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Guoqiang Hu

Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University

50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

Tel: (+65) 6790 4362

E-mail: gqhu@ntu.edu.sg

Personal information

Guoqiang Hu received B.Eng. in Automation from University of Science and Technology of China, M.Phil. in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida. He is currently a Full Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Research interests

Analysis, control, design and optimization of distributed intelligent systems

  • Theoretical research:

  1. Distributed decision making, optimization and control, computational game theory

  • Projects and applications in robotics and intelligent systems:

  1. Multi-robot systems (multi-robot coordination, swarm intelligence and fleet management, visual servo control)

  2. Smart city systems (data science, fault diagnostics, building automation and control, energy management and optimization)

Openings (New)

Recruiting: PhD students; Post-doctoral Research Fellows; Research Associates, Research Assistants, Research Engineers (updated in Sept 2021)

Topics:

Multi-robot coordination and fleet management, cooperative manipulation

Energy management and optimization, fault diagnostics and prediction

Distributed control and estimation, distributed optimization, distributed decision making

Interested candidates are welcome to send CVs to Prof. Guoqiang Hu at gqhu@ntu.edu.sg.

Research and teaching awards:

  • Finalist for Best Paper Award, the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (IEEE RCAR), Kandima, Maldives, 2018.

  • Best Paper in Automation Award, the 14th IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA), Macau, 2017.

  • Best Paper Award (Guan Zhao-Zhi Award), the 36th Chinese Control Conference (CCC), Dalian, China, 2017.

  • Finalist for Zhang Si-Ying Outstanding Youth Paper Award, the 29th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC), Chongqing, China, 2017.

  • Nominated for Nanyang Education Award, School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, 2016.

  • Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, 2015.

Main services to professional communities:

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

  • Program Chair, the 62th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)

Selected invited talks:

  1. Invited talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” “The Confluence of Vision and Control II" Workshop, The 5th IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), San Diego, USA, Aug 9-11, 2021.

  2. Distinguished lecture, “Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization and Nash Equilibrium Seeking for a Multi-Agent System with Unknown Cost Function,” Chinese Control and Decision Conferences (CCDC), Hefei, China, Aug 22-24, 2020.

  3. Invited talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems via Image-based Feedback,” The Confluence of Vision and Control Workshop, American Control Conference (ACC), Denver, USA, July 1-3, 2020.

  4. Plenary Panel talk, “Driving Energy Efficiency for Smart Buildings,” Plenary Panel “From Automation to Intelligence - Opportunities and Challenges”, Chinese Control Conference (CCC), Shenyang, China, July 27-29, 2020.

  5. Invited talk, “Multi-robot Systems,” Manufacturing, Trade and Connectivity (MTC) Robotics Workshop, National Robotics Program, Singapore, Jan 21, 2020.

  6. Keynote talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” International Workshop on Nonsmooth Systems and their Applications in Control and Robotics, Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 16-18, 2019.

  7. Invited talk, “Distributed Optimization for Multi-Agent Systems and Its Applications to Energy Consumption Control,” Advanced Control and Optimization for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems Workshop, The Third IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA 2019), Hong Kong, Aug 19-21, 2019.

  8. Plenary talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” International Symposium on Cooperative Autonomous Systems (ISCAS 2019), Shenzhen, China, Aug 17-18, 2019.

  9. Invited talk, “An Exact Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization Method with Optimal Averaging Schemes,” Recent Advances in Control and Optimization Workshop, IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation (ICCA), Edinburgh, Scotland, July 16-19, 2019.

  10. Keynote talk, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking for Multi-Agent Games,” The 3rd Chinese Nonlinear Systems and Control Conference (NSCC 2018), Guiyang, China, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2018.

  11. Keynote talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” The 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems (IEEE-CYBER 2018), Tianjin, China, July 19-23, 2018.

  12. Invited talk, “Distributed Control and Optimal Coordination of Multi-Robot Systems,” NTU-WASP (Sweden) Workshop, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Mar 6-7, 2017.

  13. Invited talk, “Distributed Fusion Estimation with Communication Constraints,” NTU-WASP (Sweden) Workshop, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Mar 6-7, 2017.

  14. Invited talk, “Distributed Optimal Coordination and Control for Energy Systems and the Smart Grid,” Young Researchers Workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems, Osaka, Japan, Dec 19, 2015.

  15. Invited talk, “Advanced Sensors and Controls for Driving Energy Efficiency of Urban Systems,” 2015 Singapore-Sweden Excellence Seminar, Singapore, Nov 4, 2015.

  16. Keynote talk, “Sensing, Data mining and Modeling – Thrust 1 Overview of SinBerBEST,” International Conference on Building Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technologies (ICBEST 2015), Singapore, Aug 31, 2015.

  17. Invited talk, “Advanced Sensors and Controls for Driving Building Energy Efficiency”, BCA Research & Innovation Workshop “Smart Building Technology”, Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore, Singapore, June 12, 2015.

  18. Invited talk, “Cloud Robotics - Architecture, Challenges, and Opportunities,” the First European Union (EU) Cloud Robotics Workshop at the euRobotics Forum 2013, Lyon, France, Mar 19-21, 2013.

Full publications list:

Selected recent publications:

  • Distributed decision making, Optimization and game theory

  1. G. Hu, Y. Pang, C. Sun, Y. Hong, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking: Continuous-time control-theoretic approaches,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 2021.

  2. C. Sun, G. Hu, “Distributed Generalized Nash Equilibrium Seeking for Monotone Generalized Noncooperative Games by a Regularized Penalized Dynamical System,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2021.

  3. C. Sun, G. Hu, “Continuous-time Penalty Methods for Nash Equilibrium Seeking of A Nonsmooth Generalized Noncooperative Game,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2021.

  4. Y. Pang, G. Hu, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking with Limited Cost Function Knowledge via A Consensus-Based Gradient-Free Method,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 66 (4), 1832-1839, 2021.

  5. C. Sun, M. Ye, G. Hu, “Distributed Optimization for Two Types of Heterogeneous Multi-Agent Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 32 (3), 1314-1324, 2021.

  6. M. Ye, G. Hu, S. Xu, “An Extremum Seeking-based Approach for Nash Equilibrium Seeking in N-coalition Noncooperative Games,” Automatica, 114, 108815, 2020.

  7. Y. Pang, G. Hu, “Randomized Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization Methods for a Multi-Agent System with Unknown Cost Function,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 65 (1), 333-340, 2020.

  8. Z. Feng, G. Hu, C.G. Cassandras, “Finite-Time Distributed Convex Optimization for Continuous-Time Multi-Agent Systems with Disturbance Rejection,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 7 (2), 686-698, 2020.

  9. Pang, G. Hu, “Randomized Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization Methods for a Multi-Agent System with Unknown Cost Function,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 65 (1), 333-340, 2020.

  • Multi-robot systems (multi-robot coordination, optimization and control)

  1. Z. Feng, G. Hu, “Formation Tracking of Multi-Agent Systems with Time-Varying Actuator Faults and Its Application to Task-Space Cooperative Tracking of Manipulators,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 2021.

  2. Z. Feng, G. Hu, Y. Sun, J. Soon, “Finite-Time Task-Space Coordinated Tracking of Networked Robotic Manipulators with Uncertain Kinematics and Dynamics,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2021.

  3. C. Sun, Z. Feng, G. Hu, “A Time-Varying Optimization-based Approach for Distributed Formation of Uncertain Euler-Lagrange Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2021.

  4. Z. Feng, G. Hu, Y. Sun, J. Soon, “An Overview of Collaborative Robotic Manipulation in Multi-Robot Systems,” Annual Reviews in Control, 49, 113-127, 2020.

  5. Y. Zhang, L. Sun, G. Hu, “Distributed Consensus-Based Multi-Target Filtering and Its Application in Formation-Containment Control,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 7 (1), 503-515, 2020.

  • Smart city systems (data science, fault diagnostics, building automation and control, energy management and optimization)

  1. Y. Yang, S. Srinivasan, G. Hu, C. J. Spanos, “Distributed Control of Multi-zone HVAC Systems Considering Indoor Air Quality,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2021.

  2. Y. Yang, G. Hu, C. J. Spanos, “Optimal Sharing and Fair Cost Allocation of Community Energy Storage,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 12 (5), 4185-4194, 2021.

  3. Y. Yang, G. Hu, C. J. Spanos, “HVAC Energy Cost Optimization for a Multi-zone Building via A Decentralized Approach,” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 17 (4), 1950-1960, 2020.

  4. D. Li, Y. Zhou, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Handling Incomplete Sensor Measurements in Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Building HVAC Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 17 (2), 833-846, 2020.