Yan Chen
Profesor Chen Yan
Professor, PhD Supervisor
"Youth 1000 Talent Plan" Expert
Excellent Young Scientist Fundation of NSFC
PhD(Oxford, UK), CEng, FIMechE
Email: yan_chen@tju.edu.cn
Office: Room 338, Building 37
Phone: +86 22 27406136
 
Academic Qualifications

2000.01-2004.01 Oxford University, UK, D. Phill.
1997.08-1999.12 Jilin University of Technology, M. Eng.
1993.08-1997.07 Jilin University of Technology, B. Eng.
 
Academic Experiences

2012.12-present Professor, Tianjin University, China
2005.06-2012.06 Assistant Professor (Faculty Member), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2004.07-2005.03 Consulting Engineer, Kerridge Computer Co., Ltd., UK
2004.03-2004.05 PostDoctor/Research Assitant, Oxford University, UK
 
Research Interests

Motion Structures, Reconfigurable Mechanism, Deployable Structures, Rigid Origami
 
Concurrent Academic Posts

  • 2015-present FIMechE, Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • 2008-present CEng,Engineering Council, UK
  • 2008-2015 MIMechE,Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • 2011-present Mechanism and Transmission Technical Committee, IFToMM
  • 2011-present Member of ASME
  • 3rd IFToMM International Symposium on Robotics and Mechatronics, 2 – 4 October 2013, Singapore
  • The Second ASME/IEEE International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2012). 9-11 July 2012, Tianjin, China
  • Associate Editor, Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 2011
  • AzC IFToMM2010 International Symposium of Mechanism and Machine Science, Izmir, Turkey, 5-8 October 2010
  • ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2009), King's College of London, London, United Kingdom, June 22-24, 2009.
  • Reviewer of Mechanism and Machine Theory, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Transactions of ASME, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Transactions of ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design, Engineering Structures, Architectural Science Review, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, An International Journal
  • Oxford University doctoral thesis External Examiner, UK, 2010
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    Honor

  • 2016.03 Youth Science and technology innovation leader, Ministry of Science and Technology, China
  • 2016.03 Tianjin Woman Pace-setter
  • 2015.12 Tianjin Youth Science and Technology Award
  • 2012.09 Selected as one of National "1000 Youth Talents Plan"
  • 2012.09 Selected as one of Tianjin "1000 Youth Talents Plan"
  • 2012.01 Selected as one of "The Ministry of Education in the New Century Excellent Talents"
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    Projects

    1. Kinematics and Motion Structures, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Outstanding Youth Project Number:51422506, 2015/01-2017/12
    2. Origami- inspired deployable polyhedra, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China and India Scheme (RECI), Project Number:1314RECI061, 2014/10-2015/09
    3. Key Technologies for Portable Minimally Invasive Surgery Robot, International Science and technology cooperation and exchange, 2014DFA70710, 2014/04-2017/03
    4. Basic Research of Design Theory on Deployable Structure in Reconfigurable Robot, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Project Number:51275334, 2013.01-2016.12, China
    5. The constructing and manufacturing base of the precise minimally invasive device, Major Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Project Number:51290290, 2013.01-2017.12, China
    6. The constructing and suplemenation methods of the minimally invasive device, Major Project of ational Natural Science Foundation of China, Project Number:51290293, 2013.01-2017.12, China
     
    Representative Works

    Patents
    1. Chen Y, Wang S, Gao J, Ma J, Zhang G, A New Kind of Minimally Invasive Surgical Clamp Mechanism,Chinese Invention application, Application Number: 2016109667857, 2016.10.28.
    2. Chen Y, Yang F, Kang R, and Ma J, Deployable Tetrahedron, Chinese Invention application, Application Number: CN201610919554.0, 2016.
    3. Chen Y, Yang F, Li J, and Ma J, Deployable Polyhedron, Chinese Invention application, Application Number: CN201510997199.4, 2015.
    4. Chen Y, Ma J, Li J, Xie R, Song J, Chinese Invention application, Application Number: 201610838060X, 2016.9.26.
    5. Chen Y, Xu R, Kang R., A Kind of Foldable Four Prism Frame, Chinese Invention application, Application Number: CN201620670634.2, 2016.11.18.
    6. Chen Y, Xu R, Kang R, A Kind of Foldable Six Prism Frame, Chinese Invention application, Application Number:CN201620670706.3, 2016.11.18.
    7. Chen Y, Gao B, Kang R, A Kind of Deployable Mechanism for Changing the Span of the Wing of Aircraft, Chinese Invention application, Application Number: 201620467857.9, 2016.8.30.
    8. Chen Y, Guo X, Kang R, Deployable Thick-Panel Strucutre with Rolling Hinges, Chinese Invention application, Application Number:2016100276595, 2016.1.15.
    9. Chen Y, Yang F, Kang R, and Ma J, Deployable Cube, Chinese Invention application, CN201610919311.7, 2016.
    10. Chen Y, Liu H, Li J, Deployable Six-bar Structural linkage, Chinese Invention, ZL201410214319.4, 2016.02.03.
    11. Chen Y, Peng R, Tian P, Foldable Bars Frame Structure,Chinese Invention, ZL201310050611.2, 2015.01.14.
    12. Chen Y, Liu S, Li J, Foldable Tubular Element with One Rigid Degree of Freedom, Chinese Invention, ZL201210528507.5,2014.10.22, International Application Number: PCT/CN2013/075521,2014.6.12, US Patent Application Number: 14/534,176, 2014.6.11,Publication US 2016/0130796, 2016.5.12,Japanese Patent Application Number: 2015-545635,2015.6.2.
    13. Chen Y and You Z, Deployable Structure, UK Priority Patent Application 0229599.6, 19 December 2002; US Patent Publication Number: US 2004/0120758 A1, 24 June 2004; International Publication Number: WO 2004/057134, 8 July 2004.
     
    Monographs
  • You Z and Chen Y, Motion Structures: Deployable Structural Assemblies of Mechanisms, Taylor and Francis, ISBN: 978-0-415-55489-3, 2011.
  • Chen Y, Design of Structural Mechanisms, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-8383-1825-7, 2009.
  • Song CY and Chen Y, A Special Wohlhart’s Double-Goldberg 6R Linkage and its Multiple Operation Forms among 4R and 6R Linkages, in Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots I, Springer, Germany, 2012.
  • Chen Y and You Z, Spatial Overconstrained Linkages - The Lost Jade, in Explorations in the History of Machines and Mechanisms, Springer, Germany, 2012.
  • Wang KF and Chen Y, Rigid Origami to Fold a Flat Paper into a Patterned Cylinder, in Origami^5, AK Peters, 2011.
  • Zhang Y, Fan H, Huang W, Chen Y, Experimental Investigation of the Surface Tension of Lipid Membranes, in Analysis and Design of Biological Materials and Structures, Springer, Germany, 2011.
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    Journal Papers
    1. Chen Y, Lv W, Li J, You Z, An Extended Family of Rigidly Foldable Origami Tubes, accepted, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 2017 (doi:10.1115/1.4035559)
    2. Xiang Liu, Joseph M Gattas, Yan Chen*, One-DOF superimposed rigid origami with multiple states, Scientific Reports, 6:36883 (2016). ( DOI: 10.1038/srep36883)
    3. Chen Y, Feng H, Ma J, Peng R, You Z, Symmetric waterbomb origami, Proceedings of the Royal Society A-Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 472: 20150846 (2016). (Journal cover paper, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2015.0846)
    4. Yang F, Chen Y*, Kang R, Ma J, Truss transformation method to obtain the non-overconstrained forms of 3D overconstrained linkages, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 102 (2016), 149–166. (doi:10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2016.04.005)
    5. Ma J, Hou D, Chen Y*, and You Z, Quasi-static axial crushing of thin-walled tubes with a kite-shape rigid origami pattern: numerical simulation, Thin-Walled Structures, 100 (2016), 38–47. (doi:10.1016/j.tws.2015.11.023)
    6. Liu S, Lv W, Chen Y*, Lu G X, Deployable prismatic structures with rigid origami patterns, Trans. ASME, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 2016; 8(3): 031002. (doi:10.1115/1.4031953)
    7. Chen Y, Peng R, You Z, Origami of thick panels, Science, 349 (2015) 396-400. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aab2870)
    8. Song C Y, Feng H, Chen Y*, Chen I-M, Kang R, Reconfigurable mechanism generated from the network of Bennett linkages, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 88 (2015) 49–62. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2015.02.003)
    9. Song C. Y., Chen Y*, and Chen I-M, Kinematic Study of the Original and Revised General Line-symmetric Bricard 6R Linkages, Trans. ASME, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 6, 031002 (2014), Paper No: JMR-13-1057. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4026339 )
    10. Song C. Y. and Chen Y*, A 6R Linkage Reconfigurable between the Line-symmetric Bricard Linkage and the Bennett Linkage, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 70 (2013) 278–292. ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2013.07.013 )
    11. Song J, Chen Y* and Lu G X, Light-Weight Thin-Walled Structures with Patterned Windows under Axial Crushing, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences,66 (2013) 239-248. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2012.11.014 )
    12. Zhang Y, Chen Y*, and Fan H, Spreading of giant liposomes on anisotropically patterned substrates, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 419 (2013) 1– 6. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2012.11.036 )
    13. Song C. Y. and Chen Y*, Multiple Linkage Forms and Bifurcation Behaviours of the Double-subtractive-Goldberg 6R Linkage, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 57 (2012) 95–110. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2012.07.002 )
    14. Song J, Chen Y* and Lu G X, Axial crushing of thin-walled structures with origami patterns, Thin-Walled Structures, 54, 65–71, 2012. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2012.02.007 )
    15. Song C Y and Chen Y*, A family of mixed double-Goldberg 6R linkages, Proceedings of the Royal Society A-Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, (2012) 468, 871-890, 2012.  (http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1098/rspa.2011.0345)
    16. Zhang Y, Chen Y* and Fan H, Giant liposome spreading on a silicon wall, Journal of Applied Physics, 110, 034904, 2011. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3614497 )
    17. Song C Y and Chen Y*, A spatial 6R linkage derived from subtractive Goldberg 5R linkages, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Volume 46, Issue 8, August 2011, Pages 1097–1106. ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2011.03.006 )
    18. Chen Y* and Chai W H, Bifurcation of a special line and plane symmetric Bricard linkage, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Volume 46, Issue 4, April 2011, Pages 515-533. ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2010.11.015 )
    19. Liang Yan, I-Ming Chen, Song-huat Yeo, Yan Chen and Gui-lin Yang, A high-dexterity low-degree-of-freedom hybrid manipulator structure for robotic lion dance, Journal of Zhejiang University - Science A, Volume 11, Number 4 / April, 2010. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1631/jzus.A1000028 )
    20. Zhang Y, Fan, H, Huang H, and Chen Y*, Droplets atop a wrinkled substrate, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 2010. (http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1243/09544062JMES2069 )
    21. Chai W H and Chen Y*, The line-symmetric octahedral Bricard linkage and its structural closure, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 45, 772-779, 2010. ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2009.12.007  )
    22. Chen Y and You Z, Two-fold Symmetrical 6R Foldable Frames and Their Bifurcations, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 46(25-26), 4504-4514, 2009. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2009.09.012 )
    23. Liu S Y and Chen Y*, Myard linkage and its mobile assemblies, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 44(10), 1950-1963, 2009. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2009.05.001 )
    24. Fan H, Chen Y and Sze K Y, Phenomenological modeling for pore opening, closure and rupture of the GUV membrane, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2009) 327–338. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S1758825109000149 )
    25. Chen Y and You Z, An extended Myard linkage and its derived 6R linkage, Trans. ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design, 130 (5), 2008. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.2885506 )
    26. Chen Y and You Z, On mobile assemblies of Bennett linkages, Proceedings of the Royal Society A (Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences), (2008) 464, 1275-1283, 2008. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2007.0188 )
    27. Chen Y and You Z, spatial 6R linkages based on the combination of two Goldberg 5R linkages, Mechanism and Machine Theory 42 (11) 1484–1498, 2007. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2006.12.008 )
    28. Chen Y and You Z, Square deployable frame for space application: Part II: Realization, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 221(1), 37-45, 2007. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/09544100JAERO100)
    29. Chen Y and You Z, Square deployable frame for space application: Part I: Theory, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 220(4), 347–354, 2006. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/09544100JAERO68);
    30. Chen Y and You Z, Mobile assemblies based on the Bennett linkage, Proceedings of the Royal Society A (Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences), 461, 1229 – 1245, 2005. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2004.1383)
    31. Chen Y, You Z and Tarnai T, Threefold-symmetric Bricard linkages for deployable structures, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 42 (8) 2287-2301, 2005. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2004.09.014 )
    32. Chen Y and Baker J E, On using a Bennett linkage as a connector between other Bennett loops, Proceeding of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, 219 (2), 177-185, 2005. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/146441905X9935)
    33. Chen Y and Hu P, Section analysis with complex tools for numerical simulation of sheet forming, Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 35 (5), 50-53, 1999.
     
    Conference Papers
    1. Hao Shang, Rongjie Kang, and Yan Chen, A deployable robot based on the Bricard linkage, Proceeding of the 4th IFToMM Asian Conference on Mechanism and Machine Science, Guangzhou, China, December 15-17, 2016. (DOI:10.1007/978-981-10-2875-5_61) (Best student paper)
    2. Binbin Gao, Rongjie Kang, and Yan Chen, Deployable mechanism design for span morphing wing aircraft, Proceeding of the 4th IFToMM Asian Conference on Mechanism and Machine Science, Guangzhou, China, December 15-17, 2016. (DOI:10.1007/978-981-10-2875-5_66)
    3. Yan Chen, Invited Special Speech: Superimposition of Rigid Origami Patterns, International Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Applications 2016, Tokyo, Japan, 9-12 Nov, 2016.
    4. Yang F, Chen Y, Deployable Polyhedra, The 2nd Conference on Deployable Structures, Beijing, 2016. (In Chinese, Excellent Paper)
    5. Xie R, Hou D, Ma J, Chen Y, and You Z, Geometrically graded origami tubes, DETC2016-59487, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Charlotte, NC, USA, August 21-24, 2016.
    6. Lv W, Ma J, Chen Y, and You Z, Rigidly deployable origami tubes based on kite-shape pattern, DETC2016-59506, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Charlotte, NC, USA, August 21-24, 2016.
    7. Yang F, Li J, Chen Y, You Z, A Deployable Bennett Network in Saddle Surface, 14th World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science, Taipei, Taiwan, 25-30 October, 2015.
    8. Xie R, Li J, and Chen Y, The graded origami structures, DETC2015-46081, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Boston, MA, USA, 2-5 Aug 2015.
    9. Hou D, Chen Y, Ma J, You Z, Axial crushing of thin-walled tubes with kite-shape pattern, DETC2015-46671, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Boston, MA, USA, 2-5 Aug 2015.
    10. Feng H, Kang R, and Chen Y, Workspace analysis of a reconfigurable mechanism generated from the network of Bennett linkages, Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, Beijing, China, 20-22 July 2015.
    11. Liu SC, Chen Y and Lu GX, Deployable Prismatic Structures with Rigid Origami Patterns, DETC2014-34567, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014, Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17-21, 2014.
    12. Peng R and Chen Y, The Metamaterial Generated from Rigid-origami Pattern, 6OSME, The Sixth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics and Education, Tokyo, Japan, August 10-13,2014.
    13. Song CY, Chen Y and Chen I-M, Bifurcation behavior of the line-symmetric bricard linkage without offsets, 3rd IFToMM International Symposium on Robotics and Mechatronics, Singapore, 2 – 4 October 2013.
    14. Song J, Chen Y and Lu GX, The thin-walled tubes with origami pattern under axial loading, JSST 2013 International Conference on Simulation Technology, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 11-Sep13, 2013.
    15. Liu SC, Chen Y and Lu GX, The rigid origami patterns for flat surface, DETC2013-12947, Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013, Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4-7, 2013.
    16. Chen Y, Keynote Speech: 3D Overconstrained Linkages with Revolute Joints, CCMMS 2012, Huangshan, China, 13-16 July 2012.
    17. Song CY and Chen Y, A Special Wohlhart’s Double-Goldberg 6R Linkage and its Multiple Operation Forms among 4R and 6R Linkages, The Second ASME/IEEE International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2012). Tianjin, China, 9-11 July 2012.
    18. Song J, Chen Y and Lu G X, Axial crushing of internally braced tubes, The 4th International Conference on Design and Analysis of Protective Structures (DAPS2012), Jeju, Korea, June 19-22, 2012.
    19. Chen Y and You Z, Spatial Overconstrained Linkages - The Lost Jade, HMM2012: International Symposium on the History of Machines and Mechanisms, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands - May 7-11, 2012.
    20. Wang Q, Chen Y, and Tang H, The Mechanism Design for Aircraft Morphing Wing, 53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Hawaii, USA, 23-26 April 2012.
    21. Song CY and Chen Y, The original double-Goldberg 6R linkage and its bifurcation analysis, International Symposium on Multibody Systems and Mechatronics (MUSME 2011), Valencia, Spain, 25-28 October 2011.
    22. Liu SC and Chen Y, Folding the Tube with Rigid Origami Pattern, 日本応用数理学会 2011 年度年会 (JSIAM2011), 14-16 September, 2011, Kyoto, Japan.
    23. Tian PL and Chen Y, Design of a Foldable Shelter, the International Symposium of Mechanism and Machine Theory, 2010, AzCIFToMM – Izmir Institute of Technology, 5-8 October 2010, Izmir, Turkey.
    24. Wang KF and Chen Y, Rigid Origami to Fold a Flat Paper into a Patterned Cylinder, the 5th international conference on origami in science, mathematics and education (5OSME), 13-17 July 2010, Singapore.
    25. Y Zhang, H Fan, W Huang, Y Chen, Experimental Investigation of the Surface Tension of Lipid Membranes, 4th International Conference on Advanced Computational Engineering and Experimenting, ACE-X 2010, Paris France, July 8-9, 2010.
    26. Chen Y and You Z, A 6R Foldable Frame and its Bifurcations, ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2009), King's College of London, London, United Kingdom, June 22-24, 2009.
    27. Liu S Y, Chen Y, and Yeo S H, A Retractable Structure Design based on Bricard Linkage, International Conference on Emerging & Futuristic System and Technology, India, 9-11 April 2009.
    28. Chen Y and You Z, deployable frames with curved profile, 48th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Material Conference & Exhibit, April 2007.
    29. Chen Y and You Z, Deployable structures based on the Bricard linkages, 45th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Material Conference & Exhibit, April 2004.
    30. Chen Y and You Z, 6R Linkage and its networks, IASS-APCS 2003 (198), Taipei, Taiwan, October22-25, 2003.
    31. Chen Y and You Z, Connectivity of Bennett Linkages, AIAA 2002-1500, 43rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Material Conference & Exhibit, Denver, CO, April 22-25, 2002.
    32. Chen Y and You Z, Deployable structural element based on Bennett linkages, the 2001 American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Congress, 11-15, November 2001, New York, USA.
    33. Chen Y and You Z, Network of Bennett linkages as deployable structures, AIAA 2001-4661, AIAA Space 2001 Conference and Exposition, 28-30, August 2001, Albuquerque, USA.
    34. Chen Y and You Z, Mechanism design with topology optimisation, the Fourth World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimisation (WCSMO-4), June 4-8, 2001, Dalian, China.
    35. Chen Y, Large space deployable structure, Young Researchers' Conference - March 2001, The Institution of Structural Engineers, London, UK.