Imperial College London

Dr Min Yu

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate







564City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Min Yu is holding a four-year Imperial College Research Fellowship (ICRF 2022-2026) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, where he has started his independent research career. He was a Research Associate in Imperial College London (2018-2022). Min Yu received a Ph.D. degree in control engineering from Imperial College London, UK, in 2018 (supervised by Dr Simos Evangelou and Professor Daniele Dini), M.Sc. in mechatronic control engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 2014 (supervised by Professor Huayong Yang), and B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, in 2011. 

Dr Min Yu's research brings control and sensing in mechanical machines to improve system performance and enable structural health monitoring. His research is highly multidisciplinary and has significant practical values, with a group of demonstrators and prototypes developed and physically implemented in vehicles, robots, and key industrial elements. His recent projects include electrically powered active suspension and robust control for improved vehicle dynamics, ultrasonically probed oil film thickness for lubrication health monitoring, and soil burrowing robot with integrated sensing system. Dr Min Yu has been awarded Imperial College Research Fellowship (ICRF 2022-2026) for the project 'intelligent lubrication: from open-loop to closed-loop’. He is also the principal investigator (PI) to a couple of research grants including Taiho Kogyo Tribology Research Foundation (2021-2022), Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund (2019-2020), and Peter Jost Travel Fund (2022). He has 6 patents granted.

Dr Min Yu has worked with Control and Power Group, Tribology Group, Non-Destructive Evaluation Group, Optical & Semiconductor Devices Group, and Geotechnics Group in Imperial College London. He has collaborated with researchers from academic institutions all over the world, including Georgia Tech, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Zhejiang University. He also has developed connections with companies, including Shell, PCS Instruments, Safran, and JLR, to solve engineering grand challenges.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dou P, Wu T, Luo Z, et al., 2022, A finite-element-aided ultrasonic method for measuring central oil film thickness in a roller-raceway tribo-pair, Friction, Vol:10, ISSN:2223-7690, Pages:944-962

Yu M, Reddyhoff T, Dini D, et al., 2022, Acoustic emission enabled particle size estimation via low stress-varied axial interface shearing, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Vol:71, ISSN:0018-9456

Dou P, Jia Y, Zheng P, et al., 2022, Review of ultrasonic-based technology for oil film thickness measurement in lubrication, Tribology International, Vol:165, ISSN:0301-679X

Yu M, Evangelou S, Dini D, 2021, Parallel active link suspension: full car application with frequency-dependent multi-objective control strategies, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, ISSN:1063-6536

Yu M, Reddyhoff T, Dini D, et al., 2021, Using ultrasonic reflection resonance to probe stress wave velocity in assemblies of spherical particles, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol:21, ISSN:1530-437X, Pages:22489-22498

Yu M, Cheng C, Evangelou S, et al., 2021, Series active variable geometry suspension: full-car prototyping and road testing, IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, ISSN:1083-4435

Yu M, Zhang J, Joedicke A, et al., 2021, Experimental investigation into the effects of diesel dilution on engine lubrication, Tribology International, Vol:156, ISSN:0301-679X, Pages:1-9

Dou P, Wu T, Jia Y, et al., 2021, High-accuracy incident signal reconstruction for in-situ ultrasonic measurement of oil film thickness, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol:156, ISSN:0888-3270, Pages:107669-107669

Jia Y, Wu T, Dou P, et al., 2021, Temperature Compensation Strategy for Ultrasonic-based Measurement of Oil Film Thickness, Wear, ISSN:0043-1648

Yu M, Shen L, Mutasa T, et al., 2020, Exact analytical solution to ultrasonic interfacial reflection enabling optimal oil film thickness measurement, Tribology International, Vol:151, ISSN:0301-679X, Pages:1-10

Yu M, Evangelou S, Dini D, 2019, Position control of parallel active link suspension with backlash, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol:67, ISSN:0278-0046, Pages:4741-4751

Yu M, Arana C, Evangelou S, et al., 2019, Quarter-car experimental study for series active variable geometry suspension, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol:27, ISSN:1063-6536, Pages:743-759

Yu M, Arana C, Evangelou S, et al., 2018, Parallel active link suspension: a quarter-car experimental study, IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol:23, ISSN:1083-4435, Pages:2066-2077


Yu M, Cheng C, Evangelou S, et al., 2020, Robust control for a full-car prototype of series active variable geometry suspension, 2019 IEEE 58th Conference on Decision and Control, IEEE

Yu M, Evangelou S, Dini D, 2018, Control design for a quarter car test rig with parallel active linkSuspension, 2018 Annual American Control Conference (ACC), ISSN:2378-5861

Yu M, Evangelou SA, Dini D, 2017, Model Identification and Control for a Quarter Car Test Rig of Series Active Variable Geometry Suspension, 20th IFAC World Congress, Elsevier, Pages:3376-3381, ISSN:1474-6670

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