Assistant Professor

Contact InformationYue Hu

Phone: 519-888-4567 x40709
Location: E7 3416


Biography Summary

Yue Hu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo since September 2021, head of the Active & Interactive Robotics Lab. Prior to joining The University of Waterlooo, Yue had lived and worked in many different places and countries. She obtained her master's degree in Advanced Robotics from the University of Genova, Italy, and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, in 2013. She then carried out her PhD in robotics at Heidelberg University, Germany, receiving her degree in 2017. She was postdoc first at Heidelberg University, then at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), in Italy. Between 2018 and 2021 she was first a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technologies (AIST) in Japan, and then an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Yue is one of the co-chairs of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Model-based Optimization for Robotics. Her research interests include physical human-robot interaction, collaborative robots, humanoid robots, and optimal control.

Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Collaborative robots
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Human Motion Analysis
  • Humanoid Robots
  • Optimal control


  • 2017, Doctorate, Computer science (Dr. rer. nat.), Heidelberg University
  • 2013, Master of Science, European Master in Advanced Robotics, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, University of Genova
  • 2011, Bachelor's, Electronics Engineering, University of Genova

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Yue Hu, Naoko Abe, Mehdi Benallegue, Natsuki Yamanobe, Gentiane Venture, Eiichi Yoshida, Toward Active Physical Human–Robot Interaction: Quantifying the Human State During Interactions, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 2022
  • Romualdi, Giulio and Dafarra, Stefano and Hu, Yue and Ramadoss, Prashanth and Chavez, Francisco Javier Andrade and Traversaro, Silvio and Pucci, Daniele, A Benchmarking of DCM-Based Architectures for Position, Velocity and Torque-Controlled Humanoid Robots, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 17(01), 2020
  • Hu, Yue and Benallegue, Mehdi and Venture, Gentiane and Yoshida, Eiichi, Interact With Me: An Exploratory Study on Interaction Factors for Active Physical Human-Robot Interaction, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 5(4), 2020, 6764 - 6771
  • Hu, Yue and Mombaur, Katja, Bio-Inspired Optimal Control Framework to Generate Walking Motions for the Humanoid Robot iCub Using Whole Body Models, Applied Sciences, 8(2), 2018
  • Clever, Debora and Hu, Yue and Mombaur, Katja, Humanoid gait generation in complex environments based on template models and optimality principles learned from human beings, The International Journal of Robotics Research, 37(10), 2018, 1184 - 1204
  • Yamamoto, Marie and Hu, Yue and Coronado, Enrique and Venture, Gentiane, Impression evaluation of robot’s behavior when assisting human in a cooking task, 2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 1 2021, 743 - 748
  • Elobaid, Mohamed and Hu, Yue and Romualdi, Giulio and Dafarra, Stefano and Babic, Jan and Pucci, Daniele, Telexistence and teleoperation for walking humanoid robots, Proceedings of SAI Intelligent Systems Conference, 1 2019, 1106 - 1121
  • Hu, Yue and Mombaur, Katja, Influence of compliance modulation on human locomotion, 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 1 2017, 4130 - 4137
  • Hu, Yue and Eljaik, Jorhabib and Stein, Kevin and Nori, Francesco and Mombaur, Katja, Walking of the iCub humanoid robot in different scenarios: implementation and performance analysis, 2016 IEEE-RAS 16th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), 1 2016, 690 - 696

Graduate Studies