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Dr Li received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi’an, China, in 2012 and 2015, respectively, and the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), in 2019. After that, he was a Research Fellow at the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Before joining PolyU as a Research Assistant Professor, he was a Research Associate in Robotics for Extreme Environment at School of Engineering, the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Research interests

His research interests and experience include (1) development of novel UAV/UAS configurations such as vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tail-sitter; (2) the application of advanced control theories such as model predictive control (MPC) to improve the flight performance; (3) robotic path/trajectory optimization to improve the autonomous level and efficiency; and (4) field experiments of aerial/underwater/ground mobile robotic systems.


  • ME578 – Aircraft Design
  • AAE4202 - Electronics & Information Technologies for Unmanned Aerial Systems


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Master of Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

External positions

Member, IEEE


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