Zhen Ni
, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
J. Lohr College of Engineering
South Dakota State University
223 Daktronics Engineering Hall, Box 2222
Brookings, SD 57007
Tel: 605-688-6249. Fax: 605-688-4401
Email: Zhen.Ni@sdstate.edu; nizhen10@gmail.com


        [Call for Paper]: IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications. Special Issue on: Cyber Physical Power Systems: Advanced Intelligent Technologies and Applications. [CFP]. Due: 31-March-2018.

  • 01-01-2018: Prof. Ni is appointed as an Associate Editor on IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (IF: 6.343).
  • 12-2017: Prof. Ni is invited to provide seminars to Northeastern University, Shenyang, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, in China.
  • 09-07-2017: Profs. Tonkoski, Hansen, Ni et al, receive a NSF grant for research on advanced energy management systems.
  • 09-01-2017: [News Report]: Consumers, utility companies to reap savings from energy management system. [Link].
  • 08-15-2017: Prof. Ni is invited to provide a seminar on Intelligent System Research based on Adaptive Dynamic Programming at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
  • 07-31-2017: Naresh Malla successfully defends his MS thesis entitled "Intelligent Learning Control System Design Based on Adaptive Dynamic Programming". Congratulations Naresh!
  • 05-2017 ~ 06-2017: Prof. Ni is invited to provide seminars to Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, Chongqing Science and Technology College and Anhui Agricultural University, in China.
  • 06-27-2017: Paper entitled "Learning Human-Robot Interaction for Robot-Assisted Pedestrian Flow Optimization" is accepted in IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems.
  • 06-07-2017: Paper entitled "A Computationally Efficient Optimization Approach for Battery Systems in Islanded Microgrid" is accepted in IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid.
  • 06-02-2017: Prof. Ni and Prof. Hansen receive FY18 SDBOR Competitive Research Grant support to develop future smart home energy management systems!
  • 05-27-2017: Paper entitled "Model-Free Adaptive Control for Unknown Nonlinear Zero-Sum Differential Game" is accepted in IEEE Trans. on Cybernetics.
  • 04-28-2017: Avijit Das successfully defends his MS thesis entitled "Efficient Energy Optimization for Smart Grid and Smart Community". Congratulations Avijit!
  • 04-12-2017: Quazi Irfan and Calvin Kielas-Jensen receive Bennett Fellowship to work on a smart robot project under Prof. Ni.

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Brief Bio:

Dr. Ni is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings, SD. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island (URI), Kingston, RI, in 2015. He received B.S in Department of Control Science and Engineering (currently renamed as College of Automation), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 2010. 

His research mainly includes Computational Intelligence, Adaptive Control, Machine Learning, and applications for Smart Grid, Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems. He has authored and co-authored for numerous peer-reviewed research articles, including one Publication Spotlight Paper in IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (2013) and one Most Cited Neurocomputing Articles in Neurocomputing (2015). He is actively involved in various professional services and activities in the computational intelligence society (CIS), including the general chair of IEEE CIS winter school (2016), the local arrangement chair of IEEE CIS workshop in URI (2014), and the secretary of IEEE symposium series on computational intelligence (SSCI'14), the web manager for IEEE CIS website (2011-2013). He has also been invited to serve as the technical program committee member for the flagship conferences, and the referee for the major journals in the field. 

He received the URI Excellence in Doctoral Research Award (2016), Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2014), Second Prize of Graduate Student Poster Contest in IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (2015), Enhancement of Graduate Research Award (EGRA) by URI (2014), Travel Award by IEEE SSCI-Doctoral Consortium (2014), National Encouragement Scholarship by Ministry of Education in China (2007), and all Outstanding Academic Students awards in HUST (2006-2010).