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Prof. Wang was the founding Head of Department of Mechatronics and Robotics. He is an IET Fellow and a senior member of IEEE. He is also a team leader of Talented Jiangsu Innovation and Entrepreneur Programme. He has broad academic working experience in China, England, Wales, and Scotland for more than 20 years. He has extensive research experience in Internet of Things (IoT), wireless mesh networks, indoor positioning, big data analytics, and applications for smart cities. Along with more 30 research projects sponsored from EU, UK EPSRC, Innovate UK, China NSFC, and industry, his research in each area has led to an impactful industrial product. For example, the smart trolley, which has been deployed at more than 10 airports in China, he has developed with industrial partner is the first in the world to provide an IoT solution aiming at providing intelligent airport services for passengers. His collaborative research in acoustic localisation with Zhejiang University has won the first place in Microsoft Indoor Localisation Competition in sound group. He has 220+ publications and filed dozens of patents, including 6 granted patents in the US, Japan, and South Korea, and 18 granted patents in China. His research has been classified as World Leading at the UKs REF assessment. The highest citation number of a single technical paper on Google Scholar is over 600. Overall citation is over 4200.He is currently leading a university-industry collaborative research centre XJTLU-uGo Robotics Research Centre with sponsorship from industry of multi-million yuan to develop robots for passenger services and airport services. To this end, some significant achievements have been made, including a Deep SLAM and Navigation system where accuracy of localization could reach 3 cm in real-world applications and response time for path planning could be reduced to milli-second level from dozen of seconds. Apart from research in robotic SLAM and navigation, his other research interests include intelligent manufacturing and healthcare. In intelligent manufacturing, he is investigating a system dubbed as VisionTwin to integrate industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), edge computing, machine vision, digital twin, and artificial intelligence to promote the intelligence of manufacturing. One application example is condition monitoring of overhead power lines, where a 3-dimensional space could be created on a typical 2-D camera. In healthcare, he has led a team to develop a novel application of diagnosing COVID-19 on smartphones by monitoring users breathing. In addition, he is investigating technologies for motion and posture detection of users indoors by acoustic analysis on smartphones. He is also working on digitalisation of traditional Chinese Medicine.He is currently organizing two international conferences, HCCS and CollaborateCom. If you would like to collaborate with me on research or study with me for a PhD degree, feel free to contact me.

Research interests

Intelligent and Connected Vehicles

Airport Robotics

Intelligent manufacturing

Edge computing

Digital twin

Acoustic localisation, communications and sensing


Motion and posture detection

Indoor positioning and data services

Condition monitoring of power systems


Professor, head of Department of Mechatronics and Robotics, School of Advanced Technology, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Sept. 2019-

Professor, Department of EEE, School of Advanced Technology, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, July 2019- Aug. 2020

Professor of Computing/Director of Research and Enterprise, School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London, UK , Nov. 2017 - June 2019

Professor in Networks/Discipline Lead in Computer Networks, School of Engineering and Computing, University of the West Scotland, Scotland, UK, Feb. 2013 - Nov. 2017

Senior Lecturer in Wireless Communications/Director of Postgraduate Studies (Communications), College of Engineering, Swansea University, UK, Sept. 2007 - Feb. 2013

Senior Lecturer in Mobile Computing – Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, Kingston University, UK, June 2004- Aug. 2007

Senior Research Fellow – Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, Kingston University, UK, May 2003 - May 2004

Research Fellow – Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University, UK, June 2001 - April 2003

Visiting Research Fellow – Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southampton, UK, Jan. 1997 - Sept. 1998

Lecturer – State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation for Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, June 1994 - Jan. 1997


MEC202 Industrial Awareness and Group Project

CPT404 Technological Project Management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Electrical Engineering & Electronics, Brunel University, UK, 2001

MSc in Electrical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 1994

BEng in Electrical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 1991

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