Yu Zhang (CV)

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

Office: Room 243, Baskin Engineering
Tel: (831) 459-2921
Email: zhangy (at) ucsc.edu
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I am looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students and postdocs. Areas of interest include power systems, data analytics, optimization and learning. Prospective students should have strong mathematical skills. A solid background in optimization, machine learning, signal processing, and/or control techniques would be highly preferred, but not required. If you are interested, please send me an email including your CV. See details here.

Short Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz. I am also a faculty affiliated with the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center. 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 big data

  • Resource allocation for cyber-physical systems.


  • 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.

  • 01/2017: Attended the Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp at Simons Institute.

  • 12/2016: I gave a talk on power system state estimation at the CDC in Las Vegas.

  • 11/2016: I gave two talks at the INFORMS annual meeting in Nashville.

  • 09/2016: Attended the Optimization and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty Workshop at Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.

  • 08/2016: I gave a talk on power grid monitoring at MOPTA.