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Dr Boda Ning

Senior Research Engineer - Digital Construction Lab


Dr Boda Ning received the B.Eng. degree in automatic control from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, in 2011, and the M.Sc. degree with Distinction in control systems from University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., in 2012. From 2010 to 2011, he was an exchange student at University of Dundee, Dundee, U.K. As a Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship (2013-2017) recipient, he graduated with the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, in 2017. 

He is currently working as a Senior Research Engineer with Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow with RMIT University from April 2019 to December 2019. From September 2017 to March 2019, he was a Research Fellow with Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr Ning's research interest includes cooperative control of multi-agent systems, mobile robots, intelligent vehicles, smart grids, and automation in smart construction.

He has published two (2) books in Springer and thirty-four (34) papers in leading conferences and prestigious journals. As the First Author, he has published sixteen (16) papers on journals of Automatica; IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control; IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles; IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems; IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers.

His research work has attracted citations of more than 3000 times according to Google Scholar. Eleven (11) of his journal papers are listed as Highly Cited Papers according to Essential Science Indicator (ESI) Report in March 2024 from Clarivate Analytics. Since 2023, he has been listed as one of Stanford University’s Top 2% of the Most-Cited Scientists.

L. Ding, Q.-L. Han, and B. Ning, Distributed Control and Optimization of Networked Microgrids: A Multi-Agent System Based Approach, 161 pages, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-030-95028-6, 2022

Z. Zuo, Q.-L. Han, and B. Ning, Fixed-Time Cooperative Control of Multi-Agent Systems, 153 pages, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-20278-1, 2019

Selected Journal Publications:

  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, X. Ge, and J. Sanjayan, A zeroing neural network-based approach to parameter-varying platooning control of connected automated vehicles, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1977-1988, January 2024.
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, J. Sanjayan, W. Shang, and W. Y. Lam, Robust trajectory tracking control for cable-driven parallel robots with model uncertainty, Control Engineering Practice, art. no. 105662, November 2023.
  • Z. Zuo, X. Li, B. Ning, and Q.-L. Han, Global finite-time stabilization of first-order systems with bounded controls, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, vol. 70, no. 7, pp. 2440-2444, July 2023.
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, Q. Lu, and J. Sanjayan, Cooperative control of multi-robot systems subject to control gain uncertainty, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 5367-5376, April 2023.
  • X.-M. Zhang, Q.-L. Han, X. Ge, B. Ning, and B.-L. Zhang, Sampled-data control systems with non-uniform sampling: A survey of methods and trends, Annual Reviews in Control, vol. 55, pp. 70-91, March 2023 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, Z. Zuo, L. Ding, Q. Lu, and X. Ge, Fixed-time and prescribed-time consensus control of multi-agent systems and its applications: A survey of recent trends and methodologies, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 1121-1135, February 2023 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning and Q.-L. Han, Order-preserved preset-time cooperative control: A monotone system-based approach, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 1603-1611, September 2022.
  • B. Ning, X. Yu, Q.-L. Han, Z. Cao, G. Wen, and Z. Man, Settling time estimation in synchronization of impulsive networks with switching topologies, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 2386-2397, April 2022.
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and L. Ding, Distributed finite-time secondary frequency and voltage control for islanded microgrids with communication delays and switching topologies, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 51, no. 8, pp. 3988-3999, August 2021 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and Z. Zuo, Bipartite consensus tracking for second-order multi-agent systems: A time-varying function-based preset-time approach, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 2739-2745, June 2021 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and L. Ding, Distributed secondary control of AC microgrids with external disturbances and directed communication topologies: A full-order sliding-mode approach, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 554-564, March 2021.
  • B. Ning, X. Yu, G. Wen, and Z. Cao, Finite-time bipartite tracking control for double-integrator networked systems with cooperative and antagonistic interactions, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, vol. 67, no. 12, pp. 5223-5232, December 2020.
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and Q. Lu, Fixed-time leader-following consensus for multiple wheeled mobile robots, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 50, no. 10, pp. 4381-4392, October 2020.
  • L. Ding, Q.-L. Han, B. Ning, and D. Yue, Distributed resilient finite-time secondary control for heterogeneous battery energy storage systems under denial-of-service attacks, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 4909-4919, July 2020 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and Z. Zuo, Distributed optimization of multiagent systems with preserved network connectivity, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 3980-3990, November 2019.
  • Z. Zuo, Q.-L. Han, and B. Ning, An explicit estimate for the upper bound of the settling time in fixed-time leader-following consensus of high-order multi-variable multi-agent systems, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 66, no. 8, pp. 6250-6259, August 2019.
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and Z. Zuo, Practical fixed-time consensus for integrator-type multi-agent systems, Automatica, vol. 105, pp. 406-414, July 2019 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning and Q.-L. Han, Prescribed finite-time consensus tracking for multi-agent systems with nonholonomic chained-form dynamics, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 1686-1693, April 2019 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, and Z. Zuo, Distributed optimization for multiagent systems: An edge-based fixed-time consensus approach, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 122-132, January 2019 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • Z. Zuo, Q.-L. Han, B. Ning, X. Ge, and X.-M. Zhang, An overview of recent advances in fixed-time cooperative control of multi-agent systems, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 2322-2334, June 2018 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, Q.-L. Han, Z. Zuo, J. Jin, and J. Zheng, Collective behaviors of mobile robots beyond the nearest neighbor rules with switching topology, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 1577-1590, May 2018 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • X. Ge, Q.-L. Han, D. Ding, X.-M. Zhang, and B. Ning, A survey on recent advances in distributed sampled-data cooperative control of multi-agent systems, Neurocomputing, vol. 275, pp. 1684-1701, January 2018 (Highly Cited Paper).
  • B. Ning, J. Jin, B. Krishnamachari, J. Zheng, and Z. Man, Two-stage deployment strategy for wireless robotic networks via a class of interaction models, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, vol. 47, no. 7, pp. 1510-1521, July 2017.

Research interests

Automation and Control Systems; Multi-Agent Systems; Automation in Construction; Mobile Robots; Wireless Robotic Networks; Intelligent Vehicles

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Automation Engineering - 400702
  • Control Engineering, Mechatronics And Robotics Not Elsewhere Classified - 400799
  • Civil Engineering - 400500

Teaching areas

Robotics and Mechatronics;Electrical Actuators and Sensors;Engineering Dynamics


Also published as: Ning, Boda; Ning, B.
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