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Biography:

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

Professor of Control Engineering


School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL, UK

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 80  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

Intelligent control theory with application on
(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.

Current PhD students  (as sole supervisor)

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

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

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

4. Zhaolong Wu

5. Jingjie Xie

6. Yexin Fan

7. Chang Liu

8. Weitao Yue

9. R Yang

10. Two 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 -
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-
6. H Dong, Research Fellow, 2019 -
7. Y Zhang , Research Fellow, 2019 -
8. S Priyank, Research Fellow, Jan 2020 -
9. L Sun, Research Fellow, 2020 -
10. R Yang, Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, 2020 - 2023
11. Two research fellows vacancy (one on intelligent control and machine learning; one on wind turbine control) funded by EPSRC is available
12. Two Marie Curie early stage researcher vacancies are available to apply in the university's job website.

Past PhD students  (as sole supervisor)
1.  Xin Tong (2013-2017).  Now at Jaguar Land Rover.
2. Shuyue Lin (2014-2018). Now Assistant Professor at Fuzhou University
3. Pengyuan Qi (2016-2020). To take an Assistant Professorship at Beihang University soon

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, EPSRC grants are listed as 100%FEC)
1. 2020 - 2023, EPSRC,  Resilient Operation of Sustainable Energy Systems (ROSES),  £970,000, CoI (PI to Warwick).

2. 2019 - 2023, H2020, WinGrid: Wind farm - Grid interactions: exploration and development, Coordinator (PI), 4.3 million Euros, PI (Coordinator).

3. 2018-2022, Co-director, EPSRC Supergen ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Hub, £11.25million.

4. 2018-2021, EPSRC, EPSRC Fellowship on microgrid, PI,  £762,000.

5. 2018-2020, EPSRC: 125,000 Pounds  on Hydrostatic transmission wind turbine, PI .

6. 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).

7. 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).

8. 2018-2020, Warwick International Partnership Fund: Aeroelastic control of wind turbine blades, PI

Past grant
1. 2017-2019, National Grid Research Fund: 300,000 Pounds on wind turbine-grid interactions -- PI

2. 2016-2017, Royal Society Research Grant -- PI

3. 2016-2017, Leverhulme visiting professorship -- CoI

4. 2013-2018, IAS Global Research Fellowship -- PI

5. 2014-2016, IAS Visiting Fellowship -- PI

6. 2015, 2016, Warwick Summer Research Fund -- PI

7. 2014-2015, Energy GRP Research Fund -- PI

8. 2014, Energy GRP Workshop Fund






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