Dr Chan Ping Yi

Lecturer
School of Engineering

chan.pingyi@monash.edu
+603 5514 4964
Room 5-4-34
ORCID

Personal statement

Dr. Chan Ping Yi has six years of experience in biomechanics, particularly in developing tremor measurement system for Parkinson’s disease tremor. It involves the kinematics of human motion, specifically in multi-degrees-of-freedom relative motions. This research requires the translation of mathematical equation to working algorithm to quantify motions using inertial sensor readings.

The quality of the research work is proven by the success in publishing papers in IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering as well as Scientific Reports by the renowned published, Springer Nature. The system and methods of quantifying tremors of multiple-degrees-of-freedom coupled motions have been filed for patent in Malaysia (MyIPO) and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The work also led her and the research team to win RM 20,000 in an innovation competition organized by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

She has more than a year of working experience as a postdoctoral fellow in Universiti Sains Malaysia. During the service,  she is actively involved in a few industry-related research projects.

Her research interest is to further expand the measurement system to cater for advanced tele-monitoring of tremor and other symptoms of movement disorders. Other research directions include developing of tremor compensation system for the Parkinson’s disease patients and electromagnetic energy harvester. The research outcomes are anticipated to create greater impact to the society and environment.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics (Mechanical Engineering), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2017
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2012

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • Board of Enginers Malaysia (BEM), Graduate Engineer

Research Interests

Dr Chan Ping Yi's research interests include developing:

  • Advanced tele-monitoring system of tremor and other symptoms of movement disorders
  • Tremor compensation system for patients with severe tremor
  • Renewable energy, particularly on electromagnetic energy harvesting

A tremor measurement system was developed for quantifying hand-arm tremor. It was tested in the laboratory using own developed tremor simulator and in clinics on 70 Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients and 62 normal subjects to prove its reliability for practical use and the significance of using proposed system in characterizing pathological and physiological tremors.

The project output is beyond research papers. The productization and commercialization of the system are in the pipeline. Her current research centers around motion-related measurement and control system. With the experience of bringing a research to near end-user product, she also aspires to work on another project that impact greater to the society and environment, by expanding the envelope of her research capability in energy harvesting of electromagnetic wave.

Research Projects

Title: Advanced tele-monitoring system of tremor and other symptoms of movement disorders

She is working on improving the tremor measurement system for long-term and automated detection. The challenge is to differentiate the symptom with undesired movement in an uncontrolled environment. The system is expected to be used at patients’ home and the data are able to be accessed remotely. She is also interested in capturing other motor symptoms of movement disorders.

Title: Tremor compensation system for Parkinson’s disease patients

This project focuses on providing a solution to counteract the severe tremor suffered by the patients. By using miniature actuators, inertial sensor, and a control system with artificial intelligent predicted of the correct signals (separate tremor from intended movement) to compensate the uncontrollable tremor. Soft robot and servomotors are the actuation solution to be researched on for providing tremor compensation.

Title: Electromagnetic energy harvesting

The aim of this project is to develop a system that harvests electromagnetic energy throughout the day, by taking  into account the weather and the absence of sunlight. Photovoltaic system is taken as the core technology and it is required to further expand the frequency range of electromagnetic wave convertible to electricity, i.e. through improving the response and efficiency of the harvester in system level spectrum. The challenge is to expand the spectral quantum efficiency beyond visible light region to harvest the maximum possible electromagnetic energy from the ambient at different hours. By using power management unit, energy storage and microcontroller, the excess energy is stored during high energy supply and released for later use.

Journal

Chan, Ping Yi; Mohd Ripin, Zaidi; Abdul Halim, Sanihah; Kamarudin, Muhammad Imran; Ng, Kwang Sheng; Eow, Gaik Bee; Tan, Kenny; Cheah, Chun Fai; Then, Linda; Soong, Nelson; Hor, Jyh Yung; Yahya, Ahmad Shukri; Arifin, Wan Nor; Tharakan, John; Mustapha, Muzaimi; , 2019, Biomechanical System Versus Observational Rating Scale for Parkinson’s Disease Tremor Assessment, Scientific Reports, Volume: 9, 10.1038/s41598-019-44142-1

Chan, Ping Yi; Ripin, Zaidi Mohd; Halim, Sanihah Abdul; Tharakan, John; Muzaimi, Mustapha; Ng, Kwang Sheng; Kamarudin, Muhammad Imran; Eow, Gaik Bee; Hor, Jyh Yung; Tan, Kenny; Cheah, Chun Fai; Soong, Nelson; Then, Linda; Yahya, Ahmad Shukri; , 2018, An In-Laboratory Validity and Reliability Tested System for Quantifying Hand-Arm Tremor in Motions, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, (460-467), Volume: 26, Issue Number: 15344320, 10.1109/TNSRE.2017.2782361

Book

Ripin, Zaidi Mohd; Chan, Ping Yi; Alisah, Izudin; , 2020, Preliminary Evaluation of Active Tremor Cancellation Spoon for Patients with Hand Tremor, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume: 815, Issue Number: 17578981, 10.1088/1757-899X/815/1/012002

Ripin, Zaidi Mohd; Chan, Ping Yi; , 2018, Pathological hand tremor measurement—challenges and advances, IFMBE Proceedings, (3-8), Volume: 67, Issue Number: 16800737, 10.1007/978-981-10-7554-4_1

Chan, Ping Yi; Ripin, Zaidi Mohd; , 2013, Development of wearable inertial sensors for measurement of hand arm tremors, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Smart Instrumentation, Measurement and Applications, ICSIMA 2013, 10.1109/ICSIMA.2013.6717926

Hashim, Mohd Khairul Rabani; Ismail, Norilmi Amilia; Saad, Abdullah Aziz; Chan, Ping Yi; Fisol, Ummi Masyitah Mohd; Ripin, Zaidi Mohd; Yow, Huoy Thyng; Tan, Cheah Heng; Hii, Ung Ho; Saw, Teik Seng; , 2013, Sound quality analysis for two-way radio under wind noise, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Smart Instrumentation, Measurement and Applications, ICSIMA 2013, 10.1109/ICSIMA.2013.6717946

Fisol, Ummi Masyitah Mohd; Ripin, Zaidi Mohd; Ismail, Norilmi Amilia; Saad, Abdullah Aziz; Hashim, Mohd Khairul Rabani; Chan, Ping Yi; Yow, Huoy Thyng; Tan, Cheah Heng; Hii, Ung Ho; Saw, Teik Seng; , 2013, Wind noise analysis of a two-way radio, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Smart Instrumentation, Measurement and Applications, ICSIMA 2013, 10.1109/ICSIMA.2013.6717945

Local grants

  • Design and Development of Advanced and Intelligent Patient Transfer System, Dr Mohammad Ikhwan, Prof Zaidi Mohd Ripin, Dr Chan Ping Yi, Mr Yusof Cajee, Targeted on March 2019-March 2022, Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), RM 1.4 million
  • Telemonitoring system for Tremor Motion for Parkinson’s Disease Patients, Prof Zaidi Mohd Ripin, Chan Ping Yi, Goh Chong Teik, 1 December 2015 - 31 December 2016, Innovation Seed Fund (USM), RM49,000
  • Wireless Hand Tremor Measurement System, Prof Zaidi Mohd Ripin, Chan Ping Yi, 1 December 2015 - 31 December 2016, RM20,000

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Local Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Best presenter, Innovation Competition in conjunction with Universiti Teknologi Petronas 20th Year Anniversary Celebration, 2017 - Wireless Hand Tremor Measurement System