Department of Automation has a staff population of13 professors, 7 associate professors, 7 lectures, 1 assistant-lecture and 9 technicians. It offers various undergraduate and post-graduate programs. The undergraduate program is a four-year's program and the post-graduate programs include full-time and part-time Doctor of Engineering and Master of Engineering schemes. About 180 fresh undergraduate, 35 MEng and 8 DEng post-graduate students register with the Department every year.
The Department is also involved in a broad area of research, development and industrial collaboration. It currently has four research groups: Power Electronics & Electric Drive Group, Control Theory & Engineering Group, Sensing & Instrumentation Group and Pattern Recognition & Intelligent Systems Group, a joint technical training center with Honeywell as well as a power electronics application institute.
The Department also completed a variety of projects of different levels including National Science Foundation of China funded projects, Tianjin Science Foundation funded projects and other ministry/provincial authority funded projects, A lot of industrial projects were certified and appreciated by related ministry/provincial authorities. The Department has received 7 awards for its great achievements in industrial collaboration.
1. Objective of specialty
Students in the Specialty of Automation are expected to establish solid engineering basis and obtain
sound professional knowledge in Electrotechnics, Electronics, Control Theory, Sensing & Instrumentation,
System Engineering, Computer Technique & Application and Network Techniques after 4 year's study.
They are supposed to be able to undertake System Analysis, Design and Development in Motion Control,
Industrial Process Control, Power Electronics, Auto-Detecting & Instrumentation, Electronics & Computer
Technique, Information Processing, Management & Decision-making and other related fields as advanced
professionals after graduation.
3. Period of study: four years
4. Degree to be awarded: Bachelor of Engineering
5. Specialty Features (1) The renovated Specialty of Automation combines 3 former specialties：
Industrial automation, Automatic Control, Detecting technique & Instrumentation. The reason for the
renovation is that those former specialties possess similar main courses, natural science and technique
curriculum only with difference between the specialized fields.
(2) Old specialty of automation emphasized motion control while specialty of sensing & instrumentation
emphasized process control. In the present specialty, "motion control", "process Control" and "computer control" are all compulsory courses. Therefore students have knowledge of a broader area and will meet more need of social economy market (such as changing working environments).
(3) The new specialty promotes such a trend that students have good knowledge of not only strong electricity but also low electricity and the ability to design not only hardware but also software as well as be good at not only theory understanding but also real-world problem solving.
Doctor of Engineering Programs
There are 2 full time Doctor of Engineering programs: Sensing & Instrumentation and Power Electronics & Electric Drive, each with 3 professors as chief supervisors.
2. Areas of Research
Research areas in each program are as follows:
Sensing & Instrumentation: On-line sensing techniques & systems, two/multi flows detecting techniques, sensor & fusion, and process control.
Power Electronics & Electric Drive: Modern electrical drive & computer control, intelligent control of electrical drive, industrial application of electrical drive systems, as well as control theory & application.
3. Period of study
Master of Engineering Programs
There are four Master of Engineering programs in the Department: Sensing & Instrumentation, Power Electronics & Electric Drive, Control Theory & Engineering and Pattern Recognition & Intelligent Systems.
2. Mode of Study
Full-time and part-time.
3. Period of study
Two and a half years for full-time students.