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Dr Ketao Zhang

Dr Ketao Zhang

Lecturer in Robotics
Industry Deputy (Robotics)
Admissions Lead (Robotics)

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Engineering 115, Mile End

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support hours:
Semester B
Friday, 13:00 - 14:00
Expertise: Dr Ketao Zhang's current research include screw theory, origami-inspired design and fabrication techniques, reconfigurable parallel manipulators, biologically-inspired robots, aerial robots, mobile robots and mobile manipulation, and morphable soft-bodied robots. Current research themes in his group are 1) design, modelling and control of novel legged robots, 2) parallel manipulators for manufacturing, 3) automatous mobile manipulators for indoor and field applications, 4) self-folding and morphable soft-bodied robots.
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Affiliations: Member of IEEE
Member of ASME

Brief Biography

Dr Ketao Zhang is a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), and is the Principal Investigator of the Robotic Systems Group, a core robotics team within the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ QMUL (ARQ).

His research explores design theory of mechanisms, reconfigurable parallel manipulators, morphable soft-bodied robots, autonomous mobile manipulators, and aerial robots that can operate in dynamic and challenging environments.

Before joining QMUL, he was a Research Associate at the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London in the Aerial Robotics Lab with Prof Mirko Kovac, developing aerial robotic construction systems that enable aerial robots to 3D print building structures autonomously. He had also been a leading researcher at King's College London in the Multifingered Robotic Hand Lab where he developed the 3-fingered Metahand for mobile manipulators and learning affordance in robotic manipulation under Prof Jian Dai.

Dr. Zhang received his PhD degree in a joint programme in Mechanical Engineering - Machine Design and Theory at King's College London (UK) and Beijing Jiaotong University (China), investigating the design and kinematic analysis of reconfigurable parallel manipulators. He received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Beijing Jiaotong University.

He is currently a Associate Editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory and Editorial Board Member of the Chinese Journal of Aeronautics.