Keynote Speakers

Prof. Prasad KDV Yarlagadda OAM

University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Investigation of Bacterial Death on Nano Surfaces using Molecular Dynamics Simulation

Abstract: Bacterial drug resistance is a major issue that is becoming worse day by day. Antibacterial drug resistance originates from the structural properties of the cell membrane. In this context, nanostructures have demonstrated remarkable efficiency in eliminating bacteria upon contact. The antibacterial properties of nanostructures have been extensively researched and shown bactericidal effect is mechano-bactericidal. Based on the knowledge gained so far, nanostructures kill bacteria by inducing high deformation and stress on the cell membrane, causing permanent damage to the cell surface, and eventually leading to bacterial death. Through molecular dynamics simulations, a proper understanding of the underlying bactericidal mechanism can be obtained. However, due to the scale of the system and the unconventional bonding forces between the nano surfaces, accurately simulating the system is a challenging task. In this work, we focus on investigating existing molecular dynamics simulation techniques to model the system, demonstrating their application, and addressing potential knowledge gaps that need to be resolved, particularly in terms of scale-related issues and interatomic interactions between biomolecules and nanomaterials.  Additionally, we also emphasize the requirement of improving martini Coarse Grain (CG) model to be suitable for modelling bacteria interaction with nano surfaces.


Prof. Prasad KDV Yarlagadda worked in industry and university over 38 years. He is distinguished graduate of IIT, Bombay brought considerable manufacturing skills to Australia based on his prior experience in India, Hong Kong, Paua New Guinea and Singapore. He worked as  Professor in Smart Systems and Domain Leader: Medical Devices, in Queensland University of Technology, Australia. At present he is working as Dean (Engineering) in University of Southern Queensland, Australia.  He took his academic position in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and subsequently become Director, Manufacturing Systems Engineering Reserch Concentration in Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Prof. Yarlagadda’s dedicated service lead to advancement of manufacturing engineering which further contributed to globally to engineering education and other higher education sectors through his association and engagement with number of universities internationally namely; City University of Hong Kong, The Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Papua New Guinea, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Korean Institute of Industrial Technology and Mokpo National University, South Korea, and other prominent institutes in India namely; IITs, VIT university, Vellore, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (Bharathiar university), Nagarjuna University, KL University, Vijayawada are among others. Prof. Yarlagadda also advisor to a range of Australian and other international government organisations and professional societies to whom he actively contributed at various capacities and leadership roles such as President, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Chapter-209, Australia) during 1999 t 2001, President, Global Congress on Manufacturing and Materials (2004-2018) are among others.

He had number of distinguished appointments in various universities in India, China and Australia. He received more than $18M funding, successfully supervised more than 60 higher degree research students published more than 600 peer reviewed articles. In 2012 he received a Prestigious Great Honour Award for his outstanding and lifetime contribution to the discipline of manufacturing in world Arena from Materials Division of Polish Academy of Sciences. He is Editor in Chief and Deputy Editor-in-chief of 4 international journals, and also editorial board member of 18 ISI listed Journals. He is fellow of many professional organisations such as engineers Australia, the institution of engineers (India), world academy of manufacturing and materials engineering, International Association of Advanced Materials American society of mechanical engineers, Society of manufacturing engineers are among others. In addition, he also held many community leadership positions us has President, Federation of Indian communities of Queensland, President The India Australia society and others.

Prof. Yarlagadda provided eminent services to Global higher education, particularly to engineering discipline, as an academic, researcher and author, leader of professional scientific associations, and as a mentor of young scientists. His outstanding contributions to Engineering also recognised with the award The Order of Australia Medal by Australian Commonwealth Government in 2016 and included in Queens Birthday Honours list.  In recognition of his outstanding research contributions, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India appointed him as VAJRA Professor in 2018 and 2020   In 2020 he was elected as Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK and also  recipient of 2020 Australian Advanced Materials Award.

Prof. Wahyudi Sutopo 

Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia

Enhancing Collaboration and Innovating Solutions to Synthesize ASEAN Market Problems into Industrial Engineering Knowledge Acquisitions: A Case Study of Electric Motor

Abstract: There are abundant CO2 emissions from the transportation sector in the countries that are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Motorcycles, two-wheeled and gasoline-powered with internal combustion engines (ICE), contribute significantly to CO2 pollution, especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. ASEAN has a target for Net-Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2050, consistent with the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. Can the NZE target be realized without substituting the ICE motorcycle powered by gasoline and producing CO2? Technological innovation in electric motorcycles (EM) is needed to achieve the NZE target. The EM provides transportation solutions that are environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, and have lower operating and maintenance costs. EM technology encompasses both converted and newly designed electric motorbikes. However, the adoption rate of both converted and newly designed electric motorbikes still needs to improve and faces challenges, such as product, process, innovation, and business, in Indonesia. There are many interesting research gaps to be addressed by studying the field of industrial engineering, especially supply chain engineering. We have proposed a research roadmap entitled 'Accelerating the Commercialization of Innovative Technology Using Early Supply Chain Integration'.  This effort aims to study the field of Industrial Engineering, especially supply chain engineering, integrated with a multi/interdisciplinary approach to the technology commercialization process. Each product of technological innovation has its own unstable and evolutionary supply chain. Innovation in supply chain engineering at an early stage is necessary so that each entity and process involved has operational efficiency and service effectiveness. The implementation of the supply chain can be used as an intervention instrument for accelerating and helping startups survive and/or win the market competition by creating a competitive advantage, shortening time to market, and minimizing investment. The object of study needs to be expanded to the ASEAN market problems. Enhancing collaboration and innovating solutions to synthesize ASEAN market problems is needed. The results will be utilized in industrial engineering knowledge acquisitions. The innovation contributions that have been generated are in the form of models, methods, and system designs as intervention options to increase the productivity and efficiency of the commercialization of innovative technology.


Wahyudi Sutopo is a professor in industrial engineering and Head of Industrial Engineering and Techno-Economics Research Group, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS). He is also a researcher for the Centre of Excellence for Electrical Energy Storage Technology UNS. His educational background is the profession of engineer (Ir) from the UNS  in  2018; Doctor (Dr, 2011) in industrial engineering & management &  bachelor of industrial engineering (S.T., 1999) from Institut Teknologi Bandung; master of management (M.Si., 2004) from Universitas Indonesia. He is a member of the Institute of Indonesian Engineers and as an Executive Professional Engineer.  He is also member of ISLI, IISE, and IEOM.  

His areas of research interest are logistics & supply chain engineering, economic engineering & cost analysis, and technology commercialization (Roadmap:  He has received more than 45 research grants. Industrial engineering knowledge acquisitions were contributed to achieve impact excellence in teaching, research, and innovation. He is a copyright holder/inventor for  16 IPRs;  author of 15 books, and more than 201 Scopus indexed articles (H-index-14). 

He  has special attention to improving the quality of industrial engineering education. He was the general chair of the Indonesian Industrial Engineering Higher Education Institution Cooperation Agency/BKSTI (2017-2020) &  secretary of the Advisory Body of BKSTI (2023-2026). His additional assignment is to be an Assessor of BAN-PT & LAM TEKNIK as well as an evaluator of IABEE. He also took the role of the advancement of industrial engineering discipline for the betterment of humanity through IEOM Society ( Email Address:

Dr. Andre DL Batako 

Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Current Challenges in Machining Hard-to-Cut Materials

Abstract: Material scientists are making great progress in the development of new light-weight, high-heat resistant, very hard and tough for wear-resistant. These new materials are highly needed for the industry, especially, aerospace, automotive, power generation and space industries. However, their progress is made in isolation from machining engineers who have the task to machine these new materials into the shape and precise dimension needed for the applications in the industry. 

Here the manufacturing engineers face great challenges, for these material are made as an amalgam of various materials that are used for cutting tools. 

The challenge is how do we cut a bread with a knife made of the best butter that made could make?


Andre DL Batako obtained his Bachelor’s degree 1981 Mechanical Engineering (Togo) and his Master’s degree in Manufacturing Technology Machine Tools and Tools in former Soviet Union in 1988. He worked about 10 years in automotive industry and return to research activities to obtain his PhD in Dynamics of vibro-impact system at Loughborough University (UK) in 2004. He is current working in Liverpool John Moores University (UK) where he leads a team of researchers in the field of controlled vibration assisted high efficiency machining in the advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory. He has a strong link with industry (Rolls Royce, Jones and Shipman, Bosch, Fuchs and Airbus) and Universities worldwide (Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, France, India, China, Malaysia, and others). 

Dr. Andre DL Batako specialises in Vibro-Impact systems over the last 20 years and he has developed a number of machines, including the world’s first purpose-built machine tool to perform High Efficiency Deep Grinding (HEDG). He is the inventor of a unique grinding process called “Vibro-HEDG” and He had developed the World’s first machine tool to demonstrate this new regime. With a power of 90 kW with self-induced vibration during machining. This machine achieve record material removal rates over 1200 mm3/mm.s and reduces specific cutting energies down to 6 J/mm3 at work speed up to 3 m/s and wheel speed of 185 m/s.  He has invented other machines for drilling, water disinfection and agricultural products drying.

Dr Andre DL Batako speaks fluently French, English and Russian with synchronous translation. He has over 20 years of research experience and he is an industry-oriented researcher with a keen interest in knowledge transfer. Dr Batako is a reviewer and editor for a number of international journals and publishing houses. He has published over 100 publications, 2 books and 3 book chapters one memoire and successfully supervised 20 PhD’s completed. 

He is open to collaboration in the development of

Vibro-Impact systems 

Hybrid Intelligent Machine Tools,

Sensors and measurement in industrial processes

Sustainable manufacturing that is ready for industry 4.x

Applied engineering education in sub-Saharan Africa, 

manufacturing “Made in Africa”


Prof. Jung Il Song

Changwon National University, Korea

Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites: Advancements towards Sustainability

Abstract: Sustainability is the focus of natural fiber polymer composites advancements. For centuries, natural fibers have been used to meet human needs. However, with the development of polymer technology, natural fibers are now used as reinforcement in natural fiber polymer composites (NFPs) to provide a sustainable and renewable substitute for synthetic materials. This has gained popularity in various industrial sectors due to growing environmental concerns. Researchers are improving hybrid natural fiber composites by combining synthetic or natural fibers into a polymer matrix to achieve an optimal balance between strength, flexibility, weight, and cost, making them more versatile. The composite's properties can be precisely tuned through this method. The incorporation of bio-waste particles as supportive reinforcement in hybrid natural fiber composites enhances their rigidity and thermal stability while also providing a waste management solution. The flammability of NFPs remains a significant challenge, but researchers are exploring the use of selective flame-retardants to improve their safety. Hybrid NFP composites are increasingly used in various industries, such as the automotive, construction, and packaging industries, due to their effective flame-resistant properties. These composites represent a significant step towards environmentally friendly material solutions. Despite challenges such as large-scale production and standardization, the potential benefits of these materials are compelling. It is the scientific community's responsibility to continuously improve and develop natural fiber composite materials for sustainability and to protect the environment from plastic pollution.

Acknowledgement: This study was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and funded by the Ministry of Science Education (2018R1A6A1A03024509 and 2023R1A2C1006234).