Keynote Speaker
Prof. Guanrong Chen
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Topic: On Pinning Control, Synchronization and Controllability of Complex Networks

   In this talk, we address some new issues and challenges faced by the conventional control theory in a complex dynamical network environment. After introducing the network science background, we discuss some research problems regarding pinning control and pinning synchronization of complex dynamical networks, as well as pinning controllability of directed networks. We will show that the coupling structure of a network is essential; therefore, how to utilize the topological features of a complex network to benefit control is of ultimate importance. This also raises some interesting and yet challenging technical questions for control theory and practice under the framework of weighted and directed dynamical networks.

About the Speaker:

   Prof. Guanrong (Ron) Chen received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University, College Station, USA. Currently he is a Chair Professor and the Founding Director of the Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks at the City University of Hong Kong, prior to which he was a tenured Full Professor in the University of Houston, Texas, USA. Prof. Chen is an IEEE Fellow (1997), and an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering and also in Physics, with non-self-cited h_index 79. He served and is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine and the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. He received 5 best journal paper awards in the past, 2008 and 2012 State Natural Science Awards of China, and the 2011 Euler Gold Medal awarded by the Euler Foundation, Russia. He was conferred Honorary Doctorate by the Saint Petersburg State University, Russia in 2011, and is an Honorary Professor at different ranks in some thirty universities worldwide.

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