Prof. Zhengtao Ding, BEng (Tsinghua), MSc & PhD (UMIST)
Chair of Control Systems
Head of Control, Robotics and Communication Division


Control, Robotics and Communication Division
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Manchester, Eng. Building A, Floor 3, Core 2W
Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom


Professor Ding's Biosketch

Prof. Zhengtao Ding received B.Eng. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and M.Sc. degree in systems and control, and the Ph.D. degree in control systems from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, U.K. After working in Singapore for ten years, he joined the University of Manchester in 2003, where he is currently the Professor of Control Systems and the Head of Control, Robotics and Communication Division. He has authored/co-authored three books, including the book Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Systems (IET, 2013) and has published over 300 research articles. His research interests include nonlinear and adaptive control theory and their applications, more recently network-based control, distributed optimization and distributed learning, with applications to power systems and robotics. Prof. Ding serves or has served as the Editor in Chief of Drones and Autonomous Vehicles, Subject Chef Editor of Nonlinear Control for Frontiers, and Associate Editor for Scientific Reports, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Circuit and Systems II, IEEE Control Systems Letters, Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, Control Theory and Technology, Unmanned Systems and several other journals. He is a member of IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems and Control, IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Control, and IFAC Technical Committee on Adaptive and Learning Systems. He is a fellow of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Some Links for Publications, Research Background, and Contact Information

List of publications on UoM webpage at

List of Publications in Google Scholar at

A Link to UoM Staff Directory at

A research profile can be found at

Teaching Duties

EPSRC Project on Output Regulation and Disturbance Rejection

The project has been completed and published results are available at: Available Preprints


I play table tennis for University of Manchester Staff Club in the local league, and I also play badminton regularly.

Some Chinese calligraphy can be found at:

Last modified: 29/04/2023