Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab



Mechatronics for Infectious Diseases Special Session

About the Special Session

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically disrupted global healthcare, quality of life, and even everyone’s lifestyle of daily livings. Mechatronics has the potential to play a critical role in mitigating this impact and reducing disease transmission through a wide variety of sensors, actuators, and robotics solutions, e.g., telerobots for remote operation in risky environments and tasks. However, there are a number of challenges to enable the rapid deployment of rugged robots for robust and intelligent operation in the fields. A panel of invited speakers who are experts in medical robots, disaster robots, wearable robots, and AI will present their research and perspective about the current status of mechatronics for infectious diseases, gaps, and potential solutions. This special session aims to stimulate inspiration and collaboration through multidisciplinary approaches and perspectives to propose better solutions to combat different kinds of infectious diseases and get fully prepared for the next pandemic.




Hao Su
Assistant Professor
City University of New York, City College

Yan Gu
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jingang Yi
Rutgers University



Robin Murphy, Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University

Bio: Dr. Robin Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow. Director of the Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory, formerly the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) which is now a nonprofit. Co-founder of the field of disaster robotics and founder Roboticists Without Borders. Her research interests are artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, and heterogeneous teams of robots.

Hao Su, Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, City University of New York

Bio: Dr. Hao Su is Irwin Zahn Endowed assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the City University of New York, City College and the Director of the Lab of Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics (BIRO). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Prior to this role, he was a Research Scientist at Philips Research North America where he designed robots for lung and cardiac surgery. He obtained the Ph.D. degree on Surgical Robotics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Su received NSF 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. He received the Advanced Simulation & Training Award from the Link Foundation and Dr. Richard Schlesinger Award from the American Society for Quality. He holds patents on surgical robotics and socially assistive robots.

Axel Krieger, Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Bio: Dr. Axel Krieger is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and head of the Medical Robotics & Equipment (MRE) Lab. Axel’s work focuses on the development of novel tools, imaging, and robot control techniques for medical robotics.

Gregory Scott Fischer, Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, WPI

Bio: Dr. Fischer is a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He is the Faculty Director of the MassTech-supported PracticePoint Research and Development Center for Healthcare Cyberphysical Systems. He has also been an active member of the WPI Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI). He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 where he was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery and the JHU Laboratory for Computational Science and Robotics (LCSR). At WPI he has been an integral part of developing the Robotics Engineering program and teaches primarily Junior-level and graduate courses in Robotics. He the director of the Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Laboratory located in Higgins Laboratory.

Prof. Robin Murphy at Texas A&M organized interview series about robotics for infectious diseases. This is the link to the interview series and interview with roboticists. Video copyrights belong to the speakers.

Antonio Bicchi, Professor
Control and Robotics, University of Pisa

Bio: Antonio Bicchi is Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, and Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T. He leads the Robotics Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa since 1990, where he was Director from 2003 to 2012. He is the head of the SoftRobotics Lab for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation at IIT in Genoa. Since 2013 he serves ad Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering of Arizona State University. His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems. He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences.

Gangtie Zheng, Professor
School of Aerospace,
Tsinghua University

Bio: Dr. Zheng is a professor in the School of Aerospace and the first director of the Aircraft Design Institute at Tsinghua University. The main research areas are the aircraft system and structural design, structural dynamics and control.
Dr. Zheng talks about actually deploying robots in hospitals in China, in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, and getting feedback from the front-line medical staffs.