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Monday, 10 July 2017


3:30 pm


Room EF619,

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Abstract of Talk

Robots had been deployed for a number of decades in various industrial scenarios to perform repetitive and fixed sequence tasks under a structured and well-constrained condition. The tasks may be expected to be repeated many hundreds of thousands, or even millions of times, twenty-four hours a day and continuously for a number of years. The cost and time spent to program and commission each robot task, would be negligible considering the large number of similar products produced, and the relatively long product cycles. In the past, humans and robots did not share the same work environment. The current trend in the evolution of robotics requires human and robots to share workspace and to work in closer collaboration.

For Humans and robots to work in close proximity and towards collaboration, requires a new paradigm. The interactions need to be more intuitive and the task of instructing (programming) the robot needs to be less demanding on the human. For robotic assistance to be more productive the human role must be reduced and the robot needs to play a greater role in defining the task. Under such a paradigm, the robot’s role is elevated to that of a partner suggesting different options to achieving the needs of the human. This is disruptively different from the traditional role where the human is responsible for all considerations in a robot task.

In this talk the salient issues are discussed, a framework for human & robot collaboration presented, together with case studies in support of the proposed framework.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gerald G.L. SEET
BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE
Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Tel : +65 67905600 Office
Email : mglseet@ntu.edu.sg

Gerald SEET

Gerald is an Associate Professor with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He lectures in mechatronics, engineering design and real-time systems, at undergraduate and graduate level. He is the founding director of the Robotics Research from 1994 to April 2013. He was also the Head of the Division of Mechatronics and Design between the periods 2006 to 2011. He is currently the Programme Director for the M.Sc. in Smart Product Design.

His main research interests are in mechatronics and field robotics, with specific interest in underwater mobile robotics and fluid power systems. He has authored, and co-authored over 100 peer refereed papers. He is a consultant to industry in these areas. Recently, his research interest has extended to include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and collaborative robotic systems. Gerald plays an active role in the promotion of engineering and robotics to industry and youth, through his service on a number of committees, including the Singapore Robotics Games and national engineering organizations. He was a member of the founding committee of the IMechE (Singapore branch), he served as Honorary Secretary, Vice Chairman and Branch Chairman for a number of years. He also served as Council member of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and continues to promote continuing education.