Autonomous Systems & Robotics
Living in a world that increasingly taps into robotics-enabled automation is no longer just a figment of our imagination. Robots, often simplistically perceived to be merely serving as “human replica”, indeed deserve our deeper understanding of the science, applications and contribution of them.
The realm of autonomous systems and robotics epitomizes how interdisciplinary engineering researches can get, as it encompasses fields such as mechanical engineering, information engineering and even bio-engineering, as well as fields including computer science, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and many more.
Engineering has broadened the applications of robotics and automation, especially aiding tasks that would benefit greatly from enhanced accuracy. With the advent of robots, not only have missions once deemed unaccomplishable by humans become achievable, but they also incur lower risk and guarantee greater precision. The contribution of robotics is particularly palpable in tasks such as rescue missions carried out by underwater robots, drug-delivering microscopic robots and robotic arms-assisted surgeries.
Here at SENG, we are devoted to the elevation of robotics via conducting inventive researches. To fine-tune human-computer interaction, we engage in the study of virtual reality, augmented reality and also how human-computer interaction improves learning and education. Meanwhile, our research also covers advanced manufacturing and autonomous systems as well as robotic hardware and software design to expand the role of robotics in the facilitation of industrial work. Another major research aspect in SENG deals with the topic of automatic control, which involves the science and technologies closely associated with modern-day tools, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) including drones.
Ultimately, we aim at advancing and harnessing robotics to venture into uncharted territory and take automation to the next level. It is our goal to achieve razor-sharp precision and phase out conventional procedures that have to rely on repetitive brute force. Since we are aware that even the most advanced of autonomous systems or robots are not necessarily immune to hiccups, we also acknowledge the constant need to develop even more mature technologies to support and power them, and that is where the value of our research lies in.
There has also been an ongoing debate on whether the rise of automation will threaten humans’ competitiveness, and that is why our research also seeks to strike a balance between utilizing robotics and automation to add value to different activities, and safeguarding human capital.
Relevant Faculty Members
Relevant Research Infrastructure
- Cheng Kar-Shun Robotics Institute
- HKUST-DJI Joint Innovation Laboratory
- HKUST-Xiao-i Joint Laboratory on Machine Learning and Cognitive Reasoning
- Huawei-HKUST Innovation Laboratory
- Intelligent Autonomous Driving Center (IADC)
- CLP Power Wind / Wave Tunnel Facility (WWTF)
- Design and Manufacturing Services Facility (DMSF)