Prof. Chen was invited as a keynote speaker at ICFDA2018, Amman, Jordan

April 29, 2018

The International Conference on Fractional Differentiation and its Applications will be held on 16-18 July 2018, Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Prof. Chen was invited as a keynote speaker at ICFDA2018. Draft flyer is seen below.

Fractional Calculus View of Complexity

Prof. YangQuan Chen

 Mechanical Engineering Department

University of California at Merced


The ICFDA’18 International Conference on Fractional Differentiation and its Applications will be held in July 16-18, Amman, Jordan.

ABSTRACT: Fractional calculus (FC) is about differentiation and integration of non-integer orders. This  talk is trying to promote the viewpoint that, using fractional calculus based tools, we are able to understand complexities better. We start with basics on power law manifest of complexities and explain how power law is linked to fractional order dynamics in various contexts such as relaxation, autocorrelation, power spectrum, and probability density. We highlight heavy-tailedness and long range dependence in connection to extreme events. Our personal experience tells an unpleasant fact that “extreme events” are happening more and more often. What’s the governing law behind it? How we better understand the fact that extreme events are happening more and more often? Why this is linked to fractional order dynamics? These can be explained (fractionally) in this talk. We shall end the talk by sharing how your research excellence could be enhanced or even enabled by using fractional order thinking suggested in this talk. YangQuan Chen earned his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1998. He had been a faculty of Electrical Engineering at Utah State University from 2000-12. He joined the School of Engineering, University of California, Merced in summer 2012 teaching “Mechatronics”, “Engineering Service Learning” and “Unmanned Aerial Systems” for undergraduates; “Fractional Order Mechanics” and “Nonlinear Controls” for graduates. His research interests include mechatronics for sustainability, cognitive process control, small multi-UAV based cooperative multi-spectral “personal remote sensing”, applied fractional calculus in controls, modeling and complex signal processing; distributed measurement and control of distributed parameter systems with mobile actuator and sensor networks.

Dr. Chen serves as a Co-Chair for IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee (TC) on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Aerial Robotics (12-18). He recently served the TC Chair for the ASME DED Mechatronics Embedded Systems Applications (2009-10); Associated Editor (AE) for IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology (10-16), ISA Trans. (12-17), IET Control Theory and Applications (15-18), IFAC Control Engineering Practice (12-17) and Journal of Dynamics Systems, Measurements and Control (09-15). He now serves as Topic Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Field Robotics), Section AE (Remote Sensors) for Sensors, Senior Editor for International Journal of Intelligent Robotic Systems, Topical AE for Nonlinear Dynamics (18-) and AE for IFAC Mechatronics, Springer Intelligent Service Robotics and Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis. He is a member of IEEE, ASME, AIAA, ASPRS, AUVSI and AMA. He relies on Google citation to keep track of his publications at

Dr. Chen started some new investigations, published some papers and books, graduated some students, hosted some visiting scholars and also received some awards including the IFAC World Congress Best Journal Paper Award (Control Engineering Practice, 2011), First Place Awards for 2009 and 2011 AUVSI SUAS competitions, and most importantly, the “Relationship Counselor” award from IEEE Utah State University Student Branch for “explaining human relationship using control theory.” 

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