Prof. Liyanage specializes in Industrial asset management at the University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway, and is a Guest Professor of Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, and University of Cincinnati, USA.. Dr. Liyanage has earned B.Sc. in Production engineering (First Class Honours), M.Sc. in Ergonomics / Human factors (Distinction) (LTU, Sweden), and PhD in Offshore technology (NTNU / Norway). He is the Chair of the University-Industry cooperative Centre for Industrial Asset Management (CIAM). He also serves in the Board of Directors of Society of Petroleum Engineers (Stavanger section) and the Board of Directors of the Norwegian Ergonomics and Human factors Society (NEHF). In addition, he is a member of the Standardization committee SN/K 536 on Asset management with Standard Norway. Dr. Liyanage is the Co-Chair of the European Network for Strategic Engineering Asset Management (EURENSEAM) involving approx. 15 European countries. He is actively involved in the Working Group (WG) on Advanced maintenance engineering, Services, and Technology of IFAC (International Federation for Automatic Control), and honorary member of IFRIM (International Foundation for Research in Maintenance). He is also a Founding Fellow of the ISEAM (International Society of Engineering Asset Management). He is actively involved in a number of R&D and joint industry projects over the last few years both at advisory and managerial capacities, and has published more than 100 publications. He is an editorial reviewer and a member of international editorial boards of a number of international journals and the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management (IJSEAM). For his performance he has received a number of prestigious awards inclusive of University of Peradeniya Award for the Best Performance in Engineering (1995), Colombo Dockyard Award for the Best Performance in Production Engineering (1995), The Overall Best in Masters (1999), Lyse Energy Research Award for Excellent Research and Academic Contributions (2001), Society of Petroleum Engineers Best PhD Award (2003), Emerald Literati Club Award for Excellence (2004).
Teuvo Uusitalo is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. He has extensive experience in the field of risk management and has been involved in research related to enterprise risk management, critical infrastructure protection, resilience, and sustainability. His current research topics are related to risk management in service business and business networks, and sustainable value creation in manufacturing. Mr. Uusitalo is the coordinator of the Sustainable value creation in manufacturing networks project.