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Prof. Kwok Wai Samuel AU

Prof. Kwok Wai Samuel AU

Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Director, Chow Yuk Ho Technology Centre for Innovative Medicine

Faculty Member, CUHK T Stone Robotics Institute

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Prof. Samuel Au's research interests are in the design, system dynamics, and control of robotic systems with applications to rehabilitation, medical intervention, and human-centered machine. Samuel focuses on developing new methods of synthesis, analysis, and optimization of novel robots and mechanism, as well as control principles. In addition, Samuel also likes to leverage the design and control knowledge, together with medical science and innovative design to create novel robotic solutions to address fundamental clinical questions, overcome limitations of existing medical devices, as well as enable new medical treatment. Ultimately, Samuel hopes to provide profound impacts in the quality of life of patients through technologies.



da Vinci Single-Site Platform:
[1] Prisco, M. G., Au, S. K., Inventors; Curved Cannula Surgical System Control. Patent Num:US8888789. Filing date: Nov 13, 2009.

da Vinci ION system:
[1] Duindam, V., Mohr, C. J., Fenech, C., Prisco, G. M., Au, S. K., and C. Q. Donhowe.  Inventors; Catheter with removable vision probe.  Patent Num: US9452276. Filing date: Oct 14, 2011.

[2] Prisco, M. G., Au, S. K., Inventors; Drive force control in medical instrument providing position measurements. Patent Num:US8644988. Filing date: May 14, 2010.

[1] X. Chu, C. H. Lo, T. Proietti, C. J. Walsh, and K. W. Samuel Au, “Opposite Treatment on Null Space: a Unified Control Framework for a Class of Underactuated Robotic Systems with Null Space Avoidance,” IEEE Transactions on Control System and Technology, 2021 (under review).
[2] Y. Wang, H. Yip, H. Zheng, H, Lin, R. H. Taylor, K. W. Samuel Au, “Design and Experimental Validation of a Miniaturized Robotic Tendon-Driven Articulated Surgical Drill for Enhancing Distal Dexterity in Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion,” in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (accepted).
[3] Y. Cai, P. Choi, C. -W. V. Hui, R. Taylor and K. W. S. Au, “A Task Space Virtual Fixture Architecture for Tele-operated Surgical System with Slave Joint Limit Constraints,” in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, doi: 10.1109/TMECH.2021.3058174.
[4] J Huang, Y, Cai, X, Chu, R. H. Taylor, and K. W. Samuel Au, “Non-fixed Contact Manipulation Control Framework for Deformable Objects with Active Contact Adjustment,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 2878-2885, April 2021.