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Feitian Zhang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Director of Bioinspired Robotics and Intelligent Control Lab
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, artificial intelligence, and underwater vehicles. Curriculum vitaeGoogle scholar profile; Youtube Channel.

Announcements

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, O. Ennasr, and X. Tan, "Gliding Robotic Fish: An Underwater Sensing Platform and Its Spiral-Based Tracking in 3D Space," Marine Technology Society Journal, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 71-78, 2017
  2. 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
  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, 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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. F. Dang and F. Zhang, ''Distributed Flow Estimation for Autonomous Underwater Robots Using POD-based Model Reduction,'' the 57rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Miami Beach, FL, 2018, to appear
  2. S. Rajendran and F. Zhang, ''Learning Based Speed Control of Soft Robotic Fish,'' 2018 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Atlanta, GA, Paper DSCC2018-8977 (7 pp), to appear
  3. S. Rajendran, Q. Wei, and F. Zhang, ''Foveation Control of a Robotic Eye Using Deep Reinforcement Learning,'' 2018 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Atlanta, GA, Paper DSCC2018-9209 (7 pp), to appear
  4. F. Dang and F. Zhang, ''DMD-Based Distributed Flow Sensing For Bio-Inspired Autonomous Underwater Robots,'' 2018 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Atlanta, GA, Paper DSCC2018-9113 (8 pp), to appear
  5. S. Rajendran and F. Zhang, ''Developing A Novel Robotic Fish With Antagonistic Artificial Muscle Actuators,'' 2017 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Tysons Corner, VA, Paper 2017-5380 (7 pp), 2017
  6. 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), Tysons Corner, VA, Paper 2017-5385 (9 pp), 2017
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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 (Rose) Dang (ECE PhD)
  2. Sunil Kumar Rajendran (ECE PhD)
  3. Qingyang Dai (ECE PhD)
  4. Dinesh Kumar Karri (ECE MS)

Last updated September 2, 2018