Hongcai ZHANG 張洪財

Openings

We regularly have several positions for Postdoc, Phd, Master, Research Assistant, and Visiting Scholar each year (funded by UM Scholarship/Assistantship or external research grants). If you are interested in our research and want to join our group, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email with your CV, transcript, & representative publication.

Notice 1: Recommended Direct PhD Admission for undergraduate students from Mainland China for 2023/2024 academic year (2023/2024學年招收中國內地推薦免試攻讀博士研究生) is now open for application (DDL: October 17, 2022), check the notice in Chinese. All successful applicants will be funded by the UM Phd Scholarship or Assistantship. Some may also have the opportunity to be admitted by the “UM-UK 3+1 program” (earn master at Imperial College London and PhD at UM). 

Notice 2: Regular PhD Admission for undergraduate or master students for 2022/2023 academic year (2022/2023學年招收博士研究生,包括直博、普博) is now open for application (DDL of 1st batch: October 31, 2022; DDL of 2nd batch: February 28, 2022), check the notice here. All successful applicants will be funded by the UM Phd Scholarship or Assistantship

Notice 3: We are recruiting full-time Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Scholar and Engineers to join our R&D group at Zhuhai UM Science & Technology Research Institute. 我們在珠海澳大科技研究院智慧城市研發中心設立產學研團隊,正招收全職研究員、博士後、工程師等,提供极具竞争力的薪酬和良好的科研与工作条件,歡迎發送簡歷等至 hczhang@um.edu.mo 咨詢或直接網上申請

Notice 4: We have a new postdoc scholar position on operation of integrated energy system, smart building, and virtual power plant. The contract period is two years and extendable. Welcome to drop me an email if you feel interested! 

Recent News

Nov 19, 2022, new publication: G. Chen, H. Zhang, H. Hui, and Y. Song, “Deep-quantile-regression-based surrogate model for joint chance-constrained optimal power flow with renewable generation,” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, pp. 1–15, 2022. DOI: 10.1109/TSTE.2022.3223764

Nov 16, 2022, our group (Yonghua Song, Man Chung Wong, Hongcai Zhang, Ningyi Dai, and Keng Weng Lao)  won the second prize of the Macao Science and Technology Award – Natural Science Award. Our students, Ge Chen (Phd) and Qilin Hou (master), won the  Scientific and Technological R&D Award for Postgraduates. Cheers!

Nov 13, 2022, Zhenyi Wang received the Best Paper Award at the 6th IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration (EI2). Cheers! 

Nov 6, 2022, new publication: P. Yu, H. Zhang, Y. Song, H. Hui, and C. Huang, “Frequency Regulation Capacity Offering of District Cooling System: An Intrinsic-motivated Reinforcement Learning Method,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, pp. 1–12, 2022.

Nov 3, 2022, Prof. Hongcai Zhang is recognized as the world’s top 2% scientist 2022 by Stanford University. 

Oct 31, 2022, new research proposal approved: Chi Kong Wong (PI), and Hongcai Zhang (co-PI), “Multi-energy system coordination and carbon management in low-carbon park,” Macao Science and Technology Development Fund and Ministry of Science and Technology of China Joint Project, MOP 1,864,000, 2022-2025. We are hiring a new Postdoc Scholar for this project. Welcome to drop me an email for application! Cheers! 

Oct 11, 2022, Dr. Hui LI from Chongqing University joined us as a postdoctoral scholar. Welcome!

Oct 11, 2022, new publication: L. Kong, H. Zhang, W. Li, H. Bai, and N. Dai, “Spatial-temporal Scheduling of Electric Bus Fleet in Power-Transportation Coupled Network,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, 2022.

Sep 21, 2022, Kong Lingming, Yu Peipei, and Wang Zhenyi, will give presentations at the forthcoming 6th IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration (EI2), Chengdu, from Oct 28 to 30. 

Sep 8, 2022, UM, China Southern Power Grid build joint laboratory to promote research and development of carbon-neutral power and energy systems, check the exciting news

June 5, 2022, new publication: G. Chen, H. Zhang, H. Hui, and Y. Song, “Chance-constrained regulation capacity offering for HVAC systems under non-Gaussian uncertainties with mixture-model-based convexification,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2022.

June 1, 2022, Chen Ge is awarded the “Scientific and Technological R&D Award for Postgraduates” by FDCT, Macao. 

Apr. 28, 2022, new research proposal approved: Hogncai Zhang (PI) and Hongxun Hui (Co-PI), “Key technologies and applications of network-load-storage interaction of virtual power station in smart city,” Science and Technology Development Fund, Macao, China, MOP 1,100,000, 2022-2024.

Apr. 26, 2022, new publication: Y. Dong, S. Ma, H. Zhang, and G. Yang, “Multi-Class ARMA-based Wind Power Prediction with Logistic Function based Classification,” to appear in Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, 2022.

Apr. 16, 2022, Prof. Hongcai Zhang gave an invited talk, “Data-driven Nonparametric Operation of Distribution Systems with Uncertainties”, at Chongqing University. Check the news.

Apri. 15, 2022, new publication: H. Hui, P. Yu, H. Zhang, N. Dai, W. Jiang and Y. Song, “Regulation Capacity Evaluation of Large-scale Residential Air Conditioners for Improving Flexibility of Urban Power Systems,” to appear in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 2022.

Mar. 08, 2022, Dr. Ji Zhang from the Ocean University of China has joined our group as a postdoctoral scholar. Cheers! 

Jan. 15, 2022, Prof. Hongxun Hui received the Best Paper Award of the 3rd IEEE Conference on Sustainable Power and Energy (iSPEC 2021). Check the great news here. The paper is: H. Hui, P. Yu, H. Zhang, N. Dai, W. Jiang and Y. Song, “Regulation Capacity Evaluation of Large-scale Heterogeneous Residential Air Conditioning Loads,” the 3rd IEEE Conference on Sustainable Power and Energy (iSPEC 2021). 

Jan. 01, 2022,  Dr. Hongxun Hui is promoted to be a Research Assistant Professor with the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City. Congrats to Prof. Hui. 

Dec. 17, 2021, Prof. Hongcai Zhang gave an invited talk on the “new distribution system online workshop” organized by the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute Co., Ltd. Check the flier of this workshop here and Prof. Zhang’s slides here

Nov 19, 2021, our students, i.e., Lingming Kong, and Jinxi Zhang, won the Award of Excellence in the 2021 X-Game Shanghai New Energy Vehicle Big Data Competition. Prof. Hongcai Zhang received the Best Mentor Award as the supervisor. Check the exciting news in Chinese or English!

Nov 14, new publication: D. Zhang, H. Zhu, H. Zhang, H. H. Goh, H. Liu, and T. Wu, “Multi-objective Optimization for Smart Integrated Energy System Considering Demand Responses and Dynamic Prices,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2021. DOI: 10.1109/TSG.2021.3128547

Nov 10, Hongcai Zhang gave an invited speech on “Electric vehicle and development of low-carbon Macao” on the “Electric and connected vehicle workshop” organized by IEEE Macao. Check the news here.  

Nov 5, new publication: C. Huang, H. Zhang, L. Wang, X. Luo, and Y. Song, “Safe deep reinforcement learning with discrete-continuous hybrid action space for smart home energy management,” to appear in Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, 2021.

Oct 28, congratulations to our student, Hongyi Li, who has just received the prize for outstanding achievement in master of sience at Imperial College London. Cheers!

Oct 27, Prof. Jingrui Zhang, Associate Professor with Xiamen University, joined us as a visiting scholar. Cheers! 

Oct 23, our group attend the 5th IEEE EI2 conference on Oct 22-24, 2021 in Taiyuan. We have in total of 3 papers presented in this conference that are first authored by Dr. Dundun Liu, Lingming Kong, and Bin Zou, respectively. Hongcai Zhang gave an invited speach on a special session “Approximate Modeling Techniques in Integrated Energy System Operation and Control” (check the slides here). Cheers!  

Oct 21, 2021, tons of congratulations to our students, i.e., Peipei Yu, Zhenyi Wang, Hongxun Hui, who have won the First Prize and the only Best Innovation Award at the 2021 Contest of AI Application in Power Dispatching organized by China Southern Power Grid. Check the exciting news in Chinese or English!

Aug 11, this semester we have five great new students joining us. They are:  1) Mr Zuntao HU (regular Phd student) who obtained his bachelor and master degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University; 2) Mr Zhenyi WANG (direct Phd student) who obatained his bachelor degree from Sichuan University; 3) Mr Jinxi ZHANG (master student) who obtained his bachelor degree from the University of Macau; 4) Ms Zifei WANG (master student) who obtained his bachelor degree from Beijing Forestry University; 5) Mr Tong WU who obtained his bathelor degree from University of Macau. Welcome! Cheers! 

Aug 10, new publication: D. Zhang, H. Zhu, H. Zhang, H. H. Goh, H. Liu, T. Wu, “An Optimized Design of Residential Integrated Energy System Considering the Power-to-Gas Technology with Multi-Functional Characteristics,” to appear in Energy, 2021. 

July 25, 2021, new publication: G. Chen, H. Zhang, H. Hui, N. Dai, and Y. Song, “Scheduling thermostatically controlled loads to provide regulation capacity based on a learning-based optimal power flow model,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2021.

July 18, new research proposal approved: Yonghua Song (PI), Ningyi Dai (sub-task PI), Hongcai Zhang (sub-task PI), and Keng Weng Lao (sub-task PI), “Intelligent Coordinated Operation, Protection and Application on Integrated Energy IoT,” Science and Technology Development Fund, Macao, China, MOP 7,670,000, 2021-2024.

July 3, 2021, tons of congratulations to our phd student, Lingming Kong, who has won the “Excellent Paper Award” of the 34th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS34) for the paper entitled “Spatial and Temporal Optimal Scheduling of Electric Buses for Active Distribution Network with Soft Open Point”!

July 1, 2021, new publication: D. Zhang, H. Li, H. Zhu, H. Zhang, H. H. Goh, M. C. Wong, and T. Wu,  “Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Energy Consumption of the Commercial Tourism City,” to appear in Sustainable Cities and Society, 2021.

June 26, 2021, Hongcai Zhang gave an invited speech on “Utilizing generalized demand-side energy storage systems to decarbonize future smart cities” in the 34th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS34), Nanjing, China. On the same conference, our PhD student Lingming Kong gave a technical presentation on “Spatial and Temporal Optimal Scheduling of Electric Busesfor Active Distribution Network with Soft Open Point”.

June 6, 2021, new publication: B. Yan, G. Chen, H. Zhang, and M. C. Wong,  “Strategical district cooling system operation with accurate spatiotemporal consumption modeling,” to appear in Energy and Buildings, 2021.

Apr 27, 2021, new publication: G. Chen, B. Yan, H. Zhang, D. Zhang, and Y. Song,  “Time-efficient strategic power dispatch for district cooling systems considering the spatial-temporal evolution of cooling load uncertainties,” to appear in CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, 2021.

Apr 25, 2021, new publication: G. Chen, H. Zhang, H. Hui, and Y. Song,  “Fast Wasserstein-distance-based distributionally robust chance-constrained power dispatch for multi-zone HVAC systems,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2021.

Feb 23, 2021, our student Ge Chen will give a presentation on the coming PES General Meeting during July 25 to 27, 2021: G. Chen, H. Zhang, N. Dai, and Y. Song, “Topology-free optimal power dispatch for distribution network considering security constraints and flexible building thermal inertia,” to be presented on the IEEE PES General Meeting 2021. Download preprint.

Jan 28, 2021, tons of congratulations to our students, i.e., Peipei Yu, Bin Zou, Hongxun Hui, Guangxu Feng, and Qifan Yang, who have won the Second Prize and the only Best Innovation Award at the 2020 Contest of AI Application in Power Dispatching in China. Check the exciting news in Chinese or English!

Jan 15, 2021, new publication: C. Huang, H. Zhang, Y. Song, L. Wang, T. Ahmad, and X. Luo “Demand response for industrial micro-grid considering photovoltaic power uncertainty and battery operational cost,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2021.

Jan 04, 2021, Dr. Xinwei Shen, Research Scientist from Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, joined us as a visiting scholar (advisor at UM: Prof. Yonghua Song). 

Oct 31, 2020, Hongcai Zhang co-chaired an invited paper session, “Energy Transportation Nexus with Electric Vehicles,” on the 4th IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration, Wuhan, China; and gave an invited speech, “Power and Transport Nexus: Autonomous Electric Vehicle Fleet Operation and Optimization.”

Oct 30, 2020, founding congress of the IEEE PES Electric Vehicle Satellite Committee-China, at Wuhan, China. Hongcai Zhang is appointed as the Secretary-General of IEEE PES Electric Vehicle Satellite Committee-China Energy and Transportation Nexus Subcommittee. Our group members, Dr. Chao Huang, Dr. Dongdong Zhang, Dr. Xiaohe Yan, Dr. Hongxun Hui etc. are all appointed as the standing director or director of the Subcommittee. 

Oct 14, 2020, Dr. Hongxun Hui graduated from Zhejiang University joined us as a postdoctoral scholar (advisor at UM: Prof. Yonghua Song). 

Sep 20, 2020, new research proposal approved: Hongcai Zhang (PI), “Strategic operation of shared-use autonomous electric fleet considering synergy of power and transportation systems,” Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 240,000, 2021-2023.

Aug 04, 2020, Hongcai ZHANG will give an invited talk (virtual presentation) on vehicle-to-grid technology on the panel session “Electric Vehicles as Flexible Demand-side Resources: Research Progress, Obstacles and Pilot Projects” in the coming IEEE PES General Meeting 2020, Montreal, Canada. 

July 24, 2020, Hongcai ZHANG gave an invited talk on “Smart Energy in the IoT Era” in the “Smart City and IoT workshop” organized by the IEEE Macau, Macao, China.

July 08, 2020, Hongcai ZHANG gave an invited talk on distributed energy resources in Energy Internet in a Webinar organized by the School of Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

June 29, 2020, Ge CHEN will present a conference paper on the coming 2020 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power & Energy Engineering Conference: G. Chen, B. Yan, H. Zhang, Y. Song, “Optimal Power Dispatch for District Cooling System Considering Cooling Water Transport Delay,” IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power & Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), Nanjing, China, Sep 20-Sep 23, 2020.

Apr 16, 2020, new research proposal approved: Hongcai Zhang (PI) and Dongdong Zhang (Co-PI), “Strategic operation and optimization of integrated energy systems in smart city,” the Science and Technology Development Fund, Macao, China, MOP$1,165,000, 2020-2022.