Monday, 25 January 2016

Welcome to My Blog!

Welcome to My Blog!

Hi, I am Siyuan Chen. Welcome to my blog. I’m trying to write my first blog with Markdown 1 and StackEdit 2. I hope those ‘handy’ tools will working well.
In this blog, I will write something about my work and life. This is an active way to improve my writing skills. You are very welcome to point out the mistakes in this blog to help me improve my English.

About Me

My Education

Right now, I am a Ph.D. student at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. I got my Master degree from U.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace. And my Bachelor degree from China in Mechanical Engineering.

My Hometown

My hometown Yueyang is a small city in the central of China. It is a ‘small’ city with 5.4 million people 3. Yes, I double checked the number. 5.4 million, even more than the people in Ireland( 4.6 million 4), is the size of a ‘small’ city in China. The most famous attraction in our city is the Yueyang Tower. We are also famous for our spicy food, Hunan Cuisine.

Yueyang Tower, was first built in 1,700 years ago 5
Hunan Spicy Food 6

My Interest

I like fishing, cooking, and cycling. Of course, as a Chinese, I also like to play PingPang (Table tennis). In UCD, I joined the Rifle Club and got my first gold medal in the novice group.

About My Project

The name of Project ESR 14 is Reduction of uncertainty through regularized, automated road inspection. Put simply, we are trying to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) 7 in road inspection. Compared to conventional inspection method, using UAVs for road inspection could be cheaper, safer and more efficient. There are several research topics we will focus on.
Research Topics
  • Path Planning
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Autonomous Mapping and Scanning
UAV for Road Inspection 8


Siyuan Chen
School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
University College Dublin, Ireland

  1. Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax designed so that it can be converted to HTML and many other formats using a tool by the same name.
  2. StackEdit is a full-featured, open-source Markdown editor based on PageDown, the Markdown library used by Stack Overflow and the other Stack Exchange sites.
  3. Yueyang Population in 2010 Data from Wikipedia.
  4. Ireland Population in 2014 Data from Walfram Alpha.
  5. YueyangTower was built more than 1,700 years ago during the Three Kingdoms Period, near the strategic location where Dongting Lake joins the Yangtze River, from which the whole of Dongting was visible.
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  7. UAVs Unmanned Aerial Vehicle -Wiki
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