Zhan Shu

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
(780) 492-9100
11-371 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Zhan Shu received his B.Eng. degree in Automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering from The University of Hong Kong in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. James Lam. For his doctoral research, he received the award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student of the University of Hong Kong.

He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, from 2009 to 2011, working with Prof. Richard H. Middleton, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton from 2011 to 2019. Since 2020, he has been a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Member of IET, and an invited reviewer of Mathematical Review of the American Mathematical Society. He serves as an Associate Editor for Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Asian Journal of Control, Journal of The Franklin Institute, Proc. IMechE, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, IET Electronics Letters, IET Control Theory and Applications, and a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board. 


Research Interests

My primary research area is control systems, involving both theory and application. In particular, I am interested in connected/networked systems and related cyber-physical fusion. At the heart of my research is to develop theories, tools, and methods to address the challenges arising from the connection of physical entities and to unlock the power of cyber-physical fusion. My current research interests include, but are not limited to,


  • Networked control 
  • Learning-based control
  • Distributed systems and control
  • Hybrid systems
  • Autonomous systems
  • Stochastic dynamic systems


  • Control of power electronic converters (multilevel converters particularly)
  • Autonomous operation and control of mobile robots (UAVs and UGVs)
  • Energy efficient operation and control of building systems 
  • A control-theoretic perspective on biological systems (immune system and endocrine system)


New PhD/MSc/Postdoc Positions Available for Fall 2020:

  1. 3 PhD and 3 MSc positions are available in the field of networked and distributed systems. The PhD/MSc projects are financially supported by Huawei, and the successful applicants have opportunities to work in a number of rapid-growing and signifcant areas such as topology design of distributed systems, latency optimization in distributed systems, and network optimization for data center networks.
  2. 1 Postdoc position financially supported by Huawei is available in the same areas above.
  3. 1 Postdoc position is available now in the area of reinforcement learning-based control design.

If you are interested in the positions, please submit your application as soon as possible. The positions will be filled soon.


ECE 360 - Control Systems I

Linear system models. Time response and stability. Block diagrams and signal flow graphs. Feedback control system characteristics. Dynamic compensation. Root locus analysis and design. Frequency response analysis and design. Prerequisites: ECE 203 or E E 250, and ECE 240 or E E 238. Credit may be obtained in only one of ECE 360, ECE 362, E E 357, E E 462 or E E 469.

Fall Term 2020
ECE 561 - Nonlinear Control Systems

Nonlinear system examples. Stability in the sense of Lyapunov. Lyapunov functions. The invariance principle. Lyapunov-based design. Backstepping. Input-output stability. Passivity and small-gain theorems. Input to state stability. Dissipativity. Note: Only one of the following courses may be taken for credit: ECE 561 or E E 666.

Winter Term 2021

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