CAMAR was founded in 2010 leading by Prof. Jian S Dai, director of the center, who is a member of the National Recruitment Program of Global Experts (a.k.a. 1000 Talents Plan) and is also a Yangtze River Scholar.

The current research of the CAMAR are mainly on reconfigurable mechanisms (including metamorphic mechanisms), multi-finger dexterous robot hands, rehabilitation and medical robots, cable/tendon driven manipulators, human machine haptics and ergonomics. The center aims at promoting the comprehensive competitive position and academic influence of Tianjin University on advanced robotics and biomedical engineering, and intends to establish a national tier-1 demonstrational research team and a professional talent training base, particularly through strong collaborations between China-United Kingdom-Europe (CUE).

Some selected research achievements of the center during 2010 are as follows.

1. The invention of reconfigurable metamorphic kinematic joints. Parallel robots based on such kinematic joints can adapt to working situations by varying their degree-of-freedom and constitutions. This achievement may bring a revolution to the research on parallel robots.

2. The invention of a five-finger TJU/KCL dexterous robot hand, which is the first one of the metamorphic hand type in the world. Thanks to its metamorphic palm, the hand solves the bottleneck problem of the dexterity and workspace, which is common for existing anthropomorphic hands, and hence attracted attentions from the robotic community, and the center was invited by several international journal for publishing papers.

3. The invention of a number of high precision high speed indexing mechanisms based on planetary gears and cams.

4. The production of a close range particle radial-type treatment equipment. And research was already carried out on the compatibility of nuclear magnetism, trajectory planning, precision experiments, and the manufacturing of bionic soft tissues, etc.

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Till now, the center has organized five research symposiums, four invited visits of international scholars, and three exchange programmes between TJU and King's College London.

During the IEEE ICRA2011 conference held at Shanghai, May 9 to 13, 2011, Prof. Jian S Dai chaired the special session on robotic surgery and surgery mechanisms. Major scientists and research groups on robotic surgery in the world attended the session and presented their research.

The center is now preparing the organization of the second international conference on Reconfurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR2012).