Sensors, Automation and Robotics

Sensors, Automation and Robotics

Dr Gourab Sen Gupta
Massey University, New Zealand

DEI - Conference Room
February 6th, 2012
10.30 a.m.


In the first half of this presentation I will give an overview of the various research and development projects that I have undertaken in the recent past or are currently underway. In the second half I will detail two of the recent works-
Robot for plant growth monitoring
This presentation will detail the design of a remote controlled robotic arm which has been developed for the purpose of remote monitoring plant tissue growth in a modified clonal micro-propagation system for Crop & Food Research Limited, New Zealand. The robotic arm is equipped with a colour zoom camera and a low-cost RGB colour sensor. Plant images can be captured and stored in a database for subsequent processing. The RGB colour sensor has been calibrated against a high end spectrophotometer to monitor leaf colour.
An omni-directional hospital bed mover
An omni-directional platform has been developed to assist nurses and orderlies in a hospital to move a bed with patient. The platform can be attached to a bed at the footboard end and with the help of a joystick it can be dexterously controlled to maneuver the bed through confined spaces and tight corners. Sensors have been employed for accurate speed feedback and overall safety of operation.

Shorto bio:
Dr Gourab Sen Gupta received his B.E. (Electronics) degree from the University of Indore, India, in 1982, Master of Electronics Engineering (MEE) degree from the Philips International Institute, Technical University of Eindhoven, Holland, in 1984 and PhD in Computer Systems Engineering from Massey University in 2008. After working for 5 years as a Software Engineer in Philips India in the Consumer Electronics division, he joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic in 1989. Since September 2002 he has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology (SEAT), Massey University, New Zealand.
His current research interests are in the area of embedded systems, robotics, real-time vision processing, behaviour programming for multi-agent collaboration and sensor applications. He has published over 100 papers in various journals and conference proceedings. He has authored two books, one on the computer programming language VB.NET and another on Embedded Programming. He has been a guest editor for reputable journals such as IEEE Sensors Journal, International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications (IJISTA), and Studies in Computational Intelligence (Special Issue on Autonomous Robots and Agents) by Springer- Verlag. He has served on the organising committee of several internal conferences. He has been invited to speak in several international forums on robotics and automation. He is a senior member of IEEE.

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Research area:
Systems architectures