October 11, 2019 – 11:15 AM

Zongli Lin

University of Virginia


Low gain feedback refers to a family of stabilizing state feedback gains that are parameterized in a scalar, referred to low gain parameter, and go to zero as the low gain parameter decreases to zero. Low gain feedback was initially proposed to achieve semi- global stabilization of linear systems subject to input saturation, and later found its other applications in the stabilization of nonlinear systems and linear systems with input delays. In this talk, we discuss the concept of low gain feedback, its properties, its design methods and its applications in constrained control, nonlinear stabilization and control of time-delay systems.


Zongli Lin is the Ferman W. Perry Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Virginia. He received his B.S. degree in mathematics and computer science from Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, in 1983, his Master of Engineering degree in automatic control from Chinese Academy of Space Technology, Beijing, China, in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, in 1994. His current research interests include nonlinear control, robust control, time delay systems, and control applications. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2001-2003), IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2006-2009) and IEEE Control Systems Magazine (2005-2012). He was elected a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2008- 2010, 2019-2021) and chaired the IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems and Control (2013-2015). He has served on the operating committees several conferences and was the program chair of the 2018 American Control Conference and a general chair of the 13th and 16th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings (2012, 2018). He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and book series, including Automatica, Systems & Control Letters, Science China Information Sciences, and Springer/Birkhauser book series Control Engineering. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science.