Xuan Zhang

Assistant Professor
Email : xuanzhang@sz.tsinghua.edu.cn
Phone : 86-0755-26406485
Office Loction : Room 906, Floor 9, Information Building, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School
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    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, UK, 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. He is Senior Member of the IEEE.


    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


    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

    Senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    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

    Related research projects

    A direct recycling framework for electrode materials based on fast estimation of state of health of Lithium-ion batteries, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School Interdisciplinary Innovative Fund, Co-leading-PI.

    Research and application of automatic frequency control technology for power grid with high proportion of renewable energy, Science and Technology Project of State Grid Corporation of China, Co-PI.

    Resilient artificial intelligence system for city emergency prevention and control, Shenzhen Science and Technology Program, Co-PI.

    Data-driven energy consumption analysis and city development study of Zhuhai, Innovative program, Zhuhai Power Supply Bureau, China Southern Power Grid, Co-leading-PI, completed.

    Aggregation of distribution system-level devices for smart virtual power plants, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute Research Start-Up Funding, PI, completed.

    Emergent technology for fast screening of power Lithium-ion batteries, Innovative program, Shanghai Shun Feng Machinery Co., Ltd., Co-leading-PI, completed.

  • 荣誉和奖项HONORS & AWARDS

    Selected Awards

    Jul. 2021, Best Conference Paper in the 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, IEEE Power & Energy Society

    Jun. 2021, Excellent Secretary Award of Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University

    Sep. 2019, 3rd Prize of the 11th Shenzhen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Shenzhen Baoan Municipality

    Aug. 2019, Best Conference Paper in the 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, IEEE Power & Energy Society

    Apr. 2019, Excellent Prize of the 4th Tsinghua Alumni Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, Tsinghua Alumni Association

    Aug. 2018, Overseas High-Caliber Personnel Award, Shenzhen Municipality

    Oct. 2014, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division Outreach Award, University of Oxford

    Sep. 2011 - Aug. 2015, State Scholarship Fund, China Scholarship Council

    Jun. 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

  • 硕士生&博士生指导MASTER'S & PHD ADVISING


    [J1] X. Zhang* and A. Papachristodoulou, Improving the performance of network congestion control algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 522-527, 2015.

    [J2] X. Zhang* and A. Papachristodoulou, A real-time control framework for smart power networks: Design methodology and stability. Automatica, vol. 58, pp. 43-50, 2015.

    [J3] X. Zhang*, R. Kang, M. McCulloch and A. 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.

    [J4] D. Bauso*, X. Zhang and A. Papachristodoulou, Density flow in dynamical networks via mean-field games. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 1342-1355, 2017.

    [J5] X. Zhang*, W. Shi, B. Yan, A. Malkawi and N. Li, Decentralized and distributed temperature control via HVAC systems in energy efficient buildings. ArXiv:1702.03308 [cs.SY], pp. 1-10, 2017.

    [J6] X. Zhang*, A. Papachristodoulou and N. 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.

    [J7] Y. Yang, Q. Jia*, X. Guan, X. Zhang, Z. Qiu and G. 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.

    [J8] W. Xu, X. Zhang, C. Nan, G. 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 23.101).

    [J9] F. He, W. Xu, M. Zhang, X. Zhang, B. Ding, G. Wei* and F. Kang, Highly crystalline CsPbI2Br films for efficient perovskite solar cells via compositional engineering. RSC Advances, vol. 9, no. 52, pp. 30534-30540, 2019.

    [J10] J. Li, X. Zhang, G. 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, 2020.

    [J11] A. Ran, S. Chen, Z. Zhou, X. Zhang*, G. 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).

    [J12] A. Ran, Z. Zhou, S. Chen, X. Zhang*, G. Wei* et al., Data-driven fast clustering of second-life Lithium-ion battery: Mechanism and algorithm. Advanced Theory and Simulations, vol. 3, no. 8, 2000109, pp. 1-9. 2020.

    [J13] Z. Zhou, A. Ran, S. Chen, X. Zhang*, G. Wei*, B. Li, F. Kang, X. Zhou and H. 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.

    [J14] Z. Li, S. Zhang, K. Qian*, X. Zhang, G. Wei* et al., Efficient construction of a C60 interlayer for mechanically robust, dendrite-free, and ultrastable solid-state batteries. Cell Press iScience, vol. 23, no. 10, 101636, pp. 1-12, 2020.

    [J15] P. Liu, Y. Liu, S. Zhang, X. Zhang, G. Wei* et al., Lead-free Cs3Sb2Br9 single crystals for high performance narrowband photodetector. Advanced Optical Materials, vol. 8, no. 21, 2001072, pp. 1-9, 2020.

    [J16] Z. Zhou, X. Zhang, Q. Guo* and H. Sun, Decomposition approach for the interdependency analysis of integrated power and transportation systems. IET Smart Grid, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 825-834, 2020.

    [J17] Z. Zhou, X. Zhang*, Q. Guo* and H. Sun, Integrated pricing framework for optimal power and semi-dynamic traffic flow problem. IET Renewable Power Generation, vol. 14, no. 18, pp. 3636-3643, 2020.

    [J18] Z. Zhou, X. Zhang*, Q. Guo* and H. Sun, Analyzing power and dynamic traffic flows in coupled power and transportation networks. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 135, 110083, pp. 1-12, 2021 (IF 14.982).

    [J19] P. Nie, S. Zhang, A. Ran, X. Zhang, F. Kang*, G. Wei* et al., Full-cycle electrochemicalthermal coupling analysis for commercial Lithium-ion batteries. Applied Thermal Engineering, vol. 184, 116258, pp. 1-10, 2021.

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

    [J21] Z. Zhou, S. Moura, H. Zhang, X. Zhang, Q. Guo* and H. Sun, Power-traffic network equilibrium incorporating behavioral theory: A potential game perspective. Applied Energy, vol. 289, 116703, pp. 1-10, 2021.

    [J22] L. Deng, H. Sun, B. Li, Y. Sun, T. Yang and X. Zhang*, Optimal operation of integrated heat and electricity systems: A tightening McCormick approach. Engineering, vol. 7, no. 8, pp. 1076-1086, 2021 (as the cover paper).

    [J23] Y. Gao, W. Xu*, F. He, T. Fan, W. Cai, X. Zhang and G. Wei*, Boosting performance of CsPbI3 perovskite solar cells via the synergy of hydroiodic acid and deionized water. Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research, 2100149, pp. 1-8, 2021.

    [J24] Y. Gao, W. Xu, S. Zhang, T. Fan, M. Zhang, A. Ran, X. Zhang, F. Kang and G. Wei*, Double cascading charge transfer at integrated perovskite/organic bulk heterojunctions for extended near-infrared photoresponse and enhanced photocurrent. Small, 2106083, pp. 1-10, 2022 (IF 13.281).

    [J25] H. Shu, X. Zhang*, N. Li and A. Papachristodoulou, Control reconfiguration of dynamical systems for improved performance via reverse- and forward-engineering. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 1490-1497, 2022.

    [J26] A. Ran, S. Chen, M. Cheng, Z. Liang, B. Li, G. Zhou*, F. Kang, X. Zhang* and G. Wei*, Single-crystal nickel-rich material as a highly stable cathode for Lithium-ion batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2022, in press (IF 12.732).

    [J27] A. Ran, M. Cheng, S. Chen, Z. Liang, Z. Zhou, G. Zhou*, F. Kang, X. Zhang*, B. Li and G. Wei*, Fast remaining capacity estimation for Lithium-ion batteries based on short-time pulse test and Gaussian process regression. Energy & Environmental Materials, 2022, in press (IF 15.122).

    [J28] X. Wang, L. Liang, X. Zhang* and H. Sun, Distributed real-time temperature and energy control of energy efficient buildings via geothermal heat pumps. CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, 2022, in press.

    [J29] X. Wang and X. Zhang*, HVAC system dynamic management in communities via an aggregation-disaggregation framework. International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, 2022, in press.

    [C1] L. Deng, X. Zhang and H. Sun*, Real-time autonomous trading in the electricity-and-heat distribution market based on blockchain. In Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, pp. 1-5, 2019 (Best Conference Paper).

    [C2] M. Cheng, X. Zhang*, P. Nie, A. Ran, Z. Li, G.Wei and H. Sun, Aggregation and disaggregation of second-life batteries to match new battery performance. In Proceedings of 2021 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, pp. 1-5, 2021 (Best Conference Paper).

    [C3] Z. Zhou, A. Ran, S. Chen, G. Wei, H. Sun, X. Zhang* and Y. Li*, Few-shot cross domain battery capacity estimation. In Proceedings of ACM Ubicomp’21: Combining Physical and Data- Driven Knowledge in Ubiquitous Computing, pp. 703-711, 2021 (CCF A conference).


    [P1] G. Wei, X. Zhang, A. Ran, Z. Zhou, S. Chen, K. Qian, B. Li and F. Kang, Battery classification method, device, equipment and storage medium. China Patent, no. 201910044364.2, 2021.

    1.IEEE Power and Energy Society, Task force on state estimation for integrated energy systems, co-chair。2.IEEE Senior Member。3.CSEE JPES editor。4.IET Generation, Transmission, & Distribution editor。5.IEEE OAJPE editor。6.Chinese society of automation, Energy Internet Committee, member
  • 毕业生ALUMNI
    Lirong Deng (Ph.D., 09/2021, Co-advised with Prof. Hongbin Sun, Next stop, Assistant Professor in Shanghai University of Electric Power)
    ;Yiqian Wu (Master, 06/2021, Next stop, Ph.D. in Columbia University)
    ;Zihao Zhou (Master with dual degrees from both Tsinghua and UC Berkeley, 06/2021, Next stop, Ph.D. in University of Oxford)
    ;Lei Liang (Master with dual degrees from both Tsinghua and UC Berkeley, 06/2021, Next stop, Agricultural Bank of China)
    ;Runye Shi (Master, 06/2021, Next stop, Meituan)
    ;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)
  • 招生及博士后招聘OPENING

    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).