Invited Speaker



Assoc. Prof. Addie Irawan
Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah (UMPSA), Malaysia

Speech Title: Multi-modal Locomotion in Mobile Robots and its Principles

Abstract: Mobile robot locomotion, a cornerstone of robotics research, is driven by a myriad of key issues and motivations. This lecture delves into the mechanical and actuation methods, encompassing foundational aspects such as general structures, anatomy, and robot configuration within various workspaces. The exploration of legged mobile robots reveals their evolution from core issues to dynamic configurations and manipulability. Factors related to locomotion and stability further illuminate their adaptability across diverse terrains, underscoring their potential for agile navigation in complex environments. In parallel, wheeled mobile robots embody an ideal concept characterized by classification and design considerations. Analyzing the interplay between locomotion strategies and design space reveals opportunities for optimization, enriching our understanding of their motion dynamics. The introduction of hybrid wheel-legged mechanisms opens new avenues for synergizing the strengths of both locomotion paradigms. This hybrid approach promises enhanced versatility and performance, offering novel solutions to the challenges of mobile robotics. The state of the art is invigorated by bio-inspired and biomimetic approaches, harnessing nature’s ingenuity to imbue robots with intelligence and adaptability. Drawing inspiration from biological systems, these methodologies push the boundaries of robotic locomotion, promising innovative solutions to complex tasks. The convergence of diverse locomotion mechanisms and bioinspired research heralds a transformative era in mobile robotics. Future advancements hinge on seamlessly integrating these methodologies to create agile, adaptable, and intelligent robotic systems, poised to revolutionize a plethora of applications.

Biography: Addie Irawan is currently an Associate Professor at the University Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah (UMPSA) and has been serving with the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology (FTKEE) since 2005. He is a Principal in Robotics, Dynamics, and Motion Control, as well as Computer & Networks, specializing in Network Protocols and ISP. Currently, he is the Head of the Robotics, Intelligent Systems, and Control (RiSC) research group and a member of the Instrumentation and Control Engineering (ICE) Cluster at FTKEE, UMPSA. Additionally, he serves as an Associate Research Fellow at the Automotive Engineering Centre (AEC), UMPSA. He earned a Doctor of Engineering degree in Artificial Systems Science (System Control and Robotics) from Chiba University, Japan, in 2012, and a Master of Science in Computer Communication & Network from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2005. Prior to joining UMPSA, he worked as a researcher at the Standards and Research Institute Malaysia (SIRIM) from 2004 to 2005. He is also a Professional Engineer (PEng) of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and a Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng) under the British Engineering Council via the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST). Additionally, he is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His work primarily focuses on Robotics and Automation, specifically on robot design and mechanism, control systems, intelligent systems, and motion planning for factory, farming, and underwater applications.