Hello! I am Chris Yee Wong, a research associate in the Responsible Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Ethics (RAISE) Laboratory within the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
The overall goal of my research is to develop robotic assistants for safe, comfortable, and intuitive autonomous physical and social human-robot interaction (psHRI) in the areas of home care, retail, manufacturing, or healthcare. My current research arc involves different aspects of psHRI with humanoid, mobile, and manipulator robots, particularly by examining how robots can be placed in the retail space to enhance and assist the shopping experience of those who might have visual or mobility impairments. By using a multimodal analysis of human posture, gesture, and touch, a robot can infer intention and react appropriately depending on the context.
I am also developing the foundations of Sensor Observability Analysis, a novel way of performing generalized kinematic analysis of distributed axial sensors on articulated robots. My past research involved automation of single cell micromanipulation, quadruped robot control, and hexapod robot leg design.
I am also passionate about teaching using evidence-based techniques, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentoring, and helping people become better versions of themselves.
On my spare time, I’m a hobbyist maker with my own Etsy store (with corporate clients) and I’m involved in coaching elite youth and university-level dragon boat teams in the Montreal area. Although my blog Ramblings of a PhD is a little outdated now, it has recorded some of my thoughts from having started a career in academia.
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Ph.D. in Robotics, 2017
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
M.Eng. in Robotics, 2014
McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, 2011
McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
How and where a robot grasps a human may elicit different emotional responses from the human. What are the key factors and how can robots deliberately exploit these emotional responses to achieve a desired reaction?
Users must feel comfortable when interacting with robots prior to mass adoption. This early-stage project involves examining several factors that may involve interactions between robots and humans, especially the elderly.
Sensor Observability Analysis aims to quantify the quality of sensor observations of task-space quantities based on the robot configuration.
Development of pHRI techniques with a particular focus on touch interpretation and intention detection for the goal of achieving safe, comfortable, and intuitive autonomous pHRI.
Automating single cell surgery and manipulation techniques on early-stage embryos, particluarly related to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Posture reconfiguration and step climbing maneuvers for the hybrid wheel-legged quadruped Micro-Hydraulic Toolkit (MHT). In collaboration with Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Suffield
I believe that knowledge cannot be transferred or prescribed; it can only be reconstructed in one’s head.
My overarching philosophy as a teacher, continuously refined over 14 semesters of teaching experience as both course instructor and teaching assistant, is to act as a guide for students such that they stay engaged in the learning process and solve problems by their own reasoning. The goal is to help students in reconstructing new knowledge for themselves through a mix of evidence-based educational techniques and my own creativity to ensure that my methods are effective.
I’m always interested in new teaching philosophies and methods, so feel free to reach out to me if you want to start a discussion!
(The entries below are my experience as a course instructor, except for the last entry.)
Two latest student evaluations as a TA: 4.7/5 and 4.5/5