f4liu (at) eng.ucsd.edu


I am a postdoctoral researcher at Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), under the supervision of Prof. Michael Yip. I am currently working on robotic autonomy for surgical applications, with semantic modeling, real-to-sim simulation, and advanced control techniques. Before that, I served as a research associate and postdoctoral scholar both at the Biorobotics Institute with Prof. Filippo Cavallo at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), and the Center for Bioinspired Soft Robotics at Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Italy. I finished my Ph.D. at Ampère Laboratory with Prof. Arnaud Lelevé at INSA de Lyon, a top French Grande école and engineering university. Right after my Ph.D. dissertation, I also worked for a start-up company ROBO Medical Co., Ltd. as a senior control engineer and project manager for the creation of a robot for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) surgery. During the last few years, I have experience in several robotic areas, including modeling, control, dynamics, planning, simulation, and optimization. I also have knowledge of sensor perception, signal processing, and computer vision. I have authored a number of journal and conference papers that have advanced and impacted both the academic and industrial worlds. For more details, you can check out my publications page or see my full CV here.

Apart from my research habit, I enjoy hiking, backpacking and skiing.

Reserch Focus

  • Modeling and Control
  • Dynamics
  • Visual Servoing
  • Physical-based Simulation
  • Medical Robots and Systems
  • Surgical Robotics
  • Autonomy for Mobility and Manipulation
  • Constrained Optimization


Sep 23, 2022 We have submitted two papers to 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)! Check more details SutureThread and RobotPoseEstimation.
Sep 1, 2022 Welcome to the first version of my personal webpage! More content to come :-)