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Professor Jinchuan Zheng



Dr. Jinchuan Zheng received his B.Eng and M.Eng degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, respectively, and the PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 2005 to 2011, Jinchuan was a Research Academic in the ARC Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control (CDSC), The University of Newcastle, Australia. From 2011 to 2012, he was a Staff Engineer in Western Digital Singapore HDD R&D Center. Jinchuan joined Swinburne University of Technology in January 2012 as a Lecturer and he is currently a Professor in the School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies (SoSCET), Swinburne University of Technology. Jinchuan is also a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Jinchuan's research interests are control systems, high precision mechatronics systems, machine learning, and applications to computer disk drives, electric vehicles, robotics, and biodevices. He has published over 150 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. His teaching courses include project-based learning using MATLAB/LabVIEW programming, mechatronics system design, robotics and mechatronics project, and advanced mechatronics.

Research interests

Automation and Control Systems; Electric vehicle - Battery, Electric Power train, autonomous control and ITS Networked Robotics; High precision motion control devices; biodevices

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Advanced control design for dual-stage actuator systems: Dual-stage actuator (DSA) servo systems are characterized by a structural design with two actuators connected in series along a common axis to achieve long travel range, high positioning accuracy, and fast response simultaneously, which is difficult to offer by individual actuator. This research will investigate the robust control design for the DSA systems.

Advanced control of steer-by-wire road vehicles: This project will involve the research on identification of the vehicle and tire dynamics to assist the control design and then the investigation of advanced and effective control methodologies for the steering motor to handle the disturbances and uncertainties from the road surfaces.

Design and control of human mechatronics: Human mechatronics have been developed in recent years to benefit human’s real life. In this research, various topics will be investigated including mechanism of the human mechatronics, sensor and actuator design, control of devices over conventional wired network or the latest wireless network. Applications of such systems such as rehabilitation device will also be studied.

Fast and robust control design using piezoelectric micro-actuators: The piezoelectric (PZT) micro-actuator can produce extremely small displacements in the range of subnanometer to a few hundreds micrometers. This research will involve modeling and robust control design achieve fast and accurate positioning performance.

Image-based visual servo control of mechatronic systems: This project requires the use of feedback information extracted from a vision sensor such as high-speed camera to control the motion of a robot or a mechatronic system. The subtopics of this research include image processing, multi-rate control, and real-time implementation of algorithm on a given microprocessor.

Fields of Research

  • Manufacturing Robotics - 400707
  • Precision Engineering - 401412
  • Assistive Robots And Technology - 400701
  • Automation Engineering - 400702
  • Field Robotics - 400706
  • Medical Robotics - 400709
  • Reinforcement Learning - 461105

Teaching areas

Automation and Control Systems;Mechatronics;Programming


Also published as: Zheng, Jinchuan; Zheng, J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Defence Innovation Hub (Phase 3) – Restoring structural strength to damaged components using Laser Additive Deposition (LAD) *; RUAG Australia
  • 2019: Automatic Machining Platform for Ceramic *; FuJian HanHong Technology, China
  • 2019: Characterization of graphene coating for thermal energy manipulation *; Australia New Energy Technology Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Technology Trial and Evaluation Agreement with Telstra Corporation Limited *; Telstra Corporation Limited
  • 2014: Advanced control of redundantly actuated mechatronic systems *; Melbourne-Sarawak Research Collaboration Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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