The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, has elevated Xiaobo Tan, MSU Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering to IEEE Fellow, effective on January 1, 2017. Following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Board of Directors announced Dr. Tan's recognition with the following citation: “for contributions to modeling and control of smart materials and underwater robots.”
Dr. Tan received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in automatic control from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995, 1998, respectively, and his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland in 2002. From September 2002 to July 2004, he was a Research Associate with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland. In August 2004 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor, and founded the Smart Microsystems Laboratory, which he has been directing since. He is currently an MSU Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at MSU. His research interests include electroactive polymer sensors and actuators, modeling and control of systems with hysteresis, and fish-like underwater robots and their application to environmental sensing.
Dr. Tan's research has been supported by NSF, ONR, USGS, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and several other agencies and organizations. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2006 and the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award in 2010. He has received several Best Paper Awards, including the 2008 ASME DSCD Best Mechatronics Paper Award, the Best Paper Award in Behavior and Intelligence at Alife XIII Conference in 2012, the Best Paper Award (Application category) at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in 2013, and the Best Paper Award of Symposium 3 at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) in 2014 . He has served as an Associate Editor/Technical Editor for Automatica, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He has also served as a guest editor for IEEE Control Systems Magazine, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Meccanica, and Robotics and Autonomous Systems. He has served on the organizing or program committees for a number of international conferences, including serving as the Program Chair for the 15th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR'2011), the Finance Chair for the 2015 American Control Conference, and the Registration Chair for the 2016 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics. Dr. Tan is also keen to integrate his research with educational and outreach activities, including serving as Director of an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site program at MSU from 2009 - 2016 and Curator of a robotic fish exhibit at MSU Museum in 2016.