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Rm. 502, Building 9
No.38 Zheda Road
310027, Hangzhou
Zhejiang Province

Tel: 0571-87953711
Fax: 0571-87951941
Email: byao@zju.edu.cn


Bin Yao, Professor



Dr. Yao received his PhD degree  in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in February 1996 after obtaining  M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore in  1992 and B.Eng. in Applied Mechanics from Beijing University of Aeronautics  and Astronautics of China in 1987. He has been with the School of  Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University since 1996  and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2002 and Professor in  2007. He was honored as a Kuang-piu  Professor in 2005 and a Changjiang Chair Professor  at Zhejiang University by  the Ministry of Education of China in 2010  as well.


Dr.  Yao was awarded a Faculty Early Career  Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in  1998 and a Joint Research Fund  for Outstanding Overseas Chinese Young Scholars from the National  Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2005. His  research interests include the design and control of intelligent high  performance coordinated control of electro-mechanical/hydraulic systems, optimal  adaptive and robust control, nonlinear observer design and neural networks for  virtual sensing, modeling, fault detection, diagnostics, and adaptive  fault-tolerant control, and data fusion. He has published significantly on the  subjects with well over 150 technical papers while enjoying the application of  the theory through industrial consulting. He  is the recipient of the O.  Hugo Schuck Best Paper (Theory) Award from the American Automatic Control  Council in 2004 and the Outstanding Young Investigator  Award of ASME Dynamic  Systems and Control Division (DSCD) in 2007. He is a member of ASME and IEEE  and has chaired numerous sessions and served in a number of International  Program Committee of various IEEE, ASME, and IFAC conferences including the  General Chair of the 2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced  Intelligent Mechatronics. From 2000 to 2002, he was the Chair of the Adaptive  and Optimal Control Panel and, from 2001 to 2003, the Chair of the Fluid Control  Panel of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division  (DSCD). He is currently  the Chair of the ASME DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee he initiated in  2005. He was  a  Technical Editor of the  IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics from 2001  to 2005,  and has been an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of  Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control since 2006.

Research Interests

  • Design and Coordinated Control of Intelligent and Precision Electro-Mechanical/Hydraulic Systems

  • Robotics

  • Optimal Adaptive and Robust Controls

  • Nonlinear Observer Design and Neural Networks for Virtual Sensing, Modeling, Fault Detection, Diagnostics, and Adaptive Fault-tolerant Control

  • Automotive Controls

  • Data fusion

Professional Positions

  • Chair, Fluid Control Panel, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, June, 2001 – June, 2003; Vice-Chair of the panel, June 1998 - May 2001.

  • Chair, Adaptive and Optimal Control Panel, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, June 2000 – June 2002.

  • Panelist, Special Session on “Writing a wining NSF CAREER proposal”, American Control Conference, May, Anchorage, 2002.

  • Program Representative of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division for 2004 American Control Conference, Boston, June 30 – July 2. 2004.

  • Member, the 2005 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award Selection Committee, the American Automatic Control Council, 2005.

  • Founder, the ASME DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee, December 2005.

Selected Awards

Selected Activities

  • Technical Editor, the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, August 2001 – August 2005.

  • Member of Editorial Board, the International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (ICASE), January 2003 – date.

  • Associate Editor, the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 2006 - 

Selected Patents

Selected Papers

  •  Z.P.Fang* and B. Yao*, "An exploration on control and stability augmentation of aircraft in rolling maneuver," Journal of Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Vol.2, No.2, pp.75-85, 1988 (in Chinese with English abstract).

  • Z.P.Fang* and B. Yao*, "Stability analysis of aircraft in rapid rolling maneuver," Journal of Flight Dynamics, No.1, pp.60-70, 1988. (in Chinese with English abstract).

  • S.P.Chan, B. Yao*, W.B.Gao, and M.Cheng, "Robust impedance control of robot manipulators," International Journal of Robotics and Automation, Vol.6, No.4, pp.220-227, December 1991.

  • B. Yao*, W.B.Gao, S.P.Chan, and M.Cheng, "VSC coordinated control of two manipulator arms in the presence of environmental constraints," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.37, No.11, pp.1806-1812, November 1992.

  • B. Yao*, S.P.Chan, and D. Wang, "Unified formulation of variable structure control schemes for robot manipulators," IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control, Vol.39, No.2, pp.371--376, February 1994. 

  • B. Yao*, S.P.Chan, and D. Wang, "VSC motion and force control of robot manipulators in the presence of environmental constraint uncertainties," Journal of Robotic Systems, Vol.11, No.6, pp.503-515, September 1994.

Other Publications

  • Bin Yao, Adaptive robust control of nonlinear systems with application to control of mechanical systems, University of California at Berkeley: Ph.D. Dissertation, 1996.

  • Bin Yao, " Hydraulic excavator (HEX) swing control strategy, " Project report to Caterpillar Inc. , 1997.

  • C. Deboer and Bin Yao, "Velocity Control of Valves Using Pressure Sensors, " Project report to Caterpillar Inc., 1999