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15 years of experience in R&D on 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 61 awards based on contribution to robotics and AI research and business, including "Early Career Award", "Above & Beyond Gold Award", "Outsize Impact Award", "Extraordinary Impact", "Inventor Medallion", "Impact Award", "Above & Beyond Silver Award" (5 times), "Above & Beyond Bronze Award" (8 times), "Patent Award" (33 times), etc. 

Led and participated in 34 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 150 publications, including 56 invention disclosures, 34 filed patents, 36 research articles, and 21 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.

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. 

We "innovatively" created:

1) a healthcare service robotic system (including mobile robots, humanoid robot, and industrial manipulators), which automates the operations in hospitals and sterilization centers, 

2) unmanned aerial robotic systems, which monitors asset health, inspects industrial assets, and provides AI-based analytics reports for consumers, 

3) an autonomous field service ground robot, which can autonomously perform navigation, manipulation, and other operations on railyard, 

4) a snake-arm robot working inside constrained spaces (pipes, engines, turbines, etc.), which can perform visual inspection and repairing, 

5) an virtual reality tele-operated field service robot, which can perform industrial operations on site, 

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

7) a prototype of GE robotics brain and a universal robotics platform, which will provide robotics and AI capabilities for all GE robots.

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, Dr. Tan has 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 52 awards, including Early Career Award”, Above & Beyond Gold Award” (Highest Award for Contribution in GE), Outsize Impact Team Award”, “Extraordinary Impact” (Highest Distinction for Employee Performance in GE), Inventor Medallion“Above & Beyond Silver Award” (5 times), “Above & Beyond Bronze Award” (8 times), “Patent Award” (33 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.