Cheng Fang

I joined SDU robotics on 15th of March 2019 as an assistant professor after five years in Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) as a postdoctoral researcher. Below is a short introduction of my background. 

I received my Ph.D. degree in mechanical design and theory from the Robotics Research Institute, Beihang University (formerly Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics), Beijing, China, in 2013. During my Ph.D. period, I conducted research on motion planning, control and skill transfer for redundant anthropomorphic arms Based on movement primitives. I was also awarded National Scholarship for Graduate Students (the top scholarship for graduate students in China) and Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of Beihang University. Afterwards, I joined the Humanoids and Human Centered Mechatronics (HHCM) Lab led by Nikos Tsagarakis in IIT as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2014. I also worked closely with Antonio Bicchi and Arash Ajoudani, and I was involved in a couple of European projects, such as SAPHARI (FP7-ICT-2011-7, 287513), WALK-MAN (FP7-ICT-2013-10, 611832) and CENTAURO (H2020 ICT-23-2014, 644839), working on the developement of algorithms and softwares for improving the manipulation skills (especially the skills which require interactions or contracts among humans, robots and environment) of humanoid robots by utilizing the kinematic and dynamic musculoskeletal modelling of human body.

My current research interests include physical human-robot-environment interactions/collaborations (in an ergonomic or symbiotic sense), kinematic and dynamic musculoskeletal modelling of human body, safety issue on the human-robot collaboration in the context of Industry 4.0 and task-motion planning and control of anthropomorphic arms or manipulators.

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