Full-Stack Robotics Scientist and Engineer

Work Experience

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Scientific Researcher, UC Berkeley, 2015-present

I am currently carrying out a research project in the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab developing resilient mobile robots based on self-regeneration of damaged structures.

Programme Leader, ETH Zurich, 2009-2014

I was leading a research programme developing novel robotic technologies based on low-cost and off-the-shelf soft material i.e. hot melt adhesives. I managed a team of 15+ mechanical or electronic engineers and designed and prototyped 10+ robotic systems. Additionally, I wrote 20+ technical papers, made 10+ oral presentations, raised over USD 0.8 million grants, and organized five international conferences.

Country Manager, Mindray Medical International Limited, 2007-2008

I was responsible for sales and marketing of laboratory products, naming hematology analyzers, chemistry analyzers, and ELISA analyzers, in seven western European countries including United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. I accomplished 150% of the annual sales target, with the peak month sales 300% of the monthly target, which earned me the Monthly Champion in the biggest Chinese medical equipment manufacturer.


Referred Journal Papers

Excluding journal papers submitted without decision or in preparation.


J11. Wang, L., Yang, Y., Chen, Y., Majidi, C., Iida, F., Askounis, E., and Pei, Q. (2017) Controllable and reversible tuning of material rigidity for robot applications, Materials Today. accepted for publication


J10. Wang, L., Nurzaman, S. G. and Iida, F. (2017) Soft-material robotics, Foundations and Trends in Robotics, 5(3): 191-259. abstract


J9. Wang, L. and Iida, F. (2015) Deformation in soft-matter robotics: Categorization and quantitative characterization, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 22(3): 125-139. abstract


J8. Leventhal, G. E., Wang, L. (co-first author), and Kouyos, R. (2014) Real-world interaction networks buffer impact of small evolutionary shifts on biodiversity. bioRxivfull text


J7. Wang, L., Brodbeck, L., and Iida, F. (2014). Mechanics and energetics in tool manufacture and use: A synthetic approach, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11:20140827. abstract


J6. Leach, D., Wang, L. (equal contribution first author), Reusser, D., and Iida, F. (2014). Automatic building of a web-like structure based on thermoplastic adhesive, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 9(3): 036014. abstract


J5. Wang, L., Culha, U., and Iida, F. (2014). A dragline-forming mobile robot inspired by spiders, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 9(1): 016006. abstract


J4. Nurzaman, S.G., Culha, U., Brodbeck, L., Wang, L., and Iida, F. (2013). Active sensing system with in situ adjustable sensor morphology, PLOS ONE, 8(12): e84090. full text


J3. Wang, L., Graber, L., and Iida, F. (2013). Large-payload climbing in complex vertical environments using thermoplastic adhesive bonds, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 29(4):863-874. abstract


J2. Wang, L. and Iida, F. (2012). Physical connection and disconnection control based on hot melt adhesives, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(4): 1397-1409. abstract


J1. Wang, L. (2009) Interest-motivated discovery learning in interdisciplinary engineering: A student’s perspective. IEEE Technology and Engineering Education, 4(4): 115-121. full text

Referred Conference Papers

Excluding 14 conference/workshop/seminar abstracts (refer to CV in detail)


C14. Nagabandi, A., Wang, L., and Fearing, R. S. (2016) A path planning algorithm for single-ended continuous planar robotic ribbon folding. In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2016), 9-14 October 2016, Daejeon, South Korea, 3239-3246. abstract


C13. Wang, L., Plecnik, M., and Fearing, R. S. (2016) Robotic folding of 2D and 3D structures from a linear ribbon. In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2016), 16-21 May 2016, Stockholm, Sweden, 3655-3660. abstract


C12. Iida, F., Wang, L., Brodbeck, L., Nurzaman, S. G., Leach, D., and Culha, U. (2016) The solving-by-building approach based on thermoplastic adhesives. In Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR2013), 16-19 December 2013, Singapore, 221-236. abstract


C11. Wang, L., Peruzzi, C., Culha, U., Jovic, M., and Iida, F. (2014) Modelling of continuous dragline formation in a mobile robot. In Proceedings of 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2014), 31 May-7 June, Hong Kong, China, 4229-4234. abstract


C10. Iida, F., Wang, L., and Brodbeck, L. (2014) Flexible self-reconfiguration based on
thermoplastic adhesives. In Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS2012), 8-11 November 2012, Baltimore, USA, 193-204. abstract


C9. Leach, D., Wang, L., Reusser, D. and Iida, F. (2013) In situ thermoplastic thread
formation for robot built structures. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR2013), 25-29 November 2013, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1-6. abstract


C8. Yu, X., Assaf, D., Wang, L., and Iida, F. (2013) Robotics education: A case study in
soft-bodied locomotion. In Proceedings of 2013 IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO2013), 7-9 November, Tokyo, Japan, 194-199. abstract


C7. Wang, L., Culha, U., and Iida, F. (2013) Free-space locomotion with thread formation. In Proceedings of 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2013), 3-7 November, Tokyo, Japan, 4046-4051. abstract


C6. Wang, L., Graber, L., and Iida, F. (2012) Climbing vertical terrains with a self-contained robot. In Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2012), 7-12 October, Vilamoura, Portugal, 305-310. abstract


C5. Wang, L. and Iida, F. (2012) The extended phenotype in robots: A new perspective and challenges. Presented at IROS2012 Workshop on Smart Materials and Alternative
Technologies for Bio-Inspired Robots and Systems (ATBio), 11 October, Vilamoura, Portugal. full text


C4. Wang, L. and Iida, F. (2012) Towards soft self-reconfigurable robots. In Proceedings of the 4th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob2012), 24-28 June 2012, Rome, Italy, 593-598. abstract


C3. Brodbeck, L., Wang, L., and Iida, F. (2012) Robotic body extension based on hot melt adhesives. In Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2012), 14-18 May, St Paul, USA, 4322-4327. abstract


C2. Wang, L., Neuschaefer, F., Bernet, R., and Iida, F. (2012) Design considerations for attachment and detachment in robot climbing with hot melt adhesives. In Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2012), 14-18 May, St Paul, USA, 1181-1186. abstract


C1. Yang, X., Fu, J., Lou, Z., Wang, L., Li, G., Freeman, W.J. (2006) Tea classification
based on artificial olfaction using bionic olfactory neural network. In Advances in Neural Networks: Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN2006), 28 May-1 June 2006, Chengdu, China, 343-348. abstract




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