Principal/Sub-Principal Investigator for several projects supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and CASIA Innovation Fund for Young Scientists, etc.
He was the recipient of the BaoGang outstanding student award in 2002 and the second award of Beijing science and technology with the rank of 6 in 2004. He has published more than 90 papers, 12 invention patents and 11 software copyrights.
Some representative papers are as follows.
 Zhiqiang Cao, Min Tan, Lei Li, Nong Gu, and Shuo Wang. Cooperative Hunting by Distributed Mobile Robots Based on Local Interaction. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2006, 22(2), 403-407
 Zhiqiang Cao, Nong Gu, Min Tan, Saeid Nahavandi, Xiaofeng Mao, Zhenying Guan. Multi-robot Hunting in Dynamic Environments. International Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, 2008, 14(1), 61-72
 Zhiqiang Cao, Chao Zhou, Long Cheng, Yuequan Yang, Wenwen Zhang and Min Tan. A Distributed Hunting Approach for Multiple Autonomous Robots. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, Vol. 10, 2013
 Yuequan Yang, Zhiqiang Cao, Min Tan, Jianqiang Yi. Fairness and Dynamic Flow Control in both Unicast and Multicast Architecture Networks. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part C: Applications and Reviews, 2007, 37(2), 206-212
 Li Yang, Zhiqiang Cao, Chao Zhou, Long Cheng, Min Tan. Formation Control and Switching for Multiple Robots in Uncertain Environments. International Journal of Robotics and Automation, 25(3), 2010, 240-249
 Chao Zhou, Zhiqiang Cao, Shuo Wang, and Min Tan. The Design, Modelling and Implementation of a Miniature Biomimetic Robotic Fish. International Journal of Robotics and Automation, 25(3), 2010, 210-216
 Zhou Chao, Cao Zhiqiang, Wang Shuo, Tan Min. A marsupial robotic fish team: Design, motion and cooperation. Science China-Technological Sciences, 2010, 53(11), 2896-2904
 Nong Gu, Zhiqiang Cao, Liangjun Xie, Douglas Creighton, Min Tan, Saeid Nahavandi. Identification of concurrent control chart patterns with singular spectrum analysis and learning vector quantization. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10845-012-0659-0
 Chao Zhou, Zeng-Guang Hou, Zhiqiang Cao, Shuo Wang, Min Tan. Motion modeling and neural networks based yaw control of a biomimetic robotic fish. Information Sciences, Vol. 237, 2013, 39-48
 Xu Wang, Long Cheng, Zhi-Qiang Cao, Chao Zhou, Min Tan and Zeng-Guang Hou. Output-feedback Consensus Control of Linear Multi-agent Systems: A Fixed Topology. International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, 7(5A), 2011, 2063-2074
 Chao Zhou, Min Tan, Nong Gu, Zhiqiang Cao, Shuo Wang, Long Wang. The Design and Implementation of a Biomimetic Robot Fish, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2008, 5(2), 185-192
 Jile Jiao, Shuguang Ye, Zhiqiang Cao, Nong Gu, Xilong Liu, Min Tan. Embedded Vision-Based Autonomous Move-to-Grasp Approach for a Mobile Manipulator. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2012, Vol. 9
 Xilong Liu, Hanbo Qian, Zhiqiang Cao, Chao Zhou, Yuequan Yang, Min Tan. Data-Wave-Based Features Extraction and Its Application in Symbol Identifier Recognition and Positioning Suitable for Multi-Robot Systems. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2012, Vol. 9