Mohan Rajesh Elara

Assistant Professor

Email: enwrfurynen@fhgq.rqh.ft
Telephone: +65 6499 4580
Room Number: 3.301.10
Research Areas:
Human-Machine Interfaces, Robotics, Automation & Control

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development

Biography

Dr. Mohan is currently an Assistant Professor with the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He received his Ph.D in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and M.Sc in Consumer Electronics degrees from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained his B.E degree from the Amrita Institute of Technology and Sciences, Bharathiar University, India. Before joining SUTD, he was a Lecturer in the School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic. His research interests are in robotics with an emphasis on self-reconfigurable platforms as well as research problems related to robot ergonomics and autonomous systems. He has published more than 80 papers in leading journals, books, and conferences. He is the recipient of SG Mark Design Award in 2016 and 2017, ASEE Best of Design in Engineering Award in 2012, and Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award in 2010. Dr. Mohan has served in various positions of organizing and technical committees of over twenty international competitions and conferences. He is also a visiting faculty member of International Design Institute at Zhejiang University, China.

Education Background

  • Ph.D. Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011
  • Specialist Diploma in E-Learning Design & Development, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, 2008
  • MSc Consumer Electronics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2005
  • BEng Electronics & Communication Engineering, Bharathiar University, India, 2003

Research Interests

  • Reconfigurable Robotics
  • Robot Ergonomics
  • Bio-inspired Design
  • Robotics Foresight
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Assistive Technologies

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, Ermine: A Self-reconfigurable Class of Maintenance Robots, National Robotics Programme – Robotics Enabling Capabilities and Technologies, 2017‐19.
  • Principal Investigator, Towards Autonomous Fault Diagnosis in Self-Reconfigurable Robots, SUTD Start-up Research Grant, 2017‐20.
  • Principal Investigator, Stallion 2: Design of a High-Performance Reconfigurable Robot, ST Electronics (Info-Comm System) Pte Ltd, 2016‐17.
  • Principal Investigator, V‐Tetros: Design of Nested Reconfigurable Glass Façade Cleaning Robots for High Rise Buildings, SUTD‐JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre Grant, 2015‐17.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Future of Cities: Living with Technology, Lee Kwan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, National Research Foundation – Ministry of National Development Land and Liveability (L2) NIC Grant, 2014-16.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Design of Reconfigurable Robotic System Mosquito Surveillance/Targeting to Control Infectious Diseases, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Grant, 2014-16.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Systems Technology for Autonomous Reconnaissance & Surveillance, Temasak Grant, 2013-2017.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Design and development of a highly manoeuvrable propulsion system in Unmanned Surface Vehicle for Maritime RobotX Challenge, US Navy International Cooperative Opportunity, US Office of Naval Research Global, 2013-2014.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, RoboMods: Design Principles for Self-reconfigurable Modular Robots, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Grant, 2012-15.

Recent Research Videos

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/mrelara

Invited Talks

  • Speaker, “Design Principles for Robot Inclusive Spaces”, SUTD-ZJU Joint IDEA Research Workshop, October 2016.
  • Invited Lecture, “The Art of Bio-inspired Design”, St. Joseph Institutions, May 2016.
  • Speaker, “Robot Inclusive Urban Infrastructures: A Design Initiative”, Cities Roundtable, Singapore, November 2015.
  • Speaker, “Bio-inspiration in Transformer Robots”, EmTech Singapore MIT Technology Review Conference, Singapore, January 2015.
  • Key Note Speaker, “Bio-mimicry: Creative Innovation Inspired by Nature”, International Conference on “Creativity and Innovation for Business Sustainability”, India, November 2014.
  • Guest Speaker, “Robot Ergonomics: In Search of New Robot Inclusive Design Approach for Service Applications”, 12th Regional Inter-Networking Conference, Singapore, September 2014.

Awards & Achievements

  • Singapore Good Design Mark Award, Design Business Chamber Singapore, 2017
  • Winning Light Installation Design, i Light Marina Bay 2017
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation for Humanitarian Applications (RAHA), 2016.
  • Singapore Good Design Mark Award, Design Business Chamber Singapore, 2016
  • Best Cross Functional Team Award, SUTD Excellence Award 2016.
  • Best of Design in Engineering Award, ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference, 2012
  • Journal of Teaching Practice Award, Excellence in Education & Training Convention, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, 2010.
  • Research Commendation Award, Excellence in Education & Training Convention, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, 2010.
  • Young Inventors’ Award, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, Singapore, 2010.
  • Journal of Teaching Practice Award, Excellence in Education & Training Convention, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore, 2008.
  • Silver Award (Best Paper), 4th Scientific Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Singapore, 2007.
  • Best Paper Award, TechSym National Symposium, India, 2003.
  • Best Paper Award, CONCLAVE-TECXPLORE National Symposium, India, 2002.
  • Anna Award, Academic Excellence in Higher Secondary School Exam, Government of Tamil Nadu (India), 1999.

Journal Publications

  1. Elangovan, K., Krishnasamy Tamilselvam, Y., Mohan, R.E., Iwase, M.; Takuma, N., Wood, K.L. Fault Diagnosis of a Reconfigurable Crawling–Rolling Robot Based on Support Vector Machines. Appl. Sci. 20177, 1025.
  2. Yanagida, T., Mohan, R.E., Pathmakumar, T., Elangovan, K., Iwase, M. Design and Implementation of a Shape Shifting Rolling–Crawling–Wall-Climbing Robot. Appl. Sci. 20177, 342.
  3. Nansai, S., Mohan, R. E., Tun, T.T., Veerajagadheswar, P., Pathmakumar, T. A Novel Nested Reconfigurable Approach for a Glass Façade Cleaning Robot. Inventions 2017, 2, 18.
  4. Bharatharaj J., Mohan, R. E., Huang, L., Al-Jumaily, M., & Krageloh, C. (2017). Sociopsychological and physiological effects of a robot-assisted therapy for children with autism. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.
  5. Bharatharaj, J., Huang, L., Mohan, R.E., Al-Jumaily, A., Krägeloh, C. Robot-Assisted Therapy for Learning and Social Interaction of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Robotics 2017, 6, 4.
  6. Fuchida, M., Pathmakumar, T., Mohan, R.E., Tan, N., Nakamura, A. Vision-Based Perception and Classification of Mosquitoes Using Support Vector Machine. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 51.
  7. Tan, N., Mohan, R. E., & Watanabe, A. (2016). Toward a framework for robot-inclusive environments. Automation in Construction, 69, 68-78.
  8. Telenko, C., Wood, K., Otto, K., Mohan, R. E., Foong, S., Pey, K. L., … & Frey, D. (2016). Designettes: An Approach to Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Education. Journal of Mechanical Design, 138(2), 022001.
  9. Kulandaidaasan Sheba, J., Mohan, R. E., Martínez-García, E., & Tan-Phuc, L. (2016). Trajectory Generation and Stability Analysis for Reconfigurable Klann Mechanism Based Walking Robot. Robotics, 5(3), 13.
  10. Rao, A., Mohan, R. E., & Elangovan, K. (2016). Constrained VPH+: a local path planning algorithm for a bio-inspired crawling robot with customized ultrasonic scanning sensor. Robotics and Biomimetics, 3(1), 12.
  11. Tan, N., Mohan, R. E., & Elangovan, K. (2016). Scorpio: A biomimetic reconfigurable rolling–crawling robot. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 13(5), 17.
  12. Masataka, F., Mohan, R. E., Tan, N., Nakamura, A., & Pathmakumar, T. (2016). Terrain Perception in a Shape Shifting Rolling-Crawling Robot. Robotics, 5(4), 19.
  13. Tan, N., Mohan, R. E., Foong, S., Yamakita, M., Iwase, M., Hatakeyama, S., … & Zhu, Q. (2016). IDC Robocon: A Transnational Teaming Competition for Project-Based Design Education in Undergraduate Robotics. Robotics, 5(3), 12.
  14. Nansai, S., Mohan, R. E., & Iwase, M. (2016). Speed Control of Jansen Linkage Mechanism for Exquisite Tasks. Journal of Advanced Simulation in Science and Engineering, 3(1), 47-57.
  15. Karutaa Gnaniar, S.K., E. Mohan, Martinez-Garcia, E.A. and Ambrosio Lazaro, R.C., 2016. Towards Bio-Inspired Chromatic Behaviours in Surveillance Robots. Robotics, 5(4), p.20.
  16. Ning Tan,  Nicolas  Rojas,    E.  Mohan,  Vincent  Kee,  and  Ricardo  Sosa.      “Nested Reconfigurable Robots: Theory, Design, and Realization”, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2015
  17. Takuma Nemoto, E. Mohan, and Masami Iwase, “Rolling Locomotion Control of a Biologically Inspired Quadruped Robot Based Energy Compensation”, Journal of Robotics, 2015.
  18. Nansai, N. Rojas, R. E. Mohan, R. Sosa, and M. Iwase, “On a Jansen Leg with Multiple Gait Patterns for Reconfigurable Walking Platforms,” Advances in Mechanical Engineering (Special Issue on Reconfigurable and Deployable Mechanisms), 2015
  19. Shunsuke, N. Tan, N.  Rojas, R. E. Mohan, R.  Sosa.  “Walking Synchronization and Stability of a Quadruped Robot with Reconfigurable Legs” Digital Communication Networks, 2015.
  20. Nemoto, T., Mohan, R. E., & Iwase, M. Energy-based control for a biologically inspired hexapod robot with rolling locomotion. Digital Communications and Networks1(2), 125-133, 2015.
  21. Arnab Sinha, Ning Tan, R. E. Mohan, “Terrain Perception for a Reconfigurable Biomimetic Robot using Monocular Vision”, Robotics and Biomimetics, vol. 1, no. 23, 2014.
  22. S. Jaichandar, R. E. Mohan, Edgar A. Martínez-García, Le Tan Phuc “Synthesizing Reconfigurable Foot Traces with Klann Mechanisms” Robotica, vol. 1, no. 17, 2014.
  23. Nansai, N. Rojas, R. E. Mohan, R. Sosa, and M. Iwase, “On a Jansen Leg with Multiple Gait Patterns for Reconfigurable Walking Platforms,” Advances in Mechanical Engineering (Special Issue on Reconfigurable and Deployable Mechanisms), 2015.
  24. Takuma Nemoto, R. E. Mohan, and Masami Iwase, “Realization of rolling locomotion by a wheel spider-inspired robot”, Robotics and Biomimetics, 2014.
  25. A. Martínez-García, E., Abril Torres-Méndez, L., R. E. Mohan. Multi-legged robot dynamics navigation model with optical flow. International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems2(2), 121-139, 2014.
  26. Shunsuke, R. E. Mohan, N. Tan, N. Rojas, and I. Masami. “Dynamic Modeling and Nonlinear Position Control of a Quadruped Robot with Jansen Linkage Mechanism” Journal of Robotics, 2014.
  27. Nansai, S., R. E. Mohan, & Iwase, M. Dynamic analysis and modelling of Jansen mechanism. Procedia Engineering64, 1562-1571, 2013.
  28. Martínez-García, Edgar, Diana R. Uribe Escalera, and E. Mohan. “Kinematic manipulability of multi-joint bio-inspired extremities.” Procedia Engineering,64 (2013): 1533-1542.
  29. Rivero-Juárez, Joaquín, Edgar A. Martínez-García, Abril Torres-Mendez, and E. Mohan. “3D Heterogeneous multi-sensor global registration.”Procedia Engineering 64 (2013): 1552-1561.
  30. Yang, C. Zhou, R. E. Mohan “A Fast Vision System for Soccer Robot”, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Vol. 9, No. 4, Pg. 399-407, 2012
  31. A. Acosta Calderon, R.E. Mohan, “Task Learning Based on Imitation of Object’s Goals,” Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Vol. 9, No. 4, Pg. 427-441, 2012
  32. R.E. Mohan, W.S. Wijesoma, C.A. Acosta Calderon, C. Zhou, “On the Redefinition of Fan Out Metric for Human-Robot Interactions with Humanoid Soccer Robots”, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, Vol. 7, No. 4, Pg. 565-586, 2010.
  33. R.E. Mohan, W.S. Wijesoma, C.A. Acosta Calderon, C. Zhou, “False Alarm Metrics for Safe Human-Robot Interactions in Service Robots”, Advanced Robotics, Vol. 24, No. 13, pg. 1841-1859, October 2010.
  34. R.E. Mohan, W.S. Wijesoma, C.A. Acosta Calderon, C. Zhou, “Validating Extended Neglect Tolerance Model for Human-Robot Interactions in Humanoid Soccer Robots”, Robotica, Cambridge Press, 2010.
  35. R.E. Mohan, W.S. Wijesoma, C.A. Acosta Calderon, C. Zhou, “Experimenting False Alarm Demand for Human-Robot Interactions in Humanoid Soccer Robots” International Journal of Social Robotics, Vol 1, No.2, pg. 171-180, 2009.
  36. C.A. Acosta Calderon, R.E. Mohan, L. Hu, C. Zhou, and H. Hu, “Generating Human-like Soccer Primitives from Human Data,” Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2009
  37. R.E. Mohan, C.A. Acosta Calderon, C. Zhou, P. K. Yue, “Extending NGOMSL Model for Human-Humanoid Robot Interaction in Soccer Robotics Domain” Applied Bionics & Biomechanics, 2008.
  38. C.A. Acosta Calderon, R.E. Mohan, C. Zhou, L. Hu, P.K. Yue, and H. Hu, “A Modular Architecture For Humanoid Soccer Robots With Distributed Behaviour Control,” International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 2008.

Selected Press

  • The Straits Times, “Small spider-shaped robot bag Singapore design mark”, 17th March 2017.
  • The Lianhe Zaobao, “Robomozziecop”, 28th December 2016.
  • The OKTO, “Make Me a Super”, 24th December 2016.
  • The Straits Times, “Rise of the Machines”, 9th July 2016.
  • CNBC Interview, “Singapore’s solution to active ageing? A Robot”, 27th December 2015.
  • The Straits Times, “Into the Future”, 16th October 2015.
  • Digital News Asia, “Emtech Singapore lifts the curtain on future technologies”, 28th January 2015.
  • The Straits Times, “Riding on robots to rev up productivity”, 7th October 2014.
  • The Straits Times, “Transformer not just child’s play for robotics researcher”, 31st August 2013.