S. G. Ponnambalam has a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering form Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India. He is a Full Professor at the School of Engineering at the Monash University Malaysia. Dr. Ponnambalam has held academic and administrative positions at various higher learning Institutions such as PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, and National Institute of Technology, Trichy in India. Currently, he is teaching courses in the areas of mechatronics, manufacturing, and manufacturing management, and he is supervising a number of doctoral students in the area of manufacturing automation and swarm robotics. He is serving as Associate Editor and as editorial board member for many international journals. He has over 300 articles published in various referred journals, refereed conferences and chapters in edited books. His articles are published in different peer reviewed journals those include International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Production Planning and Control, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Evolutionary Optimization, Journal of Cleaner Production, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Expert Systems with Applications, IEEE Transaction on Cybernetics and Journal of Material Processing Technology.