Professor Shane Xie from the University of Leeds visited MSE at the invitation of Professor Zhu Guoli of the State Key Lab of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology. Professor Xie delivered an academic report with the topic of Medical Devices - Rehabilitation Robots and Biomechatronics in Room B602 of the Advanced Manufacturing Building at 3 pm on April 14th, 2017.
Shane Xie is the director of the Institute of Robots of the University of Leeds, fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and chief professor of the University of Auckland. In the report, professor Xie reviewed that Biomechatronics is an interdisciplinary study of biology, mechanics, electronics, software and control and focusing on solving the problem of the interactivity between biological organs (including the brain) and electronic devices. Rehabilitation is a practice, by which different forms and grades of human physical disorders can get recovered. Universities and research centers worldwide have taken notice of this area in light of its potential for development of advanced medical devices.
Prof. Xie outlined the core disciplines in the field of rehabilitation robotics, such as robotics basics, modeling and control, biomechanics modeling, rehabilitation theories, robot assistance, clinical setup/implementation as well as neural and muscular interfaces. Based on these study, patients can avoid frequent clinical visits and save time and money. Visual and haptic effects make exercises interactive and motivating. Patient’s active participation will further get recupterated. Physical efforts of therapists can be reduced to a large extent. Sensory data can be collected and processed into useful therapeutical information, and the evaluation and treatment of injuries can be performed more objectively.