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ZHANG Dan 張丹 (Prof.)
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ZHANG Dan 張丹 (Prof.)

Chair Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Automation

Area of Specialization: Synthesis and Optimization of Manipulator Mechanisms; Generalized Parallel Mechanisms Research; Reconfigurable Robots; Micro/Nano Manipulation and MEMS Devices (e.g., Sensors); Smart Biomedical Instruments (e.g., Exoskeleton Robots and Rehabilitation Robotics); AI/robotics/autonomous systems; Aerial and Underwater Robotics; New Developments for Humanoid Robots; Machine learning/Deep learning/Machine Vision for Robotics


PhD (Laval); MSc (Donghua); BSc (Donghua)

Short Description

Professor ZHANG obtained his BSc and MSc, both in Mechanical Engineering from Donghua University, China in 1986 and 1994 respectively. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Canada in 2000. He joined Ontario Tech University (OTU), Canada, as Assistant Professor in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2006 and 2011 respectively. During the appointment period in OTU, he also served as Founding Chair in the Department of Automotive, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (2012 – 2014) and was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation (2009 – 2015). Since 2016, he transferred to York University, Canada as Kaneff Professor and also took up the role of Department Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2016 to 2018. Thereafter, he was awarded the Tier 1 York Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics.

Professor Zhang is a well-accomplished educator and an internationally renowned expert in the areas of parallel robotic machines and their applications in manufacturing systems. His influential scientific contributions have led to novel robotic system designs and development of new comprehensive models for better understanding of globe stiffness and robotic calibrations. His research applications have tackled some of the world's most challenging problems in high dynamic performance manufacturing robotic systems. His leadership has resulted in significant contributions to the areas of robotics, mechatronics, reconfigurable/sustainable manufacturing systems and MEMS devices. His accomplishments have been recognized by many honors and awards including Canada Research Chair, Research Excellence Awards, Tier 1 York Research Chair, Lassonde Innovation Awards --- Established Researcher, Early Researcher Award by Ministry of Research and Innovation, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).

Selected Publications

  1. Guanyu Huang, Dan Zhang*, Qi Zou, Wei Ye, Lingyu Kong (2023), Analysis and design method of a class of reconfigurable parallel mechanisms by using reconfigurable platform, Mechanism and Machine Theory. Volume 181, 105215
  2. Jian Liu, Dan Zhang*, Yanyu Chen, Zhihao Xia and Chenwei Wu (2022), Design of a class of generalized parallel mechanisms for adaptive landing and aerial manipulation, Mechanism and Machine Theory. Volumn 170: 104692
  3. Zhihao Xia, Dan Zhang*, Yanyu Chen, Chunxu Tian, Jian Liu, Chenwei Wu (2022), A novel 6 DOFs generalized parallel manipulator design and analysis based on humanoid leg, Mechanism and Machine Theory. Volume 176, 105029
  4. Hongyan Tang, Dan Zhang*, Chunxu Tian (2022), A Method for Comprehensive Performance Optimization of Four-Leg Landing Gear Based on the Virtual Equivalent Parallel Mechanism, Mechanism and Machine Theory. Volume 174, 104924
  5. Qi Zou, Dan Zhang* and Guanyu Huang (2022), Dynamic performance evaluation of the parallel mechanism for a 3T2R hybrid robot, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Volume 172, 104794
  6. Chunxu Tian, Dan Zhang* (2021), Design and Analysis of Novel Kinematically Redundant Reconfigurable Generalized Parallel Manipulators, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Volume 166, 104481
  7. Zhen Gao and Dan Zhang* (2015), Performance Analysis, Mapping and Multi-Objective Optimization of a Hybrid Robotic Machine Tool, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 423-433
  8. Dan Zhang* and Zhen Gao (2012), 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

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