Prof. Marko Munih University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Marko Munih (Ph.D., University of Ljubljana, 1993, Posdoc at UCL, London) is a Full Professor, Head of Robolab at University of Ljubljana since 1997. His early research interests were focused in functional electrical stimulation of paraplegic lower extremities with surface electrode systems, including measurements, control, biomechanics and electrical circuits. In continuation the research orientation is into robot contact with environment, as well as in construction and use of haptic interfaces in the fields of industry and rehabilitation engineering, in combination with VR. Notable impact had research on physiological computing linked to rehabilitation robotics. Further expertise includes building of robot for construction and applications of robots for masurement tasks. Lately also research of contactless measurements of kinematics with Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) implemented in exoskeletons and prosthetic devices. Among all these fields he was/is partner PI on ten EU projects, as well as lead direct industry funded projects. He (co)authored 140 reviewed journals publications, 5 patents and 7 textbooks.
Prof. Hiroshi Takahashi Tohoku University, Japan
Hiroshi TAKAHASHI graduated Tohoku University in Japan in 1981 and obtained Bachelor degree. He also obtained Master degree in 1983 and Doctor degree in 1986, all from Tohoku University. After he obtained Doctor degree, he joined Graduate school of Earth Science and Technology, Tohoku University as a Research Associate. His early main research subject was slurry transportation by pipelines. Especially, his interest was a coarse solid-liquid two-phase flow in a horizontal pipe. Then, his main research was changed into automation and robotics in mining and construction including robot vision system, locomotion system and automatic scooping and loading system by hydraulic excavators. Now, he is a Full Professor of Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University. Recently he is interested in the recycling system for construction wastes, eco-friendly construction machinery and environmental science. He developed a new recycling system for high water content sludge named “Fiber-Cement-Stabilized Soil Method”. This system has been used widely in the construction sites in Japan.
A New Recycling System for High Water Content Sludge using Paper Debris and Cement ーIts Features and Actual Constructionー
Prof. Dan Constantinescu University Politehnica Bucharest (Romania)
Professor from 2003 in the Department of Strength of Materials, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. His work concerns experimental and numerical researches for composite and nanocomposite materials with emphases on interlaminar and intralaminar failure in composite materials and their damage. Other interests include the formulation of constitutive equations for static and impact loadings for light metallic alloys, composites and ceramic materials. He was visiting professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he did fracture mechanics research for interface cracks along and parallel to bondlines by using 3D photoelasticity and three-dimensional propagation of cracks in mixed modes. He was a Fulbright and DAAD Fellow. He authored two textbooks on fracture mechanics and composites and more than 200 research papers in journals and conference proceedings. He did research in more than 55 contracts, out of which in 25 of them as project director. He is expert reviewer at the National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education. He was also member in the Commission for Engineering Sciences of the National Council for Scientific Research. From 2016 he is member of the National Committee of Mechanics, Mechatronics and Robotics of the National Council of Accreditation of University Titles and Diplomas. He is director of the Research Centre of Applied Mechanics, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. His main interests are in the fields of Fracture Mechanics, Fatigue, Experimental and Numerical Methods used in Applied Mechanics.
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Behavior and damage characterization of sandwich panels in low-velocity impact
Facesheets are aluminum and GFR composites and core is polyurethane and polystyrene.