Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Dr. Yantao Shen

Assistant Professor

Yantao Shen

Contact Information

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002
  • M.S. Beijing Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Beijing Institute of Technology

Biography

Research interests

  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Sensors and actuators for bio-systems
  • Sensorized micro/nano systems
  • Biomechatronics
  • Visual servo systems
  • Haptic/tactile interfaces

Past appointments

  • Research Associate, Michigan State University
  • Research Assistant, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Assistant Lecturer, Beijing Institute of Technology
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Lab for Bioinstrumentation and Automation

Microscope in Dr. Shen's Lab

Current lab members

Dr. Yantao Shen, lab director, joined the UNR Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering in 2008 as a Tenure-Tracked Assistant Professor. Since joining the department, he has served as an instructor of both undergraduate and graduate courses in both electrical and biomedical engineering programs as well as a research supervisor of undergraduates, graduates, and visiting scholars.

Dr. Shen's research is in the areas of Bioinstrumentation & Automation, Biomechatronics/-robotics, Sensors and Actuators, and Tactile/Haptic Interfaces. His research has been supported by state competitive funds. Dr. Shen has published more than 90 research papers in the fields. Several of these publications have been nominated for or have won the Best Paper Awards.

  • Dr. Hongbin Deng (Visiting Scholar)
  • Nithya Mohan (Ph.D. Student)
  • Yudong Luo (Ph.D. Student)
  • Mehdi Rahimi (Ph.D. Student)
  • Jose Cordero (Master Student)
  • Omar Mahmoud (Undergraduate Student)
  • Garrett Abe(Undergraduate Student)
  • Michael Phelan (Undergraduate Student)

Recent research

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Recent patents

  1. Ning Xi, Uche. Wejinya, Yantao Shen, "End Effector for Nano Manufacturing", U.S. patent, (Issued Num. US 8,079,278 B2), Issued on Dec. 20, 2011.
  2. Xiaobo Tan, Ning Xi, Zheng Chen, Yantao Shen, "Integrated Actuator-Sensor Structure", U.S. patent, (Issued Num. US 7,982,375 B2), Issued on July 19, 2011.
  3. Ning Xi, Yantao Shen, "Active Sensor for Micro-Force Measurement", U.S. patent, (Issued Num. US 7,367,242 B2), Issued on May. 6, 2008.

Research honors and awards

  1. T. J. Tarn Best Paper Award in the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics.
  2. Best Paper Award nomination of the 16th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2008.

Class Materials

Courses taught

  • EE491: Engineering Design and Analysis (Capstone)
  • EE490: Electrical Projects Laboratory (Capstone)
  • EE424R/624R: Biomedical Instrumentation
  • BME401/601: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • EE472/672: Digital Control Engineering
  • EE291: Computer Methods for Electrical Engineering
  • ENGR110: Introduction to Renewable Energy

Teaching honors

  1. 2010-2011 Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor (University of Nevada, Reno-IEEE)
  2. 2009-2010 Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor (University of Nevada, Reno-IEEE)
  3. 2009-2009 Lt. Governor's Award: Presented to Best Energy-Related Business Plan -Graduate Team Winner (Faculty advisor).
  4. Faculty (Co-)Advisor for Undergraduate Students' Team Project Competition:
    • 2013 Spring IEEE Centra Area, Region 6 Student Projects Competition (1st and 2nd prizes in paper contest, 1st and 2nd prizes in design contest)
    • 2012 Spring IEEE Central Area, Region 6 Student Projects Competition (1st and 3rd prizes in paper contest, 1st and 2nd prizes in design contest)
    • 2011 Spring IEEE Central Area, Region 6 Student Projects Competition (1st and 2nd prizes in paper contest, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in design contest)
    • 2010 Spring IEEE Central Area, Region 6 Student Projects Competition (1st and 2nd prizes in paper contest, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in design contest)
    • 2008 Spring IEEE Central Area, Region 6 Student Projects Competition (1st prize in paper contest, 2nd and 3rd prizes in design contest)

Advising and mentoring

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Publications

Recent Publications (Selected)

  1. Yudong Luo and Yantao Shen, "Durable and Cost-effective 3-D Microforce Sensor for Musical Tuning Enhanced Micro Palpation of Biological Entities," The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Sensors. pp. 928-931, 2013.
  2. Yudong Luo and Yantao Shen, "Enhancing Measurement Accuracy of Position Sensitive Detector (PSD) Systems Using the Kalman Filter and Distortion Rectifying," The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Sensors. pp. 1799-1802, 2013.
  3. Claire Shelton, Yudong Luo, and Yantao Shen, "Measurement and Analysis of Braille Stimulus to Brain Using an EEG: A Preliminary Study," The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Cyber Technology. In press.
  4. Ivan Gibbs, Eric Fritzinger, Sergiu Dascalu, Frederick C. Harris, Jr., Yantao Shen, "A Workflow Job Manager for the Nevada Climate Change Portal," The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2013). In press.
  5. Yudong Luo and Yantao Shen, "Musical Tuning Enhanced In-Vitro Micro/Nano Palpation for Multi-Scale Biological Entities," The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology. In press.
  6. Yantao Shen, J. Gregory, and N. Xi, "Stimulation Current Control for Load-Aware Electrotactile Haptic Rendering: Modeling and Simulation", Robotics and Autonomous Systems. available online: 10.1016/j.robot.2012.07.010, 2012.
  7. B. Gao, J. Xu, J. Zhao, N. Xi, Yantao Shen, and R. Yang, "A Humanoid Neck System Featuring Low Motion-Noise", Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. Vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 101-116, 2012.
  8. Yudong Luo and Yantao Shen, "Brain-Driven Micro-Biomanipulation with Sensing Feedback", Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, pp. 4517-4522, 2012.
  9. Yudong Luo and Yantao Shen, "Mind-Controlled Micro-Biomanipulation with Position Sensing Feedback: System Integration and Validation", Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Information Integration, pp. 293-298, 2012.
  10. H. Wang, Yantao Shen, and C. Luo, "Two Simple Approaches to Fabricate Au Microlines on the Outer Surface of Pulled Micropipette", Microsystem Technologies, Vol. 17, pp. 1115-1121, 2011.
  11. Y. Liu, N. Xi, and Yantao Shen, "High-Accuracy Positioning of Industrial Robot Using Image/PSD-Based Hybrid Servo", International Journal of Optomechatronics. Vol. 5, pp. 170-187, 2011.
  12. Yantao Shen, John Gregory, Claire Shelton, "Dynamically Characterizing Bioimpedance of Fingertip Skin Through a Developed CVD Based Electrotactile Rendering System", Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'11), pp. 2941-2944, 2011.
  13. John Gregory, Yantao Shen, and Ning Xi, "On-line Bio-impedance Identification of Fingertip Skin for Enhancement of Electrotactile Based Haptic Rendering", Proceedings of 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 2133-2138, 2011.
  14. S. Zeng and Yantao Shen, "Tracking Objects of Arbitrary Shape Using Expectation-Maximization Algorithm", Proceedings of 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 4575-4580, 2011.
  15. John Gregory, Yantao Shen, and Ning Xi, "Stimulation Current Control for Load-Aware Electrotactile Haptic Rendering: Modeling and Simulation", Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on advanced Robotics, pp. 341-346, 2011.
  16. John Gregory and Yantao Shen, "CVD Based Electrotactile Haptic Rendering System: Design and Testing", Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, pp. 2465-2470, 2011.
  17. Bingtuan Gao, Ning Xi, Yantao Shen, Jianguo Zhao, and Ruiguo Yang, "Development of a Low Motion-noise Humanoid Neck: Statics Analysis and Experimental Validation", Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1203 - 1208, 2010.
  18. Yantao Shen, Y. Wang, and N. Xi, "A Multi-Functional and Portable Optical Sensor for Quantitative Characterization of 3-D Surface Texture Properties", International Journal of Information Acquisition, Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 269-284, 2010.
  19. M. Saadeh, M. Trabia, Yantao Shen, and M. Fadali, "Design of a Wearable Fingertip Haptic Braille Device". ASME Journal of Medical Devices. Vol. 4, no. 2, 027524, 2010.
  20. Yantao Shen and Yongxiong Wang, "Development of an Optical Surface Characterization Sensor for Simultaneously Measuring Both 3-D Surface Texture and Mechanical Properties", Proceedings of the 9th Annual IEEE Conference on Sensors, pp. 1892 - 1895, 2010.
  21. Yantao Shen, Zheng Chen, et al. "Measuring Primary Hepatocyte Adhesion on Protein-Free Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films by a Passive Detachment Sensing Tool", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering, pp. 121-124, 2010.
  22. Jingang Yi, Steven Chang, and Yantao Shen, "Disturbance Observer-Based Hysteresis Compensation for PMN-PT Piezoelectric Actuators", IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 456-464, 2009.
  23. Yong Liu, Ning Xi, Yantao Shen, Xiongzi Li, George Zhang, and Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge, "Position-Sensitive Detector (PSD) Guided Servoing Method for Industrial Robot Calibration", International Journal of Optomechatronics, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 116-132, 2009.
  24. J. Zaklit, Y. Wang, Yantao Shen, and Ning Xi, "Quantitatively Characterizing Automotive Interior Surfaces Using an Optical TIR-Based Texture Sensor", Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, pp.1721-1726, 2009.
  25. M. Sami Fadali, Yantao Shen, Saeed Jafarzadeh, and Jingang Yi, "Electro-tactile Preference Identification Using Fuzzy Logic", Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'09), pp. 1585-1588, 2009.
  26. John Gregory, Ning Xi, and Yantao Shen, "Towards On-line Fingertip Bio-impedance Identification for Enhancement of Electro-tactile Rendering", Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'09), pp. 3685-3690, 2009.
  27. Steven Chang, Jingang Yi, and Yantao Shen, "Disturbance Observer-Based Hysteresis Compensation for PMN-PT Piezoelectric Actuators", Proceedings of the 2009 American Control Conference (ACC'09), pp. 4196-4201, 2009.
  28. Yantao Shen, Ning Xi, and Rui Zhang, "In-Situ Mechanical Property Evaluation of Different Stage Drosophila Embryos with a Minimally Invasive Microforce Sensing Tool", Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, pp. 31-36, 2009.
  29. Yantao Shen, Rui Zhang, Scott Cozen, Ning Xi, Uche C. Wejinya, and Lina Hao, "Quantitative Mechanical Evaluation and Analysis of Drosophila Embryos through the Stages of Embryogenesis", Birth Defects Research (Part C), Embryo Today, Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 204-214, 2008. (Featured article on the cover of the journal)
  30. Uche C. Wejinya, Yantao Shen, King W.C. Lai, and Ning Xi, "An Efficient Approach of Handling and Depositing Micro/Nano Entities Using Sensorized Microfluidic End-effector System", Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Vol. 147, No. 1, pp. 6-16, 2008.

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