RMIT’s Professor Xinghuo Yu is one of just six Australian engineers included in the 2015 Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers, representing the world’s most influential scientific minds.
Yu has joined a group of 97 Australian researchers across all scientific fields who have been named in this year’s list.
The Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list features about 3000 researchers worldwide who are ranked among the 1 per cent most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional academic recognition.
Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, said the honour was recognition of the top quality of Yu’s research.
“Professor Xinghuo Yu has made outstanding contributions to industrial process control,” Drummond said.
“He established the terminal sliding mode control technology and is a pioneer in complex networks synchronization.
“These significant developments benefit both industry and society more broadly, and are being directly applied in complex engineering systems, such as smart grids and robot, motor and aircraft control.”
These pioneering works developed by Yu have already led to significant applications in, for example, the Location Based Services Networks for enhancing the dynamic location synchronisation in the Bei Dou Satellite Navigation System of China, one of four Global Navigation Satellite Systems in the world.
He has also played a leading global role in advancing the industrial electronics profession through senior executive positions in the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, including organising major knowledge transfer conferences and significantly lifting the quality of four premier international engineering journals.
Yu’s outstanding contributions have been recognized by a number of awards and honours, including the 2013 Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Fellowship of the IEEE, Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), Australian Computer Society, Engineers Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and International Energy Foundation.
Story: Petra Van Nieuwenhoven