Applications and future trends of robotics

15 November 2017, 12:00 - 14:00
Cambridge campus

ARITI is delighted to welcome Professor Hongnian Yu from Bournemouth University.

Prof Yu’s presentation followed by a Q&A session will take place 12-1pm. Lunch and networking will take place 1-2pm.


Due to the fast development of ICT and robotics, robots are not only applied in manufacturing factories. They are now gradually being applied in the medical and service industries. Prof Yu’s talk has two parts. The first part concentrates on the history of robotics and its classifications. In particular HAM (Human Adaptive Mechatronics), developed from one of Prof Yu’s network projects will be introduced and discussed. Then the challenges and future researches of robotics in disaster rescues (in particular fire-fighting) are revealed. The second part of the talk covers some research conducted by Prof Yu’s team in the past few years.


Professor Hongnian Yu has held academic positions at the Universities of Sussex, Liverpool John Moor, Exeter, Bradford, Staffordshire and now Bournemouth in the UK. He has successfully supervised 18 PhD theses and 18 Master by Research theses, and has examined over 30 PhD/MPhil students’ theses as both internal and external examiner. He has trained 11 post-doctoral research fellows. He has published over 200 journal and conference research papers. He has held several research grants worth about eight million pounds from the UK EPSRC, the Royal Society, and the European, AWM, as well as from industry. He has managed several international large consortiums as a coordinator. Examples are 1) coordinator (PI) of an EPSRC funded £158K international network project on Human Adaptive Mechatronics which includes 7 Japanese partners and 7 UK partners; 2) coordinator of the EU funded 3.05 million Euro Erasmus Mundus FUSION project which has 20 international partners; 3) coordinator of the EU funded one million Euro Marie Curie project, etc. Prof Yu has strong research collaboration with partners from over 30 countries, such as China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Romania, Thailand, and UK. He was awarded the F C William Premium for his paper on adaptive and robust control of robot manipulators by the IEE Council, and has received two best conference paper awards, seven best (student) conference paper awards with his research students. He has won the Gold Medal on The World Exhibition on Inventions, Research and New Technologies, INNOVA 2009, Brussels, and International Exhibition of Inventions, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010, for invention “Method and device for driving mobile inertial robots”; and the 43rd International Exhibition of inventions, New Techniques and Products, in Geneva, 2015. He is serving on three editorial boards and has served on numerous international conference organization committees, eg IPC co-chair of the UKACC, Cardiff, 3-5/09/2012; General Chair of the International Conference on SKIMA, China, 9-11/09/2012; 15-17/12/2016; General co-chair of the International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems, China, 25-27/09/2013; Japan 10-12/08/2014; China 22-24/08/2015 etc. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and the IeT Fellow.

Event Details

15 November 2017, 12:00 - 14:00
Cambridge campus
Free to attend - lunch is included