Liverpool Skyline

Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering

Dr Linghai Lu


Dr Lu’s interests include Aircraft Modelling and Real-time Simulation, Inverse Simulation, Robust and Nonlinear Control, Aircraft/Rotorcraft Safety and Operation, Flight/Rotorcraft Handling Qualities, System Identification in the Time and Frequency Domains, Full-Motion Simulator Fidelity (6DOF), Aircraft Design, Human Factors, and UAV Guidance, Navigation, and Stabilization

Dr Lu is open for PhD application

Career History
• 2017.07 -- Now Senior Lecturer in System Modelling Engineering (UAV), LJMU
• 2015.08 -- 2017.06 Lecturer for Aerospace Engineering in the University of Central Lancashire
• 2015.01 -- 2015.07 Researcher at Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) at STFC Daresbury Laboratory
• 2007.10 – 2014.12 Research Fellow at Centre for Dynamics (Aerospace) in the University of Liverpool
• 2004.03 -- 2004.10 Electrical Engineer at Intel Inc.

Funding Awards
• Internal: 2017.04 Seed Corn Funding for Early Stage Researchers from the Faculty ECR seed corn research funding (PI, £2k, 2017.04 - 2017.07)
• Internal: 2017.12 Building a VR Flight Simulation platform, Pump Priming Award from Faculty of Engineering and Technology (PI, £5k, 2018.01 -2018.05)
• Internal: 2017.12 Building a Virtual Reality Simulation Platform with Motion System, Knowledge Exchange & Innovation (KE&I) (PI, £10k, 2018.01 -2018.07)

• External: 2017.10, A Novel Approach to Rotorcraft Simulation Fidelity (EPSRC, EP/P030009/1, PI, £365,697, 2018.01 - 2021.06),

• 2013.09 Best Paper awarded from 39th European Rotorcraft Forum, Moscow, Russia
• 2010 -- 2011 The GARTEUR Award of Excellence awarded from European Commission
• 2004.10 -- 2007.09 Full Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) and University Scholarship awarded from British Government and University of Glasgow
• 2006.10/2015.05 Attendance of a Flight Laboratory Course awarded from National Flying Laboratory Centre, UK
• 2004.05(08) Excellent Working Performance awarded twice from Intel Inc.


Chinese (Mandarin)


2007, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom, PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering
2003, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Master in Electronic & Electrical Engineering
2001, University of Yanshan, China, BSc (Hons 1st) in Electrical Engineering and Automation Control


Journal Articles

Lu L, Jump M, Padfield GD. 2017. Development of a Generic Time-to-Contact Pilot Guidance Model Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, :1-12 >DOI

Muscarello V, Quaranta G, Masarati P, Lu L, Jones M, Jump M. 2016. Prediction and Simulator Verification of Roll/Lateral Adverse Aeroservoelastic Rotorcraft–Pilot Couplings Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 39 :42-60 >DOI

Lu L, Jump M, White M, Perfect P. 2016. Development of Occupant-Preferred Landing Profiles for Personal Aerial Vehicles Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 39 :1805-1819 >DOI

Pavel MD, Masarati P, Gennaretti M, Jump M, Zaichik L, Dang-Vu B, Lu L, Yilmaz D, Quaranta G, Ionita A, Serafini J. 2015. Practices to identify and preclude adverse Aircraft-and-Rotorcraft-Pilot Couplings – A design perspective Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 76 :55-89 >DOI

Masarati P, Quaranta G, Lu L, Jump M. 2014. A closed loop experiment of collective bounce aeroelastic Rotorcraft–Pilot Coupling Journal of Sound and Vibration, 333 :307-325 >DOI

Lu L, Jump M. 2014. Multiloop Pilot Model for Boundary-Triggered Pilot-Induced Oscillation Investigations Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 37 :1863-1879 >DOI

Jones M, Jump M, Lu L. 2013. Development of the Phase-Aggression Criterion for Rotorcraft—Pilot Coupling Detection Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 36 :35-47 >DOI

Lu L, Jump M, Jones M. 2013. Tau Coupling Investigation Using Positive Wavelet Analysis Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 36 :920-934 >DOI

Padfield GD, Lu L, Jump M. 2012. Tau Guidance in Boundary-Avoidance Tracking - New Perspectives on Pilot-Induced Oscillations Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 35 :80-92 >DOI

Lu L, Padfield GD, White M, Perfect P. 2011. Fidelity enhancement of a rotorcraft simulation model through system identification The Aeronautical Journal, 115 :453-470 >DOI

Lu L, Padfield G, Jump M. 2010. Investigation of rotorcraft-pilot couplings under flight-path constraint below the minimum-power speed The Aeronautical Journal, 114 :405-416 >DOI

Lu L, Murray-Smith DJ, Thomson D. 2008. Issues of numerical accuracy and stability in inverse simulation Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 16 :1350-1364 >DOI

Lu L, Murray-Smith D, Thomson DG. 2007. Sensitivity-Analysis Method for Inverse Simulation Application Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 30 :114-1215 >DOI

Lu L, Murray-Smith DJ, McGookin EW. 2007. Investigation of inverse simulation for design of feedforward controllers Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems, 13 :437-454 >DOI


Lu L. 2010. Inverse Modelling and Inverse Simulation for Engineering Applications: Novel Ideas for System Engineering and Control Applications LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing 978-3838337333 >Link

Engagement & Impact

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URL:, Institution: Flight Science and Technology, Collaborator: University of Liverpool