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Dr QingPing Yang is the Director of the Brunel Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (QUEST) Research Centre/Theme, Brunel Digital Hub, which was launched from the Brunel IQMASS (Innovative Quality, Measurement and Smart Systems) Research Group he founded in early 2013, based upon more than 30 years dedicated research and teaching. 

Dr Yang joined the Brunel Centre for Manufacturing Metrology (BCMM) in 1988 with a visiting scholarship awarded by the AVIC, after his graduation in Instrumentation and Measurement Technology from Chengdu Aeronautical Polytechnic in 1983 and subsequent 4 years’ research experience at an Aircraft Structure Research Institute (AVIC, Xi’an) and admission to an MSc Programme in Robot Control and Intelligent Control at Northwestern Polytechnical University.  In 1989, he was awarded an ORS Award and a PhD Studentship from British Technology Group to develop a patented smart 3D high precision probe system for CMMs, and he received his PhD degree in October 1992. 

Since then he has been working as a Research Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Brunel University London.  He has actively participated in 14 (10 as Principal Investigator) research projects funded by the UK government, EU and industrial companies, with a total funding of about £2.356 million as Principal Investigator and £888K as Co-Investigator).  Through more than 30 years dedicated research, he has developed a unique and coherent research field broadly integrating three research areas of sensor/measurement systems, quality engineering and smart systems with rigorous theoretical foundation, addressing the core science and technology of Industrie 4.0.  He has published more than 100 journal/conference papers, 5 book chapters and 3 patents (one patent successfully assigned for commercial exploitation in 2004) in these areas. He has supervised (as the 1st supervisor) 17 PhD and 3 MPhil students as well as 9 visiting academic staff / PhD students, and he is currently supervising 3 postdoctoral Research Fellows and 8 PhD students.

Dr Yang has received numerous prizes and awards for outstanding academic and work performance in the past (including three performance bonuses in Brunel University). He has been a member of IEEE and IET. He was profiled in the 15th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in the World (1998) and the 5th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2000).


  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Metrology and Quality Engineering (IJMQE).
  • Program Chair, Organising Committee Co-Chair and Keynote Speaker for the 1st International Workshop on Innovative Quality Engineering and Smart Technology in Chengdu in Jan 2018.  
  • Member of the Organising Committee, 6th International Conference on Nanomanufacturing (2018).
  • Member of Organisation Committee, 2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies (2017).
  • Chairman of the Advisory Committee, the 2015 International Conference on Control Engineering and Electronics Engineering.
  • Member of the Organising Committee, International LAMDAMAP Conference (2005).
  • Guest Editor of Measurement & Control Journal, 2001.
  • Acted as external PhD examiners at University of West England (twice) and Leeds Metropolitan University, 2012-2014. 
  • Invited to give a seminar on Quality Management at Imperial College in 2010.
  • Invited Reviewers for a number of journals, including:

    - IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement.- Measurement, Journal of the International Measurement Confederation.- Journal of Engineering Manufacture - Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical       Engineers Part B.-  International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Newest selected publications

Yu, Y., Yang, Q. and Wang, X. (2013) 'Finite element analysis of fluid-structure interaction for the design of MAV aerodynamic shape'. Computers and Fluids, 76. pp. 50 - 57. ISSN: 0045-7930

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Yu, Y., Yang, Q. and Wang, X. (2013) '3D imaging application in the studies of micro air vehicles'. Computers in Industry, 64 (9). pp. 1178 - 1185. ISSN: 0166-3615

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Hu, Y., Yang, Q. and Sun, X. (2012) 'Design, implementation, and testing of advanced virtual coordinate-measuring machines'. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 61 (5). pp. 1368 - 1376. ISSN: 0018-9456 Open Access Link

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Yang, Q. (2005) 'A novel representation of energy and signal transformation in measurement systems'. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 54 (1). pp. 432 - 435. ISSN: 0018-9456 Open Access Link

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Lim, J., Yang, Q., Jones, BE. and Jackson, PR. (2002) 'Strain and temperature sensors using multimode optical fiber Bragg gratings and correlation signal processing'. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 51 (4). pp. 622 - 627. ISSN: 0018-9456 Open Access Link

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