The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has chosen Prof. Gordon Cheng as an IEEE Fellow for 2017. Cheng, head of the Technical University of Munich’s (TUM) Institute for Cognitive Systems, is being recognized for his work in humanoid robotics and neurorobotics.
The IEEE is a leading global professional association promoting the advancement of technology for the benefit of society. IEEE Fellows are granted to individuals with an outstanding track record in any of the of the organization’s fields of interest – from robotics to consumer electronics. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors and comprises the highest grade of membership – it is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors within the technical community, as well as an important career achievement.
One of Cheng’s most recent projects includes the development of a robotic exoskeleton that can be controlled by the wearer through his or her thoughts. The suit was developed under the auspices of the Walk Again Project, which made big headlines at the 2014 soccer World Cup games. At the opening ceremony, a paralyzed man kicked the first ball with the help of a robotic body suit featuring artificial skin developed by Cheng and his team. The electronic skin uses sensors to detect pressure or touch, for example, and relays these signals to the person wearing the exoskeleton.