Research Highlights

Associate Professor
SrMIEEE
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Research Interests:

Biorobotics & intelligent systems, medical mechatronics, continuum, and soft flexible robots and sensors, multisensory perception, learning and control in image-guided procedures, deployable motion generation, compliance modulation/sensing, cooperative and context-aware sensors/actuators in human environments, robotic surgery, flexible robotics and machine artificial intelligence

 

hyperlink http://www.ee.cuhk.edu.hk/ren/

 

 

Resume of Career

Professor Hongliang Ren received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering (Specialized in Biomedical Engineering) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2008. He has been navigating his academic journey through Chinese University of Hong Kong, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Children’s National Medical Center, United States, and National University of Singapore. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering (T-ASE) and Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing (MBEC). He has served as an active organizer and contributor on the committees of numerous robotics conferences, including a variety of roles in the flagship IEEE Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), as well as other domain conferences such as ROBIO/BIOROB/ICIA. He served as publicity chair for ICRA 2017, concurrently as Organizing Chair for ICRA 2017 workshop on Surgical Robots, and video chair for ICRA 2021. He has delivered numerous invited keynotes/talks at flagship conferences/workshops at ICRA/IROS/ROBIO/ICIA. He is the recipient of IFMBE/IAMBE Early Career Award 2018, Interstellar Early Career Investigator Award 2018, and ICBHI Young Investigator Award 2019. He is also the recipient of numerous international conference awards, including Best Conference Paper Awards at IEEE ROBIO 2019, IEEE RCAR 2016, IEEE CCECE 2015, IEEE Cyber 2014, and IEEE ROBIO 2013.

Current Research Interests

Biorobotics & intelligent systems, medical mechatronics, continuum, and soft flexible robots and sensors, multisensory perception, learning and control in image-guided procedures, deployable motion generation, compliance modulation/sensing, cooperative and context-aware sensors/actuators in human environments, robotic surgery, flexible robotics and machine artificial intelligence

Taught Courses

Robotic Perception and Intelligence
Advanced Perception for Intelligent Robotics

Honors and Awards

  • 2018, Early Career Award from IFMBE/IAMBE (International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering/ International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering)
  • 2018, Interstellar Initiative Award, by Japan Agency for Medical R&D and New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2017, EMedic Global 2017 Gold Medal: Adaptive and Compliant Transoral Robotic Surgery (ACTORS)

External Service in Recent 3 Years

Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Associate Editor, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Associate Editor, World Scientific Journal: Unmanned Systems
Associate Editor for IEEE CASE 2019, 2020, 2021
  2021 Video Chair, ICRA (Flagship robotics conference), Xi’an, China
  2021 Regional chair, BHI-BSN 2021 in Italy
  2020 Technical committee member, 4th International Conference on Automation, Control, and Robots (ICACR 2020), Rome, Italy
  2019 Program Chair, Int'l Conf. on Mechatronic Systems and Robots (ICMSR)
  2019 Associate Editor for IEEE CASE for the track focusing on mechatronics
  2018 Area Chair/PC member, MICCAI Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention
  2018 PC Member, ACCAS2018 (The 14th Asian Conference on Computer-Aided Surgery)
  2018 Program Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (IEEE RCAR)
  2018 Program Committee Member, RiTA
  2018 Publicity/Exhibits Chair, IEEE Int'l Conf on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM)
  2018 Associate Editor, BioRob

Selected Publications for the Past 3 Years (as of Jan 2021)
See Prof. Ren's Google Scholar profile for the full publication and citation record.

  1. Zhang, L.; Kumar, K. S.; He, H.; Cai, C. J.; He, X.; Gao, H.; Yue, S.; Li, C.; Seet, R. C.-S.; Ren, H.* & Ouyang, J.* Fully organic compliant dry electrodes self-adhesive to skin for long-term motion-robust epidermal biopotential monitoring, Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 4683
  2. Liao, X.; Song, W.; Zhang, X.; Yan, C.; Li, T.; Ren, H.; Liu, C.; Wang, Y. & Zheng, Y. (2020), 'A bioinspired analogous nerve towards artificial intelligence', Nature Communications 11(1), 268.
  3. Yang, H.; Yeow, B. S.; Li, Z.; Li, K.; Chang, T.-H.; Jing, L.; Li, Y.; Ho, J. S.; Ren, H. & Chen, P.-Y. (2019), 'Multifunctional metallic backbones for origami robotics with strain sensing and wireless communication capabilities', Science Robotics 4(33), eaax7020.
  4. Yang, H.; Yeow, B. S.; Chang, T.-H.; Li, K.; Fu, F.; Ren, H*. & Chen, P.-Y. (2019), 'Graphene Oxide-Enabled Synthesis of Metal Oxide Origamis for Soft Robotics', ACS Nano, 1-15.
  5. Li, T. L. & Ren, H*. (2019), 'Disposable FBG-based Tri-directional Force/Torque Sensor for Aspiration Instruments in Neurosurgery', IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 1--12.
  6. Islam, M.; Vibashan, V. S.; Lim, C. M. & Ren, H. (2021), 'ST-MTL: Spatio-Temporal multitask learning model to predict scanpath while tracking instruments in robotic surgery', Medical Image Analysis 67, 101837.
  7. Li, C.; Gu, X.; Xiao, X.; Lim, C. M. & Ren, H. (2020), 'Flexible Robot with Variable Stiffness in Transoral Surgery', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 25(1), 1--10.
  8. Li, T.; Pan, A. & Ren, H. (2020), 'A High-Resolution Tri-axial Catheter-tip Force Sensor with Miniature Flexure and Suspended Optical Fibers', IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 67(6), 5101--5111.
  9. Li, T.; Pan, A. & Ren, H. (2020), 'Reaction Force Mapping by 3-Axis Tactile Sensing with Arbitrary Angles for Tissue Hard-inclusion Localization', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 1-10.
  10. Xiao, B.; Xu, W.; Guo, J.; Lam, H.-K.; Jia, G.; Hong, W. & Ren, H. (2020), 'Depth Estimation of Hard Inclusions in Soft Tissue by Autonomous Robotic Palpation Using Deep Recurrent Neural Network', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 1-9.
  11. Xiao, X.; Gao, H.; Li, C.; Qiu, L.; Kumar, K. S.; Cai, C. J.; Sewakram, B. B.; King, N. K. K. & Ren, H. (2020), 'Portable Body-attached Positioning Mechanism towards Robotic Needle Intervention', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 25(2), 1105--1116.
  12. Xiao, X.; Li, C.; Gu, X.; Yan, Y.; Wu, Y.; Wu, Q.; Chiong, E. & Ren, H. (2020), 'A Tubular Dual-Roller Bending Mechanism towards Robotic Transurethral Prostate Biopsy', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 1--1.
  13. Guo, J.; Shi, C. & Ren, H. (2019), 'Ultrasound-Assisted Guidance With Force Cues for Intravascular Interventions', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 16(1), 253--260.
  14. Islam, M.; Atputharuban, D. A.; Ramesh, R. & Ren, H. (2019), 'Real-Time Instrument Segmentation in Robotic Surgery Using Auxiliary Supervised Deep Adversarial Learning', IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 4(2), 2188--2195.
  15. Li, C.; Gu, X.; Xiao, X.; Lim, C. M. & Ren, H. (2019), 'A Robotic System with Multi-Channel Flexible Parallel Manipulators for Single Port Access Surgery', IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics 15(3), 1678--1687.
  16. Sanghani, P.; Ti, A. B.; King, N. K. K. & Ren, H. (2019), 'Evaluation of tumor shape features for overall survival prognosis in glioblastoma multiforme patients', Surgical Oncology.
  17. Sun, D.; Liao, Q.; Gu, X.; Li, C. & Ren, H. (2019), 'Multilateral Teleoperation With New Cooperative Structure Based on Reconfigurable Robots and Type-2 Fuzzy Logic', IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics 49(8), 2845--2859.
  18. Tan, N.; Gu, X. & Ren, H. (2019), 'Pose Characterization and Analysis of Soft Continuum Robots With Modeling Uncertainties Based on Interval Arithmetic', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 16(2), 570--584.
  19. Taylor, A. J.; Slutzky, T.; Feuerman, L.; Ren, H.; Tokuda, J.; Nilsson, K. & Tse, Z. T. H. (2019), 'MR Conditional SMA-Based Origami Joint', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 24(2), 883--888.

Patents

  • Fiber Grating Sensor for Surgical Instrument
    • PCT Application No.: PCT/SG2020/050119 WO 2020/185159 A1.
  • Robotic Linkage Apparatus
    • PCT Application No.: PCT/SG2019/050325 WO 2020/005165 A1.
  • Biopsy Device With Haemostatic Function
    • PCT Application No.: PCT/SG2019/050101 WO 2019/164453 A1.
  • Method for Making Soft Robot with Stretchable Coating
    • PCT Application No.: PCT/SG2018/050245 WO 2018/212718.