Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor Dr. Quang Ha

School of Electrical and Data Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.


Biography: Quang Ha is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include automation engineering, robotics, and control systems. Dr. Ha has been on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Automation and Robotics in Construction since 2007. He was Conference Chair/Co-Chair of several international conferences on automation and intelligent systems. He has been on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2009–2013), Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Electronics and is currently an Associate Editor for Automation in Construction and Robotica. He was the recipient of a number of best paper awards from the IEEE, IAARC, and Engineers Australia, including the Sir George Julius Medal in 2015.


Topic: “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Modelling, Control, Planning and Imagery”


Abstract: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone has been an increasingly interesting topic for Research and Development with various applications in such areas as entertainment, search and rescue, surveillance and monitoring, defence, agriculture, and so on. This talk is focused on important technical aspects of UAVs, namely modelling, low-level control, formation, path planning, and vison-based inspection with UAV-captured images. Effective methodologies such as iterative learning sliding mode control, particle swarm optimisation, hierarchical convolutional neural networks, and how to apply them to UAVs will be introduced along with some recent results on control, planning and surface inspection using low-cost quadcopters. An application will be presented for a triangular formation of UAVs in inspecting a monorail bridge.