Dr. Guowu Wei

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Reader in Robotics


Dr Guowu Wei is a Reader of Robotics. He has been working in the fields of robotics, manipulation and grasping, bio-robotics,  rehabilitation robotics, computational mechanics, and mechanisms in the past 20 years, he has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and holds over 15 patents. His research was funded by EPSRC, EU-FP7, ICUK, NSFC, and Royal Academy of Engineering with total grants of over £4M. He has supervised and co-supervised 25 PhDs and 8 visiting scholars. He is a recipient of 17 awards from academic bodies, international conferences, and journals, including the IEEE ROBIO 2011 ‘C.M. Ho Best Paper in Biomimetics—Finalist’, the ICBE 2019 ‘International Bionic Innovation Competition Award’, the IWBE 2021 ‘Best Paper in Bionic Healthcare Award’, and the “2021 Best Reviewers Award” from Journal of Mechanical Design. Executive Deputy Chair of the IFToMM Member Organization (MO) United Kingdom (UK), and elected Vice-Chair of the Youth Commission of the International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE). He also serves as Topic Editor, Academic Editor and Associate Editor for five International Journals including the Robotica, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (Proc. IMechE Part C), and Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, and as Associate Editor for two top IEEE conferences, i.e., Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) and IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). He served as programme chair, session chair, scientific committee and programme committee member for over 50 international conferences.

Dr Wei’s current research focuses on bio-robotics, bio-inspired healthcare and assistive robotics and technology, grasping theory, multi-fingered robotic hand, robotic devices for surgical and rehabilitation applications, origami engineering, computational dynamics, metamorphic mechanisms/robotics, and reconfigurable mechanisms/robotics.

Areas of research

Bio-robotics and medical robotics, Grasping theory & multi-fingered robotic hand, Origami-inspired mechanisms and robotics, Computational Dynamics and Screw theory, Deployable mechanisms, robotics and structure, Metamorphic/Reconfigurable mechanisms and robotics, Rehabilitation and Prosthetics, Smart mechanical transmission systems


  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Mechanical Design and Manufacturing


Research Interests

  • Bio-robotics and medical robotics
  • Grasping theory & multi-fingered robotic hand
  • Origami-inspired mechanisms and robotics
  • Computational Dynamics and Screw theory
  • Deployable mechanisms, robotics and structures
  • Metamorphic/Reconfigurable mechanisms and robotics
  • Rehabilitation and Prosthetics
  • Smart mechanical transmission systems

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Member of the ASME
  • Member of the IEEE
  • Member of the RAS
  • Fellow of the HEA