Introduce myself

I am a Professor in the School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering at University of Essex, U.K., leading Human Centred Robotics Research.

I joined the University of Essex, Department of Computer Science  as a Senior Lecturer in 1998 and promoted to Reader in 2001 and then Professor in 2002. Previously, I was a lecturer in the Department of Cybernetics University of Reading for 1 year, and a senior researcher in the Robotics Research Group Dept. of Engineering Science, Oxford University  for 9 years to develop advanced mobile robots for manufacturing applications. In Oxford, I designed and built a number of autonomous mobile robots, smart sensors and actuators, intelligent controllers, some of which can be seen from my robot gallery. I was a visiting scholar in the Departments of Electrical & Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, the University of Birmingham between May 1987 and September 1988. Before I came England in 1987, I was a lecturer in the Department of Control Engineering, the Central South University, Changsha, China between 1982 and 1987.

I am a Guest Professor in Shanghai University (2004-present), Xiamen University (2008-present), Central South University (2004 2010; 2016-present), Dalian University of Technology (2010-2013), Chongqing University of Post & Telecommunications (2004-present), Southwest University (2010-2013), Kunming University of Science and Technology (2004-2010), Fujian University of Technology (2008-2010), and Northeast Normal University in China (2005-2010).

I have published over 480 papers in refereed journals, books, and conference proceedings in the areas of Autonomous mobile robots, Mechatronics, Embedded systems, Biologically inspired robotics, Human-machine interaction, Bio-signal processing, pervasive computing, distributed computer architectures, smart sensors, data fusion,  learning algorithms (GA, NN, FL) in robotics, evolutionary robotics, sensor networks, as well as networked devices, systems and robots.

I am a Fellow of IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), a Fellow of InstMC (The Institute of Measurement & Control), a Chartered Engineer, and a founding member of IEEE Society of Robotics and Automation Technical Committee on: Networked Robots.

I am currently an Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Automation and Computing, Editor-in-Chief for Robotics Journal, and Executive Editor for International Journal of Mechatronics & Automation.

Last updated on 17/01/2017.