Phat C. Vo

Phat C. Vo

Researcher @UNIST

Ulsan, South Korea

About Me

After years of research in mechatronics systems, my ultimate aspiration is to enhance the safety and efficiency of daily life through technological innovation. My focus revolves around leveraging advancements in control theory and motion planning, particularly in the domains of robotics and mobility systems, including autonomous vehicles.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Agu. 2021 - Present · Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

Research in Motion Planning for Autonomous systems by Predictive Optimal control, Robust-Adaptive MPC and Reinforcement Learning carrying out maximized safety and efficiency under uncertain and time-varying environments. Propose a new planning algorithm based on the merits of sampling-based and optimization-based methods.

Graduate Researcher

Sept. 2017 – Jul. 2021 · University of Ulsan (UOU)

Handled the time‑delay and data‑packet dropout issues utilizing a predictive control algorithm delivering to effectively address challenges within Network Control Systems. Enhanced the precision of control trajectory and force tracking in robotics by introducing a novel time‑varying adaptive optimal estimator. Furthermore, I prioritized transparency in human‑robot interaction for safe collaborative tasks during teleoperation based on optimal control strategies and Improved Reinforcement Learning. Additionally, developed renewable and sustainable energy system control projects (Fluid‑based Triboelectric Nanogenerator; Floating Offshore Wind Turbines) to optimize as well as maximize power captured.


Sept. 2015 – Jul. 2017 · Thu Duc College of Technology (TDC)

Lecture courses: Microprocessor Programming, Basic C/C++ Programming, Circuit Design, Power Electronics, Advanced control theory

Graduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Sept. 2014 – Jul. 2016 · Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education (UTE)

Designed and developed: Path-Tracking Control and SLAM Algorithm of Reception Robot

Technical Engineer

Sept. 2012 – Agu. 2014 · Daewoo Royal System Vietnam Co., Ltd.

Took primary responsibility for the electrical tasks of the projects (built up control box and main control program), deployed all over Vietnam, such as Auto Parking Car Systems at Bitexco Financial Tower, Lim Tower, HCMC Supreme People’s Court, etc. and Industrial Production Line in CSB Energy Technology Co., Ltd., GS Battery Vietnam Co., Ltd., Hyosung Viet Nam Co., Ltd.


Ph.D. in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Sept. 2017 - Feb. 2021 · University of Ulsan

Thesis: A Sensorless Reflecting Control for Bilateral Haptic Teleoperation System based on Pneumatic Artificial Muscle Actuators.

M.S. in Mechatronics Engineering

Sept. 2014 - Jun. 2016 · Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education

Thesis: 2D Lidar-Based SLAM Algorithm for Reception Robot.

B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology

Sept. 2009 - Jul. 2013 · Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education

Thesis: Research of a Network System using XBEE communication and its applications.


Journal Articles (selected Control field)

2023. C. P. Vo and J. H. Jeon. Robust-Adaptive Motion Planning Algorithm for Safe Autonomous Driving via Tree-based planning. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles (Ongoing).

2023. C. P. Vo, Q. H. Hoang and J. H. Jeon. Finite-Time Robust Trajectory Tracking Control of Perturbed AGVs Using a Novel Self-Turning Nonsingular Fast Terminal Sliding Manifold. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (Under review).

2023. J. Lee, S. Kim, C. P. Vo and J. H. Jeon. Deep Reinforcement Learning-based Ride-sharing Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies (Under Review).

2023. C. P. Vo and J. H. Jeon. An Integrated Motion Planning Scheme for Safe Autonomous Vehicles in Highly Dynamic Environments. Electronics (12.7).

2022. C. P. Vo, J. Lee and J. H. Jeon. Robust Adaptive Path Tracking Control Scheme for Safe Autonomous Driving via Predicted Interval Algorithm. IEEE Access (10), 124333–124344.

2021. C. P. Vo and K. K. Ahn. An Adaptive Finite-Time Force-Sensorless Tracking Control Scheme for Pneumatic Muscle Actuators by an Optimal Force Estimation. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (7), 1542-1549.

2021. V. D. Phan, C. P. Vo, H. V. Dao and K. K. Ahn. Actuator Fault-Tolerant Control for an Electro-Hydraulic Actuator Using Time Delay Estimation and Feedback Linearization. IEEE Access (9), 107111 - 107123.

2021. V. D. Phan, C. P. Vo, H. V. Dao and K. K. Ahn. Robust fault-tolerant control of an electro-hydraulic actuator with a novel nonlinear unknown input observer. IEEE Access (16), 30750 - 30760.

2020. C. P. Vo, X. D. To, and K. K. Ahn. A Novel Force Sensorless Reflecting Control for Bilateral Haptic Teleoperation System. IEEE Access (8), 96515 - 96527.

2019. C. P. Vo, X. D. To, and K. K. Ahn. A Novel Adaptive Gain Integral Terminal Sliding Mode Control scheme of a Pneumatic Artificial Muscle system with Time-delay Estimation. IEEE Access (7), 141133 - 141143.


2019. C. P. Vo, X. D. To, and K. K. Ahn. Variable Impedance Control for a Robotic Leg with External Uncertainties. 23rd International Conference on Mechatronics Technology (ICMT), Salerno, Italy.

2018. C. P. Vo, D. T. Tran and K. K. Ahn. The Predictive Control for Networked Control System with Random Delays and Packet Dropouts. International Conference on Mechatronics Technology (ICMT), Jeju, South Korea.



Educational Robot Platform (ERP) developed by the WeGo Robotics company and build in MORAI for autonomous driving.


On The Way (OTW) environment for autonomous vehicles to demonstrate the local planning/decision-making algorithms


ROS Navigation Stack with AgileX Scout-Mini (ASM) in Gazebo Simulator

Technical Skills

Programming Language: Python, C/C++, MATLAB, Simulink, etc
Frameworks/Libraries: Gym, Pygame, CVXOPT, Ipopt, etc
Simulators/DevTools: MORAI, Carla, Gazebo, ROS, VS Code, Pycharm, Git, Github, etc


  • - Sport: Since I was very young, I have been playing soccer. It feels very exciting to score a goal.
  • - Video Making: I love making‑video and always try to capture everything that happens around me.
  • - Technical toys: Creating controllable things is fascinating.
  • - Traveling: I like traveling. I explore beautiful places and experience new things.