AAME2024 Keynote Speakers (Listed by alphabetical order of family name)

Prof. Ben M. Chen
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong
Fellow of IEEE / Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore

Ben M. Chen received his B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from Xiamen University, China, in 1983, M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Gonzaga University, USA, in 1988, and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Washington State University, USA, in 1991. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Before joining CUHK in 2018, he was a Provost’s Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore, where had worked for 25 years. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, 1992 to 1993, and was a Software Engineer at South China Computer Corporation, China, 1983 to 1986. His current research interests are in unmanned systems, robust control and control applications.
Professor Chen is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore. He has authored/co-authored hundreds of journal and conference articles, and a dozen research monographs in control theory and applications, unmanned systems and financial market modeling. He had served on the editorial boards of a dozen international journals including Automatica and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Unmanned Systems. Dr. Chen has received a number of research awards. His research team has actively participated in international UAV competitions and won many championships in the contests. 


Prof. Yuehong Qian
Soochow University, China

After the bachelor degree in aero-engine from the Beijing University of aeronautics and astronautics, Dr. Yuehong Qian obtained his PhD in physics from Ecole Normale Superieure in and fluid mechanics from Uinersity Pierre et Marie Curie. He spent some times at the Institute of CFD in Tokyo, then he went to work at Princeton University and Columbia University as research staff member and assistant professor in applied mathematics and computational physics. He started his scientific works on lattice gas models for hydrodynamics, then he pioneered in lattice Boltzmann method since 1980s. He had worked as the principal scientist at the Exa Corp (now purchased by Dassault Systemes) for developping the commercial code PowerFLOW, which is widely used for solving aeroacoustic problems in automobile and aeronautical industries.  


Prof. Xin Zhang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Swire Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Dr Zhang conducts research and lectures in aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, in particular aircraft aerodynamics and noise. He has conducted experimental and computational research in the area of unsteady aerodynamics, ground effect aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and aircraft noise. He is an authority in the area of aircraft noise including both airframe and propulsive unit noise. He performed research in its understanding, developed novel and accurate numerical schemes for its prediction, devised methods for noise attenuation, and designed and constructed predictive codes based on physics for noise prediction which are being used by industry.
His research over a period of 25 years led to the establishment of Airbus Aircraft Noise Technology Centre (ANTC) at Southampton in 2008 (see www.soton.ac.uk/antc ), which is a major centre of excellent in aircraft noise technology. The centre is the only Airbus university based technology centre in the world. ANTC works in the areas of airframe noise, engine noise, physics based aircraft noise models, computational aeroacoustics, aircraft interior noise modelling, sound transmission, and noise control, all with Airbus. Airbus, a company that produces around half of the world’s aircraft and employs more than 60,000 people across the EU, has integrated the outcomes of Zhang’s research into its key design processes. He has occupied the chair of Airbus Professor of Aircraft Engineering and served as the director of ANTC since 2008.
Xin Zhang has published over 200 papers including 95 archival papers. Xin Zhang has been a highly productive and effective educator, establishing the first MSc course in racing car aerodynamics in the world at Southampton. To date, he has supervised nearly 50 PhD/EngD students as main supervisor; these students currently hold diverse positions in academia, aerospace and automobile industries, government, and other sectors.