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Cang Ye, Ph.D.


Richmond, Virginia, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Ye's research interests include Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, 3D Computer Vision, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems.


University of Hong Kong

PhD, Electrical Engineering


Media Appearances

The Latest Technologies for Vision Loss

Next Avenue  online


It’s not available commercially yet, but a device called the RoboCane is in the works. Developed in part through a grant from the National Eye Institute, the robotic cane is the creation of Cang Ye, a computer scientist at Virginia Commonwealth University. It’s equipped with a 3-D camera and computer that detects and recognizes structures and potential obstacles, and is able to alert the user with voice prompts.

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AIMBE Showcases MBE Technology on Capitol Hill

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering  online


The Co-robotic Cane is one of the eight medical technology demonstrations presented to Congress at the 2017 AIMBE Congressional Medical Technology Exhibition.

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Five innovations harness new technologies for people with visual impairment, blindness

National Eye Institute, NIH  online


Co-Robotic Cane and Robotic Glove are featured at National Eye Institute news release.

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‘Co-Robots’ Capture Congressional Attention

NIH Record  online


Dr. Ye shows off Co-Robotic Cane at 2016 Congressional Robotics Caucus.

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An Autonomous, Self-Steering Robo-Cane, And Other Co-Robots to Come

PopularScience  online


Co-Robotic Cane is featured at PopularScience.

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Position Tracking System



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Portable Robotic Device



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Research Grants

NRI: Collaborative Research: Quadrupedal Human-Assistive Robotic Platform (Q-HARP)


The objective of the project is to develop a novel quadrupedal human-assistive robotic platform. The compact and lightweight robot will actuated by high-power-density chmo-fluidic actuators and guided by a 3D computer vision system, which also provides a contactless interface for human-robot interaction.

NRI: A Wearable Robotic Object Manipulation Aid for the Visually Impaired

National Eye Institute, NIH

The research goal is to develop new computer vision and human-robot interaction methods for a co-robotic assistive device that can help a visually impaired individual locate a target object and manipulate the object as needed.

NRI: Small: A Co-Robotic Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired

NIBIB and National Eye Institute, NIH

The proposed research’s goal is to develop new computer vision and human-device interaction methods for a co-robotic navigation aid, called Co-Robotic Cane, for the visually impaired.

Smart Cane for Assistive Navigation (SCAN) to Help Blind Persons

Federal Highway Administration, DOT

The objective of the project is to develop a wayfinding tool that can help a visually impaired individual achieve independent travel in transportation terminals and outdoor pedestrian environments.