Has the pandemic greatly accelerated technological advancements such as robotics adoption? The answer is an evident yes, as we start to observe their presence significantly in the area of healthcare.
Locally, robots have been developed for nasal swab tests in the bid to reduce risk for healthcare workers. Robots have also been used to speed up the processes of temperature-taking, scanning for safe entry, and disinfecting large, common spaces.
Join NTUitive in the upcoming MakanNight! Talks and meet the panel of founders from the robotics industry - Prof Chen I-Ming (Transforma Robotics) and NTU SCSE alumnus Dr Zhang Yanliang (Weston Robot) - as they explore this trend of integrating such high technology into our day-to day life through the pandemic, the major challenges faced, and how robots can continue to help us post-pandemic.
Prof Chen I-Ming
Founder, Transforma Robotics
Prof Chen I-Ming is currently a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU Singapore, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. He was the Director of Robotics Research Centre and Intelligent Systems Centre in NTU, and a member of the Robotics Task Force under National Research Foundation.
Prof Chen’s research interests are in logistics and construction robots, wearable devices, human-robot interaction, and industrial automation. He is also President & Founder of Transforma Robotics Pte Ltd which develops robots for the construction industry, and Founder of Hand Plus Robotics Pte Ltd, developing robotics and AI solutions for the logistics and manufacturing industry.
Dr Zhang Yanliang
Dr Zhang Yanliang is the founder and chief scientist at Weston Robot, a Singapore-based deep tech robotics company. He received his bachelor’s in computer engineering and Ph.D. in robotics from NTU Singapore in 2006 and 2010
respectively, and did his robotics research at the University of Toronto in Canada. Dr Zhang also served as the founding robotics product and industry manager at MathWorks in Boston, USA.
Mr David Toh
David Toh is the Interim Chief Executive Officer at NTUitive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, responsible for commercialising the University’s scientific research and incubating startups.
Before taking on this role, David was Chief Technology Officer at NTUitive since joining the outfit in 2013. Prior to NTUitive, David spent 20 years in the finance industry at ING Barings, Lehman Brothers, and DBS Asset Management
as a leading technology sector analyst and fund manager.