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Hong Wang, Fellow of IET, Fellow of ImstMC and SMIEEE


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Career: Professor Hong Wang received the BSc, MEng and PhD degrees from Huainan University of Mining Engineering (AHUST) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in P R China 1982, 1984 and 1987, respectively. He then worked as a postdoc at Salford, Brunel and Southampton Universities between 1988 and 1992. He joined UMIST in 1992 as a lecturer, and was then promoted to a Senior Lecturer in August 1997, to a Reader in August 1999, and to a Professor in April, 2002.

Hong Wang is a member of 3 International Federation of Automatic Control Technical Cttee and associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He was associate editor of leading control journal IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, editorial baord member for 7 international journals and has served as IPC member and conference chairman for many international conferences. He is the member of executive cttee for UK Automatic Control Council and served twice as EPSRC college member.

Research Contribution: Professor Wang originated the work on stochastic distribution control, where the main purpose of control input design is to make the shape of the output probability density functions to follow a targeted function. He is the leading author of three books and has also published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences. He has another detailed website on his publications at

Awards:Professor Wang received the outstanding oversea scholarship award from the Chinese National Sciences Foundation in 2002, and outstanding oversea academics award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004. He was one of the 120 oversea academics invited to attend the 50th birthday of the P R China in Beijing in 1999. He has also received the best paper award from Int Conf. Control 2006 and Jasbar Momorial Prize for his outstanding contribution in the Science and Technology Development for paper industries in 2006. 

Off-work Activities: Professor Wang's other interests: Oil paintings and water colours (trained seven years), Radio-controlled airplanes/cars/boats and motor cycling, and kids education (Greater Manchester Chinese School).

Link to Control Systems Centre

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • IEEE
  • IET
  • Institute of Measurement and Control


BSc, MEng, PhD, FIET, FInstMC, SMIEEE, Control Systems Centre

Research interests

1) Stochastic distribution control for non-Gaussian stochastic systems;

2) Fault detection, diagnosis and fault tolerant control for dynamic systems; 

3) Semi-physical modelling and neural networks for complex non-linear systems 

4) Applications of 1)-3) to papermaking systems and several other systems such as systems biology.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Digital Futures


  • Stochastic Distribution
  • Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control
  • Complex Systems Modelling and Optimization


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