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Feitian Zhang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Phone: 703-993-6097, Fax: 703-993-1601
E-mail: fzhang9@gmu.edu
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Biography

Feitian Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Automatic Control from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, in 2014. Prior to joining Mason, He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Institute for Systems Research at University of Maryland from September, 2014 to August, 2016. His research interests include robotics, control, mechatronics, and underwater vehicles. Curriculum vitaeGoogle scholar profile; Youtube Channel.

Announcements

I am looking for PhD students interested in robotics and control. Successful candidates should be highly self-motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. Background in one or more of the following areas is required: dynamics, controls, robotics, and mechanics. Hands-on experience with sensors, actuators, and micro-controllers is a plus.

High-motivated undergraduate and master students are welcome to participate in research on robot development and control systems all year round. To apply, please send your resume and (unofficial) transcripts, if available, to Dr. Zhang at fzhang9@gmu.edu.





Publications

Journal Articles
  1. F. Zhang, F. Lagor, H. Lei, X. Tan, D. Paley, ''Robotic Fish: Flow-relative Control Behaviors Using Distributed Flow Sensing'', ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Magazine (insert of Mechanical Engineering Magazine), 138(3): S2-S5, March 2016. Special Issue on Bio-inspired Systems
  2. F. Zhang, F. Lagor, D. Yeo, P. Washington, and D. Paley, ''Distributed Flow Sensing for Closed-loop Speed Control of a Flexible Fish Robot,'' Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Special issue on Bio-inspired Soft Robotics, 10(6): 065001, 2015
  3. F. Zhang, O. Ennasr, E. Litchman, and X. Tan, ''Autonomous sampling of water columns using gliding robotic fish: Algorithms and harmful algae-sampling experiments,'' IEEE Systems Journal, Special issue on Cyber-innovated Environmental Sensing, Monitoring and Modeling for Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1271-1281, 2016
  4. F. Zhang, X. Tan,''Passivity-based stabilization of underwater gliders with a control surface,'' Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 137.6 (2015): 061006
  5. F. Zhang, F. Zhang, X. Tan, ''Tail-enabled spiraling maneuver for gliding robotic fish,'' Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 136.4 (2014): 041028
  6. F. Zhang, J. Thon, C. Thon, X. Tan, ''Miniature underwater glider: Design and experimental results,'' IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 394-399, 2014

Conference Articles

  1. S. Rajendran and F. Zhang, “Developing A Novel Robotic Fish With Antagonistic Artificial Muscle Actuators,” 2017 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), accepted
  2. F. Dang and F. Zhang, “Identification of Hydrodynamic Coefficients of a Robotic Fish Using Improved Extended Kalman Filter,” 2017 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), accepted
  3. F. Zhang, P. Washington, D. Paley, ''A Flexible, Reaction-Wheel-Driven Fish Robot: Flow Sensing and Flow-Relative Control'', Proceedings of the 2016 American Control Conference (ACC), Boston, MA, pp. 1221-1226, 2016
  4. F. Zhang, F. Lagor, D. Yeo, P. Washington, and D. Paley, ''Distributed flow sensing using Bayesian estimation for a flexible fish robot'', 2015 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Columbus, OH, Paper 2015-9732 (10 pp), 2015
  5. F. Zhang, O. Ennasr, E. Litchman, and X. Tan, ''Autonomous sampling of water columns using gliding robotic fish: Control algorithms and field experiments,'' Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seattle, WA, pp. 517-522, 2015
  6. F. Zhang and X. Tan, ''Three-dimensional spiral tracking control for gliding robotic fish,'' Proceedings of the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Los Angeles, CA, pp. 5340-5345, 2014
  7. F. Zhang, J. Wang, J. Thon, C. Thon, E. Litchman, X. Tan, ''Gliding robotic fish for mobile sampling of aquatic environments,'' [Invited], Proceedings of 11th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC), Miami, FL, pp. 167-172, 2014
  8. F. Zhang, X. Tan, ''Nonlinear observer design for stabilization of gliding robotic fish,'' Proceedings of the 2014 American Control Conference (ACC), Portland, OR, pp. 4175-4720, 2014
  9. F. Zhang, X. Tan, ''Gliding robotic fish and its tail-enabled yaw motion stabilization using sliding mode control,'' Proceedings of the 2013 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Palo Alto, CA, Paper DSCC2013-4015 (10 pp), 2013
  10. B. Tian, F. Zhang, X. Tan, ''Design and development of an LED-based optical communication system for underwater autonomous robots,'' Proceedings of the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Wollongong, Australia, 1558-1563, 2013
  11. F. Zhang, F. Zhang, X. Tan, ''Steady spiraling motion of gliding robotic fish,'' Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Vilamoura Algarve, Portugal, pp. 1754-1759, 2012
  12. F. Zhang, X. Tan, H. K. Khalil, ''Passivity-based controller design for stabilization of underwater gliders,'' Proceedings of the 2012 American Control Conference (ACC), Montreal, Canada, pp. 5408-5413, 2012
  13. F. Zhang, J. Thon, C. Thon, X. Tan, ''Miniature underwater glider: Design, modeling, and experimental results,'' Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), St. Paul, MN, pp. 4904-4910, 2012
  14. A. T. Abdulsadda, F. Zhang, X. Tan, ''Localization of source with unknown amplitude using IPMC sensor arrays,'' Y. Bar-Cohen & F. Carpi, editors, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XIII, Proc. of SPIE, vol. 7976, pp. 797627: 1-11, 2011

Group Members

Graduate Students

  1. Fengying Dang (ECE PhD)
  2. Sunil Kumar Rajendran (ECE MS)

Last updated June 12, 2017