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Professor Xiaowei Zhao

Professor Xiaowei Zhao

Professor of Control Engineering 

Xiaowei dot Zhao at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0) 24 7652 3145


Professor Xiaowei Zhao is Professor of Control Engineering at the University of Warwick. He is an EPSRC Fellow and a co-director of the EPSRC Supergen ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Hub.

He obtained his PhD in Control Theory from Imperial College London in 2010 and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Control Engineering Group of the University of Oxford until 2013. After that he joined the University of Warwick where he was awarded a chair in 2018.

At Warwick he has established the Intelligent Control & Smart Energy (ICSE) research group which currently includes around 20 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and two state-of-the-art laboratories: the Renewable Energy Integration and Smart Grid Lab, and the Autonomous Systems Lab.

His main research areas are control theory and machine learning with applications to the modelling and control of offshore renewable energy systems and their grid integration, local smart energy systems, and autonomous systems. He currently has six main research projects (four from EPSRC and two from H2020) in these areas with a total project values of over £20 million.

Xiaowei has about 70 papers in leading journals such as IEEE Trans. on {Automatic Control, Control Systems Technology, SMC, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Informatics, Sustainable Energy, Energy Conversion, and Aerospace & Electronic Systems}, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, AIAA Journal, and Applied Energy.

Research Interests

Intelligent control theory with application on

  1. offshore renewable energy;
  2. energy storage;
  3. smart grid;
  4. autonomous systems.

Teaching Interests

Selected Publications

Projects and Grants

Current Grants

(His share: £3.5millon; total project value: £20.5 million, EPSRC grants are listed as 100%FEC)

  1. 2021 - 2022, Supergen Cross Hub Seedcorn Fund, PI
  2. 2020 - 2023, EPSRC Supergen ORE Hub Strategic Fund, PI
  3. 2020 - 2023, EPSRC, Resilient Operation of Sustainable Energy Systems (ROSES), £970,000, CoI (PI to Warwick).
  4. 2019 - 2024, H2020, WinGrid: Wind farm - Grid interactions: exploration and development, Coordinator (PI), 4.3 million Euros, PI (Coordinator).
  5. 2018 - 2023, Co-director, EPSRC Supergen ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Hub, £11.25million.
  6. 2018 - 2021, EPSRC, EPSRC Fellowship on microgrid, PI, £762,000.
  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).

Past Grants

  1. 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).
  2. 2018 - 2020, EPSRC: 125,000 Pounds on Hydrostatic transmission wind turbine -- PI
  3. 2017 - 2019, National Grid Research Fund: 300,000 Pounds on wind turbine-grid interactions -- PI
  4. 2018-2020, Warwick International Partnership Fund: Aeroelastic control of wind turbine blades, PI
  5. 2016-2017, Royal Society Research Grant -- PI
  6. 2016 - 2017, Leverhulme visiting professorship -- CoI
  7. 2013 - 2018, IAS Global Research Fellowship -- PI
  8. 2014 - 2016, IAS Visiting Fellowship -- PI
  9. 2015, 2016, Warwick Summer Research Fund -- PI
  10. 2014 - 2015, Energy GRP Research Fund -- PI
  11. 2014, Energy GRP Workshop Fund