Professor Xinghuo Yu applies a simplistic approach to solving complex engineering problems to meet future industry requirements by linking new discoveries and emerging technologies to applications.
Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Capability, Research and Innovation
Professor Yu’s primary areas of research include control science and engineering, complex and intelligent systems, and industrial information technologies.
For the last 25 years, Professor Xinghuo Yu's research into control science and engineering has been instrumental in the development of technologies that advance industrial processes at a global level. His work on fast switching control systems has applications in everyday tools and activities where fast responses are required.
Yu and his collaborators pioneered a new control concept ‘terminal sliding mode’, which is central to developing fast and reliable switching controllers: technology used widely today in industrial applications such as robot control, TCP/IP communication networks, energy converters and inverters, flight simulators, power systems and artificial muscle systems.
His other research focus is optimising modern engineering systems by firstly understanding their complexities and then improving their performance through developing simple, cost-effective and efficient modeling and control technologies. This includes applications in optimal operation management in sugar processing plants, engineering design automation in aerospace manufacturing, and automated money laundering detection.
Professor Yu joined RMIT University in 2002, and was appointed to the position of Associate Dean (Research & Innovation) in the Faculty of Engineering in 2003 which then became the College of Science, Engineering and Technology in 2004.
In 2007, he led a team of RMIT researchers to establish RMIT’s Platform Technologies Research Institute which became the highest performing research institute at RMIT until it ceased operation in 2015.
In his current role as RMIT’s Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Capability, Yu provides strategic oversight of the development of RMIT’s research capability across the University and how these capabilities can be deployed to drive impact in research and innovation.
He has collaborated extensively with industry. He was on the Board of Governors of the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (2003-2006) and on the Science Advisory Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing CRC (2008-2013).
He received a number of awards and honours for his contributions, including the 2013 Dr-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and the 2012 IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine Best Paper Award.
In 2015 he was one of just six Australian engineers included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers, representing the world's most influential scientific minds.
In 2015 he was also the first Australian to be appointed President-elect of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) for 2016-2017 since its establishment in 1951.
Not only is he an IEEE Fellow, he also holds Fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK, Engineers Australia, Australian Computer Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the International Energy Foundation.