Prof XiaoQi Chen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury. He graduated from South China University of Technology with BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. He was a recipient of China-UK Technical Co-Operation Award for his MSc study in Materials Technology, Brunel University (1985 – 1986); and PhD study in Electrical Engineering, the University of Liverpool (1986 – 1989). Prof Chen was Senior Research Assistant at Durham University (1989 – 1990), Research Fellow at Brunel University (1990-1992), and Research Fellow, Research Scientist and Senior Scientist at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (1992-2006). In 1999, he led a research team that won the prestigious “Singapore National Technology Award”. Prof Chen has also been adjunct staff at National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University from 1998 to 2006. Prof Chen joined the University of Canterbury in 2006, as Director for Mechatronics Engineering (2006 – 2011). Prof Chen was the founding Chair of IEEE Robotics and Automation New Zealand Chapter, and the founding President for New Zealand – China Society of Science and Technology (South Island). He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Control and Intelligent Systems, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. Prof Chen’s research interests cover bio-mechatronics, mobile robotics, assistive device and technology. He has authored and co-authored over 200 referred publications, and edited two books; and is inventor of 6 patents. His patented technology on wall climbing robot led to a spin-off company Invert Robotics Limited that won 2012 New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation Start-Up Award.