Assistant Professor
Director of Next Generation Cyber-Physical Systems (NexGenCPS) Lab
Department of Electrical & Biomedical Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
NV, USA, 89557
Office: SEM 332
Phone: 573-578-2572
Email: haoxu@unr.edu

About me:
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Before I joined UNR, I worked as an Assistant Professor at Department of Engineering of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) for two years. I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla) in Summer 2012 under the supervision of Professor Jagannathan Sarangapani.

Research Interests
Dr. Hao's primary research goals focus on developing and implementing truly joint intelligent optimal control and novel network protocol design for emerging Networked Control Systems and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Specially, I am working on two practical CPS development, i.e. Unmanned CPS and wide-area power system (WAPS). Using a cross-layer approach, I have developed novel joint stochastic optimal control and distributed network scheduling designs for Unmanned CPS and wide-area power system respectively. My results have revealed the following: 1) derived intelligent control can yield satisfactory performance even with system uncertainties; and 2) a design combining developed control and network scheduling can optimize performance not only from controlled plants, but also from communication networks. My future research plans are aimed at: 1) incorporating more network protocol aspects (e.g., network resource allocation, etc.) into truly co-design for Unmanned CPS, wide-area power system and general CPS; and 2) implementing developed novel co-design into more practical applications, such as unmanned emergency response systems, large distributed networked control of power plants, smart grids, smart city, and wireless passive sensor networked control systems.

Research Assistant positions available. I am currently looking for highly self-motivated Ph.D. students starting from Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 who are strongly committed to research. If you are interested, please send your resume/CV, transcripts, TOEFL and GRE scores, and everything else that you believe will help your application to me in one email.