Professor Kang Li

Research interests include nonlinear system modelling, identification, and control, and bio-inspired computational intelligence, with substantial applications to the development of advanced control technologies for decarbonizing the whole energy systems, from integration of renewable energies, smart- and micro-grids, district energy management, to electric vehicles, and energy reduction in manufacturing.

Professor Li received PhD Degree in Control Theory and Applications from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1995, and DSc degree from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015 for his work on nonlinear system identification. Between 1995 and 2012, he worked at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Delft University of Technology and Queen’s University Belfast as a research fellow. Since 2002, he was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer (2007), and Reader (2009) with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., and he became a Chair Professor of Intelligent Systems and Control in 2011. Professor Li is currently the Chair Professor of Smart Energy Systems in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

His work on the development of minimal-invasive low-cost cloud based energy monitoring and analytic system has been used in different industrial sectors, winning several prestigious awards. Dr Li has produced over 300 publications and 15 conference proceedings in his area, winning over 10 prizes and awards, and has been invited to give over 70 keynotes and research seminars worldwide. He has led several large-scale international collaboration projects on energy between UK and China in the past 10 years, including the UK-China Science Bridge project. He initiated the establishment of the government funded UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research, comprising top 15 universities from UK and China to tackle the global challenges in energy and manufacturing, as one of the highlights in the UK-China high-level people to people dialogue held in London in December 2017.