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Xiaowei Zhao,
BEng (BUCT), MSc (Imperial), PhD (Imperial)

Professor of Control Engineering

School of Engineering
University of Warwick

Room: A314
Phone: +44 (0)24 765 23145
Fax: +44 (0)24 76 524560

Brief Bio

Professor Xiaowei Zhao is Professor of Control Engineering and an EPSRC Fellow. He received the PhD in Control Theory from Imperial College London in 2010. His PhD study was supported by an EPSRC International Doctoral Scholarship (33 awards in the UK at that year) and  an ORSAS Award. Then Xiaowei worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Control Engineering Group in the University of Oxford for three years. After that he joined the University of Warwick in 2013, where he became a chair in 2018. Xiaowei  has about 70  papers in leading journals and conference proceedings such as IEEE Trans. on {Automatic Control,  Control Systems Technology, Industrial Electronics, Sustainable Energy, and Aerospace & Electronic Systems}, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing  etc.

Research Interests
(1) control of wind/tidal turbines/farms;
(2) grid integration of renewable energy;
(3) microgrid;
(4) control of fluid-structure interaction with applications to large and flexible wind turbines, highly flexible aircraft/UAVs, and long-span suspension bridges;
(5) control of coupled infinite-dimensional systems.

Current PhD students  (as sole supervisor)
1. Pengyuan Qi.  Before joining Warwick,  Pengyuan studied at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (also called Beihang University) and Beijing University of Science and Technology.

2.  Xing Wei.  Before joining Warwick, Xing studied at Imperial College London and the Northwestern Polytechnical University.

3. Juan Li. Before joining Warwick, Juan studied at Tsinghua University and Beijing Institute of Technology.

4. Jincheng Zhang.  Before joining Warwick, Jincheng studied at Tsinghua University.

5. Zhaolong Wu

6. Jingjie Xie

7. Yexin Fan

8. One full PhD scholarships are available, contact me for details.  Note that the PhD applicants to my group are expected to have very high GPAs and desirably very good publication record.

Every year University of Warwick and School of Engineering offer a number of PhD scholarships. If you are interested in doing a PhD with Xiaowei in one of the topics listed in his research interests, please contact him to discuss details.

Current  Research Staff (as sole supervisor)
1.  M Edrah, Research Fellow, 2017 -
2.  X Yin,  Research Fellow, 2017 - 2020
3. J Li, Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, 2018 - 2021
4. J Zhang, Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, 2018-2021
5. Y Wang, Research Fellow, 2018-2021
6. H Dong, Research Fellow, 2019 - 2021
7. M Zhang , Research Fellow, 2019 - 2020
8. A research fellow on intelligent control and machine learning funded by EPSRC is available for application in the university's "jobs" website. 
9. A research fellow on wind turbine control funded by EPSRC is available for application in the university's "jobs" website.
10. Three Marie Curie early stage researcher vacancies will be advertised soon.

Past PhD students  (as sole supervisor)
1.  Xin Tong (2013-2017).  Now at Jaguar Land Rover.
2. Shuyue Lin (2014-2018).

Past postdoctoral researchers  (as sole supervisor)
1. Dr. Indira Nagesh, 2015 (now in Oxford)
2. Dr. Xin Tong, 2017 (now at Jaguar Land Rover)

Visiting professor and visiting fellow
1. Professor George Weiss, Sep 2015 - Sep 2016
2. Dr. Hua Xie, Nov 2014 - Oct 2015

Current grant (his share: £3.5millon; total project value: £20.5 million)
1. 2019 - 2023, a new H2020 grant valued at 4.3 million Euros secured, PI (Coordinator), details TBC.

2. 2018-2022, Co-director, EPSRC Supergen ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Hub, details TBC.

3.  2018-2021, A new grant from  Leverhulme Trust secured, details TBC.

4. 2018-2019, UKERC, ORE Hydrogen, CoI (PI to Warwick).

5. 2018-2021, EPSRC, EPSRC Fellowship on microgrid, PI.

6. 2018-2020, EPSRC: 125,000 Pounds  on Hydrostatic transmission wind turbine, PI .

7. 2017 - 2020, EPSRC: 350,000 Pounds out of 1 million Pounds of the total project (Farming the ENvironment into the Grid: Big data in Offshore Wind) - CoI (PI to Warwick).

8. 2017-2021, H2020: 665,000 Euros out of 4 million Euros of the total project (on infinite-dimensional systems and wind energy) - co lead (PI to Warwick).

9. 2017-2019, National Grid Research Fund: 300,000 Pounds on wind turbine-grid interactions -- PI

10. 2018-2020, Warwick International Partnership Fund: Aeroelastic control of wind turbine blades, PI

Past grant
1. 2016-2017, Royal Society Research Grant -- PI

2. 2016-2017, Leverhulme visiting professorship -- CoI

3. 2013-2018, IAS Global Research Fellowship -- PI

4. 2014-2016, IAS Visiting Fellowship -- PI

5. 2015, 2016, Warwick Summer Research Fund -- PI

6. 2014-2015, Energy GRP Research Fund -- PI

7. 2014, Energy GRP Workshop Fund

1. Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing

Professional Service
1. 2018-  Associate Editor of IEEE Access (impact factor: 3.244)
1. 2015 Chair of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Symposium 2015
2. 2014-2015 (Sole) guest editor of the special issue "Control Theory Applied in Renewable Energy" of the International Journal of Control.
3. 2014 Chair of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Symposium 2014
4. 2014 One of the three organizers of the 2-day international Workshop on Control Theory Applied in Renewable Energy
5. 2011 Chair for the session "Linear Control Applications", the 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) (one of the two most important Control conferences)
6. 2011 - 2012 Evaluation committee member for the Partnership Programme - Joint Applied Research Projects - PCCA 2011, Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation
7. 2010 - present Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Journal of Control Theory and Application, Journal of Advanced Mathematical Studies, etc.

Source: Xiaowei Zhao