Professor Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Dr Zheng WANG graduated from Tsinghua University, China (BEng), Imperial College, UK (MSc), Technical University of Munich, Germany (D-Ing), and served as Postdoc Fellow in Nanyang Technological University and Harvard University, respectively. From 2014-2019 he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, before joining SUSTECH in 2019 as Professor and Principal Investigator. Dr Wang’s research interests include: robotic design and control, soft/compliant robots, biomimetic robots and special-purpose application, medical/surgical robots, etc. He had successfully led and collaborated in over 20 research grants across EU, Singapore, US, HK, and China, receiving sponsorship from HK RGC, ITC, Shenzhen Technological and Innovation Committee, and major leading companies from Microsoft, Delta, Lenovo, MBrain, Hytera, Tencent, etc. Dr Wang is currently a Senior Member of IEEE and IEEE RAS, and Member of ASME. To-date Dr Wang had authored two book/book chapters, over 80 academically refereed articles, and over 10 patents.

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Dr Zheng WANG graduated from Tsinghua University, China (BEng), Imperial College, UK (MSc), Technical University of Munich, Germany (D-Ing), and served as Postdoc Fellow in Nanyang Technological University and Harvard University, respectively. From 2014-2019 he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, before joining SUSTECH in 2019 as Professor and Principal Investigator. Dr Wang’s research interests include: robotic design and control, soft/compliant robots, biomimetic robots and special-purpose application, medical/surgical robots, etc. He had successfully led and collaborated in over 20 research grants across EU, Singapore, US, HK, and China, receiving sponsorship from HK RGC, ITC, Shenzhen Technological and Innovation Committee, and major leading companies from Microsoft, Delta, Lenovo, MBrain, Hytera, Tencent, etc. Dr Wang is currently a Senior Member of IEEE and IEEE RAS, and Member of ASME. To-date Dr Wang had authored two book/book chapters, over 80 academically refereed articles, and over 10 patents.

 
Research Area:
Soft robots: high-performance soft robotic actuators and controllers, robotic hand/arm systems engineering
Underwater robots: dexterous, compact, and efficient general-purpose or biomimetic underwater robot design and control
Medical robots: compliant wearable medical robots, and compact high-DOF surgical/dental robotic systems
Special-purpose robots: dexterous robots systems towards special environment applications 

Work experience:
2019.2-present,SUSTECH Dept Mechanical and Energy Eng, Professor
2014.6-2019.2,Dept. Mechanical Engineering, HKU, Assistant Professor
2013.2-2014.5,Harvard University, SEAS, USA, Research Fellow with Joint Appointment
2013.2-2014.5,Harvard WYSS Institute of Bioinspired Engineering, Postdoc Fellow
2010.5-2013.2,Nanyang Tech. Univ, Singapore, Robotics Research Center, Postdoc
2006.6-2010.5,Technical University of Munich, Germany, LSR, Research Assistance 
 
Education:
2010.12, Technical University of Munich, Germany, D-Ing.
2005.9, Imperial College London, UK, Control Systems, MSc
2004.9, Tsinghua University, Control Theory and Engineering, BSc 
 
Honors and Awards:
2019,Geneva International Invention Exhibition, Silver Medal
2019,IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, Best Paper Award Final list
2018,HKUEAA ENGINNOVATE 2018 Challenge,Gold Award Champion
2018,Robotics and Automation Systems (SCI-Q1) Best paper in 5 years(2013-2018)
2015,IEEE Inter. Conf. on Real-time Computing, Robotics and Automation 2015 Best paper Award (Final list) 

Selected Publication:
1. Z. Sun, Z. Wang, and S. J. Phee, “Towards haptics enabled surgical robotic system for NOTES,” in International Conference of Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM) 2011, pp. 229‐233, 2011.
2. Z Sun, Z. Wang, and S. J. Phee, “Force feedback without sensor: a preliminary study on haptic modeling,” in International Conference in Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2012.
3. S. J. Phee, Z. Sun, Z. Wang, J. Y. Y. Wong, and K. Y. Ho, “The Future of Transluminal Surgery,” Exp Rev of Med Dev, 8(6), 2011.
4 .Z. Sun, R. Y. Ang, E. W. Lim, Z. Wang, K. Y. Ho, and S. J. Phee, “Enhancement of a master‐slave robotic system for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery,” Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore 40(5), 2011.
5. Z. Wang, S. J. Phee, J. Wong, and K. Y. Ho, “Development of Robotic NOTES Platform,” Gastrointestinal Intervention, 1(1), pp. 40‐42, 2012.
6. Z. Wang, S. J. Phee, D. Lomanto, R. Goel, P. Rebala, Z. L. Sun, S. Trasti, N. Reddy, J. Y. Y. Wong, and K. Y. Ho, “Endoscopic submucosal dissection of gastric lesions by using MASTER: an animal survival study,” Endoscopy, 44(7), 690‐694, 2012.
7. S. J. Phee, N. Reddy, P. W. Y. Chiu, R. Pradeep, G. V. Rao, Z. Wang, Z. Sun, J. Y. Y. Wong, and K. Y. Ho “Robot‐Assisted Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection is Effective in Treating Patients with Early‐Stage Gastric Neoplasia,” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2012.
8. Z. Wang, Z. Sun, S. J. Phee, “Modeling of Tendon‐Sheath Mechanism for Robotic Control,” Robotica 31(7), pp. 1131‐1142, 2013.
9. Z. Wang, Z. Sun, S. J. Phee, “Haptic Feedback and Control of a Flexible Surgical Endoscopic Robot,” Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 112(2): 260‐71, 2013.
10. Z. Sun, Z. Wang, S. J. Phee, “Haptic Modeling of Stomach for Real‐time Property and Force Estimation,” Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 13(03), 2013.
11. Z. Sun, Z. Wang, S. J. Phee, “Elongation Modeling and Compensation for the Flexible Tendon‐‐Sheath System,” IEEE/ASME Transaction on Mechatronics, Vol. 99, pp. 1‐8, 2013.
12. P. W. Y. Chiu, S. J. Phee, Z. Wang, Z. Sun, C. C. Poon, T. Yamamoto, I. Penny, J. Y. Y. Wong, J. Y. W. Lau, and K. Y. Ho, “Feasibility of Full Thickness Gastric Resection using Master Slave Transluminal Endoscopic Robot and Closure by Overstitch: A preclinical study,” Surgical Endoscopy, 28 (1), 319‐324, 2014.
13. Z. Sun, Z. Wang, and S.J. Phee. "Modeling and motion compensation of a bidirectional tendon‐sheath actuated system for robotic endoscopic surgery." Computer methods and programs in biomedicine 119, 77‐87. 2015.
14. P. Polygerinos, S. Lyne, Z. Wang, L. Fernando, B. M. Nicolini, G. M. Whitesides, and C. J. Walsh, "Towards a Soft Pneumatic Glove for Hand Rehabilitation." in Proc. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intell. Robot. Syst., Tokyo, Japan, pp. 1512‐1517, 2013.
15. Polygerinos, Panagiotis, Zheng Wang, Kevin C. Galloway, Robert J. Wood, and Conor J. Walsh. "Soft robotic glove for combined assistance and at‐home rehabilitation." Robotics and Autonomous Systems 73 (2015): 135‐143.
16. Polygerinos, P., Wang, Z., Overvelde, J. T., Galloway, K. C., Wood, R. J., Bertoldi, K., & Walsh, C. J. (2015). Modeling of soft fiber‐reinforced bending actuators. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 31(3), 778‐789.
17. P. Polygerinos, Wang, Z., Galloway, K. C., Wood, R. J., & Walsh, C. J. (2015). “Soft robotic glove for combined assistance and at‐home rehabilitation.” Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 73, 135‐143.
18. JTB. Overvelde, Mengüç, Y., Polygerinos, P., Wang, Y., Wang, Z., Walsh, C.J., Wood, R.J. and Bertoldi, K. (2014). “Mechanical and electrical numerical analysis of soft liquid‐embedded deformation sensors analysis”. Extreme Mechanics Letters, 1, 42‐46.
19. Wang, Z., Polygerinos, P., Overvelde, J.T., Galloway, K.C., Bertoldi, K. and Walsh, C.J., 2017. “Interaction Forces of Soft Fiber Reinforced Bending Actuators”. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22(2), pp.717‐727.
20. Z. Wang, M.Z.Q. Chen, and J. Yi. "Soft robotics for engineers." HKIE Transactions 22.2 (2015): 88‐97.
21. Z. Shen, Yi, J., & Wang, Z., “Design and Evaluation of Two Sensor Gloves Based on a Soft Stretchable Bending Sensor” In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Real‐time Computing and Robotics (RCAR 2016). Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
22. J. Yi, Shen, Z., Song, C., & Wang, Z., “A Soft Robotic Glove for Hand Motion Assistance” In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Real‐time Computing and Robotics (RCAR 2016). Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
23. Shen, Z., Yi, J., Li, X., Lo, M. H. P., Chen, M. Z., Hu, Y., & Wang, Z. (2016). “A soft stretchable bending sensor and data glove applications”. Robotics and biomimetics, 3(1), 22.
24. H. Zhang, Long, P., Zhou, D., Qian, Z., Wang, Z., Wan, W., Manocha, D., Park, C., Hu, T., Cao, C., Chen, Y., Chow, M., and Pan, J., “DoraPicker: An Autonomous Picking System for General Objects” The 12th Annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE‐CASE 2016), Fort Worth, TX., 21‐24 August 2016, p. 1‐10.
25. J. Yi, X. Chen, C. Song, and Z. Wang, “Fiber‐reinforced Origamic Robotic Actuator,” Soft Robotics, 2018 (in press, DOI: 10.1089/soro.2016.0079)
26. Chen, X., Peng, J., Zhou, J., Chen, Y., Wang, M.Y. and Wang, Z., 2017, May. “A robotic manipulator design with novel soft actuators”. In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 1878‐1884). IEEE.
27. Zhou, J., Chen, S. and Wang, Z., 2017. “A Soft‐Robotic Gripper With Enhanced Object Adaptation and Grasping Reliability”. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2(4), pp.2287‐2293.
28. Shen, Z., Na, J. and Wang, Z., 2017. “A Biomimetic Underwater Soft Robot Inspired by Cephalopod Mollusc”. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2(4), pp.2217‐2223.
29. Yi, J., Chen, X. and Wang, Z., 2018. “A Three‐Dimensional‐Printed Soft Robotic Glove With Enhanced Ergonomics and Force Capability”. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(1), pp.242‐248.
30. J. Yi, X. Chen, S. Liu, and Z. Wang, “Customizable 3D‐printed Soft Origamic Joint with Effective Behavior Shaping for Safe Interactions,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2018
31. J. Li, Y. H.W. Lam, T. C. Hsung, E. H.N. Pow, Z. Wang, “A Customizable, Compact Robotic Manipulator for Assisting Multiple Dental Procedures”, in IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM), 2018.
32. J. Li, Y. Zhang, Y.H.M. Lam, T.C. Hsung, E. H.N. Pow, Z. Wang, “Robotic System for Automatic Dental Restorations in Oral Cavity”, in 2018 IEEE International Conference on Real‐time Computing and Robotics (IEEE RCAR 2018).
33. J. Li, Shen, Z., Xu, W. Y. T., Lam, W. Y. H., Hsung, R. T. C., Pow, E. H. N., Kosuge, K. & Wang, Z. (2019). “A Compact Dental Robotic System Using Soft Bracing Technique.” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. (RA‐L 2019)
34. Li, J., Shen, Z., Lam, W. Y. H., Hsung, R. T. C., Pow, E. H. N., Wu, C. & Wang, Z. “Control and Motion Scaling of A Compact Cable‐driven Dental Robotic Manipulator”, in the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2019) (Under Review)

Research

1) Soft Bionic Robotics

High-performance soft robotic actuators and controllers

Robotic arm/gripper systems engineering

2) Underwater Robotics

Design and control of dexterous, compact, and efficient general or biomimetic underwater robot

3) Medical Robotics

Compliant wearable medical robots

Compact Multi-DOF surgical/dental robotic systems

4) Specialized Robotics

Dexterous robots systems towards special environment applications


Teaching

ME435 Soft Robotics

ME231 Prolegonemon to Robotics

GGC5013 Scientific Research Methods


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Awarded 1 NSFC General Research Grant, HK ITC and RGC research grants. Published over 65 research articles, including SCI indexed 20, EI 39, SCI Q1 13, ESI Highly Cited Papers 2, total impact factor 80+, accumulated citation 400+(SCI-E), 2000+ (GS), H-Index 20.

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Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering of SUSTech (Hereafter referred as “The Department”) was founded on January 2016 with aims at being a global research base and cultivating creative talents in engineering. The department offer new and all-round and general programs and practicums enable students to have solid mathematics, science and engineering foundations as well as the qualities as mechanical engineers. Students are embodied with comprehensive theoretical knowledge, self-motivation, exceptional professions, interdisciplinary backgrounds, excellent humanistic literacy, global outlooks, research capabilities in engineering sciences and in solving significant problems in the field. The current research fields mainly include: intelligent manufacturing, forming and 3D printing, precision machining technology, energy engineering, robotics and automation.

In three years, the department has  Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing of High-performance Materials  and Shenzhen Engineering Laboratory fou Automotive Fuel Cell Stacks, research institute of robotics, research institute of intelligent manufacturing, innovation team of Guangdong Province and Peacock Teams of Shenzhen for formation, additive manufacturing, precise manufacturing technology and energy engineering. In addition, guided by development plan of the university, more than twenty laboratories have been in operation with advanced equipment worth of 35,000,000 yuan. By April, 2019 About 70 research projects have been in progress with fund of 180,000,000 yuan, supported by national natural science foundation of China, innovation team of Guangdong Province, key national plans for development and research, key laboratories of Shenzhen, Peacock Team of Shenzhen and other local authorities, enterprises and organizations. The department is also devoted to promoting its academic efforts and achievements: 124 articles have been published in international academic journals. In addition, 43 patents for invention are applied including 8 issued patents and 11 utility model patents.
 
The department has two majors for undergraduates: mechanical engineering and robotics engineering. During 2018, 4 graduates were awarded with Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The number of current undergraduates are 82 in total. Our teaching model emphasizes inter-discipline studies in liberate art and science as well as mathematics and science, enabling students to think and work in the mind of mechanical engineer, to pursue post-graduate studies, to participate in innovative products development, fundamental research, research and development in new materials and technologies and engineering management for research institutes and relevant work in public and governmental organizations.
 
Four batch of postgraduates, 172 in total, have been in the majors including intelligent manufacturing, forming and 3D printing, precision machining technology, robotics and automation and energy engineering. So far 34 master students have graduated with interdisciplinary backgrounds, global outlooks, leaderships and creativity, 12 of whom are admitted to doctor programs in Purdue University, Harbin Institute of Technology, The University of Hong Kong, The University of Queensland and so on. Others have got employment opportunities in Hua Wei, ZTE, Mindray, FAW, SAIC Motor and so on.

The department encourages international cooperation with other universities and enterprises at hone and abroad to offer students global outlook and opportunities for internships and for their advanced studies. The partners include the top universities in Hong Kong, Canada, America, England, Japan, Singapore and so on and giant corporations such as Dajiang, Huawei,Timken and Honeywell.

The department has been in progress to excellent academy, teaching and inter-disciplinary researching over the world and will be an engine for development of The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area and will establish itself as a desirable ground for innovative and Leading talent to conduct inter-disciplinary researches for social progress.

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Room 605, 7 Innovation Valley, 1088 Xueyuan Ave, Nanshan, Shenzhen, 518055, China

Office Phone

+86-755-8801-5370

Email

wangz@sustech.edu.cn

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