College of Department of Electronic Engineering

Shantou University

Email: zfan@stu.edu.cn

About Me

Zhun Fan is a Ph.D. of electrical engineering, a professor, a doctoral supervisor, the director of the key lab of digital signal and image processing of Guangdong province, the director of the department of electrical engineering, Shantou University, and the executive director of the Shantou robotics and intelligent manufacturing research institute. He is also a young talent of the recruitment program of global experts, a talent of the Guangdong's sailing plan, a creative talent of the Chinese overseas contribution award, and a young talent of the first group of talents in Shantou.
He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in control engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1995 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, he was an Assistant Professor with the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark.

Research Interest

Artificial Intelligence for System Modeling, Product Design and Development, Mechatronics Design Automation and Optimization, Intelligent Control, Autonomous Robotics, Cognitive Robotics, MEMS, Biomechanical Design, Artificial Muscle, Evolutionary Computation, Bayesian Learning, Computer Vision

Projects and Grants

  1. 2015-2018, as Principle Investigator, International Joint Research Center of “Evolutionary Intelligence and Robotics(EIRO)”, Evolutionary Design of Intelligent Robotics, CNY 1,800,000
  2. 2015-2018, “The Thousand Talents Plan of Young Professionals”, The Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, CNY 1,000,000
  3. 2014-2017, as Principle Investigator, “Talent Project of Sail Plan in Guangdong Province”, Guangdong Provincial Government, CNY 1,000,000
  4. 2014-2017, as Principle Investigator, “Integrated Intelligence in Advanced Mechatronic Systems”, Department of Education, Guangdong Province, China, CNY, 680,000
  5. 2014-2017, as Principle Investigator, “Intelligent Design Framework of Mechatronics Systems”, Department of Education, Guangdong Province, China, CNY 400,000
  6. 2014-2018, as co-Principle Investigator, “Theory and Application of Distributed Computing”, National Natural Science Foundation of China, support no. 61332002, CNY 3,100,000
  7. 2013-2015, as Principle Investigator, “Innovative Application and Integrated Services Platform of the First Generation of Numerical Control in the Eastern Part of Guangdong Province”, support no. 2013B011304002, CNY 2,000,000
  8. 2012-2015, as Principle Investigator, “Concurrent Evolutionary Design of both the Controller and the Plant of Hybrid Mechatronic Systems”, National Natural Science Foundation of China, support no. 61175073, CNY 600,000
  9. 2013-2015, as Principle Investigator, “Intelligent Design Framework of Mechatronics Systems”, Shantou University, project no. NTF12024, CNY 1,000,000
  10. 2013-2017, as co-Principle Investigator, “Adaptive Design of Diversity-oriented Open Product”, National Natural Science Foundation of China, support no.51375289, CNY 900,000
  11. 2011-2012, as co-Principle Investigator, "Evolutionary Design of Bio-inspired Fish-type Flying Robot Actuated by Artificial Muscles", seeding fund of NSF Sponsored BEACON Center for Study of Evolution in Action, (National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement No. DBI-0939454, $98,040)
  12. 2010-2011, Hans Christian Ørsted Postdoc Fond for Dr. Yuan Li (Project no. 95-4248-81082, DKK 500,000)
  13. 2009, Alectia Fond Award Recipient for the research work in the healthcare sector (with 12 other people, DKK 250,000)
  14. 2009, Otto Mønsted Fond for Guest Professor of DTU for three months (Project no. 95-4248-81070, 195,000 Danish Kroner)
  15. 2008-2011, as Principle Investigator and main supervisor, industrial PhD research project funded by FORCE Technology Inc, and Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation, “On Key Technical Issues to Commercialize Hospital Robotic Transportation Systems”, (FI’s sagsnr. 07-023362, DTU Project no. 95-4248-80817, 2.064 million Danish Kroner)
  16. 2008-2011, as Principle Investigator and main supervisor, industrial PhD research project funded by FORCE Technology Inc, and Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation, “Direct Vision Based Molten Pool Feature Extraction in Automated Arc Welding”, (FI’s sagsnr. 08-032306, DTU Project no. 95-4248-80924, 2.054 million Danish Kroner)
  17. 2007-2010, as Principal Investigator and main supervisor, international PhD research project, funded by Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation, “Automated Design of Advanced Mechatronic Systems”, (FI’s sagsnr. 645-06-0186, DTU Project no. 95-4248-80844, 1.64 Million Danish Kroner)
  18. 2007, Otto Mønsted Fond for a visiting professorship of DTU for three months. (Project no. 95-4248-80846, 180,000 Danish kroner)
  19. 2004-2006, participator, educational project, “Asia Link – Promoting and Assisting Engineering Design Education in China”. The project is an EU-funded project (ASI/B7-301/98/679-09), my major responsibility includes designing and delivering one training course on Mechatronics in China
  20. 2000-2004, participator, NSF project, “Automated Design of Mechatronic Systems Using Bond Graphs and Genetic Programming” (National Science Foundation No. DMI 0084934, $3,080,000)

Monographs

  1. Zhun Fan, “Mechatronic Design Automation – An Emerging Research and Recent Advances”, Nova Science Publisher 2011, ISBN: 978-1-61668-956-8
  2. Zhao Xu, Zhun Fan (editors), “Evolutionary Computing for Intelligent Power System Optimization and Control”, Nova Science Publisher 2010, ISBN:978-1-61728-031-3
  3. Zhun Fan (editor), Guijie Zhu, Pang Wang (translators), “Mechatronic Design Automation – An Emerging Research and Recent Advances”, Beijing Science Press 2018, ISBN: 978-7-03-055452-9

Selected Publications(since 2009)

  1. Z. Fan, W. Li, X. Cai, H. Li, C. Wei, Q. Zhang, K. Deb, E. Goodman. Push and pull search for solving constrained multi-objective optimization problems. Swarm and Evolutionary Computation BASE DATA. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.swevo.2018.08.017.
  2. Z. Fan, J. Lu, M. Gong, H. Xie, and E. Goodman. Automatic Tobacco Plant Detection in UAV Images via Deep Neural Networks. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.2018. (IF=2.913).
  3. Y. Rong, D. Xiang, W. Zhu, K. Yu, F. Shi, Z. Fan, and X. Chen. Surrogate-assisted Retinal OCT Image Classification Based on Convolutional Neural Networks. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.2018. (IF=3.451).
  4. X. Cai, Z. Mei, Z. Fan, Q. Zhang. A Decomposition-Based Many-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm With Two Types of Adjustments for Direction Vectors. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics.2017. (IF=7.384).
  5. Z. Fan, Y. Rong, X. Cai, J. Lu, W. Li, H. Lin and X. Chen*. Optic Disk Detection in Fundus Image Based on Structured Learning. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. 2017. (IF=3.4509).
  6. J. Liu, Z*. Fan , S. I. Olsen.Boosting Active Contours for Weld Pool Visual Tracking in Automatic Arc Welding. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 2016.(IF=3.502).
  7. X. Cai, Z. Yang, Fan Z*, Q. Zhang.Decomposition-based-sorting and angle-based-selection for evolutionary multiobjective optimization . IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. 2016.(IF= 10.629).
  8. L. Chen,H. Liu, Z. Fan, S. Xie, E. D. Goodman. Modeling the tracking area planning problem using an evolutionary multi-objective algorithm. IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. 2016 (IF=3.647).
  9. X. Cai,Y. Li, Z. Fan*,Q. Zhang. An external archive guided multiobjective evolutionary algorithm based on decomposition for combinatorial optimization.IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. 2015 (IF=3.654).
  10. J. F. Dupuis, Z. Fan*,E. D. Goodman. Evolutionary design of discrete controllers for hybrid mechatronic systems. Int. J. Systems Science. 2015 (IF=2.285).
  11. X. Cai, X. Cheng, Z. Fan*, E. Goodman, L. Wang. An adaptive memetic framework for multi-objective combinatorial optimization problems: studies on software next release and travelling salesman problemsSoft Computing, 2015, 1-22. (IF=1.271).
  12. D. Jiang, Z. Fan.* The Algorithm for Algorithms: An Evolutionary Algorithm Based on Automatic Designing of Genetic Operators. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2014, no. 2, pp. 66-70, 2015.(IF=1.145)
  13. Z. Hu, X. Cai, Z. Fan, An improved memetic algorithm using ring neighborhood topology for constrained optimization. Soft Computing. 18(10): 2023-2041 (2014). (IF=2.367).
  14. X. Cai, Z. Hu, Z. Fan. A novel memetic algorithm based on invasive weed optimization and differential evolution for constrained optimization. Soft Computing. 17(10): 1893-1910, 2013. (IF=2.367).
  15. J. F. Dupuis, Z. Fan*, E. Goodman. Evolutionary Design of Both Topologies and Parameters of a Hybrid Dynamical System. IEEE Trans. Evolutionary Computation 16(3): 391-405,2012. (IF = 3.654).
  16. L. Qiao, Z. Bai-Hai, C. Ling-Guo, F. Zhun, Vasilakos, A. V. Immunizations on small worlds of tree-based wireless sensor networks.Chinese Physics B21(5), 050205, 2012.(IF=1.603).
  17. P. Wang, L. Xu, S-M. Zhou, Z. Fan, Y. Li, S. Feng. A Novel Bayesian Learning Method for Information Aggregation in Modular Neural Networks. Expert Systems with Applications, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2010, pp. 1071-1074.(IF = 2.24).
  18. Z. Fan, J. Liu, T. Sørensen, P. Wang.Improved Differential Evolution Based on Stochastic Ranking for Robust Layout Synthesis of MEMS Components. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 937-948, 2009.(IF = 6.498).
  19. Y. Wang, Z. Cai, Y. Zhou, Z. Fan. Constrained Optimization Based on Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithm and Adaptive Constraint-Handling Technique. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 395-413, 2009. (IF=1.974).

Robot System Research and Development

  1. Complex robot with specialized manipulator.[video]
  2. 3rd-generation mobile service robot platform.[video]
  3. Six-joint teach pendant for manipulators.[video]
  4. Biomimetic robot with six legs.[video]
  5. Card-programming robotic system.[video]
  6. Hospital-used smart mobile robot.[video]
  7. Arc welding robot.[video]
  8. Scientific and educational robot platform intelligent car Pluto.[video]
  9. Manipulator based on visual grab system.[video]
  10. Solving rubik's cube robot.[video]
  11. Visual programming robot.[video]
  12. Special manipulator.[video]

Scholarly Service

  1. Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) since 2010

  2. Executive director of guangdong society of image and graphics since 2013

  3. Member of China intelligent simulation optimization and dispatch committee

  4. Member of Big Data Special Committee of Chinese Association of Automation(CAA) since 2016

  5. Executive member of intelligent robot special committee of Chinese artificial intelligence society since 2017

  6. Member of the special committee of "computer vision" of guangdong society of image and graphics since 2018

  7. Member of the special committee for document image analysis and recognition, China society of image and graphics (CSIG) since 2018

Program committee including:

  1. Program Chair, International Conference on Industrial Informatics --Computing Technology, Intelligent Technology, Industrial Information Integration (ICIICII 2017)
  2. Program Chair, International Conference on Industrial Informatics --Computing Technology, Intelligent Technology, Industrial Information Integration (ICIICII 2016)
  3. Program Chair, International Conference on Industrial Informatics --Computing Technology, Intelligent Technology, Industrial Information Integration (ICIICII 2015)
  4. Guest editorial for SI:Socially Interactive Robotics: From Theory to Applications in 2015

  5. Guest editorial for Robotics and Biomimetics thematic series on ‘Real-time Computing and Robotics in 2015
  6. Guest editorial for special section of Microelectromechanical Systems in Industrial Environments for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics in 2011
  7. Keynote Speaker, Title: Embedding Intelligence in Robotic Systems, 2015 International Conference on Robot and Intelligent Equipment (WRIE 2015)

  8. Keynote Speaker, Title: Embedding Intelligence in Mechatronic Systems, 2014 1st Chinese Workshop on Evolutionary Computation and Learning (Ecole 2014)
  9. Keynote Speaker, Title: Embedding Intelligence in Mechatronic Systems, 2012 World Conference on Software Engineering (WCSE 2012)
  10. Program Chair, 2015 Second Global Congress on Intelligent Systems (GCIS 2012)

  11. Program Chair, 2012 Second Global Congress on Intelligent Systems (GCIS 2012)
  12. Program Chair, 2010 Second Global Congress on Intelligent Systems (GCIS’10)
  13. Special Session Organizer, Evolutionary Computation in Network Optimization, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2011)
  14. Program Committee, 2011 International Conference on Data Engineering and Internet Technology (DEIT 2011)
  15. Program Co-Chair, Life Sciences and Health Care, IEEE 7th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2011)
  16. Program Co-Chair for the 2011 7th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC 2011)
  17. Systems for Performance Improvement, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT’10)
  18. Session Chair, 35th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON’09)
  19. Session Chair, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’09)
  20. Special Session Organizer, Intelligent Methods in Mechatronic & Robotic
  21. Committee member of Big Data Committee of Chinese Society of Automation, 2016
  22. Vice-Chairman of ACM Guangzhou Branch, 2014
  23. Director of Guangdong Image and Graphics Society, 2013
  24. Advisory Board of International Conference on Emerging Trends, Technology and Research, ICETTR-2013

Teaching

  1. Fall 2004-2008, 41030 Design of Mechatronic Systems (Technical University of Denmark, DTU)
  2. Fall 2004-2008, 41660 Applied Mechatronics, DTU
  3. Spring 2005-2010, 41670 Motion Control, DTU
  4. Spring 2009-2010, 42062 Design of Electronic Systems, DTU
  5. Fall 2009-2010, 42625 Robotics, DTU
  6. Spring 2012-2013, Automatic Control Theory (Shantou University, STU)
  7. Spring 2013-2018, Digital Image Processing, STU
  8. Fall 2014-2015, Automatic Control Theory, STU
  9. Spring 2015-2016, Automatic Control Theory, STU
  10. Fall 2015-2019, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, STU

Research Student Supervision

Postdoctoral advisees

  1. Sofiane Achiche, 2006-2007, postdoctoral researcher, supervisor

    Ttle: Design Automation and Optimization for MEMS

  2. Yuan Li, 2010 - 2011, postdoctoral researcher, supervisor

    Title: Decoupled visual control for robots based on structured light and weld seam tracking

  3. Tiejun Yang, 2015, postdoctoral researcher, supervisor

PhD student advisees

  1. Jean-Francois Dupuis, 2007 – 2010, PhD student, supervisor

    Title: Automated Design of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, thesis defended and PhD certificate granted

  2. Jinchao Liu, 2008 – 2011, PhD student, supervisor

    Title: Direct Vision Based Molten Pool Feature Extraction in Automated Arc Welding, thesis defended and PhD certificate granted

  3. Ali Ozkil, 2008 – 2011, PhD student, supervisor

    Title: New AI and its Application in Hospital Service Robotics, thesis defended and PhD certificate granted

  4. Huibiao Lin, 2013, PhD student,supervisor
  5. Wenji Li, 2014, PhD student, supervisor
  6. Guijie Zhu, 2016, PhD student, supervisor
  7. Sibo Huang, 2017, PhD student, supervisor
  8. Chong Li, 2018, PhD student, supervisor

Master student advisees

  1. Mattia Perissinotto, 2005 – 2006, master thesis student, advisor

    Title: Design and Verification of a Motor Controller using FPGA Techniques

  2. Diego González, 2005 – 2006, master thesis student, advisor

    Title: Embedded System for Face Recognition Using FPGA Techniques

  3. Ines Fernández, 2005 – 2006, master thesis student, co-advisor

    Title: Optimization of a Fuzzy Logic Controller Using Genetic Algorithms

  4. Jeremy Chapute, 2005 – 2006, master thesis student, co-advisor

    Title: Case study of a MEMS switch supported by a FBS and DFM framework

  5. Ali Ozkil, 2006 – 2007, research Assistant, advisor

    Title: SLAM of indoor mobile robots

  6. Kristoffer Raun, 2007, master thesis student, advisor

    Title: Application of Artificial Muscles as Actuators, June 2007

  7. Michael Lisowski, 2009, Master student, advisor

    Title: Differential Evolution Approach to the Localization Problem for Mobile Robots, September 2009

  8. Morten Lindahl, 2009 - 2010, Master student, co-advisor (with Sofiane Achiche)

    Title: Dynamic Gait Balancing of Walking Biped Robots, Sept 2010

  9. Shen Zhao, 2009 - 2010, Master student, co-advisor (with Ben Mathews)

    Title: Design Requirements for Hospital Logistic Robot, June 2010

  10. Shuxiang Xie, 2012-2015, Master student, advisor

    Title: Research and Application of Constrained Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm

  11. Yibiao Rong, 2013-2016, Master student, advisor. Suzhou University PhD

    Title: Optic Disk Detection and Vessels Segmentation in Fundus Image

  12. Youxiang Zuo, 2013-2016, Master student, advisor.(National scholarship recipient)

    Title: Prediction of Acute Hypotensive Episodes Using Random Forest Based on Gene Expression Programming

  13. Lei Zhao, 2014-2017, Master student, advisor.(National scholarship recipient)
  14. Yang Xiao, 2014-2017, Master student, advisor.(National scholarship recipient)
  15. Honghui Xie, 2014-2017, Master student, advisor. Working at Dajiang Technologies.
  16. Zhongxing Li, 2015-2018, Master student, advisor. Working at Huawei Technologies.
  17. Yi Fang, 2015-2018, Master student, advisor. Working at Huawei Technologies.