ICIRA2021 Invited Speech Given by Prof. Yanhe Zhu

2021-05-02 15:19:00

Expansion of Human Operation Capabilities via Wearable Robotic Limbs

Prof. Yanhe Zhu

August 8, 2021, Yantai

- Presentation Abstract

Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL) are a novel type of wearable auxiliary equipment. By equipping the human body with additional artificial limbs, it can enhance the human’s ability of activities, perception, and operation.  In nuclear power operation and maintenance, large aircraft manufacturing, and other industrial fields, there are a tremendous number of tasks with complex working conditions and special environments, which require a single-person operation. By means of docking, fusing, and mutual cooperation of mechanical limbs and human limbs, SRL can break through the limitation of the human capacity for single-person operations, establish a novel operation mode of " Human-Machine" and greatly improve work efficiency.

Combined with the implementation of the SRL project in the National Key R&D Program, this talk will summarize the past and current research of SRL, discuss the key scientific problems and technology challenges of SRL, expound on the research progress of SRL in the aspects of reconfigurable robotic limb design, perceptual feedback and intelligent control, and external limb auxiliary operation strategy. The future development trend and application prospects of SRL will be discussed.

- Bio Sketch

Yanhe Zhu, Ph.D., Professor, is currently the vice director of State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System, School of Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. He has obtained the National Distinguished Youth Scientific Fund and has been awarded the Leading Talents of Scientific and Technological Innovation of Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Prof. Zhu has long dedicated himself to researching and teaching in the field of robotics. His current research directions include modular self-reconfigurable robots, wearable exoskeleton robots, and extreme environment service robots.

As the project manager, Prof. Zhu directed more than 20 key projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Key R&D Program, the National Nuclear Fusion Energy Research and Development Project, and the Manned Spaceflight Major Engineering Project. The research results have been successfully applied to military and civilian fields such as manned spaceflight, nuclear power operation and maintenance, emergency rescue, and medical rehabilitation. He published more than 120 journal papers, registered more than 110 international/China invention patents, won 1 National Design Gold Award and 3 First Prize s from Ministry and Province.