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  1. JI Shines at 2014 Shanghai Education Globalization Expo

    April 18, 2014 by Yi-Ling Bauchau   Share:   RenRen   Print

    The 11th Shanghai Education Globalization Expo was held at Shanghai Exhibition Center on April 11-13.  As the model of international education at SJTU, the Joint Institute attended the expo, where the SJTU Division of International Cooperation and Exchange organized an exhibition to showcase her accomplishments. Many high-ranking figures of authority visited JI’s exhibition, such as Kehong Chen, Shanghai Party Secretary of Education and Health, Ming Su, Member of Shanghai Education Committee, Deyi Gao and Ruiyang Li, Deputy Directors of Education Committee, Hoqing Yi, Inspector of Education Committee, Zheng Huang, SJTU Vice President. Distinguished visitors from University of Michigan include James Holloway, Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, and Gregory Hulbert, International Program Advisor of School of Engineering.

    At the Expo, JI boasted her extraordinary model of international education and outstanding student performance through students’ innovative design projects, such as Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgeries, Underactuated Prosthetic Hand, Automatic Tennis Ball Collector, Carer for the Elderly, Auto-pilot Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The exhibition and demonstration attracted a large crowd.  The amazing design projects grabbed the spotlight of the Expo, and JI booth got most visitors. Snapshots of JI’s exhibition at  2014 Shanghai Education Expo:


    Visitors congregating at the JI booth
    Prospective students and parents inquiring about JI
    JI student showing the international students around
    Demonstration of the Underactuated Prosthetic Hand
    JI student explaining a project to high school students
    Video demonstrating an Underactuated Prosthetic Hand manipulating exercise balls
    To James Holloway, a student demonstrating the Automatic Tennis Ball Collector
    To Gregory Hulbert, a student introducing the Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgeries
    Video showing the Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgeries Peeling a grape with dexterity
    A boy fascinated by the Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgeries
    A girl trying out the Automatic Tennis Ball Collector
    SJTU Vice President Zheng Huang with the Expo staff at the JI booth

    An Interview with James Holloway by Shanghai Education News

    An Interview with Gregory Hulbert by Shanghai Education News

    Brief introductions of major projects:

    Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgeries and Underactuated Prosthetic Hand are two projects presented by JI’s Research Laboratory of Robotics Innovation and Intervention(Rii™ Laboratory) Both premiered at the Shanghai Education Expo and added a technological flavor to the Exhibition.

    1. Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgeries (MIS), a SJTU Unfoldable Robotic System (SURS), is specifically designed for SPA (Single Port Access) laparoscopy. It is one of the most advanced robotic surgical systems in the world.  The system can deploy its distal end in a folded cylindrical configuration though an access port with a diameter of only 12mm. It can then unfold itself into a working configuration for various surgical tasks. It has greatly reduced patient’s postoperative pain and hospitalization time. Although still in its development stage, complex tasks can be performed such as peeling grapes.
    2. Underactuated Prosthetic Hand is a simple continuum mechanism which mimics the function of human postural synergies. It combines the input motions from two motors and couples them to the 16 joint motions of the prosthetic hand, enabling versatile grasping capabilities of the hand. The simple mechanism greatly simplifies the production of a prosthetic hand and could significantly lower the cost. With 3D printing, amputees could soon get customized, versatile and cost-effective prostheses.

    JI was star at this year’s Shanghai Education Expo and got the most media attention. For more domestic media reports, please click here