Cheng-Chew Lim

Dr Cheng-Chew Lim

Professor

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Cheng-Chew Lim is a professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

His research interest includes control theory and applications, trusted autonomous systems decision and control, reinforcement learning, and cyber-physical security.

He has published over 250 research articles and supervised to completion over 35 PhD and research masters candidates.

He has taught courses in control systems, advanced control, avionics systems, autonomous systems, real-time systems, engineering project management, and design and innovation.

He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, and has served as a Guest Editor for a number of journals, including Discrete and Continuous Dynamical System-Series B, and Chair of IEEE Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems Joint Chapter in SA, Australia.

Research areas

  • Systems and control: networked control systems, neural network control and fuzzy control systems
  • Autonomous systems: swarm intelligence, multi-agent formation and genetic fuzzy decision
  • Cyber-physical systems: wireless sensor network security and machine learning

Current research projects

  • Fuzzy modelling and analysis of complex networked systems [ARC Discovery Projects]
  • Trusted autonomous systems, swarm intelligence, multi-agents, reinforcement learning and genetic fuzzy decision [Industry Research Awards and Agreements]
  • Intelligent multiagent coordination and learning [Industry Research Awards and Agreements]
  • Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge Low-Cost Electro Magnetic Pulse Equipped Predatory Unmanned Aerial Systems  [Next Generation Technologies Fund]
  • Development of Decentralised Reinforcement Learning for Coordinating Multiple Systems [Industry Research Awards and Agreements]

Key recently-completed research projects

  • Security in wireless sensor networks [International Research Collaboration]
  • Machine learning: investigated support vector machine learning capability for target detection and object recognition [Industry Research Agreements]
  • System-on-chip: modelled software-centric and interaction-oriented system-on-chip verification [ARC Linkage Projects]
  • Multi-channel receivers: developed ASIC-FPGA software defined receivers for multi-channel communication systems [ARC Linkage Projects]
  • Muti-core processors: developed a mesh architecture for matrix computations [ARC Large Grants and Industry Research Agreements]
Research supervision
  • Research Masters & PhD supervision: 12 UoA candidates and 6 international visiting research students
  • HDR supervised to completion: 25 PhD and 9 masters research candidates
  • Postdoc and Academic Visitors supervision: four researchers
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Professor The University of Adelaide
    2017 Director of Research University of Adelaide
    2017 Director of Research The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Head of School EEE The University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2008 Acting Head of School EEE The University of Adelaide
    2004 - 2008 Associate Dean International ECMS The University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2016 Reader & Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2010 Director CHiPTec Centre The University of Adelaide
    1990 - 2002 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    1987 - 1989 Lecture B The University of Adelaide
    1987 - 1987 Senior Lecturer National University of Singapore
    1981 - 1986 Lecturer National University of Singapore
    1980 - 1981 Research Engineer Hawker Siddeley SG Brown Ltd (UK)
    1976 - 1977 Trainee Technologist Hawker Siddley SG Brown Ltd (UK)
    1972 - 1973 Electronic Technician Texas Instrument (Singapore)
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Research Award Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) on Swarm Intelligence and Genetic Fuzzy Decision for Resource Allocation DST Australia
    2017 Research Award Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) on Swarm Intelligence and Multi-Mission in Urban Areas DST Australia
    2017 Research Award ARC Discovery Projects Research Grant on Novel Fuzzy Modelling and Design of Complex Networked Systems Australian Research Council Australia
    2014 Research Award GIST Research Project Grant on Malicious Actitity Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks GIST Korea, Republic of
    2004 Research Award ARC Linkage Projects Research Grant on Hardware Verification for System-on-a-chip Australian Research Council and Motorola Australia Australia A$228,905
    2002 Research Award ARC Linkage Projects Research Grant on Multichannel High Performance Digital Receiver Australian Research Council, Ebor Computing, and DSTO Australia A$390,385
    1996 Research Award ARC Large Projects Research Grant on A Very High Performance Matrix and Tensor Processor Australian Research Council Australia
    1992 Research Award ARC Large Projects Research Grant on Architecture for Very High Speed GaAs Processing Engine for Matrix Computations. Australian Research Council Australia
    1989 Research Award ARC Large Projects Research Grant on Architecture for Very High Speed GaAs Processing Engine, ARC Australia
    1989 Research Award ARC Large Projects Research Grant on Control in Multi-version Computation Systems, Chief Investigators Australian Research Council Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Loughborough University United Kingdom Ph.D.
    Loughborough University United Kingdom B.Sc.(Hons)
    Loughborough University United Kingdom Dip in Industrial Studies
  • Research Interests

Key research grants

  • ARC Discovery Projects Research Grant: Novel Fuzzy Modelling and Design of Complex Networked Systems. Chief Investigators: P ShiCC Lim and L. Wu. 2017-19
  • Intelligent multiagent coordination and learning [Industry Research Awards and Agreements 2019-2020]
  • Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge Low-Cost Electro Magnetic Pulse Equipped Predatory Unmanned Aerial Systems  [Next Generation Technologies Fund]
  • Development of Decentralised Reinforcement Learning for Coordinating Multiple Systems [Industry Research Awards and Agreements]
  • Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement: Collective Intelligence and Genetic Fuzzy Trees For Decision Making. Chief Investigators: CC Lim et al. 2017-18.
  • Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement: Swarm Intelligence for Multi-mission in Urban  Areas. Chief Investigators: CC Lim et al. 2017-18.
  • Research Agreement: Intelligent Multi-agent Coordination and Learning. Chief Investigator: CC Lim. 2018-19.
  • Collaborative Research Agreement: A Robotic Testbed for Comparison of  Collaborative Localization in a Contested Environment. Chief Investigators: CC Lim et al. 2018

  • GIST Research Grant: Malicious Jammer Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks. International research in collaboration with GIST of Korea,  Chief Investigators: CC Lim and J Choi. 2014-17. 

  • ARC Linkage Projects Research Grant: Hardware Verification for System-on-a-chip. ARC & Motorola Software Australia funded industry collaborative research, Chief Investigators: CC Lim, MJ Liebelt and A Parashkevov. 2004-08.
  • ARC Linkage Projects Research Grant: Multichannel High Performance Digital Receiver. ARC, Ebor Computing & DSTO funded industry collaborative research, Chief Investigators: CC Lim, W Marwood, J Choi, SW Cumpston and MJ Liebelt,  2002-04.
  • Government of SA Infrastructure Grant: National Networked Teletest Facility Enhancement Program.  Chief Investigator: CC Lim, 2002.
  • DSTO Research Contract: VLSI CMOS Design of PSK Modulator. Chief Investigators: CC Lim and MJ Liebelt, 2001-02. 
  • DSTO Research Contract: Real-time Matrix Array Processor. Chief Investigators: CC Lim and MJ Liebelt,1999. 
  • ARC Large Projects Research Grant: A Very High Performance Matrix and Tensor Processor. Chief Investigators: CC Lim, W Marwood, MJ Liebelt and K Eshraghian, 1996-2000. 
  • DSTO Research Contract: Modulated 2-D Motion Detection. Chief Investigator: CC Lim, 1998.
  • DSTO Research Contract: Fabrication of Nonlinear Compensator. Chief Investigator: CC Lim, 1997-98.
  • DSTO Research Contract: Kalman Filter and Maximum Information in Guidance. Chief Investigator: CC Lim, 1993-95.
  • ARC Large Projects Research Grant: Architecture for Very High Speed GaAs Processing Engine for Matrix Computations. Chief Investigator: CC Lim and K Eshraghian, 1992-94. 
  • ARC Large Projects Research Grant: Architecture for Very High Speed GaAs Processing Engine, Chief Investigators: CC Lim, K Eshraghian and W Blackly, 1989-1991.
  • ARC Large Projects Research Grant: Control in Multi-version Computation Systems, Chief Investigators: W Zhao and CC Lim, 1989-1991.

Courses in 2019

  • Autonomous Systems - Course coordinator and lecturer
  • Capstone Projects - Project supervisor

Courses in 2018

  • Project Management - Course coordinator and lecturer
  • Autonomous Systems - Course coordinator and lecturer
  • Capstone Projects - Project supervisor

Courses in 2017

  • Project Management for Electrical & Electronic Engineers - Course coordinator and lecturer
  • Design and Innovation - Course lecturer
  • Capstone Projects - Project supervisor

Courses in 2016

  • Project Management for Electrical & Electronic Engineers - Course coordinator
  • Avionics Sensors and Systems - Lecturer
  • Signals and Systems - Course coordinator
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Autonomous Navigation Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kamal Mammadov
    2019 Co-Supervisor Analysis and control of fuzzy-model-based nonlinear networked control systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Zhi Lian
    2019 Co-Supervisor Analysis and Design on Multi-agent Systems Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Yang Fei
    2019 Co-Supervisor Robust Formation Control for Heterogeneous Multi-agent Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Bing Yan
    2019 Co-Supervisor Using Machine Learning and Deep Learning Based Approach for Security Automation, Orchestration and Response Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Zarrin Tasnim Sworna
    2018 Principal Supervisor Classifying Network Connected Devices and Applications using Deep Learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kyle Alexander Millar
    2018 Co-Supervisor Modeling, Analysis and Design on Multi-agent Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yuan Sun
    2018 Co-Supervisor Building a Predictive Maintenance Framework for Adaptive Mission Critical Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Triet Huynh Minh Le
    2017 Co-Supervisor Efficient Adaptive Algorithm Design for Active Noise Control Systems with Disturbance at Reference and Error Microphones Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Muhammad Saeed Aslam
    2016 Principal Supervisor Control Optimization Modeling of Nonlinear Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Di Shen
    2015 Co-Supervisor Modeling and Design of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yutong Liu
    2015 Co-Supervisor Melanoma Detection by the Simulation and Development of a Computational Detection Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Amir Parsa Anvar
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Deep Learning for Bipartite Assignment Problems Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Steve Gibbons
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Reconfigurable Antennas Based on Varactor-Loaded Stubs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Siti Nailah Mastura Zainarry
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Fuzzy Functional Observer Based Controller Design and Fault Detection for Nonlinear Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Syed Imranul Islam
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Adaptive Reinforcement Learning for Heterogeneous Network Selection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Duong Duc Nguyen
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Formation Control of Localised and Decentralised Robotic Swarms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Hongjun Yu
    2013 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Track-Before-Detect for Active Sonar Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Han Xuan Vu
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Efficient Methods for Novel Passive Structures in Waveguide and Shielded Transmission Line Technology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Cheng Zhao
    2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Energy-Efficient Data Gathering and Aggregation for Wireless Sensor Networks Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Yuexian Wang
    2007 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Software-Centric and Interaction-Oriented System-on-Chip Verification Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xiao Xi Xu
    2007 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Design Study of Energy-Efficient Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Lifang Lu
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Random Access Schemes for Multichannel Communication and Multipacket Reception in Wireless Networks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Hyuk Lee
    2005 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Modular Multiplication in the Residue Number System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yinan Kong
    2004 - 2014 Principal Supervisor A Mesh Architecture for Data Management of Matrix Computations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adam Burdeniuk
    2003 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Capacity of Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Wireless Communication Systems Operating in the HF Band Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nigel Brine
    2003 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Verification of System-on-Chips using Genetic Evolutionary Test Techniques from a Software Applications Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Adriel Cheng
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Low-Density Parity-Check Codes: Construction and Implementation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gabofetswe Malema
    2002 - 2004 Principal Supervisor Chip Level Decision Feedback Equalizer for CDMA Downlink Channel Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Agus Santoso
    2002 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Downlink Resource Allocation for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kit Chee
    2002 - 2004 Co-Supervisor Low-Power Low-Phase Noise LC Oscillators in Silicon-on-Sapphire CMOS Technology Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Wan Kong
    2001 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Architectures for Floating-Point Division Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hooman Nikmehr
    1998 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Support Vector Machines with Dual Error Extensions for Target Detection and Object Recognition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Hong Gunn Chew
    1998 - 2002 Principal Supervisor Content-Based Representation of Sign Language Video Sequences Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nariman Habili
    1997 - 2003 Principal Supervisor Stochastic Task Scheduling in Time-Critical Information Delivery Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Matthew Britton
    1996 - 2002 Principal Supervisor MatRISC: A RISC Multiprocessor for Matrix Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew James Beaumont-Smith
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2001 - 2007 Board Member NNTTF Facility Board National Networked Tele-Test Facility for Integrated Systems (NNTTF) Australia
    2001 - 2004 Director AMN Board of Directors Australian Microelectronics Network (AMN) Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member ECMS Faculty Research Committee The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Member ECMS Heads of School The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Member ECMS Faculty Board Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 - 2016 Member ECMS Faculty Research Committee Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2004 - 2008 Member University International Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2004 - 2008 Chair ECMS Faculty International Committee Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing IEEE Life Senior Member United States
    2001 - 2016 Senior Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics: Systems IEEE
    2011 - 2011 Editor Guest Editor, Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems Series B, Special Issue
    2009 - 2017 Associate Editor Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization
    2009 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization
    2008 - 2008 Editor Guest Editor, Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, Special Issue The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2016 - 2016 Chair - IEEE Chapter Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems IEEE Chapter Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems Australia
    2010 - 2013 Chair - IEEE Chapter Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems IEEE Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems Chapter in South Australia Australia
    1999 - 2001 Chair - IEEE Chapter Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems IEEE Control and Aerospace Electronic Systems Chapter in South Australia Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135893
  • Email: cheng.lim@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4360
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 3
  • Room: 3 34
  • Org Unit: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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