Yan Yang

Yan Yang Professor

He graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department, Beijing Polytechnic University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Later he served as an engineer at Beijing Light Automobile Company for four years from 1982, then got transferred to the Department of Industrial Design, the Central Academy of Arts and Design in 1986 to teach engineering and design courses such as Principle of Mechanics, Perspective, Computer Aided Design, Ergonomics, Product Design and Transportation Design. In 1993, he went to Paris to Study Design Education at École Nationale Supérieure Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. In 1995, he went to Denmark to study Computer Aided Design at Århus Archtecture Academy at Århus.

In 1993 he was appointed associate professor of Central Academy of Art and Craft. In 2003, he was appointed professor of Tsinghua University. From 2000 to 2002, he was deputy dean of Department of Industry Design. From 2002 to April 2006, he was Dean of the Department of Industrial Design. Since 2004, he has been Deputy Director of Design Division of Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University.

Main part-time academic titles include: Secretary-General of Industrial Design Arts Council of China Artists Association since 2003; Director of China Industrial Design Association since 2002; Head of Color Institute, Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University since 2010; Expert for Reviewing the State Overseas' Study Scholarship since 2010.

Research Interests:

Transportation and Vehicle Research Based on Sustainable and Aging Society


Academic Propositions:

Aging process of China is the fastest in the world. The proportion of elderly population aged 65 and above in the total population increased from 5.57% in 1990 to 12.8% in 2010. China's population has entered into aging stage. Report of "Century Forecast for China's Aging Trend" issued by National Committee on Aging in 2009 reported that by 2020 China's aging population will reach 355 million, 24% of the total population. By the middle of the century the aging population over 65 years old will be 437,000,000, more than 30% of the population of China. China will face the hardest time in economic and social development.

Independence, optimism and sense of happiness of aging people are affected vitally by mobility. Transportation system and facilities in most cities of China are unqualified according to basic universal design standard. Old people often have troubles when they try to go out in cities. Considering that China is becoming an aging country in ten years, Chinese old people will go out more frequently in future, therefore it is necessary and urgent to design better transportation system and vehicles for aging society.

In recent years, aging research have gradually emerged in China, but most of them remain in the sociological level and have not extended to the level of basic necessities. As a researcher committed to industrial design, Prof. Yan firmly believes that design thinking can greatly improve the hardware environment and social facilities to alleviate the social problems caused by aging.


Academic Achievements:

In the early years, he helped enterprises for product design and development. Since 1999, he has been dedicated to helping enterprises to establish a mechanism for industrial design. He has been involved in the establishment of mechanisms of industrial design of Hisense Group and undertaken development of some products. He has presided over many research projects including "Selection System of Hisense Advanced Styling Design", "2006 Color Prediction of ‘Maxima’ Auto Inner Room" (Cooperative Research with Korean Central University), " Systems Design of Recognition of Visual Information for Beijing Road Public Transportation " (Beijing Science and Technology Commission Project) , "LG Mobile Phone User Interface For the Chinese Market"( Cooperative Research with Korea Kaist University) ,etc. His major works include "Ergonomics in Product Design" (Wang Guosheng), "Introduction to Automotive Design" (co-authored with Liu Zhiguo, Gao Huayun). Since 2002, he has been in charge of development and teaching of the major of vehicle styling design of Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University. In the past 5 years, graduates of this major have been widely welcomed by the auto companies at home and abroad for their high professional quality. In August 2006, "Teaching Mode and Curricular System of Vehicle Design Major" won first prize for teaching achievements of Tsinghua University. From 2006 to 2010 years in a row, he has cooperated in scientific research with Johnson Controls, Hyundai Motor and Nissan Motor Co. and other world-class auto companies, and has achieved research fruits in auto inner room design, exterior design and styling trends in electric vehicles. Currently, he is working with the China Association for Science, Guangdong Province, as well as some domestic and foreign enterprises for research in electric vehicles and vehicles for the elderly.

“Electrical Vehicle for Chinese Citizen in 2020”;NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. Japan;2009.8~2010.1

“Hyundai Motors Design Proposal for Future China Market”;Next Generation Vehicle CO., LTD.,Hyundai Motor,Korea;2008.9~2009.7

“The Concept Proposal of Vehicle Interior for 2020 Chinese Market”;Johnson Controls CO., LTD.,USA;2007.8~2008.5

“Multi-Tiered Transportation Systems and Sustainable Development of Metro- Transportation”; China Association for Science and Technology; 2010


Academic Teaching:

From 2006, he has undertaken a total of 924 hours of undergraduate courses, more than 600 hours of postgraduate courses, and has cultivated 15 postgraduates (9 has graduated).

The course names are as follows:

Undergraduate courses:

1)Vehicle Styling Design (1)

2)Vehicle Styling Design (2)

3)Vehicle Styling Design (3)

4)Introduction to Vehicle Styling Design

5)New Auto Technology and New Auto Materials

Postgraduate courses:

1)Basic research of the Professional Direction

2)Automobile Styling Design

3)Design Research and Practice (1)

4)Design Research and Practice (2)