The expanding 3C (Computer, Communication, and Consumer electronics) manufacturing industry leads to a high demand on various deformable objects, such as flexible PCBs and USB wires. Current manufacturing procedure in 3C industry involves a number of manual operations, which have the disadvantages of low output, low speed, and low efficiency, and the quality is highly dependent on the experience and proficiency of workers. This talk is to introduce the development of 3C industrial robots for the autonomous manipulation of deformable objects, including the research on the modelling, measurement, control, and planning for deformable objects in 3C industry. The proposed research is to significantly improve the autonomous capability, intelligence, stability of industrial robots in the applications of manipulating deformable objects, and hence, systematically address the problems of high labor cost, safety issues, and inconsistent quality of manufacturing in 3C industry.
Associate Professor at the Department of Automation, Tsinghua University
Xiang LI received the Bachelor and Master degrees from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2006 and 2008, and the PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2013 respectively. From 2012 to 2016, he was working as a Research Fellow at NTU and NUS in Singapore. From 2016 to 2019, he was working as a Research Assistant Professor at CUHK. Since August 2019, he has been working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Automation, Tsinghua University.
Xiang LI is the Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine and the Associate Editor of 2019 and 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). He received the Best Application Paper Finalists in 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). His current research interests include robot control, visual servoing, cell manipulation, and human-robot interaction.