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YangQuan Chen: Fractional Order Thinking and an Overview of Fractional Order Mechanics



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YangQuan Chen 教授

工作单位University of California, Merced (UCM)



In this seminar, I will introduce the basic idea of fractional calculus (differentiation or integration of non-integer orders) and its connections to almost all aspects of modern sciences and engineering when the phenomena or the system is complex. Therefore, I advocate the so called “Fractional Order Thinking (FOT)” and explain when we should use FOT. Then I will make a brief introduction to what I am teaching in Fall 2002 semester “Fractional Order Mechanics” with basic topics covered and an overview of labs I designed for this course.


YangQuan Chen earned his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1998. He had been a faculty of Electrical Engineering at Utah State University (USU) from 2000-12. He joined the School of Engineering, University of California, Merced (UCM) in summer 2012 teaching “Mechatronics”, “Engineering Service Learning” and “Unmanned Aerial Systems” for undergraduates; “Fractional Order Mechanics”, “Linear Multivariable Control”, “Nonlinear Controls” and “Advanced Controls: Optimality and Robustness” for graduates. His research interests include mechatronics for sustainability, cognitive process control (smart control engineering enabled by digital twins), small multi-UAV based cooperative multi-spectral “personal remote sensing”, applied fractional calculus in controls, modeling and complex signal processing; distributed measurement and control of distributed parameter systems with mobile actuator and sensor networks. He received Research of the Year awards from USU (2012) and UCM (2020), respectively. He was listed in Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics in 2018, 2019 and 2020. His lab website is


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