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HWWE2015 Invited Speakers

Dr. Anil Kakodkar
INAE Satish Dhawan Chair of Engineering Eminence
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ( BARC )

Anil Kakodkar joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1964, following the one year post graduate Training with top rank in Nuclear Science and Technology in the then Atomic Energy Establishment. He became the Director of BARC in the year 1996 and was the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy, during the years 2000 -2009.He was DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at BARC during Jan. 2010-Jan. 2015. Currently he is holding INAE Satish Dhawan Chair of Engineering Eminence at BARC. Dr. Kakodkar devotes his time primarily on issues related to energy, education and societal development.
Kakodkar obtained his BE (Mech. Engineering) degree from the Bombay University in 1963 and M.Sc. in the Experimental Stress Analysis from the Nottingham University in 1969.
Kakodkar has worked for the development of the atomic energy programme in India throughout his professional life. Focus of his work has been on self-reliant development of nuclear reactor systems to address the Indian programme requirements. Undeterred by the restrictions imposed by the international community, he succeeded in developing various systems for the pressurized heavy water reactor, in building the Dhruva reactor starting from the conceptual stage, in rehabilitation of Madras Atomic Power Station Units 1&2 both of which at one stage appeared to be on the verge of being written off following failure of the moderator inlet manifolds, in conceptualization and development of Advanced Heavy Water Reactor that realizes the next generation objectives through innovative configuration of present day technologies besides use of thorium. Utilisation of our vast Thorium resources for energy production has received special attention under Kakodkar’s leadership. He has created a roadmap for shaping the third stage of India’s nuclear power programme aimed at tapping vast energy potential of our thorium resources not only as source for electricity production but also as a primary source for other forms of energy use. A number of new technology areas such as accelerator driven systems, high temperature reactors, materials and recycle technology etc. have been nucleated for this purpose. Kakodkar continues to be actively involved in programmes related to augmentation of Thorium utilisation in our nuclear power programme.
Kakodkar has been a key contributor to India’s strategic programme. He was among the chosen few involved in the first successful Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Experiment that India conducted on May 18, 1974 at Pokhran. And later, he played a key role in the series of successful Nuclear Tests conducted during May 1998, again at Pokhran. India also demonstrated nuclear submarine powerpack technology under Kakodkar’s leadership.
Kakodkar’s sterling leadership led to a significant boost to India’s nuclear power programme notwithstanding the uranium supply constraints. What made this possible was him paying attention to a range of issues : augmentation of uranium exploration and mining activities, reconfiguration of power reactor cores to produce considerably larger energy output with the available uranium, relaxation of nuclear supply group (NSG) restrictions which opened doors to international nuclear trade, initiation of the second stage of India’s nuclear power programme through commencement of prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) project along with the associated fuel recycle facility and creation of the Nuclear Recycle Board. As a result and with the completion of projects already underway, India’s nuclear generation capacity is set to reach 10,000 MWe as well as poised for a rapid scale up thereafter. The comprehensive and robust programme under Kakodkar’s leadership has earned India a distinctive status as a country with advanced nuclear technology.
Kakodkar championed observer status for India at CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research), partnership in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project and exemption for nuclear trade from Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG) besides several international cooperation agreements in the area of nuclear power, acquisition of Uranium and nuclear research.
There is hardly any aspect of India’s atomic energy programme that has not seen a significant impact of Kakodkar’s leadership. The deployment of technologies for better quality of life of our people has received considerable boost under Kakodkar’s leadership. Besides energy these cover radiation processing of food and agro-products, agriculture with emphasis on oilseeds and pulses, healthcare particularly related to cancer, urban and rural waste management and desalination of water.
Notable also are his innovative contributions to human resource development activities. Establishment of NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research), DAE-Mumbai University CBS (Centre for Basic Sciences) and HBNI (Homi Bhabha National Institute) are expected to result in a fresh wave of human resource development, generating greater experimental capabilities and bringing in linkage between basic research and technology development for the acceleration of India’s multifaceted atomic energy programme. Other initiatives of Kakodkar include new centres for research at Vishakhapattanam, Hyderabad, Kolkatta and Bangalore.
He has, over the years, built competent teams of highly specialised scientists and engineers in the reactor engineering programme. He has brought out more than 250 scientific papers and reports on various aspects of his work.
A committee under his Chairmanship has worked out a detailed report for greater autonomy of IITs and taking them to world class level. He also chaired an Empowered Committee to implement the recommendations. Another Committee led by him has carried similar exercise in the context of NITs. He also led a committee set up by Government of Maharashtra to look at higher education in the State. The committee has made important recommendations that could lead to a paradigm change for improvement of higher education in the State.
Another high level committee under his Chairmanship has made comprehensive recommendations for improvement of safety on Indian Railway.
Kakodkar was Chairman, Solar Energy Corporation in its formative stage. He was also Chairman of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) during 2006 - 2012.


Dr. Yushi Fujita, CPE, CPE-J
International Ergonomics Association
Keio Graduate School of Management,

Currently, Dr. Fujita is the President of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). He was elected as the 19th President of IEA in August, 2015. Dr. Fujita is teaching human factors and ergonomics at the Keio Graduate School of Management. Until last May, he was a managing director of research management company (Technova Inc.) in Tokyo for eighteen years. Prior to Technova Inc. he worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Inc. and Mitsubishi Atomic Power Industries Inc. for twenty years. He was awarded a doctor’s degree on human factors from the University of Tokyo in 1992. He was graduated from Keio Graduate School and Keio University in 1977 and 1974, respectively: His major was physics. His research interests include cognitive engineering in general, resilience engineering, large-scale human-system interfaces, and human reliability analysis.


Jose Orlando Gomes
Associate Professor
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Graduate Program in Informatics. Engineer in Production Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Master of Production Engineering/ Work Processes Domain at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and PhD in Industrial Engineering, concentration in Ergonomics, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1999) in partnership with the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. He was visiting researcher from 2002 to 2004 at the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab (CSEL), coordinated by Prof. David Woods of the Institute for Ergonomics at The Ohio State University. Researcher of GRECO (Group of Research on Knowledge Engineering) and Certified Ergonomist Abergo (Brazilian Association of Ergonomics). Vice-President of International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2015-2018, Chair of the Professional Standards and Education Committee at the International Ergonomics Association(IEA) 2012-2015, Board Member of Resilience Engineering Association 2013-2015 , President of Abergo, terms 2009-2011 and 2012-2014, President of the Latin American Union Ergonomics from 2010 to 2013. The areas of teaching, research and extension include human factors engineering and ergonomics, safety, cognitive engineering and resilience in complex systems such as emergency, aviation, oil industry, and authored dozens of publications in journals, books and conferences.


Andrew Todd
Senior Lecturer
Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics
Rhodes University, South Africa

Andrew Todd is a senior lecturer in the department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics at Rhodes University in South Africa. He is the immediate past chair of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa and is a founding member and president of ErgoAfrica (the Network of African Ergonomics Societies). He serves on the International Ergonomics Association executive committee as the chair of the International Development Committee. He is the recipient of the Vice Chancellors 2014 distinguished teaching award while his research focus is on gaining a better understanding of the unique characteristics of the African worker (biophysically, physiologically and psychologically) and the implications this has for the design of work places in Africa. This has led to extensive work being conducted in industries such as brick manufacturing and forestry. He has published numerous papers in both national and international accredited journals. He is passionate about promoting ergonomics in Industrially Developing Countries and in the use of ergonomics to help with economic and social development in these countries.


Dr. Kazutaka Kogi
Research Adviser
Institute for Science of Labour
Kawasaki, Japan

Dr. Kazutaka Kogi, Research Adviser of the Institute for Science of Labour in Kawasaki, has been active in occupational health and ergonomics at international level. He graduated from University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine in 1957 and conducted applied research in work physiology at this institute and at the Railway Labour Science Research Institute. In 1983, he joined the ILO as Regional Adviser on Conditions of Work and Welfare in Asia and the Pacific. During 1988-1993, he worked at the ILO headquarters in Geneva as Chief of Occupational Safety and Health Branch and as Director of Working Conditions and Environment Department. He then served as Director of the Institute for Science of Labour during 1993-1999. He served as President of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) during 2009-2015 and now serves as Past President of ICOH. In 2015, he received the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Award for Promotion of Ergonomics in Industrially Developing Countries. His major areas of interest are workload and fatigue assessment and practical improvement of workplace conditions including participatory ergonomics. Working in technical cooperation projects for industrially developing countries, he has contributed to the development of participatory action-oriented training packages for work improvements in small enterprises (WISE) and in agriculture (WIND) as co-editor of the ILO/IEA Ergonomic Checkpoints (1996, 2010) as well as co-editor of the ILO/IEA Ergonomic Checkpoints in Agriculture (2012). He is also interested in the application of participatory approaches for improving mental health of workers including stress prevention at work.


Dr. A. K. Ganguli
Assistant Secretary
Indian Society of Ergonomics

Dr. A.K.Ganguli was born and educated in Calcutta. After graduating from Presidency College, Calcutta, in 1975, he completed his post-graduate studies in Physiology (with specialisation in Work Physiology & Ergonomics) from Calcutta University in 1977, and undertook research in the Ergonomics Laboratory of the Dept. of Physiology, Calcutta University under the renowned Prof.R.N.Sen.
In 1983, he joined the Occupational Health Service of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Tiruchirapalli, as the first ever in-house ergonomist in Indian industry, ultimately heading the Work Physiology & Ergonomics unit there. He grew with the organization in its Occupational Health and Safety journey till his retirement as a Senior Deputy General Manager in 2014.
He is a Lead Assessor for the Occupational Health & Safety Management System Standard (OHSAS 18001), and Environment Management System Standard (ISO 14001), and has undertaken numerous ergonomics consultancy assignments in different industries.
He serves as faculty in Ergonomics for the M.E. (Industrial Safety Engineering) course at the National Institute of Technology (Formerly REC), Tiruchirappalli, and as visiting faculty for the M.Des. course at the Industrial Design Centre, I.I.T, Bombay. He is a member of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Sectional Committee on Ergonomics Standards (PGD-15).
He has published twenty-seven scientific papers, (including eleven in foreign journals), has contributed to four books. He has received the BEL-IND award for the Best Research Paper in Industrial Medicine, and the Sadagopan Memorial Oration award.
Currently, he is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA), and the Indian Society of Ergonomics, where he serves as an Assistant Secretary.


David Caple
David Caple & Associates Pty Ltd

David has been a Director of David Caple & Associates Pty Ltd since 1984 and manages major Work Health and Safety (WHS) research and practice projects funded by Governments and industry groups in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Latrobe University, Australia and a Senior Research Fellow at Federation University, Australia.
Having completed his science studies in Australia and ergonomics at Loughborough University, UK, David has been a guest researcher in Sweden and USA. He is a Certified Practicing Ergonomist (CPE) in Australia, UK and USA.
David Caple was the 16th President of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2006-2009. He was the Chair of the IEA International Development Committee and Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA). He was also the Chair of the IEA 2009 Congress International Advisory Committee in Beijing, China and advisor to the IEA 2015 Congress in Melbourne Australia. Since 2006, David has represented the IEA at conferences and meetings in 30 countries.
Published research papers have been in the areas of ergonomics and occupational health and safety relating to prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and change management in small, medium and large enterprises. Since 2000 David has been involved in the development of the WHS Strategy for large government departments and private companies. In 2012 he was the facilitator for the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 – 2022.
David has been an independent member of the Victorian Government OHS Advisory Committee (OSHAC) appointed by the Minister and a panel member for independent OHS advice to the Australian Government.


Prof. P.K. Nag
National Institute of Occupational Health (ICMR)

Prof. P.K. Nag, Ph.D., D.Sc. (University of Calcutta, discipline: Physiology/Ergonomics) is currently associated with the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RKMVU, Belur Math). Prof Nag was the Former Director of the National Institute of Occupational Health (ICMR) Ahmedabad & Regional Occupational Health Centers (Bangalore and Kolkata). On superannuation, he has been reemployed at the School of Environment and Disaster Management, RKMVU). Prof Nag specializes in the areas of man-machine design in agriculture and industry, Environment, Health & Safety, Climate change, with teaching and research experience ~40 years. He has written books and reports on the related subjects, and published ~175 research articles. Prof Nag has professional affiliations with many national and international agencies in different capacities.


Eric Min-yang Wang
Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM)
National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

Eric Min-yang Wang is a Professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). He received his B.S. degree in Industrial Management at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan in 1975 and his M. E. degree in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University, Texas, U.S.A. in 1983. In 1992, he received the Ph.D. degree in Industrial Ergonomics at Luleå University, Sweden.
He served as the Vice President and Secretary General of IEA from 2009 to 2012, as the IEA President from 2012 to 2015 and is the IEA Past President and Awards Committee Chair. He was elected an IEA Fellow in 2011 and a Fellow of Ergonomics Society of Taiwan in 2013. He has been serving in the Ergonomics Society of Taiwan (EST) since its founding in 1993 as Council Member, Executive Council Member, and the President (2001-2003). Currently, he is the Chair of Supervisory Board for EST. He has been an Executive Council Member of Pan-Pacific Council On Ergonomics (PPCOE, was called Pan-Pacific Council on Occupational Ergonomics before 2008) since 1997 and is the Secretary General for PPCOE. He introduced the idea of having a joint ergonomics association for Chinese people in 2009. This lead to founding of Chinese Association of Ergonomics Societies (CAES) on June 24, 2014 in Taipei jointed by EST, Chinese Ergonomics Society, and Hong Kong Ergonomics Society.
Eric Min-yang Wang has been serving as associate editor and member of editorial board for several international journals. He has organized a number of successful international ergonomics conferences in Taiwan and has been invited as a member of international advisory committee, and a keynote speaker for international conferences organized by various countries and societies. His current research interests include human factors/ergonomics and safety, human-computer interaction, system usability, web-based consumer behaviors, aviation ergonomics, ergonomics in healthcare system, and anthropometry.


Rosemary R. Seva, Ph.D
Industrial Engineering
Gokongwei College of Engineering,
De La Salle University, Philippines

Rosemary Seva is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and former Dean at the Gokongwei College of Engineering - De La Salle University, Philippines. She is the current President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of the Philippines (HFESP) and the past President of the Southeast Asian Network of Ergonomics Societies (SEANES). She is one of the Top 150 scholars and scientists in the Philippines from Webometrics.
She obtained her doctorate degree at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). She has two master’s degrees: one in Ergonomics from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and in Industrial Engineering from De La Salle University. She is an ASEAN Engineer and a Professional Industrial Engineer. She has published a number of journal articles on affective design, safety, and usability studies. Her works appear in Applied Ergonomics and International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.


Seyed Ali Hosseini, Ph.D
Professor & Head, Department of Occupational Therapy
Associate Professor, Department of Ergonomics
University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences
Tehran, Iran

Education •  Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, IIT Bombay, India, 2006
•  MSc., Occupational Therapy, Iran University of Medical sciences, 1995
•  BSc., Occupational Therapy, Iran University of Medical sciences, 1988

Professional experiences •  Director, Faculty member’s affairs center, Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical education, Iran
•  Chancellor, USWR, university of social welfare & rehabilitation sciences, 2011-2014
•  Vice-chancellor for education & student affairs, USWR, 2007-2011
•  Head, Occupational Therapy Department, USWR, 2006- 2011
•  President, Iranian occupational therapy association, 1994-2003 , 2008- 2011
•  Dean, Rehabilitation affairs, USWR, 1998-2004
•  Editorial board, Iranian Rehabilitation Journal
•  Editorial board, Iranian Ergonomics Journal
•  Editorial board, Iranian Clinical Psychology Journal

Publications •  Published 6 books in the area of Rehabilitation, in Persian at university of social welfare and rehabilitation sciences, Iran.
•  Presentation at national and international conferences, more than 100 papers, and published the same papers at the conference proceedings.
•  Published more than 100 scientific articles in different journals at national and international levels.


Amaresh Chakrabarti
Professor of Engineering Design and Chairman
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Amaresh Chakrabarti is Professor of Engineering Design and Chairman of the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He has BE in Mechanical Engineering from IIEST Shibpur, India, ME in Mechanical Design from IISc, and PhD in Engineering Design from University of Cambridge, UK. After PhD, he led for ten years the Design Synthesis team at the EPSRC Centre for Excellence Engineering Design Centre at University of Cambridge, before joining IISc as an Associate Professor. His interests are in design synthesis and creativity, biomimetics, eco-design and sustainability, product informatics, virtual reality, ergonomic assembly, smart manufacturing, and design research methodology. He authored/edited 13 books, over 250 peer-reviewed articles, and has 6 patents granted/pending. He co-authored DRM, a methodology used widely as a framework for doing engineering design research. He is an Associate Editor, AI EDAM and Design Science Journals (CUP), Area Editor, Research in Engg Design (Springer), Regional Editor, J of Remanufacturing (Springer), and Advisory Editor for 7 International Journals incl. J of Engg Design (T&F), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer), and Int J of Design Creativity and Innovation (T&F). Professor Chakrabarti has been elected twice to the Advisory Board of Design Society, UK, where he is currently an elected member of its Board of Management. He is a member of the CII National Committee on Design, India, member of the Jury for India Design Mark and India Design Excellence Awards of India Design Council. He founded IDeASLab – the first design observatory in India for research into design creativity, sustainability and innovation. He is Programme chair for International Conferences on Research into Design (ICoRD) and 22nd CIRP Design Conference (CIRP Design 2012), Conference Chair for 3rd International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2015) and vice-Chair for AI in Design (AID) and Design Computing and Cognition (DCC) Conferences. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers, the peer society under the UK Royal Charter in engineering design. He is receipient of the TUM Ambassador Award conferred by Technical University of Munich, Germany for outstanding contribution to design research and education. Eleven of his papers won top paper awards in various international conferences.