The 2024 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration
Ha Long, Vietnam 8-11th January, 2024

Plenary Talk

List of Plenary Talk:
Plenary Talk Information:
  • From Modular Robotics to Modular Playware
  • Speaker: Dr. Henrik Hautop Lund, Professor at Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

    • Abstract:
    • Decades of research into intelligent, playful technology and user-friendly man-machine interfaces has provided important insight into the creation of robotic systems and intelligent interactive systems which are much more user-friendly, safer and cheaper than what appeared possible merely a decade or two ago. This is significantly disrupting the industry in several market sectors. This talk describes the components of the playware and embodied artificial intelligence research that has led to disruption in the industrial robotics sector, and which points to the next disruption of the health care sector and other application areas. The disruption is based on awareness of playful robotics, LEGO robots for kids, minimal robot systems, user-friendly, behavior-based, biomimetic, modular robotics and intelligent systems. The insight into these components and the use in synthesis for designing robots and intelligent systems allows anybody, anywhere, anytime to use these systems, providing an unforeseen flexibility into the sectors, which become disrupted with these systems. Indeed, with recent technology development, we become able to exploit robotics and modern artificial intelligence (AI) to create playware in the form of intelligent hardware and software that creates play and playful experiences for users of all ages. Such playware technology acts as a play force which inspires and motivates people to enter into a play dynamics, in which they forget about time and place, and simultaneously become highly creative and increase their skills - cognitive, physical, and social skills. The Playware ABC concept will allow you to develop life-changing solutions for anybody, anywhere, anytime through building bodies and brains to allow people to construct, combine and create. The talk will exemplify this with the modular system of Moto Tiles that are based on the Playware ABC and used globally by seniors and patients for playful training and rehabilitation of their physical functional abilities and cognitive skills. While the seniors are having fun and joy when playing, clinical trials in the form of randomized controlled trials quantify that there is a high and fast effect on the physical and cognitive skills of seniors/patients when playing, in this case on the Moto Tiles.

    • Biography:
    • Professor Henrik Hautop Lund is World Champion in RoboCup Humanoids Freestyle 2002, and has produced more than 200 scientific publications. He has developed shape-shifting modular robots, presented to the emperor of Japan, and has collaborated closely on robotics and AI with companies like LEGO, Kompan, BandaiNamco, Mizuno for the past two decades. He has developed technical skill enhancing football games and global connectivity based on modular playware for townships in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup 2010 (together with footballers Laudrup and Hoegh). Three decades of scientific studies of such playware in the form of playful robotics, LEGO robots for kids, minimal robot systems, user-friendly, behavior-based, biomimetic, modular robotics lead Prof. Lund’s students to form the Universal Robots company, which disrupted the industrial robotics sector, and recently was sold for 285 million USD and has grown to one of the largest robotics company in the World with >1,000 employees. Also, Prof. Lund’s other research projects has led to spin-out of successful companies such as Shape Robotics, Tinyfarms, and Entertainment Robotics to name a few. Together with international pop star and World music promoter Peter Gabriel, he has develop the MusicTiles app and MagicCubes as a music 2.0 experience to enhance music creativity amongst everybody, even people with no initial musical skills whatsoever, and used for stage performance during Peter Gabriel’s tour. He has invented the patented modular interactive tiles ( for playful prevention and rehabilitation, which are implemented in large numbers amongst elderly globally. ​

  • Early Detection of Degraded Systems with Time Delays, Self-Healing, Self-Repair, and Uncertain Operating Environments
  • Speaker: Dr. Hoang Pham, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

    • Abstract:
    • In various uncertain environments, numerous industrial and biological systems may not experience complete failure but instead undergo degradation, resulting in a decline in system efficiency. One critical aspect involves situations where a system's status may potentially transition into a degraded state, remaining undetected until identified after a random period. Unlike abrupt failures that can trigger immediate alerts, the risk associated with an undetected degraded state lies in its unnoticeable nature. Detecting the status of a system entering such a state presents challenges. This talk discusses the mathematical modeling of early detection in two contexts: (1) degraded complex systems and (2) the body’s stress and immune systems, taking into account time delays caused by an undetected degraded state, as well as factors such as self-healing, self-repair, and uncertain operating environments.

    • Biography:
    • Hoang Pham is a Distinguished Professor and former Chairman (2007-2013) of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University, USA. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was a Senior Engineering Specialist with the Boeing Company and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering and editor of the Springer Book Series in Reliability Engineering. Dr. Pham is the author or coauthor of 6 books and has published over 210 journal articles, 100 conference papers, and edited 17 books including Springer Handbook of Engineering Statistics (2nd ed., 2023) and Handbook in Reliability Engineering. He has delivered over 50 invited keynote and plenary speeches at various international conferences and institutions. His numerous awards include the 2009 IEEE Reliability Society Engineer of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IISE. ​