Professor Xiu Yan

Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management

Personal statement

Prof. Xiu T YAN, (BEng, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FIET, FHEA), is a Professon in Mechatronic Systems Technology,  the Director of  Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory (SMeSTech), Strathclyde Space Institute. He is currently the Chairman of Robotics and Mechatronics TPN Executive Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Vice-Chiarman of Mechtronics Forum - the Vice Chairman of the Mechatronics Forum – an international mechatronics organisation established in 1992 and sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the UK.  

His research contributions include a systematic mechatronic system design methodology through the development of a novel ‘design process model’ and associated computer support tools for mechatronic systems design. He is the founding director of a research centre on mechatronic systems technology – SMeSTech. His research output impact has been realised through extensive knowledge exchange projects and recognised by the awards of National Judges Commendation Award for Knowledge Transfer Partnership Best Partnership Awards 2010, MCN Best Product of the Year 2009 and finalist for the John Logie Baird Innovation Awards. He has published over 180 journal and conference papers and book chapters published in leading international journals and conferences in mechatronic system design and modelling, enginggering system design, haptic system modelling, computer modelling and design support tools for mechatronic system development and applications of design process in several engineering discplines, manufacturing and assembly, bio-structure modelling.  

Two of his books have been rated as top 25% top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection with a third book as top 50% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection. Prof Yan currently manages and hosts over 20 researchers within SMeSTech lab.

Prof. Yan has been nominated for the award of Excellent Teaching for the award of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence in 2014 for "He is very skillful and hardworking teacher".

Prizes and awards

Best Paper Award
Best Poster (Application) Award
The First finalist in the Engineer magazine’s "Collaborate to Innovate" award in the category of Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability (2016)
Excellent Teaching nomination for Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards
FASTAHEAD prject as the Best Asia Link project
Elected a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

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A first simulation of soil-laser interaction investigation for soil characteristic analysis : simulation of soil-laser interaction investigation
Donaldson Karen M, Yan Xiu T
Geoderma Vol 337, pp. 701-709 (2019)
Dynamic anytime task and path planning for mobile robots
Wong Cuebong, Yang Erfu, Yan Xiu-Tian, Gu Dongbing
The UKRAS19 Conference on Embedded Intelligence (2019)
First engineering framework for the out-of-plane robotic shaping of thin rheological objects
Cocuzza Silvio, Yan X-T
Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Vol 53, pp. 108-121 (2018)
Effects of sample pretreatment and particle size on the determination of nitrogen in soil by portable LIBS and potential use on robotic-borne remote Martian and agricultural soil analysis systems
Yan Xiu T, Donaldson Karen M, Davidson Christine M, Gao Yichun , Wu Hanling , Houston Andrew M , Kisdi Aron
RSC Advances Vol 8, pp. 36886-36894 (2018)
Multi-functional interface for flexibility and reconfigurability of future european space robotic systems
Vinals Javier , Urgoiti Eduardo , Guerra Gonzalo , Valiente Ignacio , Esnoz-Larraya Judit , Ilzkovitz Michel , Franćeski Mario, Letier Pierre, Yan Xiu, Henry Gwenole, Quaranta Albino , Brinkmann Wiebke , Jankovic Marko, Bartsch Sebastian, Doermer Manfred
Advances in Astronautics Science and Technology Vol 1, pp. 119–133 (2018)
Development of a heat flow code to simulate production of a functionally graded material robotic gripper using the additive manufacture process
McMaster Thomas A, Yan Xiu T
Mechatronics 2018 : Reinventing Mechatronics (2018)

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Professional activities

69th International Astronautical Congress
Mechatronics 2018: Reinventing Mechatronics16th Mechatronics Forum International Conference
Mechatronics 2018: Reinventing Mechatronics16th Mechatronics Forum International Conference
AgriSense, AgriRover and AgriHarvester for SmartFarm
Invited speaker
19th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics (REM 2018)
Member of programme committee
External PhD Examiner of Loughborough University of Technology, the UK
External Examiner

more professional activities


A feasibility study of nitrogen detection using remote sensor in collaboration with AgriRover
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator)
Data analysis of soil fertility through nitrogen level estimation for in-situ & satellite correlation mapping algorithms for effective plant health monitoring. Evaluation and integration of these analyses into an integrated model and information platform on crop growth and pest and diseases.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Deep Learning-Based Smart Autonomous Systems for the Visual Inspection of Asset Integrity in Harsh Environment
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Yan, Xiu (Co-investigator)
Robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) have received the increasing interests both in onshore and offshore applications where harsh environment has been a challenging issue particularly in the oil and gas industry. With the rising safety, time and cost concerns relating to the inspection of important industrial equipment and infrastructures, the use of small, lightweight and smart RASs such as UAVs/drones that can be deployed quickly to assess the internal and external conditions are highly desirable.
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
OGTC Robotics Vessel Inspection
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Yan, Xiu (Co-investigator) Yang, Erfu (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2018 - 19-Jan-2020
Space Robotic Technologies for Plant Grafting (SR-Grafting) Agri-Tech in China: Newton Network+
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator)
This project is the flagship challenge project between UK-China in their first ever joint science and technology innovation flagship challenge programme. In its first year of joint innovation, both countries agreed to collaborate in agricultural technologies. The project is a pilot funded by InnovateUK through Agri-EPI.
02-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
SIROM (Standard Interface for Robotic Manipulation of Payloads in Future Space Missions) (COMPET)
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator) Post, Mark (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator) Donaldson, Karen (Researcher) Li, Youhua (Researcher) Palazzetti, Roberto (Researcher)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019

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