XiaoQi Chen

South China University of Technology China

Prof Xiaoqi Chen is Dean of Shien-Ming Wu School of Intelligent Engineering and Faithfulness Professor, South China University of Technology. Prior to his current role, he was Professor and Deputy Director for Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology (2019-2022); Professor and Foundation Director for Mechatronics Engineering, University of Canterbury (2006-2019); Senior Research Scientist and Manager for Advanced Materials Processing Group at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1992-2006); Research Fellow at Brunel University (1990-1992); and Senior Research Assistant at Durham University (1989 – 1990). He graduated from South China University of Technology with B.Eng. 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’s research interests cover robotics, assistive device and technology, intelligent manufacturing and materials processing. In the area of advanced materials processing, he played a pivotal role in developing smart robotic system for polishing and grinding 3D aerofoils, and his team was awarded the 1999 Singapore National Technology Award. In autonomous robotics, his team successfully developed untethered wall climbing device for industrial inspection and innovative tree-to-tree traversing robot for forestry harvest; and was awarded New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation Start-Up Award (2012) and New Zealand Forest Science Award “Innovation that enhances sector value” (2015) respectively. He has published over 300 research papers including over 140 SCI journal articles, 4 books; and delivered over 100 invited research seminars and keynotes in international conferences. Prof Chen was elected to Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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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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