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Personal Statement

Dr Erfu Yang is a Lecturer under Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellowship Scheme. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. degree in robotics in the interdisciplinary area of robotics and autonomous Systems from the University of Essex, Colchester, UK, within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. He received his B.E., M.E., and D.Eng. degrees in the field of aerospace propulsion theory and engineering(within Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering disciplines) from the School of Space Technology, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China.

Before joining the DMEM, he was a research fellow in the Cognitive Signal Image and Control Processing Research (COSIPRA) Laboratory at the University of Stirling, UK. Previously, as a research fellow he also worked in the Department of Mechanical and Control Systems Engineering (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan) and School of Engineering (University of Edinburgh, UK). His main research interests include robotics, autonomous systems, computer vision, image/signal processing, mechatronics, data analytics, manufacturing automation, multi-objective optimizations, and applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence including multi-agent reinforcement learning, fuzzy logic, neural networks, bio-inspired algorithms, and cognitive computation, etc. He has over 110 publications in these areas, including more than 50 journal papers and 10 book chapters.

Dr Yang has been awarded over 15 research grants as PI (principal investigator) or CI (co-investigator). He is the Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, committee member of the Chinese Automation and Computing Society in the UK (CACSUK), and the IET SCOTLAND Manufacturing Technical Network. Dr Yang has been a Scientific/Technical Programme Committee member or organizer for a series of international conferences and workshops. He is an associate editor for the Cognitive Computation journal published by Springer.


  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Mechatronics
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Cognitive Computation
  • Optimization Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Multi-agent Systems
  • Process Monitoring
  • Fault Diagnosis
  • System Modelling and Simulation

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Synthetic aperture radar Engineering & Materials Science
Robotics Engineering & Materials Science
Robots Engineering & Materials Science
Neural networks Engineering & Materials Science
Reinforcement learning Engineering & Materials Science
Controllers Engineering & Materials Science
Target tracking Engineering & Materials Science
Motion planning Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2012 2023

Research Output 1997 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

A benchmark image dataset for industrial tools

Luo, C., Yu, L., Yang, E., Zhou, H. & Ren, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Pattern Recognition Letters. 125, p. 341-348 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Artificial intelligence
Industrial plants

An optimal approach to anytime task and path planning for autonomous mobile robots in dynamic environments

Wong, C., Yang, E., Yan, X-T. & Gu, D., 8 Aug 2019, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems - 20th Annual Conference, TAROS 2019, Proceedings: 20th Annual Conference, TAROS 2019, London, UK, July 3–5, 2019, Proceedings, Part II. Althoefer, K., Konstantinova, J. & Zhang, K. (eds.). Cham, p. 155-166 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11650).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Motion planning
Mobile robots



Best Paper Award

Cuebong Wong (Recipient), Erfu Yang (Recipient), Xiu Yan (Recipient) & Dongbing Gu (Recipient), 24 Jan 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Motion planning
Mobile robots

Best Paper Award Nominee

Fei Gao (Recipient), Fei Ma (Recipient), Jun Wang (Recipient), Jinping Sun (Recipient), Erfu Yang (Recipient) & Amir Hussain (Recipient), 24 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Intelligent computing

Activities 2005 2019

AI and Robotics in Industry 4.0

Erfu Yang (Invited speaker)
22 Jun 201929 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Erfu Yang (Examiner)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Examination typesExamination