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Zhen Gao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology
W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology McMaster University

Office: ETB 206
Voice: +1 (905) 525 9140 extension 27102
email: gaozhen@mcmaster.ca


B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Automation (Option: Industrial Automation), Department of Electrical Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology

Ph.D. in Control Science and Engineering (Sub-theme: Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems), Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology of China

MITACS Post-Doctoral Researcher in Integrated Optimization and Control of Advanced Robots, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Teaching Experience:

Core automation and robotics related courses including Programmable Logic Controller and Automation, Control Theory, Motion Control and Robotics, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Advanced Robotics and Automation, and Capstone Project.

Research Focus:

Zhen’s current research interests range from advanced robotic technology, sensory and intelligent systems, to pedagogical research in automation education.   

Awards and Honors:

  1. 2012, Outstanding service to IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
  2. Recognition as one of the IEEE Transactions “Outstanding Reviewers of 2011”
  3. 2011, Best Paper Award from the First International Conference on Robot, Vision and Signal Processing
  4. 2010-2011, MITACS-NCE Postdoctoral Research Award, Canada

Professional Activities:

1. Professional Certifications/Organizations

        Professional Engineer of Ontario (Limited License for University Faculty Member)
Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Member of the Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE

2. Editorship

        Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Intelligent Machines and Robotics
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Robotic and Mechatronic Systems

3. Program Committee Member  

IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics, 2016
IEEE Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, 2015, 2016
International Conference on Knowledge-Based Engineering and Innovation, 2015  
IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015
IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation, 2013, 2015
IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Technology, 2014
World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, 2014
IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, 2012
International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, 2011


Selected Publications:

  1. Z. Gao, I. Singh, Experimental Study on Position Control Techniques of a 4-DOF Mechanical Arm based on Open-Source Software and Hardware, International Journal of Computer and Information Technology, Volume 04, Issue 06, 2015, pp. 930-935
  2. Z. Gao, T. Wanyama and I. Singh, Design a Practice-Intensive Course of Programmable Logic Controller and Automation, International Journal of Mechatronics, Electrical and Computer Technology, Volume 5, Issue 16, pp. 2207-2216, 2015
  3. Z. Gao, D. Zhang, Performance Analysis, Mapping and Multi-Objective Optimization of a Hybrid Robotic Machine Tool, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 62, Issue 1, pp. 423-433, 2015
  4. Z. Gao, D. Zhang, Flexure Parallel Mechanism: Configuration and Performance Improvement of a Compact Acceleration Sensor, ASME Transaction, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Vol. 4, pp. 031002-1 - 031002-10, 2012
  5. D. Zhang, Z. Gao, Optimal Kinematic Calibration of Parallel Manipulators with Pseudo-error Theory and Cooperative Coevolutionary Network, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 59, No. 8, pp. 3221-3231, 2012
  6. Z. Gao, D. Zhang, X. Hu, Y. Ge, Design, Analysis and Stiffness Optimization of a Three-Degree-of-Freedom Parallel Manipulator, Robotica, Vol. 28, pp. 349-357, 2010  
  7. Z. Gao, D. Zhang, Y. Ge, Design Optimization of Spatial Six Degree-of-Freedom Parallel Manipulator based on Artificial Intelligence Approaches, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 180-189, 2010
  8. Z. Gao, B. Song, G. Song, M. Liu, W. Sun, Y. Ge. Design and Application of a Multidimensional Acceleration Sensor for Coaching of Shot-put Athletes. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Vol. 149, pp. 213-220, 2009