Simon X. Yang

Simon X. Yang
University of Guelph | UOGuelph · School of Engineering

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Simon X. Yang is a Professor and the Head of the Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Guelph, Canada. His research interests include intelligent systems, robotics, sensors and multi-sensor fusion, control systems, neural networks, fuzzy systems, and computational neuroscience. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Robotics and Automation; and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and several other journals.
Additional affiliations
July 2007 - present
University of Guelph
Position
  • Professor (Full)
July 2004 - June 2007
University of Guelph
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 1999 - June 2004
University of Guelph
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
January 1997 - June 1999
University of Alberta
Field of study
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
January 1995 - December 1996
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Electrical Engineering
September 1987 - June 1990
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Field of study
  • Biophysics

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Publications (649)
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Tracking control is a fundamentally important issue for robot and motor systems, where smooth velocity commands are desirable for safe and effective operation. In this paper, a novel biologically inspired tracking control approach to real-time navigation of a nonholonomic mobile robot is proposed by integrating a backstepping technique and a neurod...
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Multiple robots collaboratively achieve a common coverage goal efficiently, which can improve work capacity, share coverage tasks, and reduce completion time. In this paper, a neural dynamics (ND) approach is proposed for complete area coverage navigation by multiple robots. A bioinspired neural network (NN) is designed to model the workspace and g...
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In the past decades, considerable attention has been paid to bio-inspired intelligence and its applications to robotics. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of bio-inspired intelligence, with a focus on neurodynamics approaches, to various robotic applications, particularly to path planning and control of autonomous robotic systems. Firstly,...
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Consensus formation tracking of multiple autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) subject to nonlinear and uncertain dynamics is a challenging problem in robotics. To tackle this challenge, a distributed bioinspired sliding mode controller is proposed in this paper. First, the conventional sliding mode controller (SMC) is presented, and the consensus...
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To eliminate the effect of ocean currents when addressing the optimal path in the underwater environment, an intelligent algorithm designed for the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is proposed in this paper. The algorithm consists of two parts: a neural network-based algorithm that deducts the shortest path and avoids all possible collisions; and...
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This paper proposes an intelligent fault-tolerant control (FTC) strategy to tackle the trajectory tracking problem of an underwater vehicle (UV) under thruster damage (power loss) cases and meanwhile resolve the actuator saturation brought by the vehicle's physical constraints. In the proposed control strategy, the trajectory tracking component is...
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The images acquired by a single visible light sensor are very susceptible to light conditions, weather changes, and other factors, while the images acquired by a single infrared light sensor generally have poor resolution, low contrast, low signal-to-noise ratio, and blurred visual effects. The fusion of visible and infrared light can avoid the dis...
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This paper proposes an intelligent fault-tolerant control (FTC) strategy to tackle the trajectory tracking problem of an underwater vehicle (UV) under thruster damage (power loss) cases and meanwhile resolve the actuator saturation brought by the vehicle’s physical constraints. In the proposed control strategy, the trajectory tracking component is...
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This paper presents a comprehensive overview of recent developments in formation control of multiple autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Several commonly used structures and approaches for formation coordination are listed, and the advantages and deficiencies of each method are discussed. The difficulties confronted in synthesis of a practical A...
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Tobacco origin identification is significantly important in tobacco industry. Modeling analysis for sensor data with near infrared spectroscopy has become a popular method for rapid detection of internal features. However, for sensor data analysis using traditional artificial neural network or deep network models, the training process is extremely...
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As a common appearance defect of concrete bridges, cracks are important indices for bridge structure health assessment. Although there has been much research on crack identification, research on the evolution mechanism of bridge cracks is still far from practical applications. In this paper, the state-of-the-art research on intelligent theories and...
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As a common appearance defect of concrete bridges, cracks are important indices for bridge structure health assessment. Although there has been much research on crack identification, research on the evolution mechanism of bridge cracks is still far from practical applications. In this paper, the state-of-the-art research on intelligent theories and...
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Tobacco origin identification is significantly important in tobacco industry. Modeling analysis for sensor data with near infrared spectroscopy has become a popular method for rapid detection of internal features. However, for sensor data analysis using traditional artificial neural network or deep network models, the training process is extremely...
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To improve the picking success rate of table grapes in the process of automatic picking, it is important to accurately locate the point picking of grape ears and the cutting point of grape stems. In this research, a set of far-close-range stereoscopic vision systems was constructed to detect grape ears and grape stems. First, identification algorit...
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For multi-robot systems (MRSs), conventional path planning with single resolution mapping is challenging to balance information and computation. Regarding path planning of MRS, the previous research lacked systematic definition, quantitative evaluation, and the consideration of complex environmental factors. In this paper, a new systematic formulat...
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Traditional machine learning techniques have been widely used to establish the trust management systems. However, the scale of training dataset can significantly affect the security performances of the systems, while it is a great challenge to detect malicious nodes due to the absence of labeled data regarding novel attacks. To address this issue,...
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Although unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) has been extensively studied in remote sensing image segmentation tasks, most UDA models are designed based on single-target domain settings. Large-scale remote sensing images often have multiple target domains in practical applications, and the simple extension of single-target UDA models to multiple t...
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An intelligent control strategy is proposed to eliminate the actuator saturation problem that exists in the trajectory tracking process of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV). The control strategy consists of two parts: for the kinematic modeling part, a fuzzy logic-refined backstepping control is developed to achieve control velocities within accep...
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Tracking control has been a vital research topic in robotics. This paper presents a novel hybrid control strategy for an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) based on a bioinspired neural dynamics model. An enhanced backstepping kinematic control strategy is first developed to avoid sharp velocity jumps and provides smooth velocity commands relative t...
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In this paper, a novel knowledge-based genetic algorithm for path planning of a mobile robot in unstructured complex environments is proposed, where five problem-specific operators are developed for efficient robot path planning. The proposed genetic algorithm incorporates the domain knowledge of robot path planning into its specialized operators,...
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This article studies the stability problem of linear systems with time-varying delays. First, a new negative condition is established for a class of quadratic functions whose variable is within a closed set. Then, based on this new condition, a couple of stability criteria for the system under study are derived by constructing an appropriate Lyapun...
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Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) is a challenging and key issue in the mobile robotic fields. In terms of the visual SLAM problem, the direct methods are more suitable for more expansive scenes with many repetitive features or less texture in contrast with the feature-based methods. However, the robustness of the direct methods is weake...
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As the world population grows and the increase in food consumption creates unprecedented pressure on beef producers, innovative technologies for sustainable and efficient beef production is quintessential. Therefore, a significant effort is ongoing on developing digital precision technologies for continuous beef cattle monitoring and accurate cattl...
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Emerging six generation (6G) is the integration of heterogeneous wireless networks, which can seamlessly support anywhere and anytime networking. But high Quality-of-Trust should be offered by 6G to meet mobile user expectations. Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered as one of the most important components in 6G. Then AI-based trust management...
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Clock skew compensation is essential for accurate time synchronization in wireless networks. However, contemporary clock skew estimation is based on inaccurate transmission time measurement, which makes credible estimation challenging. Based on one-way broadcast synchronization, this study presents a novel maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) with a...
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Average consensus theory is intensely popular for building time synchronization in wireless sensor network (WSN). However, the average consensus-based time synchronization algorithm is based on iteration that pose challenges for efficiency, as they entail high communication cost and long convergence time in large-scale WSN. Based on the suggestion...
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Accurate and fast-convergent time synchronization is very important for wireless sensor networks. The flooding time synchronization converges fast, but its transmission delay and by-hop error accumulation seriously reduce the synchronization accuracy. In this article, a rapidflooding multiple one-way broadcast time-synchronization (RMTS) protocol f...
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One-way-broadcast based flooding time synchronization algorithms are commonly used in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). However, the packet delay and clock drift pose challenges to accuracy, as they entail serious by-hop error accumulation problems in the WSNs. To overcome it, a rapid flooding multi-broadcast time synchronization with real-time dela...
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Trustworthy and reliable data delivery is a challenging task in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) due to unique characteristics and constraints. To acquire secured data delivery and address the conflict between security and energy, in this paper we present an evolutionary game based secure clustering protocol with fuzzy trust evaluation and outlier d...
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Edge enabled Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform is of great significance to accelerate the development of smart industry. However, with the dramatic increase in real-time IIoT applications, it is a great challenge to support fast response time, low latency, and efficient bandwidth utilization. To address this issue, Time Sensitive Networ...
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Body dimensions are key indicators for the beef cattle fattening and breeding process. On-animal measurement is relatively inefficient, and can induce severe stress responses among beef cattle and pose a risk for operators, thereby impacting the cattle’s growth rate and wellbeing. To address the above issues, a highly efficient and automatic method...
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The motion planning and tracking control techniques of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) are fundamentally significant for efficient and robust UUV navigation, which is crucial for underwater rescue, facility maintenance, marine resource exploration, aquatic recreation, etc. Studies on UUV motion planning and tracking control have been growing rap...
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Since 2016 federated learning (FL) has been an evolving topic of discussion in the artificial intelligence (AI) research community. Applications of FL led to the development and study of federated reinforcement learning (FRL). Few works exist on the topic of FRL applied to autonomous vehicle (AV) platoons. In addition, most FRL works choose a singl...
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The emerging sixth generation (6G) is the integration of heterogeneous wireless networks, which can seamlessly support anywhere and anytime networking. But high quality of trust should be offered by 6G to meet mobile user expectations. Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered as one of the most important components in 6G. AI-based trust managemen...
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In the last few years, there have been many new developments and significant accomplishments in the research of bionic robot fishes. However, in terms of swimming performance, existing bionic robot fishes lag far behind fish, prompting researchers to constantly develop innovative designs of various bionic robot fishes. In this paper, the latest des...
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To eliminate the effect of ocean currents when addressing the optimal path in the underwater environment, an intelligent algorithm designed for the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is proposed in this paper. The algorithm consists of two parts: a neural network-based algorithm that deducts the shortest path and avoids all possible collisions; and...
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In the past decades, considerable attention has been paid to bio-inspired intelligence and its applications to robotics. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of bio-inspired intelligence, with a focus on neurodynamics approaches, to various robotic applications, particularly to path planning and control of autonomous robotic systems. Firstly,...
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Nowadays, the application of microgrids (MG) with renewable energy is becoming more and more extensive, which creates a strong need for dynamic energy management. In this paper, deep reinforcement learning (DRL) is applied to learn an optimal policy for making joint energy dispatch (ED) and unit commitment (UC) decisions in an isolated MG, with the...
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An early warning flood forecasting system that uses machine-learning models can be utilized for saving lives from floods, which are now exacerbated due to climate change. Flood forecasting is carried out by determining the river discharge and water level using hydrologic models at the target sites. If the water level and discharge are forecasted to...
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Body size, weight, and body condition score parameters are key indicators for monitoring cattle growth and they can be utilized to predict beef cattle yield and evaluate economic traits. However, it is easy to lay intense stress on cattle while measuring livestock’s body size manually, also along with giving negative effects on their feeding and we...
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This paper studies the minimum time consensus problem for discrete‐time multi‐agent systems with complex Laplacian delay networks such that each agent can find its complex consensus value in a minimum number of steps using its local observations. The stability analysis is first provided and the convergence condition is derived for complex weighted...
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In this article, an extended state observer (ESO) design problem is investigated for uncertain nonlinear systems subject to limited network bandwidth. First, for rational information exchange scheduling, a dynamic event-triggered (DET) communication protocol is proposed. Different from the traditional static event-triggered strategies with fixed th...
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The path planning and tracking problem of the multi-robot system (MRS) has always been a research hotspot and applied in various fields. In this article, a novel multi-robot path planning and tracking model (MPPTM) is proposed, which can carry out online path planning and tracking problem for multiple mobile robots. It considers many issues during...
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For people who ardently love painting but unfortunately have visual impairments, holding a paintbrush to create a work is a very difcult task. People in this special group are eager to pick up the paintbrush, like Leonardo da Vinci, to create and make full use of their own talents. Therefore, to maximally bridge this gap, we propose a painting navi...
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A self-driving car is a hot research topic in the field of the intelligent transportation system, which can greatly alleviate traffic jams and improve travel efficiency. Scene classification is one of the key technologies of self-driving cars, which can provide the basis for decision-making in self-driving cars. In recent years, deep learning-based...
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An obstacle restraint-model predictive control (OR-MPC) path planning algorithm with obstacle restraints for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) is presented in this paper. To avoid large-volume obstacles safely, model predictive control and obstacle restraints are combined in this paper. As obstacles are set as restricted areas, the underwater e...
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Since 2016 federated learning (FL) has been an evolving topic of discussion in the artificial intelligence (AI) research community. Applications of FL led to the development and study of federated reinforcement learning (FRL). Few works exist on the topic of FRL applied to autonomous vehicle (AV) platoons. In addition, most FRL works choose a singl...
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Edge enabled Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform is of great significance to accelerate the development of smart industry. However, with the dramatic increase in real-time IIoT applications, it is a great challenge to support fast response time, low latency, and efficient bandwidth utilization. To address this issue, Time Sensitive Networ...
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In the last few years, there have been many developments and significant accomplishments in the research of bionic robot fishes. However, in terms of swimming performance, existing bionic robot fishes lag far behind fish, prompting researchers to constantly innovative designs of various bionic robot fishes. In this paper, the latest designs of robo...
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Accurate evaluation of orchard areas from remote sensing images is of great importance in economic and ecological aspects. In practice, the differences in distributions between remote sensing images and the lack of data labels make the semantic segmentation model impossible to use in new data. Unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) methods can improv...
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Traditional machine learning techniques have been widely used to establish the trust management systems. However, the scale of training dataset can significantly affect the security performances of the systems, while it is a great challenge to detect malicious nodes due to the absence of labeled data regarding novel attacks. To address this issue,...
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Average-consensus protocol is one of the ways to develop distributed time-synchronization algorithms in Internet of Things (IoT) networks. However, the large number of iteration leads to a common time notion issue in nodes. This poses a critical challenge in the convergence of the time-synchronization algorithm and resulting asymptotic convergence...
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The coordination of multi-robot system (MRS) are applied commonly to various fields of the automotive industry. In a variety of cooperative modes, online path planning with obstacles avoidance is a fundamentally important hotspot, especially in a 3-D, complex, or dynamic environment. In the paper, an improved neural dynamics based approach with ter...
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An intelligent fault-tolerant control (FTC) strategy is proposed to resolve the power loss problem for the multi-thruster system fault of the manned submarine. The proposed FTC is developed on basis of the Grasshopper Optimization Algorithm (GOA), where GOA is applied to reallocate the thruster forces when they encounter damages (power loss) of dif...
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Motion control is critical in mobile robot systems, which determines the reliability and accuracy of a robot. Due to model uncertainties and widespread external disturbances, a simple control strategy cannot match tracking accuracy with disturbance immunity, while a complex controller will consume excessive energy. For precise motion control with d...
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This paper presents a neural network-based approach for the path planning of arbitrary shaped mobile robots in complex environments, with the consideration of safety. A 2D workspace is discretized to a topologically organized map using a biological neural network, in which the dynamic neural activity landscape represents the environmental informati...
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In the field of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), effective learning of driver fatigue characteristics representation is a major challenge due to uncertainties of both real roads and drivers. To tackle this problem, this paper proposes a novel model of learning interpretable representations for fatigue features, so as to improve the perfor...
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5G edge computing enabled Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is an efficient technology to provide decentralized medical services while Device-to-device (D2D) communication is a promising paradigm for future 5G networks. To assure secure and reliable communication in 5G edge computing and D2D enabled IoMT systems, this paper presents an intelligent...
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Road authorities in cold climates regularly apply salt on roads, during winter, to ensure public safety. Pavement surface temperature is a significant parameter affecting snow and ice melting at the onset of a storm. Road temperature below the freezing point of the applied brine causes ice to form on the road surface. Excessive application of salt...
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For people who ardently love painting but unfortunately have visual impairments, holding a paintbrush to create a work is a very difficult task. People in this special group are eager to pick up the paintbrush, like Leonardo da Vinci, to create and make full use of their own talents. Therefore, to maximally bridge this gap, we propose a painting na...
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In unconstrained environments, identification of materials in a non-contact manner is of great necessity. However, most of the current material recognition technologies and their algorithms are contact measurement technologies under restricted conditions. In the current work, we attempt to propose a material recognition solution in the application...