University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Wei Ren

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Wei Ren

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Wei Ren

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
Brigham Young University, 2004

Winston Chung Hall 416
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 received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Hohai University, China, in 1997, the M.S. degree in mechatronics from Tongji University, China, in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2004. From October 2004 to July 2005, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. He was an assistant professor (August 2005 to June 2010) and an associate professor (July 2010 to June 2011) with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Utah State University, Logan. Since July 2011, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He 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). Ren was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He is currently an Associate Editor for Systems and Control Letters and an Associate Editor on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board.


  • 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
  • Faculty Researcher of the Year, Utah State University, 2011


  • IEEE

Research Topics

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.
  • 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.
  • W. Ren, “Distributed Cooperative Attitude Synchronization and Tracking for Multiple Rigid Bodies,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 18, No. 2, March 2010, pp. 383-392.
  • W. Ren, “Collective Motion from Consensus with Cartesian Coordinate Coupling,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2009, pp. 1330-1335.
  • Y. Cao, W. Ren, and Y. Li, “Distributed Discrete-time Coordinated Tracking with a Time-varying Reference State and Limited Communication,” Automatica, Vol. 45, No. 5, May 2009, pp. 1299-1305.
  • W. Ren, “Synchronization of Coupled Harmonic Oscillators with Local Interaction,” Automatica, Vol. 44, No. 12, December 2008, pp. 3195-3200.
  • W. Ren, “On Consensus Algorithms for Double-integrator Dynamics,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 53, No. 6, July 2008, pp. 1503-1509.
  • W. Ren, R. W. Beard, and E. Atkins, “Information Consensus in Multivehicle Cooperative Control,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 2, April, 2007, pp. 71-82.
  • W. Ren and R. W. Beard, “Consensus Seeking in Multiagent Systems Under Dynamically Changing Interaction Topologies,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 50, no. 5, May, 2005, pp. 655-661.

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