ICMAA Speakers
Prof. KHOO Boo Cheong
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Director, Teamsek Laboratories, National University of Singapore (NUS)

BC Khoo graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Honours, 1st Class with Distinction). In 1984, he obtained his MEng from the NUS and followed by PhD from MIT in 1989. He joined NUS in 1989.

From 1998 to 1999, he was seconded to the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC, Singapore) and served as the deputy Director and Director of Research.

In 1999, BC returned to NUS and spent time at the SMA-I (Singapore MIT Alliance I) as the co-Chair of High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems Program till 2004. In the period 2005-2013, under the SMA-II, he was appointed as the co-Chair of Computational Engineering Program.

In 2011-2012, BC was appointed the Director of Research, Temasek Laboratories, NUS. Since 2012, he has been the Director, Temasek Laboratories.

BC Khoo serves on numerous organizing and advisory committees for International Conferences/Symposiums held in USA, China, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and others. He is a member of the Steering Committee, HPC (High Performance Computing) Asia. He has received a Defence Technology Team Prize (1998, Singapore) and the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Prize (1980, UK). Among other numerous and academic and professional duties, he is the Associate Editor of Communications in Computational Physics (CiCP) and Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (AAMM), and is on the Editorial Board of American Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Ocean Systems Engineering (IJOSE), International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems (IJIUS), The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal (OME) and The Open Ocean Engineering Journal.

In research, BC ‘s interest are in:
(i) Fluid-structure interaction
(ii) Underwater shock and bubble dynamics
(iii) Compressible/Incompressible multi-medium flow

He is the PI of numerous externally funded projects including those from the Defense agencies like ONR/ONR Global and MINDEF (Singapore) to simulate/study the dynamics of underwater explosion bubble(s), flow supercavitation and detonation physics. His work on water circulation and transport across the turbulent air-sea interface has received funding from the then BP International for predicting the effects of accidental chemical spills. Qatar NRF has funded study on internal sloshing coupled to external wave hydrodynamics of (large) LNG carrier.

BC has published over 360 international journal papers, and over 360 papers at international conferences/symposiums. He has presented at over 115 plenary/keynote/invited talks at international conferences/symposiums/meetings.

Speech Title: "Study of Sub- and Supersonic Flow Control with Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator"

The nanosecond (ns) dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuator is driven by pulse voltage with pulse duration ranging from tens of to hundreds of nanoseconds. The relatively quick plasma discharge causes the conversion of part of electrical energy into near surface gas heating within the discharge volume in a short time period of less than 1 s. As a result, the temperature and pressure in the actuator region increase appreciably, which in turn causes the generation of a micro shock wave. The ns DBD plasma actuator has proved to be an effective actuation technique in many aerodynamic systems, and actually functions via the Joule heating effect1. By contrast, the alternating current (ac) plasma actuator achieved the control authority through the discharge induced flow jet. In the current study, a combined numerical and experimental study of flow separation control over a NACA 0015 airfoil with ns and ac plasma actuators is conducted for a comparison of performance between two types of devices. It is found that for the airfoil leading edge separation control in the subsonic regime, the nanosecond discharge induced residual heat causes the generation of spanwise vortices and finally makes the separated flow being reattached, whereas the shock wave contributes little to control authority. The advection of residual temperature with external flow offers a nanosecond plasma actuator a lot of flexibility to extend its influence region. Therefore, under certain situations, the ns DBD is superior to its ac counterpart, whose influence region is limited to the discharge region. In addition, a concept study of the supersonic flow control with the nanosecond DBD is performed by means of numerical simulation.

Prof. S. Mekid
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mekid is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at KFUPM and Chartered Engineer registered with IMechE (UK). Prior to joining KFUPM, he was Assistant Professor at UMIST (UK) and The University of Manchester (UK). He has worked with Caterpillar in the Design Department and has been an evaluator to several European Framework Projects and other funding institutions e.g. EPSRC. His area of research includes Machine Design, Instrumentation, Mechatronics, Smart Materials, Smart Systems and Sensors Design. He has published over 150+ publications in professional journals and international conference proceedings and recently edited two books. He holds more than two dozens of patents.

Speech Title: "Is obsolescence in conflict with VAVE in Product Life Cycle?"

Products are usually designed and made to meet specific interests at known cost. Value analysis and value engineering known as VAVE is always associated with the product development not only for cost reduction but also to generate a function-based competitive product. The customer may develop over time more interest to this product for various reasons. Some of it could be the engineering value he likes more since it solves his current problems.
However, the annoying fact is that obsolescence whether planned or not planned comes at some stage to perturbate this relationship. It becomes an issue for large sectors in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas many other public consumer products.
The talk discusses this issues through the product life cycle and a couple of examples. The recent A380 put on planned obsolescence by 2021 although classified under hi-tech sector is an interesting example.

Prof. Jia-Yush Yen
National Taiwan University, Taiwan

顏家鈺教授 台湾大学

Professor Jia-Yush Yen received the B.S. degree from National Tsing-Hwa University, Taiwan in 1980, the M.Sc. degree from University of Minnesota, USA, in 1983, and the Ph.D degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1989, all in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty of National Taiwan University where he served as the Department Chair, the director of Tjing-Ling Industrial Research Institute, and the Dean of the College of Engineering until 2017.

Prof. Yen served as the Chair of the Automation Area for the National Science Council, the president of the Chinese Institute of Automation Engineers (CIAE) for four years. He is a fellow of the ASME, Chinese Society of Mechanical Eng., and CIAE. Dr. Yen received many awards, among them twice the Outstanding Research Award from Taiwan National Science Council (now the Ministry of Science and Technology) is awarded only to the topmost researchers in their area. Dr. Yen also received numerous complements from the government for his public service. He had also served as consultant for many companies and institutes. His research interests are in the areas of mechatronic systems, computer peripherals, and nano-manipulations.

Speech Title: "Diagnosis of Keratoconus Based on Corneal Dynamic Response"

Modern non-contact tonometer achieves the applanation required for intraocular pressure measurement by shooting a very rapid air-puff onto the cornea. The rapid air-puff offers more comfortable testing process, but it also induces undesirable wave propagation along the corneal surface. It is our desire to make use of this wave propagation signal for the detection of possible intraocular pressure (IOP) related diseases. We first show that with the applanation geometry is affected by the IOP. We then explain how the wave propagation is related to the IOP. With the mathematical description of the corneal wave propagation, we noticed that the decomposed responses are different between normal human eye and the eye that suffers from keratoconus. With the proper analysis, we propose an analysis tool for detecting possible keratoconus with the dynamic response measured by an air puff response recorder with Scheimpflug imaging.

Accepted abstract & Full paper will be invited to give the presentation at ICMAA 2020