Keynote Speaker

Pro Vice-Chancellor(Research Quality), FIEEE, FIEAust, Distinguished Professor Qing-Long Han

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Speech title: Recent Advances in Event-Triggered Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems

Abstract: Event-triggered consensus of multi-agent systems has attracted tremendous attention from both theoretical and practical perspectives due to the fact that it enables all agents eventually to reach an agreement upon a common quantity of interest while significantly alleviating utilization of communication and computation resources. This seminar talk will provide an overview of recent advances in event-triggered consensus of multi-agent systems. First, a basic framework of multi-agent event-triggered operational mechanisms is established. Second, representative results and methodologies reported in the literature are reviewed and some in-depth analysis is made on several event-triggered schemes, including event-based sampling schemes, model-based event-triggered schemes, sampled-data-based event-triggered schemes and self-triggered sampling schemes.  Third, an example is outlined to show applicability of event-triggered consensus in distributed secondary control for active power sharing and frequency regulation in islanded microgrids. Finally, some challenging issues on event-triggered consensus are proposed for future research.

Bio.: Professor Qing-Long Han received Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering and Electrical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, in 1997. From September 1997 to December 1998, he was a Post-doctoral Researcher Fellow with the Laboratoire d’Auomatique et d’Informatique Industrielle (LAII) (currently, Laboratoire d'Informatique et d'Automatique pour les Systèmes, LIAS), École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Poitiers (ESIP) (currently, École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Poitiers (ENSIP)), Université de Poitiers, France. From January 1999 to August 2001, he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, USA. From September 2001 to December 2014, he was Laureate Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) with the Higher Education Division, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Intelligent and Networked Systems at Central Queensland University, Australia. From December 2014 to May 2016, he was Deputy Dean (Research), with the Griffith Sciences, and a Professor with the Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University, Australia. In May 2016, he joined Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, where he is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Quality) and a Distinguished Professor.

Prof. Han is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE) and a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). He is a Highly Cited Researcher in both Engineering and Computer Science by Clarivate Analytics. He is one of Australia’s Top 40 Lifetime Achievers (Stars of Research) in The Australian’s 2019 Research Magazine, published on 25 September 2019.  He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine; IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Industrial Electronics; IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics; Control Engineering Practice; IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica; Information Sciences, Kybernetika; International Journal of Automation and Computing.

Professor Han has been conducting research in the areas of networked systems, time-delay systems, multi-agent systems, neural networks, and smart grids. Since 2001, he has published two hundred and sixty-eight (268) fully-refereed high quality journal articles including thirty-two (32) articles in Automatica, and one hundred and twenty-four (124) articles in the most prestigious IEEE Transactions. He has also published one hundred and eighty-four (184) leading conference papers, five monographs, one research-based book chapter, and edited four conference proceedings and six special issues.

As of January 1, 2020, Professor Han’s research work has been cited 23478 times with h-index of 82, i10-index of 236 according to Google Scholar. He has ranked at No. 5 in the arena of Computer Science and Electronics in Australia according to Guide2Research. This ranking is based on the h-index metric provided by Google Scholar and DBLP. His research work has been cited 18797 times with h-index of 75 according to SCOPUS, and 15647 times with h-index of 70 according to Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Web of Science Core Collection.


Keynote Speaker

Prof. Zhihong Man

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Speech title: Design of a generalized sliding mode observer

Abstract: In this talk, the framework of a generalized sliding mode observer is presented for a wide range of second-order systems. It is seen that the conventional system state space representation is first augmented by adding the first-order dynamics of the system output. A new generalized sliding mode observer can then be designed in the sense that (i) the system output estimation error dynamics with a finite time convergence is used as the leader with the desired error dynamics; (ii) All of the state estimation error dynamics can then be driven to learn from the leader to achieve the finite converge of the state estimation errors. A few amazing findings and designs ensure that the observer system parameters can be on-line adjusted and thus both the system states and uncertain dynamics can be well estimated. Simulation and experimental results show the excellent performance of the proposed generalized sliding observer system.

Bio. : Zhihong received his B.E. degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, in 1982, the M.Sc degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987, and the PhD degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1994. Currently he is the Professor of Engineering in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Zhihong's research interests are in nonlinear control, signal processing, robotics, neural networks, engineering optimization and vehicle dynamics & control. He has published more than 250 research papers in the refereed international journals and international conferences proceedings, and his research results have cited more than 10500 times. Since 1994, Zhihong has been actively involved in many international conferences and engineering societies in control, robotics, signal processing, neural networks and industrial electronics as the General Chair, Program Committee Chair, Track Chair, Session Chair, and the International Advisory Committee and Technical Committees member. Zhihong has also presented the keynotes and distinguished lectures in many top international conferences and universities. Currently, Zhihong is actively doing the research collaborations with many researchers from Singapore, China, Japan, UK, Canada and USA.