Xuan Zhang

Assistant Professor

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

Tel & Fax : 86-0755-26406485

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Room 906, Floor 9, Information Building, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School

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 and Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, 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, ladder utilization of second-life batteries


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, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School

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

[J22] Han Shu, Xuan Zhang*, Na Li and Antonis Papachristodoulou, "Control reconfiguration of dynamical systems for improved performance via reverse- and forward-engineering". IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2022. [pdf]

[J21] Zhe Zhou, Scott Moura, Hongcai Zhang, Xuan Zhang, Qinglai Guo* and Hongbin Sun, "Power-traffic network equilibrium incorporating behavioral theory: A potential game perspective". Applied Energy, vol. 289, 116703, pp. 1-10, 2021. [pdf]

[J20] Yiqian Wu, Xuan Zhang* and Hongbin Sun, "A multi-time-scale autonomous energy trading framework within distribution networks based on blockchain". Applied Energy, vol. 287, 116560, pp. 1-14, 2021. [pdf]

[J19] Zhe Zhou, Xuan Zhang*, Qinglai Guo* and Hongbin Sun, "Integrated pricing framework for optimal power and semi-dynamic traffic flow problem". IET Renewable Power Generation, 2020. [pdf]

[J18] Zhe Zhou, Xuan Zhang, Qinglai Guo* and Hongbin Sun, "Decomposition approach for the interdependency analysis of integrated power and transportation systems". IET Smart Grid, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 825-834, 2020. [pdf]

[J17] Pengbo Nie, Siwei Zhang, Aihua Ran, Xuan Zhang, Feiyu Kang*, Guodan Wei* et al., "Full-cycle electrochemical-thermal coupling analysis for commercial lithium-ion batteries". Applied Thermal Engineering, 116258, 2020. [pdf]

[J16] Zhenlong Li, Siwei Zhang, Kun Qian*, Xuan Zhang, Guodan Wei* et al., "Efficient construction of a C60 interlayer for mechanically robust, dendrite-free, and ultrastable solid-state batteries". Cell Press iScience, 101636, 2020. [pdf]

[J15] Zhe Zhou, Xuan Zhang*, Qinglai Guo* and Hongbin Sun, "Analyzing power and dynamic traffic flows in coupled power and transportation networks". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 135, 110083, pp. 1-12, 2020 (IF 12.11). [pdf]

[J14] Zihao Zhou, Aihua Ran, Shuxiao Chen, Xuan Zhang*, Guodan Wei*, Baohua Li, Feiyu Kang, Xiang Zhou and Hongbin Sun, "A fast screening framework for second-life batteries based on an improved bisecting K-means algorithm combined with fast pulse test". Journal of Energy Storage, vol. 31, 101739, pp. 1-8, 2020. [pdf]

[J13] Aihua Ran, Zihao Zhou, Shuxiao Chen, Xuan Zhang*, Guodan Wei* et al., "Data-driven fast clustering of second-life lithium-ion battery: Mechanism and algorithm". Advanced Theory and Simulations, 2000109, pp. 1-9, 2020. [pdf]

[J12] Aihua Ran, Shuxiao Chen, Zihao Zhou, Xuan Zhang*, Guodan Wei* et al., "A gradient screening approach for retired lithium-ion batteries based on X-ray computed tomography images". RSC Advances, vol. 10, no. 32, pp. 19117-19123, 2020 (2020 HOT RSC Advances article). [pdf]

[J11] Ping Liu, Yuan Liu, Siwei Zhang, Xuan Zhang, Guodan Wei* et al., "Lead-free Cs3Sb2Br9 single crystals for high performance narrowband photodetector". Advanced Optical Materials, 2001072, pp. 1-9, 2020. [pdf]

[J10] Jingzhou Li, Xuan Zhang, Guodan Wei* et al., "Ultrasensitive organic-modulated CsPbBr3 quantum dot photodetectors via fast interfacial charge transfer". Advanced Materials Interfaces, vol. 7, no. 2, 1901741, pp. 1-9, 2019. [pdf]

[J9] Fang He, Wenzhan Xu, Meng Zhang, Xuan Zhang, Baofu Ding, Guodan Wei* and Feiyu Kang, "Highly crystalline CsPbI2Br films for efficient perovskite solar cells via compositional engineering". RSC Advances, vol. 9, no. 52, pp. 30534-30540, 2019. [pdf]

[J8] Wenzhan Xu, Xuan Zhang, Cewen Nan, Guodan Wei* et al., "Minimizing voltage loss in efficient all-inorganic CsPbI2Br perovskite solar cells through energy level alignment". ACS Energy Letters, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 2491-2499, 2019 (IF 19.003). [pdf]

[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, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 1002-1017, 2019. [pdf]

[J6] 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. [pdf]

[J5] 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. [pdf]

[J4] 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. [pdf]

[J3] 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. [pdf]

[J2] 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. [pdf]

[J1] 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. [pdf]

[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 (Best Conference Paper). [pdf]


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 semester: Estimation and Control of Dynamical Systems

Fall semester: Energy-Environment and Data-Information 100-Level Course

Spring semester: System Miscellanies


Zhe Zhou (Ph.D., 07/2020, Co-advised with Prof. Hongbin Sun and Prof. Qinglai Guo, Next stop, Tencent)

Han Shu (Master, 06/2020, Next stop, Ph.D. in Cornell University)


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).