The Department of Informatics at King’s College London is delighted to invite you to attend the Distinguished Lecture of Professor Jian S Dai on Thursday 3 November. The lecture will take place in the K0.64 (Great Hall) at our Strand campus from 18.00 - 19.30.
Robots of the future that are shaped by arts and nature
This Distinguished Lecture presents a new doctrine that innovative robotics could be shaped by the arts, and provides an intrinsic connection between arts and robot development. This is demonstrated in the lecture through the presentation of Origami robots, Arts robots, metamorphic robots, rehabilitation robots and Metamorphic robot hands. The lecture further presents various case studies to reveal how the inspiration and aspiration were absorbed from arts and nature and how robot creation and innovation were made through this doctrine, leading to Robots of Future in the decades ahead.
Professor Jian S. Dai, ASME Fellow and IMechE Fellow, is Chair in Mechanisms and Robotics at King’s College London and a pioneer in many aspects of research in mechanisms and robotics. Professor Dai established from scratch the field of reconfigurable mechanisms and the sub-field of metamorphic mechanisms, a concept that could bridge the gap between versatile but expensive robots, and efficient but non-flexible machines. One of his leading achievements is a robotic hand that has a unique changeable palm and generates more hand poses than other comparable hands.
Professor Dai received a BEng in 1982 and an MSc in 1984 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He then went on to receive a PhD in Kinematics and Robotics from the University of Salford in the UK in 1993 and between 1996 and 1997 was working on reconfigurable and dexterous manipulation of origami-cartons at Unilever Research. He then took a Senior Lecturer position at University of Sunderland and afterwards, joined King’s College London in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in mechanisms and robotics in 2004 and to Professor in mechanisms and robotics in 2007. Since then, he continues to lead research in the field of mechanisms and robotics with many innovative works in Origami robots, healthcare robots, domestic robots, food-processing robots, packaging robots and terrestrial robots.
Professor Dai is the 27th recipient since 1974 of the Mechanisms and Robotics Award which is an honour given by Mechanisms and Robotics Committee of the ASME to engineers and scientists who have made a lifelong contribution to the fundamental theory, design and applications of mechanisms and robotic systems. He is also a recipient of several conference and journal best paper awards, ASME/IEEE outstanding service awards, and King’s College London Overall Supervisory Excellence award.
For more information regarding Professor Dai's research interests and publications please see the following links:
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