— TARN- Professor in the Department of Systems Science
— Mathematics and the Director of the Center for Robotics and Automation at Washington University
— Past President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Integrated hybrid system for planning and control of concurrent task in manufacturing system, internet-based remote teleoperation, fusion of human and machine intelligence, nonholonomic analysis and control for underactuated underwater robotic vehicles, control of quantum-mechanical systems, quantum nondemolition estimation: theoretical foundation for quantum sensors.
Professor Tarn is currently a Professor in the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics and the Director of the Center for Robotics and Automation at Washington University. An active member of the IEEE, Professor Tarn served as the President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, 1992-1993, the Director of the IEEE Division X (Systems and Control), 1995-1996, and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, 1995-1996. He received many awards, particularly he is the first recipient of the Nakamura Prize, given once every ten years, for contributions to the advancement of the technology on intelligent robots and systems at the 10th Anniversary of IROS in Grenoble, France, 1997. In additional, he is the recipient of the prestigious Joseph F. Engelberger Award from Robotic Industries Association in October 1999 for contributing to development of the science in robotics. He was featured in the Special Report on Engineering of the 1998 Best Graduate School issue of US News and World Report and his research accomplishments were reported recently in the \"Washington Times\", Washington D.C., the \"Financial Times\", London, \"Le Monde\", Paris, and the \"Chicago Sun-Times\", Chicago, etc. Professor Tarn is a Fellow of IEEE.