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Dr Fan Zeng

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Robotics and Autonomous Systems


Dr Fan Zeng
Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Discipline *
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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PhD (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Fan Zeng is an Associated Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology. He is now developing low-cost visual localization systems for industrial vehicles. Prior to joining QUT, he was a lecturer in Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has worked on a downhole mining project with the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also developed novel technologies to make tactile sensor arrays for medical robots. Fan received his PhD from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University.

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Teaching in CUHK (as Lecturer):

MAEG5750 MEMS Technology & Applications

MAEG4070 Engineering Optimization

ELEG2202 Electric Circuits

ENGG2601D Technology, Society and Engineering Practice

GENA1113AT Student-oriented Teaching and Seminar

ENGG1820 Engineering Internship Teaching


Teaching in HKUST (as Teaching Assistant):

ELEC5080 Integrated-Circuit Fabrication Laboratory

ELEC5010 Introduction to the Design & Implementation of Micro-Systems

ELEC221 Semiconductor Materials and Devices

ELEC211 Signals and Systems

ELEC101 Basic Electronics


Student Advisory:

CUHK: I have supervised 1 Summer Research Internship project, 1 Master of Science student and 3 groups of Final Year Project students in Computer Vision and Robotics

HKUST: I have supervised 5 groups of Final Year Project students in signal processing circuit design.

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My programming experience started in the 1990s with GWBASIC on a 286 computer. I also have 6+ years of IC fabrication experience in the HKUST clean room. My experience also includes successful research grant application (from NSFC/RGC), “pro se” application of U. S. patent, and having U. S. and Chinese utility patents granted.¬† I have completed many robotics-related projects in the past years:


Downhole Pressure Sensor

I designed and prototyped novel downhole sensors with nominal pressure up to 120 MPa, as low-cost alternatives to the expensive quartz pressure sensors for the petroleum industry.


Six DOF Under Water Vehicle

I designed and realized a six Degrees of Freedom (DOF) under water vehicle with Arduino and STM32. The vehicle can be freely operated with user input from a gamepad. The underwater vehicle is just above 10 kg in weight and so portable that even a little girl can handle it.


Self-scanned Monolithic Micro Tactile Sensor

I designed and realized a micro tactile sensor with monolithically integrated 16-bit CMOS ring-counter using silicon-migration technology. The 16 rows of the active-matrix pixel array are scanned by the ring counter and the output of the 16 columns is connected to an Analog-to-Digital Converter (AD7490). The image pressed onto the 16*16 tactile sensor is processed by a micro-controller (LPC1114) and displayed on a computer screen.


High Resolution Capacitive Sensor Data Acquisition System

I realized an embedded system for capacitive sensor signal processing with AD7176-2. The switch capacitor differential Op-Amp circuitry with running average achieves reliable output with fF resolution.


Finite Element Simulation of Silicon Migration

I developed a front-tracking simulator that can accept user input of an initial shape profile and evolve the interface contour according to the governing partial differential equation.


Bi-stable Mechanical Switch

I designed and fabricated micro mechanical switches and demonstrated bi-stability by pushing them with chevron type thermal actuators.


Infrared Pulsed Semiconductor Laser Range Finder

I designed and fabricated PCBs for data acquisition and MCU (MSP430) communications with precision timing ICs.

This information has been contributed by Dr Fan Zeng.