Dr. Chao Chen

Dr. Chao Chen

Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Room 122, 17 College Walk (Building 31), Clayton Campus

Dr.Chao works in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer.

The Laboratory of Motion Generation and Analysis (LMGA) is directed by Dr Chen. He is interested in innovative motion generation for versatile edge-cutting applications, and conducting fundamental researches on motion analysis. Other research activities include reconfigurable robotic arms, parallel robotic manipulators, virtual reality, and theory of robotics and mechanisms. His research team consists of research assistants, post-graduates, visiting scholars and HDR students, and distinct undergraduates. The lab receives funds from the Australian Research Council (ARC), and multiple internal grant bodies and are keeping strong national and international collaborations that includes France, US, China, and Canada.

If interested, Researchers are welcome to contact Chao for more information.


  • Master's degree, Mechanical Engineering,(Robotics), McGill University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,(Ph.D) Mechanical Engineering., McGill University.
  • Postdoc, University Of Toronto University.


Human-robot interaction.
Power transmission in hybrid electric vehicles.
Dynamics of running machine.
Parallel manipulators, haptic devices, and medical robots.

Research Projects

Not started projects

Changing the Landscape of Rail through Advanced Asset Health Monitoring Systems.

Changing the Landscape of Rail through Advanced Asset Health Monitoring Systems.

AIC Infrastructure Cluster Investment Plan - Building Sustainable and resilient portal cities.

Current projects

Development of autonomous robotic platform for versatile purposes

The outcome of this project will be an autonomous robotic system to conduct specific/general tasks for various purposes.

ARC Research Hub for nanoscience based construction material manufacturing.

The research Hub will develop novel construction materials including binders, cement additives, high performance
concrete materials, concrete structural systems, polymer composites, and pavement materials. The multidisciplinary Hub provides a centralized platform to transform construction materials industry into an advanced manufacturing sector delivering sustainable and resilient infrastructure assets. The Hub will deeply drive advances in nanotechnology, cement chemistry, concrete technology and develop extreme engineering solutions. The Hub will train the next generation of skilled workforce, re-positioning Australian industry competitiveness and global market leadership to capture international infrastructure development opportunities.

Development of autonomous robotic platform for versatile purposes.

The outcome of this project will be an autonomous robotic system to conduct specific/general tasks for various purposes.

Past projects

BIOLOID Premium X 5 (in process)

Development of a novel transparent 6-dof haptic interface for robotic surgery.

A hapric-based immersive motion platform for human performance evaluation.

A motion platform capable of combining continuous centrifugal rotation and large linear displacement with an
additional five degrees of motion is proposed. The system will house a human subject at the end of a large
serial robot similar to a human arm, which can rotate continuously about its base. The robot arm will be
installed on a large linear axis enabling the simulation of movements and accelerations along a straight path
as well as rotation provided by other axes of the robot. The motion platform will comprise audio and visual
devices, and haptic-based control mechanisms, e.g. a steering wheel and pedals or a helicopter cyclic, to
provide a number of human immersed scenarios for driving/flying training and human perception evaluation.

A Novel Reconfigurable Unlimited Spherical Motion Generator.

Recent research in various areas, such as motion simulation, human-like robots and precision tracking system, has encountered some common fundamental challenges, one of which being how to generate unlimited, continuous, and precise spherical motion. The difficulties in some of current technologies are: 1) limited work space of robotic manipulators, and 2) low precision and torque capability of electromagnetic spherical motors. This proposal introduces an innovative reconfiguration concept and strategy for unlimited and continuous spherical motion and force transmission. Upon this strategy, a spherical motion generator will be developed for the validation in different applications of cutting-edge areas.

Last modified: 18/07/2018