3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping Leiria, 24th to 29th September 2007
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Invited Speakers

Joseph Beaman 

The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Professor Beaman is the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and holds the Ernest F. Gloyna Chair in Engineering. He received his BSME (72 with high honors)) and MSME (75) from this same institution. While obtaining his MSME, he worked for IBM (74-75) in Austin as a Senior Associate Engineer performing engineering analysis and design activities. He obtained his ScD in Mechanical Engineering form MIT in 1979 in Nonlinear Control Systems, after which he joined the faculty at the University of Texas. He is an international expert in Dynamic Systems and Control with applications in manufacturing. Professor Beaman has published over 100 research articles. His specific manufacturing interest is in Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF), a name coined by Professor Beaman. SFF is a manufacturing technology that produces freeform solid objects directly from a computer model of the object without part-specific tooling or human intervention. Selective Laser Sintering, a prominent SFF technology, was developed in his laboratory at the University of Texas and subsequently commercialized. Dr. Beaman was a founder of DTM Corporation (Now merged with 3D Systems). DTM Corporation was the industrial concern that commercialized Selective Laser Sintering.  Professor Beaman is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served as Education Chairman, Program Chairman, and on the Honors Committee for the Dynamic Systems and Control Division.  He is past Chairman of this ASME Technical Division. He is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and has served as Chairman of the Rapid Prototyping Association. Dr. Beaman has served on two worldwide technology evaluations on rapid prototyping and manufacturing and was chair of the last one in 2003. Among his honors, Dr. Beaman received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984, its inaugural year, best paper awards in the Journal of Dynamic Systems and Control, Rapid Prototyping Journal, and the Vacuum Metallurgy Conference Proceedings.  Other awards include the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award at the University of Texas and fellow status in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is listed in Naval Research Reviews-Profiles in Science, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.


Deon J. de Beer

Central University of Technology, South Africa

The Impact of Rapid Prototyping on Industrial Design & Product Development

Prof Deon de Beer is Chief Director: Technology Management at the Central University of Technology, Free State, (South Africa) and leads the Integrated Product Development Research Unit – an NRF-funded Research Niche Area.

Deon is one of the South African pioneers of Rapid Prototyping, and his research lead to the foundation of both the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) and the Tshumisano Technology Station that now focuses on Product Development (PDTS) at the CUT.

The research group focuses on improvement of general product development practices (and transfer of such results to the industry), Rapid Tooling and Medical product Development. Deon furthermore is an NRF-rated researcher.

Deon and his group have published widely on Product Development practices, and the group has extensive national and international networks. Several patents are being held or are in the process of being registered, and some ground-breaking applications have been developed for the South African industry/community.

The group’s research attracted various industrial partners, which lead successful/innovative industry-HEI-public partnerships (triple helix partnerships or Private Public Partnerships), that in turn lead to cutting edge technology platforms to further support R&D and Technology transfer.

Deon serves on many national and international editorial advisory panels, as well as research interest groups/management groups.


Alain Bernard 

École Centrale de Nantes, France

Extending the functional envelope of RP through the use of composite materials

Prof. A. Bernard was graduated in 1982 at ENS Cachan. He contributed to LURPA laboratory (Research Laboratory for Production), with Prof. Bourdet, since 1983 and obtained his PhD in 1989, on 3D feature-based manufacturing of forging dies. As an assistant professor, he worked from 1990, for six years, with Prof. Bocquet in Ecole Centrale Paris (Research laboratory on Mechanical Engineering and Logistics) on product, technology and process modeling. He also created, in 1993, the rapid prototyping and reverse engineering platform of Ecole Centrale Paris, the CREATE (European Rapid prototyping Center for Assistance, Transfert and Experiment). He is the vice-president of AFPR (French Rapid Prototyping Association) and its representative in GARPA (Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations). From September 1996 to October 2001, he has been Professor in CRAN laboratory (Research Center for Automatic Control of Nancy) in Nancy, where he managed a research group (ICF) on mechanical and production engineering. His main research topics are related to reverse engineering, rapid product development, knowledge-management and knowledge-based systems for Computer-Aided decision making (applied to machining, rapid prototyping and laser digitizing), product and process modelling, cost evaluation and human-factors integration. Until 2001, he is Professor in Ecole Centrale de Nantes (the Head of the “Industrial products and systems engineering” department for three years and now Deputy Director for Research of Ecole Centrale de Nantes). For research activities, he founded and was the Head of the “Virtual Engineering for industrial engineering” research team in IRCCyN laboratory (Research Institute for Communications and Cybernetics of Nantes) for four years.


Bopaya Bidanda 

University of Pittsburgh, USA

The future of reverse engineering in medical applications

Bopaya Bidanda is currently the Ernest E. Roth Professor and Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also Chair of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) which is the forum for Industrial Engineering department heads world-wide.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

His research is in the area of manufacturing systems with a special focus on Reverese Engineering, Product Development, and Manufacturing Modernization, Group Technology, Global Supply Networks, , Lean Manufacturing, Human issues in manufacturing,. 

At Pitt, he has helped found the Manufacturing Assistance Center, the Automated Data Collection Laboratory, and more recently the Swanson Center for New Product Innovation.

He has industrial experience in aerospace manufacturing, precision manufacturing and tooling accrued before graduate study.  He has co-published two books with McGraw Hill (Automated Factory Handbook and Shared Manufacturing), in addition to over 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and is completing two additional books in the area of reverse engineering and rapid prototypical in medical applications to be published by Springer.  He has also given invited and keynote talks in multiple countries in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. 
Bopaya Bidanda has received funding for his research from a variety of federal and state sources and from multiple foundations including the W.M. Keck Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.   He is currently an Associate Editor of the Virtual & Physical Prototyping journal.

In 2002, he was elected to become an IIE Fellow. Dr. Bidanda has participated in accreditation visits for over 10 years to many engineering schools across the United States on behalf of the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET).   In 2004, he was appointed a Fulbright Senior Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State.

Over the past 15 years, Bopaya Bidanda has completed numerous consulting and training engagements with a focus on facilitation of projects incorporating modern principles of industrial engineering and manufacturing into many different environments, ranging from regional small and medium sized industries to national heavy engineering industries to precision luxury goods re-manufacturing. Recent examples of clients include FedEx Ground, PPG, Schroeder Industries, The Department of National Defence (Canada), Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Eaton-Cutler Hammer Inc., Cartier Inc, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Zippo Inc., and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Carderock, Maryland.


Boris Chichkov 

Laser Zentrum Hannover, Germany

3D microfabrication by two photon polymerization technique

Boris Chichkov was born in Russia. In 1978 he graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

He got his PhD and started his scientific carrier at the P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics in Moscow in 1981. 

At present, he is a professor in the Department of Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Head of the Nanotechnology Department at Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.


Terrence Fernando 

University of Salford, U.K.

Challenges in creating collaborative workspaces for solving complex problems

Professor Terrence Fernando is the Director of the Future Workspaces Research Centre and the Scientific and Technical Director for the Think Lab at the University of Salford. During the last four years, he led a regional research centre on advanced virtual prototyping, involving the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Lancaster. This EPSRC/OST funded project brought together the key research teams in the region to develop visualisation and simulation technologies for product design. He has a broad background in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving large number of research teams in areas such as distributed virtual engineering, virtual building construction, driving simulations, virtual prototyping, urban simulation, and maintenance simulation. At present he is leading a group of researchers to deliver industrially relevant research projects for the engineering and the construction sectors. As a part of the EU funded Future_Workspaces roadmap project, Prof. Fernando brought together over 100 companies and research centres, from areas such as aerospace, automotive, building construction, multi-modal interfaces, system architecture, networking, human factors etc, to define a 10 year European vision for future collaborative engineering workspaces. This work has now led to a 12 MEuro Integrated project called CoSpaces to develop collaborative technologies for distributed engineering organisations. Prof. Fernando has also played a key role in the MOSAIC project to develop a roadmap for developing mobile workspaces for engineering sectors. His leading role within the INTUITION Network of Excellence project is investigating how VR technology can be developed as a practical tools for various industrial applications.


Anath Fischer 

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Three-dimensional data fusion, shape retrieval and digital processing methods for macro-micro structures

Prof. Anath Fischer has been a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology (IIT) since 1994. She has supervised 25 graduate students and is currently leading a group of researchers including six graduate students. Prof. Fischer is the head of the Technion-IBM-Dassault Systemes Product Lifecycle Management Competency Center (PLMCC). Her major research interests focus on computational metrology and virtual and rapid prototyping for design and manufacturing. She has published over 100 papers in academic journals, including IEEE Trans. on Visualization & Computer Graphics, CAD J., ASME Trans. JCISE, CIRP, IJNME, and at international conferences, including Shape Modeling and App., Solid Modeling and Appl. She is on the editorial boards of ASME Trans. JCISE and served as a guest editor for the International Journal of Shape Modelling, ASME Trans. JCISE and J. of Computers and Graphic. She has been program chair, conference co-chair and IPC member in several international conferences. Currently, she is the program chair of ASME ESDA08. Prof. Fischer has received the prestigious Gutwirth (2003) and Taub (2006) awards for excellence in research. She has also been involved in international scientific and industrial projects across Europe and Korea, including a project of the European Community’s 6th Framework Programme.


Ian Gibson

National University of Singapore, Singapore

The use of multiple materials in Rapid Prototyping

Dr. Ian Gibson has been working in the field of Rapid Prototyping for the last 15 years, starting at Nottingham University in the UK, moving on to Hong Kong University, and now to the National University of Singapore. For much of this time, his research has looked at improving part quality with particular emphasis on mechanical properties. With the recent applications in Rapid Manufacture, this has become increasingly important as a way of extending the range of use for direct fabrication. Particular emphasis has been placed in Dr. Gibson's work on applications in medicine, like for tissue engineering. Dr. Gibson is well known internationally as regional editor of the Rapid Prototyping Journal as well as for starting the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations.


Ricardo Gonçalves 

New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Interoperability – Facing its challenges in industrial environments

Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves holds a PhD degree in Industrial Information Systems by the New University of Lisbon. He is Auxiliar Professor at the New University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, and Senior Researcher at UNINOVA institute. He is graduated in Computer Science, with MSc in Operational Research and Systems Engineering. His research activities have focused on Standard-based Intelligent Integration Frameworks for Interoperability, covering architectures, methodologies and toolkits to support improved development, harmonisation and implementation of standards for data exchange in industry, from design to e-business. He has been technical international project leader for more than 10 years, with more than 50 papers published in conferences, journals and books. He is project leader in ISO TC184/SC4.


Imre Horváth

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Imre Horváth (1954) received M.Sc. in mechanical engineering (1978) and in engineering education (1980) from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. He was working for the Hungarian Shipyards and Crane Factory between 1978 and 1984. He has had various faculty positions at the Technical University of Budapest between 1985 and 1997. He earned a dr. univ. title (1987) and a Ph.D. title (1994) from the TU Budapest, and a C.D.Sc. title from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1993). Since 1997 he is a full professor of Computer Aided Design and Engineering at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. From 1st January 2005 he is Director of Research of the Faculty. He is author of three books (available in Hungarian), translated 2 books, and wrote 11 excerpts of books. He was guest editor of 6 special issues of various journals (e.g., CAD, JED, JCISE, CiI) and editor of 8 conference proceedings. He has written 33 journal papers and 67 refereed conference papers as first author, and co-authored more than 170 journal papers and conference papers. He received 4 best paper awards (e.g., from ASME, ICED). He initiated the Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE) International Symposiums and has been its general chairman for 12 years. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal Computer Aided Design since 2004, and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Engineering Design since 1998. He is vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the CIE Division of the ASME, and conference chair of the 2006 CIE Conference. He has been reviewer for several international journals and conferences. His primary research interests are in philosophical and theoretical aspects of design research, computer support of conceptual design, new system interfaces, vague discrete modelling of shape families, multi-physics-based behavioural simulation, free-form boundary prototyping, and formalisation and structuring of design knowledge. He was invited to deliver several keynotes and tutorials. As educator he is currently interested in computer application in conceptual design, integrating research into design education, and teleconferencing-based active learning.


Dietmar Hutmacher

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Scaffold-Based Bone Engineering by Using Rapid Prototyping Technologies

Professor Hutmacher is acknowledged as a leading expert in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.  He received his first university degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1988. Thereafter, he pursued a career in the medical device and biotechnology industry as Head of R&D and Managing Director. He received his M.B.A in 1999 from the Henley Management College. In 2001 he was awarded his PhD in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, National University of Singapore for the work on bone tissue engineering. Currently, he is holding a joint position as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine. Within 7 years he was able to establish an interdisciplinary research group in Southeast Asia which is making a significant impact to the field via numerous journal publications (more then 100), book chapters (more then 20), and plenary/invited/key note lectures (more then 35). His article” Polymeric Scaffolds in Tissue Engineering Bone and Cartilage. Biomaterials  2000, 21:2529-2543) is cited more then 380 times and 4 others papers more then 100 times.


Yuan-Shin Lee 

North Carolina State University, USA

Yuan-Shin Lee is Professor of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, USA. He received his PhD (1993) and MS (1990) degrees from Purdue University, USA, both in industrial engineering, and his BS degree from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in mechanical engineering. His research interests include 3- and 5-axis sculptured surface manufacturing, CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, high speed machining, and computational geometry for design and manufacturing. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified manufacturing engineer in system integration and control. Dr Lee received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He also received the 1997 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the 1998 Norman Dudley Award from Taylor & Francis Journals, London, UK, the 1999 Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2000 Alumni Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award from North Carolina State University, and the 2001 ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS), the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE) and the Journal of Computer-Aided Drafting, Design and Manufacturing (CADDM).


Gideon Levy

University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

From Rapid Prototyping to Rapid Manufacturing – Chances and Limitations

Prof Dr. Levy received his first university degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966 (Cum Laude), his M.Sc. in Control Engineering in 1968 (Grade Excellent) and his D.Sc. in Manufacturing Technology in 1972, all in IIT (Technion Israel Institute of Technology Haifa). Thereafter, he pursued a career in the Manufacturing/Electronic Industry as AGIE Head of Technology and R&D department (EDM technologies), in 1985 appointed CTO Technical vice president of Soudronic AG (Packaging and Welding technologies) and. From 1997 to 2000 Head of Department Mechatronics, Head of the Centre for Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping at the University of Applied Sciences St Gallen, Switzerland. Since 2001, he is Head of the Institute for Rapid Product Development at the same University. Prof. Dr. Levy’s career has been mainly in advanced R&D in Mechanical / Electronic world with leading Swiss machinery industries. Specializing in Manufacturing technologies, Technology management, Market - Product strategies, key customers, industrial, scientific, technical and practical aspects of product design and manufacture, market launch and technology transfer. He is member of CIRP, SME, active in ISEM MTDR and other organizations. Prof. Dr. Levy holds 20 Patents and has published around 150 scientific and technical publications, including around a half dealing with layer manufacturing technologies. The development and market introduction of the DuraForm™ CastForm™ Duraform™ Flex and other SLS materials may be observed in this context.


Kevin Lyons

National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Federal research directions for advancing manufacturing through prototyping

Kevin Lyons is a senior research engineer in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. He served as Program Director for the Nanomanufacturing Program at the National Science Foundation from October 1, 2004 through October 2, 2006 where he led several of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) programs focused on manufacturing at the nanoscale. The NSF programs promote fundamental research and education at the nanoscale, and to transfer developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology discoveries from the laboratory to industrial application with prominent societal impacts. At NIST, prior to his special assignment at the NSF, he served in program and project management roles where responsibilities included leading research efforts in nanomanufacturing, design, process modeling, assembly, virtual assembly, and rapid prototyping. From 1996 to 2000 he served as Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he was responsible for the conceptualization, development, and execution of advanced research and development programs in design and manufacturing. From 1977 to 1992 he worked in industry in various staff and supervisory positions in engineering marketing, product design and analysis, factory automation, and quality engineering. He received his BSME from University of Florida and MSME from University of Maryland.


David Prawel

Longview Advisors, USA

Collaboration and Interoperability: Accelerating Change in a Disruptive World

David Prawel is founder and president at Longview Advisors Inc., a consulting firm serving the manufacturing industry. He has enjoyed a 25 year career in 3D software.

As a consultant, he travels the globe providing insight and advice about 3D technology to dozens of manufacturers and software companies. As a speaker and author, he has published over 50 articles and presented at dozens of conferences around the world on a wide range of topics involving 3D software and CAD.

And as an entrepreneur and seasoned executive, he has participated in 6 startup companies, with one successful IPO. In 2003, he co-founded and currently serves on the board of directors of one of the most successful wireless broadband companies in the US.


Vadim Shapiro

University of Wiscosin, USA

Scan and Solve:  Direct Analysis of Acquired Models

Vadim Shapiro is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of WisconsinMadison, where he has been on faculty since 1994.  Prior to that, he was a senior member of research staff at the General Motors R&D Center in Warren, Michigan.   He graduated from New York University with Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, obtained MS in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles, and holds MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.    His technical interests span geometric, topological, and physical modeling, computer-aided design, analysis, and simulation of engineering systems.  His contributions are reflected by a number of patents and best paper awards, most recently at the 2006 ASME Design Automation Conference. Vadim Shapiro is a co-founder of the Solid Modeling Association and serves on editorial boards of several international journals, including Computer-Aided Design, International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, and ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science.


Terry Wohlers

Wohlers Associates, USA

Terry Wohlers is an industry consultant, analyst, and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 21 years ago. Through this company, Terry has provided consulting assistance to more than 140 organizations in 19 countries. He has authored 330 books, articles, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. Terry has given nearly 50 keynote presentations on five continents in cities ranging from Frankfurt and Cape Town to Beijing and Tokyo. In May 2004, he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Mechanical Engineering from Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). In 2005, Terry became a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in the USA, an distinction granted to less than 1% of the SME membership.