Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Staff

Dr Dezong Zhao BEng, MSc, PhD, SMIEEE, FHEA

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EPSRC Innovation Fellow and Lecturer in Intelligent Systems

Background

  • Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellow, 2020 – present
  • EPSRC Innovation Fellow, 2018 - present
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University, 2017 - present
  • Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2011 – 2017
  • Research Fellow, Tsinghua University, 2010 – 2011

Qualifications

  • IEEE Senior Member
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • SAE Member
  • PhD in Control Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing China, 2006 - 2010
  • MSc in Control Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, China, 2003 - 2006
  • BEng in Control Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, China, 1999 - 2003

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Best Poster Prize of the Future Powertrain Conference 2018, 2019
  • Winner of Excellence 100 Campaign, 2017
  • Most Citation Award of International Journal of Automation and Computing, 2016
  • Santander Mobility Award, 2016
  • IEEE Control Systems Society Young Researcher Award, 2015
  • Second Class Prize in Science and Technology Progress of Shandong Province, China, 2009
  • Third Class Prize of the China Postgraduates Mathematical Contest in Modelling, 2008
  • Best Paper Award in the PhD Academic Forum of Tsinghua University, 2008
  • First Class Prize in the Social Practice of PhD Students of Tsinghua University (No. 1 of 10 in 882 PhD students), 2008
  • Outstanding Master Dissertation Prize of Shandong University, 2006
  • Outstanding Postgraduate Scholarship of Shandong University (No. 1 of 2 in 96 graduates), 2005

Current Research Subject

  • Towards Energy Efficient Autonomous Vehicles via Cloud-Aided Learning (PI, EP/S001956/1)
  • Cooperative Vehicular Communication and Robust Control for Mixed Vehicle Platoons (PI, NAF\R1\201213)
  • Eco-Safe Driving for Automated Vehicles based on Driving Environment Prediction (PI, KF2009)
  • Dynamic Analysis Modelling and Optimisation of GDI Engines (DYNAMO)
  • Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicles (VCHV)
  • Digital Engineering Performance Networks

Research interests

  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Low Carbon Engines and Vehicles
  • Machine Learning and Dynamic Optimisation
  • Nonlinear Control Theory and Applications

Involvement with the following research areas:

Research Capabilities:

  • Control
  • Propulsion & Energy Systems

Research Centres and Groups

  • Intelligent Mobility & Autonomous Systems
  • Hybrid Vehicles & Advanced Propulsion
  • Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre (I&RC)

Current teaching/Admin responsibilities:

  • TTD106 Autonomous Vehicles
  • TTP409 Autonomous Vehicle Systems
  • TTB202 Control Engineering
  • Supervision of Final Year Projects
  • Tutor of Placement Students

Selected Journal Papers:

Selected Conference Papers:

  • Jianglin Lan, Dezong Zhao and Daxin Tian, (2020) "Robust Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control of Vehicles on Banked and Curved Roads with Sensor Bias", American Control Conference, accepted.
  • Jianglin Lan, Dezong Zhao and Daxin Tian, (2020) "Low-Latency Robust MPC for CACC under Variable Road Geometry", IFAC World Congress, accepted.
  • Xiaoyan Hu, Yu Gong, Dezong Zhao and Wen Gu, (2020) "Local Linear Model Tree with Optimized Structure", IFAC World Congress, accepted.
  • Dezong Zhao, Richard Stobart and Byron Mason, (2019) "Optimising the Energy Efficiency and Transient Response of Diesel Engines through the Electric Turbocharger", American Control Conference, 298-303.
  • Dezong Zhao, Wen Gu and Byron Mason, (2019) "Real time energy management of electrically turbocharged engines based on model learning", SAE Technical Paper, 2019-01-1056.
  • Wen Gu, Dezong Zhao and Byron Mason, (2019) "Real-time Modelling and Parallel Optimisation of Gasoline Direct Injection Engines", American Control Conference, 5544-5559.
  • Wen Gu, Dezong Zhao and Byron Mason, (2019) "A Review of Intelligent Road Preview Methods for Energy Management of Hybrid Vehicles", IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(5): 654-660.
  • Dezong Zhao, Edward Winward, Zhijia Yang, Richard Stobart and Thomas Steffen, (2016) “Robust control of Electrified Turbocharged Diesel Engines”, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 734-739.
  • Dezong Zhao, Edward Winward, Zhijia Yang, Richard Stobart and Thomas Steffen, (2016) “Decoupling control of Electrified Turbocharged Diesel Engines”, American Control Conference, 4207-4212.
  • Dezong Zhao, Edward Winward, Zhijia Yang and Richard Stobart, (2016) “Control-Oriented Dynamics Analysis for Electrified Turbocharged Diesel Engines”, SAE Technical paper, 2016-01-0617.
  • Dezong Zhao, Edward Winward, Zhijia Yang, Richard Stobart and Thomas Steffen, (2016) “Real-Time Optimal Energy Management of Electrified Engines”, IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control, 251-258.
  • Dezong Zhao and Richard Stobart, (2016) “Systematic Control on Energy Recovery of Electrified Turbocharged Diesel Engines”, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 1527-1532.
  • Dezong Zhao, Cunjia Liu, Richard Stobart, Jiamei Deng and Edward Winward, (2013) "Explicit Model Predictive Control on the Air Path of Turbocharged Diesel Engines”, American Control Conference, 2350-2355.
  • Dezong Zhao, Chunwen Li and Richard Stobart, (2013) “Hierarchical Modelling and Speed Control of Networked Induction Motor Systems”, American Control Conference, 5220-5225.

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  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Member of the UKRI Future Leader Fellowship Peer Review College
  • International Program Committee member of IEEE Conference on Information and Automation, IEEE Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, IEEE Conference on Information Science and Technology, and IEEE Conference on Information and Automation
  • Active reviewers for multiple journals and conferences including: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Asian Journal of Control, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, American Control Conference, ACTA AUTOMATICA SINICA, Journal of Control Theory and Applications, and IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control