Xuan Zhang

Assistant Professor

E-mail : xuanzhang at sz dot tsinghua dot edu dot cn

Tel & Fax : 86-0755-36881030

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Room 1513, Floor 15, Building C2, Nanshan Intelligent Park

Website: http://www.tbsi.edu.cn/index.php?s=/cms/407.html


Prof. Xuan Zhang received the B.Eng. degree in Automation from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in Control and Electrical Engineering from the University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., in 2015. From 2015 to 2018, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Since 2018, he has been with the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Shenzhen, China, where he is currently an Assistant Professor with the Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Laboratory. His current research interests include the control and optimization for cyber-physical systems (such as smart grids, smart buildings, and Energy Internet), control system structure (re)design, and learning-based control.


Research Interests

-- Cyber-physical systems: smart grids, smart/green buildings, Energy Internet, multi-agent systems, etc.

-- Modern control theory

-- Convex optimization

-- Learning, and learning-based control

Current research projects

-- Exploring the flexibility of distributed energy resources (renewable energy, distributed generation, controllable loads, etc.) and using AI-based techniques to aggregate them as virtual power plants to assist the operation of power grids and the general Energy Internet

-- Designing real-time distributed optimization and control frameworks for smart power networks, with blockchain based real-time autonomous market operating in parallel. The ultimate goal is to achieve real-time point-to-point energy trading for microgrids, distribution networks, etc., and extend those frameworks to the general Energy Internet

-- Using convex optimization/convex relaxation techniques to design controllers with certain structures for network systems, meanwhile, ensuring optimality, stability, robustness to disturbances and model uncertainties

-- Solar-battery related applications, energy storage system planning and operation


10/2011-09/2015: Ph.D. in Control Engineering, from Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

09/2014-12/2014: Visiting Graduate Student in School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

08/2007-07/2011: B.Eng. in Automatic Control, from Department of Automation, Tsinghua University

Professional Experience

03/2018-present: Assistant Professor in Lab 1c, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute

09/2015-01/2018: Post-Doctoral Fellow in School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

09/2015-08/2017: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Harvard University


Selected publications

[J1] Xuan Zhang* and Antonis Papachristodoulou, "A real-time control framework for smart power networks: Design methodology and stability". Automatica, vol. 58, pp. 43-50, 2015.

[J2] Xuan Zhang*, Ren Kang, Malcolm McCulloch and Antonis Papachristodoulou, "Real-time active and reactive power regulation in power systems with tap-changing transformers and controllable loads". Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks, vol. 5, pp. 27-38, 2016.

[J3] Xuan Zhang* and Antonis Papachristodoulou, "Improving the performance of network congestion control algorithms". IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 522-527, 2015.

[J4] Xuan Zhang*, Antonis Papachristodoulou and Na Li, "Distributed control for reaching optimal steady state in network systems: An optimization approach". IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 864-871, 2018.

[J5] Dario Bauso*, Xuan Zhang and Antonis Papachristodoulou, "Density flow in dynamical networks via mean-field games". IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 1342-1355, 2017.

[J6] Xuan Zhang*, Wenbo Shi, Bin Yan, Ali Malkawi and Na Li, "Decentralized and distributed temperature control via HVAC systems in energy efficient buildings". ArXiv:1702.03308 [cs.SY], 2017.

[J7] Yu Yang, Qing-shan Jia*, Xiaohong Guan, Xuan Zhang, Zhifeng Qiu and Geert Deconinck, "Decentralized EV-based charging optimization with building integrated wind energy". IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, DOI: 10.1109/TASE.2018.2856908, 2018.

[C1] Lirong Deng, Xuan Zhang, and Hongbin Sun*, "Real-time autonomous trading in the electricity-and-heat distribution market based on blockchain". In proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, 2019.


Selected Awards

08/2019: Best Conference Paper in the 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, IEEE Power & Energy Society

08/2018: Overseas High-Caliber Personnel Award, Shenzhen Municipality

10/2014: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division Outreach Award, University of Oxford

09/2011-08/2015: State Scholarship Fund, China Scholarship Council

06/2011: Excellent Graduation Thesis, Tsinghua University


Fall 2018-2019: Estimation and Control of Dynamical Systems

Fall 2018-2019: Energy-Environment and Data-Information 100-Level Course

Spring 2018-2019: System Miscellanies


I am always looking for Ph.D. and Master students with strong backgrounds in Math (control theory, optimization), Computer Science (machine learning), and Electrical Engineering (power system, smart grid, Energy Internet).