Research Publications, Projects and Awards


* Research Publications (Monographs, Journal Articles, etc.)

o     Monographs & Textbooks

o     Refereed Journals

o     Book Chapters

o     International Conferences

o     Journal Editorials

o     Book Review

o     A Nonsensical Article on Taoism (in Chinese)

o     PhD Dissertation

o     BSc Research Paper (in Chinese)

o     Full Publication List (PDF)

o     My Google Scholar

o     Interview with IEEE Control Systems Magazine (People in Control)

* My Research Family Genealogy  

* Funded Research Projects

o     Advanced Motion Planning Techniques for the Cooperation of Multi-agent Systems (2022–2024)

o     Intelligent Navigation and Robust Flight Control Systems for Unmanned Systems (2021–2023)

o     Development of an Integrated Autonomous Building Inspection and Information Management System with Drones (2020–2025)

o     Development of Hybrid Aerial-Aquatic and Underwater Unmanned Systems (2019–)

o     Development of Unmanned Systems Framework (2019–)

o     Onboard 3D Navigation System for UAVs in Unknown and Realistic Indoor Environments (2016–2019)

o     Navigation and Control of MAVs in Indoor and Outdoor Cluttered Environments (2014–2016)

o     Fruit Dove UAV Control (2014–2016)

o     Optimal Coverage and Surveillance Using Cooperative Planning and Control of UAVs (2013–2016)

o     Investigation of Navigation Systems for UAVs in Outdoor Cluttered Environments (2012–2015)

o     Special Project for DARPA UAVForge Competition (2012)

o     Development of Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles (2011–2013)

o     Optimal Motion Planning in Obstacle-Rich Environment (2010–2013)

o     Development of a Sophisticated 3D Indoor Navigation System for UAVs (2009–2012)

o     Development of Multi-UAV Test Beds & Vision-Based Navigation and Motion Coordination (2009–2013)

o     Cooperative Reconfiguration Control for Multiple Unmanned Air Vehicles (2008–2011)

o     Technologies to Lead Unmanned Air Vehicles via Manned Air Vehicles (2007–2010)

o     Nonlinear Flight Model Identification & Control for VTOL UAV in Formation (2007–2009)

o     Nonlinear Control of Unmanned Flying Vehicles (2003–2007)

o     Compensation of Friction in Hard Disk Drives (2003–2006)

o     Virtual Reality Interface for Web-Based Remote Experimentation (2001–2003)

o     Dual Stage Servo System for Hard Disk Drives (2000–2003)

o     Development of Web-Based Virtual Laboratories (1998–2000)

o     Dual Actuator Control System for R/W Head Actuation in Rotating Memory Devices (1996–1999)

o     Gain Scheduling for Robust Controllers in Flight Control Systems (1994–1995)

* Research Related Awards & Honors (including teaching awards)

o     Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore, 2020

o     Provost's Chair, National University of Singapore, 2016

o     Fellow, Chinese Association of Automation, China, 2015

o     Best Application Paper Award, 8th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Jinan, China, 2010

o     Changjiang Guest Chair Professorship, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China, 2009

o     Best Application Paper Award, 7th Asian Control Conference, Hong Kong, 2009

o     Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA, 2007

o     Best Industrial Control Application Prize, 5th Asian Control Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2004

o     Temasek Young Investigator Award, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Singapore, 2003

o     IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, Institution of Engineers Singapore, 2001

o     University Researcher Award, National University of Singapore, 2000

o     Best Poster Paper Award, 2nd Asian Control Conference, Seoul, Korea, 1997

o     Who’s Who in Engineering Singapore, Institution of Engineers Singapore, 2007

o     Marquis Who's Who in the World, 19th Edition, USA, 2002

o     Asian Young Scholars Award, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1997

o     Cardinal Yu-Pin Scholarship, Sino-American Amity Fund, New York City, USA, 1986-1991

o     Presidential Scholarship, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA, 1986-1988

* Awards Won by My UAV Research Teams and Students

o    Panpan Zhou

2021 IEEE CSS Beijing Chapter Young Author Prize

Cash Prize: CNY 2,000
40th Chinese Control Conference, Shanghai, China, 2021

o    Kangcheng Liu

Professor Charles K. Ko Student Creativity Award  

Postgraduate Individual Merit
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2021

o    Shupeng Lai (with Menglu Lan, Ben M. Chen)
Guan Zhao-Zhi Award
Cash Prize: CNY 5,000
37th Chinese Control Conference, Wuhan, China, 2018

o    Team Instinct Cougar
Indoor Competition Champion
International Micro Aerial Vehicle Competition, Toulouse, France, 2017

o    Team Instinct Lion
Outdoor Competition Champion
International Micro Aerial Vehicle Competition, Toulouse, France, 2017

o    Team U-Lion: Shupeng Lai, Yingcai Bi, Menglu Lan, Jiaxin Li, Hailong Qin, Kun Zhang
Overall Championship Award (Gold), Best Platform Design Award (Gold)
Total Prize: SGD 8,000 in Cash and 5 iPad Mini 4
Category D2: Fully Autonomous
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2017

o    Team AeroLion: Kangli Wang, Yijie Ke, Mo Shan (NUS UAV Group), Xiang Li, Fei Wang (AeroLion Technologies)
Champion
Cash Prize: CNY 100,000
Category: Rotor-Wing Competition
The 3rd AVIC Cup ~ International UAV Innovation Grand Prix, Anji, Zhejiang, China, 2015

o    Team V-Lion: Jinqiang Cui, Hailong Qin, Yingcai Bi, Jiaxin, Li, Menglu Lan, Mo Shan, Wenqi Liu
1st Runner Up
International Micro Aerial Vehicle Competition, Aachen, Germany, 2015

o    Team AP-Lion: Menglu Lan, Jiaxin Lin, Kaijun Liu, Shuai Wang, Mengmi Zhang
Overall Championship Award (Gold), Best Performance Award (Gold), Best Theory of Flight Award (Gold), Best Video Award (Silver)
Total Prize: SGD 8,000 in Cash and 5 Samsung Tablets
Category D2: Fully Autonomous
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2015

o    Team LV-Lion: Yingcai Bi, Jiaxin Li, Wenqi Liu, Hailong Qin, Mo Shan
Overall Championship Award (Silver), Best Performance Award (Silver)
Cash Prize: SGD 3,000
Category D2: Fully Autonomous
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2015

o    Limiao Bai (Sen Yan, Xiaolian Zheng, Ben M. Chen)
Best Student Paper Award
The 2014 International Conference on Financial Engineering, London, U.K., 2014

o    Team AeroLion
Champion
International Micro Aerial Vehicle Competition, Delft, the Netherlands, 2014

o    Fei Wang (with Peidong Liu, Shiyu Zhao, Ben M. Chen, Swee-King Phang, Shupeng Lai, Tong H. Lee, Chenxiao Cai)
Guan Zhao-Zhi Award
Cash Prize: CNY 5,000
33rd Chinese Control Conference, Nanjing, China, 2014

o    Team U-Lion: Kangli Wang, Yijie Ke, Kun Li, Tao Pang
Overall Championship Award (Gold), Best Performance Award (Gold), Most Creative Award (Bronze)
Total Prize: SGD 4,000 in Cash and 5 iPads
Category E: Unconventional
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2014

o    Team Q1-Lion: Fei Wang, Swee-King Phang, Zizhang Ai, Wenqi Liu, Wei-Lian Mook
Overall Championship Award (Silver), Best Performance Award (Gold), Best Theory of Flight Award (Gold)
Cash Prize: SGD 4,000
Category D2: Fully Autonomous
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2014

o    Team Q2-Lion: Kevin Ang, Jinqiang Cui, Peidong Liu, Shupeng Lai, Dong Wang
Best Theory of Flight Award (Silver)
Category D2: Fully Autonomous
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2014

o    Team NUS2T-Lion
2nd Place Overall (1st in Final Round)
Cash Prize: CNY 80,000
Category: Rotor-Wing Competition
The 2nd AVIC Cup ~ International UAV Innovation Grand Prix, Beijing, China, 2013

o    Team NUS2T-Lion
New Innovation Star Award
Cash Prize: CNY 10,000
Category: Creativity Competition
The 2nd AVIC Cup ~ International UAV Innovation Grand Prix, Beijing, China, 2013

o    Kangli Wang, Xiang Li, Di Deng, Hongyu Tian, Youyang Cheng
Overall Championship Award, Best Performance Award, Most Creative Award
Total Prize: SGD 10,000 in Cash and 5 iPads
Category D2: Fully Autonomous
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2013

o    Kevin Ang, Fei Wang, Swee King Phang, Peidong Liu
Most Creative Award
Cash Prize: SGD 2,000
Category E: Unconventional
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2013

o    Team GremLion
Finalist (of 9 selected among 144 teams from 153 countries)
DARPA UAVForge Challenge
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency & Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Atlanta, USA, 2012

o    Sing Jie Lee, Yuxiang Wang, Yi Ling Tan, Sharon Ang, Shiyi Li
Overall Championship Award, Most Creative Award
Total Prize: SGD 10,000 in Cash and 5 iPads
Category D: Autonomous and Flying by Video
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2011

o    Feng Lin (Ben M. Chen, Kai-Yew Lum, Tong H. Lee)
Best Application Paper Award
Cash Prize: USD 1,000
8th World Congress on Intelligent Control & Automation, Jinan, China, 2010

o    Swee King Phang, Jun Jie Ong, Ronald Yeo
Best Performance Award
Category D: Autonomous and Flying by Video
Cash Prize: SGD 1,000
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2010

o    Guowei Cai (Ben M. Chen, Tong H. Lee)
Best Application Paper Award
Cash Prize: USD 500
7th Asian Control Conference, Hong Kong, 2009

o    Tao Wang, Fei Wang, Li Liu
Best Theory Award
Category D: Autonomous and Flying by Video
Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, 2009

o    Guoyang Cheng (Kemao Peng, Ben M. Chen, Tong H. Lee)
Best Industrial Control Application Prize
Cash Prize: AUD 350
5th Asian Control Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2004