Dr. Yanjun Yan

Assistant Professor
School of Engineering + Technology, College of Engineering and Technology
Western Carolina University
Email: yyan@wcu.edu
Phone: 828-227-2648
Office: Belk 334, Belk building is #14 on the map

Bio   ENGR365 Travel   Kilobots   Research   Awards   Publications   Students   Teaching & Advising   Services  

I was born in China, and I obtained my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

My M.S. project was a collaboration between Harbin Institute of Technology and Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan, and I lived in Nara (an old capital city located between Osaka and Kyoto) when I worked on my M.S. thesis.

I then went to Syracuse University to pursue my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. Before I obtained the Ph.D. degree, I obtained a M.S. degree in Applied Statistics, too.

I worked at ARCON Corp. in Boston for three years before I joined Western Carolina University as an assistant professor in Fall 2013.

Curriculum Vitae

Do you want to explore other cultures and experience the cultural effects on engineering practices?

Join the travel course, ENGR 365 Global Engineering and Technology. In summer 2018, our destinations are Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Chengdu in China. The travel is updated to be from May 15 to May 29, 2018. Detailed course information, application procedure, estimated costs, temporarory itinerary, FAQ, and info for both you and your family and friends, are provided at yan.wcu.edu/engr365.

Do you want to build Kilobots yourselves?

We built them! Follow us with all the resources freely available at kilobot.wcu.edu. We will also keep updating our projects there.


My research interests are as follows:
  • Swarm robotics and swarm intelligence (such as Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO))
  • Prognostics and diagnostics, such as in wind energy systems
  • Statistical signal processing, applied in detection and estimation, tracking, fusion, wireless communications, and pattern recognition
  • Engineering education
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  • WCU Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activities Award, 2018-2019, 2nd time, one of five recipients per year at WCU.
  • The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) Board of Governors Distinguished Teaching Award. 2017-2018, one recipient per year at CET.
  • WCU Coulter Endowment Grant, Spring 2018.
  • The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) Distinguished Research and Scholarly Engagement Award. 2016-2017, one recipient per year at CET.
  • WCU Provost's Internal Funding Support Grant, from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016.
  • WCU Hunter Scholar Award, 2015-2016, one recipient per year at WCU. See Hunter's Clarion Newsletter Page 6.
  • The Kimmel School Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award, 2014-2015, one recipient per year at Kimmel School (renamed to be CET now).
  • WCU Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activities Award, 2014-2015, 1st time, one of five recipients per year at WCU.
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Publications (Published and Accepted)

The copyright of each article belongs to the corresponding copyright holder.
  • Peter Tay and Yanjun Yan. "Wavelet Denoising using a Conjointly Space and 2D Frequency Localized Filterbank," 2018 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2018), Athens, Greece, Oct 7-10, 2018.
  • Matthew Stender, Yanjun Yan, Bora Karayaka, Peter Tay, and Robert Adams. "Adapted Neighborhood Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm for Kilobot in Kilombo Simulations," 2018 IEEE SoutheastCon, St. Petersburg, USA, Apr 19-22, 2018.
  • Pranoy Kumar Singha Roy, Hayrettin Bora Karayaka, Yanjun Yan, and Yazan Alqudah. "Evaluation of Reference Generation Algorithms for Dispatching Solar PV Power," 2018 IEEE SoutheastCon, St. Petersburg, USA, Apr 19-22, 2018.
  • Peter Tay and Yanjun Yan. "Conjointly Space and 2D Frequency Localized Filter-banks," 2018 IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation (SSIAI 2018), Las Vegas, USA, April, 2018.
  • Mahendra Mallick, Sanjeev Arulampalam, Yanjun Yan, and Jifeng Ru. " Three Dimensional Tracking of an Aircraft Using 2D Radars," IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 585-600, Apr 2018.
  • Yuanrui Sang, H. Bora Karayaka, Yanjun Yan, Nadir Yilmaz, and David Souders. " Ocean (Marine) Energy," Book Chapter in Comprehensive Energy Systems Volume 1: Energy Fundamentals, Elsevier, ISBN 9780128095973, Feb 21, 2018.
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Graduate Advisees:
On Thesis Committees of other Graduate Students:
Capstone Teams:
  • 2017-2018: "Self-Assembly and Self-Disassembly for Shape Formation Using Kilobots and AERobots", sponsored by Dr. Yanjun Yan.
    • Lai Lee (ECET)
    • Griffin Kenneydy (EE)
  • 2016-2017: "PLI Cards Tool Punch Count System - Tagging/Reader System", sponsored by PLI Cards, Asheville, NC.
    • Moua Lor (ECET)
    • Suliman Algfary (EE)
    • Ahmed Alghamdi (EE)
  • 2016-2017: "Collective Behavior of Swarm Robotics Using Kilobots", sponsored by Dr. Yanjun Yan.
    • William Honeycutt (ECET)
    • Jason LaQuerre (ECET)
    • Brandon Letchworth (EE)
  • 2014-2015: "Automated Eye Drop Dispenser", sponsored by Medical Tool and Technology, Florida.
    • Adam Huggins (ECET)
    • John Gosnell (ET)
    • Josh Wahl (ET)
  • 2013-2014: "Vacuum Leak Detection for Cancer Fixation Bags", sponsored by Shands Hospital, Florida.
    • Ryan Smith (ECET)
    • William Kimsey (ET)
    • Paul Jagannati (EE)
Honors Contracts that are Successfully Finished:
  • Spring 2017: EE200 (Computer Utilization):
    • Oliver Adcox, on "GUI creation to calculate resistance of a resistor network"
  • Spring 2016: EE200 (Computer Utilization):
    • Dylan Shook, on "Generating Control Charts in Matlab/Octave"
    • Charles Detweiler, on "Visual Display for Triboelectric Nanogenerator Research"
  • Spring 2015: ECET242 (Electronic Circuits):
    • Wesley Dixon, on "DC to AC conversion using a 555 timer"
    • Moua Lor, on "Darlington pair composite transistor analysis and experiments"
  • Fall 2014, ECET231 (Circuit Analysis I):
    • Bryson Shannon, on "Light alarm built with photoresistor and Arduino board"
    • Moua Lor, on "Theoretical analysis and experimental measurements of resistor network with an LED and a potentiometer"
  • Fall 2014, EE200 (Computer Utilization):
    • Moua Lor, on "Simulating LED lighting of robots when approached by various number of objects"
  • Spring 2014, EE200 (Computer Utilization):
    • Ashley Fisher, on "integration approximation" and "naughty bunnies"
    • Bryson Shannon, on "conducting student survey with extensive analysis of the actual survey results"
    • Rachel Shinskie, on "GUI construction to solicit user input and plot 3D shapes"
    • Derrick Miller, on "resistance calculation of a resistor network"
    • Jesse Curtis, on "various unit conversion"
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Teaching & Advising

The courses that I have taught or am teaching:
  • Undergraduate Courses:
    • ENGR199 Introduction to Engineering Practices and Principles I
    • ECET231 Circuit Analysis I
    • ECET242 Electronic Circuits
    • EE200 Computer Utilization
    • ENGR402 System Dynamics and Control
    • ENGR493 Special topics on Arduino Programming
  • Graduate Courses:
    • ET593 Special topics on Digital Image Processing
    • ET593 Special topics on Technical Problem Solving
    • ET644 Advanced Digital Signal Processing
    • ET645 Random Variables, Signals and Waveforms
Next advising day (Oct. 30, 2018):
Current office hours:
You can plan your next semester's schedule by exploring the list of classes at:
You can find a suggested eight semester plan by clicking on the appropriate link for your major:
You also need to satisfy liberal studies requirement (Core and Perspective):
You could substitute some introductory engineering courses and liberal arts courses:
Other helpful information:
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Serving in Technical Program Committees
  • International Conference on Information Fusion 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010
  • SSIAI (IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation), 2018, 2016
  • IEEE ICPHM (IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management) 2017, 2016
  • ANTS (International Conference on Swarm Intelligence) 2016, 2014
  • ICCAIS 2015 (The International Conference on Control, Automation and Information Sciences)
  • I4CT 2015 (International Conference on Computer, Communications, and Control Technology)
  • VTC 2014-Spring (Vehicular Technology Conference) and VTC 2012-Spring
  • ICMCE 2014 (International Conference on Mechanics and Control Engineering)
  • BDM (Biological inspired techniques for data mining) workshop in PAKDD, 2013, 2011
  • On Multi-media Communications Networks in the Session of Sensor Networks & Distributed Computation in the Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, 2011
  • WAC 2008 (IADIS International Conference on Wireless Applications and Computing 2008)
Reviewer for Journals
  • IEEE Transactions on Reliability (TR)
  • IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP)
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging by IS&T and SPIE (JEI)
  • Soft Computing Journal
  • Swarm Intelligence Journal
  • International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM)
  • IEEE Transactions on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI)
  • IEEE Sensors Journal
  • Machine Vision and Applications Journal
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (TSP)
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS)
  • IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (TAES)
  • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
  • IEEE Communications Letters
  • Optical Engineering
  • International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics
  • International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering
  • International Journal of Image and Graphics
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Reviewer Manager or Reviewer for Other Conferences
  • North American Power Symposium (NAPS) 2017
  • Asia Pacific Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2017
  • IEEE SouthEastCon 2017
  • PHM Conference (International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management) 2015, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2014
  • ACC (American Control Conference) 2014
  • IEEE WCNIS2010-Communication Theory and Signal Processing 2010
  • GC'09-WNS (IEEE GlobeCom Conference 2009 Wireless Networking Symposium)
  • SIS 2008 (IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium Conference) 2008
WCU Campus Service
  • WCU Faculty-led Committee, 2016-2018
  • WCU Council on Inclusive Excellence, 2018-2019
  • WCU Liberal Studies Committee, 2016-2019
  • WCU International Faculty and Staff Council, 2017-2019
  • WCU Math Tutoring Center's Assessment Team, 2017
  • University Budget Committee, 2016-2017
  • University NSB Planning: Pedagogy Committee, 2016-2017
  • WCU CET Strategic Direction Taskforce, 2016-2017
  • Department Scholarship Coordinator, 2014-2017
  • WCU First Year Experience (FYE) Cabinet, 2015-2017
  • WCU One Book Selection Committee, 2014-2016
  • Department Peer Review of Teaching Materials committee, 2013-2016
  • Department Collegial Review Document Committee, 2015-2016
  • Provost Office's Student Community Ethics Committee, 2013-2016
  • Kimmel School Dean's Advisory Committee, 2015-2017
  • Kimmel School Technology Advisory Committee, 2014-2016
  • University Scholarship Committee, 2013-2014
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