Jun Liu

Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Systems and Control

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2022-05-01
University of Waterloo
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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Coming to Canada From

University of Sheffield, UK

Research involves

Developing validated computational methods for rigorous analysis of and robust control design for cyber-physical systems, with applications in autonomous systems and robotics.

Research relevance

The research will lead to more efficient design methods for complex cyber-physical systems (CPS) and enhance the competitiveness of certain industrial segments involving CPS applications.

Research summary

Cyber-physical systems (CPSs) are engineering systems that are controlled by computer-based algorithms. These systems play increasing roles in our everyday lives—from executing search and rescue missions to enabling autonomous cars to navigate busy traffic and surgical robots to perform life-saving operations. When these systems fail, the consequences can be catastrophic. Dr. Jun Liu, Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Systems and Control, is developing advanced control algorithms to ensure that CPSs meet their safety, reliability and performance requirements.

He and his research team are exploring the theoretical limits of validated computation and formal methods for controlling CPS. They are also designing efficient algorithms for robust control synthesis for CPSs, and exploiting the synergies of control theory, learning and optimization for safety-critical control. Their results will lead to more efficient control design paradigms for CPS that have the potential to reduce their development time and cost significantly and improve their run-time performance safely.