Plenary Speakers

Director, UTokyo-JAXA Center for Composites

In-Process Monitoring of Advanced Composites for Material Quality Assurance

Professor Nobuo Takeda, is currently Professor and Director of TJCC (UTokyo-JAXA Center for Composites), the University of Tokyo as well as President of RIMCOF (Research Institute of Metals and Composites for Future Industries). He is also Technical Adviser to Director, Aeronautical Directorate, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Project Professor, Tohoku University.  His research includes experimental micromechanics of composites and smart composite structural health monitoring (SHM) and life cycle monitoring (LCM). He has led several Japanese national projects on structural health and process monitoring of aerospace composite structures mainly based on optical fiber sensors. He has just finished his term as President of International Committee of Composite Materials (ICCM) and Japanese Representative of International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue (ICAF). He is also Asian Editor of Composites Part A, and Associate Editor of Smart Materials and Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Int. J. Sandwich Structures and Materials. He published more than 320 refereed journal papers and 40 review articles, and delivered 60 Plenary/Keynote talks.


Professor Bernhardt is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She is Deputy Director (Research) at AIBN and Director of the AIBN Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science. Professor Bernhardt has held research appointments at the University of Basel, Switzerland; the Australian National University; and Griffith University, where she was founding director of the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre. In 2011, while at Griffith University, Professor Bernhardt was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Research Leadership. She is the recipient of the 2004 Australian Journal of Chemistry Award for Innovative Work in Physical Chemistry by a Younger Scientist.

Director, Advanced Materials Institute for BIN Convergence Tech  Department Polymer-Nano Science and Technology  Chonbuk National University

3D Graphene Based Nanocomposites for Next Generation Energy Applications

Professor Joong Hee Lee has received his Ph D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, USA in 1995. He has more than 25 years of research experience on the Composite & Nanocomposite materials. With very active research, he has published more than 270 SCI papers in the related area and established the Korea Composite Research Co. Ltd. Now it become one of the leading company in the composite materials in Korea and he worked for 12 years as a president of the company. He is the head of the Department of BIN Convergence Technology and the Director of Advanced Materials Institute of BIN Covergence Technology of Chonbuk National University. With his great achievement, he has received the Best Scientist and Engineer Award and the Knowledge Creation Grand Award of the Month from the Ministry of the Science and ICT of Korea. He also has received the best research professor award for last consecutive 7 years in Chonbuk National University. Currently, he is the Fellow of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology and the Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. He is also the vice president of Korean Society of Composite Materials and the principal vice president of Korean Society of Hydrogen and New Energy. His current research interests are focused on the synthesis of new nanomaterials and energy conversion/storage applications of the nanomaterials.


Professor Michael Wisnom is Director of the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science. He is a leading expert on the mechanics of fibre reinforced composites, failure mechanisms and finite element analysis, with over 350 published papers. He is Director of the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre, a member of the steering board of the National Composites Centre and Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites. Professor Wisnom was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005 and was President of the International Committee on Composite Materials from 2009-2011.

Editor-in-Chief of Composite Communications

Prof. Limin Zhou was awarded a ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 1994 and an Australian Research Fellowship in world-wide open competition in 1996 after he received his PhD from The University of Sydney in 1994. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 1996 and became a Professor in 2005 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After assuming the current appointment, Prof. Zhou received an Engineering Faculty Best Research Award in 1999 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research in 2000. His major research interests include Nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy applications; Manufacturing techniques and processing models for high strength thermoplastic composites; Smart materials and structures; Structure health monitoring technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Composite Communications journal.