Chen I-Ming

Chen I-Ming
Tel: 6790 6203
Email: michen@ntu.edu.sg
Office: N3.2-02-23
  • PhD California Institute of Technology 1994
  • MS California Institute of Technology 1989
  • BS National Taiwan University 1986

Prof. Chen, Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of ASME, has been with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore since 1995. He received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1986, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA in 1989 and 1994 respectively. He was JSPS Visiting Scholar in Kyoto University in 1999 and Tokyo University in 2009, and Visiting Scholar in Department of Mechanical Engineering of MIT in 2004. Prof. Chen has published more than 350 technical articles in refereed international journals and conferences and book chapters. He is now serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Robotica (Cambridge Univ Press), and Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering (Springer-Verlag). He is now Chairman of IFToMM Technical Committee on Robotics and Mechatronics. He is also General Chairman of IEEE ICRA 2017 in Singapore (May 29 – June 2, 2017).

  • Interest:
    Robot design methodology. Precision actuators. Wearable sensors & interactions. Logistics robotics. Construction & infrastructure robotics.
  • Projects:
    Automated robot item picking system in e-commerce warehouse
    This project is a proof-of-concept project to further develop a new item-picking robot key technology for e-commerce fulfillment centre automation.
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]
    Automatic robot system for indoor high-rise spray painting
    This project is a lead-demand technology demonstration project to develop an autonomous robot for construction site finishing. Lead agency is Jurong Town Corporation and industrial co-developer is Aitech Robotics & Automation.
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]
    Automated Construction Quality Assessment Robot System (A-CONQUARS)
    This project is to develop modular platforms and the associated planning algorithms for field robotic welding and robotic finishing. Collaborating institutions are NTU, NUS, and SUTD. Prof. Chen is project lead PI.
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]
    Adaptation of a Task-Oriented Agile Workcell
    This project focuses on autonomy and flexibility in task manipulation when handling small objects (in centimeter scale), where pick-and-plug tasks for very small and semi-transparent objects are conducted
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]
    Robot Application Development and Operating Environment (RADOE)
    This project is to develop generic cross-platform robot control and operation software with intuitive interface, named RADOE, for industrial users. Collaborating institutions are NTU, NUS, I2R and SIMTech.
    [Robotics Research Centre , Robotics & Automation]

Research Staff and Students under supervision

Research Staff
Name Title Email
Albert Jacinto Causo Senior Research Fellow ACAUSO@ntu.edu.sg
Wong Choon Yue Research Fellow WONGCY@NTU.EDU.SG
Wu Jing Research Fellow WUJING@NTU.EDU.SG
Yuan Qilong Research Fellow QLYUAN@NTU.EDU.SG
Chong Zheng Hao Research Associate ZHCHONG@NTU.EDU.SG
Ramamoorthy Luxman Research Engineer RLUXMAN@NTU.EDU.SG
Teoh Yee Seng Research Assistant YSTEOH@NTU.EDU.SG
Yuan Jiaxiu Research Assistant JXYUAN@NTU.EDU.SG
Zhao Yi Research Assistant ZHAO.YI@NTU.EDU.SG
Hendra Suratno Tju Research Assistant HSTJU@NTU.EDU.SG
Vasanth Elangovan Project Officer EVASANTH@NTU.EDU.SG

PhD Students
Name Project
Liu Lili Robot Facilitated Diagnosis of Autistic Children
Li Bingbing Human skill transfer in robotic tele-presence systems
Tan Wei Chian Machine Learning Based Automated Evaluation of Piping Design
Weng Ching-Yen Shared autonomy in collaborative robots
Dong Huixu Robotic Perception and Grasp in Unstructured Environments
Chong Zheng Hao Computer vision for intelligent industrial roots

Selected Publications
  • Ng WX, Chan HK, Teo WK, Chen IM, “Programming a Robot for Conformance Grinding of Complex Shapes by Capturing the Tacit Knowledge of a Skilled Operator,” IEEE Trans. Automation Science Engineering, Vol. PP, No. 99, pp1-11, 2015.
  • Toh LP, Causo A, Chen IM, Zuo PW, Yeo SH, “A Review on the Use of Robots in Education and Young Children,” J Educational Technology & Society, accepted, Aug 2015.
  • Teo TJ, Bui VP, Yang GL, Chen IM, “Millimeters-stroke nanopositioning actuator with high positioning and thermal stability,” IEEE/ASME Trans Mechatronics, Vol. 51, No. 6, pp2813-2823, 2015.
  • Teo TJ, Yang GL, Chen IM, “A flexure-based electromagnetic nanopositioning actuator with predictable and re-configurable open-loop positioning resolution”, Precision Engineering, vol. 40, pp. 249-260, 2015.
  • Law WC, Chen IM, Yeo SH, Seet GL, Low KH, “A Study of In-pipe Robots for Maintenance of Large-Diameter Sewerage Tunnel, 14th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Macine Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015.
  • Liang CH, Chee KJ, Zou YH, Zhu HF, Causo A, Vidas S, Teng TH, Chen IM, Low KH, Chean CC, “Automated Robot Picking System for E-Commerce Fulfillment Warehouse Application,” 14th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Macine Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015.
  • Teo TJ, Yang GL, Chen IM, “A large deflection and high payload flexure-based parallel manipulator for UV nanoimprint lithography: Part II. Stiffness modeling and performance evaluation,” Precision Engineering, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp872-884, 2014.
  •  Teo TJ, Yang GL, Chen IM, “A large deflection and high payload flexure-based parallel manipulator for UV nanoimprint lithography: Part I. Modeling and analyses,” Precision Engineering, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp861-871, 2014.
  • Yuan QL, Chen IM, “Localization and Velocity Tracking of Human via 3 IMU Sensors,” Sensors and Actuators: A. Physical, Vol. 212, pp25-33, 2014.
  • Yuan QL, Chen IM, “3D Localization of Human Based on Inertial Capture System,” IEEE Trans. Robotics, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2013.

  • Liquid Level Control
  • Manufacturing Control and Automation
  • Theroy of Mechanism
  • Engineering Design
  • Kinematics & Dynamics of Machinery