KEYNOTE  SPEAKERS
2022

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Prof.Catalin Alexandru

Director of the University Doctoral Council, Transilvania University of Braşov, Romania

Member in the CNATDCU commission of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and 

Robotics (2016 - )

Member in academic councils: Administration Council of the Transilvania University of Braşov (2016 - ); Faculty of Technological Engineering (2004 - 2010); Faculty of Product Design and Environment (2010 - 2012, 2016 - ); Department of Product Design, Mechatronics and Environment (2016 - ) ; Project manager, administrative manager and financial manager for national research projects; Member in the national board of the Romanian Association for the Mechanisms and Machines Science - ARoTMM (2005 - 2013); Member in the scientific council of the technological & business incubator Products and Technologies for Sustainable Energy - ITA Pro-Energ (2005 - ) 

 

Title of presentation: Influence of the Deformations in Bushings on the Dynamic Behaviour of the Vehicles’ Rear Axle Guidance Systems

Abstract: The work investigates the influence of the deformations in bushings on the dynamic behaviour of the rear axle guidance systems of vehicles, actually continuing a previous study in which the problem was approached from a static point of view. In the comparative analysis, there are considered two models for the joints (bushings) through which the bars of the guidance mechanism are connected to the adjacent parts (chassis and axle, respectively), namely spherical joints, which consider only the rotational movements, and flexible/compliant joints, which consider both linear and angular mobilities. The study, which is developed for the two structural types of guidance mechanisms (depending on their number of degrees of mobility), was conducted using the virtual prototyping package ADAMS of MSC Software.

 

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Prof.Radu Rugescu

Manager of ADDA Private Company

University Politehnica of Bucharest

Dr. Radu D. Rugescu, university professor, married (daughter and son), born in Bucharest, Romania, E. U. was affiliated since 1969 with University “Politehnica” ofBucharest (UPB), successively from assistant professor to full professor. With expertise in Space Technology and Astronautics, specifically Propulsion, Thermochemistry, Astrodynamics, Optimization, Statistics, Programming, Robotics and Manufacturing Technology, he has taught courses in Romanian, English and German languages.He has received the Doctor in Science degree from UPB in Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and performed several specializations in Germany and USA. He is the founder President of ADDA-Association Dedicated to Development in Astronautics since 1959, incorporated as LLC in 1991, now the owner of the space propulsion large test facility in Fagaras city, Romania. Dr. Rugescu first presented a public conference on Space Flight in May 16, 1959, at the National College St. Sava in Bucharest, Romania followed by micro-rocket launches, a largely mediatized event. His research firsts include a Genuine Solid Rocket Propellant in 1959, The first Romanian liquid propellant rocket engine in 1969, the first Capture of freezing temperature of water-gas reaction in 1982, the firstRomanian air-breathing rocket engine in 1987, a New variational method for discontinuous integrands in 1997, a new technology for Air captured imaging and TV live transmission from high altitude airplanes of solar eclipse in 1999, Non-Keplerian gravity coupling of very large space structures in 2004, Solar gravity- assisted Accelerator in 2006, The unit histogram for scarce statistical information in 2008, the first Romanian Rocket-to-ground telemetry transmission in 2010 (in cooperation), Micro-thruster for spacecraft orientation and Graphometric process and device in 2013, Retroinjector for instable liquids and theCombined Rocket Engine in 2014, Rocket engine with free nozzle in 2015 and others. He was PI in the ORVEAL project, granted by UEFISCDI to ADDA LLC in 2012 for a four-year development of the third stage of the Romanian orbital launcher SPARTACUS, scientific director in the 4 mills euro MORALISS- NERVA project in 2016 and in other 23 national and 7 international R&D grants. Dr. Rugescu is inventor in four patents and authors 3 other patent applications under evaluation in Romania. He is member of the Astronautics Commission of the Romanian Academy since 1975, member of theInternational Institute for Acoustics and Vibrations since 2002, of the Working Group for the Space Elevatorof the International Academy of Astronautics since 2004, of the American Chemical Society since 2010, of the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics since 2011, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers-ASME since 2013, founding member of the Romanian-US Alumni Association since 2013, and in other societies. He was nominated in 2011 by the Romanian government and proposed again in 2016 as board member of the National Commission for Academic Titles CNATDCU in Aerospace and Transportation.Dr. Rugescu was honored with the “Henry Coanda” prize of the Romanian Academy in 2013

 

Title of prezentation: Parameter selection with critical uncertainties for ORVEAL nonconventional rocket engine.

Backbone parameter selection is one of the primary challenges in the design of new space vehicles and is ordinarily solved based on a less or more developed computational model for the item. Parameter selection becomes even more challenging when the design product is entirely novel and no previous experimental evidence is available, which is the case with the compound rocket engine, first conceived and manufactured for static tests by the ADDA team, under the name ORVEAL. A method to partially overcome the critical uncertainties of the computational model is offered and is applied in the selection of the main design parameters of the engine that wait for validation or rejection through static hot tests. The hot tests are planned on the ADDA test stand in its Fagaras test facility. The application shows the impressively narrow margin of acceptable parameter values and the high measurement accuracy of the data acquisition system claimed by that critical mass of uncertainties. As an extra overload for the designer, the confidence in the expectedexperimental evidence is only secured when the entire test hardware presents a barely high reliability under given uncertainties. Methods to secure this reliability level are presented. The ORVEAL project of ADDA was first sponsored by UEFISCDY through the homonym research contract and is now raised to the level of harsh experimental evaluation by ADDA.

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Assoc. Prof. Cicerone Laurenţiu POPA

Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest

Cicerone Laurentiu Popa is Associate Professor at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics, with a PhD in Industrial Engineering. From 2020 he is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics responsible with scientific research. He has published over 50 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He was project manager in the project Selective waste collection integrated system for a smart city – SMARTCOLLECT (2016-2018) and participated as a researcher in over 12 research projects. Experience in projects or grants evaluation: Expert proposal evaluator for European Commission, Research Executive Agency (REA); Expert proposal evaluator for Romanian PNCDI (National Research, Development and Innovation Plan); Monitor for ROSE projects (Romania Secondary Education Project). Research topics: industrial engineering, waste management, material flow management, logistics, smart cities, Industry 4.0.

 

Title of presentation: Designing and developing an automated waste collection system for a smart city

 

Abstract: Nowadays, waste collection systems are partially automated, mainly only the collection of plastic& glass recipients and aluminium cans is somehow automated by using Reverse Vending Machines. Companies are looking for solutions to increase the collection level of various waste types by using new technologies and devices such as smart sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud platforms. The presentation will be focused on discussing solutions to increase the use of the system, to improve its productivity and its collected waste storage capacity and to find solutions to integrate the system into a smart city infrastructure. A fully automated integrated waste collection system will be analysed, a system able to separately collect different types of waste: plastic recipients, glass recipients, aluminium cans, WEEEs, paper and cardboard. 

 

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Prof.Costel Cotet

RSP Department

University Poitehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Qualifications and studies: PhD Degree in Industrial Engineering (2000) MSc Degree in Strategic Management (1995) Bachelor of Science Degree in Machine Tools (1994) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience in Education and Education Management: Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Research Assistant/engineer, from: 2015, 2008, 2001,1995 in the Department of Robots and Manufacturing Systems (former Machines and Manufacturing Systems), Vice-dean (2012-2016) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience and knowledge related to research and entrepreneurship:  Manager of UPB-PREMINV Research Centre. Coordinator of MSc programme MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING FOR VIRTUAL INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES. Team member in more than 40 Research projects (4 as coordinator) and more than 100 scientific papers published in the field of: Industry 4.0, Discrete material flow management, Digital manufacturing, Waste management devices, Smart cities. Experience in projects or grants evaluation:Expert, Proposal evaluator for European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Expert proposal evaluator for The Central Finance and Contracting Agency of Latvia, Expert proposal evaluator for Romanian PNCDI (National Research, Development and Innovation Plan), Proposal Evaluator and Monitor for ROSE projects (Romania Secondary Education Project). Professional Journals Editorial board: Member in Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal of Simulation Modelling, Vienna, Austria, ISSN 1726-4529, Member in Editorial Board of Proceedings in manufacturing systems, Bucharest, Romania, ISSN 1842-3183.

 

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Prof.Luige Vladareanu

Director of Robotics and Mechatronics Department, 

Director of the Innovation and Technological Transfer Center CITT-ROB.TA

Romanian Academy, Institute of Solid Mechanics, Bucharest Romania

President of the Romanian Robotics Society, Bucharest Branch, 

Corresponding Member of the American-Romanian Academy

Member of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, Auburn University, USA

 Romania

Senior science researcher level I/Professor Romanian Academy, Institute Solid Mechanics, Bucharest, since 1990. Science researcher Institute Physics & Materials Technology, 1984—1990. President general manager Engineering & Technology Industrial VTC Company, since 1991. Science consultant National Science Research Council, Engineering Science Committee Minister Education & Research, 2003—2005. High level expert consultant executive department finance Science University Research, since 2004. Head automation lab Danubiana Tire Co, Romania, 1977—1984. Manager, team leader integrated automation project Engineering & Technology Industrial VTC Company, since 1991. Team leader data acquisition system & real time control system Romanian Academy, Institute Solid Mechanics, since 1994. Manager, coordinator weighing and dosing complex automation for animal food project Romsuintest Company, Peris, Romania, 1996—1998. International coordinator ABB Special Security Team, Heidelberg, 1996—2004. Manager, coordinator complex automation for technological flux of mineral & vegetal oil project Ultex Company, Tandarei, Romania, 1998—2000. Manager, coordinator abb plc training center VTC Company, since 1998. Manager project 116/1999 National Research and Development Program Relasin, Bucharest, 1999—2002. Manager project 1266/2000 National Research and Development Program Relansin, 2000—2003. Manager project 002/2001 National Research and Development Program Mener, Bucharest, 2001—2004. Manager, coordinator force & displacement test stand for vehicle damper project Novohidraulic Company, Bucharest, 2002—2004. Manager project 1713/2002 National Research and Development Program Relansin, Bucharest, 2002—2005. Manager, coordinator complex automation mrg. project Faur Company, Bucharest, 2003—2004, manager, coordinator complex automation carusel tools machines project, 2004—2005. Manager, coordinator speed measurement of high power generators project Politechnical University Bucharest, 2003—2004. Committee president evaluation of technical informatics & automations center Technology University, Iasi, Romania, 2005. Manager, coordinator power management system project Green Energy Company, Bucharest, since 2006. Evaluator of over 200 projects of the national program National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education, 2003—2007. Member evaluation committees of over 300 grants/projects of national Research and Development programs. Expert evaluator National Program Management Center, Ministry Education and Research, since 2007. Director, coordinator 7 grants of national research. Advisor mechanical engineering Ro.

Title of presentation: Active Rehabilitation Training Control Strategy of Lower Limb Rehabilitation Robots (the LLR-Ro) through the dynamic modeling of human-machine coordination and detect the patient leg motion intention

Abstract. A new active rehabilitation training based on static torque sensors, applicable to effective sitting/lying lower limb rehabilitation robot (the LLR-Ro )  in order to improve the patient’s training initiative and accelerate the rehabilitation process are investigated. The active Rehabilitation Training Control Strategy and the motion intention acquisition flow diagram of the patient's lower limb demonstrated, by simulation experiments, the correctness of the mechanism leg dynamics equation. The calibration experiment of the joint torque sensors provides the hardware support for active rehabilitation training and the consecutive variation of the torque sensors to obtain high performance on the patient's lower limb motion intention. The research has important scientific significance and theoretical value in improving and developing the sitting/lying lower limb rehabilitation robot theory. Based on the variation of torque sensors installed on the mechanism leg joint axis, LLR-Ro could detect the patient leg motion intention and realize the active rehabilitation training to replace traditional robot-leading training. Acknowledgements.This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CCCDI-UEFISCDI, MultiMonD2 project number PN-III-P1-1.2-PCCDI2017-0637/33PCCDI/01.03.2018, within PNCDI III, and by the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie SMOOTH project, Smart Robots for Fire-Fighting, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016-734875 and Yanshan University: “Joint Laboratory of Intelligent Rehabilitation Robot” project, KY201501009, Collaborative research agreement between Yanshan University, China and Romanian Academy by IMSAR, RO. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Robotics and Mechatronics Department, Institute of Solid Mechanics of the Romanian Academy.

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Prof. Adrian Olaru

University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Adrian Olaru finished the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Machines and Manufacturing Systems, Romania, in 1974, head of promotion. From 1974 until 1990 he worked as a designing engineer at the "Optica Romana" Enterprise, also being an associate assistant at the Faculty of Machine-Building Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. In 1990 Prof. Adrian became an appointed lecturer at the Faculty of Technological Systems Engineering and Management, the Machine-Tools Department. Now, he is university full professor, and teaches the following courses: Industrial Robots Dynamics, LabVIEW application in modeling and simulation of the dynamic behavior of robots, Technological Transport Systems, Electrohydraulic Servosystems, Analyze and Syntese of Electrohydraulic Servosistems for Industrial Robots, Personal and social robots and Vibration of the virtual prototypes of industrial robots. Prof. Adrian Olaru has published over 160 national and international papers concerning modeling and simulation of hydraulic power system, technological transport systems, electrical and hydraulic servo systems and dynamic behavior of industrial robots. For recent relevant details, see the publication list and the web page. He also has substantial contribution for over than ten technical books. Prof. Adrian Olaru was invited professor of the prestigious universities arround the world and the invited speacker at the different international conferences from Slovakie, France, Italy, China, India, Iran, Poland, Autrich, Rusian Federation, United Arab Emirates, Turkie, Croatie. He was coopted each year in the more than 30 International Technical Committees and like general co-chair from the different international conferences arroun the world: USA, Australy, India, United Arab Emirates, Porto Rico, China, Singapore, Malayesia, Japan, Tayland, Slovaky, Czech Republic.

Title of presentation: Artificial muscle for exoscheletons and human robots

Abstract: Artificial muscles are broadly defined as the materials and devices that can change their shapes under external chemical or physical stimuli. A subset of artificial muscles, defined as robotic artificial muscles, are actuators that conform to biologically inspired manners to generate work. These actuators, ranging from shape memory alloys (SMA) to dielectric elastomers, offer many advantages over conventional rigid actuators (e.g., electric motors) – i.e., high power-to-weight ratio, high force-to-weight ratio, inherent compliance, and all without complex linkages. Robotic artificial muscles have shown strong potential as driving mechanisms for novel robotic applications such as robot manipulators and grippers, biomimetic robots, robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons, medical robots, soft robots, and many others. 

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Prof. Vlad Muresan

Technical University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

was born in Zalǎu, Sǎlaj, Romania, in 1983. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automation and Applied Anformatics from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania (in 2007 and in 2009) and the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania, in 2010. Since 2008 he is a member of staff in the Automation Department, Faculty of Automation and Computer Science, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Since 2014 he is Associate Professor and since 2017 he is Ph.D. coordinator).

The main research interests are: mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of distributed parameter processes, industrial plant control, isotope separation processes (modeling and control), advanced control of the metallurgical processes, intelligent control, biomedical processes, fractional-order systems etc.

He published more than 130 papers in journals or communicated at international conferences, he is the main author or coauthor of 9 technical books and he participated in 11 research contracts as manager or as member in the research team. Also, he is IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) member and he received the Best Paper Award in 5 international conferences.   

 

Title of  prezentation: “Modeling, Simulation and Control for Isotropic Separation Processes”

Abstract: “In the presentation, the domain of isotopic separation processes is approached. In this context, the production processes of some isotopes, as 15N,18O and 13C, are detailed. For each production process, the solution of obtaining the mathematical model of the corresponding separation plant operation is presented. The main challenge in modeling the separation processes is due to the fact that they are distributed parameter processes. Also, the main original strategies proposed for controlling the operation of the approached isotopic separation processes are exposed.”   

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Prof.Adrian Stoica

University Politehnica of Bucharest

Romania

Adrian-Mihail Stoicagraduated the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science of University “Politehnica” ofBucharest in 1979andhe received the Ph.D. degree in control engineering in 1993. He is a professor at Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of University “Politehnica” of   Bucharest, his research interests including automatic flight control systems, robust control theory, estimation and filtering, numerical algorithms. Professor Stoicais author or co-author of five monographs and more than one hundred fifty refereed journalsand conferences papers. He is member of the Technical Committee on Aerospace of  International Federation of Automatic Control(IFAC) and member of American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Title of presentation: H-infinity distributed controller design for multi-agent systems

Abstract. The paper presents a design methodology of a distributed H-infinity controller for multi-agent systems with identical agents. It is proved that the distributed controller depends both on the solutions of the local H-infinity problem and on the sparsity of the Laplacian and the topology of the associated graph. The theoretical results and proposed procedures are illustrated by an application of flight formation with different geometries. 

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Prof. Gabriel JIGA

Strength of Materials Department

Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics

Head of the UPB ERASMUS desck

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania

Qualifications and studies: PhD Degree in Industrial Engineering (1997) Bachelor of Science Degree in Machine Building Technology (1986) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience in Education and Education Management: Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Research Assistant/engineer, from: 2004, 1997, 1994, 1990 in the Department of Strength of Materials, Vice-dean (2008-2012) and (2012-2016) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience and knowledge related to research in the field of advanced materials. 2005 – Marie Curie projects evaluator (48 projects) in Brussels (EIF Mobility 5 – 20 projects, IIF Mobility 7 – 15 projects, OIF Mobility 6 – 13 projects).Project manager POSDRU/161/2.1/G/136467, „First steps to a successfull carrier”– PRIMUS,Long term expert in POSDRU/86/1.2./S/56872 Project, „Inter-universities virtual community for science, technology, innovation and capitalization of intellectual properties”, Project manager in Excellence in Research project CEEX 211/2006 “Research on modular elements achievement destined for the increase of impact strength of the safety guardrails”. Project manager in Excellence in Research project  CEEX 213/2006 “Research on achievement of modular elements made from composite materials in order to increase the mechanical shocks of cabins protective structure”.Trainer in the frame of several European projects E-learning, IT (Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig). Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Student Professional Contest in Strength of materials. Chairman of the first and IVthInternational Conference of Structural Analysis of Advanced Materials ICSAAM 2005, ICSAAM 2011, held in Bucharest and Sinaia. Vice-chairman at the IInd(Patras), IIIrd (Tarbes), Vth(Patras) and VIth(Porto) International Conference of Advanced Materials. At present ERASMUS+ Coordinator in University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.

 

Title of presentation: Researches on the behavior of PLA sandwich structures, with different core configurations loaded in three points bending

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Prof.Samer Alfayad

UEVE Paris- Saclay University, France

Currently a full professor in robotics systems at UEVE and Paris-Saclay University. From 2011 to 2019 he was an associated professor in humanoid robotics at UVSQ, holding in the same time an industrial excellence chair about hydraulic domestication at UVSQ & BIA company. From 2010 to 2011 he was a Post-doc researcher at TUM-Germany with a scholarship from the Alexander Von Humboldt foundation. He received his Ph.D in robotics from UVSQ in 2009. Awarded of the best Ph.D thesis in robotics by the French CNRS in 2010. Awarded of the best Ph.D thesis in robotics for the 20 years’ anniversary of UVSQ. 

            He has been an investigator of several French national projects. He is the leader of the mechatronics research group. He was the team leader of Paris-Saclay team to Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge MBZIRC2017. He is co-coordinator of Institute for Control and Decision (iCode Paris-Saclay). He published 28 peer-reviewed original publications and 14 patents. He obtained 2.7 M€ funding during the last 5 years. 

 

Title of presentation:From Humanoids to Assistive Devices

Abstract: Improving our vision of mechatronics design, will allow the development of robotic assistive devices best suited to meet the user needs. To raise this challenge, the research carried out focused on four fields:


The development of HYDROïD, a hydraulically actuated humanoid robot. The goal was to propose an innovative solution in order to eliminate all external pipes and replace them with integrated hydraulic passages. This leads to an original solution where “arteries” and “veins” were built inside the HYDROïD body to drive hydraulic fluid like blood in human body. A new “integrated hydraulic actuation” method was proposed and implemented on HYDROïD robot. Two integrated electrohydraulic actuators were also proposed, the last version called Servo Electro-Hydraulic Actuator aims at validating an innovative hydraulic & electric actuator enabling products with the performance of hydraulic components for the simplicity, price, volume and weight of an electric actuator. The final product will be well adapted to robotics markets and more globally to embedded mechatronic systems.

The mechatronics development of a robot made up of: i) A mobile platform based on ‘multidirectional Omni-wheel'. ii) An articulated robot arm with six degrees of freedom, modular, interchangeable, reconfigurable. This robot was designed by 'Paris-Saclay’ team for participating to the international robotic competition

The development of an exoskeleton for the personalized rehabilitation of the lower limb of an adolescent suffering from spinal cord injuries. This electrically actuated exoskeleton is easily re-sizable, adjustable and adaptable to the growth of its user.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXa-A0bmzvrY4ayygGZsx6Q

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Ph.D.Student Eng. Maya Sleiman Bechara

Evry Paris, France

Mechatronics Design
Integrated Hydraulic 

Integration Materials and Manufacturing Processes

 

Title of presentation: Mathematical modeling of a Servo Electro-Hydraulic Actuator

Abstract:Hydraulic actuation has a great capacity to provide high powers in small volumes and small weights. Several drawbacks of this technology ranging from external leakage to delays in response time require a thorough examination during the design of any hydraulic system. The need for a compact sealed system isolated from the environmental factors and contaminants in industrial and robotic applications to independently control joint with a punctual hydraulic power input has motivated Prof. Samer AlFayad to start a development project of a Servo Electro-Hydraulic Actuator (SEHA) fund by SATT-Paris Saclay. Patented in 2020 (PCT/EP2020/054895. 2020) SEHA is a complex component comprising an electric input with a hydraulic pump, an integrated hydraulic circuit, and a hydraulic output mechanism. The design of the Compact Servo Electro-Hydraulic Actuator accounts for several constraints including but not limited to dimensional compactness, power loss optimization, and response time enhancement. This session will explore the mathematical modeling of the input-output of SEHA and define the influencing factors on the overall functioning of the system. 

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Prof.Adinel Gavrus

INSA Rennes, France

Title of presentation: A Try Studies to Estimate and Predict the Propagation of COVID-19 in France, Europe and World