Yang Cao

Senior Instructor

Mechanical
Other Titles: Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Office: EME4235
Phone: 250.807.9643
Email: yang.cao@ubc.ca


Research Summary

Reconfigurable control of robots; Supervisory control switching; Precision mechatronic system

Courses & Teaching

System Dynamics (APSC246); Engineering Analysis III (APSC248); Instrumentation and Data Analysis (APSC254); Design of Machine Elements (ENGR380); Digital Control (ENGR487/587); Robot Modeling and Control (ENGR486/586)

Biography

Dr. Cao received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of British Columbia in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Cao carried out research in control of both ground-based and space-based robotic systems as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at both Simon Fraser University and University of Windsor. He is currently a faculty member in the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.

Degrees

PhD – (Mechanical Engineering) UBC
MASc – (Mechanical Engineering) UBC
BSc – (Electrical Engineering) Shandong University

Research Interests & Projects

  • Reconfigurable Control of Robot
  • Supervisory Control Switching
  • Precision Mechatronic System
  • Flexible Space Robotic System

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Cao, Y., “Learning Robotics through Developing A Virtual Robot Simulator in Matlab”, Proceedings of 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference (DVD), June 26 – 29, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Cao, Y., ElMaraghy, H., and Azab, A. “Reconfigurable Control Structure for Robots in Assembly”, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 50, 2007, pp.419-439.
  • Cao, Y., and de Silva, C.W., “Supervised Switching Control of a Deployable Manipulator System,” International Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2006 pp.1609-1637..
  • Cao, Y., and de Silva, C.W., “Dynamic Modeling and Neural Network Adaptive Control of a Manipulator with Revolute and Prismatic Joints,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 1, January–February 2006, pp. 192-195.
  • Cao, Y., Modi, V.J., de Silva, C.W., M. Chu, Y. Chen and Misra, A.K., “Trajectory Tracking Experiments Using A Novel Manipulator”, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 52, Issue 7, April 2003, pp.523-540..
  • Cao, Y., Modi, V.J., de Silva, C.W., and Misra, A.K., “Trajectory Tracking Control of a Multimodule Deployable Manipulator: Analyses and Experiments”, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 109, Part II, pp. 867-886.
  • Modi, V.J., Cao, Y., de Silva, C.W., and Misra, A.K., “A Class of Novel Space Platform-Based Manipulator with Slewing and Deployable Links: Analyses and Experiments”, Journal of Vibration and Control, Vol. 7, No. 8, 2001, pp.1111-1161.
  • Cao, Y., Modi, V.J., de Silva, C.W., and Misra, A.K., “On the Control of a Novel Manipulator with Slewing and Deployable Links”, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 49, No. 12, 2001, pp.645-658.
  • Cao, Y., Modi, V.J., de Silva, C.W., and Misra, A.K., “On the Control of Space Platform-Based Variable Geometry manipulator”, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 103, Part I, pp. 305-326

Selected Grants & Awards

Dr. Cao was recipient of a number of prestigious teaching awards including

  • Provost Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, June 2018
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service, June 2018
  • 2016-2017, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • Teaching Honour Roll at UBC Okanagan, May 2016
  • 2015-2016, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • 2014-2015, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • 2014-2015, the Grad Gala Award for Excellence in Teaching (Mechanical Program)
  • 2013-2014, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • 2013-2014, the Grad Gala Award for Excellence in Teaching (Mechanical Program)
  • 2012-2013,the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • 2011-2012, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • 2010-2011, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering
  • 2009-2010, the Pioneer Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Engineering

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