I am currently Chair of Mechanisms and Robotics at the Centre for Robotics Research, King’s College London and I am delighted to have been been elevated to Fellow status for my contribution to reconfigurable and metamorphic mechanisms in robotics.
I have been a member of the IEEE since 1998 and have held various positions including Track Chair, Symposium Chair, Workshop Chair and Conference Chair. Having served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, I was awarded the IEEE Service Award and the T-RO Dedication Award. I am also an ASME Fellow and IMechE Fellow.
I established the field in which I have been recognised from scratch, worldwide, in late 1990s and, in 2009, set up an IEEE prestigious conference series as the IEEE International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR) which was held its fourth conference to be held in June 2018 in Delft.
I coined and advocated the idea of reconfigurable mechanisms as a promising concept to bridge the gap between versatile but expensive robots, and efficient but non-flexible machines. I have also carried out significant work in applying the reconfigurable robotics mechanisms to packaging, manufacturing, food manufacturing and healthcare in rehabilitation.
My work has resulted in 500 papers, 4 authored books, 3 edited books, and 13 book chapters, with Google h-index of 43, and i10 index of 153, and citation number over 7000. I have been invited to give 40 plenary/keynote speeches and invited talks at universities and conferences leading robotics and autonomous systems, and am currently the Subject Editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory, the Associate Editor of ASME Transactions, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.
I have supervised 25 PhD students who are now affiliated with world-leading universities, prestigious companies and successful entrepreneurs.
I am honoured to have received many other awards including 2010 Overall Supervisory Excellence Award by King’s College London, 2012 ASME Outstanding Service Award and 2012 Mechanisms Innovation Award, together with several conference and journal Best Paper awards.
I was very pleased to receive this Fellowship which is the highest grade in this world’s largest technical professional organisation that gives a world platform for accomplishing and disseminating my work on reconfigurable and metamorphic mechanisms in robotics. It is a significant personal achievement for me.