Zhongguo Li

Zhongguo Li


  • Floor 3-Office 6, Engineering Building A

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I currently have a 3.5 year project funded by the department to cover tuition fees and a stipend at the UKRI rate (ca. £18,622 for 23-24). Other funding opportunities, such as PDS and CSC, are also available from the university (https://www.se.manchester.ac.uk/phds-science-engineering/funding/). If you have your own funding to support your PhD studies, I strongly encourage you to highlight this upfront when you first contact me at zhongguo.li@manchester.ac.uk.

I'm interested in distributed control and optimisation, reinforcement learning based planning and control, robotics applications.

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Personal profile


Zhongguo Li is currently a Lecturer in Robotics, Control, Communication and AI at the University of Manchester. He received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from the same university, in 2017 and 2021, respectively. Before re-joining Manchester in 2023, he worked as a Lecturer at University College London and a Research Associate at Loughborough University.

His research interests include optimisation and decision-making for advanced control, distributed algorithm development for game and learning in network connected multi-agent systems, and their applications in robotics and autonomous vehicles. In these research fields, he has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers in well-recognised journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, etc.

Dr. Li serves as an Associate Editor for Drones and Autonomous Vehicles, and a Guest Editor for Machines, Frontiers in Control Engineering. He is an active reviewer for top journals such as IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Automatica, etc.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester

1 Oct 20171 Dec 2020

Award Date: 17 Mar 2021

Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 20151 Jul 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

External positions

Lecturer in Robotics and AI, University College London (UCL)

17 Oct 202210 Sept 2023

Research Associate, Loughborough University

16 Nov 202015 Oct 2022


  • Control and robotics
  • optimisation
  • networked systems
  • distributed control


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