Dr Yongjing Wang BEng(1st), PhD, CEng, MIET, FHEA

Dr Yongjing Wang

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Yongjing (YJ) Wang is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering. His vision is to improve the circular economy and manufacturing productivity by innovating industrial robotics and automation technologies with step-change functions in dexterity, guidance, connectivity, safety, and accessibility. In particular, Yongjing has made a sustained contribution to the area of robotic disassembly.

The value of his research work has been recognised through funding from EPSRC, EC, the Royal Society, Innovate UK, and various industry partners.

He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • BEng (1st Hons), Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2013
  • BEng, Automation Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (China), 2013


Yongjing graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first-class BEng (Hons) in 2013, in a joint degree with Harbin Institute of Technology, China. His final year project, supervised by Professor Mietek Brdys, encouraged him to study for a PhD at the same institution under the supervision of Professor Duc Pham.

Yongjing’s PhD research focused on smart and active materials and structures with self-healing capabilities. His work on achieving high-level recovery at ultra-low temperatures has been reported in over 20 news media reports.

After obtaining his PhD degree in 2016, Yongjing continued to work in Professor Duc Pham’s group on robotic disassembly technologies, as part of the £2m EPSRC project AUTOREMAN. He was a core member of the AUTOREMAN research team, the lab manager of the Autonomous Remanufacturing Laboratory, and co-authored over 20 publications including a Springer book focused on disassembly sequence planning problems. Meanwhile, Yongjing built strong industrial partnerships with world-leading companies such as Caterpillar and KUKA, as well as emerging and active SMEs.

In 2020, Yongjing was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the newly established School of Engineering. In 2021, he was awarded the EPSRC New Investigator Award to build a research team on self-learning robotics for manufacturing automation. In 2023, he was promoted to Associate Professor.


Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Microprocessors and Control Systems

Mechanical Engineering

  •  Mechatronics & Control Systems
  • Synoptic Mechanical Engineering
  • Integrated Design Project 3
  • Final Year Project

Aerospace Engineering

  • Electrical Energy Systems and Control B

Postgraduate supervision

Yongjing supervises a number of postdoctoral researchers, PhD researchers, master and undergraduate research students within the School of Engineering.

We are already looking for highly motivated people to join our team.

Researchers who would like to join our research team may apply for scholarship and fellowship opportunities, please check the links below.

For more details, please contact y.wang@bham.ac.uk.


Research interests

  • Robotics and automation
  • Human-robot collaborations
  • Control and system engineering
  • Remanufacturing
  • Smart materials and structures

Grant awards

Some of the major grants awarded to Y Wang as principal investigator:

  • ‘Self-learning robotics for industrial contact-rich tasks (ATARI): enabling smart learning in automated disassembly’ (2022-2024) Sponsor: EPSRC New Investigator Award
  • ‘Affordable and modular robotic disassembly systems’ (2023) Sponsor: EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (Follow-up)
  • ‘Hierarchical Use of Battery: Intelligent Evaluation and Collaborative Robot Disassembly’ (2020-2023) Sponsor: Industry

Other activities

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019 - present)
  • Chartered Engineer (2019 - present)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (2017 - present)

Administrative duties

  • Member of Research Facilities and Technical Services Committee, School of Engineering, UoB (2022 - present)

External appointments

  • Elected Member, UK-RAS Early Career Forum (2022 - 2023)
  • Member of TPR/1/7/5 standards committee, the British Standards Institution (BSI) (2022 - present)
  • Member of Focus Group on "Environmental Efficiency for Artificial Intelligence and other Emerging Technologies", the International Telecommunication Union (2021 - 2022)
  • Member of Early Career Researcher Forum, UK Research and Innovation (2021 - 2022)