Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Heng Kok Hui, John Gerard
Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Chair (Alumni & Development), School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Asst Prof John Heng is currently in the School of MAE since 1999. He received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineeing from Glasgow Univsity (1990), Master and Ph.D. degrees from the Strathclyde Unversity (1991, 1995) respectively. His research interests include accelerated rehabiliation using SEMG actuated orthosis, multi level haptic interface. His other area of interest include Mechatronics System design, Walking machines and Autonomous Vehicles. He has over 30 journal and conference publications in these research fields. He is a committee member of the Singapore IMechE Branch and is Vice President of the S'pore Robotics Games Society. He has served in organising and as a reviewer at several international conferences. The most recent being MSC 2007, SMC 2008 and AIM 2009.

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Current Research:

Automated physio-neuro rehabilitation platform for recovery of hand function after stroke (Smart)
Automated Neuro-Motor Stroke Rehabilitation Device - A Platform for Functional Recovery of Paralyzed Hand after Stroke (POC- NRF)
Wheel chair Gap Crossing mechanism (TRD – NRF)
Unified Platform for acceleration functional return with EMG orthosis for accelerated stroke rehabilitation. (NMRC)

SEMG/EEG driven orthosis for accelerated rehabilitation for stroke patients
Multi Level Haptics Systems
Assistive Technology
Rehabilitation Systems

Other Research Interest Areas:
Exoskeleton Systems
Teleoperation/Telepresence Systems
Legged vehicles, Autonnomous Vehicles
Mechanical and Mechatronics System Design
  • Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) strategies in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Design during the Covid19 pandemic
US 2014/0200432 A1: Systems, Apparatuses, Devices, And Processes For Synergistic Neuro-Physiological Rehabilitation And/Or Functional Development (2020)
Abstract: A system for facilitating a subject's functional development includes sensing devices configured for sensing mind state signals; sensing devices configured for sensing body state signals; and a set of processing resources configured for generating a mind state indicator/measure, a body state indicator/measure, and a mind-body synergy indicator/measure that corresponds to which each of the subject's mind state and body state are synergistically aligned for facilitating the subject's functional development. The system can be configured for concurrently presenting a set of activities involving a model body part; engaging in attempted imitation of the set of activities by way of attempted movement of a body part that is a mirror image of the model body part; presenting an indication of an extent to which each of the mind state and body state are cooperative with respect to performance of the set of activities; and presenting an indication of relaxation.