Congratulations to Zhuo Li for passing dissertation proposal defense!

March 8, 2014

Zhuo Li defended his Ph.D. dissertation proposal on Feb. 27, 2014. His committee members include Profs. Stefano Carpin and Gerardo Diaz. His one hour presentation title is "Fractional order MIMO process modeling and control". The committee passed his defense with no reservation. Well done and congratulations. The whole process took about 2 hours.

Around 10 MESA LAB members attended Zhuo's public seminar.

Zhuo Li is now a "Ph.D. Candidate" at EECS Graduate Program of School of Engineering at UC Merced.

The seminar flyer information is attached below for further information.


EECS PhD. Qualifying Exam – Research Proposal

University of California, Merced

Title: Fractional Order Modeling and Control of Multi-Input-Multi-Output (MIMO) Processes

Date: February, 27 (Thursday), 2014, 1:00-3:00 PM

Room: SE 270 (Dean’s Conf. room)



Fractional calculus is a mathematical tool that augments conventional integrals and derivatives. When introduced into control theory, it poses new challenges for engineers, but also provides new opportunities of solutions in the meanwhile. In the literature, pioneers have investigated the benefits to some general control theories by using fractional order modeling and control techniques. However, such techniques for practical industrial processes have not been explored systematically. Hence, the presenter hopes to fill up some gaps through the preliminary exploration and the proposed investigation. Considerable improvements in both theory and practice have been and will be achieved by either extending existing methodologies or developing new ones. Some examples include the relay feedback identification of fractional order systems and the decoupling control of fractional order MIMO processes. More exciting results are expected by the completion of the proposed research.



Zhuo Li is a PhD student in the department of electrical engineering and computer science under Dr.Yangquan Chen’s supervision. He received the B.S. in Automation from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2009; and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2011. His industrial experience in China Unicom and Lam Research Corporation makes him involved in process controls. He has personal interests in flash animations, Android app development, and game theory, etc.