News

Dr. REN awarded MSIWF Research Grant

(Nov 2014) Dr. Hongliang REN was awarded with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (MSIWF) Research Grant.

Congratulate Sun Yi on winning the NUS Graduate School Scholarship (NGSS)

(Sept 2014) Our research assistant, Sun Yi, has received the very competitive graduate scholarship from NUS Graduate School (NGS) and will pursue his PhD in NUS.

Best Paper Award at IEEE Cyber 2014

(Jul 2014) Our paper on surgical tracking led by Jiaole received the best conference paper award at IEEE Cyber 2014.

Dr. REN awarded SMF grant

(Jul 2014) Dr. Hongliang REN was awarded with Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) grant for his proposed research on biologically inspired transnasal robotics.

Welcome visiting students from USA

(May 2014) A warm welcome to our visiting students, Ashley, Amy, and Kaiyuan, from UIUC and JHU, USA! They will participate the research projects in surgical navigation and robotics for 2 months.

Gold award and merit award in BES8SM (2014)

(May 2014) Congratulations on the awards led by our FYP students, Lynette and Yong Chun in the Biomedical Engineering Society 8th Scientific Meeting (BES8SM)! Lynette (right in the photo) won the gold award, for platform presentation under the university (undergraduate) category and another project poster led by Yong Chun (left) won the Merit Award in the Poster Category (undergraduate).

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  • Platform Presentation Category (undergraduate)
    Group: Teo Li Ting Lynette, Liao Wu, and Hongliang Ren, National University of Singapore
    Gold Award: “Robotic Endoscopy System for Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery”
  • Poster Category (undergraduate)
    Group: Koh Yong Chun, Jiayue Xu, Zhaolin Yang and Hongliang Ren, National University of Singapore
    Merit Award: “A Study Of Motion Control Patterns In Biorobotic Spiders”

Walking team explored Southern Ridges

(May 2014) A good escape from brain work – the walking team finished a journey through the Southern Ridges of Singapore during the Labour Day.

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Biorobotics FYP project received FoE 28th Innovation & Research Award (2014)

(May 2014) Congratulations to Yong Chun and Jiayue, two FYP students of our lab working on the biorobotics project, which has been selected for the Merit Award in the FoE 28th Innovation & Research Award (2014).

Clinical experiments with the developed robotic systems

(Feb 2014) In collaboration with Dr. Lim from ENT dept, a series of clinical experiments were performed in the National University Hospital, using the surgical robotic systems recently developed by our team members.
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​​Dr. Song Zhangjun delivered a seminar on robotics

(Feb 2014) Jointly Organized By Medical Mechatronics Lab, BME; Edutainment Robotics Lab, ECE; Social Robotics Lab, IDMI, and Singapore IEEE SMC, R&A, and Control Chapters, Dr. Song Zhangjun gave a talk on Intelligent Systems & Robotics.
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Best Paper Award at ROBIO 2013

(Dec 2013)  In the recent ROBIO 2013, out of 610 submissions, our paper on cognitive tracking won the best conference paper award. Our paper on statistical implant & intramedullary robot  was nominated a finalist for the best conference paper in robotics.

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  • Liu, W.; Ren, H.; Zhang, W. & Song, S. Cognitive Tracking of Surgical Instruments Based on Stereo Vision and Depth Sensing
  • Wu, K.; Wong, F. K. L.; Daruwalla, Z. J.; Murphy, D. & Ren, H. Statistical Humerus Atlas for Optimal Design of Asian-Specific Humerus Implants and Associated Intramedullary Robotics

Research paper shortlisted for ICBME Young Investigator Award

(Dec 2013) Our paper on flexible endoscopic robot led by Zeqi is shortlisted for ICBME 2013 (International Conferences in Biomedical Engineering) Young Investigator Award.
Paper: Zeqi Tan and Hongliang Ren, Design and Actuation of a Snake-Like Robot for Minimally Invasive Surgeries, The 15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering
IFMBE Proceedings Volume 43, 2014, pp 28-31

Welcome to Dr. WU Liao

(Dec 2013) Welcome to Dr. WU Liao, who received both his B.S and PhD from Tsinghua University. He recently joined our lab as a research fellow and will be working on surgical robotics.

Dr. REN awarded YIA of NUS

(Oct 2013) Dr. Hongliang REN won the NUS Young Investigator Award with half million grant for his proposed research on medical micro-robotics.

Welcome to visiting students, Zongyong, Jiaole and Cong

(October 1, 2013) Zongyong is currently a PhD student from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and will be a visit PhD student in NUS for 1 year. Jiaole and Cong are visiting PhD students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Welcome to visiting students from Imperial College London, UK

(Aug 2013) Welcome to Zhenyi, Vyoma, Geraint, and Daniel, who are visiting students from Imperial College London, UK and will participate the research projects in NUS for 2 months.

Welcome to visiting students from Johns Hopkins University, USA

(June 2013) Welcome to Rohil, Inez, Namrata and Mizuha, who are visiting students from Johns Hopkins University, USA and will participate the research projects in surgical tracking, navigation and robotics for 2 months.

Welcome to visiting students from Thailand

(April 1, 2013) Welcome to Dusita Sukvanitvichai and Kulthisa Sajjamark, who are visiting students from Mahidol University, Thailand and will participate the research projects in surgical navigation and planning.

Finalist for best paper at ROBIO 2012

(Dec 2012) Our surgical planning paper (Statistical Atlas Based Registration and Planning for Ablating Bone Tumors in Minimally Invasive Interventions, by Xin Kang, Hongliang Ren, Jing Li and Waipan Yau) was one of the five finalists for the best conference paper award at ROBIO 2012 in Guangzhou, China. Congrats to the winners and the other finalists. (The photo cited from IEEE ROBIO 2012 website showed that Prof Toshio Fukuda was presenting the awards).

Dr. REN invited to give a talk in Bio4Apps 2012

(Nov 2012) The new but well attended conference, the Bio4Apps 2012 (International Conference on BioElectronics, BioSensors, BioMedical Devices, BioMEMS/NEMS and Applications; http://www.ece.nus.edu.sg/stfpage/elelc/Conference_Bio4Apps2012.html) is held at NUS, Singapore on Nov. 19 and 20, 2012, and Dr. REN is invited to give a talk on ‘Surgical Instrument Tracking for Navigating Minimally Invasive Surgery’. This conference is also held in conjunction with the JSPS Sponsored Workshop.

Dr. REN invited to give a talk in 2012 International Workshop on Robotics

(Oct 2012) Dr. REN is invited to give a talk in the 2012 International Workshop on Robotics (http://www.risit.org/workshop/) on 31st October 2012, which is held in conjunction with The International Conference on Social Robotics (http://www.icsoro.org/) in Chengdu.
This workshop is to discuss the state-of-the-art in robotics and their emerging applications in different areas. In particular, Dr. REN gave a talk on Surgical Navigation and Planning in Computer-Integrated Interventional Medicine.

Welcome to Wei Liu

(Oct 2012) Welcome to Wei LIU, who recently joined our lab as a research engineer and will be working on a new trans-oral surgical robotic system.

Congratulations and welcome to Darren

(Aug 2012) Congratulations and welcome to Darren Yue ZHOU, a visiting PhD students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, who was selected to receive an award under the Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence – CNOOC Grants for 2012-13.

Welcome new members!

(Aug 2012) Final year and UROP undergraduate students, Andy, Wan Cheng, Zeqi, Keyu, Cai Lin and Royston, recently joined our lab to work on various projects in computer integrated surgical systems.

Dr. REN to serve IEEE ICIA conference as program chair

(June 2012) Dr. REN is elected as program chair to serve the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (IEEE ICIA 2013), which will be held in Yinchuan, Ningxia in Aug 2013. For more information, please visit the conference website of ICIA2013.

Dr. REN invited to give a talk at Hong Kong

(June 2012) Dr. Ren is invited by the Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to deliver a talk entitled ‘Surgical Navigation and Planning in Computer-Integrated Interventional Medicine: An Information Fusion Perspective’ for the Shun Hing Distinguished Lecture Series.