Dr. Liang Sun

PhD, Brigham Young University 2012

Past and Current Projects

Research Interests

    Unmanned systems, towed cable (tethered) systems, sensor network, cooperative estimation and control, Lyapunov-based nonlinear control, optimal control, data fusion, localization and mapping.

Recent Publications

Book Chapter
  1. Sun, L., Bask, S., and Pack, D., “Distributed Probabilistic Search and Tracking of Agile Mobile Ground Targets Using a Network of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, Human Behavior Understanding in Networked Sensing, Springer International Publishing, 2014. ISBN: 978-3-319-10806-3. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-10807-0_14PDF
Journal Articles
  1. Zhao, H., Jin, T., Wang, S., and Sun, L., “A Real-Time Selective Harmonic Elimination Based on A Transient-free, Inner Closed-Loop Control for Cascaded Multilevel Inverters”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 31(2), 2015, pp. 1000-1014. DOI: 10.1109/TPEL.2015.2413898PDF
  2. Sun, L., Castagno, J., Hedengren, J. D., and Beard, R. W., “Parameter Estimation for Towed Cable Systems Using Moving Horizon Estimation”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 51(2), 2015, pp. 1432-1446. DOI: 10.1109/TAES.2014.130642PDF
  3. Lwowski, J., Sun, L., Mexquitic, R., Sharma, R., and Pack, D., “A Reactive Bearing Angle Only Obstacle Avoidance Technique for Unmanned Ground Vehicles”, Journal of Automation and Control Research, Vol. 1(1), 2014, pp. 22-28. DOI: 10.11159/jacr.2014.004PDF
  4. Nichols, J. W., Sun, L., Beard, R. W., and McLain, T. W. “Aerial Rendezvous of Small Unmanned Aircraft Using a Passive Towed Cable System”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37(4), 2014, pp. 1131-1142. DOI: arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.62220PDF
  5. Sun, L., Hedengren, J. D., and Beard, R. W., “Optimal Trajectory Generation using Model Predictive Control for Aerially Towed Cable Systems”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37(2), 2014, pp. 525-539. DOI: arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.60820PDF
  6. Colton, M. B., Sun, L., Carlson, D. C., and Beard, R. W., “Multi-vehicle Dynamics and Control for Aerial Recovery of Micro Air Vehicles”,. Int. J. Vehicle Autonomous Systems, Vol. 9, 2011, pp. 78.-107. DOI: PDF
Refereed Conference Proceedings
  1. Sun, L. and Pack, D., “Controlling Unmanned Aerial Vehicles With A Pre-Existing Autopilot System In The Loop”, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Osaka, Japan, December 2015, accepted. PDF
  2. Farmani, N., Sun, L., and Pack, D., “Tracking Multiple Mobile Targets Using Cooperative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, IEEE International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Denver, Colorado, USA, June 2015, 395-400. PDF
  3. Sun, L. and Pack, D., “Mobile Target Tracking Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a Non-Gimbaled Video Sensor”, AIAA Science and Technology Forum: AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee, Florida, USA, January 2015. PDF
  4. Farmani, N., Sun, L., and Pack, D., “Optimal UAV Sensor Management and Path Planning for Tracking Multiple Mobile Targets”, the ASME 2014 Dynamic System and Control Conferences, San Antonio, Texas, USA, October 2014. PDF
  5. Zhao, H., Jin, T., Wang, S., Wu, D., and Sun, L., “A Real-Time Selective Harmonic Elimination Based on A Transient-free Inner Closed-Loop for Cascaded Multilevel Inverters”, IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, September 2014, 3679-3686. PDF
  6. Dutta, R., Sun, L., Kothari, M., Sharma, R., and Pack, D., “A Cooperative Formation Control Strategy Maintaining Connectivity of A Multi-agent System”, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 2014, pp. 1189-1194. PDF
  7. Farmani, N., Sun, L., and Pack, D., “An Optimal Sensor Management Technique for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Tracking Multiple Mobile Ground Targets”, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Orlando, FL, USA, May 2014, pp. 570-576. PDF
  8. Lwowski, J., Sun, L., Mexquitic, R., Sharma, R., and Pack, D., “A Reactive Bearing Angle Only Obstacle Avoidance Technique for Unmanned Ground Vehicles”, International Conference of Control, Dynamic Systems, and Robotics, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 2014. PDF
  9. Sun, L., Beard, R., and Pack, D., “Trajectory-Tracking Control Law Design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with an Autopilot in the Loop”, American Control Conference, Portland, OR, USA, June 2014, pp. 1390-1395. PDF