XiaoQi Chen

University of Canterbury New Zealand

Prof XiaoQi Chen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury. He graduated from South China University of Technology with BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. He was a recipient of China-UK Technical Co-Operation Award for his MSc study in Materials Technology, Brunel University (1985 – 1986); and PhD study in Electrical Engineering, the University of Liverpool (1986 – 1989). Prof Chen was Senior Research Assistant at Durham University (1989 – 1990), Research Fellow at Brunel University (1990-1992), and Research Fellow, Research Scientist and Senior Scientist at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1992-2006). In 1999, he led a research team that won the prestigious “Singapore National Technology Award”. Prof Chen has also been adjunct staff at National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University from 1998 to 2006. Prof Chen joined the University of Canterbury in 2006, as Director for Mechatronics Engineering (2006 – 2011). Prof Chen was the founding Chair of IEEE Robotics and Automation New Zealand Chapter, and the founding President for New Zealand – China Society of Science and Technology (South Island). He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Control and Intelligent Systems, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. Prof Chen’s research interests cover bio-mechatronics, mobile robotics, assistive device and technology. He has authored and co-authored over 200 referred publications, and edited two books; and is inventor of 6 patents. His patented technology on wall climbing robot led to a spin-off company Invert Robotics Limited that won 2012 New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation Start-Up Award.

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Since the introduction of the first industrial robot Unimate in a General Motors automobile factory in New Jersey in 1961, robots have gained stronger and stronger foothold in the industry. In the meantime, robotics research has been expanding from fix based robots to mobile robots at a stunning pace. There have been significant milestones that are worth noting in recent decades. Examples are the octopus-like Tentacle Arm developed by Marvin Minsky in 1968, the Stanford Cart crossing a chair-filled room without human assistance in 1979, and most recently, humanoid robots developed by Honda. Despite rapid technological developments and extensive research efforts in mobility, perception, navigation and control, mobile robots still fare badly in comparison with human abilities. For example, in physical interactions with subjects and objects in an operational environment, a human being can easily relies on his/her intuitively force-based servoing to accomplish contact tasks, handling and processing materials and interacting with people safely and precisely. The intuitiveness, learning ability and contextual knowledge, which are natural part of human instincts, are hard to come by for robots. The above observations simply highlight the monumental works and challenges ahead when researchers aspire to turn mobile robots to greater benefits to humankinds. This book is by no means to address all the issues associated mobile robots, but reports current states of some challenging research projects in mobile robotics ranging from land, humanoid, underwater, aerial robots, to rehabilitation.

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