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Seminar 1: how to write research proposal.

Abstract: In this talk, I will compare three countries (China, USA, and Canada) in the aspect of writing a research proposal. I will then outline a generic model for any research proposal.

Date: May 8, 2018

Time: 1 – 2 pm



Seminar 2: soft robotics: research directions.

Abstract: In this talk, I will provide a definition to soft robotics and then present the dimension of challenges or problems in soft robotics. Finally, I will discuss on going researches in soft robotics in my group.

Date: May 29, 2018

Time: 1 –2 pm



Seminar 3: integrated design and control approach to complex systems.

Abstract: In this talk, I will review our past study on the integrated design and control of mechatronic systems. I will then extend this approach to a much broader context, that is integrated design and operation management to complex systems.

Date: June 5, 2018

Time: 1 –2 pm



Professor Wen-Jun ZHANG, PhD, PEng, FCAE, FASME, SrMIEEE, SrMSME

Email: chris.zhang@usask.ca


Dr. Zhang is a full professor at the University of Saskatchewan of Canada. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 1994. Dr. Zhang research covers a wide spectrum of areas, including design, mechatronics, manufacturing, informatics, human-machine systems, and biomedical technology. In the area of biomedical technology and robotics, Dr. Zhang pioneered resilient robotics and soft robotics with their application to biomedical technology. He also pioneered the concept of integrated mind and body rehabilitation to post-stroke patients and the leading research in the world on the topic of hyperthermia ablation of tumors.


Dr. Zhang has published over 400 refereed technical publications, among which 250 papers appear in refereed journals or magazines. His h-index 45 (GS). Dr. Zhang currently holds 8 patents. Dr. Zhang has supervised or co-supervised 32 PhD, 58 Master (thesis), 10 Master (non-thesis), and 37 Post-Doctoral Students or Visiting Scholars. Among the PhD students, 6 received NSERC PDF awards and 7 received faculty positions in post-secondary institutions in USA, Canada, Hong Kong, and China. This achievement has been recognized by both the university (2012 Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award by University of Saskatchewan) and the professional realm (2014 Educator of the Year by Saskatoon Engineer Society).


Dr. Zhang has been appointed as technical editor/associate editor for three reputed journals, including IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics, IEEE SMC – system, IEEE System journal. He also served as Chair of Division of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2011, growing the division from 24 faculty members to 64 and 20 graduate students to over 60 (half of them on PhD study).


Dr. Zhang is a fellow of Canadian Academia of Engineering (CAE), a fellow of ASME, senior member of IEEE, and senior member of SME. Dr. Zhang was one of the most highly cited researchers by Elsevier China in 2015, 2016, 2017, respectively.