EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS - Yi Zhang

Yi Zhang

  • University of Cambridge

Research Interests

Soft robotics, robotic manipulation, and control theory 

About me

I was born in China and moved to Japan when I was 12. Before joining the AgriFoRwArdS CDT community, I finished a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Osaka University. My research experience started when I was an exchange student at UC Berkeley, I was involved in research of argon power cycle at Combustion Modeling Lab. After taking several classes about robotics and control, I got interested and found opportunities to conduct work relating to autonomous driving including performance analysis and prediction algorithm implementation at Berkeley. For my undergraduate thesis, I developed a multi-robot cooperative transportation system that uses flexible tactile sensors.

I chose the AgriFoRwArdS CDT not only because the challenging and essential topics in robotics are addressed but also because of the positive environmental impact it could create through the application to agriculture. I got excited about moving to Lincoln because of the amazing view and buildings in the city. I will be studying for my PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Fulvio Forni.

I enjoy traveling and hiking to explore both culture and nature in different places during my spare time. I would like to take advantage and visit various cities and mountains while in the UK. Fun fact, I climbed Mountain Fuji twice in one month in the summer of 2022.

MSc Project

To be confirmed

PhD Project

To be confirmed