Ziyuan Jiao

Stay close to nature. It will never fail you


9432 Boelter Hall,


Los Angeles, CA, US


zyjiao at ucla dot edu

PhD Student

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

Graduate Student, M.S.E '17

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Student, B.S.E '16

Department of Aerospace Engineering

University of Michigan, United States

Undergraduate Student, B.S.E '16

Mechanical Engineering, Joint Institute

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Biography & CV

My name is Ziyuan Jiao. I am a first-year PhD student majoring in Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan. I am currently working at Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning, and Autonomy (VCLA) lab at UCLA under supervised by Prof. Song-Chun Zhu with focus on grasping and manipulation.


09/2018 - present Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles. GPA (N/A)

09/2016 - 12/2017 M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan. GPA (3.80/4.0)

09/2014 - 05/2016 B.S.E. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan. GPA (3.95/4.0)

09/2012 - 08/2016 B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, Joint Institute, SJTU


  1. Xiaobai Ma, Ziyuan Jiao, Zhenkai Wang, and Dimitra Panagou, “3-D Decentralized Prioritized Motion Planning and Coordination for High-Density Operations of Micro Aerial Vehicles,” IEEE Trans. Control Syst. Technol., 2017.
  2. Xiaobai Ma, Ziyuan Jiao, Zhenkai Wang, and Dimitra Panagou, “Decentralized prioritized motion planning for multiple autonomous UAVs in 3D polygonal obstacle environments,” in 2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2016, 2016, pp. 292–300.
  3. Zhenyu Gan, Ziyuan Jiao, C. David Remy, "On the Dynamic Similarity Between Bipeds and Quadrupeds: A Case Study on Bounding" IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.


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Quadrupedal Robot Locomotion Behavior Research Project, UM, Ann Arbor , May. 2017-Present

  • Study passive quadruped model to explain different gaits of various animals.

Multi-UAV Obstacle Avoidance & Path Planning Research Project, UM, Ann Arbor , Jan. 2015-Sept. 2015

  • Developed an obstacle avoiding and path planning algorithm for decentralized small unmanned aerial vehicle fleet in 3D space with random obstacles.

Unmanned Self-Balancing Gyroscopic Bicycle Project Mechatronics Engineer, SJTU, Shanghai , May. 2016-Aug. 2016

  • Developed an electro-mechanical gyro car prototype utilizing two gyroscopes to realize self-balancing functionality.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Joint Institute, China, May. 2016-Aug. 2016

Teaching assistant of Introduction to Engineering (VG100) instructed by prof. Yanfeng Shen.


  • Freshman Volleyball Competition, 2nd place (2012), Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Best project design (2013), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Joint Institute.
  • Dean’s List, Fall 2013, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Joint Institute.
  • Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Dean’s List and University Honors, University of Michigan.
  • James B. Angell Scholar (2016), University of Michigan.