Internationally respected and highly cited scholar Professor Qing-Long Han is to join Griffith University’s School of Engineering.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Griffith Sciences) Professor Debra Henly said Professor Han and his research team of Dr Fuwen Yang and Dr Xian-Ming Zhang will leave Central Queensland University (CQU) to join Griffith in December. They will be based primarily at the Gold Coast campus.

“Professor Han is a Thomson-Reuters highly cited scholar and will be an invaluable addition to the School of Engineering and the University in general, particularly with regard to research,” Professor Henly said.

“His appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to bringing the finest minds and talents to Griffith Sciences, thus affirming and enhancing the University’s reputation.”

CQU awarded Professor Han the title of Laureate Professor for his international research achievements and leadership, the establishment of the Centre for Intelligent and Networked Systems, an impressive portfolio of publications in leading international journals and research grant successes. While at CQU he has supervised 16 PhD students and seven Masters by Research students.

Professor Han has also been proactive within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members. His roles have included IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) AdCom Member, Chair of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Network-based Control Systems and Applications and Member of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on SmartGrids.

He has served the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) as a Member of its Technical Committees on Networked Systems, Linear Control Systems and Power and Energy Systems.

Professor Han’s managerial experience includes more than eight years as CQU’s Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) of the Higher Education Division/Faculty and more than six years as Founding Director of the Centre for Intelligent and Networked Systems.

In March 2010, China’s Ministry of Education appointed Professor Han “Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) Scholar Chair Professor” in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Control Theory and Control Engineering.

As well as publishing more than 280 fully refereed papers in prestigious journals and leading conferences, Professor Han’s work has been cited 8448 times with an h-index of 43 and an i10-index of 100 (source: Google Scholar), 6530 times with an h-index of 40 (SCOPUS) and 5181 times with an h-index of 36 (ISI Web of Science).

Meanwhile, Dr Fuwen Yang has research interests in networked control systems, distributed filtering and sensing, reliable fault detection and solar power. He has published 48 refereed journals articles and has an h-index of 22.

Dr Xian-Ming Zhang’s research interests concern control theory and control engineering. He has 22 publications in high quality journals and conference proceedings.