Towards a Foundation of Manufacturing Science-Algorithms and Implementation of a Computer-aided Setup and Inspection System

Date: 18 Jan 2005 - 18 Jan 2005

Venue: SIMTech, Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3


Probing, fixturing, localisation and tolerancing inspection of an arbitrarily placed workpiece present a series of problems for wide ranging applications in manufacturing, assembly, robotic manipulation and other industry/non-industry tasks. Over a period of twenty years, these problems have been extensively studied, with numerous results developed for separate treatment of each individual problem. Through a series of research effort over the last ten years or so, a unified geometric theory for a precise and thorough treatment of these problems has finally begun to emerge.

In this talk, the speaker will present in a coherent manner the fundamental importance of these problems in a variety of manufacturing and robotic applications, the common mathematical theory underlying these problems, the precise formulation and the unique geometric properties of these problems, and the geometric algorithms developed for the solutions of these problems. The speaker will also highlight some current and open research issues.

About Prof Li

Prof Zexiang Li attended the South-Central University in 1978, received his BS (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) in 1983. He received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 1985, MA in mathematics and PhD in EECS in 1989, from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked in various occasions as an electrical engineer at the headquarters of the Aluminium Company of America (ALCOA) and as a research engineer in the Robotics Institute of CMU. He was a research scientist at the AI Lab of MIT from 1989 to 1990, and an assistant professor at the Robotics Lab of the Courant Institute of New York University from 1990 to 1992. Since then, he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as one of its founding faculty members and is currently a professor of the department.

Prof. Zexiang Li received the ALCOA Foundation Fellowship from 1979 to 1983, and the E. Anthony Fellowship from UC Berkeley in 1983. He was a recipient of the University Scholar award from CMU in 1983, the E.I. Jury award from UC Berkeley in 1989, the Research Initiation award from NSF (US) in 1990, the Outstanding Young Researcher award (Class B) from NSF China in 2000, the LEAD award from AMI, USA in 2001, and the Natural Science award (3rd class) from China in 1997.

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