Humanoid robot motion design

The objective of this project is to design computer programs to drive a humanoid robot to perform different motions for physical and cognitive exercise. This project is part of a more sophisticated research on the design and development of a robotic exercise tutor for older adults. In this research project, a humanoid robot will be programmed to teach older adults body movements. It will also give cognitive exercise prompts using its postures. The student will need to help a graduate student to adjust some existing Tai Chi postures, such as breaking long movements into different segments, and develop new movements based on the needs of the project. The motions need to be carefully adjusted to make sure the humanoid robot can keep its balance when demonstrate the movements.

Hardware-software interface design for Virtual Reality applications

The objective of this project is to design and develop a wearable motion sensing system and design a communication environment between the motion sensing and an Unity based Virtual Reality (VR) environment for real-time control and data visualization. This project is a component of a more sophisticated research on visual sensory abnormality in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where the human subject's motion need to be sensed and input into an VR environment. This device can help detect the abnormal and repetitive behaviors of children with ASD. This project will mainly include :1) microcontroller programming to drive motion sensors and collect motion data from them; 2) development of computer code to send the motion data to the VR software through the microcontroller; and 3) development of a virtual object in the VR environment that moves in realtime according to the motion sensor's sensing.

Development of a novel porous material for removal of ammonia from water

The main project objectives are to develop standardized methods for producing a single material (engineered porous material coated with metal) and optmize its fabrication method and performance for the removal of ammonia from water.

Methodology: porous materials will be cleaned and dried. Materials will be characterized by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and pore size analysis and surface area determination via Gas Sorption Analyser, FTIR, Raman, and DTG. These particles will be coated with metal for targeting ammonia removal from water. Removal efficiency will be assessed by batch and column experiments.