ICMA 2007 Conference
between Mechatronics and Robot Manipulators of the Future
R. Hamel, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennesee
Knoxville, TN 37966, U.S.A.
Tel. 865-974-6588, E-mail:email@example.com
Robot manipulator design and development involves complex multidisciplinary
engineering and mechatronics technology is a big part of the picture.
Manipulator design requirements pose many challenges centered on the
integration of precise high-speed mechanisms, compact form factors, and complex
power trains. Competing requirements lead to difficult design processes and
tradeoffs, and the fundamental mechatronics technologies available to the
designer substantially influence the entire design cycle and ultimate solution.
This presentation will review interesting aspects of previous manipulator
designs and their characteristics. Speculations about areas where future
mechatronics advances could substantially advance robot manipulator designs and
performance will be discussed.
R. Hamel is a professor and head of the Mechanical,
Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of
Tennessee, Knoxvill. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in
systems and controls, robotics, and automotive systems. Prior to joining the
University of Tennessee, he worked for 31 years at the Oak Ridge National
Laboratory where he performed research and development in the general areas of
robotics, automation, and remote systems for hazardous nuclear, space, and
military applications. His research interests include robot control,
human-interactive telerobotics, and emerging bio robotics. He has published
over 90 papers and reports and has served on numerous panels and advisory
groups. He was a member of the Army Science Board from 1989 through 1995.
Hamel is very active in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He was the
General Chairman of the 2002 International Conference on Robotics and
Automation held in Washington, D.C. He is presently the Vice President for
Publication Activities, and a member of the Conference Board. Previously, he
has served as the Vice President for Member Activities, treasurer of the
management committee of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, and as an
associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He was elected Fellow of
the IEEE in 1999 for technical contributions to robotics and remote systems in
hazardous environments. He was given the RAS Distinguished Service Award in
2007 in recognition of his contributions to the society. His BSME (1967) degree
is from West Virginia University, his MSME (1969) from Oklahoma State
University, and his Ph.D. was obtained at the University of Tennessee (1981).