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John Ting-Yung Wen
Professor and Director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS)

John T. Wen

Department Affiliations:
Department of Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering
joint appointment in Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering

Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Computer and Systems Engineering
M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Electrical Engineering
B.S., McGill University, Electrical Engineering

Professional Background:
John Ting-Yung Wen received B.Eng. from McGill University in1979, M.S. from University of Illinois in 1981, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1981-1982, he was a system engineer at Fisher Controls where he developed a plant-wide coordination control system for pulp and paper plants. From 1985-1988, he was a member of technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he developed new modeling and control algorithms for large space structures and space robots. Since 1988, he has been with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. He was an ASEE/NASA Summer Faculty Fellow in 1993, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Senior Visiting Scientist in 1997, and has received eleven NASA Tech Brief Awards. Dr. Wen has over 150 technical publications. His research interest lies in the general area of dynamic modeling, control, and motion planning for complex electromechanical systems, including flexible structures, robots, and vehicles, and material processing systems, and network based control, including congestion regulation, multi-robot coordination, and distributed control. Dr. Wen is a Fellow of IEEE.


  • Precision Motion Control (NSF)
  • Nonlinear model predictive control (NSF)
  • Microsystems design and assembly (NIST)
  • Design and control of active optical systems (NSF)
  • Multiscale systems design, optimization, and control (NSF)
  • Network flow control with applications to Internet, cellular communication, and mobile ad hoc networks


  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Contact Information:
John Ting-Yung Wen
Low Center for Industrial Innovation – Room 8015
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
Phone: (518) 276-6156
Fax: (518) 276-4897
wenj at rpi dot edu


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