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. Visiting scholars are also welcome to join us. See details here.

Short Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, 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 big data

  • Resource allocation for cyber-physical systems.


  • 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.