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Dr Zhao obtained a PhD in Intelligent Systems and Control from Queen's University Belfast in 2012. Prior to joining UEA, he held several academic and research positions in Manchester, Cardiff and Loughborough. His research focuses on the development of solid mathematics-based, low-complexity machine learning, optimisation and control algorithms, which has underpinned a wide spectrum of applications across water, energy, construction, manufacturing and process industries.
Currently, he is the PI of the following projects, involving collaborations with local authorities, commercial organisations and academic institutions:
- Spearheading a revolution in energy market design (REMeDY), Innovate UK, £231,762, 03/2020-03/2022
- Hybrid modelling and secure networked control for energy management of microgrid systems, Royal Society - International Exchanges, £11,980, 03/2021 – 03/2023
He was the academic supervisor of a KTP project on packaging automation and has previously worked on a portfolio of large-scale, cross-disciplinary projects including:
- EU INTERREG Project (piSCES): “Smart cluster energy system for the fish processing industry”
- UK NERC Project (REACH): “Resilience to earthquake-induced landslide risk in China”
- EU FP7 Project (WISDOM): “Water analytics and intelligent sensing for demand optimised management”
- UK EPSRC Project: “Towards more autonomy for unmanned vehicles: situational awareness and decision making under uncertainty”
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Wanqing’s current research interests are the algorithm and methodology development for machine learning, optimisation and control systems, as well as their applications in diverse sectors by integrating with IoT, cloud computing and, app and web development. Examples of applications include smart grid, industry 4.0, digital twin, smart city and autonomous vehicles. He is currently working on an Innovate UK project to deliver smart local energy solutions for the transition to net zero. His work has appeared in many prestigious journals such as IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems and Proceedings of the Royal Society A.
Wanqing would welcome self-motivated students to pursue a PhD in above topics with their own sources of funding. Please get in touch and send me your research proposal, CV and transcripts if you are interested in applying. Alternatively, feel free to email me to discuss other sources of funding.
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- 3 Active
Inflammatory drivers of long-term comorbidity trajectories: an AI investigation of multimorbidity (INFLAIM)
4/01/21 → 8/10/21
1/07/20 → 31/05/22
A Review on Communication Aspects of Demand Response Management for Future 5G IoT- Based Smart GridsAhmadzadeh, S., Parr, G. & Zhao, W., 21 May 2021, In : IEEE Access. 9, p. 77555-77571 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile13 Downloads (Pure)
Automated model construction for combined sewer overflow prediction based on efficient LASSO algorithmZhao, W., Beach, T. H. & Rezgui, Y., 1 Jun 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. 49, 6, p. 1254-1269 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
Urban-scale framework for assessing the resilience of buildings informed by a delphi expert consultationCerè, G., Rezgui, Y. & Zhao, W., 1 May 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 36, 101079.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile11 Citations (Scopus)5 Downloads (Pure)
Zhao, W. & Rezgui, Y., 25 Aug 2018, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. p. 478-485 8 p. (Collaborative Networks of Cognitive Systems; vol. 534).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter1 Citation (Scopus)
A systematic mixed-integer differential evolution approach for water network operational optimizationZhao, W., Beach, T. H. & Rezgui, Y., 30 Sep 2018, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 474, 2217, 20170879.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)