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Personal Statement

Dr Erfu Yang is a Lecturer under Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellowship Scheme. 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. and M.E. 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.
His main research interests include robotics, autonomous systems, manufacturing automation, space mechatronics, computer vision, nonlinear control, system modelling and simulation, condition monitoring, signal processing, fault diagnosis, multi-agent reinforcement learning, fuzzy logic, neural networks, bio-inspired optimization algorithms, wireless sensor networks, multi-objective optimizations, cognitive computation, etc. He has over 70 publications in these areas, including more than 30 journal papers and 5 book chapters. He has been awarded several research grants as PI or CI from UK, China and Japan.
In May 2014 he joined the SMeSTech (Space Mechatronic Systems Technology) laboratory within Strathclyde Space Institute. 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. 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). He has extensive training and research experience in the interdisciplinary areas of aerospace engineering, computer science, manufacturing automation, control engineering, mechatronics, robotics and autonomous systems, etc.
He is an associate editor for the Cognitive Computation journal published by Springer. He is also the guest editor of the International Journal of Automation and Computing for its Special Issue on Emergent Control and Computing Techniques for Industrial Applications. He has been a PC member or session chair for many conferences, and reviewers for a series of journals. 


  • 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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Projects 2012 2021

Industry contribution to NTU-Strathclyde Studentship

Yang, E.


Project: Research - StudentshipKnowledge Exchange

Intelligent Collaborative Robotic Manipulation for Advanced Manufacturing and Remanufacturing

Yang, E. & Post, M.


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Fellowship

Research Output 1997 2019

A novel semi-supervised learning method based on fast search and density peaks

Gao, F., Huang, T., Sun, J., Hussain, A., Yang, E. & Zhou, H., 3 Feb 2019, In : Complexity. 2019, p. 1-23 23 p., 6876173.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Supervised learning
Image recognition
Discriminant analysis

Dynamic anytime task and path planning for mobile robots

Wong, C., Yang, E., Yan, X-T. & Gu, D., 16 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press). 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Motion planning
Mobile robots
Cost reduction



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 2018


Erfu Yang (Examiner)
8 Nov 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination

NTU-AFRC Route to Impact Robotics Seminar

Erfu Yang (Organiser)
23 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference