Advanced Robotics Center (ARC) Lunchtime Seminar 10th April 2015

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    10th April 2015 (Friday), 12noon to 1.30pm NUS Faculty of Engineering, Blk EA, Level 2, EA-02-11 The ARC Lunchtime Seminar series aims to promote interaction within the NUS robotics community. Each seminar consists of 2-3 short talks of 10 minutes each to showcase the latest work by researchers and students. It also provides a forum for discussing the recent advances and trends in robotics. The seminar series will be usually held from 12:00-13:00 on the first Friday of every month when the university is in session. All NUS members with interest in robotics are welcome to join. Free boxed lunch will be provided. About Advanced Robotics Center (ARC) ==================================== ARC was established in 2013 with support from both the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Computing. The goal of ARC is to lead and support robotics research in NUS and in Singapore, and over time, gain international recognition as a peak of excellence in robotics research. One core research theme of ARC is human-centered collaborative robotics, with the goal of developing the scientific foundations, technologies, and integrated platforms that enable symbiotic human-robot interaction and collaboration. Speakers ==================================== Customizable Soft Pneumatic Gripper Devices Low Jin Huat, Master Student Department of Mechanical Engineering Soft robotics have garnered great research interests from the robotics community, particularly in areas of application where complex and costly hard robots are unsuitable, due to their many fascinating properties, such as lightweight, low component costs, high customizability, easy fabrication with 3D printing technique, and capability in producing complex motions based on simple designs of pneumatic channels and sources (i.e. air or fluid). The purpose of this research is to develop soft pneumatic gripper devices that could lead to advances in medical applications, ranging from the handling of delicate soft tissues during surgery to hand orthotics and prosthetics, by providing: (a) compliant gripping without introducing excessive stress to the object, (b) simple control (e.g. fluid pressurization) and fabrication technique that is low cost and highly scalable for mass production, (c) safe human-robot interactions based on the soft materials used for fabrication, and (d) high customizability to suit different requirements. I will present on the applications of soft robotics to the areas of prosthetics, surgical tools, and therapeutic insoles in this talk. Game Medicine in Rehabilitation Ms. Chua Cai Lin, Final Year Undergraduate Student Department of Biomedical Engineering Physical rehabilitation is a crucial process for several patient groups, such as stroke survivors and breast cancer patients, to regain their muscle strength and ranges of motion so that they would be able to carry out activities of daily living independently. For stroke patients whose rehabilitation also focuses on motor relearning, their rehabilitation process involves intensive and repetitive exercises. Unfortunately, most stroke survivors have low motivation due to the mundane nature of the repetitive exercises. Hence, serious games for rehabilitation look into the use of video games to keep the patients motivated during their rehabilitation sessions. In my FYP, the kinematics of healthy subjects playing a video game with a Kinect-based game system was analyzed. In this talk, I will share about the main conclusions of the research, and the future potential of such Kinect-based rehabilitation game systems. Soft Ankle-Foot Exoskeleton for Alternative Mechanical Prophylaxis of Deep Vein Thrombosis Low Fanzhe, PhD Student Department of Biomedical Engineering Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can affect patients who are long-term bed-ridden, due to diseases such as stroke. Current prevention methods for DVT focus on either pharmacological prophylaxis or mechanical prophylaxis. Furthermore, current mechanical prophylaxis systems that target prevention of DVT have limited success rates as patients are still susceptible to occurrences of DVT even with long-term usage of such systems. We will present an innovative mechanical system of a soft robotic exosock using soft pneumatic actuators to assist in ankle exercises for the prevention of DVT. The exosock was able to provide assisted ankle plantarflexion-dorsiflexion to the subjects using a push-pull mechanism. Furthermore, we will also present an interactive graphic user interface for interaction between physicians and patients during the rehabilitation session which is also able to provide real-time feedback of the ankle joint angle.

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