Dr Jian Wan

Dr Jian Wan

Lecturer in Control Systems Engineering

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in Control Systems Engineering
Member of Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) Research Group



PhD (Summa cum Laude) at Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automatic Control, University of Girona, Spain

MEng at Department of Automatic Control, School of Marine Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

BEng at Department of Materials Forming and Control Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechncial University, China


Research Associate (June 2014 - Dec 2014)  Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK for an EU FP7 research project on multiple sensor devices for food production

Research Fellow (Nov 2012 - May 2014)  Dynamics and Control Research Group, Department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University, Ireland for an Enterprise Ireland/IDA Competence Centre research project on virtual metrology enabled control for semiconductor manufacturing

Research Associate (Nov 2009 - Nov 2012)  Control Systems Research Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK for an EPSRC research project on batch process monitoring and control

Research Assistant (Oct 2006 - May 2009)  Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, The University of Leeds, Leeds, UK for an EPSRC research project on measurement, modelling and control of crystallisation processes

Research Assistant (July 2001 - Jan 2003)  Robotics Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for a research project on integrated design and control of a closed-chain manipulator

Professional membership

Member, IEEE

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

PRRO203 Mechatronics System Design Project (Module Leader)
CONT221 Engineering Mathematics and Control (Module Leader)
MECH544 Data Processing, Simulation and Optimisation of Engineering Systems (Module Leader)
MARN340 Marine Systems Engineering


Research interests

  • Set Membership Methods
  • Statistical Process Monitoring and Control
  • Constrained Optimisation and Control
  • Intelligent Control and Machine Learning
  • Robotics and Renewable Energy

Grants & contracts

SoMSE Small Research Grant 2014-15: £2500
SoE Small Research Grant 2017-18: £2500
Santander Seed-Corn Research Scholarship 2014-15: £5000
Santander Seed-Corn Research Scholarship 2016-17: £5000
Distinguished Visiting Fellowships Royal Academy of Engineering Round 7: £5000
EPSRC First Grant EP/R005532/1 Hybrid Set-theoretic Approaches for Constrained Control and Estimation with Applications to Autonomous Sailing Boats: £90,722
RAEng Frontiers of Engineering for Development Seed Fund 2018: £20,000

Key publications are highlighted

Polvara R, Sharma SK, Wan J, Manning A & Sutton R 2018 'Vision-Based Autonomous Landing of a Quadrotor on the Perturbed Deck of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle' Drones , DOI PEARL
Wan J, Sharma S & Sutton R 2018 'Guaranteed State Estimation for Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems via Indirectly Implemented Polytopic Set Computation' IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , DOI PEARL
Wan J & McLoone S 2017 'Gaussian Process Regression for Virtual Metrology-enabled Run-to-Run Control in Semiconductor Manufacturing' IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing , DOI PEARL
Polvara R, Sharma SK, Wan J, Manning A & Sutton R 2017 'Obstacle Avoidance Approaches for Autonomous Navigation of Unmanned Surface Vehicles' Journal of Navigation , DOI PEARL
Wan J, Yi-Chieh Chen, A. Julian Morris & Suresh N. Thennadil 2017 'A comparative investigation of the combined effects of pre-processing, wavelength selection and regression methods on near infrared calibration model performance' Applied Spectroscopy 71, (7) 1432-1446 , DOI PEARL
Li C, Yang C, Wan J, Annamalai ASK & Cangelosi A 2017 'Teleoperation control of Baxter robot using Kalman filter-based sensor fusion' Systems Science & Control Engineering 5, (1) 156-167 , DOI PEARL
Allen J, Sampanis K, Wan J, Greaves D, Miles J & Iglesias G 2016 'Laboratory Tests in the Development of WaveCat' Sustainability 8, (12) 1339-1339 , DOI PEARL
Zhuang Y, Sharma S, Subudhi B, Huang H & Wan J 2016 'Efficient collision-free path planning for autonomous underwater vehicles in dynamic environments with a hybrid optimization algorithm' Ocean Engineering 127, 190-199 , DOI PEARL
Lopez-Montero EB, Wan J & Marjanovic O 2015 'Trajectory tracking of batch product quality using intermittent measurements and moving window estimation' Journal of Process Control 25, (0) 115-128 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Wan J, Marjanovic O & Lennox B 2014 'Uneven batch data alignment with application to the control of batch end-product quality' ISA Transactions 53, 584 - 590-584 - 590 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Ma CY, Wan J & Wang XZ 2012 'Faceted growth rate estimation of potash alum crystals grown from solution in a hot-stage reactor' Powder Technology 227, (0) 96-103 Author Site , DOI
Wan J, Marjanovic O & Lennox B 2012 'Disturbance rejection for the control of batch end-product quality using latent variable models' Journal of Process Control 22, (3) 643-652 Author Site , DOI
Wang X, Ma C & Wan J 2011 'Pharmaceutical Crystal Shape Control based on Online Image Processing and Multi-scale Modelling' International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control 12, (1-2) 96-100
Wan J, Vehi J & Luo N 2009 'A numerical approach to design control invariant sets for constrained nonlinear discrete-time systems with guaranteed optimality' Journal of Global Optimization 44, (3) 395-407 Author Site , DOI
Wan J, Vehí J, Luo N & Herrero P 2009 'Control of constrained nonlinear uncertain discrete-time systems via robust controllable sets: a modal interval analysis approach' ESAIM: COCV 15, 189-204-189-204 Publisher Site , DOI
Wan J, Wang XZ & Ma CY 2009 'Particle shape manipulation and optimization in cooling crystallization involving multiple crystal morphological forms' AIChE Journal 55, 2049-2061 Publisher Site , DOI
Wan J, Ma CY & Wang XZ 2008 'A method for analyzing on-line video images of crystallization at high-solid concentrations' Particuology 6, (1) 9-15 Author Site , DOI
Wan J, Vehi J & Luo N 2008 'Nonlinear Contractive MPC via Polytopic Robust Controllable Sets' Journal of Convex Analysis 15, (4) 905-917
Wan J, Xu D & He Y 2002 'Multidimensional Wavelet Networks Based on a Tensor Product Structure' Journal of Control Theory & Applications 19, (3) 381-386
Conference Papers
Manning A, Sutton R & Cangelosi A 2018 'Toward End-to-End Control for UAV Autonomous Landing via Deep Reinforcement Learning' 115-123 , DOI
Viel C, Vautier U, Wan J & Jaulin L 2018 'Position keeping control of an autonomous sailboat' 14-19 , DOI
Polvara R, Sharma S, Wan J, Manning A, Sutton R & IEEE 2017 'Towards Autonomous Landing on a Moving Vessel through Fiducial Markers'
Abed W, Polvara R, Singh Y, Sharma S, Sutton R, Hatton D, Manning A & Wan J 2016 'Advanced Feature Extraction and Dimensionality Reduction for Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Fault Diagnosis' 11th UKACC International Conference on Control Belfast 31/08/2016 02/09/2016 Danvers IEEE Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Polvara R, Sharma S, Sutton R, Wan J & Manning A 2016 'TOWARD A MULTI-AGENT SYSTEM FOR MARINE OBSERVATION' The 19th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR 2016) London 12/09/2016 14/09/2016 PEARL
Singh Y, Polvara R, Sharma S, Hatton DC, Sutton R & Wan J 2016 'Design of a variable buoyancy engine for small scale underwater vehicle' International conference on advances in subsea engineering, structures and systems (ASESS 2016) Glasgow 06/06/2016 07/06/2016 Glasgow Asranet 100-103 PEARL
Li C, Yang C, Liang P, Cangelosi A, Wan J & IEEE 2016 'Development of Kinect based Teleoperation of Nao Robot' 133-138
Johnston AB, O'Hara PG & McLoone S 2014 'An adaptive machine learning decision system for flexible predictive maintenance' 806-811 , DOI
Pampuri S, Susto GA, Wan J, Johnston A, O'Hara P & McLoone S 2014 'Insight extraction for semiconductor manufacturing processes' 786-791 , DOI
2014 'On regression methods for virtual metrology in semiconductor manufacturing' 380-385 , DOI
Wan J, McLoone S, English P, O'Hara P & Johnston A 2014 'Predictive Maintenance for Improved Sustainability - An Ion Beam Etch Endpoint Detection System Use Case' 147-156
Wan J, Honari B & McLoone S 2013 'A Dynamic Sampling Methodology for Plasma Etch Processes using Gaussian Process Regression'
2012 'Trajectory tracking of batch product quality using intermittent measurements and moving window estimation' 265-270 , DOI
2012 'Trajectory tracking of exothermic batch reactor using NIR spectroscopy' 1013-1018 , DOI
Wan J, Marjanovic O & Lennox B 2011 'Trajectory tracking in batch processes using latent variable models' 14013-14018 , DOI
2010 'Control of batch end-product quality using partial least squares-based models' 1166-1171 , DOI
Wan J, Wang XZ & Ma CY 2009 'Model-based Optimisation and Closed-loop Control of Crystal Shape in Cooling Crystallisation' 483-488
Wan J, Vehi J & Luo NS 2004 'Local receding horizon control with contractive constraints' 243-247
Wan J, Quintero CG, Luo N, Vehl J & 2004 'Predictive motion control of a MiRoSoT mobile robot' 325-330
Polvara R, Patacchiola M, Sharma S, Wan J, Manning A, Sutton R & Cangelosi A 0 'The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems' 12/06/2018 15/06/2018 PEARL