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Biography

Darwin Gouwanda graduated from Monash University with Bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Currently, he is a senior lecturer at School of Engineering (Mechanical engineering discipline), Monash University Malaysia. He is also the team advisor for Shell Eco-marathon Asia student competition. Since its inception, the team has won several awards, including winner in GTL prototype category in 2014 and winner in CNG prototype category in 2016. His primary research interest is in the study of human motion in sports and activities of daily living using wireless wearable devices and in the design of rehabilitative and assistive devices. He is an active member of IEEE EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) Malaysia and has been holding several positions: vice chair in 2015, secretary in 2016 till present. He is also the technical program chair for IEEE IECBES conference, which is a biennially event organised by IEEE EMBS Malaysia.

Research interests

Human motion is a combination of complex tasks executed by the neural system, proprioceptors, and musculoskeletal system. Even though an activity such as reaching and grasping a cup of water may seem trivial to the most of us, it requires the activation of our senses to perceive the location of the cup and the coordination of our hand and arm, and proprioceptors to reach, sense, and grasp the cup firmly; making sure the water does not spill. My research involves the understanding of human motion complex from an engineering perspective using wireless wearable devices and designing assistive and rehabilitative devices to better coordinate human limbs in performing activities of daily living. Existing research projects include:

1. Determination of human gait spatio-temporal parameters using wireless inertial measurement unit (IMU)

2. Investigating the coordination of human lower extremity in asymmetrical gait.

3. Design and development of ankle rehabilitation robot

4. Development of hand and arm assistive robotic device

Monash teaching commitment

  • MEC2401 - Dynamics I
  • MEC2407 - Electromechanics
  • ENG4701/ENG4702 - Final Year Project

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
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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