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

Dr Yongjing Wang

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Yongjing is an academic engineer and a lecturer at the School of Engineering, the University of Birmingham, UK.

Yongjing’s work focuses on the development of the next generation robotics and automation technologies and their applications to complex industrial processes. In particular, he has been promoting the use of robots in remanufacturing and recycling.

His work has contributed to EPSRC, EC, Royal society, Innovate UK and industry funded projects and he is building a new team at Birmingham.

Yongjing is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2019
  • Chartered Engineer, 2019
  • 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
  • Member of Institute of Technology, 2013


Yongjing obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree with First-Class Honours in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham (2013), and BEng in Automation at Harbin Institute of Technology (2013). His work was related to the design of robot manipulator controllers under the supervision of Professor Mietek Brdys.

Following his BEng, Yongjing did a cross-disciplinary PhD on self-healing composites at the same university under the supervision of Professor Duc Truong Pham. He completed his PhD in 2016 and his work received international recognition and was highlighted in media and news journals including The Engineer, Materials Today and Science Daily.

From 2016 to 2020, Yongjing was a research engineer investigating robotic disassembly and autonomous remanufacturing.

Yongjing was appointed an Assistant Professor in 2020.

Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of research PhDs in the following areas:

  • Robotics and automation
  • Human-robot collaborations
  • Control and system engineering


Research Themes

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