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Dr Dong Zhang
Lecturer in Automotive Design

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Dr. Dong Zhang is a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Automotive Design in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He leads the research on intelligent vehicle & transportation control systems, and founds the Brunel Racing Formula Student AI group. 

He obtained his Ph.D. degree in vehicle dynamic control from University of Lincoln in October 2019. His PhD thesis was titled with ''A systematic approach to cooperative driving systems based on optimal control allocation''. After this, he worked as a research fellow in Centre for System Intelligence and Efficiency; and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 2019 to 2020. During this period, his research was focusing to provide novel solutions to address the security challenges raised by intelligent and connected vehicles; and to develop a novel, integrated vehicle chassis control system for intelligent and automated electric vehicles (iAEVs).

Before joining Brunel University London in 2021, he worked as a senior research project manager in scientific collaborative projects with car industry for developing the next-generation vehicle chassis control system. He was the Co-PI for the research projects on developing full-wheel independent driving system, online vehicle performance evaluation system for intelligent vehicles under big-date governance, and etc.. Dr. Zhang is welcoming and putting a special emphasis on the collaboration with car companies for developing human-centered automotive control systems and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).  

Dr. Zhang's research interests strongly reside in the area of human-centered automotive control systems, intelligent vehicle/transportation control, game theory based driver-vehicle shared control systems, vehicle dynamic and safety control, adaptive vehicle motion control, and A.I based autonomous vehicle control. His research has resulted in more than thirty peer-reviewed papers in top journals and conferences, and about ten patents for invention. 

Dr. Zhang has experience in supervising PhD students to completion. Please feel free to contact if you are seeking PhD opportunities in vehicle dynamic/safety control, intelligent vehicle /transportation control systems, A.I based autonomous vehicle control and driver-vehicle interaction.

Newest selected publications

Liu, Y., Zong, C., Dai, C., Zheng, H. and Zhang, D. (2023) 'Behavioral Decision-Making Approach for Vehicle Platoon Control: Two Noncooperative Game Models'. IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, 9 (3). pp. 4626 - 4638.

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Zhang, D., Lv, C., Yang, T. and Hang, P. (2021) 'Cyber-Attack Detection for Autonomous Driving Using Vehicle Dynamic State Estimation'. Automotive Innovation, 4 (3). pp. 262 - 273. ISSN: 2096-4250

Journal article

Zong, CF., Dai, CH. and Zhang, D. (2021) 'Human-machine Interaction Technology of Intelligent Vehicles: Current Development Trends and Future Directions'. Zhongguo Gonglu Xuebao/China Journal of Highway and Transport, 34 (6). pp. 214 - 237. ISSN: 1001-7372

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