Pan Zhao

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

Office: Room 264, Computing Applications Building
Address: 605 E Springfield Ave, Champaign, IL 61820
E-mail: Google scholar

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 was a visiting student in Autonomous Learning Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018, working with Prof. Philip Thomas. I have also been very fortunate to work with Prof. Shaoping Wang during my master's studies at Beihang University from 2008 to 2013. Before starting my Ph.D. study, I was a modeling & simulation engineer in Hirain Technologies.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the intersection of control, autonomy and machine learning. In particular, I am interested in developing control, planning and learning algorithms to ensure safe and efficient operation of robotic and autonomous systems in unknown and unpreditable environments. I am also interested in developing robotic and mechatronic systems for applications in different domains such as renewable energy, logistics, surveillance and planetory exploration.


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

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

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