At the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) on Nov 3rd, three papers on modular self-reconfigurable robots by Professor Tin Lun Lam were included in the IROS 2020. One of them was awarded the Best Paper Award on Robot Mechanisms and Design, a new category set up this year. CUHK-Shenzhen also became the first university in the Chinese mainland to win the IROS Award for Best Paper in the past decade.
Affected by the COVID-19, ICRA (International Conference on Robotics and Automation), which was supposed to be held in Paris, was recently held online. A new solar tracker driven by waves: from idea to implementation is published at ICRA, the first author of this paper, Xu Ruoyu, is a second-year PhD student of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen). His supervisor is Qian Huihuan, assistant professor of SSE of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) and vice president of AIRS (Shenzhen Institute of artificial intelligence and robotics).
Recently, Professor Tin Lun Lam has been selected as a senior member of IEEE through strict evaluation and selection. IEEE fully affirmed his achievements in the field of robotics, and highly recognized his deep knowledge reserve, solid scientific research ability and the spirit of hard research in related fields.
Modular self-reconfigurable robotic systems have strong self-adaptation and self-healing ability, which makes it capable of coping with various tasks in complex and changeable environments. Most existing modular self-reconfigurable robots have connection constraints on the mechanical structure.
The omni-directional kart, named “OK-1”, is a hybrid electric vehicle with technology of omni-directional steering, which is designed and developed in the Advance Robotics Lab. It is omni-directional, because it can make crab-like parallel translation and tornado-like rotation.
The team has actively arranged the research and development of marine robot system. The marine robot team has established a core scientific research team of more than 10 people, including 3 professors (overseas high-level talents), 4 doctors, 6 doctoral students, 3 engineers and research assistants.