Zhihua Qu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF). From 1995 to 1997, he served as the assistant chair of the department. From 1999 to 2004, he was the Director of EE at UCF. He has been a Professor (since 2000), SAIC Endowed Professor (since 2010), and the Chair of ECE (since 2010).
Dr. Qu’s research interests include systems & control, in particular, robust control of nonlinear uncertain systems and cooperative control of networked heterogeneous systems, as well as their applications to autonomous vehicles, smart grid, and medical robotics. He directs a few laboratories, including UCF's Medical Robotics Laboratory. He is the PI and Director of FEEDER Center, one of the four national-network centers funded by U.S. Department of Energy under its GEARED Program. As a Co-PI for Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (a tier-1 university transportation center funded by U.S. Department of Transportation), Dr. Qu leads the effort of developing smart interfaces between electrical vehicles and electrical grid as well as autonomous vehicle technologies.
In his areas of expertise, Dr. Qu has received a number of awards and published a number of the papers. He is the author of three books: Cooperative Control of Dynamical Systems with Applications to Autonomous Vehicles by Springer (2009), Robust Control of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems by Wiley (1998), and Robust Tracking Control of Robot Manipulators by IEEE (1996). Dr. Qu is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.
Dr. Qu served on Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society and is currently serving on the Board of ECEDHA. He is/was an Associate Editor for Automatica (since 1999), IEEE ACCESS (since 2013), IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and International Journal of Robotics and Automation.