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Dr Cheng-Chew Lim

Telephone +61 8 8313 5893
Position Professor
Fax +61 8 8313 4360
Building Ingkarni Wardli
Floor/Room 3 34
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Biography/ Background

Current Appointment

Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide

Brief Resume

Cheng-Chew Lim is a professor at the University of Adelaide.

From 2010-2016, he was Head of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of The University of Adelaide.

He has published over 190 research articles in control, wireless systems, optimisation, and microelectronics.

He has supervised to completion 20 PhD candidates and 8 Masters research candidates.

His PhD and MPhil supervision focus is on control theory and systems, multi-agent formation control, and machine learning and cyber security.


PhD, Loughborough University (UK)

BSc(Hons)(Electronic & Electrical Engineering), Loughborough University (UK)

Dip in Industrial Studies, Loughborough University (UK)

Research Interests

Research Areas

Systems and control

Optimisation and statistical machine learning

Wireless systems: sensor networks, security, machine learning and formation control 

Current Research Projects

Novel Fuzzy Modelling and Design of Complex Networked Systems.  Summary: With rapid development in network and computer technologies, network-based nonlinear systems have been used extensively but their applications are facing challenges including sustem-wide nonlinearities and network-induced time delays. This project aims to develop some novel analysis and synthesis approaches for nonlinear networked control systems, including modelling, stability analysis, and design problems. A software-based nonlinear networked control system platform will be established to test the presented algorithms and further strengthen the scenarios in applications.

Multi-agent System with Limited Sensing and Communication.  Summary: This project considers the situation where multiple agents are scattered in space and the goal is to drive the agents into a predefined formation. We investigate the design of protocols and control laws where agents are limited to the sensed displacement data of only their neighbouring agents. We also consider the case where communication among agents becomes inaccessible and thus agents behave in an unknown environment. To solve this problem, we are designing a control law that drives agents to a partial predefined formation and a coordination protocol to eliminate all collisions while maintaining connectivity.

Eavesdropping and Malicious Jammer Detection Using Machine Learning in Wireless Sensor Networks.  Summary: This project aims to enhance the security of wireless sensor networks against malicious attackers. In the wireless setting, the sensors are relatively easy to access and analyse, thus it is no longer sufficient to rely on cryptography as a means to counteract attempts to infiltrate the sensor network. The main threat is the spoofing of sensors, and this project will consider protection mechanisms on the physical layer and the network layer. The physical layer's main strategy is to determine network protocols that are difficult to spoof based on the sensors' group intelligence. The network layer's main strategy is to analyse the data flow using machine learning techniques to detect suspicious activity. This project is undertaken by two teams. The University of Adelaide investigates the issues at the network layer and the GIST Korea investigates the issues at the physical layer.

 Other projects


PhD Supervision

Current PhD & completed PhD candidates




Selected recent publications

W Liu, CC Lim, P Shi, S Xu: Sample-data fuzzy control for a class of nonlinear systems with missing data and disturbances, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 306, pp 63-86, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.fss.2016.03.011

H Yu, P Shi, CC Lim: Scalable formation control in stealth with limited sensing range, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 27:410-433, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/rnc.3579.

Z Wang, CC Lim, P Shi, Y Shen:H_/L_infinity fault detection observer design for linea parameter-varying systems, 20th IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, France, 9-14 July 2017. Accepted 28 Feb 2017.

H Chen, P Shi, CC Lim: Stability of neutral stochastic switched time delay systems: an average dwell time approach.  International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 27:512-532, 2017 DOI: 10.1002/rnc.3588.

W Xie, CC Lim, J Zhang, L Huang: New approaches to observer design and stability analysis to T-S fuzzy system with multiplicative noise, Journal of the Franklin Institute, Volume 354, Issue 2, January 2017, pp 887–901. DOI:

C Zhao, C Fumeaux, CC Lim: Folded substrate-integrated waveguide band-pass post filter. IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, vol 27, issue 1, Jan 2017, pp 22-24. DOI: 10.1109/LMWC.2016.263000

Y Liu, H Yu, CC Lim, P Shi: Steady formation analysis on multi-robot systems, Journal of Control and Decision, 4 (1), 2017. DOI: 10.1080/23307706.2016.1254073

W Liu, CC Lim, S Xu: Adaptive control of a class of quantised nonlinearly parameterised systems with unknown control directions, International Journal of Systems Science, 48 (5), pp 941-951, 2017.  DOI:

Q Sun, CC Lim, F Liu: Constrained state estimation for stochastic jump systems: moving horizon approach, International Journal of Systems Science, 48 (5), pp 1009-1021, 2017.  DOI:

YL Wang, P Shi, CC Lim, Y Liu: Event-triggered fault detection filter design for a continuous-time networked control system. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 46 (12) Dec 2016, pp 3414-3426. DOI: 10.1109/TCYB.2015.2507177

M Shen, CC Lim,  P Shi: Reliable H_infinity static output control of linear time-varying delay systems against sensor failures.  International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. Published online 15 Dec 2016.  DOI: 10.1002/rnc.3729

W Liu, CC Lim, P Shi, S Xu: Observer-based tracking control for MIMO pure-feedback nonlinear systems with time-delay and input quantization, International Journal of Control. Published online 22 Nov 2016, pp 1-16.  DOI:

Q Sun, CC Lim, P Shi, F Liu: Moving horizon estimation for Markov jump systems, Information Sciences, 367, pp 143-158, 2016.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2016.05.028

H Yu, P Shi, CC Lim: Robot formation control in stealth mode with scalable team size, International Journal of Control, 89 (11), 2016, pp 2155-2168. DOI: 10.1080/002207179.2016.1149887

S Chen, P Shi, CC Lim: Curve arclength in fuzzy metric spaces, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 313, 105-113, 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.fss.2016.08.004

Y Han, CC Lim, S Chen: Triple I fuzzy modus tollens method with inconsistent bipolarity information, Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. Accepted 24 Oct 2016.

J Xu, P Shi, CC Lim, C Cai: A descriptor-system approach for finite-frequency H_inf control of singularly perturbed systems, Information Sciences, 370, pp 79-91, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2016.07.068

J Xu, P Shi, CC Lim, C Cai, Y Zou: Integrated structural parameter design and robust control for attitude tracking maneuvers, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 21, No. 5, October 2016.  DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2016.2570820

H Chen, P Shi, CC Lim, P Hu: Exponential stability for neutral stochastic Markov systems with time-varying delays and its applications,  IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. Vol. 46, No. 6, June 2016, pp 1350-1362. DOI: 10.1109/TCYB.2015.2442274.

C Zhao, C Fumeaux, CC Lim: Substrate-integrated waveguide (SIW) diplexes with improved Y-junctions, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, vol 58, no 6, June 2016, pp 1384-1388. DOI: 10.1002/mop.29807

P Shi, H Wang, CC Lim: Networked-based event triggered control for singular systems with quantizations, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 63 (2), pp 1230-1238, February 2016. DOI:10.1109/TIE.2015.2475515

M Chen, P Shi, CC Lim: Adaptive neural fault tolerant control of a 3-DOF model helicopter system, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, vol 46, iss 2, February 2016, pp 260-270. DOI:10.1109/TSMC.2015.2426140

Q Sun, CC Lim, F Liu: Maximum likelihood state estimation for Markov jump with uncertain mode-dependent delays, Journal of the Franklin Institute, 353(2), January 2016, pp 594-614. DOI:

M Chen, P Shi, CC Lim: Robust constrained control for MIMO nonlinear systems based on disturbance observer, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 60(12), December 2015, pp 3281-3286. DOI: 10.1109/TAC.2015.2450891

H Wang, P Shi, CC Lim: Event-triggered control for networked Markovian jump systems, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, vol 25, iss 17, 25 November 2015, pp 3422-3438. DOI: 10.1002/rnc.3273

SJ Davey, HX Hu, MS Arulampalan, F Fletcher, CC Lim: Histogram probabilistic multi-hypothesis tracker with color attributes, IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation, vol 9,  iss 8, October 2015, pp 999-1008. DOI: 10.1049/iet-rsn.2014.0406

Y Yin, P Shi, F Liu, KL Teo, CC Lim: Robust filtering for nonlinear nonhomogeneous Markov jump systems by fuzzy approximation approach,  IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Vol. 45, No. 9, September 2015, pp 1706-1716.  DOI:10.1109/TCYB.2014.2358680

F Hu, CC Lim, Z Lu: The retailer's optimal decision on order quality and credit periods under two-level trade credit policy. Journal of Global Optimization, vol 62, iss 4, August 2015, pp 833-852.  DOI:10.1007/s10898-014-0258-z

X Zhou, P Shi, CC Lim, C Yang, W Gui: Event based guaranteed cost consensus for distributed multi-agent systems, Journal of the Franklin Institute, 352 (2015), 3546-3563. DOI:10.1016/j.jfranklin.2015.02.012

J Ruan, P Shi, CC Lim, X Wang: Relief supplies allocation and optimization by interval and fuzzy number approaches. Information Sciences, vol. 303, 10 May 2015, pp 15–32. DOI:10.1016/j.ins.2015.01.002

F Li, L Wu, P Shi, CC Lim: State estimation and sliding mode control for semi-Markovian jump systems with mismatched uncertainties, Automatica, 51 (2015), pp. 385-393. Abstract.

F Li, P Shi, L Wu, MV Basin, CC Lim: Quantized control design for cognitive radio networks  modeled as nonlinear semi-Markovian jump systems,  IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol 62, issue 4, 2015, pp 2330-2340. Abstract. DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2014.2351379

X Sun, F Hu, Y Zhou, CC Lim: Optimal acquisition and inventory decision for  a closed-loop manufacturing system with legislation constraint. Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, vol. 11, no. 4, pp 1355-1373, 2015. DOI: 10.3934/jimo.2015.11.1355

F Hu, CC Lim, Z Lu: Optimal production and procurement decisions in a supply chain with an option contract and partial backordering under uncertainties. Applied Mathematics and Computation, vol. 232, pp 1225-1234, April 2014. DOI:10.1016/j.amc.2014.01.149

A Cheng, CC Lim: Optimizing system-on-chip verifications with multi-objective genetic evolutionary algorithms. Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, pp 383-396, Vol. 10, No. 2, April 2014. DOI:10.3934/jimo.2014.10.383.

Q Shen, P Shi, T Zhang, CC Lim: Novel neural control for a class of uncertain pure-feedback systems, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, vol. 25, no. 4,  pp 718-727, April 2014. Abstract.

Q Shen, B Jiang, P Shi, CC Lim: Novel neural networked-based fault tolerant control scheme with fault alarm, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 44, no. 11, pp 2190-2201, Nov 2014.

Y Yin, P Shi, F Liu, CC Lim: Robust control for nonhomogeneous Markov jump processes: An application to DC motor device, Journal of the Franklin Institute, 351 (2014), pp 3322-3338. Abstract.

B Jiang, D Xu, P Shi, CC Lim: Adaptive neural observer-based backstepping fault tolerant control for near space vehicle under control effector damage, IET Control Theory & Applications, 8(9): 658-666, 2014. Abstract. DOI: 10.1049/iet cta. 2013.0404.

F Hu, CC Lim, Z Lu: Coordination of supply chains with a flexible ordering policy under yield and demand uncertainty, International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 146, Issue 2, pp.686-693, December 2013.

H Lee, CC Lim, J Choi: Joint backoff control in time and frequency for multichannel wireless systems and its Markov model for analysis, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical System - Series B, Volume 16, Number 4, November 2011, pp.1083-1100.

H Lee, CC Lim, J Choi: A refined MAC protocol with multipacket reception for wireless networks, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Volume 11, Issue 9, pp. 1275–1286, September 2011; DOI:10.1002/wcm.926.

B Li, KL Teo, CC Lim, GR Duan: An optimal PID controller design for nonlinear constrained optimal control problems, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical System - Series B, Volume 16, Number 4, November 2011, pp.1101-1118.

A Cheng, CC Lim: Markov modelling and parameterisation of genetic evolutionary test generations, Journal of Global Optimization, 51:743–751, 2011. DOI:10.1007/s10898-011-9682-5.

X Xu, CC Lim: Modelling interrupts for software-based system-on-chip verification, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, Volume 29, Number 6,  June 2010, pp.993-997.

HG Chew, CC Lim: On regularisation parameter transformation of support vector machines. Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, Volume 5, Issue 2, May 2009, pp. 403-415. doi:10.3934/jimo.2009.5.403

J Choi, CC Lim: A Cholesky factorization based approach for blind FIR channel identification, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 56, Issue 4, April 2008, pp.1730-1735.

X Xu, CC Lim: Using transfer-resource graph for software-based verification of system-on-chip, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, Volume 27, Issue 7, July 2008, pp.1315-1328. Abstract.

H Nikmehr, B Phillips, CC Lim:  A fast radix-4 floating-point divider with quotient digit selection by comparison multiples, Computer Journal, 50(1):81-92, Jan 2007, doi:10.1093/comjnl/bxl048 Abstract.

H Nikmehr, B Phillips, CC Lim: Fast decimal floating-point division, IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2006, pp.951-961. Abstract.

N Habili, CC Lim, AR Moini: Segmentation of face and hands in sign language video sequences using color and motion cues, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Vol. 14, No. 8, August, 2004, pp.1086-97.

A Santoso, J Choi, CC Lim, B Vucetic: Chip-level decision feedback equalizer for CDMA downlink channel with space-time coding, Electronics Letters , Apr 2004, Vol 40, Issue 7, pp.437-438.

J Choi, SR Kim, CC Lim: Receivers with chip-level decision feedback equalizer for CDMA downlink channels. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, January 2004, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.300-315. Abstract.

CC Lim, KL Teo: Optimal insulin infusion control via a mathematical blood glucoregulatory model with fuzzy parameters. Cybernetics and Systems 22(1):1-16 1991.

KL Teo, CJ Goh, CC Lim: A computational method for a class of dynamical optimization problems in which the terminal time is conditionally free. IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information 6(1):81-95 1989.

KL Teo, CC Lim: Time optimal control computation with application to ship steering. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 56(1), pp. 145-156, 1988.


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Professional Associations

Editorial Positions

  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, of American Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 2008-present
  • Guest Editor, Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems Series B, Special Issue, 2011
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, Special Issue, 2008

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  • Senior Member, IEEE (USA)
  • Member, AaeE (Australian Association of Engineering Education)
  • Chair, IEEE Chapter in Control and Aerospace & Electronic Systems, South Australia, 1999-2001, 2011-2013 and 2016.
  • Board Member, Facility Management Board, National Networked Tele-Test Facility for Integrated Systems (NNTTF), Australia, 2001-2007.
  • Board Member, Board of Directors, Australian Microelectronics Network (AMN), Australia, 2001-2004.

Entry last updated: Monday, 27 Mar 2017

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