Research Institutes

The Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Engineering


Our responsibilities

The institute was founded in 2013. Our major responsibilities are as follows:

1. Research, development and application of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis and treatment equipment.

2. Quantitative analysis and standardization of acupuncture manipulation parameters.

3. Research on TCM information processing and visualization technology.

4. Research on standardization of TCM diagnosis and treatment equipment.

5. Research and application of medical image processing and pattern recognition.

6. Medical intelligent testing and wearable medical instruments.

7. Big data mining in TCM engineering and medicine.

Our achievements

Since its establishment, the Institute of TCM Engineering has achieved steady progress in scientific research through all its members’ efforts and continued enhancement of scientific and technological innovation capabilities. We’ve completed outstanding achievements in scientific research projects, talent training, platform construction, and achievement transformation, widely recognized by the society. We have been rewarded 9 academic awards and honorary titles of various levels, including Science and Technology Progress Award of Ministry of Education  (second prize), Education Pioneer of Shanghai Education Union, Shanghai Excellent Invention Gold Award, National Virtual Simulation Experiment Teaching Project of Ministry of Education, Shanghai Virtual Simulation Experiment Teaching, National Science and Technology Advancement of Ministry of Education (second prize), Excellent Teaching Team of Shanghai University of TCM, Pudong New Area Science and Technology Award (second prize), Excellent Organization Award of the Biomedical Engineering Conference, and President Award of Shanghai University of TCM.

We have more than 20 national-level scientific research projects and achieved leading domestic research results in major frontier fields such as the research, development and application of intelligent rehabilitation equipment for TCM, quantitative analysis of acupuncture manipulation parameters, and research on standardization of TCM.Among them, there are 3 projects of the National Key R&D Plan, with a total funding of 35,780,000 RMB; 4 projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, including 1 general project and 3 youth science projects, with a total funding of 1,530,000 RMB; 3 key projects of the National Science and Technology Support Plan, with a total funding of 133,500,000 RMB; 1 “1226” Engineering Technology Special Project with a total funding of 900,000 RMB; 1 item of the 63rd batch of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation General Program (first-class funding) with a total funding of 80,000 RMB.

The number of high-level papers published by teachers and students at the Institute of TCM Engineering has been increasing year by year. A total of 46 papers in SCI, SSCI and Chinese core journals have been published. The highest impact factor of a single paper is 12.831 (Biotechnology advances). The main research directions and contents include quantitative analysis of acupuncture manipulations parameters, clinical efficacy verification and mechanism research of TCM acupuncture, research and development and standardization of TCM diagnosis and treatment equipment, quantitative research of electroacupuncture parameters, etc.Among them, The Biophysical Properties of Moxibustion (Chinese Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 2009, 29 (11): 897-899) won the FRONTRUNNER 5000 (F5000) Certificate of Top Articles in Outstanding S&T Journals of China. The article was cited by domestic and foreign journals nearly 687 times (data as of July 2020). The institute has published more than 20 national authorized patents and more than 10 software copyrights. We have successively formulated the ISO international standard Infrared Moxibustion-like Instrument (ISO 20493), the group standard of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies Auricular Point Detector Standard and the National Standards Committee Acupuncture Technical Operation Specification Part 11: Electroacupuncture (GB/T 21709.11-2009) and other domestic and foreign standards. We are currently continuing to promote various standardization works.At the same time, we also published development reports, internal references, and industry guides such as Biomedical Engineering Discipline Development Report (2014-2015), Biomedical Engineering Discipline Development Roadmap, and Frontier of Medical Device Technology, etc.

We have successively edited Biomechanics (the textbook of the 12th Five-Year Plan of the Ministry of Health), Basic Medical Physics (the textbook of the 12th Five-Year Plan of the National TCM Industry Higher Education), and Acupuncture and Moxibustion Equipment (the innovative textbook of the 13th Five-Year Plan of the National TCM Industry Higher Education) and other textbooks, and published 2 monographs, Bian stone Techniques and Evidence-Based Acupuncture.

Professor Yang Huayuan, director of the Institute of TCM Engineering, is currently the chairman of the TCM Engineering Branch of the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering; chairman of the Acupuncture Equipment Professional Committee of the Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Society; deputy chairman of the Chinese Medicine Medical Equipment Professional Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine; vice chairman of the Professional Committee for the Application and Evaluation of Appropriate Techniques in TCM of World Federation of Chinese Medicine; vice chairman of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Decoction Machine Professional Committee; vice chairman of Shanghai Traditional Medical Engineering Association; member of Shanghai Professional Standardization Technical Committee; editorial board member of Chinese Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion etc. Associate Professor Liu Tangyi is the deputy chairman of the TCM Engineering Branch of the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering, and he is also the deputy chairman of the Acupuncture Equipment Professional Committee of the Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Society. Professor Gao Ming is the vice chairman of the Acupuncture Equipment Professional Committee of the Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Society and the standing director of the Chinese Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Equipment Professional Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. At the same time, 4 members of our institute have become registered experts in different working groups of the International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee of TCM (ISO/TC 249). In addition, many young teachers in the team also serve as standing committee members and youth committee members in many societies.

Our ongoing activities

1. Promote the development of TCM engineering discipline with major national scientific research projects, and gradually form a team with transforming ideas and R&D capabilities, laying a solid foundation for the development of TCM engineering discipline.

2. Strengthen the horizontal scientific research project cooperation with enterprises, accelerate the transformation of scientific research results, make full use of the advantages of Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone, formulate, and improve cooperation plans for industry-university research, and strive to establish close industry-university-research alliances with 2-3 large enterprises.

3. Further integrate and coordinate multi-party resources to carry out exchanges and cooperation with Shanghai Supercomputing Center, Harvard Medical School, Shanghai University, and other units. Continue to cooperate with Taizhou China Medical City, break resource barriers, and transform the results in the industrial bases to achieve the goals of production practice and industrial innovation.

4. Deepen international cooperation in the standardization of TCM products, apply for ISO standards for TCM medical equipment, strengthen the use of scientific and technological innovation as the driving force, promote the integration of scientific and technological research and development, standard research, and industrial development, and improve the technical level of TCM product standards.

5. Actively promote the establishment of a biomedical engineering alliance within the TCM hospitals and universities, open cooperation channels between major TCM hospitals and universities, and promote the joint construction and sharing of advantageous projects and practice bases between TCM hospitals and universities.

6. Actively implement the three-year action plan for the inheritance, innovation, and development of TCM in Shanghai, and carry out common technology integration of exemplary Internet Chinese medicine hospitals and the construction of exemplary Chinese medicine AI scene projects; combining 5G network and artificial intelligence and other technologies to target chronic diseases, the elderly, etc. Carry out TCM health management services and demonstration applications for key populations, build smart homes and smart health communities covering wearable smart terminals, home health terminals, build application scenarios of TCM health service robots and other equipment with 5G communication technology, and develop 5G+ artificial intelligence mobile medical demonstration application of TCM health management service.

Our staff

The institute has 17 researchers, including 1 permanent professor, 1 chief professor, 2 distinguished professors, 2 visiting professors (1 from Tsinghua University and 1 from Shanghai Jiaotong University), and 2 part-time professors (1from Xi'an Jiaotong University and 1 from Shanghai Supercomputing Center). Regarding educational background, 12 has PhD degree (67%), 11 have senior titles (64%).

Contact Us

Telephone: 021-51328424


Address: No. 1200 Cailun road, Shanghai