Alexander Lanzon

Prof

  • Professor of Control Engineering, Department Head of Research (EEE), Deputy School Head of Research (SoE), EEE - Academic & Research
  • Floor 3 Core 1E Office 1, Engineering Building A, School of Engineering, University of Manchester, Oxford Road,

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Highly capable graduate students wishing to read for a PhD degree in Control Engineering with me are encouraged to contact via email in the first instance, sending me their CV and their detailed transcripts of previous university studies.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in robust control (inc. passivity, dissipativity, IQCs); nonlinear control (via input-output methods); control of negative imaginary systems; fundamentals of feedback control theory; and control applications to complicated dynamics (e.g. robotics, UAVs, advanced motion systems).

Highly competitive PhD scholarships are available for both UK and foreign citizens. PhD applications must be received sufficiently early to meet the deadlines of many of these scholarships. A list of available scholarships is provided at "PhD scholarship opportunities in Engineering" wherein you can read about the corresponding eligibility criteria and scholarship rules.

If a prospective PhD student has their own funds (e.g. private or a government scholarship) to cover all the costs of their PhD studies, it is highly advisable to explicitly state this when you initially contact me as competition is more fierce for students who seek scholarship support in addition to admission.

After initial preliminary email contact with me, strong candidates will be encouraged to submit a formal PhD application form. 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 (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) under "Proposed Research Supervisor".

Personal profile

Biography

Prof. Alexander Lanzon holds the Chair in Control Engineering at the University of Manchester, is the Director of the Control, Dynamics and Robotics Laboratory, is the Department Head of Research for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and is Deputy School Head of Research (Research Visibility) for the School of Engineering. He served as Head of Division (Control, Robotics, Communications and Signal Processing) between 2017 and 2022 in the School of Engineering, as Deputy Head of Division (Information Engineering) between 2015 and 2017, and as Deputy Director of Research between 2013 and 2015 in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester.

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 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 currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS). He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control between 2012 and 2019, and a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control between 2012 and 2015.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Qualifications

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 (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 application of advanced control methods to hardware experiments.

I am interested in "Robust & nonlinear feedback control" specifically:

  • Robust control - incl. passivity, dissipativity, IQCs
  • Nonlinear control - via input-output methods
  • Control of negative imaginary systems
  • Fundamentals of feedback control theory
  • Applications to complex dynamics (e.g. robotics, UAVs, advanced motion systems)

Opportunities

Highly capable graduate students wishing to read for a PhD degree in Control Engineering with me are encouraged to contact via email in the first instance, sending me their CV and their detailed transcripts of previous university studies.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in robust control (inc. passivity, dissipativity, IQCs); nonlinear control (via input-output methods); control of negative imaginary systems; fundamentals of feedback control theory; and control applications to complicated dynamics (e.g. robotics, UAVs, advanced motion systems).

Highly competitive PhD scholarships are available for both UK and foreign citizens. PhD applications must be received sufficiently early to meet the deadlines of many of these scholarships. A list of available scholarships is provided at PhD scholarship opportunities in Engineering wherein you can read about the corresponding eligibility criteria and scholarship rules.

If a prospective PhD student has their own funds (e.g. private or a government scholarship) to cover all the costs of their PhD studies, it is highly advisable to explicitly state this when you initially contact me as competition is more fierce for students who seek scholarship support in addition to admission.

After initial preliminary email contact with me, strong candidates will be encouraged to submit a formal PhD application form. 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 (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) under "Proposed Research Supervisor".

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Keywords

  • Control Systems
  • Robust Control
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Robotics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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