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Dr Mingfeng Wang

Dr Mingfeng Wang
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems


Academic Career

  • Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, 2021 - present.
  • Research Fellow, Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, Department ofMechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, 2017-2021.
  • Senior Research Associate, National Centre for Precision Farming, Harper Adams University, 2016-2017.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • B.Eng. (Hons), Central South University, China, 2008.
  • M.Sc. (Distinction), Central South University, China, 2012.
  • P.hD., University of Cassino and South Lazio, Italy, 2016. 
  • AFHEA, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, 2021.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Continuum robotic systems for in-situ maintenance (inspection and repair) in confined environments(e.g. aeroengine and nuclear).
  • Legged robotic systems with parallel mechanisms (e.g. humanoid and hexapod robots).
  • Precision farming robotic systems (e.g. laser weeding robot).
  • Miniaturised robotic systems (e.g. capsule robot)

Research Grants

  • Co-I, "Coordinated whole-body control and overall performance optimisation for a mobile snake-like robotic arm", International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share (NSFC) (IEC/NSFC/201279), £12,000, 03/2021-03/2022.
  • Co-I, "In-situ sampling for inspection of pressurised water reactor using RAIN-Hex robot", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2020-12/2020.
  • Co-I, "Self-calibration system to enhance machining capability of the RAIN-Hex", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2019-02/2020.
  • PI, "Comprehensive modelling of slender continuum robots using twin-pivot compliant joints", Through-life performance: From science to instrumentation (EPSRC EP/P027121/1), £83,000, 06/2019-05/2019.


  • Best paper award, IFToMM Asian Mechanisms and Machine Science Conference (Asian-MMS), 2014.
  • IFToMM Young Delegates Programm, 2014, 2015.
  • Excellent Student Scholarship in Lazio, Italy, 2013/14, 2014/15.


Membership of professional institutions

  • Member since 2016, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE);
  • Member since 2017, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society;

Professional Services

  • Editor of STEM Education (eISSN: 2767-1925), American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS);
  • TPC member of Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conf. (TAROS), Lincoln, UK, Sept 2021; 
  • TPC member of Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conf. (TAROS), Nottingham, UK, July 2020;
  • TPC member of Int. Conf. on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS), Venice, Italy, May 2020;

Newest selected publications

Wang, M., Dong, X., Ba, W., Mohammad, A., Axinte, D. and Norton, A. (2021) 'Design, modelling and validation of a novel extra slender continuum robot for in-situ inspection and repair in aeroengine'. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 67. pp. 102054 - 102054. ISSN: 0736-5845

Journal article

Ba, W., Dong, X., Mohammad, A., Wang, M., Axinte, D. and Norton, A. (2021) 'Design and validation of a novel fuzzy-logic-based static feedback controller for tendon-driven continuum robots'. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 0 ((in press)). pp. 1 - 1. ISSN: 1083-4435 Open Access Link

Journal article

Camacho-Arreguin, J., Wang, M., Dong, X. and Axinte, D. (2020) 'A novel class of reconfigurable parallel kinematic manipulators: Concepts and Fourier-based singularity analysis'. Mechanism and Machine Theory, 153. pp. 103993 - 103993. ISSN: 0094-114X

Journal article

Wang, M., Ceccarelli, M. and Carbone, G. (2020) 'Design and development of the cassino biped locomotor'. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 12 (3). ISSN: 1942-4302

Journal article

Leal-Naranjo, JA., Wang, M., Paredes-Rojas, JC. and Rostro-Gonzalez, H. (2020) 'Design and kinematic analysis of a new 3-DOF spherical parallel manipulator for a prosthetic wrist'. Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, 42 (1). ISSN: 1678-5878

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