ICIRA2021 Invited Speech Given by Prof. Qining Wang

2021-05-01 10:18:00

Human-Centered Wearable Robots for Broader Applications

Prof. Qining Wang

August 8, 2021, Yantai

- Presentation Abstract

The rise in life expectancy combined with falling birth rates, will accelerate the ageing of this population. On the other hand, robotic applications have rapidly expanded from classical industrial applications with repetitive tasks to applications with close human-robot interaction. While initially conceived for human motion augmentation purposes, wearable powered robots have been gradually proposed as a technological aid for motion rehabilitation and assistance, and functional substitution in patients suffering from motor disorders. In this talk, the state-of-the-art of wearable robotics, especially lower-limb prostheses and exoskeletons will be introduced. Then the recent progress in this area of my lab will be shown. Finally, we will show recent progress on the new area of underwater applications. To date, all the exoskeletons have been studied to assist human motions on land. However, regardless of the exoskeletons being rigid or soft, an exoskeleton for underwater motion assistance has not been realized thus far. This talk will discuss the challenges of using exoskeletons for underwater applications. And recent breakthrough of an underwater soft exoskeleton from my lab will be introduced in detail.

- Bio Sketch

Qining Wang received the Ph.D. degree in Dynamics and Control from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2009. Now he serves as the Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering, Peking University, China. He has authored/coauthored more than 180 scientific papers in international journals and refereed conference proceedings. His research interests include wearable robotics and human-machine interfaces. He serves as an Advisor of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Wearable Robotics. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION MAGAZINE from 2016 to 2018, and a Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME TRANSACTIONS MECHATRONICS from 2017 to 2020. He has been an Associate Editor for Robotica since 2018, and an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS MEDICAL ROBOTICS AND BIONICS since 2018. He received Xiongyoulun Outstanding Youth Award in 2018.