Prof. Youmin Zhang's Lecture:New Developments on Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) and Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Control (FTCC) of Unmanned Systems and Their Applicati

Title: New Developments on Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) and Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Control (FTCC) of Unmanned Systems and Their Applications

Speaker: Prof. Youmin Zhang 

Dept. of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Time: August 2, 10:00 am

Location: Room 211, New Building, College of Control Science & Engineering, Yuquan Campus 



Unmanned systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) and Autonomous Cars, as well as Unmanned Surface/Underwater Vehicles (USVs/UUVs) are gaining more and more attention during the last a few years due to their important contributions and cost-effective applications in several tasks such as surveillance, sense, search, rescue, agriculture, forest and environment, pipelines and powerlines, military and security applications. On the other hand, Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) and Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) of manned aircraft have a long history since the initial research on self-repairing flight control systems in US Air Force and NASA begun in mid-1980s. However, due to safety concern of manned vehicles to the pilot, experimental test and further practical research and development have been limited. Benefited from the recent and significant advances and developments of unmanned systems, development and application of autonomous, fault-tolerant, cooperative control and even the latest Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Control (FTCC) techniques have been emerged and developed quickly in recent years. In this talk, brief review on the development of autonomous unmanned systems and challenges on autonomy and fault tolerance of unmanned systems will be given first, then the latest development and current research work on FTCC with applications to autonomous quadrotor helicopter UAVs, wheeled mobile robots/ground vehicles testbeds and USVs developed in collaboration with industry at Concordia University, as well as applications to wind turbines/farm and smart grids in the renewable energy field, will be introduced.



Youmin Zhang is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, in 1983, 1986, and 1995, respectively. His research interests include FDD and FTC, Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) of single and multiple unmanned aerial/space/ground/surface vehicles and their applications to forest fires, pipelines, power lines, environment, natural resources and natural disasters monitoring, detection, and protection by combining with remote sensing techniques; advanced control and signal processing techniques for diagnosis, prognosis, and health management of safety-critical systems, renewable energy systems and smart grids, and manufacturing processes. He has authored 4 books, over 450 journal and conference papers, and book chapters. He is a Fellow of CSME, a Senior Member of the AIAA and IEEE, and a member of the Technical Committee (TC) for several international scientific societies. He is an Editor-in-Chief, Editor-at-Large, and Associate Editor of several international journals. He has served as General Chair, Program Chair, and IPC member of many international conferences. More detailed information can be found at