Thanh Trung Tran

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School: School of Science, Engineering & Technology
Department: Robotics & Mechatronics
Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South Campus

Dr. Thanh Tran received his first PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jeju National University, South Korea (2012) then his second PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, United States (2016). Prior to joining RMIT Vietnam, Thanh was a lecturer cum academic coordinator at Vietnamese-German University and department chair of Mechanical Engineering program at Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam.

Thanh’s teaching and research focuses on solid mechanics, FEM, dynamics and control, industry 4.0, automation technology. He is the author and co-author of more than 35 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Thanh has been working on many research projects on IoT technology, intelligent control, automation system, industrial robot, and computational intelligence.

  • PhD 2016 OLD DOMINION UNIVERISTY, USA Aerospace Engineering 
  • PHD 2012 JEJU NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, SOUTH KOREA Mechanical Engineering 

  • Stress Analysis
  • Engineering Science
  • Control Systems
  • Industrial Automation
  • Capstone Project

  • Dynamics and Control Engineering 
  • Automation technology and Industry 4.0 
  • Solid mechanics 
  • FEM


  • B1. Thanh T. Tran (2016), “Nonlinear flight control design using backstepping methodology” Dissertation, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA. DOI: 10.25777/04v9-gf94

Research articles in international peer-reviewed journals

  • J1.Chan Thai, Thanh T Tran, De-Thu Huynh, Secure and Opportunistic Communication with Interference Cancellation against Powerful and Full-Duplex Attackers. Wireless Networks (2022) 
  • J2. Vi Nguyen, Faisal Altarazi, and Thanh T. Tran*, [2022]. “Optimization of Process Parameters for Laser Cutting Process of stainless steel 304: A Comparative Analysis and Estimation with Taguchi Method and Response Surface Methodology”, in Mathematical Problems in Engineering, [ISI, Impact Factor: 1.305]. Volume 2022 |Article ID 6677586 | 
  • J3. Thanh T. Tran* and Nguyen, V., [2022] “Nonlinear Control of Aircraft Flight Dynamics Using Integrator-Backstepping Design Method” in Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 33(2):04022001. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0001393. [ISI, Impact Factor: 1.761] 
  • J4. Nguyen, V., and Thanh T. Tran*, “A Novel Hybrid Robust Control Design Method for F-16 Aircraft Longitudinal Dynamics”, in Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2020, Article ID 5281904, 10 pages, 2020. [ISI, Impact Factor: 1.009] 
  • J5. Nguyen, V.; Nguyen, N.; Schumacher, B.; Tran, T.*, Practical Application of Plan–Do–Check–Act Cycle for Quality Improvement of Sustainable Packaging: A Case Study. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6332. [ISI, Impact Factor: 2.474 (2019)] 
  • J6. Bao Tri Diep, Ngoc Diep Nguyen, Thanh T. Tran, Quoc Hung Nguyen, “Design and Experimental Validation of a 3-DOF Force Feedback System Featuring Spherical Manipulator and Magneto-rheological Actuators”, in Actuators, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1-19, 2020. DOI: 10.3390/act9010019. 
  • J7.Vi Nguyen, Hung Q. Nguyen, and Thanh T. Tran*. “Robust Control Design of Nonlinear Roll-to-Roll Dynamic System in Printed Electronics Technology”, in Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, Vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 1877-1888, 2020.DOI: 10.3233/JIFS-190368. [ISI, Impact factor 1.637, (2019)] 
  • J8.Vi H. Nguyen, Tai P. Nguyen and Thanh T. Tran. Single and Multi-Objective Optimization of Processing Parameters for Fused Deposition Modeling in 3D Printing Technology. In International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (IJAME),17(1):7542-7551.[Scopus, Q2] 
  • J9.Thanh T. Tran, “Feedback Linearization and Backstepping: An Equivalence in Control Design of Strict-Feedback Form” in IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, First Online Published October 15, 2019. DOI: [ISI, Impact factor: 1.612, 2019] 
  • J10. Lan P. T. Huynh, Huy A. Nguyen, Huy Q. Nguyen, Loc K. H. Phan and Thanh T. Tran*. Effect of Process Parameters on Mechanical Strength of Fabricated Parts using the Fused Deposition Modeling Method. Korean Soc. Precis. Eng., 36(8): 705-712, 2019. DOI: [Scopus, Q2] 
  • J11.Ei Ei Cho, Ho Hin Hein, Zarni Lynn, Saw Jiemie Hla and Thanh T. Thanh*. Investigation on Influence of Infill Pattern and Layer Thickness on Mechanical Strength of PLA Material in 3D Printing Technology. Journal of Engineering and Science Research, 3 (2): 27-37, 2019
  • J12. Vi H. Nguyen and Thanh T. Tran*. “Integrator-Backstepping Based Control for Nonlinear Roll-to-Roll Web Dynamics”, Journal of Engineering and Science Research 3 (2): 14-20, 2019.
  • J13.Thanh T. Tran*and Oscar R. Gonzalez, “Backstepping Based Control Methodology for Aircraft Roll Dynamics” in, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, Vol. 234, No. 4, pp. 566-574, 2020. [ISI, Impact factor: 1.714, 2021] 
  • J14.Phuong A. Ngo, Huy T. Phan and Thanh T. Tran. Model Design and Numerical Simulation for Plastic Recycle Machine, in Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 889, pp 489-498, 2019 DOI: 10.4028/ [Scopus, before 2016]
  • J15.Thanh T. Tran* and Kyung-Hyun Choi, “A Backstepping Based Control Algorithm for Multi-Span Roll-to-roll Web System,” in International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 45-61, 2013. DOI 10.1007/s00170-013-5168-6. [ISI, Impact factor: 2.601, 2017] 
  • J16.Thanh T. Tran*, Kyung-Hyun Choi, Dong-Eui Chang and Dong-Soo Kim, “Web Tension and Velocity Control of Two-span Roll-to-roll System for Printed Electronic,” in Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 329-346, 2011.DOI:10.1299/jamdsm.5.329. [ISI, Impact factor: 0.503, 2017] 
  • J17.Kyung-Hyun Choi, Thanh T. Tran*, and Dong-Soo Kim, “Back-Stepping Controller Based Web Tension Control for Roll-to-Roll Web Printed Electronics System,” in Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 7-21, 2011. [ISI, Impact factor: 0.503, 2017] 
  • J18.Kyung-Hyun Choi, Thanh T. Tran*, and Dong-Soo Kim, “A New Approach for Intelligent Control System Design Using the Modified Genetic Algorithm” in Int. J. Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, Vol. 9, No. 3/4, 2010. [Scopus (Elsevier)]

  • P1. Design and control of roll-to-roll (R2R) system for flexible solar-cell panel manufacturing technology, Ministry-Level Project, 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2024, Thanh T. Tran (PI), (Funded) 
  • P2. Conceptual Design and Prototype Development of a Two-span Roll-to-roll Web System for Flexible Solar-Panel Manufacturing Technology, VGU University-Level Research Project, 11/2020-11/2021, Thanh T. Tran (PI). (Funded) 
  • P3. Prototype Development of an Industrial Robot for Injection Molding Machine. (2019), Industrial Project, 11/2019 – 6/2020. Thanh T. Tran (PI). (Funded) 
  • P4. Prototype development of an automated production line in association with industrial robots in shoe manufacturing industry (2019), VGU Student Research Project, 01/07/2019 – 30/06/2020, Thanh T. Tran (Supervisor). (Funded)
  • P5. Designing and Developing a Flexible Learning Factory at Vietnamese - German University, Ministry-Level Project, Jan 20, 2019 – December 31, 2019, (Participant), (Funded) 
  • P6. Development of novel types of magneto-rheological brake with tooth-shaped rotor (2019), The National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) Research Project, 2019-2020, (Participant). (Funded)
  • P7. Development of an automatic system of observation and monitoring in shrimp aquaculture management using the internet of things (IoT), (2018), Ministry-Level Project, 01/01/2019 – 30/06/2021, Thanh T. Tran (PI), (Funded) 
  • P8. DeVie Wind Turbine, Vietnam-Germany Joint Research Initiative on Wind Power, 2/2017 – 11.2018, (Participant) 
  • P9. Deign and fabrication of a small-scale and low-cost plastic recycling machine for plastic waste pickers in Vietnam, (2018), VGU Student Research Project, 1/2018 –9/2019, Thanh T. Tran (Supervisor). P10. L2F F2R L-59 Model: Control Design and Experiments, NASA Project, 05/2015–08/2016, (Participant)

  • College’s 2015 Faculty Award in Aerospace Engineering, Batten College of Engineering & Technology, Old Dominion University, 2015. (only one person is selected for Aerospace Engineering) 
  • Oktay Baysal Aerospace Scholarship, Batten College of Engineering & Technology, Old Dominion University in years 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Best Paper Finalist in the 2012 AIAA GNC Conference Graduate Student Paper Competition. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control and Co-Located Conferences 13 - 16 August 2012, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2012. (Six people are selected for receiving the award finalists)
  • Vietnam Education Foundation fellowship (administered by U.S National Academies), 2010-2015. (40 Vietnamese fellows for the whole country per year)

  • Industrial Project : Framas Vietnam 
  • GPE Project : Hoang Tam Company

  • Vietnamese-German University, HCM City, Vietnam 08/2017- 3/2023 Lecturer cum Academic Coordinator ; Senator Member 
  • Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG), Hanoi, Vietnam 09/2004- 02/2008 and 05/2016 – 08/2017 Department Chair: Department of Strength of Materials ; Head: Department of the Publishing Office 
  • Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG), Hanoi, Vietnam 09/2004- 02/2008 Lecture