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Dr Qingping Yang Dr Qingping Yang
Reader
Dr QingPing Yang is currently the Group Leader for Brunel Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (QUEST) Research Group and Robotics and Automation Research Group. 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 experiences 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/Senior Lecturer/Reader (Associate Professor) at Brunel University London. He has actively participated in 15 (11 as Principal Investigator) research projects funded by the UK government, EU and industrial companies, with a total funding of about £2.5 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 technologies (including AI and robotics) with rigorous theoretical foundation, addressing the core science and technology underpinning these areas. He has published more than 110 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) 20 PhD and 3 MPhil students with successful completion as well as 9 visiting academic staff / PhD students, and he is currently supervising one postdoctoral Research Fellow 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). Dr Yang has taught a number of subjects at both PG/UG levels and his teaching is closely related to his research: PG level (Level 7): Robotics and Manufacturing Automation; Manufacturing Measurement; Optical and Optoelectronic Engineering; Project Management; Computation for Information Processing and Computer-Aided Data Analysis. UG levels (Level 4-6): Computer Integrated Manufacturing (level 6); Quality Engineering and Metrology (level 6); Business for Engineers (level 6); Mechatronics (level 5); Microprocessors (level 5); Electrical Engineering Principles (level 5); Instruments and Applications (level 5); Measurement and Instrumentation (level 5); Introduction to Internet Computing (level 4); Internet Scripting and Computer Architecture (level 4); Project Management (levels 4-5). He is currently teaching: AI Applications in Engineering (Level 6) Quality Management and Reliability (Level 7) Advanced Measurement Systems and Data Analysis (Level 7)

Full members

Dr Tao Zhang Dr Tao Zhang
Research Fellow
Dr. Tao Zhang joined Brunel University London at the beginning of 2019, after obtaining his PhD at the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub, Centre for Precision Technologies, University of Huddersfield. Tao had his BEng and MEng, from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He also worked for 3.5 years in Huawei, before coming to the UK in 2014. Tao is a fellow of Advance HE, and a member of IET. Robotics Internet of Things Machine learning Agile Software Development Reliability (MN5554 Quality Management and Reliability, part B, shared with ME5560 & ME5571) Control Engineering (ME5511 Building Control Systems, ME3608 Aircraft Stability and Control) Automotive Electronics (ME3604 Vehicle Design and Internal Combustion Engines, with ME5541 Racing Vechicle Design and Performance) Intro to Matlab (ME3604/ME5541, and ME2618 Vehicle Design and Performance)
Dr Xinli Du Dr Xinli Du
Senior Lecturer in Robotics & Autonomous Systems
Dr Xinli Du joined Brunel Institute for Bioengineering as a Research Lecturer in August 2010. Xinli’s PhD degree was awarded by Loughborough University (U.K.) Control Systems Research Group in 2008. He then joined Aston University working as a Research Associate. His research has focused on smart surgical tools and multiple sensing technology. Some successful projects include a surgical robotic micro-drill and a smart tackle sensing surface. Robotic Surgery
Dr Ioana Pisica Dr Ioana Pisica
Reader in Power Systems
Dr Ioana Pisica was appointed as a Lecturer in Power Systems within the Brunel Institute of Power Systems (BIPS) in March 2014. She joined Brunel from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania in March 2011 as a research fellow within BIPS in order to work on the EPSRC funded project Advanced Dynamic Energy Pricing and Tariffs (ADEPT) - EP/I000119/1. She received her MSc in Information Systems from the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest and her PhD from University Politehnica of Bucharest. Module leader: EE2603: Electrical Engineering and Sustainability EE5617: Applied Sensors, Instrumentation and Control Modules taught: EE3605: Renewable Energy in Power Systems EE5518: Energy Economics and Power Markets EE5522/EE5544: Power systems operation and management EE5520/EE5343 Power System Analysis and Security EE5524/EE5124 Sustainable Power Generation EE5521/EE5121 Power System Stability and Control
Dr Fang Wang Dr Fang Wang
Senior Lecturer
Dr Fang Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. She received a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a senior researcher in the research centre of British Telecom (BT) Group, before she joined Brunel University London in 2010. Dr. Wang has published a number of papers in books, journals and conferences and filed a series of patents. Dr. Wang is an established teacher and researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence. Her research interests include nature-inspired computing, agents, intelligent information processing, intelligent distributed computing, cognitive radio networks, e-learning and cloud education, cognitive science and computer vision. She actively participated in a number of EU, EPSRC, BT long term research projects and received several technical awards, including the Gordon Radley Technical Premium Highly Commended award of BT and ACM Best Student Paper Award at the Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents. She is on the editorial boards of several international journals and serves on many program committees. Lectured, administered, tutored and examined courses at undergraduate and MSc levels on topics including Introduction to programming, Algorithms and their applications, Systems in Context, Digital Innovation, level 1 and level 2 group projects and final year projects. Class sizes varied from 8 to 350. Supervised a number of undergraduate and MSc projects.

Associate members

Professor Wamadeva Balachandran Professor Wamadeva Balachandran
Research Professor
Professor Balachandran is Professor of Electronic Systems and served as Head of Department of Systems Engineering at Brunel University London, UK, from 1999 to 2004. Before joining Brunel University London in 1995, he was a Reader in the Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK. Prior to joining Surrey he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Electronics at Southampton University, UK, from 1979 to 1983. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Control Engineering and Measurement & Instrumentation from University of Bradford, UK, in 1975 and 1979 respectively. He received the BSc degree in Physical Sciences from University of Ceylon, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1971. After serving as a temporary member of academic staff for nine months in University of Ceylon, Colombo, Sri Lanka, he joined as an academic member of staff in the Physics Department of Fourabay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1971 and remained until 1974. During this period he also taught Physics and mathematics in a secondary school. He was a Visiting Professor in the Driftmier Engineering Centre at University of Georgia in 1993 and 1996. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Mansoura and Dongguan University in China. In 2004 he was a Visiting Scholar in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Balachandran is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), IEE (UK), InstPhy (UK), InstMC (UK) and Royal Society of Arts (UK). His research interest spans several different disciplines: Electrostatics & Charge Particle Dynamics, Electrohydrodynamics, Micro/Nano particles and fibre generation, Transport of DNA using DEP force, Lab-on-a-chip, Electromagnetic Field Sensing, EM Interaction with Human Body, Dynamic Measurement Systems, Global Positioning Satellite System for Navigation and Medical Electronics. He has actively pursued research in these fields for more than 20 years and published over 200 papers to date and filed 10 patent applications. He has served as an External Examiner for 23 PhD degrees in the UK, France and Australia. Professor Balachandran has presented more than 40 plenary and invited talks in his field of expertise at international conferences around the globe. He has organized and Chaired several international conferences and continue to serve as a member of several scientific and organizing committees of international conferences. He is regularly invited to Chair sessions at IEEE/IAS, ICLASS, and several other meetings in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. On a couple of occasions, Prof. Balachandran’s research has been featured on BBC World Service and TV Broadcasts. He continues to review manuscripts for 15 archival journals and research grant applications for EPSRC (UK), EU Framework, NSF (USA), SERC (Canada) and Singapore government. Prof. Balachandran is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Atomization and Sprays, and the International Journal of Particle Science and Technology. He is a paper review manager of IEEE Transactions of Industrial Application Society. He has been a Guest Editor for the Journal of Measurement & Control. He has served as a member of Brunel University London Court, Council, Senate, Finance Committee, Appeals Panel, Faculty Board and Wolfson Centre Advisory Board. He has a long experience of acting as a consultant in the fields of his research to over 30 companies worldwide.
Dr Hongying Meng Dr Hongying Meng
Reader
Dr Hongying Meng is a Reader with Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London. Before that, he held research positions in several UK universities including University College London (UCL), University of York, University of Southampton, University of Lincoln, and University of Dundee. He received his Ph.D. degree in Communication and Electronic Systems from Xi’an Jiaotong University and was a lecturer in Electronic Engineering Department of Tsinghua University, Beijing in China. He is a Member of Engineering Professors’ Council, and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT) and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (IEEE TCDS), and a general chair for 16th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2020). Digital Signal Processing: wavelet transform; digital filtering; statistical signal processing; audio signal processing; mechanical signal processing (fault detection), biomedical signal processing (e.g. EMG, ECG, EEG, GSR); real-time signal processing. Machine Learning: Support Vector Machine (SVM); kernel methods; artificial neural networks; genetic algorithm; genetic programming, feature selection and fusion; Bayesian methods; Hidden Markov Model (HMM); deep learning; Long Short Term Memory (LSTM), Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), multi-label classification; statistical learning theory; multi-score learning, multiple classifier system, decision fusion, data mining, regression, spiking neural networks, neuromorphic computing. Human Computer Interaction: affective computing; emotional states recognition; facial expression analysis; multi-model interaction; movement modelling; gesture recognition, ubiquitous and pervasive computing; robot; self-driving car, ambient intelligence; multimodal emotional interaction system; interactive film; and virtual reality (VR). Computer Vision: biologically inspired vision systems; dynamic motion feature extraction; human action recognition; object detection; object tracking; visual surveillance; image compression; large scale image categorization; image segmentation; real-time image processing; medical image processing (CT, fMRI); embedded vision systems; 3D image processing; autonomous driving systems. Embedded Systems and Communications: FPGA; microcontroller (PIC, ARM); DSP (TI); smart phones; tablet; game consoles, SoC (System on Chip), IoT (Internet of Things), Controller Area Network (CAN), wireless networks and communication (ZigBee, Bluetooth, OOK, visible light communication, mmWave communication). Digital Systems and Microprocessors (FHEQ Level 4) Electronic Engineering Workshop (FHEQ Level 4) Computer Architecture and Interfacing (FHEQ Level 5) Engineering Group Design Project (FHEQ Level 5) Advanced Embedded Systems Design (FHEQ Level 7, MEng & MSc)
Dr Bin Wang Dr Bin Wang
Reader
Bin Wang graduated with BEng (1985) in Solid Mechanics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, MSc (1988) by research in Dynamics and PhD (1991) in Applied Mechanics, both from University of Manchester (formerly UMIST). He had been an academic staff member of Nanyany Technological University (Singapore), Deakin (Australia), Brunel, Manchester and Aberdeen University before returning to Brunel in July 2011. At Brunel he has held roles as the Chairperson of the Board of Study in Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, Year 1 Tutor, Programme Director of MSc Structural Integrity, and now the Vice Dean Internatioanl of the College. Dr Wang’s expertise is in Applied Mechanics, including stress and strain analysis, dynamics and impact mechanics. He also conducts research in reliability and safety analysis with application in energy and medical areas. His research contributed to the British Energy’s R3 document on Impact Assessment of nuclear power plants. Under the title Shooting Cancers, his research also presented at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (2004). Dr. Wang is also one of the inventors of a patented knee implant which is a leading product in the North American market. Dr. Wang has delivered a wide range of subjects in the subject area of Applied Mechanics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Strength of Materials, Vector Calculus, Vibration and Machine Dynamics, Plasticity, Mechanism and Design, Advanced Reliability Analysis, Fracture and Fatigue, etc. Current teaching modules: ME3062/ME3092 FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems MN5561 Computer Aided Design 2
Dr Yanmeng Xu Dr Yanmeng Xu
Senior Lecturer in Mechanics for Design
Dr Xu is a tribologist and has extensive knowledge in the subjects of Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design & Development. He is very experienced in the area of precision machining, failure analysis for the engineering products, and the area of materials application in support of the engineering products in the oil and gas field. His significant contributions in the research of materials and manufacturing have managed to attract funding from EPSRC and major industrial companies such as BP and Shell. He is also often approached by various companies to provide technical consultancy on materials properties and applications, product design, and failure analysis. Dr Xu has published 30 research and technical papers in the leading international journals. Brief biography Dr Xu obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2004. After completing his PhD study, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 5 years at University of Cambridge, Leeds University and Brunel University London. Before he joined Brunel University London in July 2010, he worked as a Materials and Forensic Engineer at John Crane Ltd, at where he obtained extensive industrial experience. Dr Xu obtained his Master’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1998, and his Bachelor’s degree from Harbin University of Science and Technology in 1993, China. Module leader for DM1602, Workshops with Materials Module teaching contributor for DM1309, Mechanics Supervision MSc, PhD research students and final year undergraduate students