Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Michael Yu WANG 王煜
PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Director, HKUST Robotics Institute (
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering

Professor Wang is the Founding Director of the Robotics Institute and a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Electronic and Computer Engineering of HKUST. A native of China, Wang obtained his undergraduate degree from Xian Jiaotong University in China, his M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. from the Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining HKUST in 2015, he served on the engineering faculty at University of Maryland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore.  
Wang’s research focuses primarily on robotics, automation, multifunctional structure design, and additive manufacturing, with over 300 technical publications in these areas. His research projects were supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Boeing, Chrysler, ALCOA, Maryland Industrial Partnerships in USA, by RGC and ITC and local industries in Hong Kong, by NSFC and MOST in China, and by Singapore A*STAR, MOE, and Defense Ministry. He has supervised 22 PhD, 11 MS and 2 MPhil degree students.
Professor Wang has held other positions worldwide. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, A*STAR OAP Fellow in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Guest Professor in Shanghai Jiaotong University and Haerbin Institute of Technology, Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Thousand Talents Professor at Xian Jiaotong University in China, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of University of Technology Sydney.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and an editor for Computer-Aided Design, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering. He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, and Assembly Automation Journal. He was the conference chair of 5th ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference in 2000, the Conference Chair (in 2006) and the Program Chair (in 2005) of the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, the Program Chair of IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2008), and the General Co-Chair of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2011).
He received a Research Initiation Award from USA NSF (1993), a Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE in 1994 and a LaRoux K. Gillespie Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, and was a Boeing - A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow in 1998. He received the Kayamori Best Paper Award of 2001 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Best Conference Paper Award of 2007 International CAD Conference & Exhibition, the Compliant Mechanisms Award-Theory of ASME 31st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2007, and the Best Paper Award in Information of IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (2009). He was awarded the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the Natural Science Foundation of China (2002) and the China State Natural Science Prize (Class II) from the Ministry of Science & Technology of China (2012). He was named Chang Jiang (Cheung Kong) Scholar by the Ministry of Education (China) and Li Ka Shing Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2005, and Distinguished Overseas Scholar by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. He received the Research Excellence Award of CUHK (2008), and ASME Design Automation Award in 2013. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2006-2010). He is a fellow of ASME, HKIE, and IEEE.

Teaching Activities

Professor Wang has taught undergraduate and post-graduate classes on advanced robotics, design and optimization, and additive manufacturing.

Research Interests

Robotics and Automation: Hyper-elastic and soft robots; Compliant mechanisms; Robotic automation for assembly; Smart manufacturing
Design and Manufacturing: Topology optimization methods; Multi-functional materials and structures; Additive manufacturing; Mechanosensing

Selected Publications

  1. F. F. Chen and M. Y. Wang, “Dynamic performance of a dielectric elastomer balloon actuator,” Meccanica, June 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s11012-015-0206-0
  2. Y. Luo, M. Y. Wang, and Z. Kang, “Topology optimization of geometrically nonlinear structures based on an additive hyper-elasticity technique,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 286, 422-441, April 2015.
  3. J. Cai, Q. Xia, Y. Luo, L. Zhang, and M. Y. Wang, “A variable-width harmonic probe for multifrequency atomic force microscopy,” Applied Physics Letters, 106(7), 071901, February 2015.
  4. L. Li and M. Y. Wang, “Stress isolation through topology optimization,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 49(5), 761-769, 2014
  5. H. Lv, X. Tian, M. Y. Wang, D. Li and M. Yin, Vibration energy harvesting using a phononic crystal with point defect states, Applied Physics Letters, 102, 034103, 2013.
  6. M. Zhou and M. Y. Wang, “Engineering feature design for level set based structural optimization,” Computer-Aided Design, 45(12), 1524-1537, 2013.
  7. M. Y. Wang and X. Wang, “Frequency band structure of locally resonant periodic flexural beams suspended with force-moment resonators,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, (46)25, 255502, 2013.
  8. P. Wei, M. Y. Wang, and X. Xing, “A study on X-FEM in continuum structural optimization using a level set model,” Computer-Aided Design, 42(8), 708-719, 2010.
  9. M. Y. Wang, “A kinetoelastic formulation of compliant mechanism optimization,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Trans. of ASME, 1(2), 021011, 2009.
  10. M. Y. Wang and S. K. Chen, “Compliant mechanism optimization: analysis and design with intrinsic characteristic stiffness,” Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, 37(2), 183-200, 2009.
  11. Z. Luo, L. Tong, J. Luo, P. Wei, and M. Y. Wang “Design of piezoelectric actuators using a multiphase level set method of piecewise constants,” Journal of Computational Physics, 228(7), 2643-2659, 2009.
  12. J. Luo, Z. Luo, S. K. Chen, L. Y. Tong, and M. Y. Wang, “A new level set method for systematic design of hinge-free compliant mechanisms,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 198(2), 318-331, 2008.
  13. M. Y. Wang, S. K. Chen, X. Wang, and Y. Mei, “Design of multimaterial compliant mechanisms using level-set methods,” Journal of Mechanical Design, (127)5, 941-956, 2005.
  14. M.Y. Wang, X. Wang, and D. Guo, “A level set method for structural topology optimization,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 192(1-2), 227-246, 2003.
  15. M. Y. Wang and D. Pelinescu, “Optimizing fixture layout in a point set domain,” IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, 17(3), 312-323, 2001.
  16. Y. Wang and M. T. Mason, “Two-dimensional rigid body collisions with friction,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, Trans. of ASME, 59(3), 635-642, 1992.
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