Welcome to Zhi-Hong Mao's Homepage


Dr. Mao is an Associate Professor and William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests include human-in-the-loop control systems, networked control systems, and neural control and learning. He received his dual Bachelor's degrees in automatic control and mathematics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995, M.Eng. degree in intelligent control and pattern recognition from Tsinghua University in 1998, S.M. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 2000, and Ph.D. degree in medical engineering and medical physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, in 2006. He joined the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and became an Associate Professor in 2011. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award of Pitt Swanson School of Engineering in 2009, NSF CAREER Award in 2010, Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society in 2010, Outstanding Service Award as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems in 2013, and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.


Contact Information

-        Office: 1204 Benedum Hall

-        Mailing address: 1238 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

-        Phone: (412)624-9674

-        Fax: (412)624-8003

-        Email: maozh@engr.pitt.edu


Research Interests

-        Human-in-the-loop control systems

-        Networked and large-scale control systems: electric power systems and transportation systems

-        Neural control and learning



-        ECE 1673: Linear Control Systems, Spring 2006-2013, 2015-2017

-        ECE/ME 2646: Linear System Theory, Fall 2006-2017

-        ECE 2680: Adaptive Control, Fall 2008, 2010, 2012, Spring 2014-2015, Fall 2016

-        ECE 3650: Optimal Control, Fall 2009, 2011, 2013-2015, 2017

-        BioE 2696/ECE 2695: Control Theory in Neuroscience, Spring 2009-2012 (with Prof. Aaron Batista)

-        ECE 1563: Signal Processing Laboratory, Spring 2011 (with Prof. Amro El-Jaroudi)



-        All publications

-        On human-machine systems and neural systems

-        On networked control: electric power systems and power electronics systems

-        On networked control: transportation systems

-        On networked control: communication systems


Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Older Versions of CV

-        [2010] (tenure evaluation at Pitt)

-        [2008] (contract renewal at Pitt)

-        [2005] (joining Pitt)