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Qichun 'Kit' Zhang was awarded PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Manchester, UK, in 2016. He also received MSc in Control Theory and Control Engineering in 2010 and BEng in Automation in 2008, respectively, from Northeastern University, China. Dr Zhang joined University of Bradford as Lecturer in Computer Science in Sept. 2019. Before that, he was Senior Lecturer in Dynamics and Control at De Montfort University from 2017-2019 and Senior Research Officer in Neural Engineering at University of Essex from 2016-2017. From 2011-2013, Dr Zhang was an academic visitor at Control Systems Centre, University of Manchester. He also worked for universities and enterprises in China before moving to UK in 2011. His current research interests include stochastic dynamic systems, probabilistic coupling analysis, decoupling control, performance optimisation and computational modelling for peripheral nervous systems. He has published widely in the above areas. Dr Zhang is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) recognised by British Engineering Council and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He holds the Membership of IET and the Senior Membership of IEEE. Currently, he is Associate Editor for IEEE Access journal and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (JIMS) and he also serves PLOS One and PeerJ Computer Science as Academic Editor. He is an associate member of EPSRC Peer-review College and a member of IET Engineering Safety Policy Panel. 


Stochastic Systems, Control Systems, Non-Gaussian Systems, Entropy Optimisation, Stochastic Distribution Control, Probabilistic Decoupling, Performance Enhancement, Non-Gaussian Filtering, Data-driven Design and Optimisation, Computational Neuroscience, Brain-Computer Interface. 

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-16: University of Manchester - PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • 01-JAN-10: Northeastern University, China - MSc
  • 01-JAN-08: Northeastern University, China - BEng
  • 23-SEP-19: University of Bradford - Lecturer in Computer Science
  • 03-JUL-17: De Montfort University - Senior Lecturer in Dynamics and Control
  • 10-OCT-16: University of Essex - Senior Research Officer in Neural Engineering


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleAn EKF-Based Performance Enhancement Scheme for Stochastic Nonlinear Systems by Dynamic Set-Point Adjustment (2020)
AuthorsTang X.;Zhang Q.;Hu L.
JournalIeee Access
TitleNeural Membrane Mutual Coupling Characterisation using Entropy-based Iterative Learning Identification (2020)
AuthorsXiafei Tang, Qichun Zhang, Xuewu Dai, Yiqun Zou
JournalIeee Access
DOI 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3037816
TitleRBFNN-based Minimum Entropy Filtering for a Class of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems (2019)
AuthorsYin X.;Zhang Q.;Wang H.;Ding Z.
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
TitleOutput Feedback Stabilization for MIMO Semi-linear Stochastic Systems with Transient Optimisation (2019)
AuthorsZhang Q.;Hu L.;Gow J.
JournalInternational Journal of Automation and Computing
TitleAn introductory survey of probability density function control (2019)
AuthorsRen, M.; Zhang, Qichun; Zhang, J.
TitleObserver-based parametric decoupling controller design for a class of multi-variable non-linear uncertain systems (2018)
AuthorsZhang Q.;Yin X.
JournalSystems Science And Control Engineering
TitleEKF-Based Enhanced Performance Controller Design for Nonlinear Stochastic Systems (2018)
AuthorsZhou Y.;Zhang Q.;Wang H.;Zhou P.;Chai T.
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
TitleOutput Feedback Stabilization for a Class of Multi-Variable Bilinear Stochastic Systems with Stochastic Coupling Attenuation (2017)
AuthorsZhang Q.;Zhou J.;Wang H.;Chai T.
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
TitleParametric covariance assignment using a reduced-order closed-form covariance model (2016)
AuthorsZhang Q.;Wang Z.;Wang H.
JournalSystems Science And Control Engineering
TitleDecoupling control in statistical sense: minimised mutual information algorithm (2016)
AuthorsZhang Q.;Wang A.
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems