With robots and robotics appearing on technology headlines more and more frequently as the next big thing, the interest of the general public, and especially the science and technology community, on robotics and medical robotics is rapidly growing. In this talk, we will report our past and current efforts on the research of micro medical robotics. We will first introduce our innovative research work on the active wireless capsule endoscopy that provides a painless examination procedure for patients going through a GI tract examination. We will then discuss the robotic devices facilitating the Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) that provides the patients with a scarless surgical procedure for abdominal surgeries. We will conclude the talk with some future perspectives in micro medical robotics.
Max Q.-H. Meng received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Victoria, Canada, in 1992, following his Master's degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1988. He has been a Professor of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2002, after working for 10 years in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta in Canada as the Director of the ART (Advanced Robotics and Teleoperation) Lab, holding the positions of Assistant Professor (1994), Associate Professor (1998), and Professor (2000), respectively. He was jointly appointed as an overseas outstanding scholar chair professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Dean of the School of Control Science and Engineering at Shandong University in China. He is currently jointly appointed as a distinguished chair professor at HIT supported via The 1000 Talents Recruitment Program of Global Experts, a distinguished provincial professor of Henan University of Science and Technology, and the honorary Dean of the School of Control Science and Engineering at Shandong University, in China. His research interests include robotics, perception and sensing, human-robot interaction, active medical devices, bio-sensors and sensor networks, and adaptive and intelligent systems. He has published more than 500 journal and conference papers and book chapters and led more than 40 funded research projects to completion as Principal Investigator. He has served as an editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, and is currently a technical editor of Advanced Robotics, Journal of Robotics and Biomimetics, Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics, and International Journal of Information Acquisition, as well as the honorary editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Automation and Logistics. He has served as the General Chair of IEEE CIRA 2001, IROS 2005, AIM 2008, WCICA 2010, and Robio 2013 conferences. He is the founder of the IEEE ICIA and IEEE ICAL conference series and co-founder of the IEEE Robio conference series. He served as an Associate VP for Conferences of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2004-2007), an AdCom member of the IEEE Neural Network Council/Society (2003-2006), a member of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics Management Committee (2001-2006), and the Co-Chair of the Fellow Evaluation Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is currently serving as a member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal award and he is a Fellow of IEEE.