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Dr Long Zhang is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research mainly focuses on data-driven intelligence and control (machine and statistical learning, neural networks, system identification, frequency analysis, condition monitoring, intelligent control, instrumentation) and their practical applications in smart renewable energy, robotics and transportation. One of his particular interest lies in the wind turbine condition monitoring and fault diagnosis. He is the founding director of the first industrial-scale wind turbine pitch bearing and blade laboratory at the University of Manchester. He is also the director of MSc course in Advanced Control and System Engineering.

His research has been widely supported EPSRC, EPSRC IAA, Innovate UK, and industrial partners. He has received over £2.5m research funding as principal investigator or co-investigator. 

His research group is growing. As the main supervisor, he has been supervising/supervised 40 UG project students, 45 MSc students, 10 PhD students (three of them were awarded doctoral degrees and two of them will graduate later this year) and 3 PDRAs.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01613062045

Research interests

Data-driven modelling and frequency analysis

  • Machine and statistical learning, Neural networks
  • System identification
  • Frequency analysis

Modelling and analysis for complex systems

  • Wind turbine and solar power condition mointoring
  • Structural health monitoring

Smart devices

  • Hardware and software design

My group

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


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