Smith to speak in China on systems and facility design

Published: Jul 2, 2014 2:00:00 PM
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Alice Smith, W. Allen and Martha Reed professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, will travel to China this month to speak at two international conferences on systems and facility design. 

Smith has been invited to give a keynote address at the 2014 International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance and Safety Engineering, in Dalian, Liaoning, China. Her talk, “Predictive Maintenance Using Neural Networks for Airport People Mover Vehicles,” depicts a collaborative project with Daimler in Germany and Bombardier Transportation in Pittsburgh, Pa. The project resulted in a U.S. patent and several international patents.

She will also speak at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) World Congress on Computational Intelligence in Beijing, the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence. She will attend the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Administrative Committee meeting, of which she is an elected member.

While in China, Smith will visit four academic institutions in Hong Kong, Chengdu, and Shenyang to present some of her work on modeling, analysis and optimization of complex systems using computational intelligence combined with techniques from probability and statistics and from operations research. 

“This is my first trip to China and the surrounding area and I look forward to visiting multiple universities to seek future collaborations with Auburn University,” said Smith. “This trip will also provide an opportunity to showcase some of the research I have led at Auburn in the design of reliable systems, as well as in facility design. Furthermore, I look forward to reconnecting with some professors in China who were resident in Auburn as visiting scholars with me during the past several years.” 

Smith, who received the Institute of Industrial Engineers Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator award in 2012, has been on the Auburn faculty since 1999.