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BA (Cambridge), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Harvard)

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Core Member, Center for Nature-Inspired Engineering

Contact Information

Office: Y6609 YEUNG (AC-1)
Phone: 3442-9550
Email: pakpong.c@cityu.edu.hk
Web: https://ris.bme.cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Bio-inspired Robots
  • Micro Aerial Vehicles
  • Flapping Flight
  • Control and Robotics
Pakpong Chirarattananon is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 2014 and his M.Phil. in Computational Biology and B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on biologically-inspired robotic systems, micro aerial vehicles, and hybrid locomotion. Recently, he developed revolving-wing drones, flapping-wing robots, and multimodal multirotors, with related publications in Science, Nature, and Science Robotics. He uses intelligent mechanisms to solve dynamics and control problems, and enhances the performance of robotic devices through improved understanding of interactions between mechanical design, actuation, dynamics, control, and environmental factors. He has received several best paper awards, including the 2021 IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award.

Research Interests
Applications of dynamics, mechanisms, and system theories to address challenges in biologically-inspired robotic systems, micro aerial vehicles, and flapping-wing robots. Leveraging mechanical and physical intelligence to tackle challenges in small robots. Pushing the performance and efficiency of robotic devices through a deeper understanding of interactions between actuation, dynamics, control, and environmental factors. Bridging biological locomotion with engineering systems to create more agile, efficient, and capable autonomous machines.

Graduate student researchers
The Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab recruit 2-3 exceptionally qualified graduate students annually. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Chirarattananon in the application process and consider applying to the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

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Awards and Achievements

  • 2023 “Advanced Intelligent Systems Best Robot Demonstration Award” Bio-inspired Soft Aerial Robotics Workshop at IEEE RoboSoft 2023.
  • 2021 “IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award” IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
  • 2019 “Best Late Breaking Result Award” IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (Robosoft).
  • 2019 “UGC Teaching Award Nomination (Early Career Faculty Members)” University Grants Committee (UGC). Only nominee from City University of Hong Kong for the Early Career Faculty Members category.
  • 2018 “Best Paper Award Finalist” International Youth Conference of Bionic Engineering (IYCBE).
  • 2018 “ASM Technology Gold Award” ASM Pacific Technology Limited. As a supervisor for the winning undergraduate student project "Transformable Wheelchair".
  • 2016 “The President Awards ” City University of Hong Kong. In recognition of the achievements of high-achieving faculty whose exemplary contributions to research and professional education.
  • 2014 “Best Paper Award Finalist” IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB), 2014..
  • 2013 “Best Student Paper Award Finalist” IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2013..
  • 2011 “Best Paper in Biomimetics Award Finalist” IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), 2011..


  • Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong, July 2020 to Present
  • Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 2023 to August 2023.
  • Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, December 2014 to June 2020
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University, September 2014 to November 2014


  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, USA, 2014
  • S.M., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, USA, 2013
  • M.Phil., Computational Biology, Cambridge University, UK, 2010
  • B.A., Natural Sciences, Cambridge University, UK, 2009

Selected Journal Publications

  • Y. H. Hsiao, S. Bai, Y. Zhou, H Jia, R. Ding, Y. Chen, Z. Wang, and P. Chirarattananon. Perching and Takeoff of a Miniature Rotorcraft Using Hybrid Aerodynamic Proximity Effect and Bioinspired Adhesive, Communications Engineering, vol. 2, pp. 38, 2023.
  • S. Bai, Q. He, and P. Chirarattananon. A Bio-Inspired Revolving-Wing Drone with Passive Attitude Stability and Efficient Hovering Flight, Science Robotics, vol. 7, no. 66, pp. eabg5913, 2022.
  • Y. Chen, S. Xu, Z. Ren, P. Chirarattananon. Collision Resilient Insect-Scale Soft-Actuated Aerial Robots with High Agility, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 1752-1764, 2021.
  • B. Mu, and P. Chirarattananon. Universal Flying Objects: Modular multirotor system for flight of rigid objects, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 458-471, 2020.
  • Y. Chen, H. Zhao, J. Mao, P. Chirarattananon, E. F. Helbling, N. P. Hyun, D. R. Clarke, and R. J. Wood. The first controlled flight of a microrobot powered by soft artificial muscles, Nature, vol. 575, no. 7782, pp. 324-329, 2019.
  • Y. Chen, H. Wang, E. Helbling, N. Jafferis, R. Zufferey, A. Ong, K. Ma, N. Gravish, P. Chirarattananon, M. Kovac, and R. Wood. A biologically inspired, flapping-wing, hybrid aerial-aquatic microrobot, Science Robotics, vol. 2, no. 11, 2017.
  • P. Chirarattananon, K. Ma and R. Wood. Perching with a robotic insect using adaptive tracking control and iterative learning control, The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 35, no. 10, pp. 1185-1206, 2016.
  • M. Graule, P. Chirarattananon, K. Ma, N. Jafferis, S. Fuller, M. Spenko, R. Kornbluh, and R. Wood, Perching and takeoff of a robotic insect on natural and artificial overhangs using switchable electrostatic adhesion, Science, vol. 352, issue 6288, pp. 978-982, 2016.
  • K. Ma, P. Chirarattananon, S. Fuller, and R. Wood. Controlled flight of a biologically inspired, insect-scale robot, Science, vol. 340, pp. 603-607, 2013.

Last update date : 29 Jul 2023