Apr. 2024: Dr. Ziwei Wang from Lancaster University will give a seminar

Dr. Ziwei Wang from Lancaster University will give a seminar at the Micro/Nano Engineering Lab on 4/15 at 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (3122 EB3).

Title: Coordinated Teleoperation and Assessment of Operator’s Cognitive Workload.

Abstract: To facilitate working in extreme environments, a human worker could benefit greatly from the assistance of a robotic arm controlled through teleoperation. However, it is currently unclear how the robot should be programmed to effectively support the worker’s movements. To address this issue, a haptic teleoperation system that enables complex manipulation and docking tasks will be presented. This system allows for human demonstrations of motor skills, which can then be developed into autonomous operation capabilities. The haptic teleoperation system includes various control modes for object capture and assembly tasks, such as manual, semi-autonomous, and fully autonomous modes. Additionally, the system utilises bio-monitoring to estimate the operator’s mental load, holographic user interfaces to enhance usability, and haptic feedback to improve system transparency for the operator. Successful interaction tasks, including collecting rock samples on the moon and peg transfer based on the Da Vinci Surgical Robot System, have validated that the developed techniques can be transferable to other types of human-machine interfaces, including command through the feet.

Brief Bio: Ziwei Wang obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Automation at Tsinghua University, China, in 2020. From 2020 to 2022, he worked as a Research Associate with the Human Robotics Group in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, U.K. Since 2022, he has been a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Robotics at Lancaster University, U.K., leading the Advanced Robotic Teleoperation Lab at the Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre. He has led numerous research projects as PI or Co-I funded by Horizon 2020, Innovate UK, The Royal Society, etc., with total funding of more than £ 2m out of £10m. He was a Visiting Scholar at King’s College London, UK, is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and is the Robotics and AI Collaboration (RAICo) Fellow funded by Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Sellafield Ltd and The University of Manchester. His research interests focus on bilateral teleoperation, fuzzy control, and human-robot interaction. He has served as an Associate Editor of Biomimetic Intelligence and Robotics (BIROB), Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems. He is the receipt of Young Author Award at IFAC Workshop on Control Applications of Optimization in 2018, Best Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing in 2022, Best Poster Award of IROS Workshop 2022.

Welcome to join us for this seminar!