CHEN Benmei 陳本美
Professor, Vice-Chairman (Graduate)
TEL: 852 - 3943 8054
Room 311, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building

Ben M. Chen received his B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from Xiamen University, China, in 1983, M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Gonzaga University, USA, in 1988, and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Washington State University, USA, in 1991. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Before joining CUHK in 2018, he was a Provost’s Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore, where had worked for 25 years. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, 1992 to 1993, and was a Software Engineer at South China Computer Corporation, China, 1983 to 1986. His current research interests are in unmanned systems, robust control and control applications.

Professor Chen is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore. He has authored/co-authored hundreds of journal and conference articles, and a dozen research monographs in control theory and applications, unmanned systems and financial market modeling. He had served on the editorial boards of a dozen international journals including Automatica and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Unmanned Systems. Dr. Chen has received a number of research awards. His research team has actively participated in international UAV competitions and won many championships in the contests.

Research Interests
  • Autonomous Unmanned Systems
  • Digital Twins
  • Applications to Smart Environments
  • Onboard 3D Navigation System for UAVs in Unknown and Realistic Indoor Environments
  • Navigation and Control of MAVs in Indoor and Outdoor Cluttered Environments
  • Fruit Dove UAV Control
  • Optimal Coverage and Surveillance Using Cooperative Planning and Control of UAVs
  • Investigation of Navigation Systems for UAVs in Outdoor Cluttered Environments
ENGG2720 Complex Variables for Engineers
ENGG2420 Complex Analysis & Differential Equations for Engineers
ENGG5403 Linear System Theory & Design
ENGG2420 Complex Analysis & Differential Equations for Engineers
MAEG5403 Linear System Theory & Design


  1. X. Zheng and B. M. Chen, Stock Market Modeling and Forecasting: A System Adaptation ApproachSpringer, New York, 2013 (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences).
  2. G. Cai, B. M. Chen, T. H. Lee and B. Wang, Unmanned Rotorcraft SystemsTsinghua University Press, Beijing, 2012 (Chinese Edition).
  3. G. Cai, B. M. Chen and T. H. Lee, Unmanned Rotorcraft SystemsSpringer, New York, 2011 (Advances in Industrial Control Series).
  4. B. M. Chen and B. Xi, H Control and Its Applications, Science Press, Beijing, 2010 (Systems and Control Series, Chinese Edition).
  5. B. M. Chen, Z. Lin and Y. Shamash, Linear Systems Theory: A Structural Decomposition ApproachTsinghua University Press, Beijing, 2008 (Chinese Edition).
  6. B. M. Chen, T. H. Lee, K. Peng and V. Venkataramanan, Hard Disk Drive Servo Systems2nd Edition, Springer, New York, 2006 (Advances in Industrial Control Series).
  7. C. C. Ko, B. M. Chen and J. Chen, Creating Web-based LaboratoriesSpringer, New York, 2004 (Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing Series).
  8. B. M. Chen, Z. Lin and Y. Shamash, Linear Systems Theory: A Structural Decomposition ApproachBirkhauser, Boston, 2004 (Control Engineering Series).
  9. B. M. Chen, T. H. Lee and V. Venkataramanan, Hard Disk Drive Servo SystemsSpringer, New York, 2002 (Advances in Industrial Control Series).
  10. B. M. Chen, Robust and H ControlSpringer, London, 2000 (Communications and Control Engineering Series).
  11. B. M. Chen, H Control and Its ApplicationsSpringer, New York, 1998 (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences).
  12. Saberi, P. Sannuti and B. M. Chen, H2 Optimal ControlPrentice Hall, London, 1995 (Systems and Control Engineering Series).
  13. Saberi, B. M. Chen and P. Sannuti, Loop Transfer Recovery: Analysis and DesignSpringer, London, 1993 (Communications and Control Engineering Series).


  1. C. C. Ko and B. M. Chen, Basic Circuit Analysis for Electrical EngineeringPrentice Hall Asia, Singapore, 1st Edition, 1996; 2nd Edition, 1998.

Selected Recent Journal Publications

  1. B. M. Chen, On the trends of autonomous unmanned systems researchEngineering, Vol. 12, pp. 20-23, May 2022.
  2. P. Zhou and B. M. Chen, Semi-global leader-following output consensus of heterogeneous systems with all agents subject to input saturationInternational Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol. 32, No. 8, pp. 4648-4664, August 2022.
  3. Y. Chen, S. Lai, J. Cui, B. Wang and B. M. Chen, GPU-accelerated incremental Euclidean distance transform for online motion planning of mobile robotsIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 6894-6901, July 2022.
  4. P. Zhou and B. M. Chen, Formation-containment control of Euler-Lagrange systems of leaders with bounded unknown inputs, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Vol. 52, No. 7, pp. 6342-6353, July 2022.
  5. L. Xi, X. Wang, L. Jiao, S. Lai, Z. Peng and B. M. Chen, GTO-MPC based target chasing using a quadrotor in cluttered environmentsIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 69, No. 6, pp. 6026-6035, June 2022.
  6. P. Zhou and B. M. Chen, Semi-global leader-following consensus-based formation flight of unmanned aerial vehiclesChinese Journal of Aeronautics, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 31-43, January 2022.
  7. P. Zhou and B. M. Chen, Semi-global leader-following output consensus of heterogeneous systems subject to actuator position and rate saturationAutonomous Intelligent Systems, Volume 1, Article 8, October 2021 (
  8. X. Liu, Z. Gao and B. M. Chen, IPMGAN: Integrating physical model and generative adversarial network for underwater image enhancementNeurocomputing, Vol. 453, pp. 538-551, September 2021.
  9.  Y. Zhou, S. Lai, H. Cheng, A. H. M. Redhwan, P. Wang, J. Zhu, Z. Gao, Z. Ma, Y. Bi, F. Lin and B. M. Chen, Towards autonomy of micro aerial vehicles in unknown and GPS-denied environmentsIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 68, No. 8, pp. 7642-7651, August 2021.
  10. X. Wang, L. Xi, Y. Chen, S. Lai, F. Lin and B. M. Chen, Decentralized MPC-based trajectory generation for multiple quadrotors in cluttered environmentsGuidance, Navigation and Control, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article No. 2150007-(1–20), July 2021.
  11. L. Xi, Z. Peng, L. Jiao and B. M. Chen, Smooth trajectory generation of quadrotor for tracking a moving target in cluttered environmentScience China Information Sciences, Vol. 64, Article No. 172209-(1-16), July 2021.
  12. Y. H. Tan and B. M. Chen, Survey on the development of aerial-aquatic hybrid vehiclesUnmanned Systems, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 263-282, July 2021.
  13.  Y. Lyu, J. Hu, B. M. Chen, C. Zhao and Q. Pan, Multivehicle flocking with collision avoidance via distributed model predictive controlIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Vol. 51, No. 5, pp. 2651-2662, May 2021.
  14. M. Lan, S. Lai, T. H. Lee and B. M. Chen, A survey of motion and task planning techniques for unmanned multicopter systemsUnmanned Systems, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 165-198, April 2021.
  15. X. Liu, Z. Gao and B. M. Chen, MLFcGAN: Multi-level feature fusion based conditional GAN for underwater image color correctionIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 17, No. 9, pp. 1488-1492, September 2020.
  16. Y. H. Tan and B. M. Chen, Thruster allocation and mapping of aerial and aquatic modes for a morphable multimodal quadrotorIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 2065-2074, August 2020.