Prof. Ben Chen’s Ph.D. students win the Guan Zhao-Zhi Award at the 42nd Chinese Control Conference
15 Aug, 2023

Congratulations to Mr. Minghao Dou, Mr. Xuchen Liu and Mr. Dongyue Huang, Ph.D. students of Professor Ben M. Chen, on winning the Guan Zhao-Zhi Award at the 42nd Chinese Control Conference.

Established in 1994, the Guan Zhao-Zhi Award aims to memorize and honor Professor Guan Zhao-Zhi and to promote the development of control theory in China. Professor Guan was an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a world-famous mathematician and expert on control theory.

The Guan Zhao-Zhi Award will be given to no more than two papers at each Chinese Control Conference.

Awardees: Minghao Dou, Xuchen Liu, Dongyue Huang, Biao Wang, Jinqiang Cui, Qinyuan Ren, Lihua Dou, Jie Chen, Ben M. Chen

Paper Title: Modeling and operating point analysis for aquatic translational motion of a cross-medium vehicle


The design of air-water vehicles poses unique challenges due to the fact that both air and water are three-dimensional fluid spaces with inherent differences in their properties. The potential applications of air-water vehicles are vast, ranging from surveillance, inspection and underwater data collection to heterogeneous robot team operations. In this work, we introduce an innovative design approach for an aerial-aquatic quadrotor named the TJ-FlyingFish. This unique vehicle is capable of efficiently and effectively operating underwater by rotating its thrusters along their respective arm axes when submerged. By employing this technique, the TJ-FlyingFish can move directly in surge, sway, and heave directions, in addition to utilizing the rotational axes of roll, pitch, and yaw, without requiring significant rotations of the vehicle’s body axes.


Mr. Minghao Dou (center), Mr. Xuchen Liu (left) and Mr. Dongyue Huang (right)