Invited Speakers

Lecturer Dr. ZHANG Hongying, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography: Dr ZHANG Hongying joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Lecturer in Mar 2021. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, in 2013. She began her doctoral research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in the same year. Following her research supervisor, she then joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) to continue her PhD study in 2014 after a year of study in Hong Kong. At NUS, she worked on design, analysis, and manufacturing of topology-optimized soft robots and wearable dielectric sensors. Sponsored by the Facebook Virtual Reality Lab, Dr Zhang joined Prof Jamie Paik’s group (Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a postdoctorate researcher in 2018. At EPFL, Dr Zhang has led the work on developing methodologies to analyze novel origami robots, designing origami-inspired metamaterials, and designing new functional origami patterns. Dr Zhang has more than 17 publications in high-impact journals and conferences including Soft robotics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Extreme Mechanics Letters, Materials and Design, ICRA, IROS, MSEC, etc.


Assoc. Prof. Deepika Koundal, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

Biography: Deepika Koundal is currently associated as an Associate Professor with University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun and Adjunct Professor in Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Vietnam. She is listed as world’s top 2% researcher and has received the recognition and honorary membership from Neutrosophic Science Association from University of Mexico, USA. She is the awardee of best paper award by Journal of visual communication and image representation – Elsevier in 2023. She is also selected as a Young scientist in 6th BRICS Conclave by NIAS-DST in 2021. She is the awardee of research excellence award given by UPES in 2022, 2023 and by Chitkara University in 2019. She received the Master and Ph.D. degrees in computer science & engineering from the Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2016. She has published more than 80 research articles in reputed SCI and Scopus indexed journals, conferences, two patents and four books. She is also serving as Associate Editor in IEEE Transaction in Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Analytics, BMC Medical Imaging, Plos One, Supply Chain Analytics and International Journal of Computer Applications. She also has served on many technical program committees as well as organizing committees and invited to give guest lectures and tutorials in Faculty development programs, international conferences and summer schools. Her Areas of Interest are Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Imaging and Signals, Image Processing, Soft Computing, Machine Learning/ Deep Learning. She has also served as reviewer in many repudiated journals of IEEE, Springer, Elsevier, IET, Wiley and Sage.