ECEC'2014, 20th European Concurrent Engineering Conference, April 28-30, 2014, Novotel, Bruges, Belgium, Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Modular SkyScrapers for MegaCities

Hans Degraeuwe

Degraeuwe Consulting NV
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Curriculum Vitae

Architect Hans Ferdinand Degraeuwe brings extensive knowledge of managing Real Estate Development, High Rise Architecture and Hotel / Brand Identity programs.
He enriched his wide range experience by consulting European, US, Nigerian and Arabian Gulf clients for the last 26 years and by pioneering ecoTower Modular Prefabrication Technology.

Cyber-Physical Systems - new challenges for Science, Technology and Education

Ioan Dumitrache

Romanian Academy of Sciences
University "Politehnica"of Bucharest
Control Engineering and Computer Science Faculty
Bucharest, Romania


The evolution of computers, communications and control technology in the context of the
increasing complexity of infrastructures has driven towards the new paradigm of Cyber-PhysicalSystems (CPS).

The real progress in the field of WSAN (Wireless Sensors & Actuators Networks), as these in the area of embedded and Networked Control Systems creates new opportunities for the development of a more intelligent planetary approach. (Smarter Planet). Computers and communication devices are deeply embedded and they are capable of adding new capability and features to physical systems.

New challenges for science, technology and education have been identified, considering the impact of CPS paradigm on the next knowledge-based society.

The paper will present some of the most important such challenges, in the context of the evolution of the digital society and considering their impact on the human behavior in this new intelligent framework. There will be presented new paradigms for education in engineering and approaches to train engineers for the economy of the future society.
A special attention will be paid to interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and STEM education of the new generations of engineers.

The conference intends to promote new concepts in engineering education in order to answer and to foresee the main challenges of this century.

Curriculum Vitae

Ioan Dumitrache gratuaded from “Politehnica” University Bucharest (PUB) with a PhD in Electric Automation (1970). He has completed research internship in the USA, Germany and France. He joined the staff of UPB in 1962, reaching full professorship in 1982 at the Department of Automation.

Professor Dumitrache served as Deputy Dean (1976-1984) and Dean (1984-1990) of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers. Starting in 1994, Professor Dumitrache created the Center of Training Human Resources. In the period 2000-2004 he served as Rector of “Politehnica” University of Bucharest. In 2000 he was elected Member of The Academy of Technical Sciences and in 2003 he has elected Corresponding Member of the Romanian Academy.

Professor Dumitrache researches into algorithms and advanced control strategies, intelligent manufacturing, robotics, modeling and controlling bioprocesses, either as Principal Investigator of Coordinator of larger teams. He is the Chief Editor of “Control Engineering and Applied Informatics” and serves as member of the editorial board of similar journals. He is a member of various IFAC Committees and serves as a Romanian representative for the IFAC.

Professor Dumitrache has authored more than 20 books and monographs in tuning engineering, intelligent control of processes, numerical control of processes, optimizations, control engineering, intelligent robots etc. He has authored more than 260 articles in peer-review journals and international proceedings and has edited 16 volumes of national and international conferences in automation and information technology.

Professor Dumitrache is the President of The Roman Society of Automation and Technical Informatics. Since 1994, he is a member of the National University Research Council (NURC), serving as a president of NURC since 1998. He has received numerous awards and distinctions