Guang-Zhong Yang, Ph.D.

The Body You Know

How much do you know about your body? The latest wearable and implantable technologies are transforming our understanding of our health, from biomotion to behavioural and physiological changes. By using body as the medium, inspiration and a source of energy to provide continuous sensing, monitoring and intervention, this talk will demonstrate how body-sensor-networks are transforming healthcare and wellbeing. It will address the latest development in sensor informatics and cover recent advances in ultra-low power, secure, bio-integrable smart sensing and implants for healthcare. Technical contents include sensing and materials, bio-inspired ultra-low power application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), wireless sensor networks, large scale data analytics and clinical decision support. It also outlines the importance of synergistic development of technological innovation and clinical translation “from sensor to real-time information, to clinical knowledge and stratified patient management”.


Professor Guang-Zhong Yang is director and co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. The Hamlyn Centre ( has been established for developing safe, effective and accessible imaging, sensing and robotics technologies that can reshape the future of healthcare for both developing and developed countries. Focusing on technological innovation but with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefit with a global impact, the centre is at the forefront of research in imaging, sensing and robotics for addressing global health challenges associated with demographic, environment, social and economic changes.

Professor Yang’s main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, fellow of IEEE, IET, AIMBE and a recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award and listed in The Times Eureka ‘Top 100’ in British Science. Professor Yang is the founding editor of Science Robotics ( – a journal of the Science family dedicated to the latest advances in robotics and how it enables or underpins new scientific discoveries. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honour List for his work in biomedical engineering.