Chair in Mechanisms and Robotics
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
IEEE Fellow, ASME Fellow, IMechE Fellow
Past Chair of ASME UK & Ireland Section
Subject Editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory;
Associate Editor of Transactions of ASME: Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics;
Associate Editor of Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science;
Vice-Chair of IFToMM UK Board
Cited from references for the 2015 Mechanisms and Robotics Award :" Professor Jian S. Dai is a pioneer in many aspects of research in mechanisms and robotics. As a leader in developing a field of research and practice in reconfigurable mechanisms, Prof Dai established from scratch the field of reconfigurable mechanisms and the sub-field of metamorphic mechanisms, and coined and advocated the idea of reconfigurable mechanisms as a promising concept to bridge the gap between versatile but expensive robots, and efficient but non-flexible machines."
Professor Dai is an international leading figure in the field of theoretical kinematics particularly in screw theory from his study of finite twists during 1993 and 1995 with continuing publications on screw systems and screw algebra between 2001 and 2006 and between 2012 and 2015 and with creating the screw-system approach for mechanism analysis and synthesis. He is a creator of many original works with reconfigurable and dexterous packaging since 1996, metamorphic mechanisms since 1998, origami mechanisms since 1999, ankle rehabilitation mechanisms since 1999, and metamorphic parallel mechanisms since 2009. Much of his work is original and inspirational, making many impressive contributions to the field of mechanism theory and mechanical design.
Professor Dai received BEng in 1982 and MSc in 1984 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the PhD in Kinematics and Robotics from University of Salford in the UK in 1993. He has since taken the post doctoral study and between 1996 and 1997, was working on reconfigurable and dexterous manipulation of origami-cartons at Unilever Research. He was then taking Senior Lecturer position at University of Sunderland and joined King’s College London in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in mechanisms and robotics in 2004 and to Professor in mechanisms and robotics in 2007. Since then, he continues to lead research in the field of mechanisms and robotics with many innovative and leading works in computational and theoretical kinematics, screw theory, metamorphic mechanisms and reconfigurable mechanisms, reconfigurable robotics, with various robot developments including Origami robots, healthcare robots, domestic robots, industrial robots, and terrestrial robots.
Professor Dai is the 27th recipient since 1974 of the Mechanisms and Robotics Award(see previous winners on wikipedia) which is an honor given by the ASME Design Engineering Division to engineers known for a lifelong contribution to the fundamental theory, design and applications of mechanisms and robotic systems. He is also a recipient of several conference and journal best paper awards, ASME/IEEE outstanding service awards, King’s College London Overall Supervisory Excesllence Award, Mechanisms Innovation Award from Chinese mechanisms committee. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ASME and IMechE, and has contributed over 500 publications, including three books.
Professor Dai has made a lasting impact on reconfigurable mechanisms through his contributions to theoretical study, mechanism innovation, applications and societal services and by exploring the screw system relationship for revealing kinematics and constraint variation that affect mechanism reconfigurability and for establishing a way of mobility analysis.
—— cited from Award Recommendation
Wikipedia: Mechanisms and Robotics Award
Editorial: Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics