Dr. Chao Chen

Dr. Chao Chen

Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Room G03B, 18 Alliance Lane, (Building 36), Clayton, VIC 3800

Dr Chen joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University as a Lecturer in 2007, and has been a Senior Lecturer since 2011. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese Univerity of Hong Kong. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and a Visiting Professor in IRCCyN, Ecole Central de Nantes and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Dr Chen established the Laboratory of Motion Generation and Analysis (LMGA) at Monash University and has been the director of LMGA since 2008. The mission of LMGA is to solve real world challenges for better industry and society by means of advanced robotic technologies. The research activities include medical robots, agriculture robots, and infrastructure robots. The research focuses are on design of robots and mechanisms, robotic dynamics and control, path planning, and robotic intelligence. The robotic systems developed by his group include a Robotic Transverse Profiler (successfully delivered to the Australian Road Research Board in 2016), a 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand (received 2017 Award by Australian Hand Therapy Association), and an Apple Harvesting Robot (exhibited in 2019 Global AI Product and Application EXPO).

Dr Chen has attracted more than $2M in his leading research projects, and $18M in his participating research projects. The funding bodies include ARC, Collier Charitable Fund, and International Science Linkages. Dr Chen received awards including the 1996 Dean’s Honor List at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the 2004 ASME International Scholarship, the 2005 FQRNT Doctorate Scholarship, the 2006-2007 FQRNT Post-Doctorate Fellowship, and the 2017 Year’s Innovation Award by Australian Hand Therapy Association.

More information of Dr Chen’s research can be found at here.  If you are interested, you are welcome to contact Dr Chen.


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


Agriculture Robotics
Medical Robotics
Infrastructural Robotics

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: 23/06/2021