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South Africa: Electrical engineering researcher receives recognition

The South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) has recognised researcher, Prof Qing-Guo Wang, from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) for his globally leading research in Control and Automation for Engineering and Financial applications.

According to a press release issued by the educational institution, Prof Wang is an internationally renowned electrical engineering researcher in the areas of PID control, auto-tuning of control systems, and multivariable decoupling control.

He is very well known for his work in system identification, relay feedback systems, time delay systems and multivariable control, the university stated.

UJ’s Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, who serves as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, said: Prof Wang’s research is on modelling, optimisation and control. As we move into the fourth industrial revolution where much of the work that is [now] done by people will be done by machines, Prof Wang’s work becomes even more important.”

Marwala added: “His research to date touches many sectors such as manufacturing, finance and construction. At UJ’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, his projects range across mechanical to electrical and electronic engineering.”

Electrical engineering researcher

Prof Qing-Guo Wang

Prof Wang joined the Institute of Intelligent Systems (IIS) within the UJ Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) in 2016.

The press statement noted that Prof Wang is currently planning several research projects funded by the NRF at the UJ’s IIS.

These may include industrial projects for power systems, building automation, chemical and electrical systems, new batteries/super capacitors, medical engineering and flying drones mimicking the flying action of birds; as well as theoretical projects on system identification and systems control.

Early in his career, Prof Wang gained extensive industrial experience in paper mills in China.

“During my Master’s and PhD studies, I worked for three years at a paper mill in the People’s Republic of China. There, my supervisor, a classmate and I developed the first-ever paper machine computer control system in China,” Wang said.

“The paper industry started using it in 1985. After that I helped to implement the system in many mills for another five years until 1990, at which time I moved to Germany. The spin-off company from this technology has dominated the China market since then,” Wang stated.


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