Xu graduated from Xidian University, Xi’an, China after completing a BEng course in Automation in 2005. She studied an MSc in Control Systems Engineering (with Distinction) and subsequently a PhD covering the areas of nonlinear dynamical systems, cellular automata, optimal control and sliding mode control engineering at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, the University of Sheffield.
Xu carried out research as a postdoctoral research associate on cellular automata for micro-structural modelling at the University of Sheffield between 2009 and 2011. She worked as an associate lecturer and then an academic tutor in Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield International College between 2012 and 2015.
Xu became a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in May, 2015. She has been a Senior Lecturer in Control Systems Engineering and the course leader for MSc Automation, Control and Robotics, since September 2016.
Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Science, Technology and Arts
Xu is the Course Leader for MSc Automation, Control and Robotics. She also teaches on a number of related BEng courses.
Power, Electrical and Control Engineering
- Control of Linear Systems, Level 7
- Automation and Robotics, Level 6
- Control Systems Engineering, Level 6
- Maths and Control, Level 5
- Control and Instrumentation, Level 5
- Introduction to Programming, Level 4
- Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
- Materials and Engineering Research Institute
Xu actively researches in the areas of multi-component lattice Boltzmann (LB) fluid dynamics simulation methods and their applications, in particular, in modelling blood flow. As a control engineer, Xu is also interested in nonlinear control techniques and related control engineering applications. Her current research interest further extends to theoretical studies of cellular automata as nonlinear dynamical systems and the wide range of dynamical behaviours existed in cellular systems.
Xu is currently the early career researcher (ECR) representative for Faculty of STA on the University Researcher Concordat Operations Group and is a member of the Engineering Unit of Assessment Mini-REF reading panel.
Current PhD students
September 2018 - present: Biomedical Applications of Multi-Component Lattice Boltzmann Fluid Dynamics Simulation - J. Spendlove
Dr Xu is working in collaboration with SHU co-supervisors Dr Ian Halliday and Dr Torsten Schenkel, advisor Dr Tim Spencer and external supervisors/advisors Prof. Paul Evans, Prof. Julian Gunn at the University of Sheffield (UoS) and Dr Michael Seaton at STFC Daresbury Laboratory.
May 2018 - present: Nonlinear Control Techniques and Robotic Applications - S. Kokkrathoke
Working together with Emeritus professor Prof. Stephen Banks from UoS, Dr Halliday, Dr Alex Shenfield, Dr Hongwei Zhang and Andy Rawsthorne at SHU, Dr Xu leads the supervision team for Surapong’s PhD project in analysing and applying global control methods, such as nonlinear freezing and iteration control techniques.
September 2016 - present: Robotic Applications of Artificial Swarm Intelligence - M. Haire
This project investigates a swarm of robots for emergency ship hull repair and the supervision team also includes Dr Lyuba Alboul and Dr Hongwei Zhang.