Projects

Wearable Sensor System for Motion Analysis

The goal of this research is to develop a wearable sensor system for human motion analysis using minimal inertial measurement units (IMUs).  With the advancements in microelectronics technologies, IMUs are getting smaller, cheaper and lighter. They are capable of capturing body movement unobtrusively and allow kinematic measurements to be monitored over extended space and time period. Compared to the traditional optical motion capture system, wearable sensors facilitate real-time outdoor data collection to monitor human motion in a more natural way.

Under-Actuated Non-Anthropomorphic Robotic Hand Design

The goal of this research is to understand the biomechanics of grasping and to develop a kinematic synthesis methodology for the design of minimally actuated multi-loop mechanical devices for human-robot interaction.  This project is done in collaboration with the Human Interactive Robotics Laboratory at California State University, Fullerton.

Self-Stablizing Electric PMD for First and Last Mile Transportation

The goal of this research is to design a self-stabilizing portable electric personal mobility device (PMD) to augment public transportation and improve first and last mile connectivity. First and last mile issues essentially refer to connectivity between public transport nodes and the user’s origins and destinations and are often seen as the weakest links within a multimodal transportation network. Cities around the world have tried various strategies to deal with first and last mile problem (FLMP). These strategies include car sharing, car pooling, taxis, short term car rental, folding bikes on transit and bike sharing programs. However, most of these strategies require a physical change in infrastructure, which presents a greater barrier to entry when compared with portable PMDs. Currently, the full potential of PMDs have not been realized partly because of the challengers presented in safety, range, user acceptance, portability, ease-of-use and cost. This research seeks to design an electric PMD that address these challengers.

Standard Ordnance Training Set

This project aims to improve humanitarian Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) education and operator safety through the creation of a new generation of training materials.  The goal is to create a set of training materials which incorporate current pedagogical methodologies and technological innovations to assist instructors in accomplishing EOD learning objectives.  This project is a collaboration with Golden West Humanitarian Foundation.  For more information, click here.

 

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