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Prof. Alexander Lanzon holds the Chair in Control Engineering at the University of Manchester, is the Director of the Control, Dynamics and Robotics Laboratory and is Head of Division (Control, Communications and Signal Processing) within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester. He also served as Deputy Research Director of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester between 2013 and 2015, and as Deputy Head of Division (Information Engineering) between 2015 and 2017.

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Alexander held research and academic positions at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Australian National University, and industrial positions at ST-Microelectronics Ltd.Yaskawa Denki (Tokyo) Ltd. and National ICT Australia Ltd. He received his Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering and his M.Phil. degree in Robot Control from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and 1997 respectively and received his B.Eng.(Hons). degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Malta in 1995. He is also a Chartered Engineer.

Prof. Lanzon is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Measurement and Control, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is also an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and has served as a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies


Ph.D. (Cambridge), M.Phil. (Cambridge), B.Eng. (Hons).

Research interests

I am interested in feedback control of dynamical systems. I specialise in the analysis, synthesis and design of robust control laws for (both linear and nonlinear) dynamical systems with only partially known mathematical models (i.e. possessing unmodelled dynamics). I am interested in both fundamental mathematical control theory and also hardware-in-the-loop control applications.

Control theory:

  • Negative imaginary systems theory
  • Robust control theory
  • Linear and nonlinear control theory

 Control applications:

  • Mechatronics control
  • Innovative aerial drone control
  • Robotics control
  • Multi-agent control systems


Outstanding graduate students wishing to read for a PhD degree in Control Engineering are encouraged to apply.

Some control theory topics of interest include negative imaginary systems theory, robust control theory, linear and nonlinear systems theory. Some control application topics of interest include mechatronics control, innovative drones, robotics control and multi-agent control systems.

Interested candidates should submit a formal admission application at: http://www.eee.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/. In order for your formal University application to be directed to me once it is received by the central administration offices, please make sure you write Prof A Lanzon (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) under "Proposed Research Supervisor".

Funding is competitively available for British and EU citizens provided the application is received sufficiently early. A full scholarship can be considered if such an applicant has been resident in the UK for 3 continuous years prior to application. Otherwise, only a tuition fees scholarship can be considered and the applicant will need to self-fund his/her living costs.

The local scholarships accessible to non-EU citizens are all extremely competitive and require extensive prospective supervisor support. Hence, only exceptionally talented non-EU applicants will be considered for these fiercely competitive local scholarships. If a non-EU citizen has secured a scholarship from their home country and/or can self-fund their PhD studies from private finances, then it is much better for these applicants to indicate their available funding on the application form to avoid the application being rejected due to the applicant not meeting the exceptionally high requirements for local non-EU citizens scholarships.

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


  • Control Systems
  • Control Engineering
  • Robust Control
  • Negative Imaginary Systems
  • Linear and Nonlinear Control
  • Robotics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Innovative Aerial Drone Control
  • Mechatronics
  • Multi-agent Control Systems


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