Invited Speakers


Plenary Speaker I: J. A. Tenreiro Machado, Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Porto, Portugal
Title: Fractional Calculus: Fundamentals and Applications

email: Email:

Abstract: Fractional Calculus (FC) started in 1695 when L'Hôpital wrote a letter to Leibniz asking for the meaning of Dny for n = 1/2. Starting with the ideas of Leibniz many important mathematicians developed the theoretical concepts. By the beginning of the twentieth century Olivier Heaviside applied FC in the electrical engineering, but, the visionary and important contributions were forgotten. Only during the eighties FC emerged associated with phenomena such as fractal and chaos and, consequently, in nonlinear dynamical. In the last years, FC become 'new' tool for the analysis of dynamical systems. This lecture introduces the FC fundamental concepts and presents several applications in distinct areas of science and engineering.

Biography: J. Tenreiro Machado obtained PhD and Habilitation in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1989 and 1995, respectively. He is presently Coordinator Professor with Habilitation at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal. His research Interests are: Complex systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractional Calculus, Modeling, Control, Data series analysis, Biomathematics.

Plenary Speaker II: Francisco Almada Lobo
Title: “Industry 4.0: Facts, myths and where to start”

Industry 4.0 offers an unprecedented opportunity for transformational success. And it is different from any of the previous revolutions in two major ways: It has been predicted, which allows companies to develop a plan and roadmap for their own adoption; and, beyond increasing the efficiency and productivity of manufacturing, it actually opens up entirely new business opportunities.
This presentation will introduce Industry 4.0 concepts; discuss the challenges that come with it, within and beyond the manufacturing facilities; and explore what can companies do today to be ready for that journey.

Short bio:
Francisco Almada Lobo holds an MBA and an Electrical Engineering Degree from University of Porto. He started his career in a CIM R&D institute, and joined Siemens Semiconductor in 1997. Throughout Siemens, Infineon and Qimonda, he gained experience in several manufacturing areas having, in 2004, led the first migration of an MES system in a running high-volume facility. Between 2005 and 2009, he managed the Porto Development Center for Infineon and Qimonda, with implementation of automation projects in the group plants worldwide.
Francisco acted as Chief Operating Officer of Critical Manufacturing where, among other areas, he was responsible for the Product business unit. Since 2010 he's the company's CEO.