The research work on fuzzy active control of vehicle suspension systems from Dr XJ Jing’s research group received The 2016 Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award, which was just announced during the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2016) held at Hotel Intercontinental Budapest during 9-12 Oct 2016.

The award is to recognize the authors of the best paper published annually in the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) (established in 1998), which was funded by the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society through an endowment administered by the IEEE Foundation. The basis for Judging the award is according to the originality, technical merit, potential impact to the SMCS field of interest, and presentation quality.

The award of this year is granted to the paper published in IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (IF 4.943, Rank 1/22 in Cybernetics, 6/130 in Artificial Intelligence): H Li, XJ Jing, HK Lam, P Shi, Fuzzy sampled-data control for uncertain vehicle suspension systems, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics 44(7), 1111-1126, 2014. It is a joint research work collaborated within Bohai University (Mainland of China), PolyU (HK), King’s College London (UK), and University of Adelaide (Australia) receiving 138 citations by far (in google scholar). The paper investigates the problem of sampled-data H∞ control of uncertain active suspension systems via fuzzy control approach. The work focuses on designing state-feedback and output-feedback sampled-data controllers to guarantee the resulting closed-loop dynamical systems to be asymptotically stable and satisfy H∞ disturbance attenuation level and suspension performance constraints. Using Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy model control method, T-S fuzzy models are established for uncertain vehicle active suspension systems considering the desired suspension performances. Based on Lyapunov stability theory, the existence conditions of state-feedback and output-feedback sampled-data controllers are obtained by solving an optimization problem.

The IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics is the flagship conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. It provides an international forum for researchers and practitioners to report up-to-the-minute innovation and development, summarize state-of-the-art, and exchange ideas and advances in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics. The SMC2016 is dedicated to the Hungarian born John von Neumann “a Pioneer of Modern Computer Science”.