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Sensing and Force-Feedback Exoskeleton (SAFE) Glove Mechanism and Its Applications
Start Date: 8/25/2014Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 8/25/2014End Time: 2:00 PM

Monday, August 25, 2014
Phillips Hall 739

Zhou Ma
Ph.D. Candidate
The George Washington University
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The research presented in this seminar explores the design and applications of haptic gloves. The motivations behind this research stem from the need to develop haptic glove systems capable of providing sufficient force feedback, while keeping them lightweight and portable without constraining the hand’s movement workspace. In recent years, significant progress has been accomplished in the field of exoskeleton robotic devices. However, three main limitations primarily dominate the state-of-the-art. 
The first is the relatively heavy weight of the device, which fatigues the user. 
The second is the workspace limitation. 
The third is the lack of sufficient sensors embedded in the exoskeleton mechanism to effectively achieve functions for different applications. 
In this research, a new robotic exoskeleton referred to as SAFE (Sensing and Force-Feedback Exoskeleton) glove is designed, integrated and tested. The principals developed in this research can further be applied to applications such as medical training, tele-surgery, tele-navigation, manipulation of virtual objects in virtual reality (VR), and any type of movement assistance required for rehabilitation.

Zhou MA received his Master’s degree in Electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China, in 2009, with a thesis focused on kid size humanoid robots. He is a currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC. His current research interests include basic and applied research in robotics and mechatronics, and involve investigations in haptics glove design, and simulation and optimization, with applications in tele-operation, virtual reality and rehabilitation.
Cindy Fields Arnold
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