Department: Institute of Robotics and Automatic Information System, College of Artificial Intelligence, Nankai University
Major: Control Theory and Control Engineering
Nonlinear Control of Underactuated Systems (Overhead Cranes);
Visual Servo of Mobile Robots;
Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles;
Advanced Control of Atomic Force Microscope Systems
PhD, 1999-2002, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. Research Field: Robotics and Nonlinear Control
MS, 1996-1999, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Research Field: Industrial Process Control
BS, 1994-1996, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. 1992-1994, Mixed Class (Geniuses Class), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Professor, 2003~present, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Postdoc Fellow, 2002-2003, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Research Assistant, 1999-2002, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Recent Honors and Awards:
2020, Awardee of Special Government Allowances of the State Council
2019, Awardee of Chinese Top Ten Scientific and Technological Progress in Intelligent Manufacturing
2019, Awardee of Tianjin Excellent Scientific and Technological Worker
2018, Tianjin Outstanding Talent
2018, Awardee of Tianjin Natural Science Award, First Prize
2018, Awardee of the Fifth Chen Han-Fu Award
2017, Awardee of Chinese Wu-Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Award: Natural Science Award, the only First Prize
2017, Awardee of Youth Scientist of Chinse Association of Automation
2014, Awardee of Baogang Excellent Teacher Award
2013, Awardee of National Distinguished Young Scholars Award
2011, Awardee of the Eleventh Distinguished Wusi Youngers Award of Tianjin
Funded Research Projects (PI):
Study for Cooperative Transportation with Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 650K, PI, 2019.1~2022.12.
Development of Automatic Nano-manipulation Technology with Specific Focus on Cell Parts Replacement, Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 2.7M, PI, 2017.1~2021.12.
Design of Autonomous Monitoring and Emergency Rescue System for Forest Fire with Multiple UAVs, Key Project Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin, RMB 200K, PI, 2016.4~2019.3.
Intelligent and Autonomous Robots, National Distinguished Young Scholars Funding, RMB 3.2M, PI, 2014.1~2017.12.
Dynamics Modeling and Nonlinear Control for Offshore Boom Cranes, Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 800K, PI, 2014.1~2017.12.
Efficient, Safe Automatic Overhead Crane Systems Development, National Science and Technology Pillar Program of China, RMB 4.73M, PI, 2013.1~2015.12.
Life Science-oriented, Cross-scale, Fast Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) Systems Development, National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI, RMB 2.8M, 2012.1~2015.12.
Biology Tissue-Oriented Micro-manipulation Technology and Devices Development, National High Technology Research and Development Program (“863” Program) of China, RMB 4.76M, PI, 2009.10~2011.12.
Energy-Based Control of Underactuated Nonlinear Crane Systems, National Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 300K, PI, 2009.1~2011.12.
International Joint Research: Biomedical Robotics and Applications (PIRSES-GA-2013-612641), Seventh Frame Work Programme: the People Programme: Marie Curie Actions-International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES), Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2017, International Joint Research Project, 445,200 EUR, Yongchun fang is the principal of Nankai Part.
 Hean Hua, Yongchun Fang*, Xuetao Zhang, Biao Lu, A Novel Robust Observer-based Nonlinear Trajectory Tracking Control Strategy for Quadrotors, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 1952-1963, 2021.
 Yinan Wu, Zhi Fan, Yongchun Fang*, Cunhuan Liu, An Intelligent AFM Scanning Strategy Based on Autonomous Exploration, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2021, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2021.3098223.
 Biao Lu, Yongchun Fang*, Gain-Adapting Coupling Control for a Class of Underactuated Mechanical Systems, Automatica, Vol. 125, pp. 109461, 2021.
 Xiao Liang, Yongchun Fang*, Ning Sun, He Lin, Xingang Zhao, Adaptive Nonlinear Hierarchical Control for a Rotorcraft Transporting a Cable-Suspended Payload, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, 51(7): 4171–4182, 2021.
 Ning Sun, Dingkun Liang, Yiming Wu, Yiheng Chen, Yanding Qin, Yongchun Fang*, Adaptive Control for Pneumatic Artificial Muscle Systems With Parametric Uncertainties and Unidirectional Input Constraints, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Vol. 16, No.2, pp. 969-979, 2020.
 Wei Zhu, Xian Guo, Yongchun Fang*, Xueyou Zhang, A Path-Integral-Based Reinforcement Learning Algorithm for Path Following of an Auto-Assembly Mobile Robot, IEEE Trans. on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Vol. 31, No. 11, pp. 4487 - 4499, 2020.
 Xuetao Zhang, Yongchun Fang*, Xuebo Zhang, Peiyao Shen, Jingqi Jiang, Xiang Chen, Attitude-constrained time optimal trajectory planning for rotorcrafts: Theory and application to visual servoing, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 1912-1921, 2020.
 Xian Guo, Wei Zhu, Yongchun Fang*, Guided Motion Planning for Snake-like Robots Based on Geometry Mechanics and HJB Equation, IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 66, No. 9, pp. 7120-7130, 2019.
 Xuebo Zhang, Runhua Wang, Yongchun Fang*, Baoquan Li, and Bojun Ma, Acceleration-Level Pseudo-Dynamic Visual Servoing of Mobile Robots With Backstepping and Dynamic Surface Control. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, Volume: 49, No. 10, pp. 2071-2081, 2019.
Chen Qian, Yongchun Fang*, Youpeng Li, Quaternion-based Hybrid Attitude Control for an Under-actuated Flapping Wing Aerial Vehicle, IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 2341-2352, 2019.
Principles of Automatic Control (Undergraduate Course)
Nonlinear Control Based on Lyapunov Method (Graduate Course)
Robot Vision Control (Graduate Course)
Member, the Eighth Special Committee of Brain Science and Cognitive Science of the Science and Technology Committee of the Ministry of Education
Member, the Expert Committee of Artificial Intelligence High-level Talent Training of the Ministry of Education
Member, the Educational Guidance Committee for Electronic Information Majors of Higher Education Ministry of Education
Member, the Tenth Chinese Society of Automation Education Committee
Deputy Director, the Youth Committee of the Chinese Institute of Electronics for Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Systems
Vice President, Tianjin Intelligent Science and Technology Research Association
Director, the Chinese Society of Automation
Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
General Chair, the 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems (IEEE-CYBER 2018), Tianjin, China, July 19-July 23, 2018
Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control