Kyoungchul Kong

Robotic Systems Control Laboratory, Sogang University

Actuation Technologies that Enable Paraplegics to Walk Again

Mechatronic technologies are steadily penetrating in our daily lives.  We arekong_image-1 surrounded by mechatronic products and interact with them in many ways.  In particular, mechatronic devices may potentially improve the quality of life of complete/incomplete paraplegics.  Robotic assistance technologies for the complete and incomplete paraplegics require different technologies in actuation, sensing, and controls.  In this talk, actuation technologies for effectively assisting complete/incomplete paraplegics are introduced.  The actuation systems for complete paraplegics and ones for incomplete paraplegics must be designed in completely different approaches.  In addition, such actuation systems must be designed considering not only the control performance in a laboratory setting, but also the official certifications and safety requirements, such as the ISO standards.  All the secrets and challenges in the design of actuation systems for both complete and incomplete paraplegics will be disclosed in this talk.

Kyoungchul Kong received the B.Eng. degree (summa cum laude) in mechanical engineering, the B.S. degree in physics in 2004, and the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 2009, where he later worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow until 2011.
In 2011, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sogang University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interests include design, modeling, and control of mechatronic systems with emphasis on locomotion and mobility of human-centered robotic systems.
Dr. Kong received the Young Researcher Award of IFAC (Mechatronics TC) in 2016, the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics in 2008 and the Best Paper Award in the Division of Dynamic Systems and Control at the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers Annual Conference in 2005.