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Fumin Zhang
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Fumin Zhang
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; Dean's Professorship
Technical Interest Groups: Systems and Controls
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Dr. Fumin Zhang joined Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 as an assistant professor. He received a Ph.D. degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Electrical Engineering, and held a postdoctoral position in Princeton University from 2004 to 2007. His B.S. and M.S. degrees, both in electrical engineering, are from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

His research topics address challenging problems in marine autonomy, aerial robotics, mobile sensor networks, and foundations of cyber-physical systems. He aspires to develop long term autonomy solutions for swarms of marine robots, aerial vehicles, and satellites to form mobile sensor networks to collect information from land and ocean. He is especially interested in sustainability related topics such as coastal environment protection, extreme weather forecast, smart aquaculture, search and rescue, and security of seaports.

Zhang is also a distinguished scholar, holding leadership positions in the IEEE control systems society, the IEEE robotics and automation society, and the IEEE ocean engineering society. In May 2020, he was appointed the director of the Decision and Control Laboratory (DCL). The DCL is an interdepartmental laboratory at Georgia Tech whose mission facilitates and fosters collaboration and scholarly exchange among Georgia Tech faculty members who are interested in the field of decision and control systems. Research of DCL faculty involves analytical, computational, and experimental activities that span a variety of engineering technologies, including areas such as air traffic control, molecular processes, mobile robotics, and medical imaging. 

Research interests: 
  • Mobile Sensor Networks
  • • Underwater and Marine Robotics
  • Motion Planning in Complex Environments
  • Battery Supported Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Geometric and Nonlinear Systems and Control
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2009
  • ONR YIP Award, 2010
  • GT Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award, 2010
  • GT ECE Roger P. Webb Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2011
  • Zhejiang University Distinguished Lecturer on Cyber-Systems and Control, 2011
  • Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellow, 2017

  • Roger P. Webb ECE Outreach Award, 2017

K. Szwaykowska and F. Zhang, “Controlled Lagrangian Particle Tracking: Error Growth Under Feedback Control,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 26(3), 874-889, 2018.

Q. Tao, J. Cha, X. Chen, S. Maxon, C. Qin, L. Sequin, H. Xie, J. Y. Zheng, F. Zhang, “Miniature Underwater Robot for Research and Education,” Provisional patent (62/669,571) filed on May 10, 2018.

Y. Wang and F. Zhang (edit), Trends in Control and Decision-Making for Human-Robot Collaboration Systems, Springer, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40533-9.

Z. Shi and F. Zhang, “Model Predictive Control under Timing Constraints induced by Controller Area Networks,” Real Time Systems, 53(2):196-227, 2017.

F. Zhang, P. Cheng, S. Cho, V. Mishra, Q. Tao, and J. P. Varnell, “Autonomous Indoor Robotic Blimps for Research and Education,” Provisional Patent (62/462,790) filed on February 23, 2017.

D. Chang, W. Wu, C. R. Edwards, and F. Zhang, “Motion Tomography: Mapping Flow Fields Using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles,” International Journal of Robotics Research, 36(3): 320-336, 2017.

M. Malisoff, J. P. Varnell, and F. Zhang, “Control Method for Pointer Acceleration for Computer Mice or Other Interfaces,” Provisional patent (62/481,783) filed on April 5, 2017.

F. Zhang, “Cyber-Maritime Cycle: Autonomy of Marine Robots for Ocean Sensing,” Foundations and Trends in Robotics, 5(1): 1-115, 2016.

W. Wu and F. Zhang, “A Speeding-up and Slowing-down Strategy for Distributed Source Seeking with Robustness Analysis,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Networked Systems, 3(3):231-240, 2016.

K. Szwaykowska and F. Zhang, “Trend and Bounds for Error Growth in Controlled Lagrangian Particle Tracking,” IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 39(1): 10-25, 2014.

F. Zhang, Z. Shi, and S. Mukhopadhyay, “Robustness Analysis of Battery Supported Cyber-Physical Systems,” ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, 12(3):69.1-27, 2013.

W. Wu and F. Zhang, “Robust Cooperative Exploration with a Switching Strategy,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 28(4):828-839, 2012.

S. Mukhopadhyay and F. Zhang, “Battery Failure Detection Using Universal Adaptive Stabilization,” Provisional Patent (61/567,903) filed on December 7th, 2011.

F. Zhang and N. E. Leonard, "Cooperative Control and Filtering for Cooperative Exploration," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 55(3): 650-663, 2010.

F. Zhang, "Geometric Cooperative Control of Particle Formations," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 55(3): 800-803, 2010.

J. Kim, F. Zhang, and M. Egerstedt, "A Provably Complete Exploration Strategy by Constructing Voronoi Diagrams," Autonomous Robots 29(3): 367-380, 2010.

F. Zhang, D. M. Fratantoni, D. Paley, J. Lund and N.E. Leonard, "Control of Coordinated Patterns for Ocean Sampling," International Journal of Control 80(7): 1186-1199, 2007.

F. Zhang and N. E. Leonard, "Coordinated Patterns of Unit Speed Particles on a Closed Curve," Systems & Control Letters 56(6): 397-407, 2007.

Last revised May 17, 2022