The research group of Medical Mechatronics at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of NUS aims to facilitate surgical and interventional systems by engineering approaches, which are also known as Computer-Integrated Surgical (CIS) and Computer-Integrated Interventional Systems (CIIS). To meet clinical needs, we are collaborating with clinicians and aiming to extend their capability of planing and carrying out surgical interventions more accurately, safely, efficiently, effectively and less invasively, based on the advances of technologies in mechatronics, medical imaging, signal processing, surgical navigation, computer vision, robotic control, sensing and biomechanical analysis. For more information about our research projects, please click HERE

The EI Lab, headed by Dr Raye Yeow, focuses on bio-inspired engineering research. Together with his team of engineers and students, their vision is to study the mechanisms of nature, and to develop biomimetic technologies that will benefit healthcare.


Soft Surgical Robotics Soft Rehabilitation Robotics Wearable Sensors
Traditional hard tissue grippers have limited handling of delicate and soft tissues during surgery, particularly due to the high stress points generated on the soft tissue. In our lab, we have developed customizable soft pneumatic chamber-gripper devices which can provide compliant gripping. The soft chamber-gripper device involves very simple design and control to generate actuation and can be very useful in the process of gripping delicate tissue. Traditional robotic devices that comprise of rigid components often raise compatibility issue with patients such as impeding natural movement of the joints. Soft robotics is an emerging field that seeks to replace traditional hard rigid robots, particularly in applications where complex and expensive hard robots are deemed unsuitable. Therefore, in this research, we seek to develop wearable exoskeleton using soft robotics approach. Wearable sensors are rapidly being adopted into variousdevices to allow for convenient sensing, particularly in the field ofhealthcare and medical devices. In our lab we are developing various wearablesensors including EEG sensors and sensors to monitor athletic performance andfactors which affect them. EEG sensors are currently being developed to allow easymonitoring of the anxiety and emotions experienced by the wearer. Sensors arealso being developed to aid in the process of rehabilitation.

We develop novel robotic systems, devices, and enabling technologies to address the healthcare and manpower challenges in societies with increasing aging population. Our multidisciplinary team of biomechanics, neuroscience, and robotics adopt a biorobotics approach with insights and inspiration for nature to develop novel technologies in actuation, sensing, and control for the next generation Rehabilitation Robotics, Surgical Robotics, Assistive and Service robotics, and Bio-inspired Robotics.

Rehabilitation Robotics Surgical Robotics Asistive & Service Robotics Bio-Inspired Robots
Robotic systems, devices, and technologies that can improve the motor functions of individuals with neurological disorders. Robotic systems, instruments, and sensing, tracking and imaging processing technologies for minimally invasive surgery. Intelligent mobility aids and health monitoring devices; intelligent robots for productivity enhancement in healthcare, logistics and service industries Bio-logically inspired actuation, sensing, and control technologies for high performance robots for search and rescue missions.