f4liu (at) ucsd.edu


I am on the job market and looking for a faculty position starting from 2024 or later.

I’m currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab at the University of California San Diego, mentored by Prof. Michael Yip. Before this role, I conducted research at the Biorobotics Institute with Prof. Filippo Cavallo and at the Center for Bioinspired Soft Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy. My Ph.D. was completed at INSA de Lyon, a top ranked French engineering university, under the guidance of Prof. Arnaud Lelevé. I also have experience as a senior control engineer and project manager at ROBO Medical Co., Ltd., a startup specializing in creating robots for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) surgery.

My research interests lie at the intersection of robotics, autonomous systems, computational AI. I focus on applying these in unstructured environments, including biomedical, healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, and aerospace applications.

  • Computational Modeling:
    • multibody mechanics
    • kinematics and dynamics
    • physics-informed simulation
    • constrained optimization
  • Advanced Control:
    • model-based and data-driven control
    • inverse problems
    • motion planning
    • manipulation
    • predictive control
    • stochastic control
  • Integrated Embedded and Real-Time AI System:
    • mechatronics
    • computer vision and servoing
    • accelerated computing
    • cyber-physical systems
    • adaptive learning
    • deep neural networks
    • cyber-physical systems


Jan 29, 2024 Our 3 papers have been accepted to 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)! Check more details Real2Sim for Tissue, Autonomous Cloth Manipulation, and Robust Tool Tracking.
Sep 28, 2023 We are happy to present our works Real2Sim for Tissue Identification and SoftRobot Shape at the IROS 2023 Workshop on Integrated Perception, Planning, and Control for Physically and Contextually-Aware Robot Autonomy. I’d love to meet you if you happen to be in Detroit!
Sep 16, 2023 We have submitted two papers to 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)! Check more details Real2Sim for Tissue and Autonomous Cloth Manipulation.
May 23, 2023 Our paper has been accepted to IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME)! Check more details ORRN.
Apr 1, 2023 Our paper about robotic rope manipulation using a differentiable solver has been accepted by IEEE RAL RopeManipulation.