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Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Dr Qian Zhang

Dr Qian Zhang

Telephone: 0151 904 1396

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Biography

Dr Qian Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Systems at the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University. He received a PhD degree from the University of Sheffield and a BEng degree from Zhejiang University. Before joining LJMU, he has worked as a Lecturer in Control Engineering at the University of Kent and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield. His research interests lie in the areas of robotics and control, data-driven modelling, multi-objective optimisation, and their applications in manufacturing and industrial problems. His research projects range across the fields of metal processing, autonomous systems and UAVs, rail industry and structural engineering.

Languages

English
Chinese (Mandarin)

Degrees

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, PhD
Zhejiang University, China, BEng

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Lecturer, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, 2014 - 2016
Research Associate, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2013 - 2014
Research Associate, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2010 - 2013

Publications

Highlighted publications

Datta S, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q, Chattopadhyay PP, Sultana N. 2016. Imprecise knowledge based design and development of titanium alloys for prosthetic applications JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS, 53 :350-365 DOI Author Url Public Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Beamish K, Liu X. 2015. Multiobjective optimal design of friction stir welding considering quality and cost issues SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF WELDING AND JOINING, 20 :607-615 DOI Author Url Public Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2011. A hierarchical Mamdani-type fuzzy modelling approach with new training data selection and multi-objective optimisation mechanisms: A special application for the prediction of mechanical properties of alloy steels APPLIED SOFT COMPUTING, 11 :2419-2443 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2010. A nature-inspired multi-objective optimisation strategy based on a new reduced space searching algorithm for the design of alloy steels ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, 23 :660-675 DOI Author Url

Journal article

Qi H, Shi Y, Tian Y, Mayhew C, Yu D-L, Gomm JB, Zhang Q. 2019. A new fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control method for mechanical and aeronautical systems with neural estimators Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 11 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Qi H, Mayhew C, Zhai Y, Wang S, Yu D, Gomm JB, Zhang Q. 2019. Fault Tolerant Control of Electronic Throttles with Friction Changes Electronics, 8 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Liu X, Carre MJ, Zhang Q, Lu Z, Matcher SJ, Lewis R. 2018. Measuring Contact Area in a Sliding Human Finger-Pad Contact Skin Research and Technology, 24 :31-44 DOI Author Url Public Url

Spanogianopoulos S, Zhang Q, Spurgeon S. 2017. Fast Formation of Swarm of UAVs in Congested Urban Environment IFAC-PapersOnLine, 50 :8031-8036 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Datta S, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q, Chattopadhyay PP, Sultana N. 2016. Imprecise knowledge based design and development of titanium alloys for prosthetic applications JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS, 53 :350-365 DOI Author Url Public Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Beamish K, Liu X. 2015. Multiobjective optimal design of friction stir welding considering quality and cost issues SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF WELDING AND JOINING, 20 :607-615 DOI Author Url Public Url

Datta S, Zhang Q, Sultana N, Mahfouf M. 2013. Optimal Design of Titanium Alloys for Prosthetic Applications Using a Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, 28 :741-745 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Beamish K, Norris I. 2012. Knowledge discovery for friction stir welding via data driven approaches Part 1-correlation analyses of internal process variables and weld quality SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF WELDING AND JOINING, 17 :672-680 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Beamish K, Norris I. 2012. Knowledge discovery for friction stir welding via data driven approaches Part 2-multiobjective modelling using fuzzy rule based systems SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF WELDING AND JOINING, 17 :681-693 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Yates JR, Pinna C. 2012. Model fusion using fuzzy aggregation: Special applications to metal properties APPLIED SOFT COMPUTING, 12 :1678-1692 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2011. A hierarchical Mamdani-type fuzzy modelling approach with new training data selection and multi-objective optimisation mechanisms: A special application for the prediction of mechanical properties of alloy steels APPLIED SOFT COMPUTING, 11 :2419-2443 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Yates JR, Pinna C, Panoutsos G, Boumaiza S, Greene RJ, de Leon L. 2011. Modeling and Optimal Design of Machining-Induced Residual Stresses in Aluminium Alloys Using a Fast Hierarchical Multiobjective Optimization Algorithm MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, 26 :508-520 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2010. A nature-inspired multi-objective optimisation strategy based on a new reduced space searching algorithm for the design of alloy steels ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, 23 :660-675 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2008. Mamdani-Type Fuzzy Modelling via Hierarchical Clustering and Multi-Objective Particle Swarm Optimisation (FM-HCPSO) International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research, 4 :314-328 DOI

Conference publication

Madubuike K, Mayhew C, Zhang Q, Gomm B, Yu DL. 2019. Fault diagnosis for wind turbine systems using unknown input observer ICAC 2019 - 2019 25th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing, DOI

Madubuike K, Mayhew C, Zhang Q, Gomm B, Yu DL. 2019. Fault diagnosis for wind turbine systems using a neural network estimator ICAC 2019 - 2019 25th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing, DOI

Ji K, Zhang Q, Cheng H, Yu D. 2019. A Virtual Force Interaction Scheme for Monitoring Complex Unknown Environments by Autonomous Mobile Robots 2019 18TH EUROPEAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ECC), 18th European Control Conference (ECC) :95-100 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Beamish K, Norris I. 2013. Systems Modelling of the Internal Process Variables for Friction Stir Welding Using Genetic Multi-Objective Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems DebRoy T, David SA, DuPont JN, Koseki T, Bhadeshia HK. TRENDS IN WELDING RESEARCH: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, 9th International Conference on Trends in Welding Research :834-841 Author Url

Gaffour S, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q. 2012. Robust nonlinear predictive controller design using Particle Swarm Optimisation (PSO): a case study in speed control of an experimental hot-rolling mill 1st International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Control Applications

Zhang Q. 2011. Wavelet Analysis for Assessing Friction Stir Welding Quality for Aluminium AA5083 The European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes

Xu X, Banks S, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q. 2011. Simulations of Normal and Abnormal Grain Growth using Two-dimensional Stochastic Cellular Automata The European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Beamish K, Norris I. 2011. Multiple Characterisation Modelling of Friction Stir Welding Using a Genetic Multi-objective Data-driven Fuzzy Modelling Approach IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ 2011), IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ 2011) :2288-2295 DOI Author Url

Yang YY, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q. 2011. Optimal Input Selection for Neural Fuzzy Modelling With Application to Charpy Energy Prediction IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ 2011), IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ 2011) :2756-2762 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2011. Fuzzy Modelling Using a New Compact Fuzzy System: A Special Application to the Prediction of the Mechanical Properties of Alloy Steels IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ 2011), IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ 2011) :1041-1048 DOI Author Url

Yang YY, Mahfouf M, Panoutsos G, Zhang Q, Thornton S. 2011. Adaptive Neural-Fuzzy Inference System for Classification of Rail Quality Data with Bootstrapping-Based Over-Sampling IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ 2011), IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ 2011) :2205-2212 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, Yates JR, Pinna C, Panoutsos G, Boumaiza S, Greene RJ, De Leon L. 2011. Model fusion via a master fuzzy system with special application to engineering materials IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 44 :11732-11737 DOI

Zhang G, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q, Gaffour SA, Yates J, Soberanis SA, Pinna C, Panoutsos G. 2011. Systems-modelling of compact tension energy in high strength pipeline steel IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 44 :12126-12131 DOI

Mahfouf M, Yang Y, Zhang Q. 2009. Characterisation of Model Error for Charpy Impact Energy of Heat Treated Steels Using Probabilistic Reasoning and a Gaussian Mixture Model IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 2nd IFAC Workshop on Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Industry 23 :225-230 DOI

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M, de Leon L, Boumaiza S, Yates JR, Pinna C, Greene RJ. 2009. Prediction of Machining Induced Residual Stresses in Aluminium Alloys Using a Hierarchical Data-driven Fuzzy Modelling Approach IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 2nd IFAC Workshop on Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Industry 23 :231-236 DOI

Mahfouf M, Yang Y, Zhang Q. 2009. Modelling Charpy Impact Energy of Heat-treated-steel using Efficient Neural-networks and Genetic-algorithms IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 2nd IFAC Workshop on Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Industry 23 :237-242 DOI

Gaffour S, Mahfouf M, Yang Y, Gama M, Zhang Q. 2009. Real-time Implementation of New Nonlinear Neural Adaptive Generalized Predictive Speed Control for an Experimental Hot-Rolling Mill IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 2nd IFAC Workshop on Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Industry 23 :243-248 DOI

Yang Y, Mahfouf M, Linkens DA, Zhang Q. 2009. Tensile Strength Prediction for Hot Rolled Steels by Bayesian Neural Network Model IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 2nd IFAC Workshop on Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Industry 23 :255-260 DOI

Panoutsos G, Mahfouf M, Zhang Q, Gaffour S. 2009. Input Weighted Data Granulation Using Hybrid Correlation Measures with Application to Metal Properties IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 2nd IFAC Workshop on Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Industry 23 :272-277 DOI

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2009. A Modified PSO with a Dynamically Varying Population and Its Application to the Multi-Objective Optimal Design of Alloy Steels 2009 IEEE CONGRESS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION, VOLS 1-5, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation :3241-3248 DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2007. Fuzzy predictive modelling using hierarchical clustering and multi-objective optimisation for mechanical properties of alloy steels IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 12 :427-432 DOI

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2007. A new Reduced Space Searching Algorithm (RSSA) and its application in optimal design of alloy steels 2007 IEEE CONGRESS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION, VOLS 1-10, PROCEEDINGS, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation :1815-1822 DOI Author Url

Mahfouf M, Chen MY, Zhang Q, Linkens DA. 2006. Adaptive weighted particle swarm multiobjective optimisation and societal reasoning for the design of alloy steels IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 1 :130-135 DOI

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2006. A new structure for particle swarm optimization (nPSO) applicable to single objective and multiobjective problems 2006 3RD INTERNATIONAL IEEE CONFERENCE INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, VOLS 1 AND 2, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems :173-178 Author Url

Zhang Q, Yu T, Ning P. 2006. A framework for identifying compromised nodes in sensor networks 2006 SECURECOMM AND WORKSHOPS, 2nd International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm 2006) :176-+ DOI Author Url

Zhang Q, Mahfouf M. 2005. Reduced Space Searching (RSS) Algorithm: a New Optimization Algorithm for Single-objective and Multi-objective Problems Proceedings of the 1st European Symposium on Nature-inspired Smart Information Systems, 1st European Symposium on Nature-inspired Smart Information Systems

Zhang B, He Z, Qian Q. Application of Wavelet Entropy and Adaptive Nerve-fuzzy Inference to Fault Classification 2006 International Conference on Power System Technology, 2006 International Conference on Power System Technology DOI

Editorial/letter to the editor

Zhang Q, Spurgeon S, Xu L, Yu D. 2018. Computational Intelligence in Data-Driven Modelling and Its Engineering Applications MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS IN ENGINEERING, DOI Author Url

Report

Zhang Q, Liu X, Spurgeon S. 2016. Development of Intelligent Predictive Models for Crowding - Final Feasibility Report Technical Report: Development of Intelligent Predictive Models for Crowding on Trains using Data-driven Methodologies :0-103 Author Url Publisher Url

Book

Zhang Q. Transparent Knowledge Discovery from Data 9783639307405

Chapters

Zhang Q, Liu X. Optimisation in Friction Stir Welding: Modelling, Monitoring and Design Datta S, Davim JP. Optimization in Industry - Present Practices and Future Scopes :299-329 Springer, Cham 978-3-030-01640-1 DOI

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

Innovate UK and DfT, COINS - Customer-Operational INformation System for railway stations, Grant value (£): £265,000. 2019

RSSB, ANTI-SLIP: A study on using Network Rail's and train borne information to anticipate and mitigate the impact of slippery rail, Grant value (£): £99,000. 2019

RSSB, Anticipating and Mitigating Reactionary Delays – a Case Study on the Northern Line of Merseyrail, Grant value (£): £86,000. 2018

CSC, Swarm Intelligence and Planning for Many-Agent Autonomous Systems, Grant value (£): £32,000. 2017

MoD Dstl, Multi-objective Optimal Motion Planning and Formation Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Complex Urban Environments, Grant value (£): £42,501. 2015

RSSB, Development of Intelligent Predictive Models for Crowding on Trains using Data-driven Methodologies, Grant value (£): £52,522. 2015

Conference organisation:

Int. Conf. on Material Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technology (MEAMT 2017, 2018, 2019), International Program Committee Member. 2017

Int. Conf. on MEMS, Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering (ICMNPE 2017), International Program Committee Member. 2017

8th Int. Conf. on Fuzzy Systems Knowledge Discovery (FSKD 2011), International Program Committee Member. 2011

10th, 7th, and 6th Int. Conf. on Natural Computation, International Program Committee Member. 2010

Award:

FET Research Pump Priming Award, 2016 ~ 2017, 2017 ~ 2018, 2018 ~ 2019, LJMU. 2016

Collaborative Research Fellowships, 2016 ~ 2017, 2017 ~ 2018, LJMU. 2016

Outstanding Reviewer of Applied Soft Computing, 2013 ~ 2015, Elsevier. 2016

Best Poster Prize of the 12th IMMPETUS Colloquium, IMMPETUS. 2010

Editorial boards:

Artificial Intelligence Research, Editorial Board Member.

International Journal of Control Science and Engineering, Editorial Board Member.

Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Lead Guest Editor.

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Member, IEEE.

Member, RRUKA.