Dr Long Zhang's research mainly focuses on machine and statistical learning, neural networks, system identification, frequency analysis and their practical applications in smart renewable energy. He joined University of Manchester as a lecturer on Dec 2015. He received the Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He received a PhD in Energy, Power and Intelligent Control from Queen's University Belfast in 2013. He was a Research associate for an EU PP7 funded project titled 'Demonstration of methods and tools for the optimisation of operational reliability of large-scale industrial wind turbines' in Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at University of Sheffield from 2014 to 2015.