Yebin Wang

Yebin Wang
  • Biography

    Prior to joining MERL, Yebin worked on process control, software development and management, and nonlinear estimation theory for over ten years. At MERL, Yebin has been working on control and estimation for various automation and transportation systems. Yebin's research interests include nonlinear estimation/control theory and applications, optimal control, adaptive/learning systems, modeling and control of complex systems.

  • Recent News & Events

    •  TALK    [MERL Seminar Series 2024] Na Li presents talk titled Close the Loop: From Data to Actions in Complex Systems
      Date & Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2024; 12:00 PM
      Speaker: Na Li, Harvard University
      MERL Host: Yebin Wang
      Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
      Abstract
      • The explosive growth of machine learning and data-driven methodologies have revolutionized numerous fields. Yet, translating these successes to the domain of dynamical, physical systems remains a significant challenge, hindered by the complex and often unpredictable nature of such environments. Closing the loop from data to actions in these systems faces many difficulties, stemming from the need for sample efficiency and computational feasibility amidst intricate dynamics, along with many other requirements such as verifiability, robustness, and safety. In this talk, we bridge this gap by introducing innovative approaches that harness representation-based methods, domain knowledge, and the physical structures of systems. We present a comprehensive framework that integrates these components to develop reinforcement learning and control strategies that are not only tailored for the complexities of physical systems but also achieve efficiency, safety, and robustness with provable performance.
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    •  TALK    [MERL Seminar Series 2023] Prof. Shaoshuai Mou presents talk titled Inverse Optimal Control for Autonomous Systems
      Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 2023; 1:00 PM
      Speaker: Shaoshuai Mou, Purdue University
      MERL Host: Yebin Wang
      Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Robotics
      Abstract
      • Inverse Optimal Control (IOC) aims to achieve an objective function corresponding to a certain task from an expert robot driven by optimal control, which has become a powerful tool in many applications in robotics. We will present our recent solutions to IOC based on incomplete observations of systems' trajectories, which enables an autonomous system to “sense-and-adapt", i.e., incrementally improving the learning of objective functions as new data arrives. This also leads to a distributed algorithm to solve IOC in multi-agent systems, in which each agent can only access part of the overall trajectory of an optimal control system and cannot solve IOC by itself. This is perhaps the first distributed method to IOC. Applications of IOC into human prediction will also be given.
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  • MERL Publications

    •  Lu, Z., Wang, Y., "A Differentiable Dynamic Modeling Approach to Integrated Motion Planning and Actuator Physical Design for Mobile Manipulators", Journal of Field Robotics, July 2024.
      BibTeX TR2024-095 PDF
      • @article{Lu2024jul,
      • author = {Lu, Zehui and Wang, Yebin}},
      • title = {A Differentiable Dynamic Modeling Approach to Integrated Motion Planning and Actuator Physical Design for Mobile Manipulators},
      • journal = {Journal of Field Robotics},
      • year = 2024,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2024-095}
      • }
    •  Lu, Z., Wang, Y., Sakamoto, Y., Mou, S., "Distributed Co-Design of Motors and Motions for Robotic Manipulators", European Control Conference (ECC), June 2024.
      BibTeX TR2024-083 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Lu2024jun,
      • author = {Lu, Zehui and Wang, Yebin and Sakamoto, Yusuke and Mou, Shaoshuai}},
      • title = {Distributed Co-Design of Motors and Motions for Robotic Manipulators},
      • booktitle = {European Control Conference (ECC)},
      • year = 2024,
      • month = jun,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2024-083}
      • }
    •  Rahman, S., Wang, Y., Menner, M., Liu, D., "Sizing of Electric Vehicle Power Converter Based on Distributed Operating Points", IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference & Expo (ITEC), June 2024.
      BibTeX TR2024-075 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Rahman2024jun2,
      • author = {{Rahman, Syed and Wang, Yebin and Menner, Marcel and Liu, Dehong}},
      • title = {Sizing of Electric Vehicle Power Converter Based on Distributed Operating Points},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference \& Expo (ITEC)},
      • year = 2024,
      • month = jun,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2024-075}
      • }
    •  Dai, J., Wang, Z., Wang, Y., Quirynen, R., Di Cairano, S., "Path Planning and Motion Control for Accurate Positioning of Car-like Robots", arXiv, May 2024.
      BibTeX arXiv
      • @article{Dai2024may,
      • author = {Dai, Jin and Wang, Zejiang and Wang, Yebin and Quirynen, Rien and Di Cairano, Stefano}},
      • title = {Path Planning and Motion Control for Accurate Positioning of Car-like Robots},
      • journal = {arXiv},
      • year = 2024,
      • month = may,
      • url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/2405.06290}
      • }
    •  Lin, C., Wang, Y., Vetterling, W., Jha, D.K., Quirynen, R., "Path Generation based on Electrostatic Equipotential Curves", IEEE Access, May 2024.
      BibTeX TR2024-049 PDF
      • @article{Lin2024may,
      • author = {Lin, Chungwei and Wang, Yebin and Vetterling, William and Jha, Devesh K. and Quirynen, Rien}},
      • title = {Path Generation based on Electrostatic Equipotential Curves},
      • journal = {IEEE Access},
      • year = 2024,
      • month = may,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2024-049}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Autonomous Parking with Hybrid Exploration of Parking Space"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Dai, Siyu
      Patent No.: 11,767,035
      Issue Date: Sep 26, 2023
    • Title: "Multi-Layer Axial and Radial flux Vernier Permanent Magnet Motor"
      Inventors: Zhou, Lei; Wang, Bingnan; Lin, Chungwei; Liu, Dehong; Wang, Yebin; Teo, Koon Hoo
      Patent No.: 11,502,564
      Issue Date: Nov 15, 2022
    • Title: "System and Method for Feasibly Positioning Servomotors with Unmodeled Dynamics"
      Inventors: Chakrabarty, Ankush; Danielson, Claus; Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 11,392,104
      Issue Date: Jul 19, 2022
    • Title: "Data-Driven Nonlinear Output-Feedback Control of Power Generators"
      Inventors: Gao, Weinan; Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 11,392,099
      Issue Date: Jul 19, 2022
    • Title: "System and Method for Estimating Temperature and Heat Loss in Electric Motors"
      Inventors: Wang, Bingnan; Wang, Yebin; Ma, Tong; Lin, Chungwei; Komatsu, Taiga
      Patent No.: 11,293,986
      Issue Date: Apr 5, 2022
    • Title: "Network Adapted Control System"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Ma, Yehan; Wang, Yebin; Chakrabarty, Ankush; Ahn, Heejin; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 10,969,767
      Issue Date: Apr 6, 2021
    • Title: "System and Method for Control Constrained Operation of Machine with Partially Unmodeled Dynamics Using Lipschitz Constant"
      Inventors: Chakrabarty, Ankush; Jha, Devesh; Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 10,895,854
      Issue Date: Jan 19, 2021
    • Title: "Deterministic Path Planning for Controlling Vehicle Movement"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 10,809,732
      Issue Date: Oct 20, 2020
    • Title: "Network Adapted Control System"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Ma, Yehan; Orlik, Philip V.; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Guo, Jianlin
      Patent No.: 10,809,701
      Issue Date: Oct 20, 2020
    • Title: "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DATA-DRIVEN CONTROL WITH PARTIALLY UNKNOWN FEEDBACK"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 10,768,585
      Issue Date: Sep 8, 2020
    • Title: "Vehicle Motion Control System and Method"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Dai, Jin
      Patent No.: 10,663,966
      Issue Date: May 26, 2020
    • Title: "Motion Controller for Real-Time Continuous Curvature Path Planning"
      Inventors: Bortoff, Scott A.; Wang, Yebin; Dai, Jin
      Patent No.: 10,591,915
      Issue Date: Mar 17, 2020
    • Title: "METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR BATTERY STATE OF POWER PREDICTION"
      Inventors: Pajovic, Milutin; Sahinoglu, Zafer; Wang, Yebin; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 10,564,222
      Issue Date: Feb 18, 2020
    • Title: "Interference Free Scheduling for Multi-Controller Multi-Control-Loop Control Systems over Wireless Communication Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 10,531,477
      Issue Date: Jan 7, 2020
    • Title: "RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PARAMETER ESTIMATION APPARATUS ANDRECHARGEABLE BATTERY PARAMETER ESTIMATION METHOD"
      Inventors: Wada, Toshihiro; Takegami, Tomoki; Wang, Yebin .; Kim, Taesic; Sahinoglu, Zafer
      Patent No.: 10,353,007
      Issue Date: Jul 16, 2019
    • Title: "Methods and Systems for Data-Driven Battery State of Charge (SoC) Estimation"
      Inventors: Pajovic, Milutin; Ozcan, Gozde; Sahinoglu, Zafer; Wang, Yebin; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 10,324,135
      Issue Date: Jun 18, 2019
    • Title: "System and Method for Speed Sensorless Motor Drives"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 10,218,301
      Issue Date: Feb 26, 2019
    • Title: "Method and System for Controlling Angular Speeds of Motors in Speed Sensorless Induction Motors"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,985,563
      Issue Date: May 29, 2018
    • Title: "Vehicle Automated Parking System and Method"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Jha, Devesh
      Patent No.: 9,969,386
      Issue Date: May 15, 2018
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Speed of Electric Motor"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Zhou, Lei
      Patent No.: 9,966,891
      Issue Date: May 8, 2018
    • Title: "Method and System for Controlling Angular Rotor Speeds of Sensorless Induction Motors"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Zhang, Jian
      Patent No.: 9,893,666
      Issue Date: Feb 13, 2018
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Elevator Door Systems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 9,834,414
      Issue Date: Dec 5, 2017
    • Title: "Method and System for Controlling an Angular Speed of an Induction Motor"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 9,780,711
      Issue Date: Oct 3, 2017
    • Title: "Motion-Control System for Performing Different Tasks"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Jiang, Yu; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,529,341
      Issue Date: Dec 27, 2016
    • Title: "Optimization of System Control Based on Solving Multi-Point Boundary Value Problems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,378,469
      Issue Date: Jun 28, 2016
    • Title: "Method for Estimating a State of Charge of Batteries"
      Inventors: Sahinoglu, Zafer; Fang, Huazhen; Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 9,244,129
      Issue Date: Jan 26, 2016
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Semi-Active Actuators Arranged to Minimize Vibration in Elevator Systems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,242,837
      Issue Date: Jan 26, 2016
    • Title: "Method for Estimating State of Charge for Lithium-Ion Batteries"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Fang, Huazhen; Sahinoglu, Zafer
      Patent No.: 9,077,182
      Issue Date: Jul 7, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Determining Trajectory of Multi-Motor Control System Avoiding Obstacle"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Yu, Han; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,076,337
      Issue Date: Jul 7, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Semi-Active Actuators Arranged to Minimize Vibration in Elevator Systems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,849,465
      Issue Date: Sep 30, 2014
    • Title: "An Energy Efficient Motion Control System"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Koichiro, Ueda; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,816,627
      Issue Date: Aug 26, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Semi-Active Actuators"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,768,522
      Issue Date: Jul 1, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Reducing Lateral Vibration in Elevator"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 8,761,947
      Issue Date: Jun 24, 2014
    • Title: "Method for Determining Trajectories Manipulators to Avoid Obstacles"
      Inventors: Zhao, Yiming; Wang, Yebin
      Patent No.: 8,700,307
      Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
    • Title: "Method for Generating Trajectories for Motor Controlled Actuators"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.; Zhao, Yiming
      Patent No.: 8,700,190
      Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
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