Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State University
Friday, November 30, 2018
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
1110 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
301 405 4471
MSU Foundation Professor, Michigan State University
Underwater Patrol: A Tale about Gliding Robotic Fish "Grace"
Abstract: Autonomous robots are becoming increasingly important in our exploration of the vast underwater world. In this talk I will present “Grace”, a unique underwater robot that is both a glider and robotic fish, and discuss several potential applications of such robots, including monitoring harmful algal blooms, tracking invasive fish species, and assisting humans in search and rescue. I will highlight the role of control and estimation theory throughout the talk. For example, in acoustic telemetry-based fish tracking, the time-difference-of-arrival of the acoustic tag signal received by a group of gliding robotic fish could be used to precisely locate the moving target (fish) via distributed Kalman filtering. Using structural observability theory, we establish the network topology condition for ensuring convergence in distributed target estimation.
Bio: Dr. Xiaobo Tan is an MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) at Michigan State University (MSU). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in automatic control from Tsinghua University, China, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2002. He was a postdoc with Institute for Systems Research at University of Maryland before joining the faculty at MSU in 2004. His research interests include bio-inspired underwater robots and their application to environmental sensing, soft robotics, and modeling and control of smart materials. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers and holds three US patents on these topics.
Dr. Tan has served on the editorial boards of Automatica, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He has also been a Guest Editor for special issues or focused sections for six journals, and has been active in organizing conferences including serving as the General Chair of the 2018 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Dr. Tan is keen to integrate his research with educational and outreach activities, and has served as Director of an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site program at MSU from 2009 - 2016 and Curator of a robotic fish exhibit at MSU Museum in 2016-2017. Dr. Tan is a Fellow of IEEE, and a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2006), MSU Teacher-Scholar Award (2010), MSU College of Engineering Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award (2018), UMD ECE Distinguished Alumni Award (2018), and several Best Paper Awards.