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2015 年 01 月 23 日
Seminar - Bio-inspired mechanical system: from animal locomotion to the cardiovascular system By Dr. Hao Liu

Date: 23 January 2015 (Friday)

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Venue: EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


This talk will include two parts. In the first part the development of innovative
methods for characterizing the mechanical properties of nanowires, nanobelts and
ultrathin films will be introduced. In the second part the fundamental understanding of
deformation mechanisms of a thin film multilayered structure under mechanical loading
and its removal characteristics involved in abrasive machining will be discussed.

Bio-inspired mechanical system seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, which combines the disciplines of biology and technology or other field of innovation with the goal of solving mechanical engineering problems through the abstraction, transfer, and application of knowledge gained from biological systems. Bio-inspired mechanical systems in animal locomotion and in the human cardiovascular system present the sophisticated and exciting ventures in biomimetics and bioinspiration, integrating different aspects cross biology, medicine, mathematics, computing, mechanical, and aeronautical engineering, which offer promises to design smart and multi-functional biomechanical systems and biorobots for many great engineering abd biomedical applications. In this seminar, I will highlight our recent results associated with the bio-inspired mechanical system, which involves flapping wing aerodynamice and dynamic flight stability / control in insect flight, quick start-mechanisms in fish swimming, biomimetics of flapping-wing micro air vehicles as well as multi-scale modeling of hemodynamics in the cardiovascular system and its applications in predictive medicine.


Hao LIU is currently Professor of Biomechanical Engineering of Graduate School of Engineering at Chiba University (Japan), chair professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and director of Shanghai Jiao Tong University & Chiba University International Cooperative Research Center (SJTU-CU ICRC). From 2000 to 2003, he was a senior research scientist in the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Wako, Saitam, a leading national institute in Japan. From 1998 to 2000 he was an assistant professor in Nagoya Institute of Technology. From 1993 to 1998 he was a research scientist in Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). From 1992 to 1993 he was a research scientist in Ship Research Institute, Japan. He received a BS degree in 1985 from Dalian University of Technology in China. He went to Yokohama National University in 1986, and received M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees, both in fluid engineering, in 1989 and in 1992, respectively. He is the author and a co-author of more than 350 papers in refereed journals and national and international conferences, dealing with computational and modeling issues related to computational and modeling concepts for fluid dynamics, heat transfer, free surface and moving boundaries, parallel computing, insect flight, fish swimming, unsteady aerodynamics at low Reynolds number, fluid-structure interaction, micro air vehicles, biomimetics, bio-inspired engineering, physiological fluid dynamics, computational biomechanics, and multi-scale & multi-physics modeling of the cardiovascular system, and biomedical engineering.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Aero Aqua Biomechanisms and on the editorial board of Biomimetics & Bioinspiration, Acta Mechanica Sinica and Journal of Bionics Engineering. He has given seminars and invited/keynote lectures in many institutions and conferences, and is a Guest Chief Scientist of RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), a chair professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University of Chang Jiang Scholars Program of Chinese Ministry of Education, a Guest Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Graduate School, China Science and Technology University (China). His professional views have been quoted in several news media, including the NHK, the AFP, the Thomson Reuter, the Yomiuri, and the Science Channel Network of the JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency).