Author Archives: Almas Shintemirov

President of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev visited ALARIS laboratory

On December 1, 2018, the members of the ALARIS lab presentув their current research projects to President of of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, during his visit to the new C4 Nazarbayev University research complex.  Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev is the First Chair of the High Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and the Nazarbayev Fund.  The Head of State was accompanied by Mr. Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Aset Issekeshev, Minister of Education and Science Mr. Yerlan Sagadiyev, and other officials

Dr. Almas Shintemirov with help of ALARIS team members, full-time research assistant Mr. Talgat Tursynbekov, robotics master student Mr Anton Kruchinin, and senior undergraduate robotics and mechatronics student Mr. Anton Kim, presented the lab’s ongoing research projects on development of a low-cost robotic hand for robot manipulation and prosthetics research, an intuitive real-time teleoperation of robot-manipulators using a wireless human arm motion tracking system, an industrial manipulator based object pick-and-place and sorting system and others.  President Nazarbayev asked specific questions about commercial applicability of the projects and positively evaluated our work.

ALARIS is very proud to be among 5 research laboratories selected to represent Nazarbayev University in this important event. The lab members have gained an incredible experience to present their research work to the Head of State and received the message to see more practically oriented developments in future that would benefit the country’s industry and society in future.

More information is available in Kazakh and Russian here.

Dr. Shintemirov Received a Scopus Award 2018 as the Top Researcher in Engineering and Technologies in Kazakhstan

ALARIS principal investigator Dr. Almas Shintemirov received a Scopus Award 2018 in the “Top Researcher in Engineering and Technologies” nomination. The first in Kazakhstan awards ceremony was organized by Elsevier and held on 13 November 2018 in Astana to recognize best Kazakhstan researchers according to Elsevier’s Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

More information in Russian is available here

 

Dr. Shintemirov Received a State Award – The Certificate of Merit of the Republic of Kazakhstan

ALARIS principal investigator Dr. Almas Shintemirov was awarded with a Certificate of Merit of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed by President of Kazakhstan Nursulatn Nazarbayev for “…achievements in state and public activities, significant contribution to the social-economic and cultural development of the country, strengthening friendship and cooperation among nations”.  The award was delivered to Dr. Shintemirov by Nazarbayev University President Shigeo Katsu at the beginning of the End-of-Year Meeting on 14 December 2017.
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A Postdoc Position in Robotics available at ALARIS

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A postdoctoral scholar position offered by ALARIS and Nazarbayev University
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The Astana LAboratory for Robotic and Intelligent Systems (ALARIS) within the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan (www.nu.edu.kz) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral scholar position with a background in robotics, mechatronics or other related area to work on one of the ongoing or perspective new ALARIS projects aimed at developing rehabilitation robotic and/or exoskeleton platforms, optimal control systems for industrial and mobile robotic platforms, machine learning based methods and algorithms for various fundamental and applied robotics tasks,etc. The postdoctoral scholar is also expected to teach one course per semester relevant to his/her area of research and/or based on Department’s needs.
 
Requirements:
  • a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Robotics or related area
  • a record of publications in reputable journals and conferences in their areas of expertise
  • Strong programming skills in C++ / Matlab / Python and/or Solidworks CAD/mechanical design
  • Strong mathematical background
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Experience with robotic platforms and/or ROS will be a plus
Interested candidates should send a detailed CV with a list of publications and a motivation letter to Dr. Almas Shintemirov at the email ashintemirov@nu.edu.kz for initial discussion on possible research directions and formal application details.
 
The Nazarbayev University campus is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and ultra-modern Left-Bank region of the city. Incoming faculty will enjoy a cosmopolitan living experience, interwoven with traditional cultural influences in food and entertainment. The social life offers a rich and vibrant atmosphere with excellent clubs and restaurants, theater, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.
 
Initial appointment is on a 1-year renewable contract with a possibility of annual renewal for up to 4 years maximum, subject to annual performance reviews. An attractive internationally competitive remuneration package will include:

  •  Internationally competitive salary;
  •  A startup grant for conference travels and collaborations;
  •  Paid holiday leave of 30 days per annum;
  •  One home leave travel allowance per year for the appointee and dependents;
  •  International health insurance;
  •  Rent-free housing for the appointee and dependents;
  •  Assistance for relocation expenses including shipment allowance and airfares for the appointee and dependents; and,
  •  An educational allowance for dependent children.

Review of applications will begin immediately but full consideration will be given to applications submitted no later than December 20, 2017.

3 Open PhD Scholarship Positions available at ALARIS. Deadline: 20 May, 2017

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3 PhD scholarship positions offered by ALARIS and Nazarbayev University

             deadline May 20, 2017

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The Astana LAboratory for Robotic and Intelligent Systems (ALARIS) and Nazarbayev University (NU) have 3 open PhD positions in Rehabilitation, Assistive and Wearable Robotics areas:

– Development and Control of an Upper Limb Rehabilitation Robot (Wrist Exoskeleton) for Post-Stroke Adult Patient and Children Rehabilitation (in cooperation with the Republican Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Astana)

– Development of an Intelligent Assistive Robot Manipulation System (The 3rd Hand) for Human-Robot Cooperative Assembly Tasks (in cooperation with the University of Leicester, UK, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie and Institute Francais de Mecanique Avancee, France)

– Development of a Low-Cost Robotized Upper Limb Prothesis

The PhD candidates, citizens of Kazakhstan, will be considered for awarding a state postgraduate research scholarship covering the cost of studying at NU, an attractive monthly stipend and student accommodation on campus. In addition, an employment as a part-time teaching assistant (up to 0.5 rate appointment) in the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics can be arranged.

Application Procedure:

Please contact Dr. Almas Shintemirov at ashintemirov@nu.edu.kz before 18 May, 2107 for informal inquiry regarding the PhD application and PhD project proposal writing . You are kindly asked to provide your (i) no more than 0.5-1 page motivation letter describing your research interests and goals, (ii) CV, (iii) transcripts, (iv) certificates, (v) contacts for two references, and (vi) relevant publications or other supporting documents you may consider helpful (if any) in PDF format.

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online to the PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology program through the Nazarbayev  University admission website

Please state clearly in the admission application form that the PhD track you wish to be considered for is Robotics (within the SST Department of Robotics and Mechatronics), and the proposed PhD supervisor is Dr. Almas Shintemirov.

Application deadline May 20, 2017.

 

Details of the PhD themes:

Theme #1 : Development and Control of an Upper Limb Rehabilitation Robot (Wrist Exoskeleton) for Post-Stroke Adult Patient and Children Rehabilitation (in cooperation with the Republican Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Astana)

The research project aims to accelerate the development and application of robotic rehabilitation in Kazakhstan. Robotic rehabilitation is an effective platform for sensorimotor training in persons suffering a cerebral vascular accident (stroke) and children with movement disorders. The PhD student will focus on designing a fully functioning prototype of a novel wrist rehabilitation robot system with a human-robot interface. Assist-as-needed control algorithms will be researched and implemented to allow flexible robot rehabilitation performance that can be later tested through clinical trials.

The research will start with upper limb (wrist) rehabilitation but the results will contribute to the development of other medical robot devices that require physical interaction with human.

This research is to investigate the following four fundamental issues:
1. the technological evolution of machines for physical exercise
2. new methods for evaluation of rehabilitation performances
3. advanced control methods for human robot interaction
4. real-time embedded control system design

Requirements: We are seeking for highly motivated candidates with (or be expecting) a Master’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Robotics, Mechatronics, Control Engineering or a closely related field.

Required skills:
– Excellent English language skills: PhD program has a mandatory level of English language proficiency equal to an IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests or a TOEFL score of 232 for Computer-Based Test (CBT), 575 for Paper-Based Test (PBT) and 90 for Internet-Based Test (IBT) or a CPEoverall score of 45 and pass in all components. Applicants, who obtained university level degree in educational institutions with English as the language of instruction, are exempt from the provision of the English language proficiency test reports.
– Good computer programming skills, preferably in MATLAB and C/C++.
– Previous background/experience in 3D CAD mechanism design and/or electric motor control system design.
– Good analytical and self-development skills.
– Ability to work independently.

Desired skills:
– Previous research experience in mechanical/control engineering;
– Experience of preparing research publications.

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Theme #2: Development of an Intelligent Assistive Robot Manipulation System (The 3rd Hand) for Human-Robot Cooperative Assembly Tasks (in cooperation with the University of Leicester, UK, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie and Institute Francais de Mecanique Avancee, France)

The PhD research project addresses the needs of Kazakhstan’s economy in developing and application of innovative digital technologies contributing to technological modernization (automation and robotization) of Kazakhstan’s economy towards “Industry 4.0” standards. Currently, industrial robot-manipulators are widely applied for various automated tasks in standardized industrial processes that require monotonic execution of preprogrammed repetitive tasks with high precision and/or productivity. The project aims to create an intelligent robot assistive system (The 3rd hand) for flexible human-robot collaborative assembly tasks in industrial settings by designing a novel interactive control interface for a 6 degrees-of-freedom robot-manipulator involving development of robotic vision and machine learning algorithms for human operator intent recognition and autonomous object recognition and grasping by the robot.

The research will be focused on intiituve real-time control of a state-of-the-art industrial robot-manipulator but the research results will also contribute to the development of medical assistive robotic systems for disabled people support that require physical interaction with human.

Requirements: We are seeking for highly motivated candidates with (or be expecting) a Master’s Degree in Electrical, Computer Robotics, Mechatronics, Control Engineering, Applied Math and Computer Science or a closely related field.

Required skills:
– Excellent English language skills: PhD program has a mandatory level of English language proficiency equal to an IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests or a TOEFL score of 232 for Computer-Based Test (CBT), 575 for Paper-Based Test (PBT) and 90 for Internet-Based Test (IBT) or a CPEoverall score of 45 and pass in all components. Applicants, who obtained university level degree in educational institutions with English as the language of instruction, are exempt from the provision of the English language proficiency test reports.
– Excellent mathematical skills.
– Excellent computer programming skills, preferably in C/C++.
– Previous background/experience in machine learning and/or image processing.
– Good analytical and self-development skills.
– Ability to work independently.

Desired skills:
– Previous research experience in electronics/embedded system design.
– Experience of preparing research publications.

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Theme #3:  Development of a Low-Cost Robotized Upper Limb Prosthesis

The research project aims to address urgent need for low-cost robotized upper limb prostheses in Kazakhstan. The PhD student will focus on designing a fully functioning prototype of a novel anthropomorphic robot hand and prosthesis with a human-robot interface. Research will include mechanical desing of the prototype, battery powered finger actuator embedded control system desing. Different myoelectric interfaces for user intent recognition will be researched and adopted in the prosthesis prototype. Relevant hand control algorithms will be also developed. It is expected that by the end of the project the prototype will be ready for trial testing.

The research will start with upper limb prosthesis but the results will contribute to the development of other medical robot devices that require physical interaction with human.

Requirements:  We are seeking for highly motivated candidates with (or be finishing) a Master’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Robotics, Mechatronics, Control Engineering or a closely related field.

Required skills:
–  Excellent English language skills: PhD program has a mandatory level of English language proficiency equal to an IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests or a TOEFL score of 232 for Computer-Based Test (CBT), 575 for Paper-Based Test (PBT) and 90 for Internet-Based Test (IBT) or a CPEoverall score of 45 and pass in all components. Applicants, who obtained university level degree in educational institutions with English as the language of instruction, are exempt from the provision of the English language proficiency test reports.
– Good computer programming skills, preferably in MATLAB and C/C++.
– Previous background/experience in 3D CAD mechanism design and/or electric motor control system design.
– Good analytical and self-development skills.
– Ability to work independently.

Desired skills:
– Previous research experience in mechanical/control engineering;
– Experience of preparing research publications.

Visit of the Deputy Prime Minister Ms. Dariga Nazarbayeva

On March 17, 2016 the members of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics at the Nazarbayev University School of Science and Technology and the ALARIS have had an opportunity to present their ongoing research work to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ms. Dariga Nazarbayeva. The Deputy Prime Minister was accompanied by Mr. Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev UniversityProfessor Vassilios Tourassis, Dean of the School of Science and Technology and Dr. Atakan Varol, Chair of Department of Robotics and Mechatronics. 

At first, Dr. Anara Sandygulova and her students from the Human-Robot Interaction class presented their research project on Sign Language Interpreting Robotic System with a NAO humanoid robot. Then Dr. Berdakh Abibullaev presented his research on Brain Machine Interface.

Finally, Dr. Almas Shintemirov with help of ALARIS team members gave the introduction of an ongoing research projects on development of a real-time control for a spherical parallel manipulator based orientation platform, design of a wrist rehabilitation robot and wireless human arm motion tracker system. 

Ms. Dariga Nazarbayev asked specific questions about the applicability of the projects and wished prosperity in the researchers’ future endeavors.

ALARIS is very proud to be among those laboratories that attract NU visitors from Kazakhstan government and various leading organizations. Young researchers of the lab have gained an incredible experience to present their research work and received a lot of motivation to accomplish even more innovative goals and ideas in future.

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ALARIS team participated in the 6th IEEE RAS & EMBC International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob2016) (Singapore)

 The ALARIS team participated in the 6th IEEE RAS & EMBC International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob2016), held in the National University of Singapore during June 26-29, 2016.  The team successfully presented two research papers titled “Preliminary Mechanical Design of NU-Wrist: a 3-DOF Self-Aligning Wrist Rehabilitation Robot” and “A Novel Low Cost 4-DOF Wireless Human Arm Motion Tracker”. The presentations received positive feedback form conference participants with several useful suggestions on future work.  As part of the conference the team visited research laboratories of the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) at the University of Singapore.  

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In addition, with great support and participation of Professor V. Tourassis, Dean of School of Science and Technology at Nazarbayev University, the team visited the Advanced Robotics Center at the University of Singapore. Professor Marcelo Ang, director of the center, introduced his research center to us personally. The center conducts state-of-the-art research in the fileds of industrial, rehabilitation robotics, human-robot interactions, autonomous electric vehicles and mobile robots. etc.

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The team also visited our graduated student Nursultan Imanberdiyev and TA Yerbolat Khassanov at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, who currently work on their PhDs in this university. They made a tour around the university campus and robotics research labs to the team.

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ALARIS team member visited Kazan Federal University, Russia

Mr. Nurdos Omarkulov, an ALARIS researcher at Nazarbayev University has visited Kazan Federal University  in Kazan, Tatarstan Republic, Russia. This trip is aimed at improving the competence of the researcher, to develop communication skills and to adapt to the modern practice of education and research.

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A Brief History of the University

Kazan Federal University – one of the oldest universities in Russia. November 5, 1804 Alexander I signed the affirmative diplomas of Kazan Imperial University and its Charter. During the life and work of the University of Kazan in it formed scientific schools that have received international recognition. Here, non-Euclidean geometry was born, the founder of a mathematician N.I. Lobachevsky played a prominent role in the development of the University, heading it for two decades. The University is the center not only for science and science education, but culture and education, it is linked to the appearance of the book business in the region, the appearance of the first provincial newspaper, the development of theatrical life and much more. In different years the university learned founder of the Soviet state V.I. Ulyanov-Lenin, writers S.T. Aksakov, L.N. Tolstoy, P.I. Melnikov Crypt, V.V. Khlebnikov, composer M.A. Balakirev, the artist V.I. Jacobi and others.

The internship schedule has had the visit to university library.

Kazan University Library is considered to be a treasure trove of books. From the value of its assets is included in the ten largest libraries in the country, including university libraries ranked third, and in ancient times, and the value of individual book and manuscript collections second only to multiple repositories. The Foundation for Scientific Library. N.I. Lobachevsky of the Kazan State University for the 200-year history, has developed a collection of five million, of which more than 150 thousand units. They are literary monuments.

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The brightest moment during internship was a visit to the robotics lab and see with your own eyes the application of the theory of mechanics in life. This is a very young laboratory of anthropomorphic robotics , which does research on human-like robots.

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Internship has contributed to birth of new ideas for further research, as well as the establishment of scientific contacts for joint research between the Nazarbayev University and the Kazan Federal University.

ALARIS team participated in 37th annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology conference (Milan, Italy)

Alaris team participated in annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology conference, held in Milan, Italy in the period August 24th -29th, 2015. The theme of the Conference remarks the central role of Biomedical Engineering in the improvement and innovation of health care (with direct impact on the quality of life) but also focuses on how to reach and maintain a “wellness” through proper and advanced technologies and protocols.

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It was remarkable event that united Society in Biomedical Engineering.

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Biomedical Engineering: a Bridge to improve the Quality of Health Care and the Quality of Life

The authors successfully presented their ideas about Upper Limb Hand Prosthesis, which was modeled in SolidWokrs and entirely built using 3D printer. The presentation received positive comments, as well as suggestions on further improvements. Furthermore, conference was important platform to meet different people in the same field of research from all over the world. Additionally, opportunities of further collaboration were discussed.
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The authors successfully presented their ideas about Upper Limb Hand Prosthesis, which was modeled in SolidWokrs and entirely built using 3D printer. The presentation received positive comments, as well as suggestions on further improvements. Furthermore, conference was important platform to meet different people in the same field of research from all over the world. Additionally, opportunities of further collaboration were discussed.

Conference took place in MiCo – Milano Congressi located in downtown Milan. It is one of the largest conference facilities in Europe and worldwide, catering for up to 18,000 people in 70 or so fully appointed conference rooms.

Team is now working on fully actuated bionic hand prosthesis, which has five fingers actuated with five motors. Subsequently, it is planned to implement myoelectric control. Read further about the hand prosthesis here.

ALARIS team member has participated in the GKmM Summer School on Cooperation of Robots and Sensor Networks for Emergency Response

ALARIS team member Ainur Begalinova has participated in the GKmM Summer School on Cooperation of Robots and Sensor Networks for Emergency Response held on September 28 – October 3 in Ebernburg, Germany. GkmM Summer School is a fourth summer school devoted to the application to emergency response scenarios. This is tackled by an array of devices tanging from inexpensive, tiny, low power sensor nodes, through high-end data gathering visual sensors and unmanned autonomous vehicles to resource rich and powerful command stations. Such a heterogeneity in communication mechanisms, processing capabilities, and inherent mobility of the different devices constitutes a so-called mixed-mode environment.

 The most excellent projects was presented to the audience during summer school to identify novel opportunities and research directions. Ainur Begalinova had presented research project on which she is currently working, it is “Design and Control of Gyro Stabilized Pan-tilt Sensor for Mobile Applications”. The novelty of the project was reviewed and estimated as promising and novel in the field. Meanwhile participants surveyed research areas in the domain of mixed-mode environments and their application for emergency response.

 Program of summer school included talks from renowned scientists from the Robotics field, tutorials on wireless sensor networks, autonomous search and rescue robots building. Among invited speakers were highly successful researchers in their field such as: Ulf Blanke, ETH Zutich, Switzerlan; Daniel Cremers, Technische Universität München, Germany; Xavier Defago, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Alfred Schöttl, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Matt Johnson, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, FL, USA  and others.

 The summer school provided an excellent opportunity to get in contact with known researchers working in the field of Robotics, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts for potential research collaborations in the future. Ainur Begalinova had an opportunity to gain hands-on experience involving mobile rescue robots and wireless sensor networking.

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