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The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology

4–6 Nov 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Time
Abstract Submission Deadline
7th July 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
7th August 2024

Registration Deadline
31st October 2024

Compact Actuator System, Medical Transducer, Drone, Actuator for Crisis Technology, Energy Harvesting System, Autonomous Actuator
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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology (IECAT), sponsored by MDPI’s open access journal Actuators. The meeting is an opportunity for researchers in the field of actuator engineering and technology to present their research and exchange ideas with colleagues. This is a virtual conference via Zoom.

This Second Conference will focus on “Sustainability and Crisis Technologies”, in addition to general topics in accordance with the aims and scope of the journal Actuators.

- New actuator materials - Piezoelectrics, Magnetostrictors, Shape memory alloys; Elastomer actuators
- Innovative actuator designs - Ultrasonic motor; MEMS/NEMS
- Drive/control technologies - Power supply, Batteries, Switching regulators; AC/DC converter
- Remarkable actuator applications - Biomedical actuators, Robotics, Crisis technologies, Aerials, Surface and underwater vehicles; Energy harvesting

Your submitted paper will be reviewed and published in a Special Issue of the journal Actuators with a discount of 20% on the article processing charge (ISSN 2076-0825; Actuators).

We look forward to engaging in exciting discussions and hearing new ideas and perspectives from experts in the actuator field. All participants are welcome to join the online conference.

Kind regards,
Prof. Kenji Uchino, MS, MBA, Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania State University

Event Chairs

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Kenji Uchino, one of the pioneers in piezoelectric actuators, is Academy Professor at Emeritus Academy Institute, The Pennsylvania State University. He was Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers, Materials Research Institute, and Professor of EE and MatSE, Distinguished Honors Faculty of Schreyer Honors College at The Penn State University. He was also the Founder and Senior Vice President & CTO of Micromechatronics Inc., State College, PA from 2004 till 2010, then, Associate Director at The US Office of Naval Research – Global Tokyo Office (US Ambassador to Japan) from 2010 till 2014. Uchino is Life Fellow in both IEEE and Americal Ceramic Society. Keywords: piezoelectric materials, device designing, precision positioners, micro-robotics, ultrasonic motors, smart structures, piezoelectric transformers, energy harvesting.

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. José Luis Sánchez-Rojas

Microsystems, Actuators and Sensors Lab, INAMOL-Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

MEMS/NEMS; piezoelectric microsystems; integrated sensors and transducers; miniaturization of instrumentation for applications in chemistry; food technology; robotics; biotechnology and IoT

Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino

Academy Professor, Emeritus Academy Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

piezoelectric actuator; ultrasonic motor; piezo-transformer; high power piezoelectrics; loss mechanism; Pb-free piezoelectrics; piezoelectric composite; multilayer actuator; relaxor piezoelectric single crystal; piezoelectric energy harvesting; piezoelectric driver

Prof. Zongli Lin

Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia, USA

nonlinear systems; nonlinear control; constrained control; systems with time delays; active magnetic bearings

Dr. Aslan Miriyev

Physical AI (PAI) Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

physical AI (PAI); material intelligence; soft-material robotics; bio-hybrid robotics; soft actuation; bio-hybrid actuation; soft and structural functional composites; multi-material systems; advanced manufacturing; 3D printing

Event Committee

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy

Research Keywords
smart materials; stimuli-responsive materials; bioprinting; tissue engineering; biomaterials

State Key Lab of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Research Keywords
piezoelectric actuators; ultrasonic motors; nano fabrications; ultrasonic sensors; micro/nano manipulations

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, High Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University, USA

Research Keywords
printed electronics; Composites for Electronics and Optics (CEO); Additive Thin-film Manufacturing (ATM)

Department of Advanced Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan

Research Keywords
piezoelectric actuator; piezoelectric mover; control of piezoelectric actuator; driver for piezoelectric actuator; near-field ultrasonic levitation; vibration-assisted machining

INSA-Institut Clément Ader (CNRS UMR 5312), France

Research Keywords
actuation for aerospace (servo-hydraulic, electro-hydrostatic, electromechanical); architecting; system level modelling and simulation; control; testing; virtual validation

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Korea

Research Keywords
lignin-derived resins; nanocellulose multifunctional composites; smart materials and devices, including electroactive polymers; power harvesting; soft actuators; biosensors; flexible electronics; smart optics

Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, USA

Research Keywords
smart materials and structures; actuators; sensors; dampers; energy absorbers; pneumatic artificial muscles; control systems; applications to aircraft, ground vehicles, and robotic system

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Research Keywords
shape memory materials and technology; sensors and actuators; 4D printing

Laboratory of Image Signal and Intelligent Systems, Department of Network & Telecom, University of Paris-Est Créteil, France

Research Keywords
wearable robotics; physical human robot interaction; robotics

Institute of Mechatronics, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Research Keywords
adaptive piezomechanical systems, smart materials, structures and devices, microsystems dynamics, biomechanics/biomechatronics, robotics, energy harvester, real-time data analysis and control, etc.

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Research Keywords
thermo-fluid dynamic stability; flow control; synthetic jet actuators; free surface flows

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

Research Keywords
robot design, sensing and control; collaborative robots (Cobots); 3D machine vision for robots; robot learning from demonstration; soft pneumatic actuators; hybrid pneumatic-electric actuators; advanced control algorithms for pneumatic and hybrid actuator

State Key Laboratory of Rail Transit Vehicle System, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Research Keywords
magnetic levitation theory and application; electromagnetic field computation; high temperature superconductors

Institute for Production Technology and Systems (IPTS), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany

Research Keywords
control systems; mechatronics; actuators; engines control; signal processing; wavelets; Kalman filter; optimal energy control

School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Research Keywords
soft robotics; pneumatic muscles; end effectors; automation for food; healthcare robotics

School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia

Research Keywords
motion control; robotics and biomectronics

Systems Department, National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli” – INCAS, Romania

Research Keywords
mechanohydraulic, electrohydraulic, and electromechanical actuators; active and semi-active control; antiblocking systems (ABS); smart aerospace structures; structural health monitoring (SHM); stability robustness and performance robustness—analysis and s

Department of Systems Engineering and Department of Material Science and Engineering, Saarland University, Germany

Research Keywords
smart material systems; actuators; sensors; dielectric elastomers; shape memory alloys; elastocalorics

Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, USA

Research Keywords
stimuli-responsive materials; nanocomposites; sensors and actuators; soft materials; tomography

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saitama University, Japan

Research Keywords
mechatronics; magnetic bearing; magnetic suspension; vibration control; force and mass measurement; micro assembly


Registration for IECAT 2024 will be free of charge! The registration includes attendance at all conference sessions.

If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 31 October 2024.

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors
The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.
Important Deadlines
Deadline for abstract submission: 7 July 2024
Deadline for abstract acceptance notification: 7 August 2024
Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 26 August 2024; You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.

Certificates of Participation are available in your logged-in area of, under “My certificates” after the conference.

Abstract Submission
1. Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system. No physical submission is necessary.
2. 2. The abstract should include an introduction, methods, results, and conclusion sections, and be within 600 words in length (1 figure/table is a Standard Format. No figure/table or 2 figures/tables may be also accepted.).
3. All accepted abstracts will be published in MDPI’s Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900). If you wish to publish a research article in the journal, please refer to the “Publication Opportunities” Section.
4. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
5. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.
6. All abstracts accepted for presentation will be collected in a book of abstracts, which will be published on the website after the conference.

Detailed Requirements
1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.

Note: We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission
The slot for the oral presentation is 15 minutes. We recommend a 12-minute presentation, leaving about 3 minutes for a Q&A session.

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the abstract. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using the proprietary slide viewer at Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format prior to submission so that they can be converted for online display.

Poster Presentation
  • Should include the title, authors, contact details, and main research findings, as well as tables, figures, and graphs where necessary.
  • File format: PDF (.pdf).
  • Size in pixel: 1,080 width x 1,536 height–portrait orientation.
  • Size in cm: 38.1 width x 54.2 height–portrait orientation.
  • Font size: ≥16. Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)
You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded here.

The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be named after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room. Please note that you will be leading your own room, i.e. sharing your screen, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.

We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.

Publication Opportunities
Actuators Publication

Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a research article to the Special Issue, published in Actuators (ISSN: 2076-0825, Impact Factor: 2.6), with a 20% discount on the publication fee. Details of the special issue will be announced here later. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

Potential Conflicts of Interest
It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.

MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 6 awards including Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 6

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.

The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

There will be six winners selected for these awards. The winner will receive a certificate and 200 CHF each.

Sponsors and Partners

For information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please click here.


Media Partners

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Camille Li
Ms. Alethea Liu
Ms. Katrina Zhang

For inquiries regarding submissions and sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact us.