Group Members

Principal Investigator


Kaiyan Yu

Assistant Professor
Automated Control Systems and Robotics Lab

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science

State University of New York at Binghamton
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, New York

Office: Engineering and Science Building
Room ES-1309
Tel: 607-777-5038
Fax: 607-777-4620
Lab: ES-B401

Kaiyan Yu received her BS degree in Intelligent Science and Technology from Nankai University in China in 2010 and her PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University in 2017. She joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Binghamton University in 2018. Her current research interests include autonomous robotic systems, motion planning and control, mechatronics, automation science and engineering, with applications to nano/micro particle control and manipulation, Lab-on-a-chip, and biomedical systems.

Kaiyan Yu is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She is a recipient of the 2022 US NSF CAREER Award. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers in the areas of robotics, mechatronics, and automation science and engineering. Her paper was selected as a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), and her paper won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE).

Since 2019, Kaiyan Yu has served as an Associate Vice President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Media Services Board. She is also an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IFAC Mechatronics, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Conference Editorial Board, as well as the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Conference Editorial Board since 2018. She actively reviews for highly reputed journals, including IEEE Transactions, ASME journals, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

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Current PhD Students


Xilin Li

PhD student
MS and BS, Zhejiang University, China

Research: Robotics, motion planning, dynamic system and control, autonomous driving

Vishnu Veeraraghavan

Vishnu Veeraraghavan

PhD student
MS, Binghamton University
BS, Anna University, India

Research: Construction robotics, field robots, sensor-based planning, deep learning

Jiaxu Song

Jiaxu Song

PhD student
MS and BS, Arizona State University

Research: Nano-robots, dynamic system and control, nanowire motion control, machine learning


Shiming Fang

PhD student
MS, University of Birmingham, UK
BS, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Research: SLAM, manufacturing, robotics, autonomous driving



Juan Wu, Ph.D.

PhD, Binghamton University
MS, Binghamton University
BS, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Thesis: Motion Control of Multiple Micro-and Nano-Particles in Fluid Suspension with a Coupled External Electric Field, Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, December 2022

Award: Academic Excellence in Mechanical Engineering Research Award

First job after graduation: Solution Engineer, Siemens Healthineers, NY


  • Kyle T Olstein (4+1 master student, Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, 2020 Summer-2021 Spring)
  • Arron J Danehy (4+1 master student, Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, 2020 Summer)

Undergraduate research assistant/intern mentoring

  • Undergraduate student engaging: Alvina Prabhu (2024, Biomedical Engineering), John Lim (2024, Mechanical Engineering), John Harrison (2023-2024, Mechanical Engineering), Tyler Zierer (2023-2024, Mechanical Engineering), John Pforte (2023-2024, Mechanical Engineering), Julia Kuster (2023-2024, Biomedical Engineering), Neha Viju (2023-2024, Biomedical Engineering), Nathaly Molina Fonseca (2023-2024, Mechanical Engineering), Casey Ruth Anderson (2020-2021, Mechanical Engineering/Electrical and Computer Engineering), Tonglu Gao (2020, Mechanical Engineering), Jiangnan Xing (2020, Mechanical Engineering), Yu Tian (2019-2020, Mechanical Engineering), Lijing Yang (2019, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Summer Training Experience in Engineering Research (STEER): Barry Sevalia (Summer 2019, Physics/ Mechanical Engineer, Xavier University of Louisiana)
  • Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement Microelectronics Workforce Development Program (SCALE): Hans Li (Spring 2024, Computer Science)
  • Binghamton University Projects for New Undergraduate Researchers (BUPNUR): Jack Bonfiglio (Spring 2024, Computer Engineering, Mathematical Sciences) and David Ramirez (Spring 2024, Mathematical Sciences)