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Dr Yuen Yong

ARC DECRA Fellow

School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science

Above and beyond

Dr Yuen Yong received both the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence and the Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Performance in 2014, a 'double' that is believed to be a first for the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

Dr Yuen Yong with the VCThe Vice-Chancellor's Award recognises the commitment of researchers who consistently go 'above and beyond' to deliver exceptional results. The Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award recognises the demonstrated excellence of an individual researcher in their field.

"It is humbling to be part of the outstanding nanosystems and mechatronics research groups at the University. I am deeply honoured to receive these awards and thrilled that my research has been recognised at both the national and international levels. Winning these awards really encourages me in my future research and I hope that the attention will generate more interest among students to conduct research higher degrees in this field", says Dr Yong.

Following her initial appointment to the University as a research academic in 2007, Dr Yong was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2012 and then to her current position as ARC DECRA Fellow in the Laboratory for Dynamics and Control of Nanosystems in 2013, where she is the Lab Manager. Her current position enables her to pursue her research interests including the design and control of nano-positioning systems, high-speed atomic force microscopy, finite-element analysis of smart materials and structures, sensing and actuation, and the design and control of insect robots.

Dr Yong has established partnerships with academics and industry not only from Australia but also from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, India and the UK. Her current research is focused on the design, modelling and advanced control of high performance nanopositioners for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and she and her colleagues have had international success in their endeavours with a world-first innovation of a high-speed nanopositioner. The design addressed speed and position accuracy, the shortfalls of nanopositioning devices at that time, which are crucial for high throughputs positioning applications at nanometer scale. The resulting paper is the most cited in the journal since its publication in 2009.

One major shortfall of AFM is its slow imaging speed, often taking more than four minutes to obtain a high-quality image of a sample. To overcome this hurdle, Dr Yong and her colleagues were the first in the field to develop two novel scan patterns for high-speed AFM applications, the first of which improved the imaging speed of a commercial AFM by 100 times, the second of which allowed them to achieve high-quality video-rate AFM images at nine frames per second and 18 frames per second, speeds which cannot be achieved by existing commercial AFMs.

"The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has revolutionised nanotechnology research and the way researchers study the smallest aspects of life," explains Dr Yong. "AFM can be used to interrogate and to manipulate matter at the atomic scale. With its extreme magnification capability, AFM has created a whole new level of excitement to researchers, not only in the area of life sciences but in semiconductor manufacturing, nanofabrication and high-density data storage systems. My research work has been aligned towards enhancing the performance of AFM by improving its precision, accuracy and speed. It is both motivating and rewarding to know that my research outcomes have contributed to the cutting edge research of nanotechnology."

With a notable profile that includes more than 24 journal publications, 27 conference papers and one book chapter, Dr Yong has established her position in the field. She received the 2008 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) Best Conference Paper Finalist Award, is a member of the Technical Program Committee of AIM, the International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement on the Nanoscale (3M-NANO), and IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.

To her impressive early career achievements, Dr Yong adds her 2014 awards for excellence, recognition from the University for her results-driven commitment to her field of research.

Dr Yuen Yong

Above and beyond

Dr Yuen Yong received both the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence and the Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Performance in 201

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Yuen Kuan Yong received the B. Eng. degree (1st Class Hons.) in Mechatronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2001 and 2007, respectively. She is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow, working at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research interests include the design and control of nanopositioning systems, high-speed atomic force microscopy, finite-element analysis of smart materials and structures, sensing and actuation, and miniature robots. Dr. Yong's research has been recognized by a number of awards, including the 2008 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) Best Conference Paper Finalist Award, The University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor's Awards For Research Excellence and the Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Performance. She is a member of the Technical Program Committee of AIM and the International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing, and Measurement on the Nanoscale (3M-NANO). She is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.

Dr. Yong has co-organized several invited sessions at international conferences, which include:

  • Advances in Micro and Nano-Scale Positioning Systems: Design and Control at the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Besançon, France, July 2014 (lead organizer).
  • Advances in Micro and Nano-Scale Positioning Systems: Design and Control at the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Wollongong, Australia, July 2013 (lead organizer).
  • Compliant Nanopositioning at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), St. Paul, MN, USA, May 2012 (lead organizer).
  • Control of Micro and Nano Systems at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Maui, Hawaii, Dec. 2012 (lead organizer).

Dr. Yong is also the organising committee member of:

  • The 2nd Workshop on Dynamics and Control of Micro and Nanoscale Systems, 2012.

Research Expertise
Dr. Yong has made significant contributions to the research efforts in Mechatronics, particularly in nanopositioning and high-precision devices. She has exceptional skills in the design, modelling and control of flexure-based nanopositioners. She also has an extensive knowledge in the modelling of nanopositioners and smart structures using finite-element-software, in particular ANSYS. Dr. Yong has been actively involved in research related to high-performance nanapositioners and AFMs. In 2005, she developed a 3 degree-of-freedom (DOF) micropositioner, which translates along the X and Y axes, and rotates about the Z axis for biological cell injections and Scanning Electron Microscopy applications. In 2006, a 5 DOF flexure-based micropositioner was designed and delivered to the National Taiwan University for aligning optical fibers and lasers. A XY flexure-based nanopositioner was designed and fabricated for fast nanoscale positioning in 2007. Her contributions in the innovative design and control techniques of the XY nanopositioner were recognized when her article "Design, Analysis and Control of a Fast Nanopositioning Stage", was selected for the Best Conference Paper Finalist Award. An example of Dr. Yong's contribution to the aforementioned research field can be seen in "Video-Rate Lissajous-Scan Atomic Force Microscopy" IEEE Trans. Nanotechnology, 13(1), 2014. This paper presents a novel scanning method for capturing Atomic Force Microscopy images in video speeds. Dr. Yong and her co-workers were the first to successfully utilise such scanning trajectory for video-rate AFM. Another example of Dr. Yong innovative research work can be seem in "Simultaneous sensing and actuation with a piezoelectric tube scanner" Review of Scientific Instruments, 79, 2008. Dr. Yong and her co-worker were involved in the design and control of a novel 12-electrode piezoelectric tube nanopositioner for simultaneous actuations and sensing. The piezoelectric tube nanopositioner was successfully installed into an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and high quality images were produced. The research paper arising from this research project was the first paper documenting the success of such a nanopositioner for accurate and fast AFM imaging. SUMMARY OF DR. YONG'S RESEARCH PROJECTS: PIEZOELECTRIC STRAIN SENSOR Piezoelectric sensors have the benefit of simple interface circuitry, low cost, high sensitivity, and high bandwidth. Although piezoelectric sensors have been successfully used as vibration sensors in smart structures, complications arise when they are used in a feedback loop for tracking. As piezoelectric strain sensors exhibit a capacitive source impedance, a high-pass filter is created, typically with a cut-off frequency of 1 to 10 Hz. This filter can cause significant errors and destabilize a tracking control system. Here, this problem is overcame by using a low-frequency bypass technique to replace the low-frequency component of the strain measurement with an estimate based on the open-loop system. HIGH-SPEED NON-RASTER AFM SCANNING A traditional Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) utilizes a scanner to scan over an area of a sample in a zig-zag raster pattern. The fast axis of the AFM scanner is forced to track the non-smooth triangular waveform that contains frequencies beyond the scanner's mechanical bandwidth. The high-order dynamics of the triangular waveform tends to trigger the resonance frequencies of the scanner. This leads to image distortions. In this project, novel smooth scan patterns are proposed to achieve much higher speed scans than a raster pattern without triggering the dynamics of the scanner. FLEXURE-BASED NANOPOSITIONERS The design of the flexure-based nanopositioning stage is based on the concept of flexible mechanisms (flexures) where motions are generated through the elastic deformation of the structures. There are no moving and sliding joints; therefore, the problems of wear, backlash, friction and the

Teaching Expertise
From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Yong involved in teaching and tutoring a wide range of subjects, including Design Graphics (CAD), ANSYS (FEA), Matlab, Robotics, Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and Automatic Control, at The University of Adelaide, Australia. In 2010, Dr. Yong was a guest lecturer of Advanced Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacturing at the School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Newcastle.

Administrative Expertise
Dr. Yong is the Lab Manager of Laboratory for Dynamics and Control of Nanosystems. Her main responsibilities include: • Conducted induction courses for new laboratory users to ensure lab safety and proper use of equipment. • Responsible for equipment ordering and purchasing. • Responsible for managing equipment maintenance schedules and the replacement of parts when necessary. • Conducted software updates for equipment and computers.

Collaborations
Dr. Yong has established collaboration partnerships with: Dr. Kam Leang at the Electroactive Systems and Control Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Reno, Nevada, USA; Prof. Frank Allgower at the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, the University of Stuttgart, Germany; Prof. Ian Petersen at the University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra, Australia; Dr. Abu Sebastian at the IBM Zurich research lab, Switzerland; Dr. Bharath Bhikkaji at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT - Madras); Dr. Sumeet Aphale at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; and Dr. Kexiu Liu at Western Digital, Lake Forest, California, USA.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Adelaide

Keywords

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Finite element analysis
  • Mechanical design and drawings
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanopositioning
  • Nanotechnology
  • Piezoelectric actuators and sensors
  • Programmable logic control
  • Robotics
  • Smart structures

Languages

  • Malay (Fluent)
  • Cantonese (Fluent)
  • Mandarin (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified 10
090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation 45
091304 Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control 45

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  ARC DECRA Fellow

ARC - Discovery - Projects (including Australian Professorial Fellowships, Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships, and Australian Postdoctoral Fellowships))

University of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia
1/01/2012 - 1/12/2012 Postdoctoral Fellow

UoN Research Fellowship

University of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Editor/ Associate Editor - International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems
Australia
1/01/2011 -  Technical Program Committee Member - International Conference on Manipulation, Measurement and Manufacturing on the Nanoscale, 3M-Nano International Conference on Manipulation, Measurement and Manufacturing on the Nanoscale, 3M-Nano
Australia
1/01/2011 - 1/12/2011 Research Academic University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2009 -  Technical Program Committee Member - IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Australia
1/01/2009 -  Membership - IEEE Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Australia
1/05/2007 - 1/12/2010 Research Academic University of Newcastle
Australia
1/08/2002 - 1/11/2006 Lecturer/Tutor The University of Adelaide
School of Engineering
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2014 Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Performance
University of Newcastle
2014 Vice-Chancellor's Awards For Research Excellence
University of Newcastle
2008 Best Conference Paper Finalist
IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM

Invitations

PhD Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2012 Member of the PhD public defence committee panel
Organisation: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU - Trondheim) Description: Dr. Yong was invited to serve on a PhD public defence committee panel at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU - Trondheim). Thesis title: Topics in Control of Nanopositioning Devices. Author: Arnfinn Aas Eielsen
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Bazaei A, Yong YK, Moheimani SO, Sebastian A, 'High-speed, ultra-high-precision nanopositioning: A signal transformation approach', Control Technologies for Emerging Micro and Nanoscale Systems, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg 47-65 (2011) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-22173-6
Co-authors Ali Bazaei, Reza Moheimani

Journal article (26 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Yong YK, Fleming AJ, 'Piezoelectric actuators with integrated high-voltage power electronics', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 20 611-617 (2015) [C1]

This paper explores the possibility of piezoelectric actuators with integrated high-voltage power electronics. Such devices dramatically simplify the application of piezoelectric ... [more]

This paper explores the possibility of piezoelectric actuators with integrated high-voltage power electronics. Such devices dramatically simplify the application of piezoelectric actuators since the power electronics are already optimized for the voltage range, capacitance, and power dissipation of the actuator. The foremost consideration is the thermal impedance of the actuator and heat dissipation. Analytical and finite-element methods are described for predicting the thermal impedance of a piezoelectric bender. The predictions are compared experimentally using thermal imaging on a piezoelectric bender with laminated miniature power electronics.

DOI 10.1109/TMECH.2014.2311040
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Andrew Fleming
2015 Yong YK, Moheimani SOR, 'Collocated Z-Axis Control of a High-Speed Nanopositioner for Video-Rate Atomic Force Microscopy', IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 14 338-345 (2015)

A key hurdle to achieve video-rate atomic force microscopy (AFM) in constant-force contact mode is the inadequate bandwidth of the vertical feedback control loop. This paper descr... [more]

A key hurdle to achieve video-rate atomic force microscopy (AFM) in constant-force contact mode is the inadequate bandwidth of the vertical feedback control loop. This paper describes techniques used to increase the vertical tracking bandwidth of a nanopositioner to a level that is sufficient for video-rate AFM. These techniques involve the combination of: a high-speed XYZ nanopositioner; a passive damping technique that cancels the inertial forces of the Z actuator which in turns eliminates the low 20-kHz vertical resonant mode of the nanopositioner; an active control technique that is used to augment damping to high vertical resonant modes at 60 kHz and above. The implementation of these techniques allows a tenfold increase in the vertical tracking bandwidth, from 2.3 (without damping) to 28.1 kHz. This allows high-quality, video-rate AFM images to be captured at 10 frames/s without noticeable artifacts associated with vibrations and insufficient vertical tracking bandwidth.

DOI 10.1109/TNANO.2015.2394327
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2014 Wadikhaye SP, Yong YK, Reza Moheimani SO, 'A serial-kinematic nanopositioner for high-speed atomic force microscopy', Review of Scientific Instruments, 85 (2014) [C1]

A flexure-guided serial-kinematic XYZ nanopositioner for high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy is presented in this paper. Two aspects influencing the performance of serial-kinematic... [more]

A flexure-guided serial-kinematic XYZ nanopositioner for high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy is presented in this paper. Two aspects influencing the performance of serial-kinematic nanopositioners are studied in this work. First, mass reduction by using tapered flexures is proposed to increased the natural frequency of the nanopositioner. 25% increase in the natural frequency is achieved due to reduced mass with tapered flexures. Second, a study of possible sensor positioning in a serial-kinematic nanopositioner is presented. An arrangement of sensors for exact estimation of cross-coupling is incorporated in the proposed design. A feedforward control strategy based on phaser approach is presented to mitigate the dynamics and nonlinearity in the system. Limitations in design approach and control strategy are discussed in the Conclusion.

DOI 10.1063/1.4897483
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2014 Wadikhaye SP, Yong YK, Bhikkaji B, Moheimani SOR, 'Control of a piezoelectrically actuated high-speed serial-kinematic AFM nanopositioner', SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 23 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1088/0964-1726/23/2/025030
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2014 Mohammadi A, Fowler AG, Yong YK, Moheimani SOR, 'A feedback controlled MEMS nanopositioner for on-chip high-speed AFM', Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 23 610-619 (2014) [C1]

We report the design of a two-degree-of-freedom microelectromechanical systems nanopositioner for on-chip atomic force microscopy (AFM). The device is fabricated using a silicon-o... [more]

We report the design of a two-degree-of-freedom microelectromechanical systems nanopositioner for on-chip atomic force microscopy (AFM). The device is fabricated using a silicon-on-insulator-based process to function as the scanning stage of a miniaturized AFM. It is a highly resonant system with its lateral resonance frequency at ~850 Hz. The incorporated electrostatic actuators achieve a travel range of 16 ~{&L~}m in each direction. Lateral displacements of the scan table are measured using a pair of electrothermal position sensors. These sensors are used, together with a positive position feedback controller, in a feedback loop, to damp the highly resonant dynamics of the stage. The feedback controlled nanopositioner is used, successfully, to generate high-quality AFM images at scan rates as fast as 100 Hz. © 2013 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/JMEMS.2013.2287506
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2014 Bazaei A, Moheimani SOR, Yong YK, 'Improvement of transient response in signal transformation approach by proper compensator initialization', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 22 729-736 (2014)
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2013.2261875
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Ali Bazaei
2014 Bazaei A, Moheimani SOR, Yong YK, 'Improvement of transient response in signal transformation approach by proper compensator initialization', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 22 729-736 (2014) [C1]

In this brief, the transient performance of the signal transformation approach (STA) is considerably enhanced by initializing the state vector of the compensator to appropriate va... [more]

In this brief, the transient performance of the signal transformation approach (STA) is considerably enhanced by initializing the state vector of the compensator to appropriate values. For triangular reference tracking, it is shown that the proposed method is identical to the impulsive state multiplication (ISM) approach. Through simulations and experiments, we also show that the proposed method can be equally applied to improve the STA for arbitrarily shaped desired signals, where ISM is not applicable. Tracking efficacy of the proposed method compared with that of an ordinary feedback loop with a similar noise rejection performance is also demonstrated. © 2013 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/TCST.2013.2261875
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Ali Bazaei
2014 Yong YK, Bazaei A, Moheimani SOR, 'Video-rate lissajous-scan atomic force microscopy', IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 13 85-93 (2014) [C1]

Raster scanning is common in atomic force microscopy (AFM). The nonsmooth raster waveform contains high-frequency content that can excite mechanical resonances of an AFM nanoposit... [more]

Raster scanning is common in atomic force microscopy (AFM). The nonsmooth raster waveform contains high-frequency content that can excite mechanical resonances of an AFM nanopositioner during a fast scan, causing severe distortions in the resulting image. The mainstream approach to avoid scan-induced vibrations in video-rate AFM is to employ a high-bandwidth nanopositioner with the first lateral resonance frequency above 20 kHz. In this paper, video-rate scanning on a nanopositioner with 11.3-kHz resonance frequency is reported using a smooth Lissajous scan pattern. The Lissajous trajectory is constructed by tracking two sinusoidal waveforms on the lateral axes of the nanopositioner. By combining an analog integral resonant controller (IRC) with an internal model controller, 1-and 2-kHz single tone set-points were successfully tracked. High-quality time lapsed AFM images of a calibration grating recorded at 9 and 18 frames/s without noticeable image distortions are reported. © 2013 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/TNANO.2013.2292610
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Ali Bazaei, Reza Moheimani
2013 Bhikkaji B, Yong YK, Mahmood IA, Moheimani SOR, 'Diagonal control design for atomic force microscope piezoelectric tube nanopositioners', REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, 84 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1063/1.4790474
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2013 Yong YK, Bhikkaji B, Moheimani SOR, 'Design, Modeling, and FPAA-Based Control of a High-Speed Atomic Force Microscope Nanopositioner', IEEE-ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS, 18 1060-1071 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TMECH.2012.2194161
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2013 Yong YK, Fleming AJ, Moheimani SOR, 'A Novel Piezoelectric Strain Sensor for Simultaneous Damping and Tracking Control of a High-Speed Nanopositioner', IEEE-ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS, 18 1113-1121 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TMECH.2012.2193895
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Andrew Fleming
2013 Yong YK, Mohemani SOR, 'Design of an Inertially Counterbalanced Z-Nanopositioner for High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NANOTECHNOLOGY, 12 137-145 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TNANO.2012.2233749
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2012 Bazaei A, Yong YK, Moheimani SO, 'High-speed Lissajous-scan atomic force microscopy: Scan pattern planning and control design issues', Review of Scientific Instruments, 83 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1063/1.4725525
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Ali Bazaei
2012 Yong YK, Moheimani SO, Kenton BJ, Leang KK, 'Invited Review Article: High-speed flexure-guided nanopositioning: Mechanical design and control issues', Review of Scientific Instruments, 83 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1063/1.4765048
Citations Scopus - 50Web of Science - 40
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2012 Bazaei A, Yong YK, Moheimani SO, Sebastian A, 'Tracking of triangular references using signal transformation for control of a novel AFM scanner stage', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 20 453-464 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2011.2114347
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Ali Bazaei, Reza Moheimani
2012 Wadikhaye S, Yong YK, Moheimani SO, 'Design of a compact serial-kinematic scanner for high-speed atomic force microscopy: An analytical approach', Micro & Nano Letters, 7 309-313 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1049/mnl.2011.0477
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2010 Yong YK, Ahmad BA, Moheimani SO, 'Atomic force microscopy with a 12-electrode piezoelectric tube scanner', Review of Scientific Instruments, 81 10 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1063/1.3314901
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2010 Yong YK, Moheimani SO, Petersen IR, 'High-speed cycloid-scan atomic force microscopy', Nanotechnology, 21 1-4 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1088/0957-4484/21/36/365503
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2010 Bazaei A, Yong YK, Moheimani SOR, Sebastian A, 'Tracking Control of a Novel AFM Scanner using Signal Transformation Method', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 20 453-464 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2011.2114347
Co-authors Ali Bazaei, Reza Moheimani
2010 Yong YK, Liu K, Moheimani SO, 'Reducing cross-coupling in a compliant XY nanopositioner for fast and accurate raster scanning', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 18 1172-1179 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2009.2033201
Citations Scopus - 59Web of Science - 47
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2009 Yong YK, Aphale SS, Moheimani SO, 'Design, identification, and control of a flexure-based XY stage for fast nanoscale positioning', IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 8 46-54 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/tnano.2008.2005829
Citations Scopus - 153Web of Science - 113
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2009 Yong YK, Lu T-F, 'Kinetostatic modeling of 3-RRR compliant micro-motion stages with flexure hinges', Mechanism and Machine Theory, 44 1156-1175 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2008.09.005
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 37
2008 Moheimani SO, Yong YK, 'Simultaneous sensing and actuation with a piezoelectric tube scanner', Review of Scientific Instruments, 79 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1063/1.2952506
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2008 Yong YK, Lu T-F, 'The effect of the accuracies of flexure hinge equations on the output compliances of planar micro-motion stages', Mechanism and Machine Theory, 43 347-363 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2007.03.007
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 23
2008 Yong YK, Lu T-F, Handley DC, 'Review of circular flexure hinge design equations and derivation of empirical formulations', Precision Engineering, 32 63-70 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.precisioneng.2007.05.002
Citations Scopus - 120Web of Science - 94
2004 Lu TF, Handley DC, Yong YK, Eales C, 'A three-DOF compliant micromotion stage with flexure hinges', INDUSTRIAL ROBOT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 31 355-361 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/01439910410541873
Citations Web of Science - 34
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Conference (28 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Wadikhaye SP, Yong YK, Moheimani SOR, 'Design and characterisation of a serial-kinematic nanopositioner for high-speed AFM', IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM, Besancon, France (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/AIM.2014.6878080
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2013 Fleming AJ, Yong YK, 'Thermal Analysis of Piezoelectric Benders with Laminated Power Electronics', 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference On Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM): Mechatronics For Human Wellbeing, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Fleming
2013 Wadikhaye SP, Yong YK, Moheimani SOR, 'Nanopositioner Design using Tapered Flexures: A Parametric Study', 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference On Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM): Mechatronics For Human Wellbeing, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/AIM.2013.6584201
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2013 Yong YK, Fowler AG, Mohammadi A, Moheimani SOR, 'Control of a MEMS nanopositioner for atomic force microscopy', Proceedings of the 6th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, 2013, Hangzhou, China (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20130410-3-CN-2034.00038
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2013 Yong YK, Bazaei A, Moheimani SOR, 'Control of a High-Speed Nanopositioner for Lissajous-scan Video-rate AFM', 2013 3rd Australian Control Conference (AUCC), Perth, AUSTRALIA (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/AUCC.2013.6697268
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Ali Bazaei
2012 Yong YK, Moheimani SO, 'A Z-scanner design for high-speed scanning probe microscopy', 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Saint Paul, MN (2012) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2012 Wadikhaye S, Bhikkaji B, Moheimani SO, Yong YK, 'Analog implementation of a damping and tracking controller for a high-speed X-Y nanopositioner', 2012 American Control Conference, Montreal, Canada (2012) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2012 Yong YK, Bazaei A, Moheimani SO, Allgower F, 'Design and control of a novel non-raster scan pattern for fast scanning probe microscopy', 2012 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) Proceedings, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Ali Bazaei
2011 Yong YK, Moheimani SO, Petersen I, 'A non-raster scan method for high-speed SPM', 2011 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Budapest, Hungary (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2011 Yong YK, Fleming AJ, Moheimani SO, 'Vibration and tracking control of a flexure-guided nanopositioner using a Piezoelectric strain sensor', First International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement on the Nanoscale (3M-Nano 2011), Changchun, China (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Andrew Fleming, Reza Moheimani
2011 Yong YK, Bhikkaji B, Moheimani SO, 'Analog control of a high-speed atomic force microscope scanner', 2011 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM2011), Budapest, Hungary (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/AIM.2011.6027103
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2011 Wadikhaye S, Yong YK, Moheimani SO, 'A novel serial-kinematic AFM scanner: Design and characterization', Proceedings IECON 2011 - 37th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Melbourne, Australia (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/IECON.2011.6119287
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2011 Bhikkaji B, Yong YK, Mahmood IA-T, Moheimani SO, 'Multivariable control designs for Piezoelectric tubes', Proceedings of the 18th IFAC World Congress, 2011, Milano, Italy (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20110828-6-it-1002.01745
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2010 Yong YK, Ahmed B, Moheimani SO, 'A 12-electrode piezoelectric tube scanner for fast atomic force microscopy', 2010 American Control Conference, ACC 2010, Baltimore, MD (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2010 Yong YK, Moheimani SO, 'A compact XYZ scanner for fast atomic force microscopy in constant force contact mode', 2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics. Proceedings, Montreal, Canada (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/AIM.2010.5695880
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2010 Bazaei A, Yong YK, Moheimani SO, Sebastian A, 'Tracking control of a novel AFM scanner using signal transformation method', Preprints of the 5th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2010) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Reza Moheimani, Ali Bazaei
2010 Bazaei A, Yong YK, Moheimani SOR, Sebastian A, 'Tracking Control of a Novel AFM Scanner using Signal Transformation Method', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Marriott Boston Cambridge, United States of America (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2011.2114347
Co-authors Ali Bazaei, Reza Moheimani
2009 Yong YK, Lu T-F, 'Comparison of circular flexure hinge design equations and the derivation of empirical stiffness formulations', 2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Singapore (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/aim.2009.5229961
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2009 Yong YK, Moheimani SO, 'Vibration control of a novel tube scanner using piezoelectric strain-induced voltage', 2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Singapore (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/aim.2009.5229728
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2009 Reza Moheimani SO, Yong YK, 'A new piezoelectric tube scanner for simultaneous sensing and actuation', Proceedings of the American Control Conference, St Louis, MO (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ACC.2009.5160032
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2008 Yong YK, Liu K, Moheimani SO, 'H-infinity control for reducing cross-coupling in a compliant XY nanopositioning stage', Proceedings ICAST 2008: 19th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies, Ascona, Switzerland (2008) [E2]
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2008 Yong YK, Liu K, Moheimani SOR, 'H8 control for reducing cross-coupling in a compliant XY nanopositioning stage', 19th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies 2008, ICAST 2008 (2008)

A compliant XY nanopositioning platform designed for scanning probe microscopy applications is presented in this article. The device possesses a very high out-of-plane stiffness r... [more]

A compliant XY nanopositioning platform designed for scanning probe microscopy applications is presented in this article. The device possesses a very high out-of-plane stiffness resulting in extremely low cross-coupling between various axes. However, cross-couplings between X-and Y-axes of the stage cannot be ignored during fast raster scans. A H8 controller is designed to minimize cross-coupling between these two axes of the nanoscale positioning stage, particularly at its mechanical resonance frequencies. The controller is augmented with integral action to achieve accurate tracking and damping. Raster scan results over an area of 10µm×10µm with small positioning errors are demonstrated. High-speed accurate raster scans of up to 100Hz, with nanoscale resolution are also illustrated.

Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2008 Yong YK, Aphale SS, Moheimani SO, 'Design, analysis and control of a fast nanopositioning stage', Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Xi'an, China (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/aim.2008.4601703
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Reza Moheimani
2006 Yong Y, Lu TF, Minase JL, 'Trajectory following with a three-DOF micro-motion stage', Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2006, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (2006) [E1]
2004 Lu TF, Handley DC, Yong YK, 'Position control of a 3 DOF compliant micro-motion stage', 2004 8th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, Vols 1-3, Kunming, PEOPLES R CHINA (2004) [E1]
2004 Handley DC, Lu TF, Yong YK, Eales C, 'Workspace investigation of a 3 DOF compliant micro-motion stage', 2004 8th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, Vols 1-3, Kunming, PEOPLES R CHINA (2004) [E1]
2004 Yong YK, Lu TF, Handley DC, 'Loop closure theory in deriving linear and simple kinematic model for a 3 DOF parallel micromanipulator', DEVICE AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES FOR MEMS, MICROELECTRONICS, AND PHOTONICS III, Univ Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA (2004) [E1]
DOI 10.1117/12.522258
2004 Handley DC, Lu TF, Yong YK, Zhang WJ, 'A simple and efficient dynamic modelling method for compliant micropositioning mechanisms using flexure hinges', DEVICE AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES FOR MEMS, MICROELECTRONICS, AND PHOTONICS III, Univ Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA (2004) [E1]
DOI 10.1117/12.523573
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $553,475

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20131 grants / $375,000

Design, Modeling and Advanced Control of High Performance Nanopositioners for Atomic Force Microscopy$375,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200405
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20123 grants / $120,575

2011 Research Fellowship - PRCCDSC$104,075

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200789
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Advanced Design, Modeling and Control Methods for Video-rate Atomic Force Microscopy$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Fellowship Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200058
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, St Paul, MN, USA, 14 - 18 May 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200420
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $26,500

Innovations in Feedback-Controlled Nanoscale Manipulation and Imaging$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001038
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

International Conference on Manipulation, manufacturing and Measurement onthe Nanoscale 3M-Nano, Changchun, China, 29/8/2011 - 2/9/2011$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100841
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20102 grants / $18,000

XYZ Flexure-based Nanopositioner for Fast Atomic Force Microscopy$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000891
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

XYZ Flexure-based Nanopositioner for Fast Atomic Force Microscopy$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Special Project (Equipment) Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900026
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,200

2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Singapore, 14-17 July 2009$1,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190352
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, 2/7/2008 - 5/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189171
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $10,500

Design and optimisation of a high-speed, low cross-coupling XY scanner for an Atomic Force Microscope$10,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Yuen Yong
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188259
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Multifunctional and Integrated Piezoelectric Devices and Study the Use of Piezoelectric Devices for Energy Harvesting
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2015 Design and Development of Nano-positioning Devices for Atomic Force Microscopy Applications
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013 High-Speed Nanopositioning with Nanometer Resolution for Imaging and Probe Based Nanofabrication
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013 Multi-modal Q-Control in Multi-frequency Atomic Force Microscopy
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013 Piezoelectric Bender Actuators for Miniature Robotics
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Design, Characterization and Control of Serial-Kinematic X-Y-Z Nanopositioner for High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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News

PhD Scholarship in Nanopositioning

PhD Scholarship - Design and Control of Nanopositioner

June 12, 2015

A PhD scholarship is available for a student to join the Precision and Nanopositioning project at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Dr Yuen Yong

Dr Yuen Yong

Position

ARC DECRA Fellow
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email yuenkuan.yong@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6438
Fax (02) 4921 6993

Office

Room EAG32
Building EA
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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