Professor |College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Zhiyun Lin received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, in 2005. He is currently a full professor in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology. Preceding to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, from 2005 to 2007, and worked as a professor at College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, from 2007 to 2017, and as the Director of Artificial Intelligence Institute, Hangzhou Dianzi University, from 2017 to 2021. He held visiting professor positions at several universities including The Australian National University (Australia), University of Cagliari (Italy), University of Newcastle (Australia), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), and Yale University (USA). He is a technical committee member of The International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) on Networked Systems, and on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems. He is Associate Editor of several international journals including IEEE Control Systems Letters, Electronic, The Chinese Journal of Artificial Intelligence, etc. His research interests focus on multi-agent systems, distributed artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and swarm robots, and cyber-physical systems. He has authored and coauthored one monograph and about 200 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals and conferences. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited over 6400 times. From 2014 to 2020, he has been consecutively selected in the list of Mostly Cited Chinese Researchers by Elsevier.

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Multi-agent systems

Distributed artificial intelligence

Autonomous systems and swarm robots

Cyber-physical systems

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  1. Yanjun Lin, Zhiyun Lin*, Zhiyong Sun, and Brian D. O. Anderson,“A unified approach for finite-time global stabilization of affine, rigid and translational formation”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, DOI: 10.1109/TAC.2021.3084247, 2021. (regular paper)
  2. Kun Cao, Zhimin Han, Zhiyun Lin, and Lihua Xie,“Bearing-only distributed localization: A unified barycentric approach”, Automatica, 133,, 2021.
  3. Jian Hou, Zhiyun Lin*, Mengfan Xiang, and Mingyue Jiang,“Random grouping based resilient beamforming”, Automatica, 123,, 2021. (regular paper)
  4. Shulong Zhao, Xiangke Wang, Zhiyun Lin, Daibing Zhang, and Lincheng Shen, “Integrating vector field approach and input-to-state stability curved path following for unmanned aerial vehicles”, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, vol. 50, no. 8, pp: 2897-2904, 2020. (regular paper)
  5. Zhimin Han, Kexin Guo, Lihua Xie*, and Zhiyun Lin, “Integrated relative localization andleader-follower formation control”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 64, no. 1, pp:20-34, 2019. (regular paper).
  6. Tingrui Han, Zhiyun Lin*, Ronghao Zheng, and Minyue Fu, “A barycentric coordinatebased approach to formation control under directed and switching sensing graphs”, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 48, no. 4, pp: 1202-1215, 2018. (regular paper)
  7. Yun Xu, Tingrui Han, Kai Cai, Zhiyun Lin*, Gangfeng Yan, and Minyue Fu, “A Distributed Algorithm for Resource Allocation over Dynamic Digraphs”,IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 65, no. 10, pp: 2600-2612, 2017. (regular paper)
  8. Zhiyun Lin*, Tingrui Han, Ronghao Zheng, Changbin Yu, “Distributed localization with mixed measurements under switching topologies”, Automatica, vol. 76, pp: 251-257, 2017.
  9. Zhiyun Lin*, Lili Wang, Zhimin Han, and Minyue Fu, “A graph Laplacian approach to coordinate-free formation stabilization for directed networks”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 61, no. 5, pp: 1269-1280, 2016. (regular paper)
  10. Zhiyun Lin*, Lili Wang, Zhiyong Chen, Minyue Fu, and Zhimin Han, “Necessary and sufficient graphical conditions for affine formation control”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 61, no. 10, pp: 2877-2891, 2016. (regular paper)
  11. Mohammad Deghat*, Brian D.O. Anderson, and Zhiyun Lin, “Combined flocking and distance-based shape control of multi-agent formation”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 61, no. 7, pp: 1824-1837, 2016. (regular paper)
  12. CheLin*, Zhiyun Lin, Ronghao Zheng, Gangfeng Yan, and Guoqiang Mao, “Distributed source localization of multi-agent systems with bearing angle measurements”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 61, no. 4, pp: 1105-1110, 2016.
  13. Zhiyun Lin*, Tingrui Han, Ronghao Zheng, Minyue Fu, “Distributed localization for 2D sensor networks with bearing-only measurements under switching topologies”, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 64, no. 23, pp: 6345-6359, 2016. (regularpaper)
  14. Zhimin Han, Lili Wang, Zhiyun Lin, and Ronghao Zheng*, “Formation control with size scaling via a complex Laplacian-based approach”, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 46, no. 10, pp:2348-2359, 2016. (regular paper)
  15. Hao Xin, Minyue Fu*, Zhiyun Lin, and Yuting Mou, “Decentralized optimal scheduling for charging and discharging of plug-in electrical vehicles in smart grids”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 5, pp: 4118-4127, 2016. (regular paper)
  16. Peng Wang, Guoqiang Mao, Zihuai Lin, Ming Ding, Weifa Liang, Xiaohu Ge*, and Zhiyun Lin, “Performance analysis of raptor codes under maximum likelihood decoding”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 64, no. 3, pp: 906-917, 2016. (regular paper)
  17. Miao Yu, Wenyuan Xu*, Tingrui Han, and Zhiyun Lin, “Energy-efficient time synchronization in wireless sensor networks via temperature-aware compensation”, ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, vol. 12, no. 2, pp: 1-29, 2016. (regular paper)
  18. Zhiyun Lin, Minyue Fu*, and Yingfei Diao, “Distributed self-localization for relative position sensing networks in 2D space”, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 63, no. 14, pp. 3751-3761, 2015. (regular paper)
  19. Hao Xing*, Yuting Mou, Minyue Fu, and Zhiyun Lin, “Distributed bisection method for economic power dispatch in smart grid”,IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 30, no. 6, pp.3204-3035, 2015. (regular paper)
  20. Yuting Mou*, Hao Xing, Zhiyun Lin, and Minyue Fu, “Decentralized optimal demand-side-management for PHEV charging in a smart grid”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 6, no. 2, pp. 726-736, 2015.(regular paper)
  21. Zhiyun Lin*, Jian Hou, Gangfeng Yan, and Changbin Yu, “Reach almost sure consensus with only group information”, Automatica, 52, no. 2,pp. 283-289, 2015.
  22. Tingrui Han, Zhiyun Lin*, and Minyue Fu, “Three-dimensional formation merging control under directed and switching topologies”, Automatica, 58, pp. 99-105, 2015.
  23. Ronghao Zheng, Zhiyun Lin*,Minyue Fu, and Dong Sun*, “Distributed control for uniform circumnavigation of ring-coupled unicycles”, Automatica, 53, no. 3, pp. 23-29, 2015.
  24. Yingfei Diao,Minyue Fu*,Zhiyun Lin,Huanshui Zhang,A sequential cluster-based approach to node localizability of sensor networks, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2, no. 4, pp: 358-369, 2015. (regular paper)
  25. Zhiyun Lin*, Lili Wang, Zhimin Han, and Minyue Fu, “Distributed formation control of multi-agent systems using complex Laplacian”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 59, no. 7, pp. 1765-1777, 2014.(regular paper)
  26. Yingfei Diao, Zhiyun Lin, and Minyue Fu*, “A barycentric coordinate based distributed localization algorithm for sensor networks”, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 62, no. 18, pp: 4760-4771, 2014. (regular paper)
  27. Zhiyun Lin* and Chen Wang, “Scheduling parallel Kalman filters for multiple processes”, Automatica, vol. 49, no. 1, pp: 9-16, 2013.(regular paper)
  28. Zhiyun Lin*, Wei Ding, Gangfeng Yan, Changbin Yu, and Alessandro Giua, “Leader-follower formation via complex Laplacian”, Automatica, vol. 49, no. 6, pp: 1900-1906, 2013.
  29. Xiangke Wang*, Changbin Yu, and Zhiyun Lin, “A dual quaternion solution to attitude and position control for rigid-body coordination”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 28, no. 5, pp: 1162-1170, 2012.
  30. Zhiyun Lin,and Mireille Broucke*, “On a reachability problem for affine hypersurface systems on polytopes”, Automatica, 47, no. 4, pp: 769-775, 2011. 
  31. Zhiyun Lin*, Min Wu, and Gangfeng Yan, “Reachability and stabilization of discrete-time affine systems with disturbances”, Automatica,v 47, no. 12, pp: 2720-2727, 2011. 
  32. Yong Hu, Gangfeng Yan, and Zhiyun Lin*, “Gait generation and control for biped robots with underactuation degree one”, Automatica, 47, no. 8, pp: 1605-1616, 2011.
  33. Ying Lan*, Gangfeng Yan, and Zhiyun Lin, “Synthesis of distributed control for coordinated path following based on hybrid control”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 56, no. 5, pp: 1170-1175, 2011.
  34. Yong Hu*, Gangfeng Yan, and Zhiyun Lin, “Feedback control of planar biped robots with regulable step length and walking speed”, IEEE Transactionson Robotics, 27, no. 1, pp: 162-169, 2011. 
  35. Wei Ding, Gangfeng Yan, and Zhiyun Lin*, “Collective motionsand formations under pursuit strategies on directed acyclic graphs”, Automatica, v 46, no. 1, pp: 174-181, 2010. 
  36. Ronghao Zheng, Zhiyun Lin*, and Gangfeng Yan, “Ring-coupled unicycles: boundedness, convergence and control”, Automatica, v 45, no. 11, pp: 2699-2706, 2009.
  37. Zhiyun Lin*, Bruce Francis, and ManfrediMaggiore, “State agreement for continuous-time coupled nonlinear systems”, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, v 46, no. 1, pp: 288-307, 2007. (regular paper)
  38. Zhiyun Lin*, Bruce Francis, and ManfrediMaggiore, “Necessary and sufficient graphical conditions for formation control of unicycles”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, v 50, no. 1, pp: 121-127, 2005. 
  39. Zhiyun Lin*, Mireille Broucke, and BruceFrancis, “Local control strategies for groups of mobile autonomous agents”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, v 49, no. 4, pp: 622-629, 2004.

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