Michael Yu WANG (王煜)
Dept of Electronic & Computer Engineering, HKUST
Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, HKUST

Founding Director, HKUST Robotics Institute

Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Fellow, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Research Interests
Robotics and Automation:
Autonomous systems
Soft robotics
Robotic manipulation
Robot learning
Smart manufacturing
Design and Manufacturing:
Topology optimization
Additive manufacturing


A native of China, Professor Wang obtained his undergraduate degree from Xian Jiaotong University in China, his M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. from the Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining HKUST in 2015, he served on the engineering faculty at University of Maryland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. Professor Wang has held other positions worldwide, including visiting scholar at Stanford University, A*STAR OAP Fellow in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Guest Professor in Shanghai Jiaotong University and Haerbin Institute of Technology, Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Thousand Talents Professor at Xian Jiaotong University in China, Eminent Visiting Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of University of Technology Sydney.

Wang’s research focuses primarily on robotics, autonomous systems, manufacturing automation, topology optimization, and additive manufacturing, with over 300 technical publications in these areas. His research projects were supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Boeing, Chrysler, ALCOA, Maryland Industrial Partnerships in USA, by RGC and ITC and local industries in Hong Kong, by NSFC and MOST in China, and by Singapore A*STAR, MOE, and Defense Ministry. He has supervised 22 PhD, 11 MS and 2 MPhil degree students.

He received a Research Initiation Award from USA NSF (1993), a Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE in 1994 and a LaRoux K. Gillespie Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, and was a Boeing - A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow in 1998. He received the Kayamori Best Paper Award of 2001 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Best Conference Paper Award of 2007 International CAD Conference & Exhibition, the Compliant Mechanisms Award-Theory of ASME 31st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2007, and the Best Paper Award in Information of IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (2009). He was awarded the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the Natural Science Foundation of China (2002) and the China State Natural Science Prize (Class II) from the Ministry of Science & Technology of China (2012). He was named Chang Jiang (Cheung Kong) Scholar by the Ministry of Education (China) and Li Ka Shing Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2005, and Distinguished Overseas Scholar by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. He received the Research Excellence Award of CUHK (2008), and ASME Design Automation Award in 2013. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2006-2010).

He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and an editor for Computer-Aided Design, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering.