Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome New PhD Student

Charles Ng WS joins our group as a PhD from AY 2012.
He is supported under Rolls-Royce EDB IPP (Industrial Postgraduate Program).
He will work on capturing operator tooling task information for aerospace manufacturing processes.
We got two new projects !

IMU-Based CPR Training Performance Evaluation 
(Singapore Heart Foundation) Aug 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013 
Collaborator: Dr. Albert Causo, Dr Lim Swee Han

This research project aims to build a prototype system that has the following characteristics:

  1. Measure CPR trainee’s performance using Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  2. Measure key CPR performance indicators such as compression depth and compression rate
  3. Interface with a portable device (laptop, phone or tablet) to gather, process, and display data from the IMUs

Reimagining Show & Tell: Child-manipulated Robotic Puppetry for Child-Centered Participatory Pedagogy in Early Childhood to Primary School Education 
(Singapore Millennium Foundation) Oct 1, 2012 to Sep 30, 2015 
Co-PI: A/P Yeo Song Huat [MAE], Ast/P Tzuo Pei-Wen [NIE]

Play lets children create meaning, acquire information and understand their environment. Together with
puppetry, it can encourage children to initiate interaction, foster creation, and develop representation as
well as meaning. In this project, we aim to build a novel interactive robotic puppetry platform that children and teachers can directly control through the use of haptic interfaces attached to their bodies. Robotic puppetry can come to life through captured body motion and showcase stories initiated and imagined by the children. Different stories, from template to unstructured ones, will be offered in progression to the children with teacher assistance.
Through the puppetry system, children can participate in story creation as well as in staging of puppetry
shows. The production, after conceptualization and preparation by the children, can be played real-time,
i.e., as the children create the story. The same puppet show can be replayed through the robotic puppetry system so that the children can become audience of their own creation. At the same time, teachers will have ample time to facilitate and observe the children’s changing behavior and attitude as they adapt throughout the whole process. This can help identify children’s different learning needs.
Through this project, we aim to understand how multi-lateral tools like robotic puppetry contribute to the development of the 21st century children. Through observation and interview of the children, consultation with teachers and parents, and analysis of the gathered data, we aim to identify the beneficiary and the kind of benefits children take from technology-driven learning platforms. This project can also put Singapore education ahead of its peers by acting as a pilot study to explore children’s needs, interest, and educational goals that can guide technology innovation in education.