Hi! I’m Yue Hu, a robotics researcher.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Head of the Active & Interactive Robotics Laboratory (A.I.R. Lab).

My main research interests are social-physical human robot-interaction, optimization and optimal control for robots, collaborative robots, humanoid robots, and human motion analysis.

Here you can find preprints of my publications, overviews of past and ongoing research projects, teaching materials (coming soon), and my contact information.

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Academic experience


Assistant professor (tenure track)

Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Sep 2021 – Present Waterloo (ON), Canada
Teaching, supervision, and research

Assistant professor

Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)

Dec 2020 – Aug 2021 Tokyo, Japan
Teaching and research

JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences) postdoctoral fellow

CNRS-AIST JRL (Joint Robotics Laboratory), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology (AIST)

Nov 2018 – Nov 2020 Tsukuba, Japan


Dynamic Interaction Control (DIC), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Mar 2018 – Oct 2018 Genova, Italy


Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics (ORB), Heidelberg University

May 2017 – Feb 2018 Heidelberg, Germany

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Abstract The iCub humanoid robot was not meant for walking when it was first “born” in 2008, but a new design of the legs introduced in …

Abstract Two research directions have been trying to breach the barrier between humans and robots: physically (pHRI), and socially …


Students and projects

Currently considering applications from students at all levels:

  • Undergraduate: URA (Undegraduate Research Assistant), Co-op (USRA - Undergraduate Student Research Awards), or if you want to volunteer!
  • FYDP/Capstone: reach me out if you think I can help and advise your team! Available also to provide ideas for potential projects.
  • MASc and PhD: please contact me directly. If you are a domestic applicant, if eligible, please apply to scholarships such as OGS and NSERC CGS. If you are an international applicant, your application will be subject to available funding.

Contact me if you are interested in any of the projects listed in this website or doing research in topics including (but not limited to): human-robot interaction, optimal control applied to robotics, collaborative robotics, humanoid robotics, human motion analysis.