IEEE Fellow, University of California, USA
Wei Ren is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2004. From 2004 to 2005, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. He was an Assistant Professor (2005-2010) and an Associate Professor (2010-2011) with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Utah State University. His research focuses on distributed control of multi-agent systems and autonomous control of unmanned vehicles. Dr. Ren is an author of two books Distributed Coordination of Multi-agent Networks (Springer-Verlag, 2011) and Distributed Consensus in Multi-vehicle Cooperative Control (Springer-Verlag, 2008). He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He is currently an Associate Editor for Automatica, Systems and Control Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. He is an IEEE Fellow.
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Professor Jia-Yush Yen received the B.S. degree from National Tsing-Hwa University, Taiwan in 1980, the M.Sc. degree from University of Minnesota, USA, in 1983, and the Ph.D degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1989, all in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty of National Taiwan University where he served as the Department Chair, the director of Tjing-Ling Industrial Research Institute, and the Dean of the College of Engineering until 2017. Prof. Yen served as the Chair of the Automation Area for the National Science Council, the president of the Chinese Institute of Automation Engineers (CIAE) for four years. He is a fellow of the ASME, Chinese Society of Mechanical Eng., and CIAE. Dr. Yen received many awards, among them twice the Outstanding Research Award from Taiwan National Science Council (now the Ministry of Science and Technology) is awarded only to the topmost researchers in their area. Dr. Yen also received numerous complements from the government for his public service. He had also served as consultant for many companies and institutes. His research interests are in the areas of mechatronic systems, computer peripherals, and nano-manipulations.