Fumin Zhang

Fumin Zhang

Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fumin Zhang
Associate Professor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Areas of Expertise: 
mobile sensor networks, underwater robotics, motion planning in complex environments, battery supported cyber-physical systems, adaptive sampling of ocean and atmosphere, geometric and nonlinear systems and control
“Mobility poses great challenges to the Internet of Things when networked mobile agents are concerned. Distributed sensing and control will need to be coordinated through information exchange over flexible ad-hoc wireless networks to guarantee sustainable, reliable and affordable data streams flowing across the network. Insights into the coordination and decision making mechanisms used by animal groups serve as a source of inspiration for my research to solve these problems.”

Dr. Fumin Zhang joined Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 as an assistant professor. He received a PhD degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Electrical Engineering, and held a postdoctoral position in Princeton University from 2004 to 2007. His B.S. and M.S. degrees, both in electrical engineering, are from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

His major research focus is design and control of underwater robots and mobile sensor networks. Among his recent research interests is cyber-physical systems theory with a focus on feasibility of control tasks on embedded computing devices. His research emphasizes the importance of the balance between theory and applications. He has published articles in major journals on theoretical control and robotics. Meanwhile, his theoretical contributions are implemented on actual robots and sensor networks as distributed control and sensing algorithms.

Dr. Zhang is also the Interim editor in chief of "Cyber Physical Systems", a new international interdisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing the highest quality research in the rapidly-growing field of cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things (Taylor & Francis).