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Dr Yao Zhang

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Yao Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Control Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Before joining Northumbria University in 2020, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Queen Mary University of London from 2018 to 2020. 

Her research interests include robust model predictive control, sliding mode control and observation, learning-based control, and control applications to deep space exploration, wave energy, and marine engineering. She has published more than 20 journal papers, including IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and 10 conference papers, including IFAC 2020, ACC 2019. She is an Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution.

She is a member of IEEE and the local event coordinator in IEEE Control Systems Committee (the United Kingdom and Republic Ireland Chapter) and an IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) Ambassador. 

Fully-funded Ph.D. studentship is available now: (Deadline: Jan, 2021)

Candidates for self-funded Ph.D. and CSC scholarship for full time or visiting Ph.D. are also welcomed.


Yao Zhang

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  • Non-causal Linear Optimal Control with Adaptive Sliding Mode Observer for Multi-Body Wave Energy Converters, Zhang, Y., Stansby, P., Li, G. 1 Jan 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
  • Non-causal Linear Optimal Control of Wave Energy Converters with Enhanced Robustness by Sliding Mode Control, Zhang, Y., Li, G. Oct 2020, In: IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
  • Mars powered descent phase guidance design based on fixed-time stabilization technique, Zhang, Y., Vepa, R., Li, G., Zeng, T. Aug 2019, In: IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • Robust excitation force estimation and prediction for wave energy converter m4 based on adaptive sliding-mode observer, Zhang, Y., Zeng, T., Li, G. 17 Sep 2019, In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  • Model Predictive Control of Wave Energy Converters with Prediction Error Tolerance, Zhang, Y., Zhan, S., Li, G. 2020
  • Collision avoidance ZEM/ZEV optimal feedback guidance for powered descent phase of landing on Mars, Zhang, Y., Guo, Y., Ma, G., Zeng, T. 9 Jan 2017, In: Advances in Space Research
  • An integrated optimal design for guaranteed cost control of motor driving system with uncertainty, Zeng, T., Ren, X., Zhang, Y., Li, G., Na, J. 26 Aug 2019, In: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
  • Fixed-time pinpoint mars landing using two sliding-surface autonomous guidance, Zhang, Y., Guo, Y., Ma, G., Wie, B. 1 Jun 2019, In: Acta Astronautica
  • Fixed-Time Sliding Mode Control and High-Gain Nonlinearity Compensation for Dual-Motor Driving System, Zeng, T., Ren, X., Zhang, Y. Jun 2020, In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  • A multi power reaching law of sliding mode control design and analysis, Zhang, Y., Ma, G., Guo, Y., Zeng, T. Mar 2016, In: Zidonghua Xuebao/Acta Automatica Sinica

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