James Andrew Smith, PhD, PEng

York University

Research Projects

Cervix dilation models during induction of labour: because little is known about the dynamics of the cervix during induction of labour we are developing models to explore what stimulates the process and it proceeds and how to measure progress of labour. Applications include development of training tools for obstetricians and midwives, as well as new induction devices.

Regenerative Orthoses and Prostheses: we are currently developing scale robot models and MapleSim simulations of sitting and standing, examining energy requirements and potential for regeneration.

“Optimizing Recovery Time and Peak Power for Low-Power Modes in Embedded Processors”, Funded by NSERC (Engage program), in collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor Canada. (2014-2015)

“Mulit-axis Laser Aggregate for Machining Applications”, Funded by NSERC (Engage program), in collaboration with CanCam CNC Machines Ltd. (2014-2015)

Leg design for robots & walking aides. The work on the BioRRG GARP 5 robot is being undertaken as part of the EU-sponsored Locomorph Project. Locomorph: Locomorph combines multidisciplinary approaches from biology, biomechanics, neuroscience, robotics, and embodied intelligence to investigate locomotion and movements in animals and robots, focusing on two concepts: morphology and morphosis. Through an exploration of morphology and morphosis, the consortium will develop robots with increased manoeuvrability, self-stabilization, energy efficiency, and adaptation to unknown environments. These advances will bring us closer to service robotics, as a large part of these robots must be able to locomote safely, regardless of surfaces, layouts, or terrains. Legged robot research collaborators: AI Lab, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Lauflabor, University of Jena, Germany; Biologically Inspired Robotics Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland; Modular Robotics Lab, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Laboratory for Functional Morphology, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Open Source Development Tools for Embedded Systems: we are working with Technological Arts on the development of tools for the Freescale 9s12-based Esduino embedded controller.

Lab Sponsors: NSERC, FedDev Ontario and Ryerson University