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Prof. SUN, Dong

Ph.D., Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of HKIE, P.Eng. (Canada), Member (ASME)

Head

Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office: AC1-Y6719
Phone: +(852)-3442-8405
Email: mbehead@cityu.edu.hk
medsun@cityu.edu.hk (personal)

Research Interests

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Cell-based Biomedical Engineering
  • Micro-Bio Robotics
  • Multirobot Systems
  • Motion Controls
  • Mechatronics

RESEARCH

Experience:

  • Led research in robot-aided single cell manipulation and cell surgery, focusing on development of cell manipulation tools with optical tweezers, microneedle and magnetic device.
  • Designed, created and applied robotic control technologies, with extensive applications to advanced manufacturing and microsystem automation.
  • Conducted extensive applied researches in advanced robotics and motion control with impacted outcomes, including technology transfers and high-tech startup in Hong Kong Science Park.

Summary:

External Grants
  • 14 GRFs and 1 joint RGC-NSFC as PI (2001-2017)
  • 1 CRF for Group Research as PC (2014)
  • 1 UGC Equipment grant as PC (2008)
  • 1 CRF for Group Research as Co-PI (2014)
  • 1 Theme-based Research Grant as Co-PI (2011)
  • 8 ITFs as PI, together with grants from industry
Research Outputs
  • 15 books & book chapters
  • 360 technical papers
  • 9 patents
  • 30 plenary/keynote talks (recent years)
  • Citation >5200, h-index 39 (Scopus)

HONORARY, AWARDS, ESTEEMED POSITIONS

  • Member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, 2017.
  • Member of Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel, Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Government, 2017-2019.
  • Member of Biomedical Division, the Science and Technology Committee, Education Ministration, P. R. China. (中國教育部科學技術委員會生物與醫學學部學部委員),since 2016.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Faculty of Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2017.
  • President Award for Outstanding Performance, City University of Hong Kong, 2015.
  • Fellow of the IEEE, Robotics and Automation Society, 2014.
  • Outstanding Research Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2014.
  • Hong Kong Awards for Industry: Machinery and Machine Tools Design, as a leading scientist, 2012.
  • Best paper award in automation, IEEE International Conference on Informatics and Automation, Chongqing, China, 2011.
  • Best paper award for automation, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Toronto, Canada (my PhD student Songyu Hu also won Association for Laboratory Automation Young Scientist Award due to this best paper award).
  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE), 2010.
  • Best paper award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Bangkok, Thailand, 2008/09.
  • Best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System, 2007.
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapter of the Year Award, 2008 (as the chapter chairman).
  • Gold Award (in category of Parts/Components), Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2006.
  • 4th Applied Research Excellence Award (Certificate of Merit), City University of Hong Kong, 2004.
  • Hong Kong Award for Industry: Machinery and Equipment Design Award, as a leading scientist, 2003.
  • Industrial Research Fellowship of Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada, 1999.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, 1996.

EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES

  • Technical Editor, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2009-2013)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2004-2008)
  • Associate Editor, Mechatronics, since 2015
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Nanotechnology Express (2014 - 2016)
  • Guest Editor, Asian Journal of Control (2012-2013)
  • Guest Editor, Sensors (2010, 2011)
  • Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Conference Board (2010-11)
  • Associate Editor (2008-2010, 2016-2018), IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Conference Board
  • Associate Editor, IROS Conference Board, 2011-2016.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

  • General Chair, 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
  • General Chair, 2019 Advanced and Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM).
  • Program Chair, 2017 World Congress on Bioengineering, Hong Kong.
  • Program Co-Chair, 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Chicago, USA.
  • Program Chair, 2014 Biomedical Engineering International Conference, Hong Kong.
  • General Chair, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), Beijing, China. IEEE-NANO is the flagship conference in the IEEE Nanotechnology society.
  • Program Co-Chair, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Intelligent Mechanics (AIM), Wollongong, Australia.
  • Program Co-Chair, 2012 of International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, Guangzhou, China.
  • General Chair, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering, Hong Kong.
  • Program Chair, 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Guilin, China.
  • Senior Program Committee Member, 2014 & 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and 2014 & 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books:

D. Sun, Synchronization and Control of Multi-agent Systems, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010.

Y. H. Liu, and D. Sun, Biologically Inspired Robotics, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011.

Articles:

  1. X. J. Li, C. Liu, S. Chen, Y. Wang, S. H. Cheng, and D. Sun, “In vivo manipulation of single biological cells with an optical tweezers-based manipulator and a disturbance compensation controller”, IEEE Trans. on Robotics, 2017.
  2. Z. Huan, H. K. Chu, J. Yang, and D. Sun, “Characterization of a honeycomb-like scaffold with dielectrophoresis-based patterning for tissue engineering”, IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 755-764, April 2017.
  3. H. Yang, X. Li, Y. Wang, G. Feng, and D. Sun, “Control of single-cell migration using a robot-aided stimulus-induced manipulation system”, IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 815-825, April 2017.
  4. C. W. Kong, S. Chen, L. Geng, A. M. Y. Shum, D. Sun and R. A. Li, “Increasing the physical size and nucleation status of human pluripotent stem cell-derived ventricular cardiomyocytes by cell fusion”, Stem Cell Research, vol. 19, pp. 76-81, March 2017.
  5. Y. P. Li, T. Xu, H. Zou, X. M. Chen, D. Sun and M. S. Yang, “Cell migration microfluidics for electrotaxis-based heterogeneity study of lung cancer cells”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, vol. 89, pp. 837-845, Part 2, March 2017.
  6. Y. T. Chow, S. Chen, R. Wang, C. C. Liu, C. W. Kong, R. A. Li, S. H. Cheng, and D. Sun, “Single cell transfection through precise microinjection with quantitatively controlled injection volumes”, Scientific Reports, vol. 6, no. 24127, April 2016.
  7. Y. T. Chow, S. Chen, C. Liu, C. C. Liu, L Li, C. W. Kong, S. H. Cheng, R. A. Li, and D. Sun, “A high throughput automated microinjection system for human cells with small size”, IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 838-850, April 2016.
  8. R. Wang, S. Chen, C. Li, T. P. Ng, C. W. Kong, J. Cheng, S. H. Cheng, R. A. Li, C. M. Lo, K. Man, and D. Sun, “Fusion with stem cell makes the hepatocellular carcinoma cells similar to liver tumor-initiating cells”, BMC Cancer, vol. 16, no. 56, February 2016.
  9. X. Li, H. Yang, J. Wang, and D. Sun, “Design of a robust unified controller for cell manipulation with a robot-aided optical tweezers system”, Automatica, vol. 55, no. 5, pp. 279-286, May 2015.
  10. C. C. Cheah, X. Li, X. Yan, and D. Sun, “Simple PD control scheme for robotic manipulation of biological cell”, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 1427-1432, May 2015.
  11. H. Yang, X. Gou, Y. Wang, T. M Fahmy, A. Y. H. Leung, J. Lu, and D. Sun, “A dynamic model of chemoattractant induced cell migration”, Biophysical Journal, vol. 108, no. 7, pp. 1645-1651, April 2015.
  12. R. Zheng, Y. H. Liu, and D. Sun, “Enclosing a target by nonholonomic mobile robots with bearing-only measurements”, Automatica, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 400-407, March 2015.
  13. R. Zheng, Z. Lin, M. Fu, and D. Sun, “Distributed control for uniform circumnavigation of ring-coupled unicycles”, Automatica, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 23-29, March 2015.
  14. H. Chu, Z. Huan, J. K. Mills, J. Yang, and D. Sun, “Three-dimensional cell manipulation and patterning using dielectrophoresis via a multi-layer scaffold structure”, Lab on a Chip, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 920-930, February 2015.
  15. X. Yan, and D. Sun, “Multilevel-based topology design and cell patterning with robotically controlled optical tweezers”, IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 176-185, January 2015.
  16. X. Gou, H. Yang, T. M. Fahmy, Y. Wang, and D. Sun, “Direct measurement of cell protrusion force utilizing a robot-aided cell manipulation system with optical tweezers for cell migration control”, Int. J. of Robotics Research, vol. 33, no. 14, pp. 1782-1792, November 2014.
  17. D. Liu, C. Yi, C-C Fong, Q. Jin, Z. Wang, W. K. Yu, D. Sun, J. Zhao, M. S. Yang, “Activation of multiple signaling pathways during the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells cultured in a silicon nanowire microenvironment”, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1153-1163, August 2014.
  18. C. C. Cheah, X. Li, X. Yan, D. Sun, “"Observer Based Optical Manipulation of Biological Cells with Robotic Tweezers”, IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 68-80, February 2014.
  19. X. Wang, S. Chen, Y-T Chow, C-W Kong, R. A. Li, and D. Sun, “A microengineered cell fusion approach with combined optical tweezers and microwell array technologies”, RSC Advances, vol. 3, pp. 23589-23595, October 2013.
  20. K. Wang, J. Cheng, S.H. Cheng, and D. Sun, “Probing cell biophysical behavior based on actin cytoskeleton modeling and optical tweezers stretching manipulation”, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 083706, August 2013.
  21. X. Gou, H. Han, S. Hu, A.Y.H. Leung, and D. Sun, “Applying combined optical tweezers and fluorescence microscopy technologies to manipulate cell adhesions for cell-to-cell interaction study”, IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 60, no. 8, pp. 2308-2315, August 2013.
  22. S. Chen, J. Cheng, C. W. Kong, X. Wang, S. H. Cheng, R. A. Li, and D. Sun, “Laser-induced fusion of human embryonic stem cells with optical tweezers”, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 033701, July 2013.
  23. X. Li, C. C. Cheah, S. Hu, and D. Sun, “Dynamic trapping and manipulation of biological cells with optical tweezers”, Automatica, vol. 49, no. 6, pp.1614-1625, June 2013.
  24. S. Hu, X. Gou, H. Han, A. Y. H. Leung, and D. Sun, “Manipulating cell adhesions with optical tweezers for study of cell-to-cell interactions”, Biomedical Nanotechnology, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 281-285, February 2013.
  25. X. Li, D. Sun, and J. Yang, "Bounded controller for multirobot navigation while maintaining network connectivity in the presence of obstacles", Automatica, vol. 49, pp. 285-292, January 2013.
  26. X. Yan, J. Chen, and D. Sun, "Multilevel-based topology design and shape control of robot swarms", Automatica, vol. 48, no. 12, pp. 3122-3127, December 2012.
  27. H. Chen, and D. Sun, "Moving Groups of Microparticles into Array with a Robot-tweezers Manipulation System", IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 1069-1080, October 2012.
  28. K. Wang and D. Sun, “Influence of semiflexible structural features of actin cytoskeleton on cell stiffness based on actin microstructural modeling”, J. of Biomechanics, vol. 45, pp. 1900-1908, July 2012.
  29. Y. Tan, M. Kong, S. Chen, S. H. Cheng, R. A. Li, and D. Sun, "Probing the mechanobiological properties of human embryonic stem cells in cardiac differentiation by optical tweezers", J. of Biomechanics, vol. 45, issue 1, pp. 123-128, January 2012.
  30. S. Hu, and D. Sun, "Automatic transportation of biological cells with robot-tweezer manipulation system", Int. J. of Robotics Research, vol. 30, no. 14, pp. 1681-1694, December 2011.
  31. X. Wang, S. Chen, M. Kong, Z. Wang, K. Costa, R. Li, and D. Sun, "Enhanced cell sorting and manipulation with combined optical tweezer and microfluidic chip technologies", Lab on a Chip, vol. 11, no. 21, pp. 3656-3662, 2011.
  32. J. Chen, and D. Sun, "Resource constrained multirobot task allocation based on leader-follower coalition methodology", Int. J. of Robotics Research, vol. 30, pp. 1423-1434, October 2011.
  33. Y. Tan, T-K Fung, H. Wan, K. Wang, Anskar Y. H. Leung, and D. Sun, "Biophysical characterization of hematopoietic cells from normal and leukemic sources with distinct primitiveness", Applied Physics Letters, 99(8), 083702, 2011.
  34. Y. Xie, D. Sun, C. Liu, H. Y. Tse, and S. H. Cheng, "Force sensing and manipulation strategy in robot-assisted microinjection on zebrafish embryos", IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 1002-1010, December 2011.
  35. Y. Xie, D. Sun, C. Liu, H. Y. Tse, and S. H. Cheng, "A force control approach to a robot-assisted cell microinjection system", Int. J. of Robotics Research, vol. 29, no. 9, pp. 1222-1232, August 2010.
  36. H. Chen, D. Sun, J. Yang, and J. Chen, "SLAM based global localization for multi-robot formations in indoor environment", IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 561—574, August 2010.
  37. Y. Tan, D. Sun, J. Wang, and W. Huang, "Mechanical characterization of human red blood cells under different osmotic conditions by robotic manipulation with optical tweezers", IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 57, no. 7, pp. 1816-1825, July 2010.
  38. J. Chen, D. Sun, J. Yang, and H. Chen, "A leader-follower formation control of multiple nonholonomic mobile robots incorporating receding-horizon scheme", Int. J. of Robotics Research, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 727-747, May 2010.
  39. D. Sun, C. Wang, W. Shang, and G. Feng, "A synchronization approach to trajectory tracking of multiple mobile robots while maintaining time-varying formations", IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 1074-1086, October 2009.
  40. H. Huang, D. Sun, J. K. Mills, and S. H. Cheng, "Robotics cell injection system with vision and force control: Towards automatic batch biomanipulation", IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 727-737, June 2009.
  41. D. Sun, S. Hu, X. Shao, and C. Liu, "Global stability of a saturated nonlinear PID controller for robotic manipulators", IEEE Trans. on Control System Technology, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 892-899, July 2009.
  42. D. Sun, X. Y. Shao and G. Feng, "A model-free cross-coupled control for position synchronization of multi-axis motions: Theory and Experiments", IEEE Trans. on Control System Technology, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 306-314, March 2007.
  43. D. Sun, L. Ren, J. K. Mills, and C. Wang, "A synchronous tracking control of parallel manipulators using cross-coupling approach", Int. J. of Robotics Research, vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 1137-1148, Nov. 2006.
  44. Y. X. Su, D. Sun, L. Ren, and J. K. Mills, "Integration of saturated PI synchronous control and PD feedback for control of parallel manipulators," IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp.202-207, February 2006.
  45. H. Wu, D. Sun, and Z. Zhou, "Model identification of a micro air vehicle in loitering flight based on attitude performance evaluation", IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 702-712, August 2004.
  46. J. Shan, D. Sun, and D. Liu, "Design for robust component synthesis vibration suppression of flexible structures with on-off actuators", IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 512-525, June 2004.
  47. D. Sun, "Position synchronization of multiple motion axes with adaptive coupling control", Automatica, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 997-1005, June 2003.
  48. D. Sun, and J. K. Mills, "Adaptive synchronized control for coordination of multi-robot assembly tasks", IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 498-510, August 2002.
  49. D. Sun, and J. K. Mills, "Development of partial model-based torque control of AC induction motors", IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 100-107, February 2001.
  50. Y. H. Liu, and D. Sun, "Stabilizing a flexible beam handled by two manipulators via PD feedback", IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, vol. 45, no. 11, pp. 2159-2164, November 2000.

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