School of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Research manager and mechanical engineer in system dynamics, robotics, control, biomechanics, and ocean renewable energy.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
My research involves two primary areas:
Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting
Wave Energy Research at the University of Adelaide was established in 2014. I'm leading the R&D work in this research field including wave energy converter design, optimisation, control and techno-economic assessment in partnership with leading scientists and industries across the globe. I am the deputy director & executive manager within the Australia-China Joint Research Centre of Offshore Wind & Wave Energy Harnessing. I am a key member of the University of Adelaide Acoustics, Vibration and Control Research Group. My research on modelling, modal analysis and control of point absorber wave energy converter was recognized by the Australian Endeavour Fellowship Award.
Robotics, Control and Biomechanics
Based in the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute, I study 6DOF robotic testing technologies and joint biomechanics. My work on developing the 6DOF medical hexapod robot was awarded the 2012 Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award by Engineers Australia, being South Australia's highest annual engineering recognition.
I have extensive practical experience on real-time control system development, in particular based on the configurable National Instruments and Mathworks solutions. I also have extensive management experience on partnership development for many large-scale research and industrial projects in area such as renewable energy. My consulting rate is reasonable, which guarantees project outcome delivery and achieves value for money.
Date Position Institution name 2019 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide 2019 - 2019 Senior Research fellow University of Adelaide 2015 - 2018 Research fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2014 - 2017 Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2011 - 2017 Biomechanics and control engineer Flinders University, Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award ECMS Innovation Award The University of Adelaide Australia — 2017 Achievement CSIRO On Prime CSIRO Australia — 2016 Award National Instruments Impact Award Finalist and Runner-up National Instruments United States — 2016 Award Commercial Accelerator Scheme Encouragement Award The University of Adelaide Australia — 2016 Invitation Representative for the postgraduate campaign The University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Award Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award, Engineers Australia Engineers Australia Australia — 2012 Award Innovation and Development Excellence Award Engineers Australia Australia — 2009 Scholarship Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarship (AGRS) The University of Adelaide Australia — 2009 Award SA Division of the Australian Acoustical Society Student Award for Acoustics Australian Acoustical Society Australia —
Language Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can peer review English Can peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2010 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD 2007 - 2009 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia ME
2019 Career Start-up Grant ECMS $25k
2018 Strategic Partnership Grant ECMS $10k
2018 Strategic Initiative Grant CET $17k
2017 Research Partnership Travel Grant DVCR $4k
2016 Commercial Accelerator Scheme Adelaide Enterprise $7k
2016 Interdisciplinary Research Fund ECMS $18k
2015 Interdisciplinary Research Fund DVCR $27k
2019 ACSRF-JRC: Aus-China JRC of Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Harnessing DIIS $1m
2017 Endeavour Research Fellowship DET $25k
2017 CRC-P: A standardised power conversion module for ocean energy applications DIIS $2.1m
2019 Dynamics & Control II School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide eSELT 6/7
2017 Dynamics & Control II School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide eSELT 6.1/7
2014 Advanced Vibration Course School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide eSELT 5.7/7
2014 Dynamics & Control II School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide eSELT 5.9/7
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Investigation of the Hydrodynamic Performance of Hybrid Wind and Wave Energy Converters Arrays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Raphael Alwan 2020 Co-Supervisor Design of Electrical Power Conversion System for the Hybrid Wind-and Wave-Energy Converter Array Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Qiang Gao 2019 Co-Supervisor Dynamics and Control of a Hybrid Marine Platform: Wave Energy Converters Integrated to a FOWT Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Leandro da Silva
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Three-Tether Wave Energy Converter: Hydrodynamic Modelling, Performance Assessment and Control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Nataliia Sergiienko 2014 - 2020 External Supervisor A study on a single-tether spherical point absorber with an asymmetric mass distribution Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fantai Meng
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor On the study of a single-tether point absorber with an asymmetric mass distribution The University of Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fantai Meng
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Consulting Editor Advances and Challenges in Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting Frontiers in Energy Research Switzerland
Date Office Name Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Deputy Director - Strategic Partnership China Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Australia 2019 - ongoing Deputy Director and executive manager Aus-China Joint Research Centre of Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Australia
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