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AUTOMATION ROBOTIC

Automation Robotics

Automation Robotics is one of a major key to successfully develop our country in several areas of industries, agriculture, medical applications, social care, and health service especially for aging society.

For industries, Automation Robotics enables high quality productivity, and can be utilized in material handling and transport as well as inspection, monitoring and exploring natural resources in locations where there is difficulty for human to access. Additive manufacturing technology also produces 3D printing parts for industrial and medical uses.

Service robots, augmented reality together with digital intelligent can elevate our medical hub. For example a human-robot interaction technology assists therapists to rehabilitate patients; superimpose MRI image helps medical team to deeply discuss and analyze; and big data synthesis can be effectively provide medical service for communities.

Artificial intelligence of harvesting, Mechanization of nursery, nutrients delivery, and harvest,  sensors and data analysis technology, known as Precision Agriculture will develop our agriculture plant for higher productivity with effective resource.

Cluster Director: Prof. Viboon Sangveraphunsiri, Ph.D.

E-mail: viboon.s@chula.ac.th

Research Highlight

 Rehabilitation robots for stroke patients 

Chulalongkorn University Rehabilitation Robotic Exoskeleton system (CUREs) is a project supported by the National Research University Project, Office of Higher Education Commission and Chulalongkorn University. We have developed many types of rehabilitation robots for use in neurological rehabilitation, especially after strokes, such as 4-axis upper-limb, lower-limb and 3-axis wrist and hand-finger robotics. These include not just exoskeleton types but also end-effector types of rehabilitation robots. These rehabilitation robot projects illustrate not just engineering points of view but also real training results or intensive rehabilitation based on our robotic systems. Robot-assisted therapy is a promising method for promoting motor recovery in patients with a neurological deficit. Our main mission is to increase the integration of robotic controls for medical applications.

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Two main control strategies have been developed. The assistive-resistive mode, based on an impedance force control, is for a patient who has some difficulty in moving his hand or physically weak persons. An impedance model, based on the concept of a virtual wall, was designed as a torque control scheme. The resistive mode is for a patient who wants to improve his hand motion or after finishing the assistive-resistive operation training program. Each joint of the exoskeleton arm is actuated by a brushless DC servomotor. Instead of a sophisticated procedure for torque measurement, we have also developed torque measurement based on measurement of the armature current in the brushless DC servomotor. Both operation modes have been tested with patients, where the feedback from patients and medical doctors have been very positive.

Research Highlights

Safety and portability are the main concerns. The rehabilitation robot projects illustrate not just engineering points of view but also real training results or intensive rehabilitation based on our robotic systems. Active assistive control strategy is the main dynamic control of the robotics system. Robot-assisted therapy is a promising method for promoting motor recovery in patients with a neurological deficit. Our main mission is to increase the integration of robotic controls for medical applications

 

Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Viboon Sangveraphunsiri

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Office of Research Affairs Chulalongkorn University, Chamchuri 5 Bld. 6th Fl.,
Phayathai Rd.,
Wangmai, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 

E- Mail: research@chula.ac.th
Fax  02-218-0236

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