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Tongwen Chen



Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Me

Tongwen Chen is currently a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Monitoring and Control with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. He received the BEng degree in Automation and Instrumentation from Tsinghua University (Beijing) in 1984, and the MASc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, as well as the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


Research Interests

Dynamic systems are central in many physical, engineering, biomedical, and economic processes. Dr. Chen’s research work lies in Control Systems; specifically, he is interested in understanding controlled behavior of complex dynamic systems, which typically involve computers and networks for information exchange. His research has resulted in development of analysis and synthesis methodologies in the following areas:

  • Sampled-data control design
  • Multirate digital signal processing
  • Multirate process control and identification
  • Networked control systems
  • Industrial alarm systems

His research work has generated some impact in the fields of control systems and signal processing; moreover, some of his research results have been applied and implemented in the Canadian industry.

Current Research

Supported by NSERC and a number of industrial partners, Dr. Chen’s research is currently focused on the following areas:

  • Wireless automation and wireless monitoring
  • Alarm monitoring and rationalization
  • Event triggered control systems
  • Process control and system identification
  • Energy efficiency operation and optimization

By creating new knowledge, developing new tools, and transferring them to industry, Dr. Chen aims at fostering innovation in the research work and providing a unique training program for graduate students and research personnel in the areas of Monitoring and Control of Complex Dynamic Systems.