Control science and engineering


Control science and engineering is the distinguished and leading discipline of Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU), which is identified as one of the five key universities in Zhejiang province. The discipline became the secondary and primary discipline of master’s degree program in 2000 and 2006, respectively. The discipline was approved to develop the doctoral degree program in 2009 and was officially authorized to offer the doctoral degree program in 2013.

1. Missions and Orientations

In setting its missions, the discipline has always included considerations of international research frontiers, national and defence needs, regional economy and information science and technology development. Focusing on key scientific challenges in control theory and engineering, system science and engineering, and artificial intelli-gence and intelligent systems, the following main research areas have been set for the discipine: nonlinear system analyses, coordination and control of distributed systems, active sensing and intelligent control, information fusion and internet of things, fault diagnosis and active safety control, biomedical information processing, etc.

The discipline has an orientation to attain the international leading outcome in research, to commit to the sub-stantial service and contribution to the national and regional information economy and defence sector. The disci-pline will encourage the inter-disciplinary research by establishing several inter-disciplinary research platforms, nurturing a number of leading research teams, and cultivating a large number of high-level talents in research, innovation and technological development.

2. Superiorities and Features

1) Our Young and International Faculty and Talent-Cultivation Culture

The discipline has 80 faculty members, among which 74 academics have doctor degrees; 60 academics aged below 45; and 43 have overseas research experiences for more than ten months. Recently, the discipline has nurtured 2 National level talents, 1 Zhejiang distinguished expert, 4 MOE New Centrury Scholars and 23

provincial talents; recruited and supported 4 provincial chair professor, 3 ‘Zhejiang 1000-plan’ talents;recruited an oversea research group (with 4 foreign professors), a number of overseas guest professors, and 3 jointly-appointed academicians. All these formed a high degree of internationalized and resourced academic staff.

The discipline hosts 1 national level teaching group, 1 (national) experimental center for innovative talent training, 5 MOE or provincial key laboratories/research centers, and co-hosts 3 joint national experimental teaching demonstration centers/engineering practice education centers. Faculties have won 2 national teaching awards and 4 provincial level teaching awards.

Master students such as Wu Sheng and others published 2-5 papers/student in important SCI journals (2nd tier and above), Wang Ping and others claimed over 70 awards in national graduate innovation contests. Wang Huijiao, You Yingrong and others obtained important research and development outcomes and eventually become professors, principal researchers, and GM and CTOs in top IT companies like Huawei and Alibaba, etc. Master graduates such as Liu Junbiao become successful entrepreneurs. Nearly 10 of our jointly supervised PhD graduates have won at least 2 projects/person in national level funding, and 3 of them have been awarded the national/defense key funding projects.

2) Major/Key National Programs and Services in Regional Economical Development

In last 4 years, the discipline has been awarded more than 70 research projects by National Natural Science Foundation (including 1 Distinguished Young Scientist Program, 2 Major Programs, 8 Key Projects) and 6 other national projects such as “973”, “863”, and the Scientific and Technological Support and International Cooperaion projects, has published over 80 top SCI journal papers (SCI-tier 1 & 2 only) where 22 of them has been identified as the Extended ESI-highly citied papers, has been granted over 220 national invention patents, and won 4 first-prize in the provincial and ministerial level.

Through over 110 local government funded projects and 190 industrial cooperation projects totaling over RMB 110 millions, a number of research achievements including more than 40 national patents have been successfully transferred or commercialized. Representative achivements include those on optimization and control of urban water supply/drainage system, tide monitoring of Qianjiang river, intelligent control of sea-water purification, automation of plastic garbage conversion process, automated winding machine and industrial robots. The innovation in bio-3D prints have been commercialized and used in many hospitals nation-wide. The process control and optimization for steel production line, an award winning project, has significantly improved the profit of Yonggang Group in Jiangsu province.

3) International recognition in research in complex dynamic control systems

In complex system analyses, filtering, control and optimization: the discipline has achieved outstanding results in stability analyses of complex system, filtering, controller designs and distributed optimization, has granted a number of national major and key research programs as well as the national nature science funding for distinguished young scientists. Over 150 papers have been published in SCI journals, such as IEEETAC/TFS/TNNLS and Automatica. Among these, near 20 papers have been ranked as the extended ESI highly cited papers. Moreover, 30 of these papers are in top 10%, 17 in top 5%, 8 in top 1% and 4 papers are top 2 and 2 papers are top-cited papers among all papers published in respective journals on annual basis. These results have been awarded the first prize of Provincial and ministerial level natural science award twice and their applications have been awarded the first prize of National and Provincial Department of Science and Technology Progress Award 4 times. Professor Alexey Bobtsov of Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Machanics and Optics, Russia, highly recognized our research achievements in the nonlinear control theory and has collaborated with the discipline since 2015, achiving several leading outcomes.

4) Significant research in information fusion with important defense and civilian applications

Aiming at key scientific problems in the cooperative detection and recognition, guidance and tracking, control and combat of complex targets in space, air and sea, as well as the data based fault modeling, closed-loop fault propagation and diagnosability analysis, and reliability evaluation in fault diagnosis, fault prediction and fault to lerant control of complex systems, the discipline has received many grant supports including more than 10 National/Defense major/key programs. Four monographs have been published by highly recognized publishers and more than 50 papers have been published in top journals including IEEE TAC/TSP and Inform. Sciences. A The discipline is leading the construction of the civil military integration technology service platform, one of the seven platforms of Zhejiang province in the 13th Five-year Defense Plan, which has strongly promoted the civil military integration in Zhejiang province. Partial results have been successfully applied in the national defense.

3. Cultivation Goals and Research Areas

Students will be guided to have social responsibility, international vision and open-mind to the world. Aiming at academic research and industrial engineering, students will be trained to gain the innovative thinking and creative capability by studying the fundamental theories and expertise knowledge around control science and engineering. Graduates from this discipline are expected to undertake jobs of academic research, technology development, and engineering application independently.

More specifically, graduates of Ph.D programs will obtain international recognized academic results in our main research areas; graduates of research-oriented master degrees will be capable of undertaking researches and developments in relevant areas such as complex systems, intelligent control and big data processing etc; graduates of engineering-oriented master degrees will become talents and core contributors to regional development, automation industry and defense sector.

There are four major research areas in this discipline: (1) control theory and control engineering, which carries out the researches around complex system modeling and analyzing, optimization theories for control systems, etc. (2) biologic pattern recognition and medical intelligent systems, which carries out the research on biological signal recognition, intelligent robots and rehabilitation systems, bio-informatics, etc. (3) detection technology and automation equipments, which carries the research around signal detection, key technologies for automation equipments, etc. (4) information fusion and sensor networks, which carries out the researches around data fusion and sensing-networks theories for defense and civilian applications.

4. Domestic and International Influence

This discipline was recognized as one of the first “Key Disciplines of Zhejiang Province” in 2005, and elected as the “Major Disciplines for National Defense” in 2008, and the “Key Primary Disciplines of Zhejiang province” in 2012. In 2015, the discipline was successfully approved to be developed as the one of the “Leading Disciplines of Zhejiang Province”.

Many domestic and oversea academicians, IEEE/IFAC fellows, and other distinguished scholars visited this discipline frequently. Nearly twenty of them including the Distinguished Professor Brian D. O. Anderson (Former president of IFAC and Australian Academy of Sciences) accepted the appointment of this discipline as chair professors or adjunct professors. Professor Alexey Bobtsov and his research group joined the nonlinear control research group of this discipline.

Among the 250 SCI journal papers, there are nearly 100 papers are cited by WoS more than 10 times, and 5 papers are cited by WoS more than 100 times. The discipline successfully organized or hosted several important international and domestic conferences, such as CCC&SICE2015, the Chinese Process Control Conference, the Chinese Annual Conference on Information Fusion, etc.

Many professors of this discipline are appointed by important national academic societies and associations to serve as important posts. Prof. Anke Xue was appointed as the Executive Members of the Chinese Automation Association, and the Deputy Chair of the Automation Committee of Department of Education. Prof. Mingen Xu was appointed by China 3D Print Technology Alliance as the Deputy Chair. A number of professors are appointed as the Executives and Members of Technical Committees of many national societies. A number of professors served academic journals and international conferences as editors, such as Syst Contr Lett, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Control Theory and Applications, Journal of Automation, Medical Physics, MSSP, ACC, CDC, etc. A large number of faculty members frequently serve as peer-reviewers for top journals like SIAM JCO, Automatica, IEEE TAC/TFS/TSP/TIE/TPE, etc.