Research Interest

  1. Neuromorphic Tactile Sensing: A Paradigm Shift for Prosthetics and Robotic Surgery, Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities Research Program, US$823,781.75, 7th cycle, 2015-2018, Lead Principal Investigator.
     

  2. Development of Smart Minimum Invasive Surgery Tools with Tactile Sensing Capabilities for Telerobot Surgery System, Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities Research Program, US$ 1,018,554, 4th cycle, 2012-2015, Co-Lead Principal Investigator starting Sept 2014.
     

  3. Integrated Bio-Sensors And Automated Instrumentation For Early Stomach Cancer Detection Using Flexible Capsule Endoscope, Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities Research Program, US$1,035,523, 4th cycle, 2012-2015, Principal Investigator starting Sept 2014.
     

  4. Social Robotic Toys for Children, Qatar University Research Grant, US$12,357 (QAR 45,000), April 2014 – Mar 2015, Sole Investigator.
     

  5. Robotics for Autism Assessment, National University of Singapore Academic Research Fund, US$141,376 (S$180,000), Sept 2012-Aug 2015, Lead Principal Investigator.
     

  6. Engaging Students with E-learning Tools, National University of Singapore College of Engineering US$ 12,000 (S$15,290) Sept 2012-Aug 2014, Sole Investigator. 
     

  7. Load Configuration Physiotherapy System for the Upper Extremities for Patients with Hemiparesis, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (MSIWF) of Japan Research Grant, US$7,852 (S$10,000), Feb 2012–Feb 2013, Sole Investigator.
     

  8. Affective Tele-Touch Technology, National University of Singapore Academic Research Fund, US$111,085 (S$141,467), Feb 2010-Feb 2013, Lead Principal Investigator.
     

  9. Design of Prosthetic Skins with Humanlike Softness, National University of Singapore Academic Research Fund, US$141,342 (S$180,000), July 2008-July 2011, Sole Investigator. 
     

  10. Social Robots: Breathing Life into Machines, National Research Foundation of Singapore, US$1,177,856 (S$ 1,597,800), Nov 2007–May 2012, Collaborator starting March 2010.

 

The more I study robots, the more I learn about humans.

 

Over the years, my work has been focused towards research areas that can help others. These are in social robotics for the therapy of children with autism, prosthetics, bio-inspired tactile sensing for robotic manipulation, and human-robotic touch and gestures.

Research Projects