* Mechatronics'96 & M2VIP'96

Fri, 1 Mar 1996 20:08:51 +0100

Archived at <URL:http://www.iao.fhg.de/Library/conferences/>.
[This announcement was submitted through on-line forms. The following text
has been generated from the original submission for newsgroup posting.]

Mechatronics'96 & M2VIP'96
University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal
18 September 1996 - 20 September 1996

5th UK Mechatronics Forum International Conference
and the
3rd International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice

MECHATRONICS'96 and M2VIP'96, will be held from 18 to 20 September 1996 at the University of Minho, in Guimar&#227;es, Portugal.

Topics include:

* Mechatronics in product applications
* Mechatronics as a key technology for agile manufacturing
* Mechatronics in non-industrial applications such as agriculture,
surgery and medicine
* Vision for real-time control of machines and processes
* Applications of neural networks and fuzzy logic in mechatronics
* Distributed control systems in mechatronics
* Novel sensors and actuators
* Mobile robotics
* Tools and techniques for mechatronic system modelling and simulation

Official conference language: English

More information: -

General Information:
Mario Lima, Lic.(Eng.Mec.), PhD, MOEng.
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Minho, 4800 Guimaraes, Portugal
Tel:+351 (0)53 510226 Fax:+351 (0)53 516007
E-mail: mlima@eng.uminho.pt


Mechatronics '96
The 5th UK Mechatronics Forum International Conference


The 3rd International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice M2VIP '96

Universidade do Minho, Guimar&#227;es, Portugal
18-20 September 1996


The growing importance of mechatronics, a truly multi-disciplinary
approach to engineeering, is becoming increasingly apparent. New
products and systems based on the integrated application of
mechanical, electronic and computer engineering technologies are
demonstrating reduced mechanical complexity, increased performance
and, often, previously impossible capabilities. These advances have
been stimulated by factors including developments in microprocessors,
new and improved sensors and actuators and novel software techniques.
An area in which particular advances are currently being made is in
the practical application of machine vision to machines and processes.
It is fitting, therefore that in 1996 two major Mechatronics
conferences will be running as a joint event in which papers covering
the whole range of these exciting developments will be presented. It
is anticipated that the joint event will be organised in parallel
sessions, with the differing themes running as parallel threads
throughout the conference.

The UK Mechatronics forum has organised a series of successful
conferences, the most recent of which was the Joint Hungarian-British
Mechatronics Conference held in Budapest in 1994. In 1996 it joins
forces with the organisers of M2VIP to hold a major combined event.
This will be the first time that M2VIP is to be held in Europe. The
Organisers have enlisted the assistance of an International Programme
Committee of over 100 eminent Mechatronics practicioners from 30
countries to ensure that the combined event will be of the highest

EU Funding is also being sought to hold a Euroconference in
conjunction with M96/M2VIP96. The Euroconference theme will be Vision
for Control Applications of Mechatronics- ViCAM. The Euroconference is
planned to run from 16 - 21 September and will comprise a series of
special sessions before and after as well as participation in the
international conference. An attractive combined rate for delegates
who wish to attend the Euroconference will be available. Invited
speakers will present sessions on their areas of specialisation. The
EU funding being sought for this event under the Training and Mobility
of Researchers programme is intended to enable the participation
expenses of a number of young researchers (normally under 35 years of
age) to be met. Further details will be made available if the funding
application is successful.


To demonstrate the successful application of mechatronic principles to
the development of innovative products, systems and processes. Those
which make use of machine vision will be especially welcomed for the
M2VIP sessions. In addition, papers which describe progress in the
infrastructural disciplines of mechatronics including developments in
sensors, actuators, control and data processing techniques will be
relevant, especially where they include evidence of practical
application in mechatronic systems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

o Mechatronics in manufacturing
o Mechatronics for agile manufacturing
o Applications of neural networks and fuzzy logic in mechatronics
o Distributed control systems in mechatronics
o Novel sensors and actuators
o Mobile robotics
o Vision for real-time control of machines and processes
o Mechatronics in non-industrial applications such as agriculture, surgery and medicine
o Tools and techniques for mechatronic system modelling and simulation

Postal or Fax enquires should be made to:

Professor Tim King
School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4267
Fax +44 (0)121 414 3958
E-Mail T.King@BHAM.AC.UK


The generous contributions of the conference's industrial sponsors and
the non-profit basis on which the event is being organised will help
to ensure that the participation fees are kept to a minimum. The
registration fee is not expected to be more than stlg275 for
presenting authors and stlg295 for those not presenting a paper. This
will include all conference sessions, lunches, reception, banquet and
the printed conference proceedings.

The Minho Region and its University

The province of Minho is situated at the north-western corner of
Portugal. The river Minho, which has given its name to the region, is
the natural border between the provinces of Minho, in Portugal, and
Galicia in Spain. The population is slightly over one million and the
demographic density (about 300 inhabitants/km2), is higher than the
average for the country. The proportion of the young population is
also well above the average for Portugal and the EU as a whole.
Manufacturing industry is the predominant economic activity,
especially in the valleys of the rivers Ave and Cavado, in the
southern part of Minho. Braga, the administrative centre of the
region, is an old imperial Roman city. The nearby town of Guimaraes,
where the conference is to be held, was, in the 12th century, the
first capital of the Kingdom of Portugal. Now it is the hub of one of
Portugal's most industrialized areas. The principal industries are
concerned with textiles and apparel, footwear, light metalworking and
timber/furniture. Electronics and agro-industry sectors are also
emerging. Despite this industrial growth the region is full of scenic
and historic interest and is perhaps particularly notable for its wine
growing which produces the well known and distinctive 'Vinho Verde'.
The city of Porto, steeped in architectural grandeur and divided by
the River Douro with its historic Port cellars and spectacular
bridges, is easily accessible from Guimaraes.

The University of Minho was founded in 1973 and started its academic
activities in 1975/76. The university administration is located in
Braga, at the Largo do Paco, an 18th century palace that used to be
the seat of the Archbishops. Most of the teaching and scientific
activities are carried out on two sites: the campus of Gualtar in
Braga, and the campus of Azurem, in Guimaraes. Technological courses
are mainly offered in Guimaraes whilst science, economics, education,
management and arts courses are predominantly located in Braga. The
undergraduate student population has been growing at a rate of about
24% per annum in recent years. This growth rate, unusual in Portugal,
will make the University of Minho one of the country's biggest
universities before the end of the century.

The conference facilities at the Guimaraes campus are excellent and a
range of accommodation will be available for the conference both in
low cost student residences and in nearby hotels which offer excellent
facilities at very reasonable rates. Special discounts on the normal
hotel rates are also available for those attending the conference.

Conference organised by
UK Mechatronics Forum, Universidade do Minho, University of
Birmingham, Loughborough University of Technology.

IEE, PG I6 - Machine Systems Engineering Applications IMechE, Machine Systems TAC
Royal Mail Technology, Rank Taylor Hobson, Cranfield Precision, NEC, Festo Didactic,
Analogy, EA Technology Capenhurst, Feedback

Organising Committee

Prof Tim King, University of Birmingham UK (Co-chair)
Dr M&#225;rio Lima, Universidade do Minho, Portugal (Co-chair)
Prof Rob Parkin, Loughborough University of Technology, UK
Prof John Billingsley, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Robin Bradbeer, City University of Hong Kong
Prof Philip Moore, De Montfort University, UK
Prof Alan Bradshaw, Lancaster University, UK
David Stevens, Rank Taylor Hobson, UK
Dr Jo&#227;o Monteiro, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Dr Carlos Couto, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Prof Carlos Bernardo, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Prof M&#225;rio De Ara&#250;jo, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
J Ferreira da Silva, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Dr David Hodgson, University of Birmingham, UK
Dr Memis Acar, Loughborough University of Technology, UK
Dr Geoff Roberts, Gwent College, UK

International Programme Committee
Clive Maynard, Curtin University of Technology
Dr Richard Willgoss, University of New South Wales
Dr Richard Bearman, University of Queensland
Assoc Prof Lee Luong, University of South Australia
Prof John Billingsley, University of Southern Queensland
Professor Peter Weiss, Johannes Kepler University
Prof Hendrik Van Brussel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Professor Paulo Miyagi, USP - Politecnica de Sao Paulo
Assoc Prof Michael Valasek, Czech Technical University in Prague
Dr Ole Ravn, Technical University of Denmark
Prof Aarne Halme, Helsinki University of Technology
Prof Heikki Koivo
Assoc Prof Tapio Virvalo, Tampere University of Technology
Prof Pentti Vaha, VTT
Dr David Pearson, EMA-EERIE
Dr Hubert Roth
Professor Klaus Schilling, Fachhochule Ravensburg-Weingarten
Dr Saman Halgamuge, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
Prof Eberhard Kallenbach, Technische Universitaet Ilmenau
Dr Stefan Ruede, Universitaet Karlsruhe
Prof Hartmut Janocha, Universitat des Saarlandes
Prof Robert E King, University of Patras
Robin Bradbeer, City University of Hong Kong
Dr Attila Bencsik, Banki Donat Polytechnic
Dr Geza Haidegger, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Prof O Petrik, Technical University of Budapest
Dr S. M.De Almeida, University College Cork
Prof Enrico Ravina, Universita di Genova
Prof M Shiraishi, Ibaraki University
Prof Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University
Prof Takashi Emura, Tohoku University
Prof Iwao Hayashi
Prof Yoshimi Ito
Assoc Prof Hidenori Shinno, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Prof Yuji Furukawa, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Prof Ramutis Bansevicius, Kaunas University of Technology
Prof Victor Gonzalez
Dr Marcelo Lopez-Parra, UNAM
Prof Wim Jongkind, T U Delft
Dr Saeid Nahavandi, Massey University
Dr Reg Dunlop, University of Canterbury
Prof Terje Lien, Norwegian Institute of Technology
Prof An&#237;bal Tra&#231;a de Almeida
Dr Helder Ara&#250;jo, FCTUC Coimbra University
Assoc Prof Renato Morgado, EFACEC
Dr F Lobo Pereira, FEUP Porto University
Assoc. Prof. Dr. J S&#225; da Costa, IST Lisbon
Dr Paula Gomes
Assoc Prof Carlos Couto
Dr Fernando Ferreira
Assoc Prof M&#225;rio Lima
Dr J&#250;lio Martins
Dr Jo&#227;o Monteiro
Dr Goran Putnik, Universidade do Minho
Assoc Prof L M Camarinha-Matos
Prof Steiger Gar&#231;&#227;o, UNL Lisbon
Prof A Chernikov, Moscow State Technical University
Prof Valery Gradetsky, Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr Gerald Seet, Nanyang Technological University
Prof Poo Aun Neow
Prof Teck Low, National University of Singapore
Tan Ah Sway, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Asst Prof Matjaz Colnaric
Prof Bertil Svensson, Halmstad University
Dr Jan Wikander, KTH Stockholm
Prof Gerhard Schweitzer, ETH Zurich
Prof Okyay Kaynak, Bogazici Universitiesi
Prof Abdulkadir Erden, Middle East Technical University
Paul Porucznik, Consultant
Dr George Sweeney, Consultant
Prof John Corbett
Prof Peter Deasley, Cranfield University
Prof Philip Moore
Dr Len Norton-Wayne, De Montfort University
Dr Jeremy Watson, Eurotherm Controls
Dr Geoff Roberts, Gwent College
Dr Brian L Davies, Imperial College
Prof Alan Bradshaw
Dr David Dawson, Lancaster University
Dr Memis Acar
Jim Cooling
Prof Roger Goodall
Rob Harrison
Prof Rob Parkin
Qing-Hua Wu, Loughborough University of Technology
Prof Stephen Prosser, Lucas
David Stevens, Rank Taylor Hobson
Ian H Fraser, Royal Mail Technology Centre
Dr Mark Atherton, South Bank University
Prof Cliff Burrows, University of Bath
Dr David Hodgson
Prof Tim King
David Pycock
Dr Liguo Tao, University of Birmingham
Prof Koorosh Khodabandehloo, University of Bristol
Prof Jim Hewit, University of Dundee
Prof Paul M Taylor, University of Hull
Prof Mike Brady, University of Oxford
Dr Paul Sharkey, University of Reading
Prof F N-Nagy, University of Salford
Prof C J Harris, University of Southampton
Gordon Mair, University of Strathclyde
Prof Graham Parker, University of Surrey
Dr Dave Cliff, University of Sussex
Prof I Charles Ume, Georgia Tech
Dr Kevin Craig, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Prof Joseph Duffy, University of Florida
Asst Prof Diann Brei, University of Michigan
Prof Evgeny Rivin, Wayne State University
Dr Sanja Vranes, Mihailo Pupin Institute

This announcement is also available through the Conference Announcement
Archive on the WorldWideWeb, providing indexes and search functions by
subject, keywords, or date. You may submit announcements or updates
o by posting to the newsgroup news.announce.conferences,
o by sending your submission via e-mail to conferences@iao.fhg.de, or
o through on-line WWW forms at the Conference Announcement Archive.
The Conference Announcement Archive is located at