Yu Zhang (CV)

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz

Affiliations: CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center

Office: E2-547B
Tel: (831) 459-2921
Email: zhangy (at) ucsc.edu

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Short Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the ECE Department of University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining UCSC, I was a postdoc at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2015. My research interests span the spectrum from theory to real-world applications that include

  • Monitoring, learning, and management for smart power grids

  • Robust, stochastic, and online optimization

  • Machine learning and data analytics

  • Optimal resource allocation for cyber-physical systems.


  • 11/2019: Our paper “Scale- and Context-Aware Convolutional Non-intrusive Load Monitoring” is aceepted by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

  • 10/2019: I gave a talk in the MADDD Seminar at the Department of Mathematics, UC Davis.

  • 10/2019: Our paper “Fault Location in Power Distribution Systems via Deep Graph Convolutional Networks” is aceepted by the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC).

  • 4/2019: I received a 2019-20 Faculty Research Grant from the Committee of Research at UCSC.

  • 4/2019: I and Professor Scott Moura at UC Berkeley received a 2019 Seed Fund Award from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute.

  • 11/2018: I gave two talks at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

  • 09/2018: I gave a talk “Performance Bound of Power System State Estimation via Semidefinite Programming” at Argonne National Lab.

  • 07/2018: I have been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Conference Editorial Board of IEEE Control Systems Society.

  • 07/2018: I joined Committee on Research (COR) of UC Santa Cruz.

  • 05/2018: My proposal has been selected to receive a Faculty Research Grant by the Committee on Research (COR) at UCSC.

  • 05/2018: I am organizing a special session “Optimization, Control, and Data Analytics for Cyber-Physical Systems” for APSIPA ASC 2018 in Hawaii.

  • 04/2018: I will be chairing a general session “Optimization and Machine Learning for Electric Power Systems” at 2018 INFORMS General Meeting.

  • 03/2018: I gave a talk at 2018 Informs Optimization Society Meeting in Denver.

  • 10/2017: I gave a talk on convex relaxations for power system monitoring at the 2017 CROSS Symposium.

  • 07/2017: I joined the Electrical Engineering Department of UC Santa Cruz as an Assistant Professor.