Fan YANG, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Vice Chair of Executive Board, Department of Automation

Tsinghua University,  Beijing 100084, China

Tel: +86 (10) 6277 3654      Fax: +86 (10) 6278 6911



Ph. D. in Control Theory and Control Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2008

B.S. in Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2002

  Working Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, 2013.12-

Lecturer, Tsinghua University, 2011.9-2013.11

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, 2009-2011

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tsinghua University, 2008-2010

  Expertise and Research Interests

Topology modeling, fault diagnosis, and hazard assessment of large-scale complex systems;

Smart alarm monitoring for industrial systems;

System identification

  Academic/Social Activities and Memberships

Member of IEEE, IEICE, and ISA

Reviewer of Acta Automatica Sinica, Control Theory and Applications, Control Engineering of China, International Journal of Control, Analog Integrated Circuits & Signal Processing, and Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering

   Grants and Contracts / Research Projects

[1] “Research on SDG-based semi-quantitative fault diagnosis for large-scale complex systems”, supported by the National Science Foundation of China, PI, 2010-2012

[2] “Development of an advanced technology for alarm analysis and design”, supported by the NSERC Strategic Project Grant (co-PIs: Tongwen Chen & Sirish L. Shah, U of Alberta, collaborated with Matrikon, Imperial Oil, and Suncor Energy), key member, 2009-2012

[3] “Dynamic feature and fault propagation analysis of large-scale complex systems based on SDG model description”, supported by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, PI, 2008-2012

   Honors and Awards

Outstanding Ph.D. Graduating Student Award, Tsinghua University, 2008

Young Research Paper Award, IEEE Control Systems Society Beijing Chapter, 2006

Outstanding Graduating Student Award, Tsinghua University, 2002

   Academic Achievements


I. Book Chapters

[1]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun, SHAH Sirish L. Qualitative fault detection and hazard analysis based on signed directed graphs for large-scale complex systems / ZHANG Wei (ed.). Fault Detection, INTECH, March 2010: 15-50

II.  Journal Papers

[2] YANG Fan, SHAH Sirish L, XIAO Deyun. Signed directed graph modeling and validation of industrial processes by process knowledge and process data. International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, 2011

[3]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun, SHAH Sirish L. Optimal sensor location design for reliable fault detection in presence of false alarms. Sensors, 2009, 9(11): 8579-8592

[4]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. SDG-based model description and fault propagation analysis in control systems. Control and Decision, 2009, 24(7): 1006-1011 (in Chinese)

[5]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Sensor location strategy in large-scale systems for fault detection applications. Journal of Computers, 2008, 3(11): 51−57

[6]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Probabilistic SDG model description and fault inference for large-scale complex systems. High Technology Letters, 2006, 12(3): 239-244

[7]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Review of SDG modeling and its application. Control Theory and Applications, 2005, 22(9): 767-774 (in Chinese)

[8] YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Research on agent-based MES structure of process industries. Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems—CIMS, 2003, 9(2): 107-111

III.  Conference Papers

[9]  YANG Fan, SHAH Sirish L, XIAO Deyun, CHEN Tongwen. Improved correlation analysis and visualization for industrial alarm data // 18th IFAC World Congress, Milano, Italy, August 2011

[10]  YANG Fan, SHAH Sirish L, XIAO Deyun. Correlation analysis of alarm data and alarm limit design for industrial processes // Proceedings of 2010 American Control Conference (ACC), Baltimore, July 2010: 5850-5855

[11]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. SDG-based fault isolation for large-scale complex systems solved by rough set theory // Proceedings of 17th IFAC World Congress, Seoul, Korea, 2008: 7221-7226

[12]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Interval state estimation in signed directed graph based on sensitivity matrix method // 2008 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) Proceedings, Victoria, Canada, 2008: 672-675

[13]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Sensor location problem for large-scale complex systems in the framework of the dynamic signed directed graph // Proceedings of 2007 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC), Montreal, Canada, 2007: 2843-2847

[14]  YANG Fan, XIAO Deyun. Approach to fault diagnosis using SDG based on fault revealing time // Proceedings of 6th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA), Dalian, China, June 2006: 5744-5747