Kaiqing Zhang joins ECE and ISR as a joint appointment faculty member

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This fall the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are pleased to welcome our newest joint appointment faculty member, Kaiqing Zhang.

Zhang has joined the University of Maryland as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Before coming to Maryland, he was a postdoctoral scholar affiliated with the LIDS Lab and the CSAIL robotics lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he worked with Professors Asu Ozdaglar, Russ Tedrake, and Constantinos Daskalakis.

Zhang received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2021 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was advised by Professor Tamer Başar. Prior to his Ph.D., Zhang  received two M.S. degrees from UIUC in 2017, one in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the other in Applied Math. Zhang holds a B.E. in Automation and a B.S. in Economics from Tsinghua University in China.

Zhang's research interests lie in the intersection of control theory, game theory, and machine/reinforcement learning, especially in multi-agent and safety-critical systems; with applications in intelligent and distributed cyber-physical systems, e.g., robotics, smart grid, and transportation systems. He uses mathematical tools from control theory, game theory, operations research, and probability theory to develop provably convergent and efficient algorithms. His broad goal is to lay theoretical foundations for  learning algorithms and systems that address (data-driven) sequential-decision-making problems in game theory and control theory, particularly in the presence of multiple decision-makers, towards large-scale and reliable autonomy.

ISR and ECE welcome Kaiqing Zhang to the faculty of the University of Maryland!

Published October 10, 2022