Important Update

I will join a newly founded university, Westlake University, in China in 2019 and create the Intelligent Unmanned Systems Lab. My lab will focus on the study of intelligent and networked micro UAVs such as quadcopters and fixed-wings. We are now recruiting PhD students, research assistants, and postdoctoral researchers in the following areas:

  • guidance, navigation, and control of single UAVs
  • cooperative control and estimation of multiple UAVs
  • sensing systems based on vision and other types of sensors

We will provide internationally highly competitive scholarships, salaries, and research facilities. If you are interested, please drop me an email with a cover letter, your CV and relevant materials. Due to the large amount of applications I have received, I will only be able to respond to those who I think may be suitable.

Moreover, my Sheffield Email address szhao@sheffield.ac.uk will be deactivated after 30 December 2018, please send emails to my new email address zhaoshiyu@westlake.edu.cn afterwards.

Shiyu Zhao

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

Autonomous Systems and Robotics Group

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

University of Sheffield

Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD, United Kingdom

Email: szhao[at]sheffield.ac.uk

Phone´╝Ü 011422-25662


  • [03-2018] I have been organizing a special issue entitled "New Advances on Formation Control of Autonomous Vehicles" for the journal of Unmanned Systems (Call for paper.pdf)
  • [03-2018] I have become an Associate Editor of the journal "Unmanned Systems"
  • [11-2017] Our paper "Bearing Rigidity Theory and its Applications for Control and Estimation of Network Systems: Life beyond distance rigidity" has been conditionally accepted for publication by IEEE Control Systems Magazine
  • [10-2017] Two new PhD students have joined my group since September 2017. See Group for details.
  • [09-2017] My paper "Affine Formation Maneuver Control of Multi-Agent Systems" has been conditionally accepted for publication by
    • IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • [08-2017] Our paper "A General Approach to Coordination Control of Mobile Agents with Motion Constraints" has been accepted for publication by IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • I have joined the University of Sheffield in the UK as a lecturer since September 2016.

Research interests

  • My research focuses on the theory and application of networked unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. My research interests range across high-level coordination of multiple UAVs, low-level guidance, navigation, and control of single UAVs, and inter-UAV sensing and communication systems. I am also interested in the application of computer vision in UAV systems.