Keynote Speaker

MSc. Pavol Kučík is a dynamic general manager with extensive procurement operations and project management experience within the sector of non-destructive testing. He possesses excellent communication and technical skills, the ability to influence decisions and to implement advance testing methods into the production process. Pavol Kučík is a versatile and results-oriented professional who specializes in sourcing, buying and selling the best quality NDT products. He is familiar with all aspects of the NDT problematic with particular emphasis on solving customer needs at quality verification process of products. He is attentive to detail with a practical approach to problem solving and the customer organization requirements ensuring that reliability, uptime and perfection production process are achieved. He has long-lasting experiences in working with leading brands in the mechanical, automotive and chemical industries with the primary focus on exceeding expectations for customer service delivery while ensuring optimum of non-destructive testing method impact. He is long time active as a member of presidium of the Slovak society for non-destructive testing.

Title of presentation: Applications of innovative eddy current probes for non-destructive testing in practice

Invited Speakers

Prof. Tomasz CHADY is a Professor at West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Szczecin, where he has been working since 1987. From 1997 to 1999 he was employed at Oita University, Japan. In 1999 he joined Oita Industrial Research, Japan under the STA fellowship. Since 2001 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on electromagnetic non-destructive testing, digital signal processing and artificial intelligence. He is coordinating several national and international research projects.

Title of presentation: Advances in Terahertz NDE

Prof. Joao M.A. REBELLO is Full Professor at the Metallurgy and Materials Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He finished his BSc degree in metallurgy and received his Doctoral Degree from the Free University of Brussels in 1970.
Professor Rebello is the Brazilian representative in the World Federation for Non Destructive Evaluation Centers, and in the Standing Committee of the International Workshop on Electromagnetic Nondestructive Evaluation and presently belongs to the International Organizing and Scientific Committees of several Conferences as: International Conference on Composite Structures (Portugal 2011), Emerging Technologies in NDT (Greece 2011), World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (South Africa 2012), World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (Munich 2016).
He has recently edited a EURASIP Special Issue on “Signal Processing in Advanced Nondestructive Materials Inspection”.
Professor Rebello was the Conference Chairman of the past 17th International Workshop in Electromagnetic on Non Destructive Evaluation, held in Rio de Janeiro, July 2012.

Title of presentation: Advances in Electromagnetic NDE for Materials Characterization

Dr. Raimond GRIMBERG is Head of the NDT Department, National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iasi, Romania. He was Visiting Professor at Michigan State University, USA and ENS de Cachan, France. He has obtained a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering to work within Newcastle University UK in the development and characterization of new metamaterials and sensors for ENDE. He is Member of European Advisory Panel of the INSIGHT Journal. He is reviewer for international journals, member in scientific committee and chairperson at main conferences in NDE. His main research interests are modelling of new electromagnetic sensors; development of metamaterials and sensors with metamaterials for application in high frequency domain; methods and algorithms for digital signal and image processing with applications to NDE, SHM for composites materials and structures, data fusion, publishing over 100 articles in ISI journals and conference proceedings, 8 patents, 6 books and book’s chapters.

Title of presentation: Advances in High Frequency Electromagnetic NDE

Dr. Hiroaki KIKUCHI received BS, MS and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tohoku University in 1995, 1997 and 2002, respectively. He was engaged on development of a LED arrays head for high resolution printer at R & D, OKI Ltd. Co. during 1997-1999. He joined NDE & SRC, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University as a lecturer in 2002 and is currently an associate professor at Iwate University. Kikuchi’s areas of expertise are magnetism, electromagnetic nondestructive evaluation and sensing techniques using ferromagnetic materials include a higher sensitive magnetic field sensor composed of ferromagnetic thin film. He has contributed over 100 publications in archival journals and conference proceedings.

Title of presentation: Advances in Magnetic NDE

Dr. B. Purna Chandra RAO joined Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, India in 1986, after completing one year training in BARC Training School, Mumbai in Metallurgical Engineering. He has made significant contributions in electromagnetic nondestructive evaluation (NDE), especially in, numerical modeling, sensor development, imaging, signal & image processing, microstructure characterisation, quality assurance, in-service inspection, structural integrity assessment, condition monitoring, and life management. Presently, Dr. B P C Rao heads NDE Division as well as Robotics & Remote Handling Section in the Metallurgy and Materials Group of IGCAR. Dr. B P C Rao obtained Ph.D from Saarland University, Germany. He was a visiting scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for NDT (IZFP), Saarbruecken, Germany in 1996 and a post-doctoral fellow at Center for NDE, Iowa State University, USA in 2003. Dr. B P C Rao was an Expert NDT Consultant at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna in 2011. As Professor of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), he is involved in curriculum development, teaching and guiding scholars in engineering and NDE.

Title of presentation: Advances in Eddy Current NDE

Dr. Noritaka YUSA received bachelor of engineering, master of engineering, and PhD degree from the Department of Quantum Engineering and System Science, the University of Tokyo, in 1998, 2000, and 2004, respectively. He worked at IIU Corp., as a researcher from 2001 to 2009, during which he belonged to Keio University and the University of Tokyo as an assistant professor as well. Since 2009 he belongs to the Department of Quantum Science and Energy Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, as an associate professor. His major research topic is the development of nondestructive evaluation methods using electromagnetic fields, especially for the safety of nuclear power plants.

Title of presentation: Numerical Modeling of Real Cracks for Electromagnetic Nondestructive Inverse Analyses