Brief Bio

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ohio State University. I also hold a joint appointment with the Electricity Infrastructure Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

I received a B.E. degree in Automatic Control from the University of Science the Technology of China (USTC) in 2003, a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2005, and a dual Master degree in Statistics and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering both from Purdue University in 2009. Between January 2010 and August 2011, I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of EECS at the University of California, Berkeley.

My research draws on the diverse methods from control theory, game theory, and economics to aid in the analysis and design of complex cyber-physical systems. One recent focus is on game and market mechanism design problems originated from emerging power system applications. Another focus lies in distributed control and optimization for interconnected dynamic systems with applications in microgrids and intelligent transportations. On top of these, I have a strong interest in hybrid dynamic systems, which involve continuous dynamics coupled with discrete logic rules and are one of the most widely adopted modeling frameworks for cyber-physical systems.

I am a recipient of the 2015 Lumley Research Award at OSU and the NSF CAREER Award. I served as an Associate Editor of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society between 2013 and 2016. I am currently a Senior Member of IEEE and an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

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What's New

  • September 20, 2017: I gave an invited talk for the the Decision and Control Lecture Series, Coordinated Science Laboratory, UIUC
  • May, 2017: Attended the Midwest Robotics Workshop organized by the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and gave a talk "Differential Game Approach for Planning under Adversarial Uncertainties"
  • May, 2017: Attended the workshop: Control of Complex Systems: An Integrated Perspective on Modern Power Grid Control, and gave a talk "DER Coordination at Large Scales: from Mean-Field Games to Social Welfare Optimization"
  • April, 2017: New manuscript on mean-field games: "Connections between Mean-Field Game and Social Welfare Optimization " (arXiv Link)
  • April, 2017: Elevated to Senior Member of IEEE
  • April 7, 2017: Our paper "Robust Stability Analysis of DC Microgrids with Constant Power Loads" has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
  • February 21, 2017: Our paper "On Weak Topology for Optimal Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems" has been accepted by Automatica (arXiv Link)
  • February 18, 2017: Our paper "A Geometric Approach to Aggregate Flexibility Modeling of Thermostatically Controlled Loads" has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (PDF)
  • August 19, 2016: Our paper "A Piecewise Smooth Control-Lyapunov Function Framework for Switching Stabilization" will appear in Automatica
  • July 25, 2016: Four papers has been accepted by CDC 2016.
  • March 10, 2016: I received the NSF CAREER Award: "CAREER: Hierarchical Population Control for Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems" (Link)
  • January 4, 2016 : Our paper "On Switching Stabilizability for Continuous-Time Switched Linear Systems" has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Extended version can be found here.
  • December 24, 2015: Our paper "Energy Management Problems Under Uncertainties for Grid-Connected Microgrids: a Chance Constrained Programming Approach" has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
  • November 4, 2015: Our paper "Distributed Control of Inverter-Based Lossy Microgrids for Power Sharing and Frequency Regulation Under Voltage Constraints" has been accepted by Automatica as a regular paper.
  • September, 2015: Appointed as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
  • July 28, 2015: Co-Chairing a Panel session for the PES General Meeting 2015: "Market-based Approaches for Demand Response". My talk: "Overview of Market-based Approaches for Demand Response" can be found here.
  • May 1, 2015: Our work on mechanism design for thermostatically controlled loads will appear in the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems as a two-part paper: "Market-Based Coordination of Thermostatically Controlled Loads—Part I: A Mechanism Design Formulation" and "Market-Based Coordination of Thermostatically Controlled Loads—Part II: Unknown Parameters and Case Studies".
  • April 24, 2015: Received the Lumley Research Award of the College of Engineering
  • January 26, 2015: Recent manuscript: Distributed Control of Inverter-Based Lossy Microgrids for Power Sharing and Frequency Regulation Under Voltage Constraints (Link)
  • December 2014: Check out our recent manuscripts on optimal control of switched sytsems (Link) and on nonlinear switching stabilization problems (Link)
  • October 2, 2014: Our paper "Automation-Assisted Capture-the-Flag: A Differential Game Approach" has been accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology
  • July 15, 2014: Become jointly affilated with the Electricity Infrastructure Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • June 17, 2014: Attended the annual review for the Control of Complex Systems Initiative (CCSI) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • February 6, 2014: The 3rd Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory (WCGT 2014) will be held here at OSU. (Flyer)
  • January 23, 2014: Visited the General Motors Global Research & Development, Warren, MI
  • January 2, 2014: new graduate course ECE7850 Hybrid Systems: Theory and Applications
  • December 16-17, 2013: Attended the 2013 National Workshop on Energy CPS
  • December 3, 2013: Talk: "Dynamic Characterization of PEV Fleet Capacity & Microgrid@CAR", SMART@CAR annual meeting, Center for Automotive Research, OSU
  • July 20, 2013: Appointed as Associate Editor of the Conference Editorial Board, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • April 10, 2013: Awarded Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship to work at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Dec. 6, 2012: Talk: "Vehicle to Grid Half as Virtual Storage", SMART@CAR annual meeting, Center for Automotive Research, OSU
  • Oct 12, 2012: Talk: "Aggregation of Hybrid Systems for Demand Response Modeling, Analysis and Control", Energy System Group, Battelle, Columbus, OH
  • Oct 8, 2012: Site visit to the AEP's Dolan Technology Center
  • Oct 2, 2012: Talk: "Differential Game Approach to Planning in Adversarial Scenarios", Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH
  • Sept 12, 2012: Talk: "Automatic Control in Electrical Engineering", IEEE Lecture Series, IEEE student chapter at OSU
  • June 15, 2012: Talk: "Aggregation of Hybrid Dynamical Systems for Demand Response Modeling and Control", Workshop on Smart Grid Controls, Optimization, and Economics, Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • April 17, 2012: Talk: "Control and Optimization of Hybrid Dynamical Systems", Center for Automotive Research, OSU
  • Jan 31, 2012: Talk: "Aggregate Modeling for Demand Response", Webinar, Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Dec 12, 2011: Talk:"Aggregate modeling for demand response", Smart Grid Workshop, Center for Energy, Sustainability, and Environment (CESE), OSU
  • Nov 10, 2011 : Talk: "Control of Complex Dynamical Systems", Dept of EECS, CWRU


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Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Ohio State University

Contact

Office: 404 Dreese Labs, 2015 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH, 43210

Phone: 1-614-292-0117

Email: zhang.491@osu.edu

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