Topic: Mechanical Intelligence Technologies for Complex Flexible Manufacturing
Speaker: Dr. Chen Wenjie，Robotic manipulation lab, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
Date: June 12, at 15:30-17:00
Venue: Room E706, New Main Building
Multi-variety/small-amount flexible manufacturing will be the main scene for future robot applications. How to effectively deal with the uncertainty of the shape and position of the product is the key to the success of these applications. Unlike sensor-based control methods, mechanical intelligence technologies adjust the system to adapt to changes in environment through ingenious mechanism structures and material properties. This talk will introduce the latest progress in research and application of mechanical intelligence technology. Through some practical application examples, how mechanical intelligence helps the adaptive gripper to eliminate the uncertainty of the position and shape of the object is analyzed. The talk will also discuss the development trend and possible challenges of mechanical intelligence technologies in robotic flexible assembly.
Biography of the Speaker:
Dr. Chen Wenjie is a senior scientist and the head of the robotic manipulation lab at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). He received his B. Eng. Degree and M. Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1985 and 1988 respectively, and Ph.D. degree in mechatronics from Nanyang Technological University in 1999. Dr. Chen teaches and conducts research in the area of Industry Robotics and Precision Machine Design. Dr. Chen has a more than 20 years’ experience in design and development of various industry-oriented mechanisms and systems, especially expert at applications of flexure based mechanisms to robotic assembly and handling. He led quite a number of projects relevant to manipulation and assembly under the funding of Singapore government agency (A*STAR). The cumulate project fee is over S$6 million. He presented a concept to decouple the major applied force using mechanism self-decoupled structure in 2009, which have led to several flagship projects granted. He has also developed a number of innovative devices for industrial applications, such as adaptive grippers for machine tending, two-scale force sensors for large range precision force measurement and anti-cable twisting mechanisms for eliminating of the slip-ring in antenna. Currently, he is leading a team conduct research of robotic flexible assembly and adaptive grasping for high-mix and low-volume industry applications.
School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering