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Prof. Wuqiang Yang
The University of Manchester, UK


Professor Wuqiang Yang is a Fellow of the IET (formerly IEE), Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control and Fellow of the IEEE. He was also an IEEE IMS Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2016) and JSPS Invitation Fellow (2016). Since 1991, he has been working with The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST) in the UK and became Professor of Electronic Instrumentation in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2005. His main research interests include industrial tomography, especially electrical capacitance tomography (ECT), inverse problem and image reconstruction, instrumentation and multiphase flow measurement. He has published over 500 papers, is a referee for over 50 journals (including 6 IEEE journals), Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Instrumentation and Measurement, editorial board member of 6 other journals (including Meas. Sci. and Technol.), guest editor of many journal special issues and visiting professor at several other universities. His biography has been included in Who’s Who in the World since 2002.


Speech Title: "Electrical Capacitance Tomography and Industrial Applications"


Among various industrial tomography modalities, electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) is the most mature and has been used for many challenging applications. ECT is based on measuring very small capacitance and reconstructing the permittivity distribution in a cross section of an industrial process, such as a multiphase flow or a fluidised bed. The internal information obtained by ECT is valuable for understanding complicated phenomena, verifying CFD models and simulation results, measurement and control of complicated processes. Compared with other tomography modalities, ECT has several advantages of no radioactive, fast response, both non-intrusive and non-invasive, withstanding high temperature and high pressure and of low-cost. Because of very small capacitance to be measured (down to 0.0001 pF) and the "soft-field" nature, ECT does present challenges in circuit design, solving the inverse problem and re-engineering. Our latest AC-based ECT system can generate online images at 300 frames per second with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 73 dB. Examples of industrial applications include the measurement of gas/oil/water flows, wet gas separation, pneumatic conveyors, cyclone separators and fluidised beds for pharmaceutical manufacturing and clean use of coal by circulating fluidised bed combustion and methanol-to-olefins conversion. During this talk, ECT will be discussed from principle to industrial applications, together with a demonstration of an AC-based ECT system.



Prof. Masahiro Fujita

The University of Tokyo, Japan


Masahiro Fujita received his Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1985 on his work on model checking of hardware designs by using logic programming languages. In 1985, he joined Fujitsu as a researcher and started to work on hardware automatic synthesis as well as formal verification methods and tools, including enhancements of BDD/SAT- based techniques. From 1993 to 2000, he was director at Fujitsu Laboratories of America and headed a hardware formal verification group developing a formal verifier for real-life designs having more than several million gates. The developed tool has been used in production internally at Fujitsu and externally as well. Since March 2000, he has been a professor at VLSI Design and Education Center of the University of Tokyo. He has done innovative work in the areas of hardware verification, synthesis, testing, and software verification-mostly targeting embedded software and web-based programs. He has been involved in a Japanese governmental research project for dependable system designs and has developed a formal verifier for C programs that could be used for both hardware and embedded software designs. The tool is now under evaluation jointly with industry under governmental support. He has authored and co-authored 10 books, and has more than 200 publications. He has been involved as program and steering committee member in many prestigious conferences on CAD, VLSI designs, software engineering, and more. His current research interests include synthesis and verification in SoC (System on Chip), hardware/software co-designs targeting embedded systems, digital/analog co-designs, and formal analysis, verification, and synthesis of web-based programs and embedded programs.





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