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Biography:

 

Poramate Manoonpong was born in Nan, Thailand, in 1978. Currently he is an Associate Professor of embodied AI & robotics and a co-founder of Embodied AI & Neurorobotics Lab, part of Center for BioRobotics (CBR), at the University of Southern Denmark.

 

He received his B.Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from the King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand, in 2000, M.Sc. degree in mechatronics from Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany, in 2002, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Siegen, Germany, in 2006. As a Ph.D. student, he worked in the areas of robotics, mechatronic systems, biologically inspired walking machines, evolutionary robotics and artificial neural networks at Fraunhofer institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS), Sankt Augustin, Germany.

 

He was a JSPS Postdoctoral fellow at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Department of Brain Robot Interface, Kyoto, Japan. He has been PI or co-PI of 12 funded projects including the Emmy Noether research project for "Neural Control, Memory, and Learning for Complex Behaviors in Multi Sensori-Motor Robotic Systems" at Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Department for Computational Neuroscience, Third Institute of Physics-Biophysics, the University of Goettingen, Germany.

 

Currently he serves on an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience (Neurorobotics), the editorial board of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (ARS), (Topic: Bioinspired Robotics) and Advances in Robotics Research, Techno press, and as a program committee member for international conferences and workshops. He has published over 80 publications in major robotics journals and conferences.

 

Research interests: neural locomotion control of walking machines, biomechanics, dynamics of recurrent neural networks, learning/plasticity, embodied cognitive systems, prosthetic and orthopaedic devices.

 

My long-term agenda: "To understand how brain-like mechanisms including biomechanics can be realized in artificial agents so they can become more like living creatures in their level of performance"

 

In order to achieve my goal, I have developed neural mechanisms for locomotion generation and adaptation in legged robots, e.g., dynamic biped walking robot "RunBot" and adaptive animal-like robots “AMOS”.

 

 

Personal Details

 

Name: Poramate Manoonpong
Place of Birth: Nan, Thailand
Nationality and Race: Thai
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Married

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE: English (pdf),(doc); Thai (pdf),(doc)

 

 

Academic Background

 

1991-1995, High school (Hons.), Kasetsart University Laboratory School, Bangkok, Thailand


1996-2000, B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (Hons.), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand


2000-2002, M.Sc. in Mechatronics, Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, Weingarten, Germany


2002-2005, Ph.D. student at Fraunhofer Institut fuer Autonome Intelligente Systeme, Sankt Augustin, Germany


2002-2006, Dissertation, University of Siegen, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Institut fuer Regelungs-und Steuerungstechnik, Siegen, Germany
Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Roth, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Pasemann

 

 

Honors/ Awards

 

2000, Second class honours in Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng.) at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

 

2008, Best Ph.D. thesis award in Engineering and Industrial Research category from the Office of the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT)

 

2008, Finalist of the Tzyh-Jong Tarn best paper award from IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics 2008

 

2010, Research Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS: Research Abroad)

 

2011, Research Fellowship of Japan Trust International Research Cooperation Program (Research Abroad)

 

2011, Emmy Noether Programme of the DFG (German Research Foundation)

 

2012, Distinguished alumni award for outstanding achievements in scientific research from FIBO at 16 year FIBO Homecoming

 

2013, Innovation Award 2013- For Practical Innovation in the Field of Robotics (Highly recommended) from 16th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR)

 

2013, Best Technical Paper Award (Highly recommended) from 16th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR)  

 

2015,.The Scandinavian Guest Professorship (Skandinavische Gastdozentur) Award of the Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel

 

2017, The Thousand Talents Plan of China under the category "the Recruitment Program for Young Professionals"

 

 

 

Grants

 

2009: The Office of the Higher Education Commission of Thailand (OHEC), “Neural Control for Reconfigurable Spherical Robots” project, P.M. = co-PI

 

2010: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), “Novel Neural Learning Models for Policy Improvement of Dynamic Motion Control” project, P.M. = co-PI

 

2011: Japan Trust International Research Cooperation Program (NICT), “Neural Learning for Adaptive Human-Humanoid Communication” project, P.M. = PI

 

2010-2015: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) through Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience II (BCCN II, project D1), “Biomechanics and Adaptive Neural Control of Animal and Robot Locomotion” project, P.M.= co-PI

 

2011-2014: Emmy-Noether Program, DFG (Germany), “Neural Control, Memory, and Learning for Complex Behaviors in Multi Sensori-Motor Robotic Systems” project, P.M. = PI

 

2012-2015: The Strategic Japanese-German Cooperative Program on Computational Neuroscience (Germany), “Haptic Learning” project, P.M. = co-Coordinator

 

2015-2017: SDU-research funding, “Neural Predictive Control for Goal-directed Learning and Multi- scale Adaptation” project, P.M. = PI

 

2017-2020: Horizon2020-FETPROACT, “Predictive Neural Information for Proactive Actions: From Monkey Brain to Smart House Control (Plan4Act)” project, P.M. = technical coordinator & PI for SDU component

 

2017-2020: Innovation fund Denmark, “Seamless huMan-robot interactiOn fOr THe support of elderly people (SMOOTH)” project, P.M. = work-package PI

 

2017-2020: Interreg5, “Health Care Assisting Technology (Health-CAT)” project, P.M. = work-package PI

 

2017-2020: HFSP, “A dung beetle’s life: how miniature creatures perform extraordinary feats with limited resources (Dlife)” project, P.M. = co-PI

 

 

 

Professional Experience

 

2002-2005, Research assistant at Fraunhofer Institut AiS, Sankt Augustin, Germany


2006-2011, Postdoc at Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Goettingen, Germany

 

Interim: August 2009 - September 2009, Visiting researcher at Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Interim: January 2010 - July 2010, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Department of Brain Robot Interface, Kyoto, Japan

 

2011-2014, Principal investigator of an Emmy Noether Research project at Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Department for Computational Neuroscience, Third Institute of Physics-Biophysics, the University of Goettingen

 

Interim: June 2011 - August 2011, Japan Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Department of Brain Robot Interface, Kyoto, Japan

 

Since November 2013, Associate Professor at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

 

Interim: June 2015 - August 2015, Visiting Professor at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Interim: October 2015 - February 2016, the Scandinavian Guest Professorship (Skandinavische Gastdozentur) at the Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel (University of Kiel), Kiel, Germany

 

Interim: June 2016 - July 2016, Visiting Professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China

 

Since July 2016, Adjunct Faculty/Invited Faculty Member of Graduate School, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Professional Activities

 

Since 2009, Coordinator of ATPER in Denmark (ATPER, Association of Thai Professionals in Europe)

 

Since 2014, Coordinator of the RETURN project of ATPER

 

Since December 2016, Vice-Chairman of the Youth Commission of ISBE  

 

 

Teaching

 

2012-2013, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Master & Bachelor level course (B.Phy.5638, 3 ETCS), University of Göttingen, Germany, Winter semesters: WS12 & WS13.

 

Since 2014, Adaptive embodied locomotion control systems (with Jřrgen Christian Larsen), Master level course (RMAI3-U1, 5ETCS), University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Every autumn semester.

 

Since 2014, Tools of Artificial intelligence, Master level course (RMAI2-U1, 5 ETCS), University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Every spring semester.

 

Since 2015, Project in Artificial Intelligence (with John Hallam), Master level course (RMAI4-U1, 10 ETCS), University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Every autumn semester.

 

2015, Embodied Artificial Intelligence, Master level course (Etit-999, 3 ETCS), University of Kiel, Germany, Winter semester: WS15.

 

2016, “Biomechanics & Locomotion Control from Insects to Robots”, Summer course, Master level, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China, 8, 11-13.07.2016.

 

Supervision of undergraduate, master, and PhD research projects, over 60 students, see pdf file.

 

Guest lectures:

 

2014, “Using Biological Inspiration to Develop Autonomous Walking Robots”, Scientific method course (SM-SCM), Master level, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, 5 ECTS, 09.04.2014.

 

2015-2016, “Reinforcement Learning”, Statistical machine learning course (RM-SML-U1), Master level, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, 5 ECTS, 22.04.2015.

 

2015, “How to do research”, Research methodology course  (EEM601), PhD level, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand, 6,11,13.08.2015.

 

2015, “Thinking in Science”, Scientific methods course (SM-SCM), MSc level, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, 5 ECTS, 29.09.2015.

 

2015, “Locomotion in invertebrates and robots”, Biomechanics and Biomimetics/Bionik course (biol201), Master level, University of Kiel, Germany, 25-26.11.2015.


2016, “Locomotion control and robotics”,  Grundlagen der Bionik/ Basics of Bonics course (Modul biol167), Bachelor level, University of Kiel, Germany, 10.03.2016.

 

2016, “Artificial neural networks: An Approach to Build Brains for Bodies”,  Robotic course, Master level, Department of Electrical Engineering, Kasetsart University, Thailand, 24.11.2016.

 

2017, “Locomotion control and robotics”,  Grundlagen der Bionik/ Basics of Bonics course (Modul biol167), Bachelor level, University of Kiel, Germany, 28.02.2017.

 

 

 

Organizer of the following workshops/tutorial

 

2008-2012, Robotic workshop of Girls’Day-Mädchen-Zukunftstag at Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), University of Göttingen, Germany

 

2013, Robotic workshop of Girls’Day & Boys’ Day - Zukunftstag fuer Maedchen und Jungen-Maedchen-Zukunftstag at Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), University of Göttingen, Germany

 

2015, Workshop on Robot technology and supply chain for the factory of the future, organized together with Trisak Group under the RETURN project, Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok, Thailand, 15.12.2015.

 

2015, Workshop on Embodied sensorimotor interaction: from locomotion to collective behavior at SWARM 2015: The First International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics, Kyoto, Japan, 28.10.2015.

 

2016, Tutorial on  Exploiting Soft Materials, Biomechanical Structures, and Neural Mechanisms for Adaptive Locomotion at The 14th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2016), Aberystwyth, UK, 23.08.2016.

 

2016, Danish-Embodied Artificial Intelligence Workshop, Odense, Denmark, 10.11.2016.

 

2017, Workshop on Bio-inspired Robotics, Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 24.06.2017 (program in Thai) (supported by OHEC Thailand).

 

2017, Workshop on Bio-inspired control for interlimb coordination and adaptation in legged robots at SWARM 2017: The Second International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics, Kyoto, Japan, 29.10.2017.

 

 

 

 

Editorial engagement

 

Since 2013, Editorial Board of Advances in Robotics Research (ARR)

 

Since 2013, Editorial Board of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (ARS)

 

Since 2015, Associate editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics

 

2016, Guest Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics: the Research Topic on Neural Computation in Embodied Closed-Loop Systems for the Generation of Complex Behavior: From Biology to Technology

 

 

 

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Contact :

 

Poramate Manoonpong

 

Address:

Embodied AI & Neurorobotics Lab,   The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, The University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230, Odense M, Denmark

 

Phone:+45 65 50 86 98

 

Email Address:

poramate-at-manoonpong-dot-com

poma-at-mmmi-dot-sdu-dot-dk

  

 

 

Photo: ISBE Newsletter, 2017

 

 

Photo: Michael Yde Katballe, University of Southern Denmark, 2014

 

 

 

Photo: Newhouse News Service, 2008

 

 

 

Photo: Express, 2005

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