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Loughborough academic and alumnus elevated to IEEE Fellows

A Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University has recently been named an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Fellow.

Headshot of Dr Jun Yang

Dr Jun Yang

Dr Jun Yang, who is an expert in Autonomous and Electric Vehicles and is based in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough, was named a 2023 IEEE Fellow for his contributions to disturbance observer-based control (DOBC).

Dr Yang’s work in the field has generated a long-lasting impact on the development of fundamental theory, creative methodologies for modelling, analysis, estimation and attenuation of multiple disturbances and uncertainties throughout the entire feedback loop in practical industrial systems, eg machine drives, power electronics, intelligent mechatronic and robotic systems.  

He was named an IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Fellow in 2020, and a winner of the Gold Medal of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 2022.

IEEE Fellowship is the highest grade of membership available and is recognised by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected for this elevation each year. Dr Yang’s fellowship will be effective from January 2023.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000+ members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30% of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields and has developed more than 1,300 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 1,700 international technical conferences each year. More information about IEEE can be found on its website.

Dr Yang was nominated by Professor Wen-Hua Chen earlier this year, who also recommended Professor Lei Guo who worked in the same Department from 2000-2002 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and supported Professor Chen with his first EPSRC grant on DOBC. Professor Guo was awarded a Fellowship for his contributions to composite anti-disturbance control systems.

Professor Chen commented: “The recognition of Dr Yang and Professor Guo is a testament to more than 20 years of pioneering work in our group in developing disturbance observer and its related control techniques. The journey was not always smooth, we experienced criticism and resistance from the academic community with the concept being new and different.

“I would like to say a big congratulations to both of them for being awarded IEEE Fellowships, and I am hopeful that this success inspires other colleagues at Loughborough who are the next generation of pioneering researchers making a difference in this field.”