Edward Y. Gu, Ph.D.

Edward Y. Gu, Ph.D.Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
436 EC; (248) 370-2219; Fax: (248) 370-4633


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1985
  • M. S. Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1981

Research Interests

Published one book and more than 80 academic journal and conference proceeding papers in reporting all of the research and development achievements and findings in the areas of:
  • Kinematics, Dynamics and Control of Robotic Systems;
  • Nonlinear Systems Modeling, Analysis, and Control Design and Computer Simulations;
  • Digital Human Modeling, Motion Generation and Computer Visualization;
  • Intelligent Control of Human-Machine Dynamic Interactive Systems. 

Current Research

  • Basic research on geometrical and topological models for robot and nonlinear dynamic systems;
  • Large-scale and cascaded nonlinear systems modeling, analysis and control;
  • Digital human modeling: biomechanics, biodynamics and realistic motion generations;
  • Development and integration of intelligent knowledge bases and cognitive models with applications to advanced digital human and humanoid robot innovations.

Previous Research

Conducted and involved many funded R&D projects with a total amount of funding support up to one million dollars, funded by GM, DaimlerChrysler, U.S. TACOM, and Regal Electronics, during the past 20 years.  As a detail, the research efforts included
  • Robotic car-clay model cutting systems development for GM Research Laboratories;
  • Intelligent robotic painting system development for GM R&D Center;
  • Development and evaluation of agile manufacturing workcells for U.S. TACOM;
  • Smart electronic sensory-based control system development for Regal Electronics;
  • Digital human modeling and simulations in Deneb IGRIP, Catia V5 and Delmia D5 platforms with applications to automotive product design, manufacturing process analysis and validation, and ergonomic evaluation. 

Future Research

  • Advanced robotic technology development and applications:
    1. Dynamic modeling and control of flexible robotic systems;
    2. Control and digital mock-up for multi-robot coordinated systems and humanoid robots;
    3. Intelligent control of human-machine dynamic  interactive systems.
  • Advanced nonlinear systems modeling, analysis and control system design with digital simulation;
  • Realistic digital human modeling, motion generation and simulation for engineering applications;
  • Modeling and digital simulation of human factor, human feeling and psychology.


Have published a new book, A Journey from Robot to Digital Human, Springer, 2013, and also published more than 80 academic journal and conference proceeding papers.

Industry Experience

  • Joint research ventures with GM Research Laboratories/R&D Center for eight consecutive years from 1991 to 1999;
  • Worked with Advance Manufacturing Engineering of DaimlerChrysler as a professor intern/research consultant for 13 summers in a row from 1996 to 2008;
  • Awarded with a U.S. Patent (US 6204619 B1) in June 2001 when worked with DaimlerChrysler on dynamic control algorithm development for a powered lift device. 

Teaching Experience

Have taught a number of both undergraduate and graduate courses, including:

Electric machines (ECE 351), Electromagnetic fields and waves (ECE 345), Fundamentals of dynamic systems (former SYS 325), Robot manipulators and programming (former SYS 422), Industrial electronics (ECE 428), Automatic control systems (ECE 431), Digital control systems (ECE 433), Communication electronics (ECE 437), Senior design (ECE 491), Introduction to signals and systems (former SYS 520), Robotic systems and control (ECE 423/523), Nonlinear systems and control (ECE 632).