Biologically Inspired Intelligent Systems and Applications to Robotics and Control Systems
Speaker:Simon X. Yang, Ph.D., Professor
Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ARIS) Laboratory
School of Engineering
University of Guelph
Date & Time:22 Jul 2009 (Wednesday) 16:00 - 17:00


Studies of biological neural systems have made significant progress in both understanding biological systems and applying in various engineering systems. In this talk, I will start with a very brief introduction to intelligent systems, including biological neural networks, and bio-inspired neural networks. Then, several applications of advanced intelligent systems to biological systems and biologically inspired systems will be briefly presented. After that, I will focus on my current research on real-time intelligent sensing, planning, tracking, control, teleoperation, and human-robot interaction in various robotic systems.


Prof. Yang received the B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from Beijing University, China, in 1987, the first of his two M.Sc. degrees in biophysics from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in 1990, the second M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, USA, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in 1999. He joined the University of Guelph in Canada in August 1999. Currently he is a Professor and the Head of the Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ARIS) Laboratory at the University of Guelph. Prof. Yang’s research expertise is in the areas of Intelligent Systems, Robotics, Sensors and Multi-sensor Fusion, Wireless Sensor Networks, Intelligent Control Systems, and Computational Neuroscience. Dr. Yang has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B, Internal Journal of Robotics and Automation, and several other journals. He has involved in the organization of many international conferences and other professional activities.