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Khoo Boon How is an Assistant Lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering. He is undertaking research in soft robotic areas, such as soft grippers, soft robot arms, etc. He is keen to explore how soft robots can be used in the manufacturing sector. He is also working on using mobile robotics platforms for a wide variety of industry applications and brain signal classification. He is also an international TRIZ expert with Level 3 TRIZ Practitioner certification from MATRIZ (03/01719/A-03). He has developed a comprehensive TRIZ syllabus for university students to practice the steps to design innovative solutions. He is currently supervising industry projects at the year 3 capstone project and year 4 final year project level.

Research interests

My primary research interest is in soft robotic devices. I am particularly interested in the design of soft grippers and soft robot arms, and their industry applications. Soft grippers have a flexible and adaptive characteristic by default. They are specialised in pick and hold objects of various shapes and sizes. I am keen to explore the application of soft grippers in Malaysia’s manufacturing sector, and design customised soft grippers for different industries. Soft robot arms complement the functionality of the soft gripper. Soft robot arms have the ability to change its stiffness, shape and dimension during its operation. This characteristic makes it a good option for search and rescue robots, robots working in compact space, etc. Soft robotic devices, both grippers and arms, requires simple actuation with minimal control signals. Therefore, the complete soft robotic device is simpler in nature, easier to control and easier to operate.

Monash teaching commitment

  • TRC3000 - Automation Project
  • TRC2001 - Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • ENG1060 - Computing for Engineers

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 10 Jul 2017

Engineering, Master of Engineering Science, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 12 Jun 2008

Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (with Honors) in the field of Mechatronics Engineering, Monash University Malaysia

Award Date: 15 Jul 2005

Research area keywords

  • Soft Robot
  • Autonomous Robot
  • Machine Vision
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mobile Robot
  • Motion Tracking
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Brain Signal

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