University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Wei Ren

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Wei Ren

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wei Ren

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
Brigham Young University, 2004

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                           416 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-6204
Fax: 951-827-2425

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Prior Institutions: Utah State University


Wei Ren is currently a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2004. From 2004 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. He was an assistant professor (2005-2010) and an associate professor (2010-2011) with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Utah State University. His research focuses on distributed control of multi-agent systems and autonomous control of unmanned vehicles. Dr. Ren is an author of two books: Distributed Coordination of Multi-agent Networks (Springer-Verlag, 2011) and Distributed Consensus in Multi-vehicle Cooperative Control (Springer-Verlag, 2008). He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He is currently an associate editor for Automatica, Systems and Control Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2004
  • M.S. Mechatronics, Tongji University, China, 2004
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering Hohai University, China


  • Thomson Scientific Essential Science Indicators Fast Breaking Paper, 2007
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2008


  • IEEE

Research Interests

Multi-agent systems, cyber-physical systems, cooperative control, distributed control, networked control systems, autonomous vehicles, robotics.

Selected Publications

  • W. Ren and Y. Cao, Distributed Coordination of Multi-agent Networks, Springer–Verlag, London, 2011.
  • W. Ren and R. W. Beard, Distributed Consensus in Multi-vehicle Cooperative Control, Springer–Verlag, London, 2008.
  • W. Chen, X. Li, W. Ren, and C. Wen, "Adaptive Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems with Unknown Identical Control Directions Based on A Novel Nussbaum-Type Function," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 59, no. 7, pp. 1887-1892, July 2014.
  • P. Lin and W. Ren, "Constrained Consensus in Unbalanced Networks with Communication Delays," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 775-781, March 2014.
  • Z. Meng, Z. Lin, and W. Ren, "Robust Cooperative Tracking for Multiple Non-identical Second-order Nonlinear Systems," Automatica, vol. 49, no. 8, pp. 2363-2372, August 2013.
  • Z. Li, W. Ren, X. Liu, and L. Xie, "Distributed Consensus of Linear Multi-Agent Systems with Adaptive Dynamic Protocols," Automatica, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 1986-1995, July 2013.
  • W. Yu, W. Ren, W. Zheng, G. Chen, and J. Lu, "Distributed Control Gains Design for Consensus in Multi-agent Systems with Second-order Nonlinear Dynamics," Automatica, vol. 49, no. 7, July 2013, pp. 2107-2115.
  • J. Mei, W. Ren, J. Chen, and G. Ma, "Distributed Adaptive Coordination for Multiple Lagrangian Systems under a Directed Graph without Using Neighbors' Velocity Information," Automatica, vol. 49, no. 6, June 2013, pp. 1723-1731.
  • J. Mei, W. Ren, and G. Ma, "Distributed Coordination for Second-order Systems with Nonlinear Dynamics Using only Relative Position Measurements," Automatica, vol. 49, no. 5, May 2013, pp. 1419-1427.
  • Z. Li, X. Liu, W. Ren, and L. Xie, "Distributed tracking control for linear multi-agent systems with a leader of bounded unknown input," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 58, no. 2, February 2013, pp. 518-523.
  • Y. Cao, W. Yu, W. Ren, and G. Chen, "An Overview of Recent Progress in the Study of Distributed Multi-agent Coordination," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 9, no. 1, February 2013, pp. 427-438 (invited paper).
  • F. Chen, Y. Cao, and W. Ren, "Distributed average tracking of multiple time-varying reference signals with bounded derivatives," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 57, no. 12, December 2012, pp. 3169-3174.
  • Y. Cao, W. Ren, and M. Egerstedt, "Distributed Containment Control with Multiple Stationary or Dynamic Leaders in Directed Networks," Automatica, vol. 48, no. 8, August 2012, pp. 1586-1597.
  • J. Li, W. Ren, and S. Xu, "Distributed Containment Control with Multiple Dynamic Leaders for Double-integrator Dynamics Using Only Position Measurements," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 57, no. 6, June 2012, pp. 1553-1559.
  • J. Mei, W. Ren, and G. Ma, "Distributed Containment Control for Lagrangian Networks with Parametric Uncertainties under a Directed Graph," Automatica, vol. 48, no. 4, April 2012, pp. 653-659.
  • Y. Cao and W. Ren, "Distributed Coordinated Tracking with Reduced Interaction via a Variable Structure Approach," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 57, no. 1, January 2012, pp. 33-48.
  • W. Yu, G. Chen, W. Ren, J. Kurths, and W. Zheng, "Distributed higher-order consensus protocols in multi-agent dynamical systems," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part I: Regular Papers, vol. 58, no. 8, August 2011, pp. 1924-1932.
  • Y. Cao, D. Stuart, W. Ren, and Z. Meng, "Distributed Containment Control for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles with Double-integrator Dynamics: Algorithms and Experiments," IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 19, no. 4, July 2011, pp. 929-938.
  • W. Yu, W. Zheng, G. Chen, W. Ren, and J. Cao, "Second-order Consensus in Multi-agent Dynamical Systems with Sampled Position Data," Automatica, vol. 47, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 1496-1503.
  • J. Mei, W. Ren, and G. Ma, "Distributed Coordinated Tracking with a Dynamic Leader for Multiple Euler-Lagrange Systems," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 56, no. 6, June 2011, pp. 1415-1421.
  • Z. Meng, W. Ren, and Z. You, "Distributed Finite-time Attitude Containment Control for Multiple Rigid Bodies," Automatica, vol. 46, no. 12, December 2010, pp. 2092-2099.

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