Technology Lecture on Decision and Control for Green and Sustainable Manufacturing

Date: 19 May 2010 - 19 May 2010

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Green manufacturing is a term spanning every aspect of the manufacturing life cycle, including product design, supply chain management, manufacturing assembly, product diagnostics and remaining useful life prediction, and safe disposal.  All phases must be confronted in an integrated manner to reduce the overall lifecycle footprint of man-made products on the environmental landscape of the planet. Modern day requirements for high performance and reliability in networked systems of resources while meeting standards of reduced environmental impact and sustainability require new methods for decision and control. This talk is designed to survey some of the main ideas in green manufacturing and sustainability.  An overview systems approach to green design will be sketched out.  This includes sensors and methods for measurement of energy utilisation in manufacturing processes on the factory shop floor facility, decision-making for lean aware routing and processing, flow and dispatching control for agile systems, and diagnostics and prognostics during product lifetime.  Proper approaches should facilitate power and thermal-aware job scheduling to minimise energy consumption in green manufacturing facilities. Participants will gain a better understanding of mega-hoist factories with reduced land footprint, and plug-and-play factory of the future for multiple manufacturing users.

About the Speaker

Professor Frank L Lewis received the BS degree in physics/electrical engineering, the MSEE degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, the MS degree in aeronautical engineering from University of West Florida, Pensacola, and the PhD degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He works on feedback control, intelligent systems, and sensor networks. He is author of six patents, 209 journal papers, 328 conference papers, 12 books, 41 chapters, and 11 journal special issues. Dr Lewis is a Fellow of IFAC, Fellow of the UK Institute of Measurement and Control, PE Texas, UK Chartered Engineer, a Distinguished Scholar Professor and Moncrief-O’Donnell Chair at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Automation and Robotics Research Institute. He received the Fulbright Research Award, NSF Research Initiation Grant, ASEE Terman Award, the 2008 Int. Neural Network Society Gabor Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Dallas IEEE Section. He was selected as Engineer of the Year by the Ft.Worth IEEE Section. Listed in the Ft.Worth Business Press Top 200 Leaders in Manufacturing. He was appointed to the NAE Committee on Space Station in 1995. He is an elected Guest Consulting Professor at both South China University of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Founding Member of the Board of Governors of the Mediterranean Control Association. He has won several accolades, including the IEEE Control Systems Society Best Chapter Award (as Founding Chairman of the DFW Chapter), the National Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Chapter (as President of the UTA Chapter), and the US SBA Tibbets Award in 1996 (as Director of ARRI’s SBIR Program).

1.30pm:   Registration & Networking

2.00pm:   Lecture by Professor Frank Lewis

4.00pm:   Refreshments     

Who Should Attend
Research academic staff, students, senior management, R&D managers and engineering professionals. 

Registration for this seminar is free of charge. Seats are confirmed on first-come, first-served basis.  

For technical enquiries:
Ms Zhou Junhong, Senior Research Engineer, Tel: 6793 8289;

For general enquiries:
Alice Koh, Tel: 6793 8249; Email: