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12 - 15 September 2023

Excel - London

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Mini C. SAAJ

Professor Mini C. SAAJ

Professor and Global Chair in Robotic Engineering, University of Lincoln
Prof Chakravarthini Mini Saaj is the Global Chair in Robotic Engineering at the University of Lincoln, UK. Mini joined the University of Lincoln in September 2019 and she is the head of Industrial Digitalisation and System Intelligence (IDSI) research group within the School of Engineering. She is a member of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) and the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT).

Mini is a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey where, previously, she was a Reader in Robotics, the Head of Robotics and Control research group and the Director of Post Graduate Research (PhD) Programme at the Surrey Space Centre; she was with the Surrey Space Centre from 2005 to 2019. Further, Mini was a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London from 2005 to 2007 and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany from 2002-2003.

As a research-active academic, Mini has coordinated and authored many successful research proposals; these were in collaboration with over forty leading national and international research groups. She has raised over £3.8M, as PI and Co-I, on Robotics and Control research projects funded by European Commission, Airbus Defence and Space, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, European Space Agency, CEOI, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, the Nigerian Space Agency and other sources. She is an external evaluator for various funding agencies.

Mini has over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers that highlight advancements in both theoretical innovation and industry-driven high impact applied research. In addition to serving as the PhD examiner, Mini has successfully supervised 11 full-time post-doctoral Research Fellows, 11 PhD students and 2 MPhil students. She continues to deliver keynote/invited lectures at various international conferences and workshops.

Mini has several years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in subject areas like the Space Robotics, Control Systems, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines, Power System and Analogue Electronics. In November 2013, University of Surrey awarded her the prestigious Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to receiving this highest honour in teaching, she was also awarded the Learning and Teaching Award by the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences in September 2013. Moreover, in 2010, she won the EngineeringUK Flying Lecturer award. With nearly twenty years of experience in public speaking and school outreach, Mini continues to actively promote Engineering (Robotics, Space and Control) education in the UK.

Mini is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council, UK. She is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society UK, Senior Member of AIAA, Senior Member of IEEE, a member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Women in Engineering and IET.

In 2003, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay awarded her a PhD for her contributions in the field of discrete-time sliding mode control. Mini completed her Master's degree in Control Systems (distinction and first rank), from the College of Engineering Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India. Also, she was awarded the BTech degree (first class honours and distinction) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering by the same university.

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