Mohan Rajesh Elara

Assistant Professor

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

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development

Biography

Mohan Rajesh Elara received his Ph.D and M.Sc degrees from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2011 and 2005, respectively. He obtained his B.E degree from the Bharathiar University in 2003. Since October 2011, Dr. Mohan has been a Lecturer in the Product Development Pillar, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. He was a Lecturer in the School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic from October 2006 to October 2011 and Research Associate in the School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University from April 2005 to October 2006. His research interests are in reconfigurable robotics with emphasis on design as well as research problems related to control, human robot interaction, navigation, and perception. He has published more than 60 papers in journals, books, and conferences. Dr. Mohan has served in various positions of organizing and technical committees of several international competitions (RoboCup International, Singapore Robotic Games, RoboCup Singapore Open, RoboCon, First Robotics) and conferences (ICIUS, ICICS, ICIEA, ICARA, ISATE).

Education Background

  • PhD 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

  • 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, Approved Budget: S$505,200, 2014-16.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Design of Reconfigurable Robotic System Mosquito Surveillance/Targeting to Control Infectious Diseases, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Grant, Approved Budget: S$ 76,000, 2014-15.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Systems Technology for Autonomous Reconnaissance & Surveillance, Temasak Grant, Approved Budget: S$ 4,700,000, 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, Approved Budget: US$ 25,000, 2013-2014.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, RoboMods: Design Principles for Self-reconfigurable Modular Robots, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Grant, Approved Budget: S$ 549,916, 2012-15.
  • Co-Investigator, Accurate Hemodynamic Data Assimilation with MRA/CBV Imaging, SUTD-ZJU Joint Collaboration Grant, Approved Budget: S$ 331,200, 2012-2015.

Recent Research Videos

Invited Talks

  • 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

  • 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.

Key Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ning Tan, Nicolas Rojas, R. E. Mohan, Vincent Kee, and Ricardo Sosa. “Nested Reconfigurable Robots: Theory, Design, and Realization”, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2015
  • Takuma Nemoto, R. E. Mohan, and Masami Iwase, “Realization of rolling locomotion by a wheel spider inspired robot”, Robotics and Biomimetics, 2014.
  • Shunsuke, N. Tan, N. Rojas, R. E. Mohan, R. Sosa. “Walking Synchronization and Stability of a Quadruped Robot with Reconfigurable Legs” Digital Communication Networks, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Martínez-García, Edgar, Diana R. Uribe Escalera, and E. Mohan. “Kinematic manipulability of multi-joint bio-inspired extremities.” Procedia Engineering,64 (2013): 1533-1542.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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