Contact Details

Yuen K. Yong
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
+61 2 4921 6438

yuenkuan(dot)yong(at)newcastle.edu.au

Biography

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Yuen Kuan Yong received the B.Eng. degree (1st Class Hons.) in mechatronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2001 and 2007, respectively. She was previously an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research interests include the design and control of nanopositioning systems, high-speed atomic force microscopy, actuation and sensing of microcantilever, finite-element analysis of smart materials and structures, MEMS and miniature robots.

Dr. Yong is a recipient of the 2008 and 2016 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) Best Conference Paper Finalist Award, The University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence and the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Performance. She is an Associate Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions of Mechatronics, and the Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (specialty section Mechatronics). She is also a steering committee member for the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS).

Awards/Fellowships

  • 2016: Best Conference Paper Finalist Award at the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM).
  • 2014: Vice-chancellor’s award for research excellence.
  • 2014: Pro Vice-chancellor’s award for excellence in research performance.
  • 2013: Australian Research Council DECRA – This award was highly competitive with a success rate of only 15.6%.
  • 2012: University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – one of the only four recipients at the University of Newcastle.
  • 2008: Best Conference Paper Finalist Award at AIM – for the novel design and control techniques of nanopositioning devices.

Supervised Student Awards

  • Shannon Rios – Best Student Conference Paper Finalist Award, the 2015 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics.
  • Yik Ren Teo – Best Student Conference Paper Finalist, the 2015 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC).
  • Sachin Wadikhaye – Best Postgraduate Research Poster, the 2012 IEEE Technologies of the Future.
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  • 2017: ARC Discovery Project, $296,000 (sole CI).
  • 2015: University Strategic Pilot, $3,000 (Sole CI).
  • 2013: University Strategic Pilot, $13,668 (Sole CI).
  • 2013: ARC DECRA, $375,000 (Sole CI).
  • 2012: University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, $119,075.
  • 2011: University Near Miss Grant, $25,000 (Second CI).
  • 2010: University Special Project Grant, $18,000 (Sole CI).
  • 2007: University Early Career Research Grant, A$15,500 (Sole CI).

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2017.
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, specialty section Mechatronics (Nature Publishing Group), 2015 – present.
  • Associate Editor: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2012 – present.
  • Steering Committee Member: International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales, Paris, France, 2016.
  • Local Arrangement Chair: IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Wollongong, Australia, 2013.
  • Organising Committee Member: 2nd Workshop on Dynamics and Control of Micro and Nanoscale Systems, Newcastle, Australia, 2012.
  • Invited sessions organizer:
    • 2016 (lead organiser): “Design and Control of Precision Mechatronic Systems”, at the International Conference
      on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales, Paris, France;
      2014 (lead organiser) & 2015 (co-organiser): “Advances in Micro and Nano-Scale Positioning Systems: Design
      and Control”, at the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent;
      2012 (lead organiser): “Control of Micro and Nano Systems”, at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control,
      Maui, Hawaii;
      2012 (lead organiser): “Compliant Nanopositioning”, at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and
      Automation, St. Paul, MN, USA.
  • International Program Committee Member for the following conferences:
    • IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, 2009 – 2013, 2017.
    • IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control, 2015.
    • International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement on the Nanoscale, 2011 – present.
    • Asia International Symposium on Mechatronics, 2010.

Research Impact

  • 74 Publications, 36 Journal Papers, 38 Conference Papers, 2 Book Chapters.
  • 1716 Citations, H-index: 19 (Google Scholar).
  • Consulting: 3M Ltd. Pty., Svitzer, PiezoDrive, etc.

Publications

2021

100.Serial-kinematic monolithic nanopositioner with in-plane bender actuators

S. I. Moore; Y. K. Yong; M. Omidbeike; A. J. Fleming

Serial-kinematic monolithic nanopositioner with in-plane bender actuators Journal Article

Mechatronics, 75 (102541), 2021, ISBN: 0957-4158.

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99.Finite Element Modeling of Soft Fluidic Actuators: Overview and Recent Developments

M. S. Xavier; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Finite Element Modeling of Soft Fluidic Actuators: Overview and Recent Developments Journal Article

Advanced Intelligent Systems, 3 (2), pp. 2000187, 2021, ISBN: 2640-4567.

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2020

98.Electrode Configurations for Piezoelectric Tube Actuators With Improved Scan Range and Reduced Cross-Coupling

D. S. Raghunvanshi; S. I. Moore; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Electrode Configurations for Piezoelectric Tube Actuators With Improved Scan Range and Reduced Cross-Coupling Journal Article

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 25 (3), pp. 1479-1486, 2020, ISSN: 00346748.

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97.AFM Cantilever Design for Multimode Q Control: Arbitrary Placement of Higher-Order Modes

S. I. Moore; M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

AFM Cantilever Design for Multimode Q Control: Arbitrary Placement of Higher-Order Modes Journal Article

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, pp. 1-6, 2020, (Early Access).

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2019

96.Image-Guided Locomotion of a Pneumatic-Driven Peristaltic Soft Robot

M. S. Xavier; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Image-Guided Locomotion of a Pneumatic-Driven Peristaltic Soft Robot Inproceedings

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Dali, Yunnan, China, 2019, ISBN: 1-4244-0570-X.

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95.Characterization of Active Microcantilevers Using Laser Doppler Vibrometry

M. G. Ruppert; N. F. S. de Bem; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Characterization of Active Microcantilevers Using Laser Doppler Vibrometry Inproceedings

18th Asian Pacific Vibration Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2019.

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94.Experimental Characterisation of Hydraulic Fiber-Reinforced Soft Actuators for Worm-Like Robots

M. S. Xavier; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Experimental Characterisation of Hydraulic Fiber-Reinforced Soft Actuators for Worm-Like Robots Inproceedings

International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation, Delft, Netherlands, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-7281-3787-2.

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93.Scan Rate Adaptation for AFM Imaging Based on Performance Metric Optimisation

K. Wang; M. G. Ruppert; C. Manzie; D. Nesic; Y. K. Yong

Scan Rate Adaptation for AFM Imaging Based on Performance Metric Optimisation Journal Article

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2019, (early access).

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92.Capacitive Instrumentation and Sensor Fusion for High-Bandwidth Nanopositioning

S. I. Moore; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Capacitive Instrumentation and Sensor Fusion for High-Bandwidth Nanopositioning Journal Article

IEEE Sensor Letters, 3 (8), pp. 2501503, 2019, ISBN: 2475-1472.

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91.An optimization framework for the design of piezoelectric AFM cantilevers

S. I. Moore; M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

An optimization framework for the design of piezoelectric AFM cantilevers Journal Article

Precision Engineering, 60 , pp. 130-142, 2019.

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90.Design and Analysis of Low-Distortion Demodulators for Modulated Sensors

S. I. Moore; M. G. Ruppert; D. M. Harcombe; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Design and Analysis of Low-Distortion Demodulators for Modulated Sensors Journal Article

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 24 (4), pp. 1861-1870, 2019, ISSN: 10834435.

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89.A Five-Axis Monolithic Nanopositioning Stage Constructed from a Bimorph Piezoelectric Sheet

M. Omidbeike; Y. K. Yong; S. I. Moore; A. J. Fleming

A Five-Axis Monolithic Nanopositioning Stage Constructed from a Bimorph Piezoelectric Sheet Inproceedings

Helsinki, Finland, 2019, ISSN: 978-1-7281-0948-0.

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88.Multivariable Model-less Feedforward Control of a Monolithic Nanopositioning Stage With FIR Filter Inversion

M. Omidbeike; A. A. Eielsen; Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

Multivariable Model-less Feedforward Control of a Monolithic Nanopositioning Stage With FIR Filter Inversion Inproceedings

International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), Helsinki, Finland, 2019, ISSN: 978-1-7281-0948-0.

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87.Model-based Q Factor Control for Photothermally Excited Microcantilevers

M. G. Ruppert; B. S. Routley; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong; G. E. Fantner

Model-based Q Factor Control for Photothermally Excited Microcantilevers Inproceedings

Int. Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), Helsinki, Finland, 2019, ISSN: 978-1-7281-0948-0.

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86.Adaptive Scan for Atomic Force Microscopy Based on Online Optimisation: Theory and Experiment

K. Wang; M. G. Ruppert; C. Manzie; D. Nesic; Y. K. Yong

Adaptive Scan for Atomic Force Microscopy Based on Online Optimisation: Theory and Experiment Journal Article

IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, 2019, (accepted for publication).

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85.Multimodal atomic force microscopy with optimized higher eigenmode sensitivity using on-chip piezoelectric actuation and sensing

M. G. Ruppert; S. I. Moore; M. Zawierta; A. J. Fleming; G. Putrino; Y. K. Yong

Multimodal atomic force microscopy with optimized higher eigenmode sensitivity using on-chip piezoelectric actuation and sensing Journal Article

Nanotechnology, 30 (8), pp. 085503, 2019.

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2018

84.Design of Hybrid Piezoelectric/Piezoresistive Cantilevers for Dynamic-mode Atomic Force Microscopy

M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

Design of Hybrid Piezoelectric/Piezoresistive Cantilevers for Dynamic-mode Atomic Force Microscopy Inproceedings

IEEE/ASME Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.

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83.A monolithic serial-kinematic nanopositioner with integrated sensors and actuators

S. I. Moore; M. Omidbeike; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

A monolithic serial-kinematic nanopositioner with integrated sensors and actuators Inproceedings

IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.

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82.Arbitrary placement of AFM cantilever higher eigenmodes using structural optimization

S. I. Moore; M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

Arbitrary placement of AFM cantilever higher eigenmodes using structural optimization Inproceedings

International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), 2018.

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81.A Comparison Of Scanning Methods And The Vertical Control Implications For Scanning Probe Microscopy

Y. R. Teo; Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

A Comparison Of Scanning Methods And The Vertical Control Implications For Scanning Probe Microscopy Journal Article

Asian Journal of Control, 30 (4), pp. 1-15, 2018.

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80.Piezoelectric Bimorph Actuator with Integrated Strain Sensing Electrodes

S. Z. Mansour; R. J. Seethaler; Y. R. Teo; Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

Piezoelectric Bimorph Actuator with Integrated Strain Sensing Electrodes Journal Article

IEEE Sensors Journal, 18 (4), 2018, ISSN: 1530-437X.

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79.Advanced Sensing and Control with Active Cantilevers for Multimodal Atomic Force Microscopy

M. G. Ruppert; S. I. Moore; M. Zawierta; G. Putrino; Y. K. Yong

Advanced Sensing and Control with Active Cantilevers for Multimodal Atomic Force Microscopy Conference

7th Multifrequency AFM Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2018.

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78.Monolithic Piezoelectric Insect with Resonance Walking

S. A. Rios; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Monolithic Piezoelectric Insect with Resonance Walking Journal Article

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 23 (2), pp. 524-530, 2018, ISSN: 10834435.

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77.A Novel State Transformation Approach to Tracking of Piecewise Linear Trajectories

A. Bazaei; Z. Cheng; Y. K. Yong; S. O. R. Moheimani

A Novel State Transformation Approach to Tracking of Piecewise Linear Trajectories Journal Article

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 26 (1), pp. 128 - 138, 2018.

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2017

76.An Ultra-thin Monolithic XY Nanopositioning Stage Constructed from a Single Sheet of Piezoelectric Material

A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

An Ultra-thin Monolithic XY Nanopositioning Stage Constructed from a Single Sheet of Piezoelectric Material Journal Article

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22 (6), pp. 2611-2618, 2017, ISBN: 1083-4435.

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75.Piezoelectric Bimorph Actuator with Integrated Strain Sensing Electrodes

S. Z. Mansour; R. J. Seethaler; Y. R. Teo; Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

Piezoelectric Bimorph Actuator with Integrated Strain Sensing Electrodes Inproceedings

IEEE Sensors, Glasgow, Scotland, 2017.

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74.Note: Guaranteed collocated multimode control of an atomic force microscope cantilever using on-chip piezoelectric actuation and sensing

M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

Note: Guaranteed collocated multimode control of an atomic force microscope cantilever using on-chip piezoelectric actuation and sensing Journal Article

Review of Scientific Instruments, 88 (086109), 2017.

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73.An Improved Low-frequency Correction Technique for Piezoelectric Force Sensors in High-speed Nanopositioning Systems

Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

An Improved Low-frequency Correction Technique for Piezoelectric Force Sensors in High-speed Nanopositioning Systems Journal Article

Review of Scientific Instruments, 88 (046105), pp. 1-3, 2017.

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72.Tracking Control of a Monolithic Piezoelectric Nanopositioning Stage using an Integrated Sensor

M. Omidbeike; Y. R. Teo; Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

Tracking Control of a Monolithic Piezoelectric Nanopositioning Stage using an Integrated Sensor Inproceedings

IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, France, 2017.

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71.Design and Analysis of Piezoelectric Cantilevers with Enhanced Higher Eigenmodes for Atomic Force Microscopy

S. I. Moore; M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

Design and Analysis of Piezoelectric Cantilevers with Enhanced Higher Eigenmodes for Atomic Force Microscopy Inproceedings

IEEE/ASME Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Munich, Germany, 2017.

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70.Design and Characterization of Cantilevers for Multi-Frequency Atomic Force Microscopy

S. I. Moore; Y. K. Yong

Design and Characterization of Cantilevers for Multi-Frequency Atomic Force Microscopy Journal Article

Micro & Nano Letters, 12 (5), pp. 315-320, 2017.

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69.Switched Self-Sensing Actuator for a MEMS Nanopositioner

S. I. Moore; Y. K. Yong; S. O. R. Moheimani

Switched Self-Sensing Actuator for a MEMS Nanopositioner Inproceedings

International Conference on Mechatronics, Gippsland, Australia, 2017.

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68.Multimodal cantilevers with novel piezoelectric layer topology for sensitivity enhancement

S. I. Moore; M. G. Ruppert; Y. K. Yong

Multimodal cantilevers with novel piezoelectric layer topology for sensitivity enhancement Journal Article

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 8 , pp. 358–371, 2017.

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67.Combining Spiral Scanning and Internal Model Control for Sequential AFM Imaging at Video Rate

A. Bazaei; Y. K. Yong; S. O. R. Moheimani

Combining Spiral Scanning and Internal Model Control for Sequential AFM Imaging at Video Rate Journal Article

IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, 22 (1), pp. 371-380, 2017.

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66.Miniature Resonant Ambulatory Robot

S. A. Rios; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Miniature Resonant Ambulatory Robot Journal Article

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2 (1), pp. 337–343, 2017, ISSN: 2377-3766.

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2016

65.Preloading Piezoelectric Stack Actuator in High-speed Nanopositioning Systems

Y. K. Yong

Preloading Piezoelectric Stack Actuator in High-speed Nanopositioning Systems Journal Article

Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, 2 , pp. 1-9, 2016.

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64.High-speed Vertical Positioning Stage with Integrated Dual-sensor Arrangement

Y. K. Yong; A. J. Fleming

High-speed Vertical Positioning Stage with Integrated Dual-sensor Arrangement Journal Article

Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, 248 , pp. 184–192, 2016.

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63.High-Speed Single-Stage and Dual-Stage Vertical Positioners

Y. K. Yong; S. P. Wadikhaye; A. J. Fleming

High-Speed Single-Stage and Dual-Stage Vertical Positioners Journal Article

Review of Scientific Instruments, 87 (085104), pp. (1-8), 2016.

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62.Design and Characterization of a Minature Monolithic Piezoelectric Hexapod Robot

S. A. Rios; A. J. Fleming; Y. K. Yong

Design and Characterization of a Minature Monolithic Piezoelectric Hexapod Robot Inproceedings

IEEE Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Banff, Canada, 2016.

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61.Design, Modeling, and Characterization of an XY Nanopositioning Stage Constructed from a Single Sheet of Piezoelectric Material

A. J. Fleming; G. Berriman; Y. K. Yong

Design, Modeling, and Characterization of an XY Nanopositioning Stage Constructed from a Single Sheet of Piezoelectric Material Inproceedings

IEEE Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Banff, Canada, 2016.

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