|University / Institute||Universiti Putra Malaysia|
|Project Title||Exoskeleton development for oil palm harvesting activities|
|Funding Agency||Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)|
|Contact Person / Email(s)||Hazreen H Harith / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nationality Requirements on Candidate(s)||Applicants must be Malaysian citizens|
|Description||While mechanization and automation in agriculture is important to increase productivity and reduce the dependency on manual labor, Malaysian climate and terrain, as well as the size and cost of robotic equipment are among the reasons hindering the effort. To date, human dexterity and judgment are still more preferred in many agricultural activities than machines, but human productivity is limited by fatigue. Therefore, a wearable device that allows longer working time without impeding human movement and judgement is extremely desirable. For the oil palm industry, harvesting fresh fruit bunches (FFB) is one of the most laborious activities. Therefore, this research aims to investigate the biomechanics of harvesting activities, which will be used as a basis for designing a wearable assistive device to increase energy efficiency in performing the activities.
GRA Vacancy : Exoskeleton development for oil palm harvesting activities
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