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Net Tech, formerly the Advanced Control and Network Technology Research Group, specialises in advanced control theory and industrial control technology.

The research unit has been in existence for over 20 years and has collaborated with both industry and research groups in the UK, Europe and the world.

The team has widespread expertise in both control theory and industrial applications. In view of Professor Guoping Liu’s landmark contributions to research in the field of engineering, he has been named amongst Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics, a list of the world’s leading scholars  in the sciences and social sciences.

Professor Liu was selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in the five consecutive years between 2014 and 2018 due to the number of citations his work has received from his fellow researchers. Essentially, his peers have identified his contributions as being among the most valuable and significant in the field of engineering.

In further recognition of his accomplishments, Professor Liu has been listed in the The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. This report can be found at

Research areas

It has focussed its efforts on advanced research towards the creation of novel theory and technology for control systems for many years.

 In particular, the work on advanced control theory and its industrial applications is highly recognised internationally. 

This unit provides an excellent base for developing new control strategies for control systems, particularly, Internet based control systems and control technology of industrial fuel cells.

Researchers work closely with colleagues in the Centre for Automotive & Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE), an internationally recognised independent research, development, test and certification house. CAPSE has a reputation for cutting edge research and knowledge transfer activities within the advanced automotive and power systems engineering sectors.


Research projects are mainly funded by EU-FP6, EU-RDF, EU-SF, EPSRC, HEFCW, DTI, TSB, ESRC, WAG, Energy Saving Trust, Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust and industrial companies. The main research areas are as follows:

  • Networked Control Systems
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • Advanced Battery Development
  • Industrial Advanced Control Applications


  • Professor Guoping Liu, Head of Unit
  • Dr Xiao Guo
  • Dr Muhammad Hussain
  • Mark A Bowkett, Research Assistant

  • Zhen-Man Gao, PhD student
  • Dr Jun Hu, Research Fellow
  • Amrarul Islam, PhD student
  • Dr Yanjiang Li, Researcher
  • Enrica Saraullo, PhD student
  • Tom Stockley, PhD student
  • Dr Chong Tan, Researcher
  • Burak Unal, PhD student
  • Dr Zhihui Wu, Researcher
  • Ji Zhang, PhD student

  •  Dr Abdelhakim Boughriet
  •  Dr Zhiqiang Cao
  •  Dr Senchun Chai
  •  Dr Dongliang Chen
  •  Dr Heng Chen
  •  Dr N Chiras
  •  Dr C Evans
  •  Mr Jason Gao
  •  Dr Dake Gu 
  •  Prof Jianjun He
  •  Prof Yong He
  •  Prof Wenshan Hu
  •  Dr Lin Jiang 
  •  Prof Yu Kang 
  •  Dr Qi Lei
  •  Dr Changjiang Li 
  •  Dr Peng Li 
  •  Dr Shuang Li 
  •  Dr Yang Li 
  •  Dr Yanjiang Li 
  •  Dr Jun Liang 
  •  Prof Geng Liang
  •  Mr Yuxin Liang 
  •  Prof Zize Liang
  •  Prof Chaoying Liu 
  •  Dr Ruijuan Liu 
  •  Dr Xiaopeng Liu 
  •  Dr Hongqian Lu 
  •  Dr Khamish Malhotra 
  •  Dr Alessandro Miriani
  •  Dr Junxia Mu
  •  Dr Hua Ouyang
  •  Dr Zhonghua Pang
  •  Prof Li Peng
  •  Mr Yi Ping
  •  Dr Jun Qi
  •  Dr David Rees
  •  Dr M Solomou
  •  Dr Chunhua Song 
  •  Dr Hongbo Song 
  •  Ms Xueling Song 
  •  Ms Zheying Song 
  •  Mr Peter Stevenson 
  •  Dr Nurul Adilla BM Subha
  •  Prof Jian Sun 
  •  Prof Ximing Sun
  •  Dr Chong Tan 
  •  Dr Carwyn J Webb 
  •  Dr Bo Wang
  •  Prof Chunsheng Wang 
  •  Prof Jian Wang 
  •  Mr Jianguo Wang
  •  Dr Rui Wang
  •  Prof Shuo Wang
  •  Mr Yin Wang 
  • Dr Yunliang Wei 
  •  Prof Yuanqing Xia
  •  Dr Rongni Yang 
  •  Mr Ronggang Yuan 
  •  Dr Tianyong Zhang 
  •  Dr Xiaoguang Zhao
  •  Prof Yunbo Zhao 
  •  Dr Weisong Zhong 
  •  Prof Qingchang Zhong

Study with us

We welcome UK and International applications from suitably qualified graduates interested in joining us for postgraduate research.