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

 

He received a B.Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from the King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand, in 2000, an M.Sc. degree in mechatronics from Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany, in 2002, and a 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 the PI of 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. He was a JSPS Postdoctoral fellow at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Department of Brain Robot Interface, Kyoto, Japan.

 

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 (pdf),(doc) 

 

 

Education 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 Honor 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) since 03/2011

 

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

 

2015,...Scandinavian Visiting Professor (Skandinavische Gastdozentur) Award of the Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel

 

 

Training Background/ Experiences

 

1998, Participated in Robot soccer contest on behalf of the Center of Operation for Field Robotics and Development (FIBO)


1999, Kung Yong Electric Co.Ltd., Bangkok Thailand as Practical training about Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

 

1999, Participated in Robot Ford contest on behalf of the Center of Operation for Field Robotics and Development (FIBO)


2000-2001, Vetter Injekt System GmbH & Co.KG , Ravensburg Germany as Practical training regarding SPS programming


2001, Tutor for Basic Control subject at Fachhochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten


2002-2006, 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, Scandinavian Visiting Professor (Skandinavische Gastdozentur) at the Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel (University of Kiel), Kiel, Germany

 

 

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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:+49 (0) 551 3910 763

 

Email Address:

poramate-at-manoonpong-dot-com

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

  

 

 

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

 

 

 

Photo: Newhouse News Service, 2008

 

 

 

Photo: Express, 2005

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