Lorenzo Masia

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masiacampolobwLorenzo MASIA (Asst Prof) & Domenico CAMPOLO (Asst Prof)

Lorenzo MASIA and Domenico CAMPOLO have been actively collaborating on Haptics, Robotic Rehabilitation and Mechatronics. Their two teams cover different fields of expertise ranging from neurosciences and psychophysics to robotics and control.   

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Charmayne HUGHES (External Collaborator) (New Zealand/Singapore) 

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cherman bwDr Charmayne Hughes is now Associate Professor at the Department of Kinesiology os San Francisco State University and she was a senior post-doctoral fellow in the Robotics Research Centre in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Charmayne joined NTU in December 2013 following a PhD in Motor Control at Purdue University, and postdoctoral fellowships at Bielefeld University and the Technical University of Munich. Her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms underlying motor planning and control, and uses biosignals (EMG, Kinematics, Kinetics) in robotics rehabilitation to enhance functional recovery of neurological disorders. Dr. Hughes has published their work in journals such as the Acta Psychologica, PLoS ONE, Experimental Brain Research, Psychological Research, and MDPI Sensors.

Asif HUSSAIN (Post Doctoral Reserach Fellow) (Pakistan)

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asifDr Asif Hussain graduated Summa Cum Laude in Electronics Engineering from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan, after which he joined Human Robotics Group (Bioengineering department), at Imperial College London, UK for a Masters leading to PhD program. He submitted his thesis under the supervision of Professor Etienne Burdet in 2013 on “Sensor based systems for quantification of sensorimotor function and rehabilitation of the upper limb”. Currently, Asif is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robotics Research Center (Mechanical and Aerospace department) at Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. Broadly, his research interests include investigating methods for rehabilitation and assessment of sensory motor functions post neurological injuries, understanding and quantifying human strategies during skilled manipulation tasks and its translation into robotics.

 

Angelo BASTERIS (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) (Italy)

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Dr Angelo Basteris has completed his PhD at Universita’ degli AngeloBasterisStudi di Genova (Italy) in 2011, where he conducted studies on how robots and motion analysis systems can promote motor skills learning in healthy subjects and neuromotor recovery in people with multiple sclerosis. 
Since then he has been working at University of Hertfordshire (UK), where he developed within the SCRIPT project a system for enabling people with stroke to perform robot-assisted rehabilitation exercises at home, while playing videogames, and at Griffith University (Australia), working on a web-based motion analysis system for people with neck pain and whiplash injury.
Other past works include the evaluation of manual wheelchair propulsion by kinematic analysis, the design of a system based on Kinect for exercising for people with Parkinson’s disease and the release of smartphone apps for measuring clinical scales (Action Research Arm Test and Fugl Meyer). Dr Angelo Basteris joined ARIES-Lab as a postdoctoral fellow researcher and his main research interest is the development and testing of new training paradigms for the WristBot developed by Nanyang Technological University and Italian Institute of Techn
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Yongtae KIM (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) (Korea)

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Yongtae Giovanni Kim graduated with his bachelor's degree in Electronic and Yongtae kimelectrical Engineering at the Pohang University of Science and  Technology (POSTECH), Korea, in 2008. He joined Dynamic Robotic Systems Laboratory in 2009 for his Master and PhD. He graduated in Intelligent Convergence Systems in 2011 (Master), 2017 (PhD) from Seoul National University, Korea, respectively. From 2013 to 2014, he conducted his research as a visiting doctoral student at the Centro E. Piaggio, University of Pisa, Italy. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the ARIES Lab, School of Mechanical  and Aerospace Engineering department at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include the field of Compliant Actuation and its applications such as Variable Stiffness Actuator, Exoskeleton, Rehabilitation Robots, Entertainment Robots and Human-robot interactions.

 

Jason COLLINS (Research Engineer) (United States)

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Jason Collins graduated with his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University (Philadelphia, US) in 2008. During his undergraduate studies, Jason worked under Dr. Paul Oh in the Drexel Autonomous Systems Laboratory on a number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) projects, with particular focus on lighter than air and rotary wing aircraft. He completed his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Drexel University in 2013, while working full time as a contractor to the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and continuing to design and test novel robotic concepts. Jason is currently serving as a Research Engineer with the Institute of Sports Research at Nanyang Technological University under the direction of Professor Lorenzo Masia. His current area of focus is in developing a high performance mechanism for wear testing athletic footwear.

Leonardo CAPPELLO (Visiting PhD Student) (Italy)

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Leonardo Cappello obtained his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florence with the thesis “The Design of Lower Limb Prosthesis for Developing Countries” in 2009. With such thesis he won the “Tattarillo” Award 2012 - Appropriate technologies and South of the World, released by Engineers Without Borders – Florence. In 2011 he graduated in Biomedical Engineering – master degree – with the thesis “Design of patella loading device for use during knee surgery” at University of Florence. Such thesis was written during the internship LLLP/Erasmus Placement at the European Centre for Knee Research, Smith & Nephew, Leuven (Belgium). In 2012 he was recruited as research fellow by the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and in 2013 he was enrolled in the PhD course in “Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies” in IIT – Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences department. During this period he has been collaborating in projects with University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, US) and University of Bristol (Bristol, UK). Currently he is visiting PhD student at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia mainly working on the design and development of a novel assistive exoskeleton for upper limb exploiting multistability in composite materials, with special emphasys on Haptics, Rehabilitation Robotics and Neurosciences.

Chris Wilson ANTUVAN (PhD Student) (India)

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chris antuvan BWChris Wilson Antuvan graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala, India, in 2011. He did his undergraduate project at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) titled ‘Design of Strut for the Landing Gear in Reusable Launch Vehicle’. He joined Arizona State University (ASU) in Fall 2011 for the Master of Science (MS) program in Mechanical Engineering, and graduated in spring 2013. During his tenure, he was a Graduate Research Assistant at Human Oriented Robotics and Control (HORC) Lab at ASU, and successfully defended his thesis on the title 'Electromyogram (EMG)-based Robot Control Interfaces: Beyond Decoding'. He was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistanship from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013, and was invitated to join the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society for outstanding academic achievements. He is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia, where he will be working on interfacing humans with upper limb orthotic device (exoskeleton). His main research interests include Rehabilitation Robotics, Human Robot Interactions, Orthotics and Control Systems

 Current Research Work

 

Michele XILOYANNIS (PhD Student) (Italy) 

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Michele Xiloyannis graduated with a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2013, with a thesis on 'Myoelectrical and Myomechanical Control of a 6 Degree of Freedom Robotic Arm'. In 2014 he joined the Brain and Behaviour Lab at Imperial College and obtained an Msc with Distinction in Neurotechnology. His final project focused on Machine Learning algorithms for smart prosthetic control: he discussed a thesis entitled  'Dynamic Forward Prediction for Prosthetic Hand Control by Integration of EMG, MMG and Kinematic Signals'. He was later granted with the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) scholarship and joined the Phd program for Research in Future Healthcare in the Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) at NTU.

His research, under the direction of Dr Lorenzo Masia, focuses on the mechanical design, characterisation and control of a novel hand exoskeleton to assist and augment human motor performances.

Sara CONTU (PhD Student) (Italy)

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saraSara Contu completed her Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Cagliari (Italy) in  2011 with a thesis concerning the analysis of photoplethysmography data (PPG)  for the detection of sleep apnea events. She graduated in Robotics Engineering at University of Genova (Italy) in 2013 with a master’s thesis on the reconstruction of three-dimensional velocity from EEG data in the context of brain-computer interface (BCI) developments, written during the internship at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tuebingen (Germany). She is currently a PhD student at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests include Haptics, Rehabilitation Robotics and Neurosciences.

Aamani BUDHOTA (PhD Student) (India)

 

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aamaniAamani graduated in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India, submitting a thesis on “Optimized CIC filter design in Communication engineering” in May, 2013. Worked at Robert Bosch, India from May’13 to December ’13 developing embedded software for commercial vehicles. She is currently a Doctoral student under Professor Domenico Campolo  at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University working on post- stroke rehabilitation device. Her research interests include Bio-signal processing, Bio-mechanical Rehabilitation Robotics.

Khanh DINH BINH (PhD Student) (Vietnam)

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KhanhKhanh DINH BINH completed his Bachelor Degree in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KAIST (South Korea) in 2013 with Final Year Project titled "Designing and Manufacturing 2 Wheel Self-Balanced Mobile Platform".He is currently a PhD student at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University Singapore under the supervision of Professor Lorenzo Masia. His research interests are Haptics, Rehabilitation Robotics, Mechanical Design and Automatic Control.

 

Paolo Tommasino (PhD Student) (Italy)

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paoloPaolo Tommasino received a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the Universita’ Campus Bio-Medico, Roma, Italy, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. From May 2011 to May 2012, he served as research fellow at the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience (LOCEN), Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome. At the LOCEN Lab, he worked on reinforcement learning algorithms for the project founded by the European Commission IM-CLeVeR – Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots. Since August 2012, he joined the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he is currently a PhD Candidate. His research interests include the areas of mechatronic technologies for the study of human motor control, novel robotic devices for rehabilitation and motor therapy after neurological injury, haptics, bio-inspired algorithms for controlling redundant manipulators, bio-inspired actuators, reinforcement and Hebbian learning.

 

Azhar MUHAMMAD (PhD Student) (Republic of Indonesia)

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hazarAzhar Muhammad was awarded a bachelor of engineering in aeronautics and astronautics from Institut Teknologi Bandung in 2007. When pursuing bachelor degree, he had an opportunity to carry out industrial attachment in 2005 as well as bachelor thesis from 2005 until 2007 in aircraft loads under the supervision of Aircraft Loads Department at Indonesian Aerospace. Azhar was a graduate research assistant in Biomimetics and Intelligent Microsystems Laboratory at Konkuk University from 2007 until 2009, playing role in bio-inspired morphing wing research and was awarded a master of science. Since 2010, he has been engaged in the development of resonant flapping wing micro aerial vehicle under the supervision of Professor Domenico Campolo in Robotics Research Center at Nanyang Technological University. Structural dynamics, aerodynamics, and fluid-structure interaction are the fields of his passion.

Gia Hoang PHAN (PhD Student) (Vietnam)

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stevenGia Hoang PHAN graduated with his bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Programme de Formation d'Ingénieurs d'Excellence au Vietnam (P.F.I.E.V) at Hochiminh City University of Technology, Vietnam, in 2011. His thesis concerned on the design and control of 3-RRR parallel manipulator for plotting on 2D surface. From 2011 to 2012, he worked at Panasonic Vietnam as a Chief Sales Engineer. Currently, he is a PhD student at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore under the supervision of Professor Domenico Campolo. His research interests include the analysis of cable-driven robotics, impedance-force control, redundant manipulators and variable stiffness device.

 

Wenxin Lao (PhD Student) (China)

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WenxinWenxin Lao graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)China, in 2014. He did his undergraduate project with Yanfeng KSS Safety System (YFKSS) titled Innovative Clutch Solution for Electronic Seatbelt’. He joined The University of Hong Kong in Fall 2014 for the Master of Science (MSc) program in Mechanical Engineering, and graduated with Distinction in fall 2015. During his master, his final project was on finite element analysis and he successfully defended his thesis on the title 'Fabric drape analysis by finite element method'He is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia, where he will be working in the nozzle design of 3D printing machine in building & construction area. His main research interests include additive manufacturing, mechanical design and finite element analysis.

 

 

Lewei He (PhD Student) (China)
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LeweiLewei He graduated with his bachelor's degree from the Engineering Mechanics Dept. of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2015. In the final-year project of his undergraduate study, he used Abaqus to forecast the effective elastic modulus of nanoparticle composite materials. After that, he assumed duty as a full-time Project Officer inNanyang Technological University and did research on the response of a hydrogel membrane under electric fields and the topological optimization of planar bistable and multistable structures via Matlab programming. At present, he works as a PhD candidate under the direction of Professor Lorenzo Masia mainly focusing on plug-in mechatronics feeding system for robotic additive manufacturing.

 

 

 

Didier Quirin (Research Assosciate) (France)
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Didier Quirin graduated with a FrenchDidlerQuirimresized Engineering Degree and Master of Research in Electronics and Signal Processing and major in Control Systems from the Engineering school INP ENSEEIHT (Toulouse, France) in 2010. He then worked for 2.5 years in Automotive companies in Germany and France. In 2014 he joined a Doctoral course at the University of Tokyo under Professor Takafumi Koseki on Control Strategies for Biologically-Inspired Manipulators. He terminated the program end of 2015. He is currently serving as a Research Engineer with the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing under the direction of Professor Lorenzo Masia. His current area of focus is in developing different multivariable mechatronic systems for a robotic-aided concrete 3D printing project.

 

 

Marco Canesi (Visiting Master Student) (Italy)      

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Marco Canesi obtained his bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pisa in 2013, with a thesis on “Application of Feed-Forward Neural Network for a Hepatic Fibrosis”. Consequently he joined the master course in Robotic and Automation Engineering at the University of Pisa.In 2015 he collaborated in a research project at the research center E.Piaggio (Pisa) for the investigation of wrist synergies during activities of daily living.Currently he is doing his master thesis at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with the title “Design and Control of an Underactuated Transmission for a Soft Exoskeleton” under the supervision of Dr Lorenzo Masia.

 

 

Anil Kodiyan (Visiting Master Student, EPFL)(Switzerland)

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Anil Kodiyan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Microengineering in 2013 at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Robotics and Autonomous Systems with a minor in Biomedical Technologies also at the EPFL. During his Master he completed two semester projects. The first one in the LSRO lab entitled “Design of a pneumatically actuated hip orthosis and evaluation of the performances compared to an electric motorization”. And the second one in the TNE lab on “Control of a hand prosthesis by decoding user intention from superficial electromyogram signals.” In August 2016 he attended the Translational Robotics for Clinical Rehabiliation summer school co-organized by EPFL and ETH. He is currently completing his Mater thesis as an exchange student under the co-supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia and Prof. Silvestro Micera at the Nanyang Technological University on the “Mechanical design and control implementation of underactuated transmissions for an assistive device”.

 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Cathy DongQing Liu (Undergraduate FYP Student) (China)

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DongQing Liu is a senior student from School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia and Michele Xiloyannis (PhD Student), she is currently participating in the Final Year Project: Design and Control of a Mechatronic Device for Hand Robotic Rehabilitation. Though she is new in this particular research area, she would be passionate and dedicated to contribute.

 

 

  Thiagarajan Tevaryan (Undergraduate FYP Student) (Malaysia)

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Tevaryan Thiagarajan is currently a senior student from School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is currently doing his Final Year Project: Development of a wearable myo-sleeve for control of a soft exoskeleton, under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia and Chris Wilson Antuvan (PhD Student). His research interests is in prosthesis and human machine interfaces.

 

Tizane Teo (Undergraduate FYP Student)(China)

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Tizane Teo is currently a Year 4 student from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. She is currently doing her Final Year Project: Design and Control Implementation of actuation unit for soft wearable exoskeleton, where she will be working on nylon muscles under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia and Michele Xiloyannnis. She is new but has great interest in this research area.  

 

 

Yukuan Wang (Undergraduate FYP Student)(China)

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Wang YuKuan is currently a year 4 student from School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He previously interned at GT Robot which is a robot company presently developing a product consists of humanoid robot and mobile phone. His research interest includes humanoid robot mechanism design, robotic rehabilitation in exoskeleton by electromyography(EMG) interfaces. He is now participating in the Final Year Project:  Implementation of a Sleeve for upper limb assistance based on EMG signals, under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia and Chris Wilson Antuvan (PhD Student). He has great interest and passion to explore this research area and will contribute as much as possible certainly. 

 

Huang QianNan (Undergraduate FYP Student)(China)

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Huang QianNan is a senior student from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently doing her Final Year Project: Mapping the human senses for rehabilitation by a wrist robotic device, under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Masia and Sara Contu (PhD Student). She is new but has great passion in this research area and will contribute as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

Conference

IEEE BIOROB 2016 (clickhere)

 

Editors

  • L. Masia, Nanyang Tech. University
  • S. Kukreja, National University of Singapore

 

 


New Journal on Rehabilitation Technology

Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering (click here)

Lorenzo MASIA (Associate Editor)

 

 

Journal Topics

Research Topic (click here)

 

 

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IEEE ICORR 2015

International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics

Singapore 11th-14th August 2015 Hosted by NTU

General Chair: Wei Tech ANG

Program Chair: Lorenzo MASIA

 

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