Zhenhong Li

Zhenhong Li


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Zhenhong Li is currently a Lecturer in Robotics and Control at the University of Manchester (UoM). He received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2013, and the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Control Engineering from the UoM in 2014 and 2019, respectively. Before joining UoM in 2023, he was a Research Fellow in Rehabilitation Robotics at the University of Leeds from 2019 to 2023.

He has authored and co-authored over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has closely engaged with healthcare professionals, local and international industries, product designers for multidisciplinary projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and Wellcome Trust. He received the Best Paper Award for Unmanned Systems in 2019, the EPS International Academic Pump-priming Award in 2020.

He is the Principal Investigator for EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship “FREEpHRI: Flexible, Robust and Efficient physical Human-robot Interaction with iterative learning and self-triggered role adaption.”

Research interests

His research focuses on developing innovative control technologies for multi-robot systems and human-robot systems with broad applications in industry and healthcare. His research interests include physical human-robot interaction for rehabilitation and industrial robots; multimodal brain-computer interfaces for robot control and brain monitoring. In general, he is particularly interested in taking highly multidisciplinary approaches to better understand human systems and develop intelligent interaction strategies for robotic devices.


Dr Li is looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates to conduct PhD research. If you are interested in the areas listed in the Research Interests section, please feel free to contact zhenhong.li@manchester.ac.uk for discussions.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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