Yu Zhang

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz

Office: Room 243, Baskin Engineering
Email: zhangy (at) ucsc.edu

Google scholar profile

I am currently looking for self-motivated PhD students. Areas of interest include power systems, data analytics, optimization and learning. Prospective students should have strong mathematical skills. A solid background in optimization, machine learning, signal processing, and/or control techniques would be highly preferred, but not required. If you are interested, please send me an email including your CV and 1-2 publications (if any). My group also welcomes visiting scholars and students.

Short Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the EE Department of UC Santa Cruz. Prior to joining UCSC, I was a postdoc at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My research interests span the spectrum from theory to real-world applications that include

  • Learning, monitoring, and management for smart power grids

  • Transportation electrification and sustainability

  • Robust, stochastic, and online optimization

  • Machine learning and high dimensional statistical inference


  • 07/2017: I joined the Electrical Engineering Department of UC Santa Cruz as an Assistant Professor.

  • 01/2017: Attended the Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp at Simons Institute.

  • 12/2016: I gave a talk on power system state estimation at the CDC in Las Vegas.

  • 11/2016: I gave two talks at the INFORMS annual meeting in Nashville.

  • 09/2016: Attended the Optimization and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty Workshop at Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.

  • 08/2016: I gave a talk on power grid monitoring at MOPTA.

  • 07/2016: Attended the ACC in Boston.

  • 05/2016: I am organizing a session “Optimizing Power System Operations Under Uncertainty” for the INFORMS annual meeting in Nashville.