Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab

IROS2021 Workshop
Challenges and Opportunities of Human-robot Symbiosis: from Wearable Robots to Neurorobotics



Date: October 1, Friday, 2021

Time: 8:50AM - 14:10PM (EST), 14:50PM - 20:10PM (CEST), 20:50PM - 2:10AM(+1) (Singapore)

The event is free, but it needs pre-registration. Please register online Zoom Webinar through this link: Registration



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Myunghee Kim
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Pauline Maurice
Research Scientist
Lorraine Research Laboratory

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Harry Asada
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Hao Su
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

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Wenlong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University





Raymond Kai-yu Tong, Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Chinese University of HongKong


Bio: Prof. Raymond's research interests include Rehabilitation Robotics (e.g. Hand of Hope), Brain-Computer Control Interface (BCI), Neural Engineering, Functional Electrical Stimulation(FES) and Cognitive Assessment Software. Projects have been funded by Innovation and Technology Fund and UGC CERG/GRF as principal investigator. His research, innovation and service have received Awardee of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Persons.

Nitish V. Thakor, Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore


Bio: Prof. Thakor maintains his position as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. Dr. Thakor’s technical expertise is in the field of Neuroengineering, including neural instrumentation, nuromorphic engineering, neural microsystems, optical imaging of the nervous system, neural control of prosthesis and brain machine interface and cognitive engineering.

Haoyong Yu, Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore


Bio: Dr. Haoyong Yu is an Associate Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He received his Bachelor’ s Degree and Master’ s Degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and PhD from Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). His current research interests include biomedical robotics and devices, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology, biologically inspired robotics, intelligent control and machine learning. Dr. Yu has published more than 160 papers in the top tier journals and leading conferences in robotics and control in recent years.

Pauline Maurice, Research Scientist
Lorraine Research Laboratory in Computer Science and its Applications


Bio: Maurice is a CNRS research scientist in LORIA (Nancy, France) working in the LARSEN team.Her research focuses on experimental and computational human motion analysis in the context of physical human-robot interaction. This research serves to develop human-centered designs and controllers for collaborative robots, with a focus on ergonomics.

Herman van der Kooij, Professor
Department of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente


Bio: Prof. Herman's expertise and interests are in the field of human balance and motor control, adaptation, and learning. He combines experiments with neuro-mechanical models. His group designed various rehabilitation, wearable robots, diagnostic, and assistive robotics. Examples are the gait rehabilitation robot LOPES and the Mindwalker wearable exoskeleton.

Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pennsylvania


Bio: Prof. Johnson's research is mainly in the area of robot-mediated rehabilitation. She is focused on the investigation and rehabilitation of dysfunction due to aging, neural disease, and neural injury. I am particularly interested in 1) exploring the relationships between brain plasticity and behavioral/motor control changes after robot-assisted interventions; 2)quantifying motor impairment and motor control of the upper limb in real world tasks such as drinking; and 3) defining the methods to maintain therapeutic effectiveness while administering local and remote, robot-mediated interventions.

Robert Gregg, Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan


Bio: Dr. Gregg directs the Locomotor Control Systems Laboratory, which conducts research on the control mechanisms of bipedal locomotion with applications to wearable and autonomous robots. He is a recipient of the Eugene McDermott Endowed Professorship, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface.

Chang S. Nam, Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University


Bio: Dr. Nam teaches and conducts basic and applied research in human factors and ergonomics engineering to advance the science of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with a broad perspective on the application of systems and information engineering to human-centered technologies, including brain-computer interfaces and rehabilitation engineering.

Matei Ciocarlie, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University


Bio: Dr. Ciocarlie's main interest is in robotics, looking to discover how artificial mechanisms can interact with the world as skillfully as biological organisms. Matei’s current work focuses on robot motor control, mechanism and sensor design, planning and learning, all aiming to demonstrate complex motor skills such as dexterous manipulation.

Wenlong Zhang, Assistant Professor
Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Arizona State University


Bio: Zhang's research interests lie in the design, modeling, and control of cyber-physical systems, with applications to healthcare, robotics and manufacturing. He received several honors and awards, including Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study from UC Berkeley, Best Paper Award in the 2013 IEEE Real-time System Symposium, and Semi-Plenary Paper Award Finalist in the 2012 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference.

Hao Su, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University


Bio: Hao Su is the Director of the Lab of Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics (BIRO). He has been an associate editor for ICRA, IROS, EMBC, and RA-letter. Dr. Su received the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Toyota Mobility Challenge Discover Award, the Best Medical Robotics Paper Runner-up Award in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and Philips Innovation Transfer Award.

Harry Asada, Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bio: Professor Asada is currently working on a project called, "Robot-on-the-Human: Supernumerary Robotic Limbs," which is a wearable robot that is perceived to be part of the human body. Other projects include one on aircraft manufacturing sponsored by Boeing and another sponsored by Sumitomo Heavy Industries.

Myunghee Kim, Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago


Bio: Dr. Kim’s primary focus is the development of assistive robotic devices for improving mobility and quality of life through integrative approaches of numerical dynamic models, machine learning techniques, experimental testbeds, and controlled human-subject experiments.

Tentative Schedule:


EST                   | CEST                | Singapore

08:50 -- 09:00 | 14:50 -- 15:00 | 20:50 -- 21:00 Welcome Remarks

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09:00 -- 09:20 |                          |                            Raymond Kai-yu Tong, Chinese University of HongKong

09:20 -- 09:40 |                          |                            Nitish V. Thakor, National University of Singapore

09:40 -- 10:00 |                          |                            Haoyong Yu, National University of Singapore

10:00 -- 10:20 |                          |                            Pauline Maurice, CNRS, Loria

10:20 -- 10:40 |                          |                            Herman van der Kooij, University of Twente

10:40 -- 11:00 |                          |                            Michelle Johnson, University of Pennsylvania

---------------------------- Session 2: Short talks & panel discussion ----------------------------

11:00 -- 11:30 |                          |                            Invited Speaker Talks

11:30 -- 11:50 |                          |                            Panel Discussion

11:50 -- 12:00 |                          |                            Break

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12:00 -- 12:20 |                          |                            Robert Gregg, University of Michigan

12:20 -- 12:40 |                          |                            Chang S. Nam, North Carolina State University

12:40 -- 13:00 |                          |                            Matei Ciocarlie, Columbia University

13:00 -- 13:10 |                          |                            Wenlong Zhang, Arizona State University

13:10 -- 13:20 |                          |                            Hao Su, North Carolina State University

13:20 -- 13:40 |                          |                            Harry Asada, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

13:40 -- 14:00 |                          |                            Myunghee Kim, University of Illinois at Chicago

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14:00 -- 14:10 |                          |                            Closing Remarks