Dr Siyuan Zhan


Education: Siyuan Zhan obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, in 2013, MSc In Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, in 2014 and PhD in Control Engineering from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK, in 2018. He is a recipient of the QMUL PhD scholarship. 
Teaching: Siyuan’s teaching began in 2014. He is currently lecturing 2nd and 3rd year MIEC students: 
CS422 Robotics and Automation
EE206 Differential Equations and Transform Method 
EE311 Control Systems Design.
Research: Siyuan’s research focus lies on the following topics:

  • Linear and nonlinear economic model predictive control
  • Reinforcement learning with safety requirements
  • Autonomous vehicles motion planning and control
  • Ocean renewable energy systems 
  • Ground and aerial robotics. 

Siyuan is a lecturer/assistant professor with the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER), the Department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University (MU). Before joining MU, Siyuan worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Loughborough University, UK, on the control for autonomous vehicles and goal-oriented control systems. In 2016, he published over 15 papers as the first author in prestigious journals and conferences. In 2016, Siyuan led a student team that won the second prize in an international robotics competition, “Mission on Mars Robot Challenge”.