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Professor Debasish (Deba) Dutta

Scholar-In-Residence, National Academy of Engineering
Dean of the Graduate College and Associate Provost
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date: 5/21/2014
Title: Realizing the Potential of Digital Manufacturing


Debasish (Deba) Dutta is Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College, and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He has extensive experience in higher education and policy making.  He is a Scholar-in-Residence at the National Academy of Engineering, where he recently completed a study on the lifelong learning needs of U.S. engineering professionals and currently leads an NSF funded national study about education for innovation. During 2004-2007 he served at the National Science Foundation as Acting Director of the Division of Graduate Education, IGERT Program Director and as Advisor in the Office of Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources. He played a key role in the development of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Strategy (Vision for 21st Century Discovery) chairing its Learning and Workforce Development sub-committee. He was a selected to be a member of the Illinois team in the 2010 Education Leaders Institute of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dutta received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1989, and was on the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1989-2008. He has published extensively in the area of computer aided design and manufacturing, and currently focuses on interoperability issues in product lifecycle management.  He serves on the GRE Board and the TOEFL Board (both of ETS), the Board of Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools, a 501c(3) for K-12 education, and on the editorial boards of several journals. He has received several awards including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Automation Award for pioneering contributions in mechanical design automation and the Smithsonian Computerworld Honors for pioneering uses of information technology in engineering education. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he co-founded the IFIP International PLM Conference and has been the William Mong Scholar at the University of Hong Kong and a Guest Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He is a member of American Society for Engineering Education and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.


Digital Manufacturing is envisioned as an effective strategy that integrates and drives the entire life cycle of a product - from conception to design and manufacturing to product support. The key to the success of this vision is networked, integrated, and data-driven strategies.  The first half of this lecture will focus on “What is next” in the vision of Digital Manufacturing. We shall look at its evolution from a set of IT-support tools to tools that leverage information to support business decisions to the future in which it will drastically alter manufacturing. We will take inspiration from Additive Manufacturing that has revealed to us what “digital” is capable of; our goal is to derive learnings/best practices that can help with building blocks for the future of digital manufacturing. In the second half of this lecture, we shall consider "How to reach there", i.e., we shall raise important research questions to be addressed in enabling the future vision of digital manufacturing. We shall discuss in detail a couple of representative problems, describing technical challenges in addressing them and major components of the technology solutions that we have developed.

Professor Chen Chun-Hsien
Editor-in-Chief for Advanced Engineering Informatics (ADVEI)
Division of Systems and Engineering Management
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Date: 5/22/2014 
Title: Design Informatics in Consumer-centric Product Conceptualization


Chun-Hsien Chen is an Associate Professor (tenured) and the Director of Design Stream in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his BS degree in Industrial Design from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He received his MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. He has had several years of experience in the product design & developmen industry. 

His teaching and research interests are in collaborative/human-centric/consumer-oriented product design and development, knowledge engineering, design sciences, engineering informatics and artificial intelligence in product/engineering design. He has more than 120 publications in these areas. 

Dr. Chen has served as a technical reviewer for the National Science and Technology Awards (Singapore), a judge for the Pin Up Design Awards (South Korea),  and an advisory board member for various international conferences held in USA, Europe, China, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Dr. Chen joined the editorial board of Advanced Engineering Informatics (ADVEI) in April 2005 and was appointed  Associate Editor in January 2010. As from January 2013, he was appointed as Co-Editor-in-Chief of ADVEI.

Besides ADVEI, he is an editorial board member of Recent Patents in Engineering. He is/was a Shanghai Eastern Scholar (appointed by Shanghai Maritime University as an Eastern Chair Professor, since 2011), a Visiting Professor of National Cheng Kung University (2011), a Guest Professor of Shanghai Maritime University (since 2006), and Chaoyang University of Technology (2008 - 2010). 



Understanding and fulfilling each individual customer’s requirements has been recognized as a pressing challenge for companies across industries. Apart from offering market-focused products, which corresponds to an average satisfaction of customer requirements, companies are pursuing a strategy of offering customer-focused products with a large degree of individuality. Customer requirement management thus becomes one of principal factors for product development to succeed in the marketplace. Poor understanding of customer requirements and inaccurate assumptions made during the elicitation and analysis of requirement information have significant negative implications on design and manufacturing of the product in terms of quality, the lead time and cost. Traditionally, consumer market research has been performed to provide direction and support for product development functions. However, due to the increasingly volatile marketplaces where customer requirements change quickly, the needs of customers might have varied from the originally elicited set by the time the products reach the marketplaces. Hence, the recent wide-spread usage of the Internet by consumers for information exchanges has provided a means for product developing companies to elicit real-time consumer intelligence. To tap on the massive amount of information on the Internet, computational toolsets that can extract and analyze customer-related data will be necessary. In this regard, the future relevance of the research in design informatics has attracted academics with various backgrounds, mainly from the domains of computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, product design and innovation, and consumer intelligence. With respect to a holistic view of design informatics in consumer-centric product conceptualization, key challenges and future research directions are identified.

Professor Weijia Jia
Zhiyuan Chair Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Shanghai Jiaotong University

Date: 5/23/2014 
Title: Camera Networks for Smart Cities


Weijia Jia received BSc and MSc from Center South University, Changsha, China in 1982 and 1984 and Master of Applied Sci. and PhD from Polytechnic Faculty of Mons, Belgium in 1992 and 1993 respectively, all in Computer Science.

He is a Zhiyuan Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University. He joined German National Research Center for Information Science (GMD) in Bonn (St. Augustine) from 1993 to 1995 as a research fellow. During 1995-2013, he joined Department of Computer Science, City University of HK as a professor. His research interests include next generation wireless communication, protocols and heterogeneous networks; distributed systems, multicast and anycast QoS routing protocols. In these fields, he has a number of publications in the prestige international journals (IEEE Transactions, e.g., ToN, TPDS, TC, TMC etc.), books/chapters and refereed international conference proceedings (e.g. ACM CCS, WiSec, MobiHoc, SenSys, IEEE ICDCS, INFOCOM etc.). He has published a book “Distributed Network Systems” by Springer where the book contains extensive research materials and implementation examples. He has received the best paper award in a prestige (IEEE) conference.

Prof. Jia is the guest Professor of Beijing U (ShenZhen Graduate School), University of Science and Technology of China, Beijing Jiao Tong University, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Chengdu University, China. He has served as the editors of IEEE TPDS and ComCom and PC chairs and members/keynote speakers for various prestige international conferences. He is the Senior Member of IEEE and the Member of ACM.


We will introduce some key technologies used in smart cities with the future network. Particularly relevant in the fifth generation of the key technologies of wireless camera sensor networks and systems. I will then introduce some recent developments of systems and outcomes of theoretical investigations on this particular topic in our team.