Prof. Simon X. Yang received the B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from Beijing University, China in 1987, the first of two M.Sc. degrees in biophysics from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China in 1990, the second M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, the USA in 1996, and the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 1999. Prof. Yang joined the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph, Canada in 1999. Currently, he is a Professor and the Head of the Advanced Robotics & Intelligent Systems (ARIS) Laboratory at the University of Guelph in Canada. Prof. Yang has diversified research expertise. He has published about 450 referred papers, including over 200 journal papers (over 30 in IEEE Transactions).
Prof. Yang, he has been very active in professional activities. Prof. Yang serves as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Robotics and Automation, and an Associate Editor or Editorial Board member of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and several other journals. Currently, he is a panel member of the NSERC Discovery Grants Selection Committee on Electrical and Computer Engineering, a panel member of the NSERC-CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Selection Committee, and a panel member of CIHR Grants Selection Committee. He was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Logistics and Automation. Among many of his awards, he was a recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award at the University of Guelph.