Near Space Research Center

Chen Li



NameLi Chen

TitleAssociate Professor

Office No.1425


Office AddAerospace Buiding, 800 Dong Chuan Rd., Shanghai, 200240, P.R.China


Working Experience














School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China


Cranfield University, U.K.


Shanghai University, China


Associate Professor


Academic Visitor


Postdoc Fellow

Educational Background


Graduated university







Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science,China

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Northeastern University, China





Research Field

  1. Flight control system design

Controller Design, Dynamic Modeling and Identification, Flight Trajectory Planning, Control Allocation, Anti-Windup Design, Anti-Wind Guidance, Flight Experiments.

  1. Robot dynamics and control

RobotDevelopment, Controller Design, Kinematics and Dynamics, Motion Planning.

Main Research Program

  1. Key projects of National Science Foundation of China:On integrating and optimization of coordinated control of reusable long endurance stratospheric airship.(2018.1-2022.12)
  2. National Science Foundation of China:Fluid-solid-thermal Coupling Dynamics and Flight Mechanism of Airship in Nearspace.(No. 11272205)(2013.1-2016.12)
  3. National Science Foundation of China:Composite Control of Huge Flexible Airship in Nearspace. (No.61175074)(2012.1-2015.12)
  4. National Science Foundation of China:Moving-mass Control of Huge Flexible Airship in Nearspace. (No. 60805036)( 2009.1-2011.12)

Main Publications

Referred Journals:

  1. Li Chen, James F Whidborne, Qi Dong, Deng Ping Duan, Application of Lyapunov Matrix Inequality based Unsymmetrical Saturated Control to a Multi-vectored Propeller Airship, Proc IMechE Part G:J Aerospace Engineering, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0954410017699236
  2. Li Chen, Dengping Duan, Dingshan Sun, Design of a Multi-vectored Thrust Aerostat with a Reconfigurable Control System, Aerospace Science and Technology, 2016, (53):95-102
  3. L.Chen, H.Zhou, YB.Wen, D.P.Duan, Control of the Horizontal Position of a Stratospheric Airship during Ascent and Descent, Aeronautical Journal, 2015, 119(1214):523-541
  4. L.Chen, H.Zhang, D.P. Duan, Control System Design of a Multi-vectored Thrust Stratospheric Airship,Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering,2014, 228(11):2045-2054
  5. L.Chen, G. Zhou, X.J. Yan, D.P. Duan, Composite Control of  Stratospheric  Airships with Moving-masses, Journal of Aircraft, 2012, 49(3):794-801
  6. Chen Li, Ma Shugen,Wang Yuechao,Li Bin,Duan Dengping,Design and Modelling of a Snake Robot in Traveling Wave Locomotion, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 2007, 42(12):1632-1642
  7. Chen Li, Gong Zhenbang, Liu Liang, Hybrid Model of a Subminiature Helicopter in Horizontal Turn, High Technology Letters, 2007, 13(2):113-118
  8. Zhou Ge, Chen Li*, Dong Qi, Modeling and analysis of moving-mass actuated stratospheric airship, High Technology Letters, 19(21), pp 145-149. (2013)
  9. Zhang Mao Hua, Duan Deng Ping, Chen Li*, Turning Mechanism and Composite Control of Stratospheric Airships, Journal of Zhejiang University Science C, 13 (11), pp 859-865. (2012)


  1. L. Chen*, D.P. Duan, Flight Mechanism of Aerodynamic and Aerostatic Air Vehicles, Shanghai Jiaotong University Press, In Chinese. (2015)
  2. Chen Li*, Shugen Ma, Study on Locomotion of a Crawling Robot for Adaptation to the Environment, Bioinspiration and Robotics: Walking and Climbing Robots, Chapter18, pp301-316. (2007)


  1. L. Chen, D.P. Duan, Yueying Wang, LMI-based Saturated Control of a Multi-vectored Propeller Airship, Proceedings of the 36th Chinese Control ConferenceCCC, July 26-28, Dalian, China, 2017:6323-6329.
  2. L. Chen, Y.B.Wen, H.Zhou, D.P. Duan, Design and control of a Multi- Thrust airship, 22nd AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference, 22-26 June, Dallas, TX, USA. 2015
  3. L. Chen, D.P. Duan, Polytopic LPV System Based Control Design for Multi-propeller airship, Proceedings of the 33rd Chinese Control ConferenceCCC, July 28-30, Nanjing, China, 2014:4273-4276
  4. L. Chen, D. P. Duan, Analysis of Motion Characteristics of the Stratospheric Airship in Wind Field,25th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC),May 25-27, Guiyang, China, 2013: 2599-2604
  5. CHEN Li, DUAN Dengping, Attitude Control of Stratospheric Airship with Ballonets and Elevator, Proceedings of the 32nd Chinese Control Conference, July 26-28, Xi'an, China, 2013:4255-4258
  6. Chen L. , Wang Y. , Ma S. ,Li B., Studies on lateral rolling locomotion of a snake robot, Proceedings- 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, April 26-May 1, New Orleans, USA, 2004









Course NameFlight Mechanism

StudentsUndergraduate and postgraduate course

Awards and Honors

2016th Principal Award of Shanghai Jiaotong University, China ( to Nearspace research team)

Supervisor of 2012th Excellent Bachelor Thesis in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China



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