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Welcome to Dr. Cang Ye's Home Page

Multiple Ph.D. Student Openings for Fall 2016/Spring 2017, One Immediate Postdoc Position 

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.

Honors and Awards

  • Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow

  • Best Student Paper Finalist Award, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Network, Sensing and Control

  • Best Student Paper Award, 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments

  • Toshio Fukuda Best Paper Award in Mechatronics, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation

  • 2009 ASEE/ONR Summer Faculty Research Fellow (SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific)

  • One of the eight featured inventions at the University of Michigan's Celebrate Invention 2005

Recent News

Dr. Ye's research was featured at the Congressional Robotics Caucus - on 6/9/2016, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC. The Hill event marks five years of the multi-agency National Robotics Initiative. (More news...)

Group photo:  the team with Congressman French Hill (AR) at the Congressional Robotics Caucus event

Dr. Ye was named Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow

Group photo taken in the Arkansas State Capitol Building with Governor Hutchinson. From left: Chancellor Joel Anderson, Provost Zulma Toro, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Adams (President of Arkansas Research Alliance), and Dean Lawrence Whitman


Congratulation to Xiangfei Qian for receiving his PhD degree and joining HP Headquarters in Palo Alto, CA!

Contact Dr. Cang Ye

Phone: (501) 683-7284   

Google Voice: (501) 237-1818

Fax: (501) 569-8020   Email: cxye@ualr.edu


Dept. of Systems Engineering

ETAS 523, 2801 S. University Ave

Little Rock, AR 72204


Dept. of Systems Engineering

EIT 532, 2801 S. University Ave

Little Rock, AR 72204