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about these factors is not always precise. The allocation
decision needs to compare imprecise and multidimension-
al information. During our collaboration, Prof. Shi mainly
contributed the techniques for simultaneously comparing
crisp, interval, and fuzzy numbers. With this contribution,
we developed a situation-based allocation method when
the situations are a mixture of crisp, interval, and fuzzy
information. Random numerical experiments showed the
effectiveness and advantage of the proposed methods in
comparison with the results by extant methods. We pub-
lished the results in Information Sciences in 2015, and
those results have been helpful in solving other problems
and received corresponding citations from related fields.

We have collaborated on research focusing on the field
of singularly perturbed systems and aircraft control and
published the results in some leading international jour-
nals, such as IEEE transactions. Among them, we have put
forward the singular perturbation formulation of quad
rotors and designed a trajectory-tracking controller, atti-
tude controller, and hovering controller based on identify-
ing flight dynamics and finite frequency approaches,
respectively. Also, we have conducted some elated experi-
ments to show the effects and merits of our proposed new
design techniques. Prof. Shi has made significant contribu-
tions in the field of singularly perturbed systems. I give my
sincerest thanks to him.

Bin Jiang, Nanjing University
of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
I met Prof. Shi in 2005 by participating in international and
Chinese conferences. Eventually, I invited him to work as
the Qian Weichang Chair professor at my university, and we
have cosupervised graduate students since then. Prof. Shi
takes his role guiding graduate students very seriously and
is extremely responsible, active, and proactive. After more
than 10 years of cooperation, we have jointly trained more
than a dozen outstanding doctoral and graduate students
and copublished more than 20 papers in top-level interna-
tional journals such as Automatica and IEEE transactions.
Our collaborative research areas include fault diagno-
sis and fault-tolerant control, analysis and control of
dynamic systems based on the Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy
model, finite-frequency domain-based design, fault-toler-
ant control of flight control systems, and consensus of
multiagent systems.
Prof. Shi's contributions include 1) studying a frame-
work of fast-active, fault-tolerant control using an adaptive
fault-diagnosis observer; 2) proposing the design of fault
accommodation of time-varying delay systems; 3) provid-
ing a framework of fault estimation observer design in the
finite-frequency domain for discrete-time systems; 4) pro-
posing the problem of fault estimation observer design
with finite-time convergence specification for continuous-
time dynamic systems subject to external disturbances;
and 5) proposing a novel adjustable parameter-based dis-
tributed fault estimation observer for multiagent systems
with directed communication topology.

Cheng-Chew Lim, University
of Adelaide, Australia
It is my good fortune to know Prof. Shi and become a col-
league. In 2012, we were fortunate to attract Prof. Shi to the
University of Adelaide as a professor in the School of Elec-
trical and Electronic Engineering. He and I have been close
colleagues and research collaborators since that time.
Prof. Shi is a shining light at my university. He has con-
tributed most significantly to research in engineering and
computer and mathematical sciences. During my tenure as
head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
and beyond, I have called on Prof. Shi's vast knowledge and
experience for advice on strategic research direction, teach-
ing curriculum, and guidance for postgraduate students. His
contribution to the esteem of the University of Adelaide has
been most outstanding. Among his many honors, he is a
Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics/Thomson
Reuters in the disciplines of both engineering and computer
science and has held an appointment in the prestigious Col-
lege of Expert Members of the Australian Research Council
for a number of years, a panel that includes Australia's most
outstanding active researchers in multiple fields.
Through his well-respected and international reputa-
tion, Prof. Shi has attracted many postdoctoral research-
ers, Ph.D. degree students, and academic scholars to the
University of Adelaide. His inspirational mentorship has
nurtured all to greater heights and assisted many in their
pursuit of successful careers.
His outstanding contributions have been demonstrat-
ed through his skills and capacity to lead one of the
world's most active teams in the field of complex dynam-
ical systems and advanced control theory. His accumu-
lated experience and contacts enable him to facilitate
collaboration with researchers all over the word, includ-
ing those outside his main area of expertise, and to
accelerate cross-discipline communication. Prof. Shi is a
giant in the fields of engineering and computer and
mathematical science.

Jing Xu, Nanjing University
of Science and Technology, China
I visited the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineer-
ing between December 2014 and June 2016, sponsored by
the Chinese Scholarship Council. Prof. Shi was my super-
visor at that time. He is such a nice gentleman with consid-
erable professional experience in both systems and control.
Prof. Shi is a master of all of the ingredients of successful
teaching, especially the capability to inspire. In my time
with him, I have experienced considerable growth in both
my academic ability and willpower.

Rongni Yang, Shandong University, China
It is my greatest honor and fortune to be Prof. Shi's first
Ph.D. degree student at the Harbin Institute of Technology
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