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Dr Zhiwei Gao

Associate Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dr David (Zhiwei) Gao

Reader, Associate Professor. Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dr. Gao joined Northumbria University in 2011, and he is the Head of Electrical Power and Control Systems Research Group. Before joining Northumbira University, he held research and academic positions respectively in Newcaslte University, University of Liverpool, University of Leicester, University of Manchester, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Tianjin University. 

Dr. Gao is the senior member of IEEE, and HEA fellow. He was the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Reserach Fellowship in 2004.

Dr. Gao is currently the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, ISA Transactions (Elsevier), IEEE Access, and Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (Springer). He is the editorial board member of Renewable Energy (Elsevier).

The following special issues are open for the submission:

The special issue ``Modelling, Monitoring, Control and Optimization for Complex Industrial Processess'' in Process is open for the submission via the link

The special issue ``Distributed Estimation and its Applications in Networked Systems'' in Journal of The Franklin Institue is open for the submission via the link

The special issue ``Pattern Recognition for Cyber-Physical-Social Services'' in Pattern Recognition Letter is open for the submission via the link

The speical session `Biometrics in Industry 4.0 Open Challenges and Future Perspectives'' in IEEE Transactions on Industrial informatics is open for submssion via the link.

For the pulication information, please see the Google Shcolar via the link.



Zhiwei Gao

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Condition monitoring and fault diagnosis, fault tolerant design and control, machine learning and data-driven approaches, and their applications in wind turbine systems, power converters, power systems, onshore and offshore renewable energy systems. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • An Adaptive Charging Strategy of Lithium-ion Battery for Loss Reduction with Thermal Effect Consideration, Ding, Y., Wu, H., Gao, Z., Zhang, H. 21 Aug 2021, 1st IEEE International Power Electronics and Application Symposium
  • An Overview on Fault Diagnosis, Prognosis and Resilient Control for Wind Turbine Systems, Gao, Z., Liu, X. 5 Feb 2021, In: Processes
  • Anti-Saturation-Based Adaptive Sliding-Mode Control for Active Suspension Systems With Time-Varying Vertical Displacement and Speed Constraints, Chen, H., Liu, Y., Liu, L., Tong, S., Gao, Z. 21 Jan 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
  • Convergence of velocities for the short range communicated discrete-time Cucker–Smale model, Yin, X., Gao, Z., Yue, D., Fu, Y. 1 Jul 2021, In: Automatica
  • Data-Driven Fault Classification for Non-Inverting Buck–Boost DC–DC Power Converters Based on Expectation Maximisation Principal Component Analysis and Support Vector Machine Approaches, Fu, Y., Gao, Z., Wu, H., Yin, X., Zhang, A. 21 Aug 2021, 1st IEEE International Power Electronics and Application Symposium
  • Data-Driven Parameter Fault Classification for A DC–DC Buck Converter, Fu, Y., Gao, Z., Zhang, A. 24 Mar 2021, Proceedings of the 2021 6th International Symposium on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA, Piscataway, IEEE
  • Fault reconstruction and resilient control for discrete-time stochastic systems, Liu, X., Gao, Z., Chan, C. 11 Feb 2021, In: ISA transactions
  • Iterative learning fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control for stochastic repetitive systems with Brownian motion, Li, L., Yao, L., Wang, H., Gao, Z. 30 Mar 2021, In: ISA Transactions
  • Real-Time Parameter Identification for Forging Machine Using Reinforcement Learning, Zhang, D., Du, L., Gao, Z. 18 Oct 2021, In: Processes
  • Relative Threshold-Based Event-Triggered Control for Nonlinear Constrained Systems With Application to Aircraft Wing Rock Motion, Liu, L., Liu, Y., Tong, S., Gao, Z. 17 May 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

PGR Supervision

  • Xiaoxu Liu Fault estimation and fault tolerant control with application to wind turbine systems Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 26/03/2018
  • Sarah Odofin Robust Fault Diagnosis by GA Optimisation with Applications to Wind Turbine Systems and Induction Motors Start Date: 31/01/2013 End Date: 27/02/2017
  • Yichuan Fu Data-Driven Fault Classification for Wind Turbine Systems Start Date: 01/02/2016 End Date: 21/04/2021
  • Reihane Rahimilarki Fault Diagnosis for Wind Turbine Systems by Using Neural Network and Deep Learning Techniques Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 19/07/2021


  • Engineering PhD April 14 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Senior member Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 2009

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