Plenary Speakers


Prof. Shigeru Obayashi (Tohoku University, Japan, IEEE Fellow)

Title: Industrial Applications of Multi-Objective Design Exploration 


Evolutionary Computation is a powerful computational tool for engineering design. Design space can be mathematically defined by design variables and design objectives. If multiple design objectives are specified, design space can be regarded as a multi-objective optimization problem. Among the multiple design objectives, conflicting objectives are essential and they will provide Pareto-optimal solutions, which form a Pareto front, a key feature in the design space. The shape of the Pareto front tells various aspects of design tradeoffs. If such a computational tool creates a Bird’s-eye view of the design space including the Pareto front, the result provides the map that will support design activities better.
The first commercial jet aircraft developed in Japan, named the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), completed its first flight on November 11, 2015. The development of MRJ focused on environmental issues, such as reduction of exhaust emissions and noise. Moreover, in order to bring the jet to market, lower-cost development methods using computer-aided design were also employed. Collaborating with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), the design of the aircraft was formulated as a Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) problem and a new approach named Multi-Objective Design Exploration (MODE) was developed. MODE reveals the structure of the design space from trade-off information and to visualize it as a panorama for a decision maker by using the Pareto front. Industrial applications of MODE will be reviewed, including the development of MRJ.

Professor Shigeru Obayashi is a full professor and director of Institute of Fluid Science (IFS) at Tohoku University, Japan. His research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO), Multi-Objective Design Exploration (MODE), Evolutionary Computation, Data Mining, Experimental Fluid Dynamics and Data Assimilation. Prof. Obayashi received his PhD degree in Engineering at University of Tokyo. He was a senior researcher at NASA Ames Research Center and helped to develop the three-dimensional unsteady Navier-Stokes numerical algorithms. He joined the department of aeronautics and space engineering at Tohoku University since 1994, promoted to a full professor in 2003 and served as the director of Transdisciplinary Fluid Integration Research Center under IFS from 2008-2013. He is IEEE Fellow, associate fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), fellow of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), Japan Society of Fluid Dynamics and Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, and President of Japan Society for Evolutionary Computation for 2015-2016. He received several research awards, including JSME’s 2007 Funai award and The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2014.



Prof. Hojjat Adeli (The Ohio State University, USA)

(Distinguished Member, ASCE, Fellow, AAAS, Fellow IEEE, Fellow AIMBE, Fellow, American Neurological Association)
Editor-in-Chief, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Editor-in-Chief, Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Neural Systems

Title: Data Mining for Automated Diagnosis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders



Dr. Hojjat Adeli is Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, and Neuroscience, and Centers of Biomedical Engineering and Cognitive Science, and the Director of Knowledge Engineering Lab at The Ohio State University. He has authored nearly 400 research and scientific publications in various fields of computer science, engineering, and applied mathematics since 1976 when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has authored nine books including Machine Learning - Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Fuzzy Systems, Wiley, 1995, Neurocomputing for Design Automation, CRC Press, 1998, Distributed Computer-Aided Engineering, CRC Press, 1999, and Control, Optimization, and Smart Structures - High-Performance Bridges and Buildings of the Future, John Wiley and Sons, 1999. He has also edited twelve books including Knowledge Engineering - Vol. I - Fundamentals and Vol. II -Applications, McGraw-Hill, 1990. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international research journals Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, now in 17th year of publication and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 10th year of publication.
He has received over 100 academic, research, and leadership awards, honors, and recognition. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award by The Ohio State University "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship". On September 29, 1998, he was awarded a patent for a "Method and Apparatus for Efficient Design Automation and Optimization, and Structures Produced Thereby." (United States Patent Number (5,815,394): (with a former Ph.D. student). In 1998 the Senate of the General Assembly of State of Ohio passed a resolution naming him an "Outstanding Ohioan". In recent years he has presented Keynote/Plenary Lecturer at 43 national and international computing conferences held in 28 different countries.

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