Guoqiang Hu's Webpage

 

Guoqiang Hu

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University

50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

Tel: (+65) 6790 4362

E-mail: gqhu@ntu.edu.sg

Personal information

Guoqiang Hu received B.Eng. in Automation from University of Science and Technology of China, M.Phil. in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Research interests

Analysis, control, design and optimization of distributed intelligent systems

  • Theoretical research: Distributed control and estimation, distributed optimization, game theory, distributed decision making

  • Projects and applications: Multi-robot systems (multi-robot coordination, cloud robotics, swarm intelligence, visual servo control and autonomous systems); Smart city systems (energy management and optimization, fault diagnostics, building automation and control)

Research and teaching awards:

  • Best Paper in Automation Award, the 14th IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA), Macau, Jul 2017.

  • Best Paper Award (Guan Zhao-Zhi Award), the 36th Chinese Control Conference (CCC), Dalian, China, Jul 2017.

  • Finalist for Best Paper Award, the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (IEEE RCAR), Kandima, Maldives, Aug 2018.

  • Finalist for Zhang Si-Ying Outstanding Youth Paper Award, the 29th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC), Chongqing, China, May 2017.

  • Nominated for Nanyang Education Award, School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, 2016

  • Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, 2015

Main services to professional communities:

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

  • General Chair, the 16th IEEE Conference on Control & Automation (ICCA) (http://www.ieee-icca.org/)

  • Program Chair, the 62th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)

Selected invited talks:

  1. Panel talk, Chinese Control Conference (CCC), Shenyang, China, July 27-29, 2020.

  2. Invited talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems via Image-based Feedback,” The Confluence of Vision and Control Workshop, American Control Conference (ACC), Denver, USA, July 1-3, 2020.

  3. Distinguished lecture, “Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization Methods for a Multi-Agent System with Unknown Cost Function,” Chinese Control and Decision Conferences (CCDC), Hefei, China, May 23-25, 2020.

  4. Keynote talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” International Workshop on Nonsmooth Systems and their Applications in Control and Robotics, Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 16-18, 2019.

  5. Invited talk, “Distributed Optimization for Multi-Agent Systems and Its Applications to Energy Consumption Control,” Advanced Control and Optimization for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems Workshop, The Third IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA 2019), Hong Kong, Aug 19-21, 2019.

  6. Plenary talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” International Symposium on Cooperative Autonomous Systems (ISCAS 2019), Shenzhen, China, Aug 17-18, 2019.

  7. Invited talk, “An Exact Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization Method with Optimal Averaging Schemes,” Recent Advances in Control and Optimization Workshop, IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation (ICCA), Edinburgh, Scotland, Jul 16-19, 2019.

  8. Keynote talk, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking for Multi-Agent Games,” The 3rd Chinese Nonlinear Systems and Control Conference (NSCC 2018), Guiyang, China, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2018.

  9. Keynote talk, “Robust Coordination of Networked Multi-Robot Systems,” The 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems (IEEE-CYBER 2018), Tianjin, China, Jul 19-23, 2018.

  10. Invited talk, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking for Multi-Agent Games,” Unmanned Systems Technical Workshop, Beijing, China, May 22-24, 2018

  11. Keynote talk, “Sensing, Data mining and Modeling – Thrust 1 Overview of SinBerBEST,” International Conference on Building Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technologies (ICBEST 2015), Singapore, Aug 31, 2015.

  12. Invited talk, “Distributed Optimal Coordination and Control for Energy Systems and the Smart Grid,” Young Researchers Workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems, Osaka, Japan, Dec 19, 2015

  13. Invited talk, “Advanced Sensors and Controls for Driving Energy Efficiency of Urban Systems,” 2015 Singapore-Sweden Excellence Seminar, Singapore, Nov 4, 2015.

  14. Invited talk, “Advanced Sensors and Controls for Driving Building Energy Efficiency”, BCA Research & Innovation Workshop “Smart Building Technology”, Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore, Singapore, Jun 12, 2015.

  15. Invited talk, “Cloud Robotics - Architecture, Challenges, and Opportunities,” the First European Union (EU) Cloud Robotics Workshop at the euRobotics Forum 2013, Mar 19-21, Lyon, France, 2013.

Selected publications:

  • Distributed control, distributed optimization and games

  1. Y. Pang, G. Hu, “Randomized Gradient-Free Distributed Optimization Methods for a Multi-Agent System with Unknown Cost Function,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 65 (1), 333-340, 2020.

  2. Z. Feng, G. Hu, C.G. Cassandras, “Finite-Time Distributed Convex Optimization for Continuous-Time Multi-Agent Systems with Disturbance Rejection,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2020.

  3. M. Ye, G. Hu, F.L. Lewis, L. Xie, “A Unified Strategy for Solution Seeking in Graphical N-coalition Noncooperative Games,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 64 (11), 4645-4652, 2019.

  4. H. Cai, G. Hu, “Dynamic Consensus Tracking of Uncertain Lagrangian Systems with a Switched Command Generator,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 64 (10), 4260-4267, 2019.

  5. B. Chen, G. Hu, D.W.C. Ho, and L. Yu, “A New Approach to Linear/Nonlinear Distributed Fusion Estimation Problem,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 64 (3), 1301-1308, 2019.

  6. B. Chen, G. Hu, D.W.C. Ho, L. Yu, “Distributed Kalman Filtering for Time-Varying Discrete Sequential Systems,” Automatica, 99, 228-236, 2019.

  7. M. Ye, G. Hu, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking in Multi-agent Games under Switching Communication Topologies,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 48 (11), 3208-3217, 2018.

  8. B. Chen, G. Hu, “Nonlinear State Estimation under Bounded Noises,” Automatica, 98, 159-168, 2018.

  9. C. Sun, G. Hu, L. Xie, “Controllability of Multi-agent Networks with Antagonistic Interactions,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62 (10), 5457-5462, 2017.

  10. M. Ye, G. Hu, “Distributed Nash Equilibrium Seeking by A Consensus Based Approach,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62 (9), 4811-4818, 2017.

  11. C. Sun, M. Ye, G. Hu, “Distributed Time-varying Quadratic Optimization for Multiple Agents under Undirected Graphs,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62 (7), 3687-3694, 2017.

  12. H. Cai, G. Hu, “Distributed Tracking Control of an Interconnected Leader-follower Multi-agent System,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62 (7), 3494-3501, 2017.

  13. Z. Feng, G. Wen, G. Hu, “Distributed Secure Coordinated Control for Multi-Agent Systems under Strategic Attacks,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 47 (5), 1273-1284, 2017.

  14. H. Cai, F. L. Lewis, G. Hu, and J. Huang, “Cooperative Output Regulation of Linear Multi-Agent Systems utilizing the Adaptive Distributed Observer,” Automatica, 75, 299-305, 2017.

  15. M. Ye, G. Hu, “Game Design and Analysis for Price based Demand Response: An Aggregate Game Approach,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 47 (3), 720-730, 2017.

  • Multi-robot systems (coordination, formation, control and optimization)

  1. Z. Feng, G. Hu, “Connectivity-Preserving Flocking for Networked Lagrange Systems with Time-Varying Actuator Faults,” Automatica, 2020.

  2. Z. Feng, G. Hu, W. Ren, W.E. Dixon, and J. Mei, “Distributed Coordination of Multiple Unknown Euler-Lagrange Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 5 (1), 55-66, 2018.

  3. C. Sun, G. Hu, L. Xie, and M. Egerstedt, “Robust Finite-Time Connectivity Preserving Coordination of Second-Order Multi-Agent Systems,” Automatica, 89, 21-27, 2018.

  4. Z. Feng, C. Sun, G. Hu, “Robust Connectivity Preserving Rendezvous of Multirobot Systems Under Unknown Dynamics and Disturbances,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 4 (4), 725-735, 2017.

  5. X. Dong, G. Hu, “Time-varying Formation Tracking for Linear Multi-agent Systems with Multiple Leaders,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62 (7), 3658-3664, 2017.

  6. X. Dong, G. Hu, “Time-varying output formation for general linear multi-agent systems via dynamic output feedback control,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 4 (2), 236-245, 2017.

  7. X. Dong, G. Hu, “Time-varying Formation Control for General Linear Multi-agent Systems with Switching Directed Topologies,” Automatica, 73, 47-55, 2016.

  8. G. Hu, W. Tay, and Y. Wen, “Cloud Robotics: Architecture, Challenges and Applications,” IEEE Network, 28 (3), 21-28, 2012.

  • Smart building and energy systems (control, optimization, fault detection and diagnosis)

  1. D. Li, Y. Zhou, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Identifying Unseen Faults for Smart Buildings by Incorporating Expert Knowledge with Data,” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 16 (3), 1412-1425, 2019.

  2. H. Cai, G. Hu, “Distributed Nonlinear Hierarchical Control of AC Microgrid via Unreliable Communication,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 9 (4), 2429-2441, 2018.

  3. K. Ma, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Energy Management Considering Load Operations and Forecast Errors with Application to HVAC Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 9 (2), 605-614, 2018.

  4. Z. Xu, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Coordinated Optimization of Multiple Buildings with a Fair Price Mechanism for Energy Exchange,” Energy and Buildings, 151, 132-145, 2017.

  5. D. Li, Y. Zhou, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Optimal Sensor Configuration and Feature Selection for AHU Fault Detection and Diagnosis,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 13 (3), 1369-1380, 2017.

  6. Z. Xu, S. Liu, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Optimal Coordination of Air Conditioning System and Personal Fans for Building Energy Efficiency Improvement,” Energy and Buildings, 141, 308–320, 2017.

  7. Y. Fan, G. Hu, M. Egerstedt, “Distributed Reactive Power Sharing Control for Microgrids with Event-Triggered Communication,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 25 (1), 118-128, 2017.

  8. H. Cai, G. Hu, “Distributed Control Scheme for Package-level State-of-charge Balancing of Grid-connected Battery Energy Storage System,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 12 (5), 1919-1929, 2016.

  9. H. Cai, G. Hu, F. L. Lewis, A. Davoudi, “A Distributed Feedforward Approach to Cooperative Control of AC Microgrids,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 31 (5), 4057-4067, 2016.

  10. D. Li, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “A Data-driven Strategy for Detection and Diagnosis of Building Chiller Faults Using Linear Discriminant Analysis”, Energy and Buildings, 128, 519-529, 2016.

  11. D. Li, Y. Zhou, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Building Cooling System With A Tree-structured Learning Method,” Energy and Buildings, 127, 540-551, 2016.

  12. K. Ma, G. Hu, C.J. Spanos, “Energy Consumption Control via Real-Time Pricing Feedback in Smart Grid,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 22 (5), 1907-1914, 2014.

  • Visual servo control, robot control

  1. G. Hu, W. Dixon, and H. Ding, “Robust Tracking Control of an Array of Nanoparticles Moving on a Substrate,” Automatica, 48 (2), 442-448, 2012.

  2. N. Gans, G. Hu, K. Nagarajan, and W. Dixon, “Keeping Multiple Moving Targets in the Field of View of a Mobile Camera,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 27 (4), 822-828, 2011.

  3. G. Hu, N. Gans, N. Fitz-coy, and W. E. Dixon, “Adaptive Homography-based Visual Servo Tracking Control via a Quaternion Formulation,” IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, 18 (1), 128-135, 2010.

  4. G. Hu, N. Gans, and W. E. Dixon, “Quaternion-Based Visual Servo Control in the Presence of Camera Calibration Error,” International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 20 (5), 489-503, 2010.

  5. G. Hu, W. Mackunis, N. Gans, W. E. Dixon, J. Chen, A. Behal, D.M. Dawson, “Homography-Based Visual Servo Control with Imperfect Camera Calibration,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 54 (6), 1318-1324, 2009.

  6. G. Hu, D. Aiken, S. Gupta, and W. E. Dixon, “Lyapunov-Based Range Identification for Paracatadioptric Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 53 (7), 1775-1781, 2008.

  7. G. Hu, C. Makkar, and W. E. Dixon, “Energy-Based Nonlinear Control of Underactuated Euler-Lagrange Systems Subject to Impacts,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 52 (9), 1742-1748, 2007.