IRL on Advances in Distributed-parameter Modeling, Design and Controls for Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM)

Date: 05 Jul 2013 - 05 Jul 2013

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower block, Level 3


This lecture aims to promote greater awareness of the growing applications of robotics, automation and mechatronics in non-traditional industries, including agricultural, food-processing, structural health monitoring, surgical robotics and healthcare. The invited research lecture will be conducted by Professor Lee Kok Meng, IEEE Fellow, ASME Fellow, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Distinguished Professor, School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. This lecture is organised by SIMTech in collaboration with PE COI, Complex Equipment initiative, IEEE Robotics and Automation Chapter, SIMTech-NUS Precision Motion Systems Joint Lab. 



Growing applications of robotics, automation and mechatronics in non-traditional industries (such as agricultural, food-processing, structural health monitoring, surgical robotics, and healthcare) present new opportunities as well as challenges. Often, such systems require fusing knowledge and techniques beyond traditional engineering fields. Distributed-parameter modeling plays an important role in designing novel actuators and sensors for robotics and automation. Recent advances in mathematical modeling, computational algorithms and mechatronics (that integrate computer, communication and control) have provided a basis to exploit new computational models as a tool not only to optimize designs but also to derive embedded field-based information for real-time control.  This talk presents several new modeling techniques to overcome limitations associated with traditional lumped-parameter-based approaches that generally offer only 1st order accuracy. Selected examples (which include high-speed precision manufacturing, ultra-high resolution magnetic sensors, and bio-engineering systems) are given to help illustrate these impacts and yet to cover a wide variety of RAM applications.


About the Speaker

Dr Lee Kok-Meng received his S. M. and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1985 respectively. Since 1985, Dr Lee has been a faculty staff with the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, he is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was also honored as Pao Yu-Kong Chair Professor at Zhejiang University. He is currently on sabbatical leave from Georgia Tech and is Distinguished Professor with the State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology under the National Recruitment Program of Global Experts. His research interests include system dynamics/control, robotics, automation, machine vision, and mechatronics. Dr Lee is a fellow of IEEE and ASME. Recognitions of his research contributions include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award, Sigma Xi Junior Faculty Award, International Hall of Fame New Technology Award, Woodruff Faculty Fellow, three best paper awards and ten U. S., Canada and European patents. He is also recognized as advisor for nine Best Student Paper and Thesis Awards.Dr Lee is Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (TMech) since 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served as Technical Editor for TMech (1995-1999) and as Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine (1994-1996), IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation (1994-1998) and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2003-2005). He was ICRA Local Chair (1993), IEEE/ASME AIM General Co Chair (1997), General Chair (1999) and as ASME Liaison for IEEE/ASME AIM since its inception.



3.00pm   Registration

3:30pm   Presentation, Q&A

4.30pm   Refreshment

5.00pm   End


Who Should Attend

Precision engineering professionals, R&D managers, researchers, academic staff, engineering students



The complimentary lecture is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, please register online.


Contact Us

For technical enquiries, please contact Dr Teo Chek Sing, Scientist, Mechatronics Group,
Tel: 6793 8437.


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Tel: 6793 8249. 

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