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Dr. Jian Dai, Professor of Mechanisms and Robotics at King’s College London in the UK, Visits BYU


Dr. Jian Dai, a leading researcher in a new class of mechanisms called metamorphic mechanisms, visited BYU's compliant mechanisms research group Wednesday, August 14, 2013.


Dr. Larry Howell hosted the visit. While visiting, Dr. Dai presented a seminar on his research in technical origami to various engineering and mathematics students and reviewed CMR research on the topic.


Dr. Jian Dai received his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, PR China and later earned his Doctorate from the University of Salford, UK. In addition to his contributions to metamorphic mechanisms, Dr. Dai is well-known for his prolific research in the development of fundamental theory and applications in robotic kinematics and dynamics, as well as his contributions to the introduction of various new medical devices. he has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 141 of which are prestigious journal papers, and has received numerous awards recognizing his research contributions. Dr. Dai is the Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and Robotica, and was the General Conference Chair for the International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR) in 2009 and 2012. At his post at King's College London, Dr. Dai currently works with grant income equivalent to almost eigh million dollars including 8 EPSRC awards, 2 EU FP7 awards, 4 Royal Society and 8 Royal Academy awards. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous universities and conferences around the world and is continually recognized for his contributions made to the mechanical engineering field.

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