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Prof Yang Liu

Associate Professor in Dynamics and Control


Telephone: 01392 724654

Extension: (Streatham) 4654

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  • BEng in Automation, Hunan University, China, 1999 - 2003
  • MSc in Control Systems, University of Sheffield, UK, 2004 - 2005
  • PhD in Control Engineering, Staffordshire University, UK, 2006 - 2010

Employment History:

  • Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, 2010 - 2013
  • Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 2013 - 2016
  • Lecturer in Engineering, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, 2016 - 2019
  • Senior Lecturer in Engineering, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, 2019 - 2022
  • Associate Professor in Dynamics and Control, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, 2022 - now
  • Honorary Lecturer, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK, 2018 - 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:

Live and Forthcoming Projects:

  • Preclinical assessment of a vibrational device for early bowel cancer diagnosis, Medical Research Council – Impact Acceleration Account, PI, £44,857, 07/2023-04/2024
  • WORMS: When micro-robots encounter metastatic cancer in the adjacent capillaries, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship, PI, €236,748, Secondment supervisor: Prof. Antoine Ferreira (INSA Centre Val de Loire), 10/2023-09/2025
  • AGENT: Targeting high efficient energy harvesting via controlling multistability, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship, PI, €236,748, Secondment supervisor: Prof. Przemysław Perlikowski (Lodz University of Technology), 10/2023-09/2025
  • On the piecewise-smooth dynamics of robot-cancer interaction at microscale, EPSRC Mathematical Sciences DTP (2581433), PI, £88,503, 10/2021-09/2025
  • On the dynamics of two contacting bodies under frictional sliding, Royal Society, PI, £11,685, 03/2021-03/2024 (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 Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (101018793), PI, €212,933, Secondment supervisor: Prof. Bradley J. Nelson (ETH Zurich), 10/2021-09/2023 (marked 97 out of 100, ranked in Top 2.95% in Engineering Panel, and about 1,630 funded projects out of 11,300 applications)

Finished Projects:

  • When a micro-robot encounters a bowel lesion, EPSRC New Horizons (EP/V047868/1), PI, £202,450, 05/2021-06/2023 (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, 11/2019-10/2023
  • Development of a mathematical tool for piecewise-smooth delay differential equations: a micro-robot’s perspective, EPSRC (EP/W52265X/1), PI, £TBC, 10/2021-02/2022
  • EPSRC Capital award for core equipment (EP/T023635/1), Co-I, £269,363, 11/2019-07/2021
  • Controlling multistability in vibro-impact systems: theory and experiment, EPSRC (EP/P023983/1), PI, £101,147, 10/2017-06/2019
  • Utilising the vibro-impact self-propulsion technique for gastrointestinal endoscopy, EPSRC (EP/R043698/1), PI, £31,674, 08/2018-02/2019
  • Control of multistable dynamical systems with applications in oil and gas industry, the Carnegie PhD scholarship, PI, £54,159, 10/2015-03/2019
  • 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, 10/2014-03/2018
  • Agri-Tech in China: Newton Network+, Pathfinder Awards (PF002), PI, £4,914, 07/2017
  • Design, modelling and implementation of a capsule system for pipeline pigging inspection, IMechE Group Project Award, £2,500, 10/2015-03/2016 (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, 08/2014-07/2015

Prof. Liu's lab facilities can be found here, and his lab's Youtube channel can be viewed from here.