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Professor Kok-Meng Lee examines the effect of the major paradigm shift in 3C technologies on robotics, automation and mechatronics (RAM) and innovative applications.
The growth of computing, communication and control (3C) technologies has played an important role in the rapid advances of robotics, automation and mechatronics (RAM). Over the last three decades, the 3C technologies have undergone several evolutions; notably the increase in frequency and transistor density in embedded processors, the convergence of several consumer electronics (watch, phone, camera, PDA, etc.), the connectivity of mobile applications to the internet, and more recently the decoupling of computing and storage together with exponential growth of massive data processing leading to cloud computing.
This talk begins by examining the effect of the major paradigm shift in 3C technologies on RAM and innovative applications which evolve in parallel with societal changes in response to concerns in energy, transport and mobility, aging population and healthcare, environment, productivity and safety. Selected examples are given to help illustrate unique opportunities and challenges presented to mechatronics and intelligent manufacturing with focuses on new approaches that take advantages of many similarities to those existing in natural processes; notably the nature inspired solutions.
The intended audience of this talk includes undergraduates, graduate students and faculty with technology backgrounds. The objective is to stimulate discussion of the future of RAM research and its potential application to the problems facing society in a rapidly changing world.
Dr Kok-Meng Lee received his MSc and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1985 respectively.
Since 1985, Professor Lee has been with the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Currently, he is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was also honored as Pao Yu-Kong Chair Professor at Zhejiang University. He is currently on leave from Georgia Tech and is Distinguished Professor with the State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology under the National Recruitment Program of Global Experts.
His research interests include system dynamics/control, robotics, automation, machine vision, and mechatronics. Dr Lee is a fellow of IEEE and ASME. Recognitions of his research contributions include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award, Sigma Xi Junior Faculty Award, International Hall of Fame New Technology Award, Woodruff Faculty Fellow, three best paper awards and ten U. S., Canada and European patents. He is also recognized as advisor for nine Best Student Paper and Thesis Awards.
Dr Lee is Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (TMech) since 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served as Technical Editor for TMech (1995-1999) and as Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine (1994-1996), IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation (1994-1998) and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2003-2005). He was ICRA Local Chair (1993), IEEE/ASME AIM General Co-Chair (1997), General Chair (1999) and as ASME Liaison for IEEE/ASME AIM since its inception.