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

Yunfei En, Chief Engineer

China Electronic Product Reliability and Environmental Testing Research Institute, China

Title: Electromagnetic Circumstance Reliability Analysis Techniques for ICs

Abstract: With the information technique trend of high frequency, high speed and high integration, ICs are facing more and more complicated electromagnetic circumstances for the IC and from the IC. This presentation introduces the background of electromagnetic circumstances reliability analysis technique on IC. And then the measurement method for electromagnetic field radiation emission and conductive emission, as well as the electromagnetic susceptibility of IC are presented. In the meanwhile, the applications of the above techniques are shown in typical cases about IC electromagnetic failure.

Biography: Yunfei En, Research Fellow, Chief Engineer of China CEPREI (China Electronic Product Reliability and Environmental Testing Research Institute). She was awarded State Department special allowance expert of China, Technical Chief of 973, Outstanding Talent of Guangdong Tezhi Plan, and as an Expert in Component Reliability. She was engaged in component reliability basis and application techniques research for more than 25 years, and won a number of national and provincial prizes. Now she is leading a research team with interest in the IC reliability, security, and electromagnetic compatibility.

■  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

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 5

Jung Won Park, PhD, Vice 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

■  Keynote Speaker 6

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.