Born in Jiangsu, China, on 8 August, 1983.
Full version CV is here: .pdf.
Postdoc: 2013.6 - present Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy
Postdoc: 2012.4 - 2013.3 Nagoya University (NU), Nagoya, Japan
PhD: 2008.10 - 2012.3 Robotics, Nagoya University (Thesis: Human and Robot Coordinated Hybrid Cell Assembly, Supervisor: Toshio Fukuda), Nagoya, Japan
MS: 2006.9 - 2008. 6 Computer Science, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China
BC: 2002.9 - 2006. 6 Computer Science, Xi'an Jiao Tong University (XJTU), Xi'an, China
Robotic mobile manipulation and dexterous manipulation, human and robot collaboration, robot vision and learning.
@Italy (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) (2013-present):
Since 2017, I have been leading the AutoMAP group developing robotic manipulation technologies for Grape Vine Recognition, Manipulation and Winter Pruning Automation (VINUM), an Agri-Food project funded by the IIT-Unicatt Joint Lab. The objective is to apply the state-of-the-art mobile manipulation platforms and systems, (1) a wheeled mobile platform with a commercial full torque sensing arm and multiple sensors, and (2) an under-develop quadruped robot mobile platform with a customized robotic arm and multiple sensors (Cooperated with DLS group led by Dr. Claudio Semini), for various maintenance and automation work in the vineyard, e.g., pruning, inspecting to tackle the shortage of skilled workers.
From 2014-2017, I have been working and coordinating IIT AutoMAP Mobile Manipulation Group collaborating with European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in the European Robotic Challenge (EuroC) which is part of the FP7 EuroC project. The maximum funding for AutoMAP is 585K EUR. AutoMAP addresses applications of robotic mobile manipulation in unstructured environments as found at CERN. This project is based on use case operations to be carried out on CERN’s flagship accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the most powerful accelerator in the world and has been in operation since 2010. Collimators are electromechanical devices installed at regular intervals around the 27km long LHC tunnel to ensure optimum quality particle beams are delivered to the experiments. There are approximately 100 collimators of different types in operation at any one time and new collimators are being produced to replace any failed devices and improve their performance. The main motivation for carrying out maintenance work using a remotely controlled mobile robot is to reduce maintenance personnel exposure to hazards in the LHC tunnels – such as ionising radiation and oxygen deficiency hazards. A second motivation is that the robot will be able to autonomously carry out the same tasks in the assembly facility as in the tunnel on collimators during their initial build and quality assurance. This robotic mobile manipulation system will be easily reconfigured by non-specialist personnel to perform autonomous/semi-autonomous tasks in the unstructured environment (autonomous navigation and identification of various types of collimators). Implementing a high performance teleoperation capability will also be necessary for the work in the LHC tunnel to allow safe teaching and learning for robot by teleoperation demonstration and to allow recovery without damaging delicate accelerator equipment in the event of unforeseen problems.
From 2013 to 2014, I have been working within Advanced Industrial Automation Laboratory on several EU and National projects -- Autorecon and AvioAero.
Autorecon: The objective is to develop highly reconfigurable robotic gripper that can help robot handle various types of objects, and even do in-hand manipulation. The current work forcus on how to design dexterous robotic grippers (ICRA2014) and the study of control for in-hand manipulation (IROS2014).
AvioAero: The objective is to develop highly reconfigurable, soft and flexible robotic mechanism for precise gearbox assembly and inspection.
@Japan (Nagoya University) (2008-2013):
I used to work on a project led by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, the objective of which is to create the next generation of industrial robotic assembly system. (Japanese link)(Youtube) My job is to develop special robotic gripper (ICRA2012) and algorithm that can help robot assemble deformable parts, i.e. electronic connectors.
I also worked on a project under the supervision by Prof. Toshio Fukuda to develop a hybrid assembly system that allows human and robot collaborate on assembly tasks. The key technology includes the task scheduling and optimization among human and robots, and RGB-D based environment reconstruction, particularly human gesture modeling and human intention estimation. (IROS2011) (Journal: T-ASE)
1. Fei Chen, Hironobu Sasaki, Baiqing Sun, Jian Huang, Toshio Fukuda, Takayuki Matsuno, Koji Shiratsuchi, ''Error Recovery Strategies for Electronic Connectors Mating in Robotic Fault tolerant Assembly System'' in Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s10846-015-0248-5.
2. Fei Chen, Luca Carbonari, Carlo Canali, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, ''Design of a Novel Dexterous Robotic Gripper for In-Hand Twisting and Positioning within Assembly Automation'' in Assembly Automation, 2015. DOI 10.1108/AA-05-2015-046..
3. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Toshio Fukuda, ''Hand Gesture Recognition for Hybrid Electronic Assembly Using Hidden Markov Models'' in International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2015, 12:48. doi: 10.5772/60044.
4. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Ferdinando Cannella, Toshio Fukuda, ''Optimal Subtask Allocation for Human and Robot Collaboration within Hybrid Assembly System'' in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 1065-1075, 2014.
5. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Baiqing Sun, Pei Di, Jian Huang, Hironobu Sasaki, Toshio Fukuda, ''Design and application of an intelligent robotic gripper for accurate and tolerant electronic connector mating'' in Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.24, No.3, pp.441-451, 2012.
6. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Jian Huang, Baiqing Sun, Hironobu Sasaki, Toshio Fukuda, ''An assembly strategy scheduling method for human and robot coordinated cell manufacturing'' in International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics, vol. 4, no. 4, pp.487-508, 2011.
1. Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Traveler Hauptman, Giuseppe Sofia, Darwin Caldwell, ''A Study on Data-Driven In-Hand Twisting Process Using a Novel Dexterous Robotic Gripper for Assembly Automation'', IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014), pp. 4470 - 4475, Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 2014.
2. Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Horonobu Sasaki, Carlo Canali, Toshio Fukuda, ``Error Recovery Strategies for Electronic Connectors Mating in Robotic Fault-tolerant Assembly System'', IEEE/ASME 10th International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA 2014), Senigallia, Italy, pp. 1-6, September 2014.
3. Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Traveler Hauptman, Giuseppe Sofia, Darwin Caldwell, ''In-Hand Precise Twisting and Positioning by a Novel Dexterous Robotic Gripper for Industrial High-Speed Assembly'', IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), pp. 270 - 275, Hong Kong, China, June 2014.
4. Fei Chen, Ferdinando Cannella, Carlo Canali, Amit Eytan, Aldo Bottero, Darwin Caldwell, ''Theoretical and Kinematic Solution of High Reconfigurable Grasping for Industrial Manufacturing'', iin IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (Robio2013), Shenzhen, China, Dec. 2013, pp. 734-739.
5. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Toshio Fukuda, ''A Genetic Algorithm for Human and Robot Coordinated Assembly'', International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science (MHS 2012), pp.508-512, 2012.
6. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Hironobu Sasaki, Jian Huang, Baiqing Sun, Toshio Fukuda, ''i-Hand: an Intelligent Robotic Hand for Fast and Accurate Assembly in Electronic Manufacturing'', IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 2012.
7. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Hironobu Sasaki, Jian Huang, Baiqing Sun, Toshio Fukuda, ''Assembly Strategy Modeling and Selection for Human and Robot Coordinated Cell Assembly'', IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011), San Francisco, CA, USA, pp.4670-4675, Sep. 2011.
8. Fei Chen, Kosuke Sekiyama, Toshio Fukuda, ''Deformable PCB based on connector mating method by using iHand for im-proving HRC performance efficiency'', International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science (MHS 2011), pp.409-414, 2011.
9. Fei Chen, Jian Huang, Sasaki, H. and Fukuda T., ''Human Intention Estimation Algorithm Design for Robot in Human and Robot Cooperated Cell Assembly'' in International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS2010). pp.483-488, 2010.
10. Fei Chen, Pei Di, Jian Huang, Sasaki, H. and Fukuda T., ''Evolutionary artificial potential field method based manipulator path planning for safe robotic assembly'' in International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS2009). pp.92-97, 2009.