Gurvinder S Virk
Professor Gurvinder S Virk is Head of the Intelligent Systems Group
in the School of Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds.
Gurvinder S Virk graduated with 1st class honours in electrical and electronic
engineering from the University of Manchester and went on to obtain a PhD
in control theory from Imperial College, London in 1982. Since then he has
followed an academic career working at Sheffield City Polytechnic, Universities
of Southampton, Sheffield and Bradford, Portsmouth and is now Professor
of control and robotics at Leeds.
Professor Virk’s research interests cover a wide area of robotics and
control systems engineering and applications (both theoretical and applied
aspects). His current main research projects are in mobile robotics with
special emphasis on climbing and walking robots (CLAWAR) and smelling robots,
building and energy management systems, and the use of advanced model-based
control in the variety of applications. He has published heavily in these
areas and has produced over 200 publications, including four books. He has
held several grants from national and European sources, as well as industry;
the total value of research contracts secured is £11M. He coordinated
the successful European thematic network on Climbing and walking robots
that has initiated considerable work on robot component modularisation
standardization to encourage the rapid development and adoption of
robotised solutions in new sectors.
He has been involved in several
projects to develop innovative robots
for exploring volcanic environments, inspection of highway bridges
robotic assistive technologies for biomedical applications. He
was chairman of the ISO TC184/SC2 Advisory Group on Standards for mobile
that has formulated the standards requirements for service applications
where close robot-human interaction and collaboration are essential.
He is chairman
of the new ISO standardization project team on Personal care robots.
is Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow
of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers,
of the Institution
of Applied Mathematics and Its Applications. He is Chartered
Engineer and a Chartered Mathematician. He has been awarded the Freedom
of the City of
London for his work in promoting Information Technology.
Manufacturing to Service Robotics
ICARA 2006 Invited Speaker - Abstract
The area of robotics is widening to meet the needs of the aging society.
Here the need for developing and adopting robotized solutions in new non-industrial
applications where human-robot interactions are central to achieving the
requirements needed. The emerging applications demand new type of “service
robots” rather than the traditional and available “manufacturing
robots”. The differences in the traditional robots and new service
robots of the future will be highlighted. The drivers for achieving the
new robots and the barriers to be overcome will also be discussed. Standardization
and example applications will also be presented. The presentation will
the latest activities being carried out under ISO in developing standards
for robots in personal care.
Dr Dave Chong joined Singapore Polytechnic as a lecturer in 1987. He
was appointed Head of Electronics & Communication Engineering Department
in 1991. As a result of the merger of Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Communication
Engineering Departments in 2000, he was re-designated as the Director
of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Prior to coming to Singapore, Dr Chong worked for GEC Hirst Research
Centre in England (1978-1987) in the areas of Digital Signal Processing
and Broadband Communication.
Dr Chong is a Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (USA), Singapore Section and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK).
Dr Chong holds a PhD from King’s College, University of London.
Facilitating Robotics Research in a Polytechnic Setup
ICARA 2006 Invited Speaker - Abstract
In our journey towards attaining a Learning Organisation culture, ARICC
(Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Control Centre) was born. A group
of our staff had a dream, and of their own volition, they decided to
set up an interest group to carry out R&D activities in the area
The popularity of Electrical Engineering courses among school leavers
has been on the decline for more than ten years and the challenge we
all face is to find ways to reverse this trend, that is, how to make
learning of engineering subjects interesting as well as fun. Robotics
appears to be one of the solutions, going by students’ fascination
with these human-like gadgets. Furthermore, robotics requires a multi-disciplinary
approach and provides an ideal platform for students to learn mechanical,
electrical and software engineering in an integrated manner.
I have been given the privilege to share with you the journey we have
been through as well as to demonstrate some of the exciting work taking
place in ARICC.
Professor Mel Siegel
Mel SIEGEL, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Director, Sensor, Measurement, and Control Lab
The Robotics Institute – School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA 15213 USA
INTERESTS and ACTIVITIES
Sensing, sensors and instruments, measurement science, system modelling
AI methods for data fusion, analysis, presentation, and system control
Sensor fusion for context aware computing / human computer interaction
3D-stereoscopic display system concepts, optics, coding, and psychophysics
Robots and sensors for remote explosives and drug detection, and aircraft
High-fidelity tele-operation for remote and space–based science
Innovative sensors and sensor fusion methods for future vehicles and
Large networks of small sensors, e.g., to initialize global-scale weather
Teaching outreach and program innovation; Technology Peace Corps
Negative ion structures (laser photo detachment photoelectron spectrometry)
Ion-atom/molecule collisions (double differential cross-section measurements)
Atomic hyperfine structure (magnetic resonance in hex pole-focused beams)
Space, analytical, process, and isotopic mass spectrometry (high pressure
Biotechnology process control (rule-based characterization and decision)
Piezoelectric and optical tactile sensors (identification and manipulation
Solid state gas sensor characterization and mixture analysis (neural
Analytical and numerical modelling of optical devices and instruments
Mobile robots for remote and automated skin inspection of aging aircraft
Zoneless 3D-autostereoscopic display system
IEEE: Instrumentation and Measurement Society Administrative Committee
and Treasurer, IMTC Program Committee, VIMS Program Committee and General
Chair, Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement Associate Editor,
chair of Technical Committees in Instrumentation and Measurements Society
and Robotics and Automation Society, Senior Member Advancement Panel.
Fellow of the IEEE, cited for contributions to the field of sensors,
measurement and robotics.
IR-100 awards for “100 most significant inventions of the year” for
inventions in mass spectrometry (2 awards), particle detection, and semiconductor-based
Best paper of the year award, Robotic Assistants for Aircraft Inspectors,
Robot (MCB University Press).
Tactile Sensing by the Sole of the Foot
ICARA 2006 Invited Speaker - Abstract
Apparatus and Initial Experiments toward Obtaining Dynamic Pressure
Maps Useful for Stabilizing Standing, Walking, and Running of Humanoid
We describe newly designed and constructed prototype apparatus, and
initial experiments with it, that demonstrate its ability to deliver
high spatial and temporal resolution tactile sensing data streams from
the sole of a humanoid foot. The eventual aim is to characterize and
understand the role of tactile sensing by the human foot in stabilizing
bipedal standing, walking, and running, and to apply this understanding
to the corresponding problems in the design and control of the corresponding
activities by humanoid robots. These initial experiments demonstrate
the fitness of the apparatus to generate, capture, and display high
signal-to-noise ratio signals of the static pressure distribution under
the realistically-loaded foot and – more important – to
capture and display the relatively small changes in the pressure distribution
that occur when an external destabilizing force – applied at
the knee, approximately perpendicular to the knee, in any azimuthal
direction – causes the tibia to become offset a few degrees from
its stable load-bearing pose.