Biography

Xu Chen pursues a research passion at the intersection of dynamic systems, information processing, and controls, to better understand and engineer smart machines that positively impact our lives. He leads the MACS Lab — a team focusing on sensing, actuation, and automation that facilitate e.g., robots that inspect complex, highly reflective parts in aerospace, and additive manufacturing that make engineered materials with extraordinary properties at low unit costs compared to conventional machining. Xu Chen also leads UW’s participation in the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, besides serving in the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Boeing Advanced Research Center and the UW Advanced Composite Center. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Interests

  • Dynamic Systems
  • Controls and Sensing
  • Robotics and Manufacturing
  • Adaptation and Learning

Education

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2013

    University of California, Berkeley

  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2010

    University of California, Berkeley

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, 2008

    Tsinghua University

Areas of Research and Teaching

Sensing and Control

Building and Making

Robotics and Learning

Selected Projects

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American Control Conference 2021

(as Exhibits Chair) ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), the U.S. national member organization of the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC). National and international society co-sponsors of ACC include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IEEE Control Systems Society (IEEE-CSS), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), International Society of Automation (ISA), Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), and Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

ASME DSCD Technical Committee on Vibrations

(as the 2008-2020 Chair) The Technical Committee on Vibrations seeks to disseminate research results in vibration and control of smart structures by organizing invited sessions at national and international conferences; by giving lectures, invited talks, and presentations in the broad area of vibration and control of smart structures; to promote the engineering profession via professional meetings of the TC and TC activities; to educate the members especially the graudate students for preparing the academia and professional life in general; to promote research success of the graduate students working in the field, and to serve the needs of the society through research, education, and industry liaisons.

Boeing Advanced Research Center

(as Scientific Committee Member) The Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) represents a new paradigm in the execution of industrial research at the University of Washington. Boeing-employed affiliate instructors work in the lab side by side with faculty and students on joint research projects in the manufacturing and assembly of aircraft and spacecraft structures.

Dynamic Systems and Control Conference 2016 & 2020

(as Student and Young Members Chair) The DSCC is the showcase technical forum of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME. It provides a focused and intimate setting for dissemination and discussion of the state of the art in dynamic systems and control research, with a mechanical engineering flavor. The technical program typically covers the modeling, simulation, analysis, design, and control of dynamical systems. Topics include control theory, industrial applications, and innovations in dynamical systems and control education.

International Symposium on Flexible Automation 2020 & 2022

(as Organizing Committee in 2020 and Program Co-Chair in 2022) The ISFA conference, a biennial summit on manufacturing automation and related technologies, was initiated in 1986 under co-sponsorship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers (ISCIE) in Japan. It provides a focused and intimate setting for dissemination and discussion of advanced manufacturing technologies and other related fields such as dynamical systems and control, logistics and informatics, and design and optimization. It features synergistic blend of topics encompassing various aspects of manufacturing such as sensing and control, mechatronics, material design and synthesis, process modeling, lean manufacturing, diagnosis and prognosis, and emerging concepts including artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things (IoT), cloud computing, and environmental sustainability, etc.

UW Advanced Composites Center

(as Scientific Committee Member) The UW ACC leverages a 16,000 sq ft high-tech space and equipment to build a robust innovation ecosystem for industry and academia to advance the field of data-driven methods for composites manufacturing.

2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics

(as Publicity Chair) As a flagship conference focusing on mechatronics and intelligent systems, AIM 2020 brought together an international community of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art, new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to mechatronics, robotics, automation, industrial electronics, and related areas. 2020 marked the first virtual AIM in the history of the conference!

2021 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics

(as Publicity Chair) The IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) is a flagship conference of IEEE/ASME Transactions on mechatronics. The AIM 2021 will be held on July 12 – 16, 2021 at TU Delft, The Netherlands. It will bring together an international community of experts to discuss the state of the art for new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to mechatronics, robotics, control, and automation.

Beyond-Bandwidth Control in High-Speed Precision Mechatronics

Customizing control to the performance extreme.

Jumping in controls

Taming discontinuities and jumping states.

Manufacturing Robotics Training Resources in Northwest U.S.

Help build a national robotic resource map for manufacturing.

Reliable Additive Manufacturing

Towards an agile manufacturing of quality-assured, short-run products.

Robotic Inspection of Complex Metalic Parts

Robots that remedy burdensome and subjective human inspections.

Sensing and Control under Constrained Information Feedback

From irregular, asynchronous data to agile system response.

Sustainable Additive Manufacturing

Towards a zero-waste agile manufacturing of quality-assured, short-run products.

LaTeX for Controls Research

Drawing block diagrams in LaTeX.

Adaptation over Unsteady Dynamics

Learning and adapting like humans do.

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