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Department of Mechanical Design

Department of mechanical design originated from the teaching group of mechanisms theory and machine design, which was founded in 1952.It is one of the earliest-established mechanical departments in China, and it served as the teaching foundation during then to learn from the Soviet Union in the mechanical field. After the development for more than half a century, the department has built a top-notch research and teaching team, making great progress in various aspects ranging from teaching and research to technology. The department was approved to set up the doctoral degree program of mechanics in 1984.Two courses, mechanical theory and mechanical design, were rated as Excellent Courses in HIT in 1991, and passed the evaluation again in 2000. Besides, the two groups were voted as Excellent Teaching Group in Heilongjiang Province, and also rated as the Advanced Labs. The awards laid a solid foundation for the development of the department. In 1998 the teaching groups of mechanisms and machine design combined together and formed a new teaching group, named Teaching Group of mechanical design. The experimental center of mechanics was then established by the teaching groups, which obtained final support from the World Bank. The experimental center of mechanics passed the “Shuangji” evaluation proposed by the Education Department of Heilongjiang Province. The teaching group of mechanical design was promoted as a department in October 2002, named Department of Mechanical Design. The new department still teaches fundamental courses of mechanical engineering.

Since 1997 the department has published 18 paper textbooks and 4 electronic textbook in 4 publishing houses. From 1997 to 2003, the department undertook more than 20 teaching programs, including programs of national level. Since 1997, the department has published more than 80 high-quality papers about teaching. From 1997 to 2003, the department won 19 teaching awards, including a second national prize for teaching, a first prize for the textbook at the national level, 6 first prizes for teaching at the provincial level and 10 teaching prizes at the university level.

The discipline of mechanical design and theory has built a strong and sound teaching team, with outstanding research and adequate funding, which is advancing towards excellence. Since 2000, owing to the reshaping of the research fields, four outstanding research fields are established, which are non-traditional mechanical transmission system, non-convectional robotics and control, tribology, and mechanical CAD and smart control. Besides, the research direction vibration and noise control is also developing rapidly. Since 1997, the department has undertaken 260 research projects of various types with total research funding 39.78 million RMB and 37.5 thousand EUR, including 36 national projects with total funding of 14.72 million RMB, 1 international collaborating project with funding of 37.5 thousand EUR, 60 provincial projects with funding of 9.33 million RMB, and 163 other projects with funding of 15.71 million RMB. The average research fee is 5.68 million RMB in seven years, while the average research fee is 227.4 thousand RMB for per faculty. Since 1997, the department has won 9 research prizes, obtained 40 patents, registered 2 softwares, and published 4 professional books and 509 research papers. The department has now 39 faculties, among them there are 14 professors, 14 associated professor, 19 faculties with doctoral degree, 13 faculties with master’s degree, and 3 teaching leaders.


Department of Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation

The Department of Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation (DMMA) was formed by the combination of 3 teaching and research sections, including Mechanical Design and Control, Mechanical Manufacturing Process and Automation, Cutting and Control. This department is the main carrier of the discipline of Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation. The discipline is one of the earliest domestic similar subjects, and the first batch of the domestic master degree, doctor degree unit, postdoctoral research station and the first batch of the national key discipline (reaffirmed in 2001). It is also the “211 project” and the “985 project” key construction discipline. DMMA is a teaching and research team with reasonable structure, strong theoretical level and innovation. It has nearly 50 faculty members, which includes nearly 19 professors (or researcher, professor level senior engineers), 16 associate professors (or associate researcher, senior engineers). DMMA has over 700 students, including over 70 doctoral students, 200 graduate students. In recent 5 years, about 110 doctors, about 400 masters and 1000 undergraduate students graduated from the department, and many of them has become renowned scholars and industry elitists.

The practical teaching part undertaken by the department includes Production Practice in Changchun, the Cognition Practice in Harbin, Curriculum Design I and II, Graduation Project, etc.

DMMA is the main unit responsible for the teaching tasks in the School of Mechatronics Engineering (SME). Currently, the main teaching tasks taken by the department include major basic courses, major module courses and major strengthen training courses, which are totally over 40 courses and 20 experimental courses. Besides, the department undertakes practical teaching tasks, which include Production Practice, Cognition Practice, Curriculum Design I and II, Graduation Project, etc. The department also attaches great importance to the graduates’ training, currently undertaking more than 30 courses for doctoral and master students. In recent 5 years, the department has built 1 state-level quality course, 4 provincial quality courses and 6 university-level quality courses. DMMA obtained more than 10 National and Ministerial-level Teaching Achievement Prizes, and published more than 30 teaching papers.

DMMA has 2 “Changjiang Scholar” Professors, 1 recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, 2 provincial teaching masters, 1 “Top 10 popular teachers with students”, 6 recipients of excellent teaching prize, 1 national outstanding teacher, 1 recipient of outstanding young teachers of Ministry of Education, 1 recipient of Trans-Century Talents of Ministry of Education and 1 recipient of New Century Talents of Ministry of Education

Through “211” and “985” discipline construction, the department gradually has the following research directions: Precision and ultra-precision machining and nanotechnology, Non-traditional machining and electromechanical control, Digital manufacturing technology, CNC technology, Process automation and inspection, Modern design theory and application and Advanced machining technology and equipment. In recent 5 years, the department completed over 100 scientific projects with the fund more than 50 million RMB. Until now, there are still more than 50 projects with the fund more than 40 million RMB. These projects contain 973 Program, National Science and Technology Major Project, 863 Program, National Natural Science Foundation Project, National Key Scientific and Engineering Project, Defense Advance Research Program, Trans-Century/new-century Talents Training Program of Ministry of Education, Provincial Key Research Project, etc. In recent 5 years, more than 20 monographs and textbooks have been published. More than 500 high-level academic papers have been published, including nearly 200 papers indexed by SCI and EI.

The department carries out a wide range of international academic exchanges and cooperation with UK, United States, Japan, Germany, France, Russia and other countries by organizing or participating in important international conferences, lectures, inviting foreign experts to give lectures, cooperation research. In recent years, the department organized or co-organized 6 times international conference, 4 times national conference. More than 20 teachers and students went abroad to participate in international conferences, lectures and other international academic exchange activities. More than 20 foreign well-known experts were invited to give lectures in the campus.


Department of Mechatronic Control and Automation

Originated from the Department of Precision Measurement established in 1956, the Department of Mechatronic Control and Automation got its current name after the mergence with the Department of Precision Machinery and the Department of Mechatronic Engineering. It is one of the first departments of its kind established in China, and has the earliest graduate, doctoral specialties and postdoctoral mobile research station. It is also among the first state-level key disciplines of 211 and 985 Projects.

The Department of Mechatronic Control and Automation has a professional teaching staff with 30 members, which includes 11 professors and 11 associate professors. It is responsible for the teaching of undergraduate courses of Mechatronic Engineering. Over the past years, this department has fostered talented students with solid integrated knowledge in mechanical engineering, information technology and automatic control theory. They are educated with a cross-disciplinary knowledge structure including mechanic engineering, electronical engineering, control science and computer science, and have the ability to adapt these knowledges creatively into practice.

Since its establishment, this department has played an essential role in the undergraduate and graduate educations. We are providing over 40 professional courses and seven experimental courses. Besides, the department undertakes practical teaching tasks, which include Production Practice, Cognition Practice, Curriculum Design I and II, Graduation Project, etc. Currently, over 200 students are studying in this department, including about 90 undergraduate students, 80 masters and 30 doctoral students.

This department has become an important base for scientific research and fostering graduate students in Harbin Institute of Technology, and has many longitudinal projects supported by the 863 Project, and the National Natural Science Fund. In recent 5 years, this department has completed 44 scientific projects with the fund more than 2000 million RMB. These projects contain National Natural Science Foundation Project, 863 Project, Defense Advance Research Program. In the recent five years, more than 320 papers have been published, including 132 SCI-indexed papers and 227 EI-indexed papers. In the past 5 years, over 117 national invention patents have been applied and 48 have been authorized. It achieves many achievements, including a 2nd prize in National Science and Technology Progress Award, three 2nd prize in National Defense Science and Technology Progress Awards and a 1st prize in Heilongjiang Province Technological Invention.

The department carries out a wide range of international academic exchanges and cooperation with United States, UK and other countries by organizing or participating in important international conferences and lectures, inviting foreign experts to give lectures and cooperation research.

Department of Fluid Control and Automation

The Department of Fluid Control and Automation (formerly the Institution of Fluid Transmission and Control) in Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) was established in 1955, which is one of the earliest established Fluid Transmission and Control disciplines in China. In 1981, the department was authorized to confer master degrees, in 1983 it obtained the right of conferring doctoral degrees as the first group who obtained the right all over the country, in 1984 the Institution of Fluid Transmission and Control led by aerospace ministry and mechanism ministry was founded, and in 1987 Post-Doctor Working Station was set up. The SMC (HIT) Pneumatic Research  Center was founded by the cooperation and support of Japanese SMC corporation in 1992. In 1998 it was united with the discipline of Mechanical and Electrical Control to be the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Since its establishment, the department has always been in a leading status in the mechanical field.

The Department of Fluid Control and Automation embodies five parts: simulation and experiment research center of electro-hydraulic servo systems, SMC(HIT) Pneumatic research center, hydraulic and pneumatic institution, hydraulic servo research team and hydraulic laboratory. Currently, 25 faculties and staffs are employed in the department; among them there are 5 professors (PhD supervisors), 11 associate professors, 9 lecturers and engineers.

Over the past years, a lot of high-qualified students graduated from the department, among them more than 110 people have obtained Doctor’s degree of Engineering, more than 400 ones have obtained Master’s degree of Engineering. Many graduates of the department are playing important roles in many fields such as administrations of the government, research institutions, universities and companies.

The Department of Fluid Control and Automation has broad research field and good research basis. Recently, on the basis of conventional fluid transmission and control, the department has exploited new research topics and expertise. Especially in recent years, by using the research experience of doing many national defense research projects and the development of “211 project” and “985 project”, good research environment and high-qualified research groups in the simulation experimental equipment of the department has been built up. The department has pioneered a series of research expertise. At present, the major research expertise are as follows: force environment simulation system and strategic technique research, vibration control research, system integration manufacture theory and technique research, virtual reality theory and application, rapid control prototyping technique, hydraulic and pneumatic servo system, hydraulic and pneumatic basic theory and new type of components and control system and electro-rheological fluid and magneto-rheological fluid application research. From 2002 to 2004 there were 6 projects supported by the National Natural Science foundation of China and hundreds of important projects closely linked with the economy development of the country. The sum of project funds amounted RMB 70 million in the last three years. Approximate 300 academic papers were published. 1 national-level award on scientific research and 6 province-ministry-level awards were awarded to the department.

Department of Construction Machinery and Logistics Technology

The history of the Department of Construction Machinery and Logistics Technology can date back to the early year of P. R. China. In 1954, with the help of experts coming from the Soviet Union, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) became the first University in China which has the construction machinery major which was initially named the Architecture and Road Construction major. Then it developed independently after the Department of Civil Engineering of HIT became Harbin University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. After the reform and open-up policy, the Department of the Construction Machinery and Electronics was founded. It had three major which are Mechanical Design, Mechanical Electronic and Industrial Automation. In the following years, it has several names such as Architecture Machinery, Construction Machinery, Crane and Transportation Machinery and Mechanical Design-Manufacture and Its Automation. In the year of 1981, it was firstly authorized to give the Master Degree of Mechanical Design. In 1992, it became the key disciplines by the Ministry of Construction. In 2000, which is the year when Harbin University of Civil Engineering and Architecture merged into HIT, it went back to School of Mechatronic Engineering, HIT and was given an official name, Department of Construction Machinery and Logistics Technology. The first-rate discipline it belongs to is the national key discipline. Now there is a young and vigorous group in the department, which has three professors and doctoral advisor, seven assistant professors and 90 percent of them have doctor degree.

The founder of the discipline, Prof. Dimin Gu which is the graduate student supervised by the expert from the Soviet Union, is the famous domestic specialist in construction crane and transportation machinery and has outstanding accomplishment in the area of crane structure analysis. He is the editor in chief of the first domestic textbook on crane, and presides over the structure design part of national crane design specification and tower crane design specification. Based on this, the second prize of the national science and technology progress was awarded to the group. Besides, the other specialists in the group, such as Rongbo Chen, Qibao Pi, Hesheng Lin, Jingwu Sun, and Shaohua Liu, have devoted their life to the research of construction machinery. The great achievement they proposed has great effect on the development of the industry.

The mainly advantage research area of the Department of Construction Machinery and Logistics Technology is the structural analysis of construction machinery, dynamic analysis of mechanism, stability analysis of machinery structure and nonlinear analysis theory. The department is standing at the top level in theoretical analysis and engineering application. The first domestic textbook on crane was edited by the department. The group also presides over the structure design part of national crane design specification (GB3811) and tower crane design specification (GB/T13752). The experts in the group were chosen by the government, ministry and the province as consultants to perform the authenticating of the serious accidents of crane, editing and revising the technical specifications. Successively host national Eighth. Five, Ninth Five, Eleventh Five and Twelfth Five national key research and science and technology support projects, the major national construction projects and the provincial scientific research projects more than 20 times. The research results are up to international or domestic advanced level. The group won the national second prize of scientific and technological progress, the provincial scientific research and teaching achievement prizes at the more than ten items.

During the recent three years, the group hosts the national science foundation, national “Eleventh Five” key technical support project, major national projects and provincial projects more than ten times and more than twenty projects from the industry. The research funding is more than 10 million Chinese yuan. In conclusion, our group has great achievement in science research, educating students and serving the social.

Department of Media Technology and Art

The Department of New Media Technologies and Arts, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), was established in 2000. It is one of the foremost teaching and research centresfor new media studies in China. Built upon HIT’s engineering-focused background and cutting-edge research facilities and resources, the Department has placed an emphasis on digital technologies and artistic thinking, and is committed to conducting long-term, inter-disciplinary research and working closely with computer science and technology, mechanical engineering, architecture and other disciplines. The Department has gradually developed and deepened its research on digital, information experience space, which is based upon human physical senses and perceptions, and is jointly created by art forms, including music, art, sculpture, theater and film and streams of advanced digital technologies. In this digital, information experience space, the virtual and the reality interact, human and the nature co-exist harmoniously, and the artistic human living ideality is well represented.

With years of experience in inter-disciplinary research and collaborative practice with engineering technologies and in the process of building the digital experience space, this Department has established an integrated system of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. This system sees digital virtual arts as its core, and is formed by four major components, including art, music, digital video production, and network and computer technology. The system aims to cultivate high-level, multi-skilled talent who are specialized in computer arts, and have artistic creativity and imagination as well as technical and engineer quality of precision.

Scientific research system: Currently, the Department manages a number of laboratories and research units, including the Research Laboratory of Network and Digital Media Design, Research Office of Integrated Media Interface, Research Office of Engineering Aesthetics and Environmental Simulation, Research Office of Digital Films and Spatial Interactive Narration, as well as a New Media Technology and Art Experimental Center.

The New Media Technology and Art Experimental Center has nine professional technology laboratories, including photography and lighting studio, recording engineering lab, non-linear editing and special effects technology lab, 3D animation lab, network and video games lab, interactive virtual art lab, motion capture technology lab, 3D imaging technology lab, and art studio.

In 2007, the Department won the batch of Heilongjiang province new media technology and art experimental center,in the same year,approved by ministry of education for the first batch animation feature professional; In 2009,the Department filing jointly with Heilongjiang cartoon base approved ministry of science and technology characteristics of new media industry base, who preside over the base of the digital media technology innovation center.

Department of Manufacturing Engineering for Aviation and Aerospace

It has been the authority to launch MS.D and Ph.D program of second-class discipline of Aeronautics and Astronautics Manufacturing Engineering (AAME) from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in 1983 and 2001, respectively. Until now, AAME discipline possesses a key discipline laboratory for national defense for Aerospace Mechanism and Control Technology and a national innovation engineering base for Equipment Design & Manufacture Science and Technology. Furthermore, AAME was approved for key disciplines in Heilongjiang Province in 2007, and it hold advanced conditions of teaching and scientific research and International communication platform.

Because of the implementation of scientific and technological plan and national key projects of Large Aircraft, Manned Space and Lunar Exploration Project in China, it leads to the demand of AAME professionals. HIT re-organized the Dep. Of AAME in 2008, which strengthen the construction of AAME discipline, and AMME discipline ranked fourth in subject evaluation of Ministry of Education (2012).

Our community has a teaching scientific research strength of the teacher staffs whose knowledge and age structure is reasonable, it includes 18 professors ( including 2 part-time professors,1 overseas consultant professor, 2 distinguished professors, 1 national youth science and technology innovation leader), 8 associate professors and 7 lecturers.

Dep. Of AAME has excellent experimental conditions for teaching and scientific research. Professional teachers pay much attentions to curriculum system construction, teaching experimental condition construction and education reform. They emphasize on cultivating the practical ability and innovation consciousness of students. In recent 5 years, many teaching achievements have been achieved, including 2 second prizes in National Excellent Teaching Achievement (NETA), 1 first prize and 1 second prize in Provincial Excellent Teaching Achievement (PETA) .

Dep. Of AAME pays attention to base and basic applied study. Based on requirement of national defense, aerospace serves, and some basic, frontier and exploratory researches were actively and deeply implemented. Currently, it has formed a research system featuring the aerospace mechanism and control, ultra-precision & special processing and infrared nondestructive testing. The research area is closely combined with national advanced manufacturing and space development program. Dep. Of AAME has been responsible for a series of national important science and technology projects, including Lunar Exploration Project II and III, ShenGuang project and so on. Our research and teaching range from aerospace mechanism and control, to highly efficiency precision manufacturing technology, to aerospace robot,to aerospace special processing technology, to ground simulation and testing technology. During 2012 and 2014, Dep. Of AAME undertakes more than 50 national scientific research projects and scientific research funds accumulates up to 180 million RMB. It has published more than 200 SCI/EI papers and has been authorized 18 national invention patents. It achieves many achievements, including 1 second prize in National Award for Technological Invention, 1 first prize in the Ministry of Education Technology Invention, 1 first prize in Heilongjiang Province Technological invention and 1 second prize in Heilongjiang Province Natural Science.

With respect to international academic exchanges and cooperation, Dep. Of AAME carries out a wide range of international academic exchanges and cooperation with Britain, USA, Japan, Germany, Canada, Russia by organizing or participating in important international conferences, oral presentation and inviting foreign experts to give lectures, cooperative research and so on. So, You're invited to learn more about our research labs and our faculty.


Department of Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering (IE) department built in 2003, is affiliated to School of Mechatronics Engineering in Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). After more than ten years of development, IE department builds a teaching and research team with a steady and reasonable structure, as well as comprehensive quality. It has 18 full-time faculties which include 4 professors, 9 associate professors (including the same level of professional titles) and 5 lectures.

The department inherits the excellent tradition of “Strict Standard and Sufficient Effort” in educational philosophy and specialty construction, and combines with the “Defense, Aerospace and Engineering” characteristics of HIT, aiming to cultivate students who master the basic theory and methodology of industrial engineering and professional knowledge of mechanical engineering.

Multi-channel, multi-level and comprehensive international cooperation and exchanges have been actively carried out. IE department has built well relationship with several fantabulous universities such as University of California Berkeley, University of British Columbia, University of Cincinnati, and Purdue University by the Joint-training Ph.D. program. Three foreign graduate students from Russia, Kazakhstan and Algeria have been recruited and trained.

Main courses: Introduction to industrial engineering, Operations research, Production planning and control, Project management, Ergonomics, Financial management, Engineering economics, Computer network, Database system and application, Advanced manufacturing system, Enterprise resource planning, Facilities planning and logistics management, Quality management, Supply chain management, Mechanical design basis, Fundamentals of mechanical manufacturing technology, Mechanical engineering materials, etc.

Research areas:

a. Workshop management technology in CPS environment

b. Network collaborative manufacturing and project management in large scientific engineering projects

c. dProduct reliability assessment and wear compensation technology

d. Supply chain management

e. Equipment reliability prediction

f. Human factors engineering


Department of Industrial Design

Department of Industrial Design in Harbin Institute of Technology is part of the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, began undergraduate enrollment in 2000. There are eight full-time teachers, including a professor and doctoral tutor,3 associate professors and master tutors, and 4 lecturers. Department of Industrial Design became Design Master level subjects and began to recruit graduate students in 2011, and ranked thirteenth in the Ministry of Education discipline level competitions in 2012.

Department of Industrial Design relys on strong teaching and research strength of HIT Electrical and Mechanical department, aiming to train good Industrial Designers who have characteristics of mechanical and electrical products, service in equipment manufacturing, and bend thereself to robotics, aerospace and other aspects. The main research direction is electromechanical product appearance design, human-computer interaction and virtual product technology, large complex digital product design methods, man-machine interface and the confined space operating environment Product auditory sensitivity, and so on. There are two professional laboratories, product model and prototype production and ergonomics and psychology. In 2007, Harbin Industrial University Industrial Design Department approved of being the establishment of industrial design graduate innovation training base in Heilongjiang Provincial Education Commission. 

Harbin Institute of Technology Department of Industrial Design is extremely focused on international exchanges and cooperation, and established teaching, research and cooperative partnership with Brunell University, Nordingham Trent, Illinois Institute of Technology, Japan Chiba Institute of Technology. It’s a good platform for International exchanges of teachers and students of Industrial Design HIT.

Department of Engineering Graphics

Department of Engineering Graphics (EG) belongs to the School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of technology. EG is a teaching organization that provides public basic courses to the students of engineering and engineering management specialties. There are 20 full-time teachers, including 2 professors, 12 associate professors and 6 lecturers. 55% of the faculty has Ph.D. degree and 3 of them are Master instructors. EG has been serving as the director and secretary general of Heilongjiang Graphics Society for long.

Currently, EG offers undergraduates engineering graphics courses such as Descriptive Geometry and Mechanical Drawings, Engineering Drawings Base, Computer Drawing (AutoCAD and SolidWorks), Civil Engineering Drawing, Descriptive Geometry, Shadow and Perspective, Advanced Mapping Technology and 3D Product Information Modeling, and Reverse Design of Industrial Product.

Engineering graphics courses have always been the main courses of the school and college. Engineering Graphics was elected as one of the 18 excellent courses in the first outstanding course selection in 2000, and was named Heilongjiang Province Quality Course in 2006. One professor of EG was engaged as a member of Engineering Graphics Teaching Committee of national Ministry of Education. Supported by school and college, the construction of EG teaching base has considerably developed during recent years. EG operates 6 computer graphics lab rooms which can accommodate up to 400 students to perform computer experiment simultaneously, 20 special drawing, rooms which can accommodate 700 people to study, and two learning observation rooms equipped with sound, electricity, light and shadow integration platforms for accommodating 40 students to improve perceptual cognition.

Driven by the National Education Program of Outstanding Engineers and the HIT’s Education program of Gifted Students, EG offers bilingual engineering graphics courses for these classes. To meet the requirements of the international development of school, EG provides English teaching courses to foreign students. In addition, EG developed online self-learning system of engineering graphics courses for the entire school students.

Faculty of EG dedicated to teaching reform and innovation, and has received a number of provincial teaching achievement awards and school teaching achievement awards. More than twenty textbooks have been published and reprinted. Since 2009, EG has established mechanical teams of HIT to participate the National College Student Advanced Mapping & Product Information Modeling Innovation Contest, of which EG is a sponsor. HIT delegations won group first prizes and many individual first prizes in the competitions. Started from 2013, EG formed civil engineering team to participate in that national contests. And in these two years, HIT delegations won group first prizes and many individual first prizes.