Dr Ziwei Wang

Lecturer in Robotics

Profile

Ziwei Wang is a Lecturer in Robotics at Lancaster University and a member of the Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre (LIRA). He received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Automation at Tsinghua University, China. Prior to joining Lancaster University, he worked as a Research Associate with the Human Robotics Group in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, U.K. He is also a Visiting Scholar at King’s College London, UK. His main research interests and expertise span a broad range of areas in teleoperation systems, human sensorimotor augmentation, and human-robot interaction, aiming at enhancing human sensorimotor capability and overall robotic system performance.

He is enthusiastic about developing AI-based telerobotics and control technologies to overcome the challenges in remote manipulation so that the benefits can be extended to extreme environments (including but not limited to remote surgery, space assembly and smart manufacturing.) 1) Prescribed-Performance Teleoperation: A novel concept (termed as practically prescribed-time stability) and systematic approach for general teleoperation systems, which ensured user-defined characteristics of performance metrics such as operation time, accuracy, and state constraints. 2) Haptic Augmentation: He developed a Gaussian-process-based classifier for interactive environment identification and polynomial fuzzy based force estimation. These techniques have been successfully tested in the peg transfer task via the Da Vinci surgical robot, which enables a robust estimation accuracy (<0.025N) with few-shot data through the virtues of the fitting ability of polynomials and the nonlinear expression ability of fuzzy models. 3) Multiple Cooperative Teleoperation: He developed a series of reinforcement learning mechanisms to improve operation expertise and correct the operator commands before driving the remote devices, which allows for human-human and human-robot interaction in extreme environments.

He has authored and co-authored over 50 journals and conference papers, and some are published in prestigious journals such as IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, etc. He serves as an editorial board, a program committee member, and a reviewer for various international journals and conferences. He was supported by the Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub funded by EPSRC. He has also served as a Session Chair of IEEE SMC 21, ICAC 23, IECON23 and ICIT 24, a Special Session Chair of IEEE WCCI 22, IECON 23 and IEEE WCCI 24, a Workshop Organiser of IROS 21, ICRA 24 and a member of the technical program committee for a number of international conferences in the fields of AI and robotics.

He has served as an Associate Editor of Biomimetic Intelligence and Robotics (BIROB), Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, and an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Robotics and AI and Designs. He is an IEEE Member and a CSF Member. He has served as a Technical Community Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), such as Collaborative Automation for Flexible Manufacturing, Human-Robot Interaction & Coordination, Telerobotics and Robotics & Automation in Nuclear Fusion (RAS-RANF). He was the recipient of the Young Author Award at the IFAC Workshop on Control Applications of Optimization in 2018, the Best Paper Award of the IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing in 2022, and the Best Poster Award of IROS Workshop 2022. He served as the Academic Advisor for the First Prize of the 2021 International Collegiate Spacecraft Innovation Design Contest.

2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Event)
Publication peer-review

The 25th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (Event)
Publication peer-review

IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology 2024 (Event)
Editorial activity

The 49th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON2023) (Event)
Publication peer-review

The 28th International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC2023)
Participation in conference - Academic

22nd IFAC World Congress
Other

Bimanual Coordinated Teleoperation and Assessment of Operator's Cognitive Workload
Invited talk

Towards Human-Robot Collaborative Surgery: Trajectory and Strategy Learning in Bimanual Peg Transfer
Invited talk

Bimanual Coordinated Teleoperation and Assessment of Operator's Cognitive Workload
Invited talk

The 49th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON2023)
Participation in conference - Academic

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Journal)
Publication peer-review

The 27th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC2022)
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

IEEE WORLD CONGRESS ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2022
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Designs (Journal)
Editorial activity

Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Journal)
Editorial activity

IEEE ASME Trans Mechatron (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Journal)
Publication peer-review

2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (Event)
Publication peer-review

IFAC World Congress 2023 (Event)
Publication peer-review

Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Journal)
Editorial activity

Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Journal)
Editorial activity

IEEE Transactions on Robotics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (Event)
Editorial activity

IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Best Paper Award of ICAC 2022
Prize (including medals and awards)

Young Author Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

IROS Best Poster Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre
  • LIRA - Advanced Manufacturing
  • LIRA - Extreme Environments
  • Robotics and Control