Dr Erfu Yang

Senior Lecturer

Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management


Personal statement

Dr Erfu Yang is a Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Group within the Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM) at the University of Strathclyde. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. degree in robotics from the University of Essex, Colchester, UK, within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.  Before joining the DMEM, he was a research fellow in the Cognitive Signal Image and Control Processing Research (COSIPRA) Laboratory at the University of Stirling, UK. Previously, as a research fellow he also worked in the Department of Mechanical and Control Systems Engineering (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan) and School of Engineering (University of Edinburgh, UK). His main research interests include robotics, autonomous systems, computer vision, image/signal processing, mechatronics, data analytics, manufacturing automation, multi-objective optimizations, and applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence including multi-agent reinforcement learning, fuzzy logic, neural networks, bio-inspired algorithms, and cognitive computation, etc. He has over 160 publications in these areas, including more than 80 journal papers and 10 book chapters. Dr Yang has been awarded over 15 research grants as PI (principal investigator) or CI (co-investigator). He is the Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Member of the UK Engineering Professors’ Council,  Senior Member of the IEEE Society of Robotics and Automation, IEEE Control Systems Society,  Publicity Co-Chair of the IEEE UK and Ireland Industry Applications Chapter, Committee Member of the IET SCOTLAND Manufacturing Technical Network. Dr Yang has been a Scientific/Technical Programme Committee member or organizer for a series of international conferences and workshops. He is an associate editor for the Cognitive Computation journal published by Springer.

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Prize And Awards

Excellent Paper
Best Paper Award
Best Paper Award Nominee
Best Poster (Application) Award

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Hierarchical estimation methods based on the penalty term for controlled autoregressive systems with colored noises
Sun Huanqi, Xiong Weili, Ding Feng, Yang Erfu
International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control (2024)
Biologically-inspired multi-objective optimization for UAV path planning
Weerasinghe Nadeesha, Yang Erfu
2023 IEEE Smart World Congress (SWC) (2024)
Sensor fusion based UAV localisation system for low cost autonomous inspection in extremely confined environments
Yang Beiya, Yang Erfu, Yu Leijian, Niu Cong
IEEE Sensors Journal (2024)
Iterative parameter identification algorithms for transformed dynamic rational fraction input–output systems
Miao Guangqin, Ding Feng, Liu Qinyao, Yang Erfu
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics Vol 434 (2023)
Hierarchical recursive least squares parameter estimation methods for multiple‐input multiple‐output systems by using the auxiliary models
Xing Haoming, Ding Feng, Pan Feng, Yang Erfu
International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing Vol 37, pp. 2983-3007 (2023)
An overview of path planning for autonomous robots in smart manufacturing
Jiang Meiling, Yang Erfu, Dobie Gordon
2023 28th International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC) (2023)

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Professional Activities

STEP - Becoming a Strathclyde Scholar (of teaching and learning)
The pro2 network+ (External organisation)
The Scientific Machine Learning Seminar
Poster on "A novel deep neural network-based emotion analysis system for automatic detection of mild cognitive impairment"
Robust Sensing, Detection and Localisation for UAV-Based Smart Visual Inspection in Complex Environments
Invited speaker

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KTP - Glenrath Farms Ltd. Development of an intelligent collaborative robot system for smart farm manufacturing (iCoBOTS).
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Maier, Anja (Co-investigator) Masood, Tariq (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2026
Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration for Future Advanced Healthcare Applications
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Liang, Sha (Co-investigator) Ait Ameur, Mohamed Adlan (Researcher)
The aim of this project is to investigate an intelligent human-robot interaction for advanced healthcare applications, which will leverage advanced computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence to enable patent-oriented medical and health functions. Together with the cutting-edge human friendly robot system such as cobots to form a new advanced intelligent human-robot system, realise the robot healthcare applied in patients’ home, hospitals and other complex environments to achieve autonomous activities, active identification, assistance and emergency treatment, and alarm functions of sudden diseases, and remote coordination with caregivers and doctors to provide accurate support and assistance for their care, and complete the care and treatment of the elderly and patients.
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2026
Cobot – Human Interaction PhD Case Study
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Othman, Uqba (Researcher)
16-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Adaptive Path Planning and Visual Navigation of Autonomous Inspection Robots in Challenging Environments
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Jiang, Meiling (Researcher)
This project aims to fundamentally investigate the novel adaptive path planning and visual navigation of robots (such as an industrial robot manipulator, Cobot, UAV etc.) for autonomous inspection by enabling holistic control and interactions of robots in complex, dynamic and changing environments such that safety and interaction of nearby humans/operators/other objects etc. can be maintained while the inspection tasks are taking place. At the same time, the efficiency and flexibility of the inspection process is also achieved when process variations or environmental changes take place.
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
MOEA/D-PPR: Path Planning of Robots in Complex Environments via the Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm Based on Decomposition
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
Flexible Human-Robot Collaborative Inspection for In-Process Quality Control in Smart Manufacturing
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator) Othman, Uqba (Researcher)
The overall research aim of this project is to fundamentally investigate the novel flexible human-robot collaborative inspection strategies by enabling holistic control and interactions of collaborative robots in complex human-robot collaborative manufacturing environments such that safety and interaction of nearby humans/operators can be maintained while the in-process inspection and quality control are being done. At the same time, the efficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing process is also achieved when process variations or environmental changes occur in advanced manufacturing systems.
To achieve this aim, the proposed project will be focusing on the following three research objectives: 1) A comprehensive review of the state of the art in collaborative robotics and human-robot interactions towards smarter manufacturing in the digital age. 2) Investigation of novel concepts and algorithms for intelligent control, motion planning, and machine learning. 3) Development and testing of prototype sensing, Inspection with machine vision and NDT, path planning, and control system in the complex human-robot collaborative manufacturing environments.
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024

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Dr Erfu Yang
Senior Lecturer
Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Email: erfu.yang@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 574 5279