Andrew Kusiak

Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, The University of Iowa, USA


The developments in artificial intelligence and bid data dominate the research and industrial headlines. Though the origins of the two technologies are different, there is a great synergy between the two. The anticipation for both technologies is high, ranging from productivity and efficiency improvement in industry to the way will live in the future. The fundamental research in physical, biological, engineering, computer, and data sciences have contributed to the developments in sensors generating data, communication and networking technology, robotics, and big data applications.  A new generation of low cost robots is fueling automation in essentially all industries and services, including healthcare and homes. Models built from the sensor generated data can be highly accurate. In essence, digital replicas (twins) of the modeled phenomena are created which allows for research in unseen dimensions. The growing type and range of sensors allows for building smart solutions that are embedded in hardware, control systems, and logistics. The smart solutions have the ability to learn from the experience (expressed in data) and evolve to new control and decision spaces so that the best outcomes are produced. The emerging concepts in smart systems will be applied in design, manufacturing, and service domains.


Dr. Andrew Kusiak is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at The University of Iowa, Iowa City. He has chaired two departments, Industrial Engineering (1988-95) and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2010-15). His current research focuses on applications of artificial intelligence and big big data in automation, manufacturing, product development, renewable energy, sustainability, and healthcare. He has published numerous books and technical papers in journals sponsored by professional societies, such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Nature, and other societies. He speaks frequently at international meetings, conducts professional seminars, and consults for industrial corporations. Dr. Kusiak has served in elected professional society positions as well as various editorial roles in over fifty journals, including five different IEEE Transactions.

Professor Kusiak is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. His past academic appointments include the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) and the University of Manitoba in Canada. He has held distinguished research and visiting professorships at the Beihang University, Guizhou University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Tongji University in China; Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong (SAR PRC); King Abdulaziz University and King Saud University (Saudi Arabia); University of Lion, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, and University of Nancy (France); and the University of Montreal (Canada). His graduate students have assumed prominent positions in academia, industry, and successful start-up companies. Dr. Kusiak has co-advised PhD students at the University on Munich (Germany) and Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France). His laboratory has hosted many visiting researchers across  all continents.