B.S. Electrical Engineering (1982), ​University of Science and Technology of ChinaM.S. Electrical Engineering (1984), M.S. Computer Engineering (1987), M.S. Applied Mathematics (1989), University of Southern CaliforniaPh.D. ​Electrical Engineering (1989), University of Southern California

For more than 30 years, Professor Gang Tao has worked in various areas of adaptive control theory and applications, with particular interests in adaptive control of systems with multiple inputs and multiple outputs, systems with nonsmooth nonlinearities, and systems with uncertain faults, in stability and robustness of adaptive control systems, and in passivity characterizations of control systems.

His publications include the 2003 Wiley textbook "Adaptive Control Design and Analysis" (by Gang Tao), the 1996 Wiley book "Adaptive Control of Systems with Actuator and Sensor Nonlinearities" (by Gang Tao and Petar Kokotovic), the 2004 Springer book "Adaptive Control of Systems with Actuator Failures" (by Gang Tao, Shuhao Chen, Xidong Tang and Suresh M. Joshi), the 2003 Springer book "Control of Sandwich Nonlinear Systems" (by Avinash Taware and Gang Tao), the 2001 Springer book "Adaptive Control of Nonsmooth Dynamic Systems" (edited by Gang Tao and Frank Lewis), the 2009 book "Advances in Control Systems Theory and Applications"  (edited by Gang Tao and Jing Sun), and over 400 technical papers and book chapters. Recently he has been working on adaptive control of systems with uncertain actuator failures and actuator nonlinearities, structural damage, sensor uncertainties and failures, dynamics mutation, on adaptive approximation control of noncanonical form nonlinear systems, on intelligent and adaptive learning systems, and on resilient robot control, high-speed train control, aircraft and spacecraft flight control, and renewable energy system control applications.

He is an associate editor for Automatica and a subject editor for International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing (for
which he was a guest editor for a 1997 special issue on Adaptive Systems with Nonsmooth Nonlinearities). He was an associate editor for IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control from 1996 to 1999. He organized and chaired the 2001 International Symposium on Adaptive and Intelligent Systems and Control, held in Charlottesville, Virginia, and organized invited sessions for 1996 IEEE CDC and 1999 IEEE CCA on adaptive control of systems with nonsmooth nonlinearities. He served on numerous international conferences' technical and advisory committees and as Technical Conference Chair for IEEE SoutheastCon 2007. He was a plenary speaker at the 2011 SIAM SEAS, the 2011 Chinese Safeprocess Conference, and the 2016 IEEE Chinese Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, and a keynote speaker at the 2013 IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications.

He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Research Interests

  • Control Systems
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics