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Xiaobo Tan

MSU Foundation Professor and Richard M. Hong Endowed Chair

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), College of Engineering

MSU Foundation Professor - Mechanical Engineering (ME) in the College of Engineering

Engineering Bldg, 428 S Shaw Ln Room 3228


Electroactive polymer sensors and actuators, biomimetic robotic fish, mobile sensing in aquatic environments, control of autonomous robotic swarms, modeling and control of hysteresis, embedded control systems.


Ph.D., University of Maryland 2002

M.E., Tsinghua University, Beijing 1998

B.E., Tsinghua University, Beijing 1995


Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


MSU Teacher-Scholar Award

ASME DSCD Best Mechatronics Paper Award


T. Pinto, L. Cai, C. Wang, and X. Tan, "CNT-based sensor arrays for local strain measurements in soft pneumatic bending actuators," International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 157-166, 2017

S. B. Behbahani and X. Tan, "Design and modeling of flexible passive rowing joints for robotic fish pectoral fins," IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 1119-1132, 2016

J. Zhang, D. Torres, J. Ebel, N. Sepulveda, and X. Tan, "A composite hysteresis model in self-sensing feedback control of fully integrated VO2 microactuators," IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 2405-2417, 2016

F. Zhang, O. Ennasr, E. Litchman, and X. Tan, "Autonomous sampling of water columns using gliding robotic fish: Algorithms and harmful-algae-sampling experiments," IEEE Systems Journal, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1271-1281, 2016


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