering Institute of Beihang University(the original name is BUAA). He is Director of Center for Resilience and Safety of Critical Infrastructure (CRESCI) and Sino-French Risk Science and Engineering Lab. He is the Chairman of the academic committee of National Key Laboratory for Reliability and Environment Engineering. He is the Vice Chairman of the expert committee on reliability promotion of China Association for Quality(CAQ).He is associate editor (AE) of IEEE Transaction on Reliability (ITR) and Journal of Risk and Reliability (JRR). His main research interests include reliability and resilience for critical infrastructures, system prognosis and health management. He is the founder of the theory of Belief Reliability. He has developed six courses include Advanced Reliability Theory, Ecosystem of Reliability, Introduction to Failurology and so on. He published eight books include Failure Diagnosis/Prognosis and Health Management System, Reliability Testing Methodology for Cyber Physical System, Foundation of Reliability & Maintenability & Supportability and so on. He has published more than 200 papers. He received several awards from the China government for his outstanding scientific contributions such as Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program of Ministry of Education of China and China's National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes.
Speech Title: A Short Introduction to Belief Reliability
Abstract: Measuring system reliability by a reasonable metric is a basic problem in reliability science. Since the real systems are usually uncertain random systems which are affected by both aleatory and epistemic uncertainties. This lecture aims to introduce a new reliability metric, named belief reliability, which is defined as the chance that a system state is within a feasible domain. Mathematically, the metric can degenerate to either probability theory-based reliability, which mainly copes with aleatory uncertainty, or uncertainty theory-based reliability, which mainly considers the effect of epistemic uncertainty. Based on the proposed metric, some commonly used belief reliability indexes, such as belief reliability distribution, mean time to failure and belief reliable life, are introduced. We also develop some system belief reliability formulas for different systems configurations. To further illustrate the formulas, a real case study is finally performed in this lecture.
Prof. Min XIE
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
M. Xie received his PhD in Quality Technology from Linkoping University, Sweden in 1987. He did his undergraduate study and received MSc from Royal Inst of Technology in Sweden in 1984. Prior to that, he was a student for a year at Univ of Science and Technology of China, after receiving the highest score in a nation-wide examination to the gifted program in 1978. Prof Xie joined the National Univ of Singapore in 1991 and in May 2011, he moved to City Univ of Hong Kong as Chair professor of industrial engineering. Prof Xie has published about 300 SCI journal papers and 8 books, including "Advanced QFD Applications" by ASQ Press, "Weibull Models" by Wiley, "Statistical Models and Control Charts for High Quality Processes" by Kluwer, "Stochastic Aging and Dependence for Reliability" by Springer. Over 50 PhD students have graduated under his supervision. Prof Xie is an editor, associate editor and on the editorial board of many established international journals. Prof Xie was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2005.
Speech Title: Reliability and Quality Engineering from a Systems Perspective
Abstract: Reliability is the most important quantitative measure of product quality for complex system. System level analysis is now a challenging and urgent issue because of an increased system complexity and rapid technological development. We will discuss some of the issues of reliability engineering from a systems perspective, and also in the context of quality engineering which is important in service oriented systems. For large and complex systems, the lack of time for system testing and the dependence of various components in the system are examples of issues that should be considering in system modelling and analysis. System maintenance procedures combined with various warranty policies are some other issues related to system level decisions, and they need to be studied so that the users can be provided with a high level of quality service.
Prof. Sebastian MARTORELL, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Prof. Sebastián Martorell is Full Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Director of the Radiation Service and Ex-Director of the Chemical and Nuclear Department at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. Prof. Martorell received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de València in 1991. Head of the MEDASEGI research group, his research areas are probabilistic and deterministic safety analysis, uncertainties, risk-informed decision making, and RAMS modelling and optimization. In the past 27 years, he has served as consultant to governmental national and international agencies, nuclear facilities and private organizations in areas related to risk and safety analysis, especially applications to safety system design and testing and maintenance optimization of nuclear power plants. Prof. Martorell has taken part as Main Researcher in 64 national and international research projects and contracts. Prof. Martorell`s publications include 122 SCI and JCR papers in journals and proceedings of conferences in various areas of reliability, maintainability, availability, safety and risk engineering (h-index 23, about 1500 citations in WOS). He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Reliability Engineering and System Safety International Journal. He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Risk and Reliability. Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O. He has been Vice-Chairman of European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA).
Speech Title: Risk Informed Improvement to Surveillance and Maintenance of Safety Equipment
Abstract: Risk Management Surveillance and Maintenance (RMSM) can be used to emphasize the goal of constructing maintenance activities that reinforce the pro-active management of the total risk presented by the plant configurations and actions that may be needed to respond to emergency conditions at Nuclear Power Plants (NPP). These improvements are intended to maintain or improve safety while reducing unnecessary burden. In particular, the goal of surveillance is to provide adequate assurance of the availability and reliability of equipment needed to prevent and, if necessary, mitigate accidents and transients. Maintenance shares this same goal but operates at a more fundamental level with a dynamic and more comprehensive process.
The RMSM challenge is more relevant in the context of 2020 horizon to maintain fission technologies competitiveness, where many NPP will be operating close to the end of their design life. In this context, surveillance and maintenance activities are crucial for the detection and mitigation of ageing and other degradation mechanisms acting at NPP. So that, Surveillance and maintenance policies implemented at NPP must be re-analyzed in the light of the risk-impact of NPP ageing and degradation in this time horizon.
Prof. Yi Ding, Zhejiang University, China
Yi Ding is a Professor in the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University (ZJU), also a scholar of Thousand Talent Program for Young Outstanding Scientists of China. Before he joined in ZJU, he was an Associate Professor in Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He also held academic positions in University of Alberta, Canada and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was a Consultant as Energy Economist for Asian Development Bank in 2010. He is editorial member of international journals of Electric Power System Research and Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, respectively. He is also a guest editor for the special section of IEEE Trans. on Power Systems. He published more than 80 academic papers in some prestigious journals and conferences and coauthored one book devoted to multi-state system risk evaluation and optimization. His research areas include power system planning and reliability evaluation, smart grid and complex system risk assessment. He was a task leader of EU FP7 project “EcoGrid EU” – A Prototype for European Smart Grids for designing a real time market for integrating distributed energy resources and small end-consumers for future power systems. Since he joined in ZJU, he has been the PI and Co-PI of several NSFC projects focusing on reliability evaluation of smart grid. He has consulted for Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) for planning future Chicness energy systems.
Speech Title: Reliability assessment of data storage in cyber physical systems
Abstract: With the deep integration of cyber physical systems, data storage systems might suffer from both physical failures and cyber attacks which significantly impact the systems' reliability. The data can be partitioned into several data parts to enhance data security and multiple replications can be created for each data part in the storage systems. In this paper, both the failures of data storage devices and cyber attacks including data theft and data corruption are considered in the proposed system model. Moreover, the multi-valued decision diagram (MDD) technique is developed for considering chronological characteristics of sequential events to achieve the quantitative reliability assessment. A numerical example is provided to validate the proposed model and method.
Prof. Dr. Francesca Saglietti, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Francesca Saglietti heads the Chair of Software Engineering at the
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Before being appointed
full professor in 2001, she had gained over 16 years experience in
industrial research focused on the evaluation of software reliability
and fault tolerance for safety-critical applications. She received
her academic degrees in mathematics and computer science (diploma,
doctoral and habilitation degrees) from the Technical University of
Munich. Presently, she serves as the chair of the European Workshop
on Industrial Computer Systems, Technical Committee on Reliability,
Safety and Security (EWICS TC7).
Speech Title: Smart Tests Targeting the Detection of Software Vulnerabilities
Abstract: The behaviour of safety-critical cyber-physical systems may be jeopardized by the intentional activation of software vulnerabilities known to potential attackers and capable of triggering unwarranted effects. Classical examples of attacks exploiting the presence of software vulnerabilities consist of provoking buffer overflows or underflows such as to enable the illegal overwriting of memory space by malicious code. Although meanwhile well-known, such attacks are still widespread and menacing the operation of power plants. For this reason, the design of verification techniques aimed at the detection of such vulnerabilities by combining systematic constraints and heuristic search is being investigated within the research cooperation SMARTEST sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. The talk will report on experiences, insights and results gained hereby.