School of Engineering, Cardiff University
Cardiff, UK, CF24 3AA
I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. I am also the co-leader of the Cross-Cutting research theme of AI and Robotics, and theme leader/co-investigator of the IROHMS (Research Centre for AI, Robotics and Human Machine Systems) funded by ERDF through WEFO.
I am managing the Robotics and Autonomous Systems laboratory, which provides cutting-edge robotic facilities, including two Kuka Lbr iiwa robots, three Kuka youbots, some turtlebots, and some small drones. We have also built two USVs (unmanned surface vehicles) with student projects in the past years. See the page Facilities for details about the robots.
I received my PhD from Cardiff University sponsored by the EC FP6 project TAI-CHI (Tangible Acoustic Interfaces for Computer Human Interaction), which won the best exhibit prize of EU FP6 exhibition in Helsinki, Finland. Before that, I obtained my MSc in computer science and BEng in Electronics Engineering from Birmingham University and Jilin University respectively.
I have held multiple positions as a robotics and autonomous systems researcher and engineer in both academia and industry (Dyson, Lenovo, and Autonomous Surface Vehicles). Before these, I had been working as a research fellow in academia for a number of EU FP6 & FP7 projects, such as TAI-CHI, IWARD (Intelligent Robot Swarm for Attendance, Recognition, Cleaning, and Delivery), ROBOSKIN (Skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous and interactive robots), and SRS (Multi-Role Shadow Robotic System for Independent Living).
|Jun 22, 2021||Grant awarded by the Innovate UK/KTP for the application entitled BIM and Digital Twins in support of Smart Bridge Structural Surveying (as Co-I). The project will start from Sep 2021 for 36 months. We will develop software for autonomous drone navigation/mapping, deep learning for processing images, and IoT systems.|
|Oct 15, 2020||Joined the International Programme Committee of the KES 2021 conference (25th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems) in Szczecin, Poland|
|Oct 8, 2020||I joined the IEEE Access Editorial Board as an Associate Editor.|
|Sep 17, 2020||Organised and chaired the Invited Special Session “AI, Robotics and HMS for Smart Manufacturing” at the KES 2020 conference|
|Jul 21, 2020||Interviewed by BBC Radio Wales - Science Cafe|
|Feb 28, 2020||Research Grant awarded by the Royal Society for the application entitled Active Robot Learning for Subtractive, Formative, and Additive Manipulations of Granular and Viscous Materials.|
|Aug 1, 2019||Dr Ze Ji, Dr Hanlin Niu, and student Pietro Liguori scooped the second prize in the International Marine Vehicle Design and Construction Invitational Contest 2019 and The 8th China Marine Vehicle Design and Construction Contest (Harbin, China, 2019)|
|Jan 24, 2018||Invited Speaker at CoInnovate to audience from industry, academia, and others, Cardiff (http://coinnovate.co.uk/speakers/)|