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Sri Lanka Robotics meetup discusses assistive robots

The panel discussion in progress
The panel discussion in progress

The fifth edition of the Sri Lanka Robotics Meetup was held at Virtusa recently.

The event, organised by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Sri Lanka Section Chapter in partnership with IEEE Sri Lanka Section and facilitated by Virtusa, discussed assistive robots.

Professor in Systems and Control at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan, Prof. Kazuo Kiguchi started the session with a presentation on ‘Control of Human Assist Robot Based on Integrated Information’.

His focus was on two types of assistive robots, power assist and perception assist robots. Prof. Kiguchi concluded his session, highlighting the future direction of the human assisting robots.

This was followed by a presentation by Senior Lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Dr. Thilina Lalitharatne on ‘Brain Machine Interfaces for Assistive Robots’, where he elaborated on how brain signals can be used for assistive robots. His research background revolved around the aging society and the disabled population.

Later, the two presenters joined Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Dr. Achala Pallegedara for a panel discussion.