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Hongwei Zhang

Dr Hongwei Zhang BEng, MSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, FHEA

Principal Lecturer in Control Systems. Subject Group Leader – Power, Electrical and Control Engineering

Summary

I have a PhD in Control Engineering from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology.

I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 and am currently a Principal Lecturer in Control Systems, and the Subject Group Leader of the Power, Electrical and Control Engineering Subject Group in the Department of Engineering and Mathematics.

I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My main teaching areas are in industrial automation and control engineering.

I am also a keen researcher in the field of advanced control and condition monitoring of complex processes, industrial automation, multivariate statistical process control, model predictive control and artificial intelligence.

  • About

    I graduated with a First Class BEng degree in Automatic Control (1993), an MSc in Control Engineering (1996) and PhD in Aerospace Engineering (1999) all from Harbin Institute of Technology.

    While working as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester (2001-2003), I completed my second Ph.D. in the field of Advanced Process Control and Condition Monitoring in 2004 from the School of Engineering.

    Before joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2007, I worked as a Lecturer in Control Engineering at North East Wales Institute, University of Wales (now Glyndŵr University) (2003-2006).

    My role at Sheffield Hallam University involves working as the Subject Group Leader of Power, Electrical and Control Engineering, which consists of 16 permanent academic staff. My main responsibility is to provide academic and management leadership to the subject group. He is also responsible for encouraging innovation, research, and continuous quality enhancement in the group. 

    Before that, I worked as Subject Group Leader of the Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering Group (2014-2017) and Automation and Operations Engineering Group (2009-2014).

    I have been leading and delivering many MSc, MEng and BEng modules relevant to Automation and Control Engineering. I have supervised many BEng final year projects, MSc Project and Dissertations and have co-supervised 9 MPhil and PhD students to completion to date.

    Areas of Interest

    • Process Control
    • Condition Monitoring
    • Industrial Automation
    • Industry 4.0
    • Artificial Intelligence

    Areas of Interest:
    - Process Control;
    - Condition Monitoring;
    - Industrial Automation;
    - Artificial Intelligence.

  • Teaching

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Subject Area/Group: Power, Electrical and Control Engineering Subject Group

    • Control Systems and Their Applications (Level 6 MEng/BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
    • Process Dynamics and Control (Level 6, MEng/BEng Food Engineering)
    • Industrial Automation (Level 7, MSc Automation, Control and Robotics, MEng Mechanical Engineering and MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

    I also teach part of the following module:

    • Control of Linear Systems (Level 7, MSc Automation, Control and Robotics)

  • Research

    • Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
    • Materials and Engineering Research Institute

    National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering
    Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
    Materials and Engineering Research Institute

    My research has benefited from significant input from industry and has attracted funding and support from government and companies in the UK and China for many projects.

    Current Projects:

    SUSFOOD2 - A Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund on Sustainable Food Production and Consumption, 2018 – 2021, Co-Investigator. ‘Improving sustainability in food processing using Moderate Electric Fields (MEC) for process intensification and smart processing. Project ID: MEFPROC, €1.353M in total working with University College Dublin and 5 other European partners.
    • KTP project with World Feeds Ltd, 2016 – 2018, Academic Supervisor. 'Development of embedded bespoke manufacturing processes to produce high volumes of high value advanced food products', £133K.

    Recently Completed Projects:

    • Innovate UK project, 2015 – 2017, Co-I. ‘Effective milk processing with variable composition’, approx. £700K in total working with Nestle, Foss and First Milk.
    • Consultancy Project with SSG Insight in Leeds - Publication of a White Paper
    'Harnessing Brexit, Technology and Insight - British manufacturers maintaining a competitive edge in an age of uncertainty & opportunity' (Web Link: http://www.ssginsight.com/brexit-tech-insight). £3.5K

    Sponsors and Partners: 

    • Innovate UK
    • Nestlé UK & Ireland
    • FOSS
    • First Milk
    • World Feeds Ltd
    • Penso Power Limited
    • Limejump Limited
    • C-Tech Innovation
    • United Utilities
    • Festo Didactic
    • SSG Insight

    Sponsors and Partners:
    Innovate UK
    Nestlé UK & Ireland
    FOSS
    First Milk
    World Feeds Ltd
    • JWEPANDA Limited
    • Bilin Power Technology Limited
    • C-Tech Innovation
    • United Utilities
    • Festo Didactic

  • Publications

    Key Publications

    Zhang, H., & Lennox, B. (2003). Multi-way optimal control of a benchmark fed-batch fermentation process. Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, 25 (5), 403-417. http://doi.org/10.1191/0142331203tm0100oa

    Journal articles

    Saleh, I., Ali, R., & Zhang, H. (2018). Experimental testing and validation of the mathematical model for a self-humidifying PEM fuel cell. Journal of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, 6 (4), 202-218. http://doi.org/10.4236/msce.2018.64019

    Zhang, H., Klaveness, B., & Vagapov, Y. (2006). Least square support vector machine based soft-sensing for fed-batch yeast fermentation - A comparative study. World Journal of Engineering, 3 (4), 1-8

    Lennox, B., Zhang, H., Lovett, D., & Sandoz, D. (2004). An integrated approach to advanced process control and condition monitoring. Computing and Control Engineering Journal, 15 (1), 32-37

    Conference papers

    Kalashnikov, A., Zhang, H., Jennings, J., & Abramriuk, M.-.M. (2017). Remote laboratory: using Internet-of-Things (IoT) for E-learning. Springer: http://aist.sumdu.edu.ua/main/

    Butler, D., & Zhang, H. (2012). Intelligent software sensors and process prediction for glass container forming processes based on multivariate statistical process control techniques. IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/CONTROL.2012.6334643

    Lan, L.H., & Zhang, H. (2010). Frequency domain criteria for lp-robust stability of systems with fuzzy parameters. In 2010 International Symposium on Computer, Communication, Control and Automation, 3CA 2010, Tainan, 31 December 2010(pp. 318). http://doi.org/10.1109/3CA.2010.5533820

    Zhang, H., & Vagapov, Y. (2006). LS-SVM Based Software Sensor for Fed-batch Yeast Fermentation and Comparative Studies. IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/EIT.2006.252204

    Book chapters

    Belloc, C., Zhang, H., Vagapov, Y., & Moreno, P. (2006). A Step Voltage Response Method for Identification of Induction Motor Parameters at Stand Still. In 2006 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (pp. 109-112). IEEE: . http://doi.org/10.1109/EIT.2006.252171

  • Other activities

    I am currently acting as an external examiner for the MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering programmes at Glyndŵr University. Previously, I worked as external examiners at The University of South Wales and The University of Ulster.

    I have also externally examined several MPhil and PhD students at Glyndŵr University and the University of Manchester.

    I am working in the Editorial Board of International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation and have been serving as a referee for many international journals and publishers.

    I am the President of China-Britain Technology and Trade Association (CBTTA) which is a charity registered in England and Wales.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Current Projects:
    - Mr. Qingbo Meng (PhD student). Advanced Process Control and Condition Monitoring with Applications in the Food Industry.
    - A new PhD student is being recruited for the ‘Improving sustainability in food processing using Moderate Electric Fields (MEC) for process intensification and smart processing' project.

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