Keynote Talks

Dr. Shuji Tanaka received B.E., M.E. and Dr.E. degrees in mechanical engineering from The University of Tokyo in 1994, 1996 and 1999, respectively. He was Research Associate at Department of Mechatronics and Precision Engineering, Tohoku University from 1999 to 2001, Assistant Professor from 2001 to 2003, and Associate Professor at Department of Nanomechanics from 2003 to 2013. He is currently Professor at Department of Robotics and Microsystem Integration Center. He was also Fellow of Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency from 2004 to 2006, and is currently Selected Fellow. He was honored with many awards and prizes including The Young Scientists’ Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2009) and German Innovation Award, Gottfried Wagener Prize (2012). His research interest is industry-relevant MEMS technology including MEMS sensors, MEMS packaging and integration, acoustic wave devices, and piezoelectric devices and materials.

Topic: Smart Sensors for Next Generation Robots

Dr. Tianhong Cui is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an Affiliate Senior Member of the graduate faculty in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.  He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 2003.  From 1995 to 2003, he held research or faculty positions at Tsinghua University, University of Minnesota, National Laboratory of Metrology in Japan, and Louisiana Tech University, respectively. He was a visiting professor at IMTEK, University of Freiburg in Germany in 2006, and he is holding a visiting professorship at Tsinghua University.

His current research interests include MEMS/ NEMS and nanotechnology for medical applications. He published more than 280 technical papers, and holds 5 US patents in the above areas. He is the founding Executive Editor-in-Chief for two Nature journals, Light: Science & Applications and Microsystems & Nanoengineering. He is also serving as an associate editor for Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Journal of Nano Research, and he was an associate editor for IEEE Sensors Journal.

Topic: Graphene Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics