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Dr Yang Liu

Senior Lecturer


Telephone: 01392 724654

Extension: (Streatham) 4654

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  • BEng in Automation, Hunan University, China, 07/2003
  • MSc in Control Systems, University of Sheffield, UK, 09/2005
  • PhD in Control Engineering, Staffordshire University, UK, 07/2010

Employment History:

  • Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, 05/2010 - 09/2013
  • Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 10/2013 - 07/2016
  • Lecturer in Engineering, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, 08/2016 - 04/2019
  • Honorary Researcher, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, UK, 08/2018 - 08/2020 
  • Senior Lecturer in Engineering, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, 05/2019 - now

Research Interests:


  • Ali H. Hayfeh Prize, Int. Nonlinear Dynamics Conference 2021
  • 1st place, poster competition at the 4th Annual IEEE UK and Ireland RAS Chapter Conf.
  • Lab Science Bursary Award, British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting 2019
  • IMechE Group Project Award
  • Young Delegates Award, the 14th IFToMM World Congress
  • Best Student Paper Award, the 15th Int. Conf. Automation & Computing

Research Activities:

  • Lead guest editor, SI: Self-propelled robots: from theory to applications at Meccanica
  • Symposium chair, Biocapsule Robots, the 2nd Int. Nonlinear Dynamics Conference 2021, Italy
  • Symposium chair, Biomechanics and Capsule Robots, the 1st Int. Nonlinear Dynamics Conference 2019, Italy
  • Symposium chair, Modelling of Friction and Dynamics of Frictional Oscillators, Int. Conf. Engineering Vibration 2017, Bulgaria

Current Projects:

  • On the piecewise-smooth dynamics of robot-cancer interaction at microscale, EPSRC Mathematical Sciences DTP, PI, £88,503, 01/10/21-30/09/25
  • Development of a mathematical tool for piecewise-smooth delay differential equations: a micro-robot’s perspective, EPSRC (EP/W52265X/1), PI, £TBC, 18/10/21-17/10/22
  • On the dynamics of two contacting bodies under frictional sliding, Royal Society, PI, £11,685, 30/03/21-29/03/23 (ranked in Top 7th of 56 funded projects, see News)
  • OMEGA: On the modelling of micro-robots in the gut: a non-smooth dynamics approach, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (101018793), PI, €212,933, 01/10/21-30/09/23 (marked 97 out of 100, ranked in Top 2.95% in Engineering Panel, and about 1,630 funded projects out of 11,300 applications)
  • When a micro-robot encounters a bowel lesion, EPSRC New Horizons (EP/V047868/1), PI, £202,450, 25/01/20-24/01/23 (about 100 funded projects out of over 1,200 applications, see EPSRC News)
  • Developing AI enabled low-cost microcontrollers, EPSRC SMM CDT, PI, £80,000, 01/11/19-31/10/23

Past Projects:

  • EPSRC Capital award for core equipment (EP/T023635/1), Co-I, £269,363, 29/11/19-27/07/21
  • Controlling multistability in vibro-impact systems: theory and experiment, EPSRC (EP/P023983/1), PI, £101,147, 01/10/17-30/06/19
  • Utilising the vibro-impact self-propulsion technique for gastrointestinal endoscopy, EPSRC (EP/R043698/1), PI, £31,674, 06/08/18-28/02/19
  • Control of multistable dynamical systems with applications in oil and gas industry, the Carnegie PhD scholarship, PI, £54,159, 01/10/15-31/03/19
  • Mathematical modelling and optimisation of a downhole anti stick-slip tool for reduction of torsional vibrations, ETP PhD Studentship collaborated with Tomax Ltd., Co-PI, £82,423, 01/10/14-31/03/18
  • Agri-Tech in China: Newton Network+, Pathfinder Awards (PF002), PI, £4,914, 07/17
  • Design, modelling and implementation of a capsule system for pipeline pigging inspection, IMechE Group Project Award, £2,500, 01/10/15-31/03/16 (News 1News 2)
  • Development of an experimental test rig for a vibro-impact capsule system, the Carnegie Trust Small Research Grant (No 31841), PI, £2,140, 01/08/14-31/07/15

Dr Liu's lab facilities can be found here.