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Dept. of Systems Engineering

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Little Rock, AR 72204


Dept. of Systems Engineering

EIT 532, 2801 S. University Ave

Little Rock, AR 72204

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Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory

College of Engineering & Information Technology

University of Arkansas at Little Rock


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Dr. Ye is a Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). He got the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degree from the Department of Precision Machinery and Precision Instrument, the University of Science and Technology of China,  Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Hong Kong. He was a Research Fellow at  the Mobile Robotics Lab of the University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Since 2003, He was a research faculty at the same university. He joined UALR in 2005. Dr. Ye is a senior member of IEEE and a member of IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Robotics and Intelligent Sensing.

Dr. Ye's group works on creating robots and robotic assistive devices for people with visual/physical disabilities and developing algorithms to allow these robots and devices to interact with their environments, collaborate with the human users in task accomplishments, and learn from the human through interaction with the users. His research aims to improve the quality of life of the disabled and the elderly through the use of co-robots in their daily life. His team is also developing flash LIDAR based autonomous navigation methods for robotic planetary exploration.

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BioMedical Technology Exhibition

Dr. Ye’s research was featured at AIMBE Congressional

Dr. Cang Ye, professor in the UALR Department of Systems Engineering, and UALR student He Zhang, display two computer enhanced walking canes for the visually impaired.

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June 9, 2016 Dr. Ye's research was featured at the Congressional Robotics Caucus, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC. The Hill event marks five years of the multi-agency National Robotics Initiative. (Read More)

Dr. Ye was named Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow

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June 13, 2016 UALR reps show off advances as robotics invades Capitol Hill

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Arkansasnews: Five receive research grants

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June 16,2016 Robotics Researchers Wow Congress with All Day Exhibition.  (Read more)

Dr. Ye received a grant from the NIH’s Coulter College Commercializing Innovation Program. The grant (3R01EB018117-03S1) will allow his team to investigate the possibility of translating the co-robot cane technology from lab into market.

August 26,2016 Three NIH-funded co-robots caught the eyes and interest of Capitol Hill staffers at a National Robotics Initiative (NRI).  Briefing: a co-robotic cane for the visually impaired… (Read more)

National Eye Institute news release: Five innovations harness new technologies for people with visual impairment, blindness  (Read More)

Congratulations to He Zhang for his paper, entitled “A Motorized Robotic Walker for Human Walking Assistance”, being accepted to ASME Journal of Medical Devices and 2017 Design of Medical Devices Conference. The paper is co-authored with researchers at University of Alabama.


Dr. Ye will give a keynote speech at 2017 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (Okinawa, Japan, July 14-18)

May 5, 2017 Dr. Ye’s team demonstrated the robot-cane to Congress staff at the Rayburn House Office Building at the Congressional BioMedical Technology Exhibition organized by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. (Read More)