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Introduction

   The College of Automation is the backbone school of scientific research of Harbin Engineering University as well as the core part of HEU joining “985 Project Innovation Platform”, shouldering a number of tasks of developing scientific research products on marine installation and system. The college has a profound history, from the teaching and research office of hydrographic surveys and navigation equipment as well as the one of ship electrical equipment of Navy Engineering Department of “Harbin Military Engineering Institute” in 1953 to Automatic Control Department of Harbin Shipping Engineering College in 1970 and to the official establishment of the College of Automation of Harbin Engineering University in 1998. After years of construction and development, the college has set up a teaching and research institution with 1 national experimental teaching demonstration center, 1 key laboratory of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, 2 Engineering Research Centers of Ministry of Education, 2 Engineering Research Centers of Heilongjiang Province and 9 basic academic organizations, as well as the innovative personnel training laboratory together with many world-known enterprises such as ADI, SIEMENS and Freescale. The College of Automation has provided a wonderful platform for talents cultivation and scientific research with over 24 thousand square meters of land for scientific researches and experiments and the fixed assets of 270 million yuan.

    Now, the College of Automation has 4 first-class subjects, namely Control Science and Engineering, Instrument Science and Technology, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering and 2 postdoctoral research stations, namely “Control Science and Engineering and Instrument Science and Technology, with 6 doctorate authorization centers, 16 master’s degree authorization centers and 4 majors of undergraduates. The majors of “Automation” and Measurement and Control Technology and Instrument” are characteristic specialties of Ministry of Education and are under key construction of Heilongjiang Province. The major “Measurement and Control Technology and Instrument” is also a characteristic specialty of national defense and has got the approval of “Outstanding Engineers Project” by Ministry of Education in 2011. The major Electrical Engineering and Automation is the key specialty of Heilongjiang Province.

   Currently, the College of Automation has 176 specialized teachers, including 45 professors and 57 associate professors. Among the specialized staff, there are 1 teacher belonging to “the Recruitment Program of Global Experts”, 1 teacher awarded “Outstanding mid-aged experts”, 1 national model teacher, 1 chair professor in “Chang Jiang Scholars Program”, 1 teacher belonging to the outstanding talents of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, 3 teachers on the list of excellent talents of the new century of Ministry of Education, 5 academic leaders belonging to Talents Project 511 of State Commission of Science and Technology for National Defense Industry, 5 awarded “Outstanding mid-aged experts” at provincial and ministerial level and 3 outstanding teachers in Heilongjiang Province. The college has many excellent teaching teams, 4 of which are selected as the innovation team of national defense, provincial leading team, provincial teaching team and provincial excellent postgraduate supervisor team respectively.  

    The college aims to serve the Defense Science and Technology Industry, with the focus of researches on devices in shipping industry, navy equipment and ocean development as well as that on basic theories and technology for both civil and military use. The researches on the Navigation of Shipping and Marine Engineering, Control Device and System as well as Navy Assets conducted by the College are playing the leading role across the country. During the period of “12th five-year plan”, the College of Automation has made significant contribution to the national causes of coast defense and navigation by setting up many “firsts”. The college has also undertaken about 900 national, provincial, ministerial and horizontal projects, such as “National Defense 973” , “National 863” and “Natural Science Foundation of China”, with the available fund of 805 million yuan. The college has achieved fruitful results with great scientific values. The college has 1 project winning the national second prize, 5 projects winning the first prize, 10 projects winning the second prizes and 5 projects winning the provincial third prize at the provincial and ministerial level. The college has published more than 2300 academic papers, with 323 in SCI journals and 1685 in EI journals. The college has also been authorized with 312 patents.

     The college aims to cultivate high-level talents in shipping industry and serve national construction by setting up excellent specialty and curriculum as well as teaching practice base. Now, there are over 1800 undergraduates, 900 postgraduates, 300 doctors and 60 post-doctoral researchers and 20 international students. During the period of “12th five-year plan”, 1 specialty in the College of Automation has been selected in the outstanding engineers project” and be granted as the characteristic specialty of national defense, with 1 project wining the second prize of the national teaching achievement and 3 projects winning the first prize of provincial teaching achievement; besides, 1 course was authorized the national excellent video public class and 1 course was granted the national outstanding network resources sharing class; and the coursewares of three courses were awarded the national multimedia coursewares. Over the years, under the severe circumstance of the employment of the undergraduates, the total supply and demand ratio of graduates in the college has always been up to 1 to 3 and over 45 percent of the postgraduates are serving in national defense system. The graduates enjoy a high reputation in the talents' market, who are the first choices of both some defense science and technology industry groups in areas such as shipping, aviation, aerospace, weapons, nuclear industry, and famous enterprises such as Baidu, Tencent, HUAWEI and ZTE. The employment rate of the graduates of the college has maintained at more than 95 percent. And there emerged a great number of elites in science and technology as well as the pillars of the country such as the vice-governor of Heilongjiang Province Sun Rao, the party member of the Bureau of Defense Science and Technology Industry Wang Chengwen, the dean of China Ship Research Institute Wu Chuanli, the major general of Navy Submarine Academy Lu Minghua, the executive manager of Aerospace Science and Technology Group Holding Ltd. Yang Xingwen, the vice dean of China Aviation Research Institute Zhu Lin, the deputy chief engineer of certain sub-system of CAST Yu Ping, the chief of staff of CSSC Ke Wangjun, the chairman of Higher Education Institute of Heilongjiang Province Dong Hao, the board chairman of the Heilongjiang branch company of China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. Yang Peng, the deputy director general of public security department under the provincial government of Heilongjiang Province Zhao Yaguang, the deputy dean of 715th Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Wang Zhongneng and the head of Intellectual Property Office of Heilongjiang Province.