Professor Lau, Tat Ming Darwin

Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 319, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
(852) 3943 8523
(852) 2603 6002


Dr. Darwin Tat Ming LAU received his B. Eng (1st Hons) and B.CS degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree in the area of robotics in 2014 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2014 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), as an assistant professor in October 2015.

His research focuses on topics in bio-inspired and manipulator robotics including musculoskeletal and humanoid robots, cable-driven robots, biomechatronic systems and redundantly actuated robots. These studies involve the development, kinematic and dynamic analysis, design, optimisation and control of these systems. His work has been published in leading journals within his research field, including IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and Journal of Mechanical Design, and his research was recognised by being awarded the "University of Melbourne Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the Ph.D. Thesis". He is currently an Associate Editor for the Mechatronics specialty section of the journal Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering.


  • Musculoskeletal and humanoid robots: Develop humanoid robots that are actuated by muscle-like actuators for applications in anthropomimetic manipulation, neurorobotics, biomechanics, motor impairment diagnosis and rehabilitation.
  • Cable-driven robots: Design and analyse robots driven by cables for unique applications such as large-scale manufacturing were the system is rapidly deployable and self-reconfigurable.
  • Biomechatronic systems: Develop mechatronic systems that operate on or cooperate with humans and animals for biomedical applications.
  • Redundantly actuated robots: Study control strategies for redundantly actuated robots to increase their performance, safety, robustness and adaptability.

Honors & Awards

  • University of Melbourne Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis (2015)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2009)

Journal Papers (in the recent five years)

  • D. Lau, D. Oetomo and S. K. Halgamuge, "Necessary Conditions on the Cable-Routing Matrix for the Wrench-Closure Validity of Multilink Cable-Driven Manipulators", in print, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 2015
  • D. Lau, J. Eden, and D. Oetomo, "Fluid Motion Planner for Non-Holonomic 3-D Mobile Robots with Kinematic Constraints", in print, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2015
  • D. Lau, D. Oetomo, and S. K Halgamuge, "Inverse Dynamics of Multilink Cable-Driven Manipulators with Consideration of Joint Interaction Forces and Moments", IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 479-488, 2015
  • D. Lau, J. Eden, D. Oetomo, and S. K. Halgamuge, "Musculoskeletal Static Workspace Analysis of the Human Shoulder as a Cable-Driven Robot", IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 978-984, 2015
  • D. Lau, D. Oetomo, and S. K. Halgamuge, "Generalised Formulation and Analysis of Multilink Parallel Cable-Driven Manipulators with Arbitrary Routing using Cable-Routing Matrix", IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 1102-1113, 2013
  • D. Lau, D. Oetomo, and S. K. Halgamuge, "Wrench-Closure Workspace Generation for Cable Driven Parallel Manipulators using a Hybrid Analytical-Numerical Approach", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 133, 071004, 2011