Professor Xiu Yan

Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Personal statement

Prof. Xiu-Tian YAN, (BEng, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FIET, FHEA), is a Professor in Mechatronics in the  department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management. He was the past Chairman of Robotics and Mechatronics TPN Executive Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Vice-Chairman of Mechatronics Forum - an international mechatronics organisation established in 1992 and sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the UK.  

His research contributions include a mechatronic system design methodology through the development of a novel ‘design process model’ and associated computer support tools for mechatronic systems design. This model is then applied and validated in developing mechatronic and sustainable solutions to challenging problems found in

  • agriculture through award nominated collaborative and innovative AgriRover for autonomous soil fertility sensing for sustainable farming and selective harvesting,
  • construction with a sustainable and autonomous factory blueprint for future innovative renovation of social houses in the North Sea Region in Indu-Zero project, and
  • Sustainable manufacturing with a SmartMan system for cake production to minimise the waste.

He has published over 260 journal and conference papers and book chapters in leading international journals and conferences in mechatronic system design and modelling, smart farming, engineering system design, haptic system modelling, computer modelling and design support tools for mechatronic system development and applications of design process in several engineering disciplines, manufacturing and assembly, and bio-structure modelling. 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.  

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

Prizes and awards

Best Paper Award
The nomination of the first of three finalists for the award of the Best paper in the category D Infrastructure at 69th (2018) International Astronautical Congress, Germany
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 project as the Best Asia Link project

More prizes and awards


Additive manufacturing process design for complex aircraft components
Dogea Ramona, Yan Xiu T, Millar Richard
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Vol 123, pp. 4195-4211 (2022)
Sustainable mechatronic solution for agricultural precision farming inspired by space robotics technologies
Niu Cong, Yan Xiu-Tian, Li Youhua
EcoMechatronics Challenges for Evolution, Development and Sustainability (2022) (2022)
Examining the inherent strains of aluminium alloy 7050-T7451 powder for additive manufacturing processes
Dogea Ramona, Yan Xiu T, Millar Richard
MRS Communications Vol 12, pp. 813-818 (2022)
Modularity for the future in space robotics : a review
Post Mark A, Yan Xiu-Tian, Letier Pierre
Acta Astronautica Vol 189, pp. 530-547 (2021)
A smart wing rib structure suitable for design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) process
Dogea Ramona, Yan Xiu T, Millar Richard
Journal of Material Sciences & Manufacturing Research Vol 2, pp. 1-21 (2021)
A novel clustering-based algorithm for solving spatially-constrained robotic task sequencing problems
Wong Cuebong, Mineo Carmelo, Yang Erfu, Yan Xiu-Tian, Gu Dongbing
IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics Vol 26, pp. 2294-2305 (2021)

More publications

Professional activities

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering (Journal)
Associate Editor
UK-China Space Robotics Inspired Seedling Grafting Robotic Systems Workshop
EU - European Research Council (External organisation)
AgriRover: a space robotics inspired platform for precision farming
Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering: Robotics and Autonomous Systems Thematic Leader Group (RAS-TLG) (External organisation)
69th International Astronautical Congress

More professional activities


A Smart Robotic System for SmartFarm – Sprayer System Design
Deng, Zhongsheng (Principal Investigator) Yan, Xiu (Administrator)
Research assistance in DMEM of University of Strathclyde, delivering technical reports, documenting the CFD datasets and drafting journal paper of the research outcomes.
12-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
Made Smarter Innovation - Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2025
An smart robotic system for SmartFarm (ISCF)
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Ren, Jinchang (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023
Evans, Dorothy (Principal Investigator) Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2025
ACCELERATE adoption of EXOSKELETONS for construction and manufacturing applications in the NorthSea Region (EXSKALLERATE)
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator) McMahon, Daniel (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Head Mounted Vision
Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator) Wodehouse, Andrew (Co-investigator) Wong, Andy TC (Co-investigator) McMahon, Daniel (Co-investigator)
AI and augmented reality enabled Head Mounted Vision for construction industry
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020

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Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management
James Weir

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