Technology Lecture on Moving Technology from Lab to Industry

Date: 18 Jul 2005 - 18 Jul 2005

Venue: SIMTech, Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3


The genesis of a variety of technologies in industrial automation can be traced back to projects in university laboratories. Transfer of such technologies into practical products and applications is a process that is neither quick nor straightforward. While there are many advantages to technology development in an academic environment, many obstacles exist in transferring the developed technologies to industries and other practical applications. The talk will highlight these advantages and obstacles, with focus on the technologies of robotics and automation. Several industrial applications of intelligent robotics have been developed in the Industrial Automation Laboratory, University of British Columbia, under the leadership of the speaker. Some of them involve object handling, inspection, processing, and repair. The talk will present a representative set of applications, with the associated tasks of technology development, implementation, evaluation and transfer.

About Prof de Silva

Clarence W de Silva, PEng, Fellow ASME and Fellow IEEE, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and has occupied the NSERC Research Chair in Industrial Automation since 1988. He has earned PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978) and the University of Cambridge, England (1998). De Silva has also occupied the Mobil Endowed Chair Professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He is recipient of the Killam Research Prize, Outstanding Engineering Educator Award of IEEE Canada, Education Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Automation Congress, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Meritorious Achievement Award of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, and the Outstanding Contribution Award of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). De Silva has authored or co-authored 16 technical books, 12 edited volumes, over 160 journal papers, and about 200 conference papers and book chapters. He has served on the editorial boards of twelve international journals, in particular as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Intelligent Engineering Systems, Senior Technical Editor of Measurements and Control, and Regional Editor, North America, of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence -- the IFAC International Journal of Intelligent Real-Time Automation. De Silva is a Lilly Fellow, Senior Fulbright Fellow to Cambridge University, Fellow of the Advanced Systems Institute of British Columbia, and a Killam Fellow.

Who should attend

  • research scientists & engineers
  • R&D managers & engineers
  • academic and students involved in research & development

This lecture is non-chargeable.

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