Home





Summary:

Huan Tan, Ph.D., IEEE Senior Member.

15 years of R&D experience in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Control Systems, 6 years of experience in Embedded Mechatronic System Design, and 7 years of experience in project management and team management.

Received the B.E. degree in Automation from Tianjin University in 2003, the M.E. degree in Computer technology from Nankai University in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2013. 

Obtained 71 awards based on contribution to robotics and AI research and business, including "IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation Award", "Early Career Award", "Above & Beyond Gold Award", "Extraordinary Impact", "Inventor Medallion", "Outsize Impact Award", "GE Service Award", "Impact Award" (3 times), "Above & Beyond Silver Award" (5 times), "Above & Beyond Bronze Award" (8 times), "Patent Award" (38 times), etc. 

Led and/or participated in 35 funded robotics and AI projects. Build GE Robotics Research discipline and organization from the very beginning. Technically drove and built a new GE AI and Robotics business unit - GE Avitas System: http://www.avitas-systems.com/

Active in the robotics and AI research community and working as a reviewer for tens of international journals and international conferences. Serving as a co-chair, program committee member, and session chair for lots of international conferences. 

Actively contributing to the robotics and AI research community with more than 180 publications, including >70 invention disclosures, >50 filed patents, 40 research articles, and 23 technical reports. 

I am responsible for shaping technical and business strategy of GE Robotics and AI and working as a technology and team lead for GE Advanced Robotics Research. I serve as a board member for GE Global Research Robotics Patent Evaluation Board.

Team manager and technical lead for developing intelligent systems and creating innovative fundamental technologies on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. 

Managing teams and leading robotics research on various AI and Robotics projects, funded by US Veteran Affairs Department, NIH, DOE, GE Corporate, GE Venture, GE Digital, GE Transportation, GE Oil & Gas, etc.

We "innovatively" created:

1) Robot assisted microsurgery system, which provides very accurate surgical services with 10um repeated accuracy. This product has been created together with healthcare companies and commercialized on the market for >10 years. The performance of this robot was superior to Da Vinci robot in 2004.

2) Micro-manipulation biomedical robotic system, which performs accurate operations to provide biomedical services for manipulating cells, tissues, etc. This product has been commercialized on the market for  20 years.

3) GE Euclid - Unmanned aerial robotic system, which autonomously monitors asset health, inspects industrial assets, and provides AI-based analytics results for customers. This is the first autonomous aerial 3D inspection robotic system in the world. The whole system has been successfully commercialized in US, Europe, Asia, China, etc. The product and deliverable formed the foundation of a new GE robotics and AI company - GE Avitas System.

4) Healthcare service robotic system, including mobile robots, humanoid robots, industrial manipulators, and automation devices, which automates the operations, including sorting, rebuilding, transporting, etc., in hospitals and sterilization centers to reduce infection and death rate. This very comprehensive system and product has been successfully delivered to US VA department for commercialization. This project is a agship project of VA and GE, which successfully apply robotics in real environment and practical use cases.

5) GE Ground Guardian - Autonomous eld service ground robot, which autonomously performs navigation, manipulation, inspection, and other operations on railyards. This is the first railyard service robotic system in the world. The technology created in this product formed the foundation fo GE robotics research discipline and organization.

6) GE robotics brain on a universal robotics platform, which include various core capabilities of robotics and AI capabilities. This product will be used to support all GE robots. It is being commercialized and licensed to lots of customers in various domains.

7) GE Guardian, which performs \3D" tasks - dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs for different purposes in the health care industry, manufacturing industry and eld service industry, leaving humans to do more advanced tasks involving problem solving and decision making. This service robotic system has been modied and extended to various forms for dierent businesses.

8) GE Autonomous Asset Monitoring (AHM) robot, which provides inspection services in high temperature (>  800Fo ) environment with high sampling rate. This is the first service robot in extreme environment providing autonomous services.

9) Ultrasound hand scaning robot, which scans hands of patients and creates 3D models using ultransound signals. This robot is used in hospitals to provide autonomous services and assist doctors. The whole robotic system will be delivered to US NIH.

10) Intelligent mobile service robot, which provides personal services to patients, seniors and other groups of people. The whole system and product has been adopted as an exemplar for a number of companies.

11) Digital stereo vision system for service robots, which provides a cheap solution, < $50 (10% of the cost of other similar products on the market), to generate stereo visual signals and analyze 3D environmental information for service robotic systems. The system has been commercialized on the market since 2007.

12) Visually guided snake-arm robot working inside constrained spaces (pipes, engines, turbines, etc.), which can perform service operations, including inspection, maintenance, repairing, etc.

13) Virtual reality tele-operated eld service robot, which can be tele-operated by human operators using VR devices and perform industrial operations in the eld.

14) Embedded driving controller for multiple stepper motors, which is a core unit for service robots. The units ensures high repeated accuracy of  10m  and provides integration interfaces for different stepper motors. This product has been commercialized since 2004 for 14 years.

15) an autonomous service robot, which can learn demonstrations from humans and making decisions intelligently, and

General Electric Company:

I joined GE Global Research in 2013 and I am now a Lead Scientist at Global Research Center, General Electric Company. I am a founding member, key technical leader, and driver for GE Advanced Robotics Research and GE “FORGE Lab” and “Edge Lab” (focusing on AI and Robotics) . I have been working as a technology and team lead for GE Advanced Robotics Research and shaping technical strategy for GE Robotics. 

I built and contributed to creating the GE Advanced Robotics Research from the very beginning. From 2013 to present, I have been leading and working with multi-disciplinary global teams on >20 Autonomous Service Robotics and AI projects funded by US Veteran Affair Department, GE Corporate, GE Venture, GE Aviation, GE Digital, GE Transportation, GE Oil & Gas, etc. He technically drove and built a new GE AI and Robotics business unit: GE Avitas System. http://www.avitas-systems.com/

I worked with our team to conduct extensive research and development for on Healthcare Service Robotics, Field Service Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Robotics, Collaborative Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, etc. 

Our work has been highlighted and demonstrated annually to GE CEO and the executive team. The detailed list of my R&D is included in the "R&D Experience". Please click the tab on the navigation panel on the left of this page.

In these projects, I have been leading R&D effort on creating core autonomous robotics and AI technology: visual servo control, SLAM, spatial-temporal data analysis, behavior learning/search/generation, motion planning/control, decision making, multi-robot coordination, human-robot collaboration, task planning, environmental modeling, imitation learning, decision making, human-robot interaction (speech/gesture), cognitive architecture/control, etc. And he proposed and created lots of innovative technology on both algorithm design, component implementation, and system integration for robotics and AI systems. 

I serve as a board Member for GE Global Research Robotics Patent Evaluation Board and served as a technical and business consultant for GE business units, partners, and customers in service robotics domain.  

Within the robotics research community, I have been active in building partnership and collaboration between GE Global Research and world leading academic institutions. Regarding to our partners, please contact GE communication department  

At GE, I obtained 63 awards, including Early Career Award”, Above & Beyond Gold Award” (Highest Award for Contribution in GE), Extraordinary Impact” (Highest Distinction for Employee Performance in GE), Inventor MedallionOutsize Impact Team Award”, “GE Service Award”, Impact Award” (3 times), “Above & Beyond Silver Award” (5 times), “Above & Beyond Bronze Award” (8 times), “Patent Award” (38 times), etc.

Prior to GE:

Before joining GE, I was a PhD student in EECS Department of Vanderbilt University from 2008 to 2013. I worked at Center for Intelligent Systems and my PhD research focused on Robot Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Robotics. 

I successfully integrated robotic imitation learning and cognitive control within Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) on a humanoid robot. This HRI-based system enables robots to process sensory information, learn behaviors from humans, make decisions and find solutions using AI methods and through cognitive processes, switch tasks and strategies according to current situations, and generate behaviors to assist humans or to perform tasks independently. 

In my PhD research, I proposed and created some innovative algorithms on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Robotics, including: Dimension Reduction and Modeling of Temporal-Spatial Data, Behavior Primitive Learning, Behavior Sequence Search and Generation, Human-Robot Natural Interaction (Speech and Hand Gesture), Decision Making, Affordance Learning, Cognitive Control, and Cognitive Architecture.

From 2006 to 2008, I worked as an engineer at Graduate School at ShenzhenTsinghua University of China. At Tsinghua Universitythe best university of China in engineering research, I worked as a Co-PI and led a research team to create embedded stereovision systems. He created a low-cost stereovision system, which has been successfully commercialized.

I obtained the master degree from Nankai Universitywhere I created embedded mechatronic systems and control systems for surgical robots, mobile service robots, and bio-medical micromanipulation robots. The accuracy of our surgical robotic system is within 10 micrometer, which was better than most surgical robotics systems. The Pre-Project of "Micro-Manipulation Robot Applied in Biomedical area" was awarded the second prize of National Invention Award of China in 2002. From 2005, I worked with his peers to create an embedded mechatronic controller to replace the PC used in the original system. 

I got the bachelor degree from Tianjin University, the first university of China, where I learned basic knowledge about control theory and control engineering and experienced creating control systems for electrical devices and control architectures for building automation.