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Dr Ketao Zhang

Ketao ZhangBSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Robotics

School of Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
+44(0)2078825183

www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/ketao.zhang

Research

Parallel robots, Robot kinematics and dynamics, Reconfigurable mechanisms and robots, Aerial Robotics, Soft Robotics

Interests

Screw Theory and Screw Algebra, Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robotics, Aerial Robotics, Robotic Grasping, Biologically-inspired Robots, Mobile Robot and Soft Robot Application.

Publications

Publications of specific relevance to Advanced Robotics

2021

Zhang K and Liu C (2021). Design and Analysis of a Novel Reconfigurable Parallel Manipulator with Kirigami-inspired Bennett Plano-Spherical Linkages and Angular Pouch Motors. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics  1-23. 10.1115/1.4050996

2020

Godaba H, Sajad A, Patel N, Althoefer K and Zhang K (2020). A two-fingered robot gripper with variable stiffness flexure hinges based on shape morphing. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems  8716-8721. Conference: 2020 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems  10.1109/IROS45743.2020.9341554
Zhang K (2020). A Type-III Bennett Plano-Spherical Linkage Evolved Parallel Manipulator and Design of a Novel Inflatable Bending Actuator for Reconfiguration. Conference: THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES, APPLICATIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS FOR PARALLEL MECHANISMS / MANIPULATORS / MACHINES (BELFAST, UK) 
Wei Y, Chai X and Zhang K (2020). Kinematic Modeling and Optimization of a New Reconfigurable Parallel Mechanism. Mechanism and Machine Theory  10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2020.103850
Yang C, Ye W, Zhang K, Huang F and Zhang W (2020). Stiffness Performance Evaluation of 2UPR-RPU Over-constrained Parallel Mechanism. Nongye Jixie Xuebao/Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Machinery  vol. 51, (2) 392-401. 10.6041/j.issn.1000-1298.2020.02.043

2019

Zhang K and Althoefer K (2019). Designing Origami-Adapted Deployable Modules for Soft Continuum Arms. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformat  vol. 11649 LNAI, 138-147. Conference: 20th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS 2019) (London)  10.1007/978-3-030-23807-0_12
Zhang K, Zhu Y, Lou C, Zheng P and Kovac M (2019). A design and fabrication approach for pneumatic soft robotic arms using 3D printed origami skeletons. RoboSoft 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics  821-827. 10.1109/ROBOSOFT.2019.8722719
Chermprayong P, ZHANG K, Xiao F and Kovac M (2019). An Integrated Delta Manipulator for Aerial Repair: A New Aerial Robotic System. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine  10.1109/MRA.2018.2888911
Ye W, Li Q and Zhang K (2019). Kinematics and Performance Analysis of 2R2T Parallel Manipulator with Partially Decoupled Motion. Nongye Jixie Xuebao/Transactions of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery  vol. 50, (1) 374-382. 10.6041/j.issn.1000-1298.2019.01.043
Althoefer K, Konstantinova J and Zhang K (2019). Preface.

2018

Zhang K, Chermprayong P, Tzoumanikas D, Li W, Grimm M, Smentoch M, Leutenegger S and Kovac M (2018). Bioinspired design of a landing system with soft shock absorbers for autonomous aerial robots. Journal of Field Robotics  10.1002/rob.21840
Tzoumanikas D, Li W, Grimm M, Zhang K, Kovac M and Leutenegger S (2018). Fully autonomous micro air vehicle flight and landing on a moving target using visual–inertial estimation and model-predictive control. Journal of Field Robotics  10.1002/rob.21821
Liu J, Zhang X, ZHANG K, Dai JS, Li S and Sun Q (2018). Configuration analysis of a reconfigurable Rubik's snake robot. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science  10.1177/0954406218805112
Ma X, Zhang K and Dai JS (2018). Novel spherical-planar and Bennett-spherical 6R metamorphic linkages with reconfigurable motion branches. Mechanism and Machine Theory  vol. 128, 628-647. 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2018.05.001

2017

Zhang K, Chermprayong P, Alhinai TM, Siddall R and Kovac M (2017). SpiderMAV: Perching and stabilizing micro aerial vehicles with bio-inspired tensile anchoring systems. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems  vol. 2017-September, 6849-6854. Conference: IROS2017  10.1109/IROS.2017.8206606
Dams B, Sareh S, Zhang K, Shepherd P, Kovac M and Ball RJ (2017). Remote three-dimensional printing of polymer structures using drones. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Construction Materials  1-31. 10.1680/jcoma.17.00013

2016

Ye W, Fang Y, Zhang K and Guo S (2016). Mobility variation of a family of metamorphic parallel mechanisms with reconfigurable hybrid limbs. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing  vol. 41, 145-162. 10.1016/j.rcim.2016.03.006
Zhang K and Dai JS (2016). Geometric constraints and motion branch variations for reconfiguration of single-loop linkages with mobility one. Mechanism and Machine Theory  vol. 106, 16-29. 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2016.08.006
Salerno M, Zhang K, Menciassi A and Dai JS (2016). A Novel 4-DOF Origami Grasper With an SMA-Actuation System for Minimally Invasive Surgery. IEEE Transactions on Robotics  vol. 32, (3) 484-498. 10.1109/TRO.2016.2539373
Qiu C, Zhang K and Dai JS (2016). Repelling-screw based force analysis of origami mechanisms. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics  vol. 8, (3) 10.1115/1.4031458
Zhang K, Qiu C and Dai JS (2016). An extensible continuum robot with integrated origami parallel modules. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics  vol. 8, (3) 10.1115/1.4031808
Zhang K and Dai JS (2016). Reconfiguration of the plane-symmetric double-spherical 6R linkage with bifurcation and trifurcation. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science  vol. 230, (3) 473-482. 10.1177/0954406215584396
Calzati M, Zhang K, Castelli VP and Dai JS (2016). Kinematics analysis and control of a three-fingered metamorphic robot hand. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 5B-2016, 10.1115/DETC2016-59491
Van Der Wijk V, Zhang K and Dai JS (2016). Force balance of a spatial metamorphic 6R closed-chain linkage with specific kinematic conditions. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 5B-2016, 10.1115/DETC2016-60068
Zhang K, Müller A and Dai JS (2016). A novel reconfigurable 7R linkage with Multifurcation. Mechanisms and Machine Science  10.1007/978-3-319-23327-7_2
Müller A, Zhang K and Dai JS (2016). Analysis of the motion mode change of a metamorphic 8R linkage. Mechanisms and Machine Science  10.1007/978-3-319-23327-7_4

2015

Qiu C, Zhang K, Zhao JS and Dai JS (2015). Stiffness Design, Analysis and Validation of a Parallel-Mechanism Equivalent Suspension System. 10.1115/detc2015-46641
Zhang K, Qiu C and Dai JS (2015). An Origami Parallel Structure Integrated Deployable Continuum Robot. 10.1115/detc2015-46504
Liu J, Ding X, Jin Y, Zhang K and Hao G (2015). Guest editorial on reconfigurable and deployable mechanisms. Advances in Mechanical Engineering  vol. 7, (8) 10.1177/1687814015593884
Zhang K and Dai JS (2015). Screw-system-variation enabled reconfiguration of the bennett plano-spherical hybrid linkage and its evolved parallel mechanism. Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME  vol. 137, (6) 10.1115/1.4030015
Zhang K, Qiu C and Dai JS (2015). Helical kirigami-enabled centimeter-scale worm robot with shape-memory-alloy linear actuators. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics  vol. 7, (2) 10.1115/1.4029494
Zhang K and Dai JS (2015). Reconfiguration analysis of wren platform and its kinematic variants based on reciprocal screw systems. 2015 IFToMM World Congress Proceedings, IFToMM 2015  10.6567/IFToMM.14TH.WC.OS8.022
Zhang K, Qiu C and Dai JS (2015). An origami parallel structure integrated deployable continuum robot. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 5B-2015, 10.1115/DETC201546504
Qiu C, Zhang K, Zhao JS and Dai JS (2015). Stiffness design, analysis and validation of a parallel-mechanism equivalent suspension system. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 5B-2015, 10.1115/DETC201546641

2014

Zhang K, Qiu C and Dai JS (2014). Helical Kirigami-Inspired Centimeter-Scale Worm Robot With Shape-Memory-Alloy Actuators. 10.1115/detc2014-34676
Zhang K and Dai JS (2014). Trifurcation of the Evolved Sarrus-Motion Linkage Based on Parametric Constraints. Advances in Robot Kinematics  10.1007/978-3-319-06698-1_36
Ye W, Fang Y, Zhang K and Guo S (2014). A new family of reconfigurable parallel mechanisms with diamond kinematotropic chain. Mechanism and Machine Theory  vol. 74, 1-9. 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2013.11.011
Zhang K and Dai JS (2014). A kirigami-inspired 8R linkage and its evolved overconstrained 6R linkages with the rotational symmetry of order two. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics  vol. 6, (2) 10.1115/1.4026337
Qiu C, Zhang K and Dai JS (2014). Constraint-based design and analysis of a compliant parallel mechanism using sma-spring actuators. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 5A, 10.1115/DETC2014-34605
Zhang K, Qiu C and Dai JS (2014). Helical kirigami-inspired centimeter-scale worm robot with shape-memory-alloy actuators. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 5B, 10.1115/DETC201434676
Salerno M, Zhang K, Menciassi A and Dai JS (2014). A novel 4-DOFs origami enabled, SMA actuated, robotic end-effector for minimally invasive surgery. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation  2844-2849. 10.1109/ICRA.2014.6907267

2013

Fang H, Fang Y and Zhang K (2013). Kinematics and workspace analysis of a novel 3-DOF parallel manipulator with virtual symmetric plane. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science  vol. 227, (3) 620-629. 10.1177/0954406212462947
Zhang K and Dai JS (2013). Classification of origami-enabled foldable linkages and emerging applications. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 6 B, 10.1115/DETC2013-12227
Emmanouil E, Zhang K and Dai JS (2013). Control strategy and trajectory planning for reconfiguration of a vA based metamorphic parallel manipulator. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 6 B, 10.1115/DETC2013-12445
Qin Y, Zhang K, Li J and Dai JS (2013). Modelling and analysis of a rigid-compliant parallel mechanism. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing  vol. 29, (4) 33-40. 10.1016/j.rcim.2012.10.004
Zhang K, Dai JS and Fang Y (2013). Geometric constraint and mobility variation of Two 3SvPS v metamorphic parallel mechanisms. Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME  vol. 135, (1) 10.1115/1.4007920

2012

Zhang K and Dai JS (2012). A family of overconstrained 6R linkages with the rotational symmetry of order 2. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 4, (PARTS A AND B) 1527-1534. 10.1115/DETC2012-70544
Zhang K, Fang Y, Wei G and Dai JS (2012). Structural representation of reconfigurable linkages. Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots I  127-137. 10.1007/978-1-4471-4141-9_13
Zhang K, Emmanouil E, Yuefa F and Dai JS (2012). Type-changeable kinematic pair evolved reconfigurable parallel mechanisms. Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots I  309-319. 10.1007/978-1-4471-4141-9_28
Fang H, Fang Y and Zhang K (2012). Reciprocal screw theory based singularity analysis of a novel 3-DOF parallel manipulator. Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering (English Edition)  vol. 25, (4) 647-653. 10.3901/CJME.2012.04.647
Zhang K, Dai JS and Fang Y (2012). Constraint analysis and bifurcated motion of the 3PUP parallel mechanism. Mechanism and Machine Theory  vol. 49, 256-269. 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2011.10.004
Zhang K and Dai JS (2012). Kinematics of an overconstrained 6R linkage with 2-fold rotational symmetry. Latest Advances in Robot Kinematics  10.1007/978-94-007-4620-6_29

2011

Zhang K, Dai JS and Fang Y (2011). Geometry and constraint based design of metamorphic parallel mechanisms. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 6, (PARTS A AND B) 931-940. 10.1115/DETC2011-47703

2010

Zhang K, Dai JS and Fang Y (2010). Topology and constraint analysis of phase change in the metamorphic chain and its evolved mechanism. Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME  vol. 132, (12) 10.1115/1.4002691
Zhang K, Dai JS, Fang Y and Zhu ZQ (2010). Topology and constraint analysis of reconfiguration in metamorphic mechanisms. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference  vol. 2, (PARTS A AND B) 1689-1698. 10.1115/DETC2010-28434
Zhang K, Fang Y, Fang H and Dai JS (2010). Geometry and constraint analysis of the three-spherical kinematic chain based parallel mechanism. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics  vol. 2, (3) 10.1115/1.4001783
Li D, Zhang Z, Dai J and Zhang K (2010). Overview and prospects of metamorphic mechanism. Jixie Gongcheng Xuebao/Journal of Mechanical Engineering  vol. 46, (13) 14-21. 10.3901/JME.2010.13.014

2009

Zhang K, Dai JS and Fang Y (2009). A new metamorphic mechanism with ability for platform orientation switch and mobility change. Proceedings of the 2009 ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, ReMAR 2009  596-602.
Zhang K, Fang Y and Guo S (2009). Design and analyses of a novel 3-DOF parallel mechanism. Jixie Gongcheng Xuebao/Journal of Mechanical Engineering  vol. 45, (1) 68-72. 10.3901/JME.2009.01.068

2008

Huai C, Fang Y and Zhang K (2008). Gait design and stable control for a symmetrical four-legged robot on irregular terrain. Proceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA)  7460-7465. 10.1109/WCICA.2008.4594082

2007

Zhang K, Fang Y and Fang H (2007). Design and analysis of a rover mechanism based on the metamorphic principle. Beijing Hangkong Hangtian Daxue Xuebao/Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics  vol. 33, (7) 838-841.

Grants

Grants of specific relevance to Advanced Robotics
Electroadhesion for anchoring robots in challenging environments
Zhang K
£77,000 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (01-10-2021 - 31-03-2022)
Computational Design and Control of Quadruped Robots with Bio-inspired Leg Mechanisms for Dynamic Locomotion in Challenging Terrain
Zhang K
Royal Society (31-03-2021 - 30-03-2022)