Prof Xiaowei Zhao

Xiaowei Zhao is a professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Warwick. He obtained his PhD in Control Systems from the Control & Power Group of Imperial College London in 2010 and then did a 3-year postdoc at the University of Oxford until he joined Warwick in 2013 as a (independent) Global Research Fellow.

He is the co-coordinator of the ConFlex consortium. Recently he has been appointed as the co-director of the new EPSRC Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub. He is the PI of an EPSRC project “Passive vibration control of a floating hydrostatic transmission wind turbine and theoretical extensions”.

He is a CoI (PI to Warwick) of an EPSRC project “Farming the ENvironment into the Grid: Big data in Offshore Wind (FENGBO-Wind)”. He is the PI of a National Grid funded project on wind farm – grid interaction.

Xiaowei’s research interests include:

  1. Control of wind turbines (including hydrostatic transmission ones) and wind farms based on LIDAR preview using advanced control technologies including data driven control;
  2. Fluid-structure interactions applied to vibration suppression of large & flexible wind turbines, long-span suspension bridges, and very flexible aircrafts;
  3. Control of coupled infinite-dimensional systems with applications to vibration suppression of wind turbines;
  4. Wind farm – grid interaction;
  5. Control of power electronics applied to wind turbines;
  6. Micro grid.