Guanrong Chen (Life Fellow, IEEE) received the M.Sc. degree in computer science from Sun Yatsen University, Guangzhou, China, in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 1987.
He has been a Chair Professor and the Founding Director of the Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, since 2000. Prior to that, he was a Tenured Full Professor with the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA.
Prof. Chen was awarded the 2011 Euler Gold Medal, Russia, and conferred Honorary Doctorate by the Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, in 2011 and by the University of Le Havre, Normandy, France, in 2014. He has been a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering according to Thomson Reuters since 2009. He is a Member of the Academy of Europe since 2014 and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences since 2015.
Ming Cao (Fellow, IEEE) is a professor of networks and robotics at the Engineering and Technology Institute (ENTEG) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he started as an assistant professor in 2008. He received the Bachelor degree in 1999 and the Master degree in 2002 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree in 2007 from Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, all in Electrical Engineering. From September 2007 to August 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, USA. He worked as a research intern during the summer of 2006 with the Mathematical Sciences Department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA.
He is the 2017 and inaugural recipient of the Manfred Thoma medal from the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and the 2016 recipient of the European Control Award sponsored by the European Control Association (EUCA). He is a Senior Editor for Systems and Control Letters, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems and IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine. He is a member of the IFAC Conference Board and a vice chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Large-Scale Complex Systems. His research interests include autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, complex networks and decision-making processes.