Plenary Speakers



Marcelo H Ang Jr
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Ag Director, Advanced Robotics Centre
National University of Singapore

Biography: Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the De La Salle University in the Philippines and University of Hawaii, USA in 1981 and 1985, respectively, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, New York in 1988 where he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1989, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore where he is currently Professor and Acting Director of the Advanced Robotics Center. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, autonomous systems, and applications of intelligent systems. He teaches robotics; creativity and innovation; applied electronics and instrumentation; computing; design and related topics. In addition to academic and research activities. He is also actively involved in the Singapore Robotic Games as its founding chairman, and the World Robot Olympiad as member of its Advisory Council. Some videos of his research can be found in:

Speech Title: Towards Truly Intelligent Robotics

Abstract: Robotics science and technology have evolved from the seminal applications in industrial robotics in manufacturing to today’s varied applications in service, health care, education, entertainment and other industries including construction, mining and agriculture. One common theme in these emerging applications is the human-centered nature in unstructured environments, where robotic systems surround humans, aiding and working with us to enrich and enhance the quality of our lives. This talk presents our latest developments in fundamental capabilities in both “body” and “intelligence.” An example of self-driving cars is presented. We will review the different components of an intelligent system. This talk will then conclude with the challenges in science and technology to further accelerate the robotics revolution.

Darwin Lau
Ph.D, Co-director of the CUHK Centre of Robotic Construction and Architecture
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography: Darwin Lau received Bachelor of Engineering (mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2008, and the Ph.D degree in robotics from the University of Melbourne, in 2014, on the modelling and analysis of anthropomorphic musculoskeletal cable-driven robots. From 2014 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at ISIR, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, on the ROMEO2 project working on predictive control walking algorithms. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, and the co-director of the CUHK Centre of Robotic Construction and Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include: the study of kinematics, dynamics and control of complex robotic mechanisms, such as redundantly actuated and cable-driven manipulators. The applications of the work focus on bio-inspired robots, biomechatronics and robotic architecture and construction. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and member of ASME. Furthermore, he is currently a junior chair of the RAS Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design, associate editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Noticeable awards received by Dr. Lau include: University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, CUHK University Education Award and Hong Kong University Grants Committee Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members).