Pictured: Professor Shuxin Wang, Tianjin University, Professor Kieran Hodnett, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UL, Conference Organiser and Chair, Dr. Daniel Toal, Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre, UL and Professor Geoff Roberts, Chair of the Mechatronics Forum.
Modern-day inventors and engineers from around the world arrived in Ireland recently for 'Mechatronics08' - the 11th Mechatronics Forum Biennial International Conference, was hosted this year by the University of Limerick. The 100 Conference delegates received information on new inventions and research developments in areas including robotics, sustainability, aerospace applications and biomedical applications, with 69 papers on research and developments in mechatronics delivered over the three days of the Conference.
The Mechatronics Forum was established in 1990 as a special interest group dedicated to promoting Mechtonics. Mechatronics refers to a flexible, multi-technological approach in the integration of Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computers, and Information Sciences. Mechatronics is essential in the design of intelligent products, allowing engineers to transform their conceptions into reality.
Keynote speakers included Professor Shuxin Wang, Tianjin University, who will deliver his paper entitled 'Robotics in the Minimally Invasive Laryngeal Surgery; Caspar Grey, of design company Wax RDC who will deliver 'Sustainable Product Design in Practice; Professor Philip Moore, De Monfort University - 'Intelligent Buildings of the Future' and Professor P. French, Delft University, 'Integrated MEMS: when is it smart to be smart?'.
"We at UL are extremely pleased that for the first time Ireland is hosting this high profile conference, which has previously been hosted in such countries as the USA, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Hungary. The Mechatronics 08 Conference has two main aims. Firstly to bring together key industrial and academic practitioners for discussions and demonstrations on recent developments and advancements in the field and secondly to provide a forum where experienced researcher can engage with each other and with post doctoral students to share experiences and motivate new research agendas," said Conference Organiser and Chair Dr Daniel Toal, Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre, UL.