Yuqian Lu

Yuqian Lu

Principle Investigator / Senior Lecturer

The University of Auckland

Yuqian Lu joined the University of Auckland in 2019, as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022. Between 2015 and 2019, he worked at Compact Sorting Equipment and FRAMECAD, leading intelligent system development and commercialization for 4 years.

He dedicates to developing translatable intelligent system technologies for transforming the workplace into a more efficient, enjoyable, and sustainable environment. The key of his research is to develop cognitive sensing, reasoning, control, and human interaction technologies with applications to fabrication, assembly, human-machine collaboration, and quality assurance.

Since 2019, he has produced 7 ESI Highly Cited Papers and 1 ESI Hot Cited Papers. He has received funding from prestigious funding bodies (e.g., National Science Challenge and Callaghan Innovation) and leading high-tech companies (e.g., Spark, Nokia, Oasis Engineering, and Fletcher Steel), with a total portfolio of >NZD $2.5 million.

His strong technical expertise in developing intelligent systems and ability to lead cross-functional R&D teams has assisted his industry partners to translate vague ideas to market-driven commercial products. He led the development of the world-first cloud-based production management system for Cold-Formed Steel construction automation - MyFRAMECAD and an AI-based construction costing tool - FRAMECAD Estimator. He is well-connected with high-tech companies in New Zealand, with a strong portfolio of industry-funded R&D research projects.


  • 2021, 2022 Listed in the World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University
  • RCIM Best Paper Award, 2021.
  • Best paper shortlist, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Outstanding Graduate, Dalian City, China
  • Tertiary Student of the Year (finalist, 100 students), Ministry of Education, China, 2010
  • Top10 Tertiary Student of the Year, Department of Education, Liaoning Province, China, 2009


  • Teaching Group (Manufacturing System) Convenor
  • Department Teaching Resource Coordinator

Committee/Professional groups/Services

  • Associate Editor, IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing
  • Associate Editor, IET Cyber-Systems and Robotics
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Engineering Design
  • Editorial Board, Scientific Reports, Nature
  • Editorial Board, Machines
  • Managing Guest Editor, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
  • Guest Editor, Neural Computing and Applications
  • Guest Editor, Machines
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
  • Committee Member, NAMRI/SME (The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME) Scientific Committee
  • Member, IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centred Automation
  • Organising Committee Chair, 2023 IEEE 19th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
  • Special Session Chair, 2022 IEEE 18th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
  • Session Chair, 2021 IEEE 17th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
  • IEEE, ASME and SME member
  • Machine Learning
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Human-robot collaboraton
  • PhD in Mechatronics Engineering, 2016

    The University of Auckland

  • BE (Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering, 2012

    Dalian University of Technology