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Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen

Associate Professor

School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Biological Control Systems, Nonlinear Systems and Control, Robotics, Complex Network Dynamics, Flock/Swarm Control 


Qualifications

  • PhD, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Keywords

  • Biological Control
  • Electronics
  • Machines and Sensors
  • Nonlinear Systems
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Systems and Control

Languages

  • Cantonese (Fluent)
  • Mandarin (Fluent)
  • Chinese, nec (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 20
090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation 65
091099 Manufacturing Engineering not elsewhere classified 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2005 - 1/08/2006 Research Associate University of Virginia
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
United States
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Chen Z, Huang J, Stabilization and Regulation of Nonlinear Systems, Springer, Switzerland, 356 (2015)

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global output regulation with uncertain exosystems', Three Decades of Progress in Control Sciences, Springer Science & Business Media, Berlin Heidelberg (2010)
2005 Chen Z, 'Robust input-to-state stability and small gain theorem for nonlinear systems containing time-varying uncertainty', Advanced Robust and Adaptive Control -Theory and Applications, Springer, Berlin, Germany (2005) [B1]

Journal article (52 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, Zhu L, 'Feedback Control for Natural Oscillations of Locomotion Systems Under Continuous Interactions With Environment', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, 23 1279-1291 (2015)
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2014.2363432
2015 Chen Z, Fan M-C, Zhang H-T, 'How Much Control is Enough for Network Connectivity Preservation and Collision Avoidance?', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CYBERNETICS, 45 1647-1656 (2015)
DOI 10.1109/TCYB.2014.2357838
2015 Meng H-F, Kang Y, Chen Z, Zhao Y-B, Liu G-P, 'Stability analysis and stabilization of a class of cutting systems with chatter suppression', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 20 991-996 (2015)

In this paper, a new method for stability analysis of a single degree of freedom (SDOF) cutting system with sinusoidal spindle speed variation (SSSV) is proposed. Based on the app... [more]

In this paper, a new method for stability analysis of a single degree of freedom (SDOF) cutting system with sinusoidal spindle speed variation (SSSV) is proposed. Based on the approximately periodic property of the time delay in the turning process and the delay decomposition method, novel criteria of stability analysis for an SDOF cutting system are presented. Moreover, a state feedback controller is designed to stabilize the system and improve the steady-state response. Numerical simulation shows the effectiveness of the method.

DOI 10.1109/TMECH.2014.2319825
2015 Chen Z, 'A novel adaptive control approach for nonlinearly parameterized systems', International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, 29 81-98 (2015)

Nonlinearly parameterized systems are commonly encountered in control of practical systems. However, the conventional adaptive estimation and control strategies, based on the esse... [more]

Nonlinearly parameterized systems are commonly encountered in control of practical systems. However, the conventional adaptive estimation and control strategies, based on the essential assumption of linear parameterization, are incapable of dealing with this class of systems. This incapability in turn becomes a bottleneck for prevalent applications of adaptive control. In literature, there have been some attempts to break through this bottleneck by investigating the characteristics of nonlinearities. However, it is still open for an implementable strategy that is powerful for nonlinearly parameterized systems as the certainty equivalence principle for linearly parameterized systems. This paper aims to contribute an attempt to this open problem by proposing a novel adaptive control approach. On the one hand, the controller is conceptually simple, and it does not explicitly rely on the expression of system nonlinearities. On the other hand, the controller is able to achieve system stability and parameter convergence.

DOI 10.1002/acs.2462
2014 Chen Z, 'Pattern Synchronization of Nonlinear Heterogeneous Multiagent Networks With Jointly Connected Topologies', IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 1 349-359 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCNS.2014.2357551
Citations Scopus - 6
2014 Zhang H-T, Chen Z, Vicsek T, Feng G, Sun L, Su R, Zhou T, 'Route-dependent switch between hierarchical and egalitarian strategies in pigeon flocks', Scientific Reports, 4 (2014) [C1]

The mechanisms that underlie fascinating inter-individual interactions among animal groups have attracted increasing attention from biologists, physicists, and system scientists. ... [more]

The mechanisms that underlie fascinating inter-individual interactions among animal groups have attracted increasing attention from biologists, physicists, and system scientists. There are two well-known types of interaction patterns: hierarchical and egalitarian. In the former type, individuals follow their leaders, whereas they follow their neighbors in the latter. Using high-resolution spatiotemporal data derived from the free flights of a flock of pigeons, we show that pigeon flocks actually adopt a mode that switches between the two aforementioned strategies. To determine its flight direction, each pigeon tends to follow the average of its neighbors while moving along a smooth trajectory, whereas it switches to follow its leaders when sudden turns or zigzags occur. By contrast, when deciding how fast to fly, each pigeon synthesizes the average velocity of its neighbors. This switching mechanism is promising for possible industrial applications in multi-robot system coordination, unmanned vehicle formation control, and other areas.

DOI 10.1038/srep05805
2014 Colaneri P, Middleton RH, Chen Z, Caporale D, Blanchini F, 'Convexity of the cost functional in an optimal control problem for a class of positive switched systems', AUTOMATICA, 50 1227-1234 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2014.02.025
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Richard Middleton
2014 Zhu L, Chen Z, 'Robust homogenization and consensus of nonlinear multi-agent systems', Systems and Control Letters, 65 50-55 (2014) [C1]

In this paper, we consider consensus of a group of heterogeneous agents with nonlinear dynamics in the presence of system uncertainties. It requires that all agent states reach an... [more]

In this paper, we consider consensus of a group of heterogeneous agents with nonlinear dynamics in the presence of system uncertainties. It requires that all agent states reach an agreement which is governed by specified reference dynamics. However, the reference dynamics do not generate a specific reference trajectory for feedback regulation for any agent. For this purpose, the proposed controller integrates two fundamental actions, homogenization and consensus, concurrently. On one hand, it asymptotically regulates each individual (heterogeneous, nonlinear, and uncertain) agent dynamics to the common reference dynamics using a robust homogenization technique; on the other hand, it aligns agent trajectories, asymptotically governed by the common reference dynamics, to consensus through network cooperation. The effectiveness of the controller is verified in the rigorous proof and numerical simulation. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.sysconle.2013.12.007
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3
2014 Zhu L, Chen Z, 'Erratum: Robust homogenization and consensus of nonlinear multi-agent systems (Systems and Control Letters (2014) 65 (50-55))', Systems and Control Letters, 67 71-71 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.sysconle.2014.02.006
2014 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Attitude tracking of rigid spacecraft subject to disturbances of unknown frequencies', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBUST AND NONLINEAR CONTROL, 24 2231-2242 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/rnc.2983
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 3
2014 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, Zhang X, Ding H, 'Adaptive Active Chatter Control in Milling Processes', Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 136 021007-1-021007-7 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1115/1.4025694
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2014 Chen Z, Fujioka H, 'Performance Analysis of Nonlinear Sampled-Data Emulated Controllers', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 59 2778-2783 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2014.2312854
2014 Fan M-C, Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Semi-Global Consensus of Nonlinear Second-Order Multi-Agent Systems With Measurement Output Feedback', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 59 2222-2227 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2014.2299351
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2014 Zhu L, Chen Z, 'Robust homogenization and consensus of nonlinear multi-agent systems (vol 65, pg 50, 2014)', SYSTEMS & CONTROL LETTERS, 67 71-71 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.sysconle.2014.02.006
2014 Chen Z, Zhang HT, Fan MC, Wang D, Li D, 'Algorithms and Experiments on Flocking of Multiagents in a Bounded Space', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 22 1544-1549 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2013.2279166
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5
2014 Islam MN, Chen Z, 'Natural gaits for multilink mechanical systems', IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 30 765-771 (2014) [C1]

Typical animal locomotion is achieved by the rhythmical undulation of its body segments while interacting with its environment. It inspires the mechanical design of multilink loco... [more]

Typical animal locomotion is achieved by the rhythmical undulation of its body segments while interacting with its environment. It inspires the mechanical design of multilink locomotors. With different postures, a multilink system may present different locomotion gaits. Recently, a so-called natural oscillation gait was studied for multilink systems, and a class of biologically inspired controllers was designed for the achievement of the gait. In this paper, the theoretical design is experimentally applied on a mechanical multilink testbed of two posture configurations in rayfish-like flapping-wing motion and snake-like serpentine motion. The effectiveness of the design is cross examined by theoretical analysis, numerical simulation, and experiments. © 2004-2012 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/TRO.2014.2298926
2014 Zhang H-T, Chen Z, 'Consensus acceleration in a class of predictive networks', IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 25 1921-1927 (2014) [C1]

A fastest consensus problem of topology fixed networks has been formulated as an optimal linear iteration problem and efficiently solved in the literature. Considering a kind of p... [more]

A fastest consensus problem of topology fixed networks has been formulated as an optimal linear iteration problem and efficiently solved in the literature. Considering a kind of predictive mechanism, we show that the consensus evolution can be further accelerated while physically maintaining the network topology. The underlying mechanism is that an effective prediction is able to induce a network with a virtually denser topology. With this topology, an even faster consensus is expected to occur. The result is motivated by the predictive mechanism widely existing in natural systems.

DOI 10.1109/TNNLS.2013.2294674
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2013 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'A remark on collective circular motion of heterogeneous multi-agents', Automatica, 49 1236-1241 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2013.01.017
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 10
2013 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, Zhu L, 'Neural control for coordinated natural oscillation patterns', Systems and Control Letters, 62 693-698 (2013) [C1]

We consider linear mechanical systems with asymmetric stiffness matrices. The class of systems captures essential body dynamics of animal/robotic locomotion. In particular, rhythm... [more]

We consider linear mechanical systems with asymmetric stiffness matrices. The class of systems captures essential body dynamics of animal/robotic locomotion. In particular, rhythmic body movements similar to those observed in animals can be found as a properly defined natural oscillation of the linear system. The objective is to design a nonlinear feedback controller that achieves the natural oscillation as a stable limit cycle for the closed-loop system. The controller structure we employ is inspired by neuronal circuits for animal locomotion. We translate the design requirement into a multivariable harmonic balance condition, and provide characterizations of neural controllers satisfying the condition. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.sysconle.2013.05.002
2013 Chen Z, 'A novel adaptive control approach for nonlinearly parameterized systems', International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, (2013)

Nonlinearly parameterized systems are commonly encountered in control of practical systems. However, the conventional adaptive estimation and control strategies, based on the esse... [more]

Nonlinearly parameterized systems are commonly encountered in control of practical systems. However, the conventional adaptive estimation and control strategies, based on the essential assumption of linear parameterization, are incapable of dealing with this class of systems. This incapability in turn becomes a bottleneck for prevalent applications of adaptive control. In literature, there have been some attempts to break through this bottleneck by investigating the characteristics of nonlinearities. However, it is still open for an implementable strategy that is powerful for nonlinearly parameterized systems as the certainty equivalence principle for linearly parameterized systems. This paper aims to contribute an attempt to this open problem by proposing a novel adaptive control approach. On the one hand, the controller is conceptually simple, and it does not explicitly rely on the expression of system nonlinearities. On the other hand, the controller is able to achieve system stability and parameter convergence. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/acs.2462
2013 Zhang H-T, Chen Z, Yan L, Yu W, 'Applications of collective circular motion control to multirobot systems', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 21 1416-1422 (2013) [C1]

Collective circular motion is common in both natural systems and engineering applications. Recent theoretical research has intensively studied the fundamental control mechanism. T... [more]

Collective circular motion is common in both natural systems and engineering applications. Recent theoretical research has intensively studied the fundamental control mechanism. This brief aims to pave the way from theoretical design to practical implementation by addressing a set of issues encountered in real applications. As a result, a practically effective control algorithm is successfully implemented and examined for a multirobot system to achieve a desired circular formation. © 1993-2012 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/TCST.2012.2200679
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
2013 Zhu L, Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Oscillation, orientation, and locomotion of underactuated multilink mechanical systems', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 21 1537-1548 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/tcst.2012.2213089
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2013 Peng Z, Wang D, Chen Z, Hu X, Lan W, 'Adaptive dynamic surface control for formations of autonomous surface vehicles with uncertain dynamics', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 21 513-520 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TCST.2011.2181513
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 25
2013 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Analysis of Joint Connectivity Condition for Multiagents With Boundary Constraints', IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 43 437-444 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TSMCB.2012.2208952
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 5
2012 Islam MN, Chen Z, 'Natural oscillation control of prototype mechanical rectifiers', IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 20 1559-1566 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Salton AT, Chen Z, Fu M, 'Improved control design methods for proximate time-optimal servomechanisms', IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 17 1049-1058 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2011 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'No-beacon collective circular motion of jointly connected multi-agents', Automatica, 47 1929-1937 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2011.03.012
Citations Scopus - 45Web of Science - 34
2011 Zhang H-T, Zhai C, Chen Z, 'A general alignment repulsion algorithm for flocking of multi-agent systems', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 56 430-435 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/tac.2010.2089652
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 37
2011 Liu L, Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global disturbance rejection of lower triangular systems with an unknown linear exosystem', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 56 1690-1695 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12
2011 Salton AT, Chen Z, Zheng J, Fu M, 'Preview control of dual-stage actuator systems for superfast transition time', IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 16 758-763 (2011) [C2]
DOI 10.1109/TMECH.2010.2053851
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2010 Chen Z, 'On observability of nonlinear steady-state generators', Automatica, 46 1712-1718 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2010.06.028
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2010 Zhang H-T, Chen MZQ, Chen Z, 'Nonlinear laguerre-volterra observer-controller and its application to process control', International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 20 412-423 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/rnc.1435
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2009 Liu L, Chen Z, Huang J, 'Parameter convergence and minimal internal model with an adaptive output regulation problem', Automatica, 45 1306-1311 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2009.01.003
Citations Scopus - 49Web of Science - 29
2009 Chen Z, 'Global stabilization of nonlinear cascaded systems with a Lyapunov function in superposition form', Automatica, 45 2041-2045 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2009.04.021
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
2009 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Attitude tracking and disturbance rejection of rigid spacecraft by adaptive control', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 54 600-605 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/tac.2008.2008350
Citations Scopus - 74Web of Science - 44
2009 Chen Z, 'A remark on sensor disturbance rejection of nonlinear systems', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 54 2206-2210 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/tac.2009.2026846
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12
2009 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Matrix perturbation analysis for weakly coupled oscillators', Systems and Control Letters, 58 148-154 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.sysconle.2008.10.002
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2008 Chen Z, Huang J, 'A Lyapunov's direct method for the global robust stabilization of nonlinear cascaded systems', Automatica, 44 745-752 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2007.06.027
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
2008 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Circulant synthesis of central pattern generators with application to control of rectifier systems', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 53 273-286 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2007.914951
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 16
2008 Chen Z, Zheng M, Friesen WO, Iwasaki T, 'Multivariable harmonic balance analysis of the neuronal oscillator for leech swimming', Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 25 583-606 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10827-008-0105-7
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2007 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust servomechanism of a class of nonlinear systems using output feedback', Asian Journal of Control, 9 292-305 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1934-6093.2007.tb00415.x
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2005 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Robust output regulation with nonlinear exosystems', Automatica, 41 1447-1454 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.automatica.2005.03.015
2005 Chen ZY, Huang H, 'A simplified small gain theorem for time-varying nonlinear systems', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL, 50 1904-1908 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2005.855126
Citations Web of Science - 11
2005 Chen Z, Huang J, 'A general formulation and solvability of the global robust output regulation problem', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 50 448-462 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2005.844721
2005 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust output regulation for output feedback systems', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 50 117-121 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2004.841125
2005 Lan W, Chen Z, Huang J, 'Semi-global robust output regulation for nonlinear systems in normal form using output feedback', Communications in Information and Systems, 5 385-400 (2005) [C1]
2004 Huang J, Chen Z, 'A general framework for tackling the output regulation problem', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 49 2203-2218 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2004.839236
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Dissipativity, stabilization, and regulation of cascade-connected systems', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 49 635-650 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TAC.2004.826712
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust servomechanism of lower triangular systems in the general case', Systems and Control Letters, 52 209-220 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.sysconle.2003.10.006
2002 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Solution of output regulation of singular nonlinear systems by normal output feedback', IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 47 803-813 (2002) [C1]
2002 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust stabilization of cascaded polynomial systems', System and Control letters, 47 445-453 (2002) [C1]
2001 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Robust output regulation of singular nonlinear systems', Communications in Information & Systems, 1 381-394 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (76 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Chen X, Chen Z, 'Sampled position feedback consensus of multiple double integrators with jointly-connected topologies', Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA), 2014 11th World Congress on, Shenyang, China (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/WCICA.2014.7053467
2014 Salton AT, Flores JV, Gomes Da Silva Jr JM, Zheng J, Chen Z, 'A Framework for the Nonlinear Control of Dual-Stage Systems', Proceedings of the 19th IFAC World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20140824-6-ZA-1003.00880
2014 Chen Z, 'Synchronization of nonlinear heterogeneous multiple agents in diverse patterns', Proceedings of the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, CA (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CDC.2014.7040090
2014 Chen X, Chen Z, 'Robust perturbed output regulation and its application to synchronization of nonlinear heterogeneous multi-agents', Proceedings of the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, CA (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CDC.2014.7040124
2014 Zhong J, Lin Z, Chen Z, Xu W, 'Cooperative localization using angle-of-arrival information', IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, ICCA, Taichung, Taiwan (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ICCA.2014.6870889
2013 Fan M, Chen Z, Zhang H, 'Velocity-free compact rigid flock control with input saturations', 2013 25th Chinese Control and Decision Conference, CCDC 2013, Guiyang, China (2013) [E1]
2013 Fan M-C, Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Position feedback pinning control for nonlinear multi-agent systems', 2013 9th Asian Control Conference (ASCC), IEEE (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ASCC.2013.6606074
2013 Salton A, Chen Z, Zheng J, Fu M, 'Optimal trajectories for the Preview Control of Dual-Stage Actuators', 2013 American Control Conference (ACC), Washington, DC (2013) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2013 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, Fan M-C, 'A flocking algorithm for multi-agents in a bounded space', Proceedings of the 32nd Chinese Control Conference (CCC), 2013, Xi'an, China (2013) [E2]
2013 Islam MN, Chen Z, 'Multi-link mechanical locomotors in natural gaits - Controller design and experiments', Proceedings of the American Control Conference 2013, Washington, DC (2013) [E1]
2013 Zhu L, Chen Z, 'Robust consensus of nonlinear heterogeneous multi-agent systems', Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2013) [E2]

In this paper, we consider consensus of a group of heterogeneous agents with nonlinear dynamics in the presence of system uncertainties. It requires that all agent states reach an... [more]

In this paper, we consider consensus of a group of heterogeneous agents with nonlinear dynamics in the presence of system uncertainties. It requires that all agent states reach an agreement which is governed by specified reference dynamics. However, the reference dynamics do not generate a specific reference trajectory for feedback regulation for any agent. For this purpose, the proposed controller integrates two fundamental actions concurrently. On one hand, it asymptotically regulates each individual (heterogeneous, nonlinear, and uncertain) agent dynamics to the common reference dynamics using a generalized robust stabilization technique; on the other hand, it aligns agent trajectories, asymptotically governed by the common reference dynamics, to an agreement through network cooperation. © 2013 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/CDC.2013.6760954
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Lin Z, Chen Z, Fu M, 'A linear control approach to distributed multi-agent formations in d-dimensional space', Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2013) [E2]

The paper presents a linear approach for formation control of multiple autonomous agents in d-dimensional space. The generalized notion of graph Laplacian, associated to a graph w... [more]

The paper presents a linear approach for formation control of multiple autonomous agents in d-dimensional space. The generalized notion of graph Laplacian, associated to a graph with possibly negative weights on the edges, is introduced aiming to solve the formation problem of controlling a network of point agents to form a given pattern (including rotation, translation, and scaling). By assuming the number of agents is larger than d + 1, we derive that a linear distributed control law exists for this purpose if and only if certain algebraic conditions hold (or equivalently, the graph is globally rigid). Next, it is shown that the generalized graph Laplacian used to stabilize the formations can be obtained by solving a convex optimization problem. Further results are also provided to reveal the conditions under which the attained formations are congruent to or just translations of the desired one. © 2013 IEEE.

DOI 10.1109/CDC.2013.6760845
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2013 Zhang H-T, Chen Z, Ding H, 'Adaptive LQR control to attenuate chatters in milling processes', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2013)

Chatters are induced by rigidity-flexibility coupling between tools and workpieces, which cause cutting disturbances, over cut and quick tool wear and hence greatly limits the wor... [more]

Chatters are induced by rigidity-flexibility coupling between tools and workpieces, which cause cutting disturbances, over cut and quick tool wear and hence greatly limits the workpiece machining efficiency and quality. To attenuate the chatter dynamics, traditional passive control methods usually decrease the spin speed or cutting depth at the cost of reducing machining efficiency. In this work, we investigate deeply on the structure of the cutting force variation matrix and then design an online system identification method based on the Fourier series. In this way, a Linear Quadratic Regulator adaptive control method is developed to greatly enlarge the chatter stability region in the Lobe Diagram. Moreover, the receding horizon and output rectification mechanisms are applied to overcome the external disturbances as well. The feasibility and superiority of the method are verified by the benchmark examples, where closed-loop stable operation points are remarkably increased and a higher productivity rate is thus achieved. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-40849-6-53
2013 Fan M-C, Zhang H-T, Chen Z, 'Experiments on flocking of multi-robots in a bounded plane', IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) (2013)

Some experimental research on flocking of a group of robots in a bounded plane is reported in this paper. The motivation is from many scenarios encountered in both natural systems... [more]

Some experimental research on flocking of a group of robots in a bounded plane is reported in this paper. The motivation is from many scenarios encountered in both natural systems and engineering applications that collective motions are always confined in a bounded space. Very recently, the conventional flocking formulation and algorithms have been generalized to address the issues caused by bouncing boundaries of a bounded space. In the present experiments, the theoretical design was successfully implemented in a group of real robots such that it achieved a desired rigid flock in a bounded plane. © IFAC.

DOI 10.3182/20130708-3-CN-2036.00051
2012 Zhang HT, Chen Z, Yan L, Yu W, 'Collective Torus control of multi-robot systems', Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, Ding H, 'Mitigation of chatter instability in milling processes by active fourier series compensation', 8th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), Seoul, Korea (2012) [E1]
2012 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Parameter convergence analysis in adaptive disturbance rejection problem of rigid spacecraft', Proceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Beijing, China (2012) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Neuronal network control for robust entrainment to natural oscillations - A case study', Proceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Beijing, China (2012) [E1]
2012 Chen Z, 'Robust sampled-data control of nonlinear output feedback systems', 2012 12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics & Vision (ICARCV 2012), Guangzhou, China (2012) [E1]
2012 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Decentralized control of heterogeneous multi-agents in collective circular motion', Proceedings of the 31st Chinese Control Conference, Hefei, China (2012) [E1]
2012 Chen Z, 'Robust stability analysis of nonlinear sampled-data control systems with time delay', Australian Control Conference Proceedings 2012, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012 Zhu L, Chen Z, 'Control of flapping-wing rectifier systems in natural oscillation', Proceedings of the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, Hawaii (2012) [E1]
2011 Salton AT, Chen Z, Fu M, 'Improved servomechanism control design - Dynamically damped case', 2011 9th IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA), Santiago, Chile (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ICCA.2011.6137875
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2011 Chen Z, 'Forward/backward adaptation law for nonlinearly parameterized systems', Proceedings of the 2011 American Control Conference, San Francisco, CA (2011) [E1]
2011 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Consensus acceleration of multi-agent systems via model prediction', Proceedings of the 2011 American Control Conference, San Francisco, CA (2011) [E1]
2011 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Almost satisfaction of a joint connectivity condition for multi-agents in a bounded plane', Proceedings of the 30th Chinese Control Conference, Yantai, Shandong (2011) [E1]
2011 Zhu L, Chen Z, 'Control of underactuated multi-segmental mechanical systems in natural oscillation', Proceedings of the 18th IFAC World Congress, 2011, Milano, Italy (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20110828-6-it-1002.01264
2011 Islam MN, Chen Z, 'Natural oscillation control experiments on a prototype mechanical rectifier', Proceedings of the 18th IFAC World Congress, 2011, Milano, Italy (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20110828-6-it-1002.01271
2011 Salton AT, Chen Z, Fu M, 'Improved servomechanism control design - Nonswitching case', Proceedings of the 18th IFAC World Congress, 2011, Milano, Italy (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20110828-6-it-1002.00453
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2011 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, Ding H, 'Asymptotic tracking control of piezoelectric actuators with hysteresis', 2011 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference (CDC-ECC), Orlando, FL (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CDC.2011.6160874
2011 Zhang H-T, Chen X, Chen Z, 'Dual mode predictive control for ultrafast piezoelectric nanopositioning stages', 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Shanghai, China (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ICRA.2011.5979983
Citations Scopus - 1
2010 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Analysis of weakly coupled neuronal oscillators and its applications to leech swimming', 8th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2010, Jinan, China (2010) [E1]
2010 Zhu L, Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Synthesis of controllers for exact entrainment to natural oscillation', WCICA 2010: 2010 8th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Jinan, China (2010) [E2]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2010 Salton AT, Chen Z, Zheng J, Fu M, 'Continuous preview control of dual-stage actuator systems for reduced transition time', 2010 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Atlanta, GA (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CDC.2010.5717794
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2010 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, 'Torus problems in jointly-connected no-beacon networks', Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CDC.2010.5717731
2010 Chen Z, Zhu L, Iwasaki T, 'Autonomous locomotion of multi-link mechanical systems via natural oscillation pattern', Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2010) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2010 Chen Z, Zhang H-T, Zhai C, 'Asymptotic synchronization and collision avoidance for multi-agent flocking', 11th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2010, Singapore (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ICARCV.2010.5707221
2009 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Robust adaptive regulation of polynomial systems with dynamic uncertainties', Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009 held jointly with the 2009 28th Chinese Control Conference, CDC/CCC 2009, Shanghai, China (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CDC.2009.5400294
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2009 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Robust entrainment to natural oscillations of asymmetric systems arising from animal locomotion', Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009 held jointly with the 2009 28th Chinese Control Conference, CDC/CCC 2009, Shanghai, China (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/cdc.2009.5400310
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 6
2009 Chen Z, Liu L, Huang J, 'Global tracking and disturbance rejection of a class of lower triangular systems subject to an unknown exosystem', 7th IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, ICCA 2009, Christchurch, NZ (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ICCA.2009.5410167
Citations Scopus - 3
2009 Salton AT, Chen Z, Fu M, 'A class of preview control for dual-stage actuator systems', 7th IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, ICCA 2009, Christchurch, NZ (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ICCA.2009.5410217
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Minyue Fu
2008 Zhang H-T, Chen MZQ, Chen Z, 'Laguerre-Volterra observer-controller design and its applications', Proceedings of the 17th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Seoul, Korea (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.3182/20080706-5-kr-1001.3456
2008 Chen Z, 'Minimal dimension internal models for lower triangular systems', Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Cancun, Mexico (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/cdc.2008.4738618
2008 Chen Z, 'Changing supply function in superposition form and its applications', Proceedings of the 27th Chinese Control Conference, Yunnan, China (2008) [E2]
Citations Scopus - 1
2008 Chen Z, 'Global observability of the steady state generator in output regulation problem', Proceedings of the American Control Conference 2008, Seattle, Washington (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/acc.2008.4586958
2008 Liu L, Chen Z, Huang J, 'Parameter convergence with an adaptive output regulation problem', Proceedings of the American Control Conference 2008, Seattle, Washington (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/acc.2008.4587258
Citations Scopus - 3
2007 Chen Z, 'Internal model principle for measurement feedback problem', American Control Conference 2007. ACC '07. Conference Proceedings, New York (2007) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/acc.2007.4282313
2007 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Asymptotic rejection of a class of persistent disturbances for spacecraft systems', Proceedings of the 2007 American Control Conference. ACC '07, New York (2007) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/acc.2007.4282454
Citations Scopus - 1
2007 Chen Z, 'Internal model principle for measurement feedback problem', 2007 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-13, New York, NY (2007)
2007 Chen Z, 'Global robust regulation of lower triangular systems via measurement feedback', Sixth IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation. ICCA 2007. Proceedings, Guangzhou, China (2007) [E1]
2007 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Asymptotic rejection of a class of persistent disturbances for spacecraft systems', 2007 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-13, New York, NY (2007)
2007 Chen Z, Huang J, 'An adaptive regulation problem and its application to spacecraft systems', PROCEEDINGS OF THE 46TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL, VOLS 1-14, New Orleans, LA (2007)
2007 Chen Z, Huang J, 'An adaptive regulation problem and its application to spacecraft systems', Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, New Orleans (2007) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2006 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'State pattern generation of rectifier systems by circulant neuronal oscillators', -, Kyoto (2006) [E1]
2006 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Construction of a Lyapunov function for nonlinear cascaded systems with dynamic uncertainties', Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, ICNSC'06, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (2006) [E1]
2006 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Analysis and synthesis of weakly coupled oscillators by multivariable harmonic balance approach', Proceedings of the 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, San Diego, California, USA (2006) [E1]
2006 Chen Z, Iwasaki T, 'Exact synthesis of biological pattern generation: a circulant paradigm', Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2006) [E1]
2005 Lan W, Chen Z, Huang J, 'Semi-global robust output regulation for a class of nonlinear systems using output feedback', Proceedings of the 2005 American Control Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA (2005) [E1]
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global adaptive robust servomechanism of lower triangular systems via nonlinear internal model', Nonlinear Control Systems 2004, Suttgart, Germany (2004) [E1]
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global output feedback stabilization for uncertain nonlinear systems with output dependent incremental rate', Proceedings of the 2004 American Control Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2004) [E1]
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Robust output regulation with nonlinear exosystems', Proceedings of the 2004 American Control Conference (AAC), Boston, Massachusetss, USA (2004) [E1]
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'A variation of the small gain theorem', 2004 8th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), Kunming, Yunnan, China (2004) [E1]
2004 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust servomechanism problem for uncertain lower triangular nonlinear systems by output feedback Control', 2004 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Nassau, Bahamas (2004) [E1]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust output regulation for output feedback systems', Proceedings. 2003 IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Intelligent Systems and Signal Processing, Changsha, Hunan, China (2003) [E1]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global output regulation for lower triangular nonlinear systems', Proceedings of the 15th Ifac World Congress on the International Federation of Automatic Control: Aeronautics and Marine Systems Control, Barcelona, Spain (2003) [E2]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust servomechanism problem of lower-triangular systems in the general case', Fourth International Conference on Control and Automation, Montreal, Canada (2003) [E1]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Nonlinear Internal model and the robust output regulation problem', Proceedings of the 2003 American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA (2003) [E1]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'On global robust adaptive stabilization for cascaded nonlinear systems', Proceedings of the 2003 American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado (2003) [E1]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'A general formulation and solvability of the global robust output regulation problem', 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, Hawaii (2003) [E1]
2003 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Asymptotic tracking and disturbance rejection in uncertain nonlinear cascaded systems', Proceedings of the 22nd Chinese Control Conference, Yichang (2003) [E1]
2002 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global Tracking of Uncertain Nonlinear Cascaded Systems with Adaptive Internal Model', Las Vegas (2002) [E1]
2002 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global output regulation of nonlinear triangular systems with uncertain exosystem', Singapore (2002) [E1]
2002 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Robust output regulation of singular nonlinear systems', Barcelona (2002) [E1]
2002 Chen Z, Huang J, 'Global robust stabilization of cascaded polynomial systems', Xiamen China (2002) [E1]
2002 Huang J, Chen Z, 'A general framework for output regulation problem', Anchorage (2002) [E1]
2001 Chen Z, Huang J, 'A complete solution of output regulation of singular nonlinear systems by normal output feedback', Dalian, China (2001) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $946,800

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20151 grants / $355,100

Topological Analysis & Control Design for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems$355,100

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Minyue Fu, Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen, Prof Tamas Vicsek, Professor Lihua Xie
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400373
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20141 grants / $10,000

Topological Analysis and Control Design for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Minyue Fu, Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301380
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $330,000

Dynamics & Feedback in Networked Biological Systems$330,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Rick Middleton, Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen, Professor Patrizio Colaneri
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200202
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20121 grants / $15,000

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200982
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $2,000

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - Award for Research Excellence$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Award for Research Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001016
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $221,700

Biological pattern generator for control and optimization of locomotion systems$220,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0187491
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The 27th Chinese Control Conference, Kunming China, 16/7/2008 - 18/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188663
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $13,000

New controller design techniques for sensor disturbance rejection$11,300

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187304
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, 30/5/07-1/6/07$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187344
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed5
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Development of a Novel Closed-Loop Blood Glucose Control Device for Type 1 Diabetes Patients
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Consensus of MAS with Nonlinear Dynamics and Network Constraints
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Uncertainty Analysis for Peer Assessment of Research Proposal: Validity of Success Rate for Grant Applications
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Sampled-data Synchronization Control of Multi-Agent Systems
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Multi-Link Mechanical Locomotors in Natural Gaits - Controller Design and Experiments
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Oscillation, Orientation and Locomotion of Mechanical Rectifier Systems
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Improved Humanoid Robot Movement through Impact Perception and Walk Optimisation
Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Preview Control of Dual-Stage Actuators
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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News

Australian Research Council (ARC)

ARC Discovery Project funding success

November 19, 2014

Professor Minyue Fu and Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen have been awarded more than $355,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for their research project Topological Analysis & Control Design for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems.

Associate Professor Zhiyong Chen

Position

Associate Professor
Systems and Control
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Details

Email zhiyong.chen@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 492 16352

Office

Room EAG24
Building Engineering A
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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