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Peter Hehenberger is an assistant professor and deputy head at the Institute of Mechatronic Design and Production at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) in Austria.
He received his diploma degree and his doctorate degree in Mechatronics from JKU in 2000 and 2004, respectively.
His core competencies cover model-based mechatronic system design and include mechatronic design, systems engineering, design processes, and model-based design methods. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings and been a guest editor for two journals’ special issues.
In addition, he has authored and co-authored 3 books related to the field. He is presently a member of the Scientific Network of Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM), Austria, and leads several international research projects related to the research area “Process Modelling and Mechatronic Design” at the LCM.
Peter Hehenberger is also one of the initiators of SmaPro,1 a qualification network for the future challenges of Industry 4.0 together with 13 partners—four academic partners, four small and mid-sized companies as well as five large companies.
He lectures on the topics in product development, model-based systems engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronic design, computer-aided design, simulation and manufacturing. He is currently co-supervising 6 doctoral students and 5 master theses by research students.
Among other scientific service activities, Peter Hehenberger organised the International Workshop Series on Mechatronic Design (Linz 2012, Paris 2013, Leuven 2014).
He is also member of VDI, ASME, IFIP WG5.1 (“Global Product development for the whole life-cycle”) and Design Society, where he co-chairs a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Methodologies for Design, Integration, Modelling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Systems.
Between February and April 2015, he was an invited visiting professor at the Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, Departement Genie des Systemes Mecaniques, France.
David Bradley is currently a professor emeritus at Abertay University. He began his academic career when he joined Lancaster University in 1972 and has been engaged with and involved in aspects of mechatronics since the mid-1980s and was responsible,
with Prof. Jim Hewitt and Prof. Jack Dinsdale, for the establishment of the UK Mechatronics Forum, now the Mechatronics Forum.
In the course of a period of some 30 years at Lancaster University, the University of Wales Bangor and Abertay University, he has been involved in various aspects of the design, manufacture and operation of mechatronic systems for applications ranging from intelligent robots to medical and telecare systems and design methods.
This included the establishment at Lancaster University in the late 1980s of some of the first mechatronics degree programmes, at both undergraduate and master’s levels, in the UK as well the EPSRC-funded Engineering Design Centre which had mechatronics as a focus.
Most recently, he has been interested in exploring the interaction between mechatronics, the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems, and in particular how the design process can be adapted at both the systems and component levels to accommodate context-dependent systems elements derived from cloudbased technologies.
This includes the means by which the design process enables the development of participatory systems structured around user need, essentially placing the user, who may be interested only in context, at the heart of the process of system integration,
and including issues related to user privacy and security. He is also working in an advisory or consultative capacity with research groups in the UK and elsewhere on projects to develop advanced prostheses and evaluate mechatronics design methods.
A fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), David is the author, co-author or contributing editor for 7 textbooks, including 3 on mechatronics, some 50 journal papers and book chapters along with over 120 conference papers.
He has also been responsible for the development of, and teaching on, mechatronics courses in the UK since the mid-1980s and has lectured on and acted as consultant for similar courses in, among others, the USA, Singapore, South Africa, Indonesia and Colombia.
It is an honour and a pleasure to write a foreword for the Mechatronic Futures book cleverly devised and edited by Prof. David Bradley and Dr. Peter Hehenberger.
This contribution is written on behalf of numerous colleagues in the UK and the wider world who have supported the Mechatronics Forum in its mission and activities.
Founded in 1990, this forum was formed as an interest group in the UK and is currently sponsored by and part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), London. Over the years since its formation, it has enabled professional engineers from industry and academia to share innovative ideas in this field and has acted as body to champion the discipline.
Mechatronics is a domain which spans most of my professional career and has been at the centre of fascinating technological developments and trends in the modern world.
Mechatronic Futures reviews the origins of the discipline, explains the technological changes that have emerged and explores how mechatronics will further develop in future years, the challenges it will face and how it might need to respond in helping to address some of the grand challenges that are facing mankind.
The concept of mechatronic systems was first used in Japan in the 1960s by Tetsuro Mori to reflect the emerging role of electronic components used in the control and operation of what had previously been inherently mechanical systems.
The Mechatronics Forum came into existence at a meeting held at IMechE’s London headquarters on 30 October 1990, attended by over seventy engineers excited by an interest in the emerging discipline.
It was the first organisation in the Western World that recognised the importance of mechatronics and began to promote it.
Although the word mechatronics has been around since the late 1960s, it was only in the early 1990s that it was used to any great extent in the UK.
However, during the 1990s, with the activities of the Mechatronics Forum, the term mechatronics and the engineering discipline that it encompasses became widely recognised. Mechatronics today extends beyond the integration of mechanical, electronic and computer engineering.
Many engineers now see it as embracing a wider range of engineering activities, from design through manufacture to the market place.
Hence, they regard mechatronics as a major influence in pulling together and integrating the many aspects of engineering which increased specialisation has tended to push apart from each other during the past decades.
It was in an attempt to solve this increasingly challenging problem that the Mechatronics Forum was conceived as a first step towards the building of bridges between the many technologies, philosophies and disciplines which comprise mechatronics and the professional institutions that are committed to their own particular specialised subjects.
In the UK, engineering institutions are important in sharing technical subjects between professionals in industry and academia.
They accredit undergraduate and postgraduate courses as suitable for covering the academic components of a chartered engineer’s development, and they grant Chartered status to those whose careers show sufficient engineering responsibility and understanding to be leaders in their field.
The Mechatronics Forum for its first ten years was supported under an interinstitutional arrangements, with secretarial and administrative services provided alternately by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (lET).
Following this, the Forum has been supported by the IMechE and linked with the Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group (MICG).
The founding Committee of the Mechatronics Forum was charged with a broad remit including setting up and establishing a publication of a newsletter, popularising mechatronics, focusing on educational issues and seeking ways of bringing together all those interested in mechatronics, and especially of promoting closer links between industry and academia.
Many of these are still the remit of the Forum today, and significant advances in a number of areas have been facilitated through the auspices of the Forum.
The Mechatronics Forum Committee has included a number of members from outside the UK, to help with the internationalisation of the Forum and its activities as illustrated by most of the biennial international conferences being hosted outside the UK.
The original founding members of the Forum were Prof. Jack Dinsdale, the first chair of the organisation, Prof. Jim Hewit and Prof. David Bradley, each of whom were made Honorary Life Presidents of the organisation.
The showcase activity of the Mechatronics Forum since its formation has been the series of biennial international conferences, the first and longest standing conference on mechatronics in the world, featuring important contributions from around the globe.
The very first conference was organised by Prof. David Bradley, whilst working at Lancaster University. The conferences have been an excellent means of sharing mechatronic ideas, thinking and applications more widely.
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