Dr Xinggang Yan

Senior Lecturer
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Dr Xinggang Yan


Dr Xinggang Yan (严星刚) received his BSc degree from Shaanxi Normal University, in 1985, MSc degree from Qufu Normal University in 1991, and PhD degree in Control Engineering from Northeastern University, P. R. China in 1997. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Kent, United Kindom. 

He worked as a Research Fellow/Research Associate in the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, China and Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. 

He was awarded as outstanding Chief-Editor of the Journal of Electronics & Information Systems by Bilingual Publishing Co in 2022. He received the Best Application Paper Award of ASian Control Conference (ASCC) in Fukuoka, Japan in 2019. 

He serves as the member of the Editorial Board of several engineering journals including IET Control Theory & Applications, Journal of the Franklin Institute, Complexity, Energies and Mathematics Problems in Engineering etc. and a member of TPC for a number of international conferences. 

His research interests include sliding mode control, decentralised control, fault detection and isolation, and time delay system with applications. He has published three books, six invited book chapters and over 200 referred papers in these areas. 

Research interests

Dr Xinggang Yan's research interests, broadly speaking, lie in the control design and analysis of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems and large-scale interconnected systems with applications in real engineering systems. 

The problems investigated in his previous work are generally classified as: nonlinear control, observer design, decentralized control, fault detection and isolation, dynamical modelling, robust stabilization, tracking control and learning control etc, where not only state feedback but also output feedback is considered for varieties of systems; the matched and mismatched uncertainties are both dealt with. 

His frequently employed research approaches include Lyapunov analysis, sliding mode control, modern differential geometric approach, adaptive control and iterative learning control etc, which he has frequently made use of in the past and recent research works. The primary computational and simulation tool for the design and analysis is MATLAB with its toolboxes and Maple. The developed theoretical results have been tested in some practical systems, through computer simulation, such as robot system, fight control system, electric power system, multimachine power systems and coupled inverted pendulum system etc. 

His research work has been supported by EPSRC, Royal Academic of Engineering and University of Kent as well as jointly by National Natural Science Foundation of China.


Dr Xinggang Yan has been engaged in a diverse range of teaching activities within the School of Engineering, University of Kent. His teaching activities cover a number of modules ranging from foundation year to postgraduate students in the areas of Control Engineering and Engineering Mathematics. He has supervised a number of projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students including MSc and Meng students.   


Dr Xinggang Yan has successfully supervised 5 PhD students in the control engineering as the main supervisor. Currently he is the main supervisor of three PhD students. The PhD projects covers various topics in control Engineering and Control System Theory. All PhD candidates with Engineering and/or Mathematics background are welcome to join our control team.  


Academic service

  • Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Engineering Research and Science & Technology, (ISSN 2319--5991
  • Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue on "Advanced Control of Complex Dynamical Systems with Applications" for the journal: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2016
  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue on "Advanced Control for Singular Systems with Applicationsfor the journal: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2017
  • Member of Editorial Board of Journals:  Complexity, Energies, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Cogent Engineering, Annals of Robotics and Automation, International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications (IJEETC), SF Journal of Aviation and Aeronautical Science, Journal on Automation and Control Engineering(JACE), International Journal of Research Studies in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Research in Applied Mathematics, etc.
  • Member of Technical Program Committee
    • The Second International Conference on Physics, Mathematics and Statistics (ICPMS2019) ,    Hangzhou, China, May 22-24, 2019.   http://www.pmsconf.org/Committee.aspx
    • The 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Application (CASE 2018),  Hohhot, China, October 22 to 24, 2018.  http://www.csaeconf.org/Committee.aspx
    • The 3rd International Conference on Mechatronics and Electrical Systems (ICMES 2018), Bangkok, Thailand, October 12-14, 2018.  
    • The Seventh International Conference on Smart Cities, Systems, Devices and Technologies SMART 2018,  Barcelona, Spain, July 22-26, 2018.   https://www.iaria.org/conferences2018/SMART18.html
    • The 2nd International Conference on Mechatronics and Electrical Systems (ICMES 2017) , Wuhan, China,Dec 22-25, 2017. 
    • The 3rd Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Mechanical Automation (CSMA2017), Wuhan, China, November 10-12, 2017 http://www.csma2017.org/?op=committee
    • The 5th Annual 2017 International Conference on Mechanics and Mechatronics [ICMM2017] will be held on December 15th-17th, 2017, Xiamen, China. 
    • Member of Technical Program Committee of the 2nd international Conference on Mechatronics, Control and Automation Engineering (MCAE2017), Shenzhen, China,17-18, September 2017.  http://www.mcae2017.org/
  • Member of Executive Editorial Board of the International Conference on Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering (ICIEEE), 2017.
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