Assistant Professor
BEng & MEng (Tsinghua); PhD (UC Berkeley)

ORCID iD 0000-0002-4794-5496
Scopus Author ID 57215733684

Open Platform for University Scholars
: FG618
: 2766-7823
: 2365-4703

Area of Specialization

Haptics, human-machine mechanical interface, sensors and actuators for wearable electronics, tribology, cross-scale and multi-physics modeling, application of artificial intelligence

Short Description

Dr Yuan Ma received his bachelor’s and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2021, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Texas A&M University.

Dr Ma’s research interest includes micro/nano scale mechanical and tribological behavior of human-machine interfaces, haptics metamaterials development, wearable devices with piezoelectret materials, and application of artificial intelligence in human-machine interactions. He is specifically interested in developing advanced human-machine mechanical interfaces that enable high-efficiency, broadband, and reliable human-machine communications, with emphasis on studying the multi-physics interactions in touch interface, modeling non-linearity and tribology of skin, developing next-generation tactile surface and haptic actuator, and application of artificial intelligence (AI).

Selected Publications

  1. Li, X., Ma, Y. ✉︎, Choi, C., Ma, X.,  Chartterjee, S., Hipwell, M.✉︎, “Nanotexture Shape and Surface Energy Impact on Electroadhesive Human-Machine Interface Performance”. Advanced materials 2021,33(31). DOI:, cover:
  2. Ma,X. , Ma, Y., Cunha, P.,  Liu, Q., Kudtarkar, K., Xu, D., Wang, J. Liu, M., Hipwell M.C., Lan, S✉︎. “A universal deep learning strategy for designing high-quality-factor photonic resonances”. arXiv preprint arXiv:2105.03001.
  3. Boonpuek, P., Ma, Y., Li, X., Choi, C., Hipwell, M., Felts, J. ✉︎, “Evaluation of the Electrowetting Effect on the Interfacial Mechanics Between Human Corneocytes and Nano-Asperities”. Langmiur 2021, 37 (14). DOI:
  4. Choi, C., Ma, Y. ✉︎, Li, X., Hipwell, M.✉︎, “Fingerpad topography beyond fingerprints: Understanding the Heterogeneity Effect of Finger Topography for Human-Machine Interface Modeling”. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c15827
  5. Ma, Y. ✉︎, Ghafari, A. , Wu, Y., Bogy, D. ✉︎, “A Study of the Nanoscale Heat Transfer in the HDD Head–Disk Interface Based on a Static Touchdown Experiment”. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 2020, 56 (3), 1-7. DOI: 10.1109/TMAG.2019.2960262
  6. Li, X., Choi, C., Ma, Y. ✉︎, Boonpuek, P., Felts, J., Mullenbach, J., Shultz, C., Colgate, J., Hipwell, M. ✉︎, “Electrowetting: a consideration in electroadhesion”. IEEE transactions on haptics 2020, 13 (3). DOI: 10.1109/TOH.2020.2979439
  7. Cheng, Q., Sakhalkar, S., Ghafari, A., Ma, Y., Bogy, D.✉︎, “Dependence of nanoscale heat transfer across a closing gap on the substrate material and ambient humidity”. Applied Physics Letters 2020, 116 (21), 213102. DOI: 10.1063/5.0010286
  8. Zhong, J. ✉︎, Ma, Y., Song, Y., Zhong, Q., Chu, Y., Karakurt, I., Bogy, D. B., Lin, L.✉︎, “A Flexible Piezoelectret Actuator/Sensor Patch for Mechanical Human–Machine Interfaces”. ACS nano 2019, 13 (6), 7107-7116. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b02437 Media Coverage by EENews, Sohu, Electronic Products and UCB College of Engineering News
  9. Sakhalkar, S., Cheng, Q., Ghafari, A., Ma, Y., Bogy, D.✉︎, “Numerical and experimental investigation of heat transfer across a nanoscale gap between a magnetic recording head and various media”. Applied Physics Letters 2019, 115 (22), 223102. DOI: 10.1063/1.5119721
  10. Chu, Y., Zhong, J.✉︎, Liu, H., Ma, Y., Liu, N., Song, Y., Liang, J., Shao, Z., Sun, Y., Dong, Y., “Human pulse diagnosis for medical assessments using a wearable piezoelectret sensing system”. Advanced Functional Materials 2018, 28 (40), 1803413. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201803413
  11. Ma, Y., Ghafari, A., Budaev, B. V., Bogy, D. ✉︎, “Measurement and simulation of nanoscale gap heat transfer using a read/write head with a contact sensor”. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 2016, 53 (2), 1-5. DOI: 10.1109/TMAG.2016.2604209
  12. Ma, Y., Ghafari, A., Budaev, B., Bogy, D. ✉︎, “Controlled heat flux measurement across a closing nanoscale gap and its comparison to theory”. Applied Physics Letters 2016, 108 (21), 213105. DOI: 10.1063/1.4952449
  13. Ma, Y. ✉︎, Xue, S., Peng, J.-P., Bogy, D., “Study of Head-Disk Interface Characterization Using Touchdown Sensor and Electromagnetic Signal in Hard Disk Drives”. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 2015, 51 (11), 1-4. DOI: 10.1109/TMAG.2015.2434371
  14. Zhao, J., Zeng, P. ✉︎, Lei, L., Ma, Y., “Initial guess by improved population-based intelligent algorithms for large inter-frame deformation measurement using digital image correlation”. Optics and Lasers in Engineering 2012, 50 (3), 473-490. DOI: 10.1016/j.optlaseng.2011.10.005
  15. Ma, Y., Deng, D., Li, G., Li, Z., Shi, J., and Suo. S., “A kind of tunnel-dilatation rescue machine”:     No.201110031767 (Chinese Patent of Invention: Authorized)