Yongjing Wang
Research Group

Creating applied robots for future productivity and sustainability

Announcements and news


Our team will lead a theme in the newly announced £34.6M EPSRC automation hub for sustainable manufacturing. Look forward to working with all internal and external partners in this exciting initiative!


Our team was recently awarded a new project ‘Robotic Triage for Value Retention in a CircularEconomy (RoboTriage)’

This £2.3M collaborative project (£1.5M from the EPSRC and £800k from the partnering institutions and industrial supporters) involves the Univesity of Birmingham, Cranfield University and the Manufacturing Technology Centre. This project will create and develop robotic systems that can perform circularity triage by capturing the health condition data of used products, allowing for a swift evaluation of product conditions so as to group products of similar conditions, avoid mixed waste streams and recommend the highest-value CE options. 

This project is supported by world-leading companies including TOSHIBA, Jaguar Land Rover, Dyson, Ocado Technology and Ford, as well as two United Nations organisations: ITU and UNESCO. 

Project details and vacancies will be released in due course.


Big congratulations to Dr Feiying Lan on his paper ‘The SVD-enhanced bees algorithm, a novel procedure for point cloud registration‘ being published by Swarm and Evolutionary Computation!

Big congratulations to Farzaneh Goli on her paper ‘Disassembly of Rectangle Peg-Hole Structures Through Compliance Strategy and Reinforcement Learning’ being accepted by the IEEE CASE 2024!


Big congratulations to Mo Qu on his paper ‘Robotic Disassembly Platform for Disassembly of a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery: A Case Study‘ being published by Automation


Many congratulations to Mr Oliver Kamperis on passing his PhD Viva with minor corrections!  Soon to be Dr!


Our team was recently awarded a new project ‘Robotic skill transfer and augmentation for contact-rich tasks in manufacturing (STAMAN) ‘. 

This £1.35M collaborative project (£1M from the EPSRC and £350k from project partners) involves the University of Birmingham and the University of Sheffield, supported by nine industrial partners including world-leading companies Airbus and Caterpillar, as well as two UK national High-Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres: MTC and AMRC. This projetc will investigate the technologies for the autonomous scale-up of robotic skills in manufacturing. Many congratulations to Dr Mo Qu and Dr Feiying Lan who made early-stage investigations into the topic and laid the foundation of this new project. 

Project details and vacancies will be realeased in due course.