Yiding Ji (季一丁)

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Assistant professor

Robositcs and Autonomous Systems Thrust, Systems Hub

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), China

Email: jiyiding@ust.hk


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I am now an assistant professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Thrust, Systems Hub, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), China, also affiliated with Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China. I received my bachelor's degree of Electrical Engineering and its Automation from Tianjin University, China in 2014, then master's degree and doctor's degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering both from the University of Michigan, United States, in 2016 and 2019, respectively. My PhD supervisor is Professor Stéphane Lafortune. From 2019 to 2020, I worked as a postdoc researcher at Boston University in United States, where I collaborated with Professor Christos G. Cassandras and Professor Calin Belta. In early 2021, I started as a research scientist at the future of automation group of Siemens Corporation in United States. I returned to academia and joined HKUST in late 2021. My research interests generally include formal methods, automatic control and machine learning. The ultimate goal of my research is to achieve safe, reliable and trustworthy cyber physical systems in an interdisciplinary manner. I am a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Community on Discrete Event Systems. I am serving as reviewers for multiple journals and conferences.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Michigan, USA, May 2016-May 2019

  • Master of Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Major: Control/ Minor: Signal Processing), University of Michigan, USA, September 2014 - April 2016

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering and its Automation), Tianjin University, China, September 2010 - July 2014

Research Interests


My research interests lie in the intersection of control theory, computer science and cyber physical systems, with special focuses on:

  • control systems

  • discrete event systems

  • formal methods

  • trustworthy machine learning

  • algorithmic game theory

  • cyber security and privacy

  • industrial automation

  • autonomous systems

  • theoretical computer science

Open Positions

Postdoc and research assistant positions are available for those who have experience in either of the following fileds: control, optimization, formal methods, discrete event systems, machine learning. Preferred are candidates with backgrounds in muptiple above mentioned areas. The salaries are highly competitive and the benefits are quite generous. Additional allowrance and research funds will be provided by central, provincial orlocal governments for qualified postdocs. Please contact me for more detailed information if you are interested.

Propspective Students

I am looking for self motivated and talented master and PhD students with interests in the following areas: automatic control, optimization, discrete event systems, formal methods, theoretical computer science, cyber pyhsical systems, autonomous systems, robotics, cyber security, machine learning, industrial automation. The exact number of positions are contingent on the availability of fundings, so prospective students are encouraged to contact me in advance before and during the application season. For more information conerning the general admission procedure and requirements, please refer to the link of the university.


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Email address: jiyiding@ust.hk

Address: Fok Ying Tung Research Institute,

Science and Technology Building, Nansha Information Technology Park,

No. 2 Huan Shi Da Dao Road, Nansha District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, 511458, China