Professor Cheng, Shing Shin

Assistant Professor
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
Ph.D. in Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 214, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
(852) 3943 9487
(852) 2603 6002
Surgical Robotics and Devices Laboratory


Shing Shin Cheng received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and Ph.D. in Robotics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in August 2018. His research interests include flexible surgical robotics, image-guided surgical systems, medical devices, smart actuators, and artificial intelligence in medicine. His work has been published in leading robotics and materials journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, and International Symposium on Robotics Research.


  • Meso-scale flexible surgical robots
  • Image-guided surgical robotic systems
  • Medical devices
  • Surgical navigation
  • Smart actuators
  • Bio-inspired soft robots, micro-robots, and sensors

Teaching by Years

Journal Papers (in the recent five years)

  • Wang, Xuefeng, Shing Shin Cheng, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Design, Analysis, and Evaluation of a Remotely Actuated MRI-Compatible Neurosurgical Robot." IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 3, no. 3 (2018): 2144-2151.
  • Shing Shin Cheng, Yeongjin Kim, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Modeling and characterization of shape memory alloy springs with water cooling strategy in a neurosurgical robot." Journal of intelligent material systems and structures 28, no. 16 (2017): 2167-2183.
  • Shing Shin Cheng, Yeongjin Kim, and Jaydev P. Desai. "New Actuation Mechanism for Actively Cooled SMA Springs in a Neurosurgical Robot." IEEE Transactions on Robotics 33, no. 4 (2017): 986-993.
  • Yeongjin Kim, Shing Shin Cheng, Mahamadou Diakite, Rao P. Gullapalli, J. Marc Simard, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Toward the Development of a Flexible Mesoscale MRI-Compatible Neurosurgical Continuum Robot." IEEE Transactions on Robotics 33, no. 6 (2017): 1386-1397.
  • Yeongjin Kim, Shing Shin Cheng, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Active Stiffness Tuning of a Spring-Based Continuum Robot for MRI-Guided Neurosurgery." IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 34, no. 1 (2018): 18-28.
  • Shing Shin Cheng, Yeongjin Kim, and Jaydev P. Desai, "Towards real-time SMA control for a neurosurgical robot: MINIR-II." In Robotics Research, pp. 187-200. Springer, Cham, 2018.
  • Shing Shin Cheng, Xuefeng Wang, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Design and analysis of a remotely-actuated cable-driven neurosurgical robot." In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, pp. 1685-1690. IEEE, 2017.
  • Shing Shin Cheng and Jaydev P. Desai. "Towards high frequency actuation of SMA spring for the neurosurgical robot-MINIR-II." In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, pp. 2580-2585, 2015.
  • Yeongjin Kim, Shing Shin Cheng, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Towards the development of a spring-based continuum robot for neurosurgery." In Medical Imaging 2015: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, vol. 9415, p. 94151Q. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2015.
  • Yeongjin Kim, Shing Shin Cheng, Aleksandrs Ecins, Cornelia Fermüller, Kelly P. Westlake, and Jaydev P. Desai. "Towards a robotic hand rehabilitation exoskeleton for stroke therapy." In ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. V001T04A006-V001T04A006. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2014.