17-19 February 2015
Rydges Lakeland Resort
Queenstown
New Zealand


Keynote Speaker - Dr Asad Madni

Convergence Of Emerging Technologies To Address The Challenges Of The 21st Century

Dr. Asad Madni
President, Chief Operating Officer and CTO (Retired)
BEI Technologies Inc.
Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist
University of California, Los Angeles
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Synopsis
There are numerous "Grand Challenges" facing humanity that will have to be addressed by us as a global society in order to maintain our well-being from the standpoint of quality of life, healthcare, environment, energy needs, manufacturing efficiencies, etc., if we are to continue humanity's trajectory of progress. Traditional technologies based on classical disciplines and thought processes of the past several decades are no longer viable in addressing these challenges, and a new approach based on interdisciplinary thinking is necessary. Fortunately, numerous emerging technologies are advancing at an unimaginable rate and it is the convergence of these technologies that demonstrate the potential to have a major impact on our lives, businesses, government, society and our planet. These emerging technologies are establishing the basis for a new paradigm in the development and commercialization of next generation intelligent, miniaturized, highly robust complex systems. This lecture will address some of these major technologies and their applications including, intelligent sensors and wireless sensor networks, intelligent cars and smart highways, tele-health (wireless healthcare), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, clean technology, robotics and automation, smart grid, and ultra-high throughput and wide bandwidth instrumentation.
Speaker Biography

Dr. Asad Madni served as President, COO & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He led the development & commercialization of intelligent micro-sensors, systems, and instrumentation for which he has received worldwide acclaim. Prior to BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical & executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO. Here, he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of RF & Microwave Systems & Instrumentation which significantly enhanced the capabilities of the US Tri-Services. He is currently, Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist at UCLA, Distinguished Professor at TCI College of Technology, Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, and Executive Managing Director & CTO of Crocker Capital.

He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S. from UCLA, Ph.D. from California Coast University, D.Sc. (H) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (H) from Technical University of Crete, and Sc.D. (H) from California State University/CSUN. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute at Stanford University, and the Program for Senior Executives at MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is credited with over 160 refereed publications, 68 issued or pending patents, and is the recipient of numerous national and international honors and awards. In 2011 he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety". He is a Fellow/Eminent Engineer of 14 of the world's most prestigious professional academies and societies.

Organised and Sponsored by

Technical Co-Sponsors

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

IEEE NZ Central Section

IEEE NZ Central Section

New Zealand Robotics,
Automation and
Sensing (NZRAS)
(http://nzras.org.nz/)