Imperial College London

Dr Min Yu

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Imperial College Research Fellow







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 an independent research career by building his own team. He was a Research Associate in Imperial College London (2018-2022), mainly sponsored by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). 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 vision is to bring control and sensing in tribology to formulate smart machines that improve system performance (e.g., reduce energy usage, reduce vibration) and monitor structural health (e.g., lubrication condition). Aided by analytical models and numerical simulations, various experimental demonstrators and prototypes have been developed to study industrial elements (vehicles, robotics, bearings, seals, hydraulic pumps) and natural environment (soils). 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 more than 30 peer reviewed papers published and 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, and Zhejiang University. He also has developed connections with companies, including Shell, PCS Instruments, Safran, and JLR, to solve engineering grand challenges.


1 PhD Studentship that fully covers tuition fees, stipend, and technical and professional training programmes is open to UK students, please see the details here. International students with strong education background and academic records are encouraged to apply scholarships.

The research is focused on actuation, control and sensing of rheological / tribological behaviour in a smart interface that aims to achieve lower friction (such as in a mechanical bearing) or even desirable friciton in certain applications (such as in a self-locomotive robot). Both analytical / numerical modelling and experimental testing will be promoted. An interest in mechanical engineering, tribology, control, sensing, and signal processing is essential.

Please check application process, academic and language requirements for PhD study here. To apply, email cover letter and CV to

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Yu M, Evangelou S, Dini D, 2022, Parallel active link suspension: full car application with frequency-dependent multi-objective control strategies, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol:30, ISSN:1063-6536, Pages:2046-2061

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

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, Vol:27, 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

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

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