Project: Robotic-Assisted Handheld Instrument for Microsurgery.
Research interest: Time series forecasting and sensor fusion in medical robotics
I am currently the Executive Director of the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore, a joint research institute by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Agency for Science, Technology And Research and National Healthcare Group. I am an Associate Professor with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and LKC School of Medicine, NTU. I received the Ph.D. degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, and the M.Eng. and B.Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 1999 and 1997 respectively.
“I believe that robots can make meaningful contributions to help solve real-world problems in healthcare”
Using a novel data-driven approach and machine learning methods, we develop assistive robots to support people with disability and the elderly in applications such as mobility,fall prevention and activities of daily living.These personalised human-robot interfaces allow robot-user co-adaptation and optimal adjustment of the robotic assistance to the user’s ability level.
Several assistive robots developed by our team are being tested in human trials and he plans to commercialize the technology via a spin-off company. Our team has started the first startup Techssisted Surgical Pte Ltd to commercialise one of our inventions—a robotic instrument that allows surgeons to achieve ten times better positioning accuracy during microsurgery. This instrument came in first out of 3,000 teams in the 10th China Shenzhen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in 2018, and first in the International Creatineer Competition (AI and Robotics) in 2019.
Ph.D Students (Current)