Jin Jiang, Ph.D., P. Eng.


A level system
Physical NPP simulator
NPP simulator
DCS systems
Safety system
Wireless sensor devices
WirelessHART system
Energy storages
Grid Connection rack
Power Electronic Converters
Wind turbine
Solar panels
Programmable loads
Solar simulator
Synchronous Gen-sets
Wind simulator
Wireless systems
Wireless sensor devices
Ontario's Minister of Energy Mr. Glenn Thibeault, MPP in DG lab.

Ontario's Minister of Energy Mr. Glenn Thibeault, MPP in DG lab.

CIES Group activities.

CIES Group activities.

CIES Group activities.

With Mr. Robert Lojk of CNSC at Tianwan NPP, China.

With Dr. Varma and Dr. Patil, Windsor, Ontario.

Visiting AECL, Deep River, Ontario.

ISTP Project Review Meeting at UWO.

ISTP Project Review Meeting at UWO.

With Chief Engineer (retired), AECL, Dr. Dan Meneley.

With Dr. Steven X. Ding of University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, at UWO.

Class Trip to Sustainable House, Toronto, Ontario in 2017.

Class Trip to McMaster Reactor, Hamilton, Ontario in 2017.

The Control, Instrumentation & Electrical System (CIES) Team

One of the most important mandates for The Control, Instrumentation & Electrical System (CIES) Laboratory at The University of Western Ontario is to provide state-of-the-art research facilities and learning environment for training highly qualified personnel. Over the years, the lab has successfully trained over hundred highly qualified people, many of whom are now playing important roles in industries, research institutions/universities in Canada and around the world.

Current Team Members

Research Engineer/PDF

Xinhong Huang Research Engineer
Ataul Bari Research Engineer NPP
Sungwhan Cho Postdoctoral Research Fellow NPP
Hisham Mahmood Postdoctoral Research Fellow DG
Dongqing Wang Postdoctoral Research Fellow NPP
Binggang Cui Research Assistant NPP

Graduate Students




Drew J. Rankin Ph.D.                                                             Dennis Michaelson Ph.D.
Xirong Ning Ph.D.                                                             Andrew Moore Ph.D.
Qiang Huang Ph.D.                                                             Syed Ahmed Raza Ph.D.
Ning Pan Ph.D.                                                            
An He Master's                                                            
Madison McCarthy Master's                                                            

Alumni - PDF / Visiting Scientist

Dr. Quan Wang PDF 2015 - 2016
Dr. Goutam Dutta PDF 2013 - 2014
Dr. Xiang Yu PDF 2009 - 2013
Dr. Qingfeng Li Research Engineer / PDF 2005 - 2012
Prof. Jianqiang Shan Visiting Scientist 2009
Prof. Jianmin Zhang Visiting Scientist 2008
Dr. Shailendra Kumar Jain PDF 2007 - 2008
Dr. Wen Chen PDF 2004 - 2005
Dr. Youmin Zhang PDF 1998 - 2004
Dr. Midori Maki Visiting Scientist 2000 - 2002
Dr. Weihua Li PDF 1994 - 1996

Alumni - Ph.D.

Quan Wang Non-linear chirp spread spectrum communication Systems of binary orthogonal keying mode 2015
Jianping Ma Methods and Systems for Fault Diagnosis in Nuclear Power Plants 2015
Devbratta Thakur Power Management Strategies for a Wind Energy Source in an Isolated Microgrid 2015
Hisham Mahmood Power Management Strategies for Islanded Microgrids 2014
Jingke She Investigation on the Benefits of Safety Margin Improvement in CANDU Nuclear Power Plant Using an FPGA-based Shutdown System 2012
Lingzhi Xia Development of 3-D Neutronic Kinetic Model and Control for CANDU Reactors 2012
Peiwei Sun Dynamic Model Construction and Control System Design for Canadian Supercritical Water-cooled Reactors 2012
Sungwhan Cho A Study for Detection of Drift in Sensor Measurements 2012
Hashem M.Hashemian Measurement of Dynamic Temperatures and Pressures in Nuclear Power Plants 2011
Abdullah Kadri Low-Power Chirp Signals for Wireless Data Communication in Industrial Environment 2009
Hooman Javidnia Modeling and Simulation of CANDU Reactor and Its Regulating System 2009
Ervin Sejdic Feature Representation Using Energy Concentration in Time-Frequency Domain For Extraction and Classification 2007
Zhihao Zhang Modeling, Analysis, and Control of a PEM Fuel Cell based Micro-grid Power System 2007
Ye Jiang Machining Accuracy Enhancement Using the Iterative Learning Control Approach 2007
Adam Rehorn Cutting Tool Condition Monitoring and Reconfigurable Control 2005
Lixuan Lu Risk-Informed coordinated On-line Test and Maintenance for Safety-Critical Standby Instrumentation and Control Systems 2005
Yonghui Xu Design, Analysis and Implementation of Fault-Tolerant Control Systems with Application to Electric Machines 2003
Mufeed M.Mahmoud Stochastic Analysis and Synthesis of Active Fault Tolerant Control Systems 2001
Xiaokang Xu Application of Singular Perturbation Models to Long Term Dynamic Stability Studies 1999
Qing Zhao Fault Tolerant Control Systems Design 1999
Krishnat V. Patil Dynamic Compensation of Electrical Power Systems using a New BVSI Statcom 1999
Qihua Zhao Robust Damping Control in Power Systems 1996

Alumni - Master's

Ahmad Osgoueei Investigation of Model Predictive Control (MPC) for Steam Generator Level Control in Nuclear Power Plants 2017
Binggang Cui Modeling, Construction and Simulation of a Software Simulator for a Nuclear Process Control Test Facility 2015
Michael Gverzdys Design, Implementation, and Verification of a Reactor Protection System for Nuclear Power Plant using HFC6000 2015
Elizabeth K.Tomaszewski Control System Design, Analysis, and Simulation of a Photovoltaic Inverter for Unbalanced Load Compensation in a Microgrid 2015
Ximing (Simon) Liu Configuration, Programming, Implementation and Evaluation of Distributed Control System for a Process Simulator 2015
Rohit Maitri A CFD Assisted Control System Design for Supercritical Water Cooled Reactor 2014
Arif Hossain
A Dual-Rate Model Predictive Controller For Fieldbus Based Distributed Control Systems 2013
Shiva Moballegh Modeling of Partial Shading and Prediction of Power Peaks of PV Arrays with Experimental Validations 2012
Andrew T.Moore Design, Implementation And Evaluation Of A Microgrid In Island And Grid Connected Modes With A Fuel Cell Power Source 2012
Mahmood Akkawi An Inverse Control-Based Set-point Function for Level Control in a U-Tube Steam Generator for Nuclear Power Plants 2011
Hesam Hosseinzadeh Modeling and Simulation of a Control System for a Microgrid with Multiple types of Energy Sources 2010
David A.Brown Control and Optimization of Laminar Incompressible Fluid Flow 2010
Yina Zhang Numerical Simulation of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Supercritical Water Cooled Reactor 2009
Mohsen Bahramali Data Integrity Protection For Security in Industrial Networks 2009
Yi Cui Active Steer-by-Wire Steering Control Based on Nonlinear Vehicle and Tire Models 2008
Zhutian Wang Control and Operation of a Microgrid Involving a PEM Fuel Cell Through Analysis and Experimentation 2008
Carlos O’Donell A Framework for the Evaluation of Distributed Control Systems in Industrial Control Applications 2008
Jinhui Zhang Integration of Model-based Safety Assessment for Fault-tolerant Flight Control System Design 2008
Drew J.Rankin Development of a Hardware-in-the-loop Simulation Platform for Safety Critical Control System Evaluation 2008
Jianping Ma Fault Detection and Isolation in Fixed In-Core Flux Detectors 2008
Dipak Patki Modified Markov Method for Calculating the Probability of Failure on Demand for Safety Instrumented Functions 2007
Sungwhan Cho Design and Analysis of the Surveillance Test Intervals for Shutdown Systems 2006
Lee L.Rehorn Instrument Fault Detection in CANDU Nuclear Reactors using a Modified Dedicated Observer Scheme 2005
Ran Peng Power system damping improvement with SVC auxiliary control 2004
Srdjan Stevandic Modelling, Control and Simulation of a Grid-Connected Fuel Cell Power Plant 2004
Qing Jiang NOx Control in Industrial Furnaces 2004
Xiang Li Design and Implementation of Sensorless Control of a Permanent Magnet DC Brush Servomotor 2003
Runling Pan Design and Prototyping an Optimal Shock Damping Caster 2003
Guozhong Bao Fault-tolerant flow sharing control of aircraft engine bleed air system 2003
Raymond S.C.Chokelal Analysis of Interaction and Design of a Coordinating Control Scheme for Two SVC FACTS Devices 2002
Adam G.J.Rehorn Machine Tool Spindle Dynamics: Identification, Modelling and Effects on Machining 2001
Georges Livanos Heart Sound Analysis Using Time - Frequency Transforms 2000
Xin Zhang Nonlinear Phenomena and Control in Power Systems 1998
Anthony R.Lithgow Collision-Free Trajectory Optimization for Multiple Robotic Manipulators 1997
Jason M.Naughton A Feed Forward Artificial Neural Network for Fault Diagnosis of Non-Linear Systems 1996
Frederick R.Harmsen An Evaluation Procedure for Fault-tolerant Control Systems 1995
Fang Jia Fault Detection, Diagnosis, and Control System Reconfiguration 1993
Ontario's Minister of Energy Mr. Glenn Thibeault, MPP in nuclear lab.

Ontario's Minister of Energy Mr. Glenn Thibeault, MPP in nuclear lab.

CIES Group activities.

CIES Group activities.

Visit to AECL Chalk River Lab .

With the former and the present UNENE Presidents (Dr. Mohan Mathur and Dr. Basma Shalaby).

Award ceremony for IEEE Outstanding Engineer Awards (London IEEE PES).

With PDF and PhD students at UWO.

With a Legend of Power Electronics, Dr. Hirofumi Akagi.

With Prof. Tanaka and Dr. Nishifuji, Yamaguchi, Japan.

With my PhD Thesis Advisor, Prof. Doraiswami.

Regular Nuclear I&C Group Seminar at UWO.

With Chief Engineer (retired), AECL, Dr. Dan Meneley.

With visiting student, Dongqing Wang of Xi'an Jiaotong University.

Class Trip to Bruce Power, Tiverton, Ontario in 2017.


Xinhong Huang

Dr. Xinhong Huang (xhuang49@uwo.ca) received her BESc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China in 1992 and 1997, respectively. She started her academic career as a lecturer at Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1997. Dr. Huang has worked at the University of Western Ontario since 2004, being currently employed as a Research Engineer in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Dr. Huang is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 10 years of research project management and industry liaison experience working with Dr. Jin Jiang in the CIES Research Group at Western. She also has over 8 years of direct experience working with major government research programs in contract/grant preparation, budget planning and management, and data collection and analysis for various government grants such as NSERC (IRC/CRD/Discovery/RTI), ORF, CFI, OCE, as well as experience with international collaborative projects such as the ISTP Canada-China scientific and technological cooperation grant. She is responsible for managing proposal development, and project budget planning and management for all major projects in the CIES Research Group, providing vital support to Dr. Jin Jiang and the project teams, overseeing project expenditures, and ensuring all financial aspects including budgeting, and internal and external financial reporting are completed in a timely manner. She strives to help the researchers in the CIES Research Group to achieve their research goals, and for the success of the CIES Research Group as a whole.

Her personal web page in LinkedIn can be accessed HERE.



Ataul Bari

Dr. Ataul Bari (abari2@uwo.ca) received his B.Sc. in 2004, his M.Sc. in 2006, and his Ph.D. in 2010, all in computer science from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Prior to that he earned a B.E.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rajshahi (currently named as Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology), in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, in 1986.

Dr. Bari has over a decade of experience in the chemical and sheet metal industries, working in the capacity of both an engineer and a manager. He has been awarded several provincial and federal level scholarships during the course of his graduate studies, including NSERC PGD-D; NSERC CGS-M and OGS. Dr. Bari's research interests include wireless sensor networks (WSNs), particularly those used in industrial settings. His current research focus is the application of WSNs for plant and equipment condition monitoring, fault diagnosis, and for the remote monitoring of industrial environments.

His personal web page can be accessed HERE.



Sungwhan Cho

Dr. Sungwhan Cho (scho26@uwo.ca) received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 2012. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, he worked at the KEPRI (Korea Electric Power Research Institute) of KEPCO as a member of the research staff and Wolsong Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 of KEPCO as an electrical engineer. While at KEPRI, Dr. Cho participated in the APR1400 (Advanced PWR) project. The project’s Generation III APR1400 reactors are currently under construction in Korea and the United Arab Emirates. He reviewed the calculation sheets of the APR1400 Safety Analysis Report. He also participated in many PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessment) projects such as those for Wolsong 2, 3 , and 4 (CANDU) and APR1400. As part of the Electrical Engineering Department of the Wolsong Unit 1 NPP, his tasks included the diagnosis, testing, and overhaul the plant’s electrical power distribution systems (Class I, II, III, and IV).

Dr. Cho’s current research projects at Western are: 1) the development and application of analytical redundancy in nuclear power control and test Facilities for the purposes of fault detection and isolation; 2) multivariate statistical analysis for fault pattern identification and classification. His main research interests are multivariate statistical analysis, state estimation theory, and fault detection and isolation.


Hisham Mahmood

Dr. Hisham Mahmood (hmahmoo2@uwo.ca) received his M.E.Sc. in Control Engineering from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow. With Dr. Jiang, Dr. Mahmood is currently developing and teaching a graduate course (ECE 9404B) on "Modeling and Control of Power-Electronic Converters".

Dr. Mahmood's research interests include the modeling and control of power electronic systems in power system applications, control of energy conversion systems in distributed generation and microgrid applications, and control of renewable energy systems.


Dongqing Wang

Dr. Dongqing Wang (dwang375@uwo.ca) has received his B.E.Sc and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Nuclear Science and Technology at the Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China in 2009 and 2016, respectively. From 2013 to 2015, he has studied as a visiting graduate student of the University of Western Ontario in the CIES research group.

Dr. Wang's research interests include design and validation of passive safety systems in nuclear power plant, containment simulation after severe accidents. He has designed a series of efficiency boosters to improve the performance of natural circulation systems. Effectiveness of these boosters have been validated with numerical simulation and experimental results. His current research work is simulation of containment environment after a severe accident in nuclear power plant.


Binggang Cui

Binggang Cui (bcui7@uwo.ca) received his B.E.Sc from the Department of Thermal Energy Engineering at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 1997. He then worked for three years as an assistant engineer in the Beijing Yansan Petrochemical Corporation, later working as a software simulator development engineer at Beijing Tongfang Electronic S & T Co., Ltd. and then at Beijing Neoswise S & T Co., Ltd. for nine years. He has received his M. E. Sc. in 2015 as a member of the Control, Instrumentation and Electrical System Research Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western.

Mr. Cui is currently doing research on the use of physical modeling techniques in the production of software simulators for use in NPP thermal-hydraulic systems. Drawing upon his abundant experience in the development, engineering, and training related to power plant simulators he is now applying modeling techniques to simulation and control in academic fields. Mr. Cui's research interests include physical modeling techniques in software simulator development for thermal-hydraulic systems, and simulation and control in nuclear power generating processes.


Drew J. Rankin

Drew J. Rankin (drankin2@uwo.ca) received his B.App.Sc. (Co-op, Hons.) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Windsor in 2006, and his M.Eng.Sc. (Thesis) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University in 2009. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. as a member of the CIES Research Group. He was awarded Best Paper/presentation at the 32nd CNS/CNA Student Conference, and was a visiting researcher at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China in the fall of 2008. He held an OGSST scholarship in 2009-10 and an NSERC PGS-D scholarship from 2010 to 2013.

Mr. Rankin's current research focus includes predictive filtering, uncertainty quantification, safety-critical controls, and emergency shutdown systems. His other interests include hardware/software-in-the-loop simulation, fieldbus, advanced digital control, and embedded and cyber physical systems. The majority of his research has applications within the nuclear power industry.

Mr. Rankin's personal web page can be accessed HERE.


Xirong Ning

Xirong Ning (xning6@uwo.ca) received her B.E.Sc from the Department of Automation at North China University of Technology, Beijing, China in 2002, and her M.E.Sc from the Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2006. From 2006 to 2013, she worked as a control system engineer in CHINERGY Co., Ltd, China. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. degree as a member of the CIES Research Group at the University of Western Ontario.

Ms. Ning's research interests include design, analysis, and demonstration of control systems against insider attacks in safety-critical processes.


Qiang Huang

Qiang Huang (qhuang54@uwo.ca) received his B.E.Sc from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China in 2002, and his M.E.Sc from the Department of Automation at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China in 2007. He worked as an Embedded Software Engineer at a communications company from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. as a member of CIES Research Group at Western.

Mr. Huang's research interests include the design, implementation, and validation of embedded systems, and radiation-hardened design for electronic systems.


Ning Pan

Ning Pan (npan7@uwo.ca)received his B.E.Sc from the department of Measurement and Control Technology and Instrumentation at the Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China in 2002, and his M.E.Sc from the department of Automation at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China in 2006. He worked as a R&D engineer in FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies Group from 2006 to 2013. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. as a member of CIES Research Group at Western.

Mr. Pan's research interests include wireless monitoring system under severe accidents in NPP and industrial wireless sensor networks.


An He

An He (ahe9@uwo.ca) received his B.Eng. in Automation from Beijing Information Technology Institute, Beijing, China in 2006. After graduated, he worked as an industrial automation engineer. Since 2007, He worked in Siemens Ltd.China and from 2011 to 2014 received his M.Eng in Control Engineering from North China University of Technology, Beijing, China. He is currently working toward his M.E.Sc. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. He is currently doing research on smart sensor development and network based control systems using Siemens DCS.


Madison McCarthy

Madison McCarthy (mmccar25@uwo.ca) received his B.Eng. degree in 2016 from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Guelph. He received the IEEE Best Demo award from the 2016 International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD). He is currently working towards his M.E.Sc. as a member of the CIES Research Group at the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. McCarthy's research interests include experimental wireless sensor networks (WSNs), industrial WSNs, and wireless monitoring systems for nuclear power plants.


Dennis Michaelson

Dennis Michaelson (dgm@uwo.ca) holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (Automation) from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, which he received in 1993. In 1996 he was awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship and the Canadian Space Agency Supplement. He is a volunteer with the London Section of the IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE London PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award in 2012. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. as a member of the CIES Research Group.

Dennis previously held the position of Vice-President of Engineering for EK3 Technologies, Inc., where he led a team developing secure networked embedded systems for multimedia applications. Previous work experience also includes work terms at Simon Fraser University, the Canadian Space Agency, Bell Northern Research, MacDonald Dettwiler, and Northern Telecom.

Mr. Michaelson's research interests include energy storage in microgrids, power electronic converters, complex systems, mobile robotics, and embedded real-time systems.


Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore (amoore86@uwo.ca) received his B.Eng. from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1991, where he majored in computer systems. He received his M.Eng.Sc., specialized in power systems, in 2012 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UWO, where he is currently working toward his Ph.D. as a member of CIES.

Mr. Moore's research interests include grid & microgrid operation, energy management systems, grid-scale energy storage applications, multi-level inverter topologies with fault tolerant control schemes, HVDC for off-shore wind turbines, plug-in electric vehicle grid evolution, smart loads, and the operation and control of flow batteries.


Syed Ahmed Raza

Syed Ahmed Raza Naqvi (srazanaq@uwo.ca) received his B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology - School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Pakistan in 2009. He earned his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia in 2012. From 2012-2014 he worked as an Instructor at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia in the Electrical Engineering Department, where he worked on system identification algorithms and waste-to-energy prospects in the Middle East. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. as a member of the CIES Group.

Mr. Raza's interests include dynamic control of wind turbine systems, pitch and yaw wind turbine control, microgrid hierarchies, and system identification of non-linear systems. He has also performed research on waste-to-energy processes and their feasibilities in current power systems.

Mr. Raza's personal web page can be accessed HERE.



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