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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

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in System Modelling Engineering, Department Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2017 - present


Journal article

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

Lu L, Jump M, Mark W, Philip P. 2016. Development of Occupant-Preferred Landing Profiles for Personal Aerial Vehicles Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 8 :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

Muscarello V, Quaranta G, Masarati P, Lu L, Jones M, Jump M. 2015. Prediction and Simulator Verification of Roll/Lateral Adverse Aeroservoelastic Rotorcraft–Pilot Couplings Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 39 :42-60 >DOI >Link

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

External collaboration:, Flight Science and Technology, University of Liverpool