• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    A reinforcement learning approach to autonomous sailing for monitoring water quality in reserviors

    Personal profile

    Contact Details

    Email: [email protected]

    Office: ME153E


    Dr Jian Wan has been a lecturer in Mechatronics and Robotics in the School of Engineering and Technology, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University, Aston University since February 2022. Prior to that, Dr Wan had worked in the School of Engineering, Comuting and Mathematics, the University of Plymouth as a lecturer in Control Systems Engineering from January 2015 to January 2022. He obtained his PhD in Control Engineering with summa cum laude in 2007 from the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Automatic Control, University of Girona, Spain.

    Administrative Roles

    • Programme Director for MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Research Interests

    • Constrained Optimistion, Estimation and Control
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Teaching Activity

    • ME1EEF Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (2022-2023)
    • ME2502 Engineering for Industry (2022-2023)
    • ME3PEP Professional Engineering Practice (2022 ~ Now)
    • ME3PRO Individual Major Project (2022 ~ Now)
    • ME4513 Vehicle Automation and Connectivity (2022 ~ Now)
    • ME4ASD Autonomous System Design (2023 ~ Now)
    • ME4MAL Machine Learning (2023 ~ Now)
    • ME4DRA Dissertation on Robotics and Autonomous Systems (2023 ~ Now)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Development Seed Fund 2023-24: Mapping and monitoring aquatic plastic pollution hotspots in Lagos, Nigeria (£19,210) (PI: Dr Oguguah Ngozi, Nigerian Institute for Oceanogrphy and Marine Research, UK Investigator: Dr Jian Wan)
    • Royal Society International Exchanges Cost Share (NSFC) 2023-24: Path planning and swarm control of unmanned surface vehicles for long-duration missions (£9,194) (PI: Dr Jian Wan, External collaborator: Professor Xiao Liang, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China)
    • University of Plymouth Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) 2018-2020: Develop capacity and capability to monitor coastal marine environments for sustainable development in Penang Island (£26,280) (PI: Dr Jian Wan, Internal collaborator: Dr Louise Firth, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, External collaborators: Professor Mohd Rizal Arshad, Dr Su Yin Chee and Ms Yung Wey Chong, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
    • Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Deveopment Seed Fund 2017-2018: Autonomous catamarans for marine observation and coastal surveillance (£20,000) (PI: Dr Jian Wan, External collaborators: Dr Colin Peter Schwegmann, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretorial, South Africa; Ms Yung Wey Chong, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
    • EPSRC First Grant EP/R005532/1 2017-2018: Hybrid set-theoretic approaches for constrained control and estimation with applications to autonomous sailing boats (£90,722) (PI: Dr Jian Wan, External collaborator: Professor Luc Jaulin, ENSTA Bretagne, France)
    • Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of Royal Academy of Engineering 2017: Sensors, power, navigation, guidance and contrl of autonomous marine surface vehicles (£5,000) (PI: Dr Jian Wan, External collaborator: Professor Luc Jaulin, ENSTA Bretagne, France)
    • Santander Seed-Corn Research Scholarship 2016-17 (£5,000) (PI: Dr Jian Wan)
    • Santander Seed-Corn Research Scholarship 2014-15 (£5,000) (PI: Dr Jian Wan)

    Professional/editorial offices

    • Managing Guest Editor, Special issue on Smart Manufacturing and Autonomous Systems for Sustainable Development, Sustainability, 2023

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • FHEA

    Education/Academic qualification

    MSc, Northwestern Polytechnical University

    PhD, University of Girona


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