Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Dezong Zhao BEng, MSc, PhD, SMIEEE

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  • EPSRC Innovation Fellow, 2018 - present
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University, 2017 - present
  • Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2011 – 2017
  • Research Fellow, Tsinghua University, 2010 – 2011


  • IEEE Senior Member
  • 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)
  • Dynamic Analysis Modelling and Optimisation of GDI Engines (DYNAMO)
  • Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicles (VCHV)
  • Digital Engineering Performance Networks

Research interests

  • 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

Selected Journal Papers:

Selected Conference Papers:

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