Plenary and Keynote Speakers

10th International Conference of Control, Dynamic Systems, and Robotics (CDSR’23)



We are pleased to announce out plenary and Keynote Speakers for CDSR’23:



Dr. Clément Gosselin

Dr. Clément Gosselin
Université Laval, Canada
Plenary Speaker

Cl´ement Gosselin received the B. Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universit´e de Sherbrooke, Qu´ebec, Canada, in 1985, and the Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Montr´eal, Qu´ebec, Canada in 1988. He was then a post-doctoral fellow at INRIA in Sophia-Antipolis, France in 1988–89. In 1989 he was appointed by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Universit´e Laval, Qu´ebec where he is a Full Professor since 1997. He held the Canada Research Chair in Robotics and Mechatronics at Laval from 2001 to 2021. He was a visiting researcher at the RWTH in Aachen, Germany in 1995, at the University of Victoria, Canada in 1996 and at the IRCCyN in Nantes, France in 1999. His research interests are kinematics, dynamics and control of robotic mechanical systems with a particular emphasis on the mechanics of grasping, the kinematics and dynamics of parallel manipulators and the development of human-friendly robots and haptic devices. His work in the aforementioned areas has been the subject of numerous publications in international journals and conferences as well as of several patents and two books. His publications have been cited more than 37000 times and he has an h-index of 98. He has directed many research initiatives, including collaborations with several Canadian and foreign high-technology companies and he has trained more than 130 graduate students. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal Mechatronics and a Senior Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.
Dr. Gosselin received several awards including the ASME DED Mechanisms and Robotics Committee Award in 2008, the ASME Machine Design
Award in 2013 and the IFToMM Award of Merit in 2019. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010 for contributions to research in parallel mechanisms and underactuated systems. He is a fellow of the ASME, of the IEEE and of the Royal Society of Canada.

Topic of Keynote: Design, Prototyping and Control of Low-Impedance Hybrid Robots for Intuitive Physical Human-Robot Interaction
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Dr. Henry Leung

Dr. Henry Leung
University of Calgary, Canada
Plenary Speaker

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Dr.  Maja J Matarić

Dr. Maja J Matarić
University of Southern California, USA
Plenary Speaker

Maja Matarić is a Chan Soon-Shiong distinguished professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (rasc.usc.edu), co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab, past interim Vice President of Research (Jan 2020-Jul 2021), past Vice Dean for Research (Jul 2006-Dec 2019) and past President of the USC faculty and the Academic Senate (2005-06). She received her PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from MIT in 1994, MS in Computer Science from MIT in 1990, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas in 1987. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), IEEE, AAAI, and ACM, and recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from President Obama, and the Okawa Foundation, NSF Career, the MIT TR100 Innovation, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career, the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Innovation, Viterbi School Service Award and Junior Research Awards, and is featured in the documentary movie “Me & Isaac Newton.” She is an advisory editor of three major journals and has published extensively in various areas of robotics. Here is her Google Scholar profile. Prof. Mataric’ is actively involved in K-12 outreach, leading the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center and developing free curricular materials for elementary and middle-school robotics courses in order to engage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. Her Interaction Lab’s research into socially assistive robotics is aimed at endowing robots with the ability to help people reach their potential through individual assistance (for convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education) and team cooperation (for habitat monitoring and emergency response). Research details are found on the USC Interaction Lab web site.

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Dr. Robert Riener

Dr. Robert Riener
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Plenary Speaker

Robert Riener is Full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich. He has been Assistant Professor for Rehabilitation Engineering at ETH Zurich since May 2003. In June 2006 he was promoted to the rank of an Associate Professor and in June 2010 to the rank of a Full Professor. As he holds a Double-Professorship with the University of Zurich, he is also active in the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Balgrist University Hospital (Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich)

Robert Riener studied mechanical engineering at TU München and University of Maryland, USA, from 1988 till 1993. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree and the Dr. degree from the TU München in 1993 and 1997, respectively. In 1993 he joined the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, where he has pursued research into neuroprosthetics. After postdoctoral work at the Centro di Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano from 1998 to 1999, he returned to the TU München, where he finished his Habilitation in the field of Biomechatronics about multi-modal VR applied to medicine in January 2003. Since his activity in Zurich Riener develops robots and interaction methods for motor learning in rehabilitation and sports.

Topic of Keynote: How Rehabilitation Robots Can Cooperate and Motivate
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Dr. Chris W. Zhang

Dr. Chris W. Zhang
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Plenary Speaker

Wenjun Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1994. He is currently a full professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His current research area is resilient robotics, soft robotics, computational design, mechatronics, and engineering informatics. He has published over 550 refereed technical publications, among which over 340 papers appear in refereed journals and over 220 papers in refereed conference proceedings, in a broad scope of fields, including design and mechatronics, manufacturing, robotics, informatics, and human-machine systems. He holds dozens of patents, including three US patents. His paper received the best journal paper award for 2012 by the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. His papers received top 25 hottest articles by Mechatronics in 2006 &2005, by Expert Systems with Applications in 2011, by Microelectronics Journal. He has the google scholar H-index (61). He was highly cited authors by Elsevier (China) from 2015 to 2018 (inclusive). He was included in the top 2% world scientists by Stanford in 2020 – 2022. Dr. graduated over 38 PhD students and over 100 MS (thesis) students. He received 2012 Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award by the University of Saskatchewan. He has served as a Senior Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Associate Editor for several reputed journals including IEEE SMC – System, IEEE System Journal. He is an elected Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Senior member of IEEE. Dr. Zhang can be reached by email (chris.zhang@usask.ca).

Topic of Keynote: On Computational Approach to Design of Soft Robots

Dr. Gary Bone

Dr. Gary Bone
McMaster University, Canada
Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Ali Etemad

Dr. Ali Etemad
Queen's University, Canada
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Etemad is an Associate Professor at the Department of ECE in Queen’s University, Canada. He leads the Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Machines (Aiim) lab, where his main area of research is machine learning and deep learning focused on human-centered applications with wearables, smart devices, and smart environments. His works have appeared in venues such as CVPR, AAAI, ICCV, ECCV, ACM CHI, ICASSP, Interspeech, ICPR, T-PAMI, T-AFFC, T-IP, T-IFS, and others. He is a co-inventor of 9 patents and has given over 20 invited talks at different venues. Dr. Etemad is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, and has been a PC member/reviewer for many notable conferences and journals in the field (e.g., NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, AAAI, CVPR, etc.). He has served as the
General Chair for the AAAI Workshop on Human-Centric Self-Supervised Learning (2022), Publicity Co-Chair for EUVIP (2022), and Industry
Relations Chair for Canadian Conference on AI (2019). Dr. Etemad’s lab and research program have been funded by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Mitacs, and
other organizations, as well as the private sector.

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  • Publication of 1 accepted paper in the proceedings. Publication of each additional paper requires a $250 CAD registration
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  • Buffet lunch for each day of the conference
  • 2 coffee breaks for each day of the conference
  • 1 banquet dinner OR cruise tour

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Virtual registration fee includes the following:

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  • Access to all the sessions of the conference