Pan Zhao

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Pan Zhao
Postdoctoral Reseacher
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About me

I am a postdoc in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Prof. Naira Hovakimyan. From 2013 to 2018, I was a PhD student in the Control Engineering Lab at the University of British Columbia, where I was supervised by Prof. Ryozo Nagamune and Prof. Mu Chiao. I have also been very fortunate to work with Prof. Shaoping Wang during my master's studies at Beihang University from 2008 to 2013. In 2018, I had a short yet pleasant experience of working with Prof. Philip S. Thomas as a visiting student. Before starting my Ph.D. study, I was a modeling & simulation engineer in Hirain Technologies.

Research Interests

My research interests include control, autonomy and sustainability. In particular, I am interested in developing robust/adaptive and learning-enabled control algorithms to ensure safe and efficient operation of autonomous systems in uncertain environments. I am also interested in applying control and machine learning techniques for sustainable agriculture and mitigation of climate change.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, September 2018

  • M.S., Mechatronics Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China, January 2012

  • B.S., Automation, Beihang University, Beijing, China, July 2009