About the Author
From 1988, while he was doing research work towards a D Phil in Sussex University, UK, he began utilizing MATLAB as the main tool and developed several commercial programs using MATLAB. Especially, since he took up the post in Northeastern University, he concentrated on the reform of the course of computer aided control systems design and introduced MATLAB as the main tool in the course. The book "Computer aided control systems design using MATLAB" by Tsinghua University Press in 1996 has been acknowledged as the first thorough introduction to MATLAB in conjunction with control systems in China. A series of books on the topic has been published in Tsinghua University Press since and earned the author good reputation among the Chinese readers world wide. The book has been cited by thousands of books and journal papers in China. He is the author of two books in English, "Feedback Linear Control, analysis and design with MATLAB" (SIAM, 2007) and "Solving applied mathematical problems with MATLAB" (CRC, 2008).
The major research interest of Professor Xue covers the areas of CACSD, systems simulation, system modelling and identification. He has published many papers and books and developed a freely downloadable MATLAB based feedback control systems analysis and design tool CtrlLAB.
YangQuan Chen joined the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced in Fall 2012 where he formally teaches Mechatronics and Fractional Order Mechanics. He founded the MESA Lab (Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation) with research emphasis and excellence in Unmanned Aerial Systems and UAV-based Personal Remote Sensing, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Modeling and Control of Renewable Energy Systems, Mechatronics, and Applied Fractional Calculus (AFC). He earned his Ph.D. in 1998 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 2000-2012, Dr. Chen was a faculty member at Utah State University (USU) where he directed the CSOIS (Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems) from 2004-2012. The most important award he received was the "Relationship Counselor" award from USU Student Branch of IEEE for "explaining human relationships with control theory." He is a recipient of IFAC Best Journal Paper Award (Control Engineering Practice) at 2011 IFAC World Congress. He is a member of the editorial board for several leading journals such as Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis, IFAC Control Engineering Practice, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IFAC Mechatronics, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, and ISA Transactions. He is the Topic Editor-in-Chief of Field Robotics for International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems and he is also a founding editorial board member for Unmanned Systems (World Scientific). His most recent monographs are "Distributed-Order Dynamic Systems: Stability, Simulation, Applications and Perspectives" (with Z. Jiao and I. Podlubny, Springer, 2012), "Fractional Order Motion Controls" (with Y. Luo, Wiley, 2012), "Remote Sensing and Actuation Using Unmanned Vehicles", (with H. Chao, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2012) and "System Simulation Techniques with MATLAB and Simulink" (with D. Xue, Wiley, 2013).