Special Sessions

■ Special Sessions

Proposals of special sessions/panels are invited. The aim of a special session/panel is to bring together researchers working on a specific topic of interests.

If you are interested in organizing a special session/panel, please send your proposal to the conference secretariat at icqrms@uestc.edu.cn as early as possible. The proposal should include the session/panel title, the scope and motivation of the session/panel, and the organizers and their brief CVs.

Both full papers and extended abstracts can be submitted to the conference and the special session should include more than 5 submissions.

■ Important Dates

Proposal Due       August 10, 2021
Abstract Due         September 10, 2021
Full Paper Due      October 10, 2021

■ Submission Notices

The same submission and review process will be followed for papers submitted to these special sessions/panels. If you want your paper considered for a special session/panel, please indicate so in your abstract submission. Direct specific questions on a special session/panel to its organizers.

(1) Special Session  on “Maintenance and Warranty” Organized by Dae Kyung Kim (Chonbuk National University, Korea. Email: dkkim@jbnu.ac.kr). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(2) Special Session on “Reliability Engineering of Aerospace Systems” Organized by Hongshuang Li (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Email: hongshuangli@nuaa.edu.cn), Xiukai Yuan (Xiamen University, China. Email: xiukaiyuan@xmu.edu.cn), Pengfei Wei (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. Email: pengfeiwei@nwpu.edu.cn), and Feng Zhang (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. Email: nwpuwindy@nwpu.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(3) Special Session on “Performance, Reliability, and Operation Maintenance for Power Electronic Devices and Equipment” Organized by Yongquan Sun (Harbin University of Science and Technology, China. Email: sunyongquan@hrbust.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(4) Special Session on “Design and Operation of Offshore Structures” Organized by He Li (University of Lisbon, Portugal, Email: he.li@centec.tecnico.ulisboa.pt), Mohammad Yazdi (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Email: myazdi@mun.ca), Jichuan Kang (Harbin Engineering University, China, Email: kangjichuan@hrbeu.edu.cn), and Gong Xiang(Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Email: gongxiang@hust.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(5) Special Session on “PoF-based and data-driven reliability assessment and RUL prediction” Organized by Wei Zhang (Beihang University, China, Email: zhangwei.dse@buaa.edu.cn), Dan Xu (Beihang University, China, Email: xudan@buaa.edu.cn), and Jie Liu (Beihang University, China, Email: liujie805@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(6) Special Session on “Structural health monitoring and damage detection” Organized by Jingjing He (Beihang University, China, Email: hejingjing@buaa.edu.cn), Xun Wang (Beihang University, China, Email: xunwang@buaa.edu.cn), and Jiadong Hua (Beihang University, China, Email: huajiadong@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(7) Special Session on “Degradation-based Prognosis and Predictive Maintenance” Organized by Yan-hui Lin (Beihang University, China, Email: linyanhui@buaa.edu.cn) and Li Yang (Beihang University, China, Email: yanglirass@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(8) Special Session on “Reliability, Safty & Security of IoT” Organized by Linhan Guo (Beihang University, China, Email: linhanguo@buaa.edu.cn) and Guoqi Li (Beihang University, China, Email: gqli@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(9) Special Session on “Risk Assessment & Predition” Organized by Prof. Xing Pan (Beihang University, China, Email: panxing@buaa.edu.cn) and Dr. Shenghan Zhou (Beihang University, China, Email: zhoush@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit papers directly to the organizers of the special session.

(10) Special Session on “Smart maintenance and logistics based on digital technology” Organized by Yi Ren (Beihang University, China, Email: renyi@buaa.edu.cn), Qiang Feng (Beihang University, China, Email: fengqiang@buaa.edu.cn), and Dongming Fan (Beihang University, China, Email: fdm314@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(11) Special Session on “Complex system modeling, simulation and accelerated lifetime test” Organized by Ying Chen (Beihang University, China, Email: cheny@buaa.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(12) Special Session on “ Reliability Economics and Uncertainty Quantification” Organized by Rui Peng (Beijing University of Technology, China, Email: pengrui1988@bjut.edu.cn) and Kaiye Gao (Beijing Information Science & Technology University, China, Email: kygao@foxmail.com). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

(13) Special Session on “Reliability, Fault Diagnosis and Prognostics of New Energy Systems” Organized by Weiwen Peng (Sun Yat-sen University, China, Email: pengww3@mail.sysu.edu.cn), Cheng-Geng Huang (Sun Yat-sen University, China, Email: huangchg5@mail.sysu.edu.cn), and Yan Gao (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China, Email: gaoyan@uestc.edu.cn). Please submit the paper directly to the organizers of the special session.

Keynote Speakers

■  Keynote Speaker 1

Loon Ching Tang, PhD, Professor

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Title: Systems Resilience: a critical attribute under the new normal

Abstract: It is increasingly evident that climate change has induced more natural disasters of greater magnitude that posed threats and major disruptions to critical infrastructures and systems. With the protracted COVID-19 pandemic into its 2nd years, livelihoods are affected the world over. This has led to the need to look beyond traditional risk management and to a better understanding of system resilience. Here, we present a unifying framework for defining and measuring resilience. In particular, a review of the current state of resilience research and four key dimensions of resilience, which include reliability, will first be presented. This is followed by a discussion on two general families of functions for modeling recovery process. We then look into data on major disruptions of US power grid to evaluate if effective “learning” took place. These points to some systems design consideration in enhancing systems resilience.

Biography: Dr Loon Ching TANG is currently a professor of Department of Industrial Systems Engineering & Management at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D degree from Cornell University in the field of Operations Research in 1992 and has published extensively in areas related to industrial engineering and operations research. He has been presented with a number of best paper awards including the IIE Transactions 2010 Best Application Paper Award and 2012 R.A. Evans/P.K. McElroy Award for the best paper at Annual RAMS. Prof Tang is the main author of the award-winning book: Six Sigma: Advanced Tools for Black Belts and Master Black Belts. Besides being active in the forefront of academic research, in the last 30 years, Prof Tang has served as a consultant for many organizations, such as the Ministry of Home Affair, Singapore Power Grid, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Seagate, HP, Phillips, etc, on a wide range of projects aiming at improving organizational and operations excellence; especially through better management of engineering assets. He is currently a fellow of ISEAM, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Quality & Reliability Engineering International, editorial review board member of Journal of Quality Technology and a member of the advisory board of the Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute.

■  Keynote Speaker 2

Bo Guo, PhD, Professor

National University of Defense Technology, China

Title: Reliability evaluation of aerospace equipment

Abstract: The report focuses on some reliability evaluation methods of aerospace equipment, including reliability evaluation by using degradation telemetry data, reliability evaluation under non-equal type-I censoring, and reliability evaluation based on multi-source information fusion, etc.

Biography: Bo Guo is a professor on equipment management in the School of Systems Engineering at National University of Defense Technology. He received the bachelor degree from the Department of Applied Mathematics at Huazhong Institute of Technology in 1982, and the master degree in system engineering from the Department of Systems Engineering and Mathematics at National University of Defense Technology in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering management from the Department of Engineering Management at Tokyo University of Science in 1999. He is a member of National Educational Guidance for the Postgraduate of Engineering Management, and a standing member of System Reliability Engineering Branch of Chinese Society of Systems Engineering, and an assessor of International Project Management Professional. His primary research focuses on equipment reliability, maintainability, and supportability. He has won five second prizes in the Science and Technology Progress at the ministerial and commission level, one special prize and two second prizes in the Provincial Teaching Achievements. He has published four books and more than 100 papers.

■  Keynote Speaker 3

Yan-Fu Li, PhD, Professor

Tsinghua University, China

Title: Research progresses on the availability of high-speed rail systems

Abstract: As one of the name cards of China’s “Going Out” initiative, the high-speed rail (HSR) has undergone rapid development in recent years. The operating speed and other technical indicators have been continuously improved, meanwhile this renders the availability of HSR increasingly important. HSR availability is directly related to its reliability and maintainability, and has a significant impact on its safety, economy and sustainability. Chinese HSR has several years of operating experience and accumulated large amount of first-hand data with wide coverage, which serves a good foundation for data-driven theoretical research on its availability. On the other hand, the complex and dynamic natures of HSR system pose challenges to the new theoretical studies. This talk will focus on the latest real-world problems and challenges raised from HSR practice. In particular, it will introduce the recent research progresses from the following four aspects: system reliability design optimization, system status online monitoring and fault detection, system reliability assessment and prediction and maintenance optimization.

Biography: Dr. Yan-Fu Li is currently the Deputy-Director of the Institute for Quality & Reliability and a full professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE), Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2010. He was a faculty member at Laboratory of Industrial Engineering at CentraleSupélec, France, from 2011 to 2016. His research areas include RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability, safety) assessment and optimization with the applications onto energy systems, transportation systems, computing systems, etc. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of several government projects including the key project funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, the project in National Key R&D Program of China, and participated in several projects supported by EU or French funding bodies. He is also experienced in industrial research, the partners include Huawei, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, EDF, ALSTOM, etc. Dr. Li has published more than 100 research papers, including more than 60 peer-reviewed international journal papers with H-index 26. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and Reliability Engineering & Systems Safety, a senior member of IEEE and IISE and a member of INFORMS. He is a vice president of the System Reliability Chapter of System Engineering Society of China.

■  Keynote Speaker 4

Hoang Pham, Distinguished Professor

Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Title: Recent Challenges in Reliability Prediction and Model Selection

Abstract: Many criteria and tools for selecting a model have been studied in the past decades. With the development of various machine learning methods and both model-driven and data-driven approaches in recent years, it has made the task more challenging for engineers, analysts, and theoreticians in determining an appropriate and right model with which criteria from a set of statistical model candidates given a set of (testing and training) data? In this talk, Professor Pham will discuss various model selection criteria, including some new recent ones, that take into account the penalty of adding parameters or the features in the model in the presence of a small or large sample size. The modeling results and its comparisons among the selection criteria of some real applications will also be discussed.

Biography: Dr. Hoang Pham is a Distinguished Professor and former Chairman (2007-2013) of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Before joining Rutgers, he was a Senior Engineering Specialist with the Boeing Company and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He has been served as Editor-in-Chief, Editor, Associate Editor, Guest Editor and board member of many journals and also the Editor of the Springer Book Series in Reliability Engineering. He is the author or coauthor of 7 books and has published over 190 journal articles, 100 conference papers, and edited 15 books including Springer Handbook in Engineering Statistics and Handbook in Reliability Engineering. He has delivered over 40 invited keynote and plenary speeches at many international conferences. His numerous awards include the 2009 IEEE Reliability Society Engineer of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and IISE.

■  Keynote Speaker 5

Fulei Chu, PhD, Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

Title: Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnostics of Wind Turbines

Abstract: As one of the typical renewable energy sources, wind energy has experienced an immense growth with respect to both the turbine size and the market share, and led to a rapid development of the wind-power equipment. Owing to the highly volatile rough working conditions in real wind farms due to, e.g., wind gust, dust, corrosion and heavy yet unpredictable load, wind turbines are particularly prone to suffer failure and damage. Such damage can lead to a catastrophic failure of the entire wind turbine, and consequently heavy investment and productivity losses. Therefore, wind turbine condition monitoring and diagnosis become crucial. In this presentation, the development status of the wind energy all over the world, particularly in China, is briefly summarized. The research situations of the existing condition monitoring and fault diagnosis methods for the main failure components of wind turbines are then analyzed, such as gearboxes, bearings and blades. Finally, the problems to be solved and new development trend for wind power equipment monitoring and fault diagnosis are discussed.

Biography: Professor Fulei Chu received his PhD from Southampton University in UK. He is now a professor of mechanical engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the Vice President of the Chinese Society for Vibration Engineering (CSVE) and Chairman of the Technical Committee for Machine Fault Diagnostics of CSVE. His research interests include rotating machinery dynamics, machine condition monitoring and fault diagnostics, nonlinear vibration and vibration control. He has published more than 300 papers in peer review journals, including 39 papers in the Journal of Sound and Vibration and 35 papers in the journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. He has received many awards in China, including the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from Natural Science Foundation of China. He has an H-Index of 50 and remains in the Elsevier list of Most Cited Chinese Researchers in the field of Mechanical Engineering since 2014.

■  Keynote Speaker 6

Longhua Hu, PhD, Professor

State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, China

Title: Facade fire behavior of high-rise building in urban: Research progress and challenges

Abstract: High-rise building facade fire is an important international challenge for urban fire and public safety. Our research team systematically carried out fundamental research about the window-flame ejection and facade fire behavior under various external/boundary conditions (wind, sub-atmospheric pressure on plateau, external wall structure constraints). The mechanisms of flame ejection criteria, facade flame morphologic parameters (flame height/width/depth), profile of the thermodynamics characteristics (temperature/heat flux/radiation) of the facade fire plume as well as the evolutions of these hazards in urban were revealed. This lecture will provide a summary on the research progress as well as the prospective of this important topic of urban public fire safety.

Biography: Longhua Hu is a professor at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Vice Director of State Key Laboratory of Fire Science. Prof. Longhua Hu’s research expertise focuses on fire dynamics and public safety. He has now published more than 140 international peer-reviewed journal papers and selected as Most-cited Chinese Researchers of Elsevier from 2014 to 2020. He has been invited to give plenary/keynote lectures on top international symposiums such as the 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science. He is serving as Vice-Chairman of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), Colloquium (Fire Research) Co-Chair of the 38th International Symposium on Combustion, Associate Editor of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Editorial Board Member of Fire Safety Journal and Fire Technology. He has been award Science and Technology Innovation Leadership Talent of China, Chang-Jiang Young Scholar of China, National Top-Notch Young Talents of China, Excellent Young Scientists (NSFC), Newton Advanced Fellowship of Royal Society, JSPS Fellowship and Fellow of the Combustion Institute.

■  Keynote Speaker 7

Jinhua Mi, PhD, Associate Research Fellow

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

Title: Comprehensive Approaches for Reliability Analysis of Complex Systems

Abstract: In reliability engineering, the complexity of system structure and failure mechanism makes it more difficult for reliability analysis of modern complicated systems. Redundant design has become the commonly used technique for ensuring the reliability of complex systems, which calls for dependence failure, especially common cause failure problem and non-deterministic dependency problem in such system. In addition, incomplete data in combination with vague judgments from express introduce imprecision and epistemic uncertainties in the performance characterization of components and system. Furthermore, the dynamic and nonlinearity characteristics always exit in engineering system due to the changing environments and random interference. This talk will introduce some comprehensive theories and techniques which are urgently needed and developed for reliability modeling, importance analysis and imprecise sensitivity analysis of complex system by fusing multi-source information, and further realize the ranking of system input variables, basic components and cognitive importance. Those works can provide theoretical technical approaches to support the framework improvement of reliability analysis for complex system.

Biography: Jinhua Mi is an associate research fellow in the School of Automation Engineering and the Center for System Reliability and Safety at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. She received her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2016. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Risk and Reliability at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, from 2018 to 2019. Her research interests include system reliability modeling, analysis and assessment, uncertainty quantification, multi-source uncertain information fusion, data-driven fault diagnosis and prognostic and health management. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conferences, such as IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Annals of Operations Research, etc. She has won the best paper awards at the conferences of QR2MSE 2016 and IEEE PHM Qingdao 2019.

■  Keynote Speaker 8

Jung Won Park, PhD, President

Korea Testing Laboratory, Korea

Title: The reliability trend in Korea

Abstract: The competitiveness of the components and materials industry has been a hot issue in Korean society since 2001. Many important components and materials have been imported from several foreign countries and assembly products industry has depended on the components and materials companies of the foreign countries. In this situation it was necessary for Korea to promote the domestic components and materials industry. The key point of the related industry promotion was to improve the reliability of the components and materials. Many activities to improve the reliability have proceeded in Korea. In my keynote speech, the activities of Korean government, companies and the Korean reliability society are introduced. Additionally the future trend of the reliability is presented.


1996 – 2005. KTL, senior researcher

2006 – 2008. KTL, Technology Development Team Leader

2007 – 2014. Hanyang University, Affiliated Professor

2009 – 2012. KTL, Reliability Center Director

2013 – 2014. KTL, Component & Material Division Director

2015 – 2018. KTL, Planning & Coordination Division Director

2019 – present. KTL, Vice President

2021 – present. The Korean Reliability Society, President