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Robotics involve the modelling, design, control, construction, operation and application of robots. Robotic research is interdisciplinary, and involves various fields.


  • Robotic single-cell manipulation for drug discovery, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI),  pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), etc.
  • Modelling, design and control of light-weight robot manipulators with high speed and high accuracy.


Our research focuses on robot manipulation and interaction at both micro-scale and macro-scale with applications for manufacturing and biological/medical industries.

Our research is focused on these six themes:

  • Robotic Single-Cell Handling
  • Design and Control Theory of Robots
  • Robotic Industrial Manufacturing and Production
  • Micro-Actuation
  • Robotic Rehabilitation
  • Robotic In-Pipe Inspection


Xuping Zhang

Head of section of Mechatronics and Dynamics, associate professo


  • Peng Song, Peng, Yueqing Yu, and Xuping Zhang, A Tutorial Survey and Comparison of Impedance Control on Robotic Manipulation, Robotica, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp: 801-836
  • Dan Kielsholm Thomsen, Rune Søe-Knudsen, David Brandt, Ole Balling, and Xuping Zhang, Smooth online time-varying input shaping with fractional delay FIR filtering, Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 88, 2019, pp: 21-37
  • Xuping Zhang, Rasmus Sørensen, Mathias Iversen, Haijie Li, Computationally Efficient Dynamic Modeling of Robot Manipulators with Multiple Flexible-links Using Acceleration-based Discrete Time Transfer Matrix Method, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 2018, 49:181-193
  • Zhuo Zhang, Weize Zhang, Qiyang Wu, Yueqing Yu, Xinyu Liu, Xuping Zhang, Closed-Form Modelling and Design Analysis of V- and Z-shaped Electrothermal Microactuators, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 2016, 27(1):1-13
  • Xuping Zhang, Zhe Lu, Clement Leung, and Yu Sun, Controlled Aspiration and Positioning of Biological Cells in a Micropipette, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2012, 59(4):1032-1040
  • Xuping Zhang, Zhe Lu, Danielle Gelina, Brian Ciruna and Yu Sun. Batch Transfer of Zebrafish Embryos into Multiwell Plates. IEEE Transactions of Automation Science and Engineering, 2011, 8(3):625-632
  • Xuping Zhang, J, K. Mills, W. L. Cleghorn. Dynamic Modeling and Experimental Validation of a 3-PRR Parallel Manipulator with Flexible Intermediate Link. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 2007, 50 (4): 323-340

Group staff

> Dan Thomsen, PhD student

> Emil Madsen, PhD student

> Oliver Tierdad Filsoof, PhD student

> Farhad Farhadi, PhD student

> Zhengxue Zhou, PhD student

> Hao Feng, PhD student


> Robotics

> Control Theory