Yu Tao holds a Doctor’s degree in Engineering，and is a researcher and doctoral supervisor. He has served as President of Shanghai Polytechnic University since January 2013. In addition, he is currently member of CPPCC Shanghai Committee, Deputy Director of Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports Commission of CPPCC Shanghai Committee, and member of IFIP/TC5.
He has successively served as Deputy Director of Shanghai Key Laboratory of Mechanical Automation and Robotics, Research Office Director, Deputy Secretary General, Assistant President and Deputy Party Secretary of Shanghai University, and Vice President of Shanghai Association for Science and Technology.
His major research fields are mechatronics technology and computer integrated manufacturing system (CIMS). He has presided over and completed more than 20 national, Shanghai, and enterprise-commissioned scientific research projects, and also accomplished more than 100 academic papers, more than 30 of which have been retrieved by SCI and EI. In addition, he has obtained two national patents for invention and a couple of patents for utility models as well as three software copyrights. He has been awarded the title of “Outstanding Researcher” for CIMS of National 863 Program and won a couple of Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Progress Awards.