Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering

Prof Z Wang

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Mining Engineering
Tel: +27 11 471 3513


  • PhD (Control Theory and Control Engineering)
  • Bachelor (Automatic Control)

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Fields of academic interests

Research interest areas

  1. Automatic Control: Adaptive Control, Predictive Control, Advanced PID Control, Optimal Control, Fuzzy and/or Neural Network Control, Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control, Electrical Machine Control

  2. Measurement and Instrumentation: Ultrasonic Measurement, Filter Algorithms (signal processing), Internet Closed-Circuit television (CCTV) design and development, Brain-computer Interface or brain-machine interface based Artificial Intelligence application

    Note: there are equipment and devices to do experiment in the lab of the UNISA science campus and some experiments are important for the above 2 items.

  3. Artificial Intelligence and Application: Particle Swarm Optimization, Genetic Algorithm, Energy (power system) Optimization, Multi-Objective Evolutionary Optimization, Deep learning Neural Network, Image/video Processing

  4. Renewable energy: Ocean energy, Solar energy (system design/optimization/simulation)

  5. Industry 4.0, Encryption, Chaos, Internet of Things and so on

Field of Specialisation

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science

Journal articles

(most of the publications can be found at )

Selected Journal Publications

(2013-Feb 2019):

[1]    Mingwei Sun, Youan Zhang, Jingmao Liu, Jian Huang, Zenghui Wang and Zengqiang Chen, Explicit Parameterized Energy Management for Scramjet Transition, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, In press, (ISI Master indexed journal= SCI indexed journal)

[2]    Ima Okon Essiet, Yanxia Sun, Zenghui Wang, IMPROVED GENETIC ALGORITHM ASED ON PSO-INSPIRED REFERENCE POINT PLACEMENT, Engineering optimization,  In press (ISI Master indexed journal)

[3]    Enzeng Dong, Zhijun Zhang, Mingfeng Yuan, Yuehui Ji, Xuesong Zhou, Zenghui Wang, Ultimate boundary estimation and topological horseshoe analysis on a parallel 4D hyperchaotic system with any number of attractors and its multi-scroll, Nonlinear Dynamics, (ISI Master indexed journal)

[4]    Ima O.Essiet, Yanxia Sun Zenghui Wang, OPTIMIZED ENERGY CONSUMPTION MODEL FOR SMART HOME USING IMPROVED DIFFERENTIAL EVOLUTION ALGORITHM, Energy,  Volume 172, 1 April 2019, Pages 354-365. (ISI Master indexed journal)

[5]    S Cang, Y Li, R Zhang, Z Wang, Hidden and self-excited coexisting attractors in a Lorenz-like system with two equilibrium points, Nonlinear Dynamics, 2019, 95 (1), 381-390 (ISI Master indexed journal).

[6]    Ima Okon Essiet, Yanxia Sun, Zenghui Wang, Analysis of the Effect of Parameter Variation on a Dynamic Cost Function for Distributed Energy Resources: A DER-CAM Case Study, Applied Sciences, 2018, 8: 884 (16 pages). (ISI Master indexed journal)

[7]    Minnan Piao, Zhihong Yang, Mingwei Sun, Jian Huang, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Synthesis of Attitude Control for Statically Unstable Hypersonic Vehicle with Low-Frequency Aero-Servo-Elastic Effect, Aerospace Science and Technology, 2018, 80: 67–77. (ISI Master indexed journal)

[8]    Shijian Cang, Yue Li, Zenghui Wang, Single Crystal-Lattice-Shaped Chaotic and Quasi-Periodic Flows with Time-Reversible Symmetry, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos,  Vol. 28, No. 13, 1830044 (2018). (ISI Master indexed journal)

[9]    Liston Matindife, Zenghui Wang, Yanxia Sun, Fuzzy Logic System for Intermixed Biogas and Photovoltaics Measurement and Control, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 5412062, 18 pages. (ISI Master indexed journal).

[10]Sonia Kiangala Kahiomba and Zenghui Wang, INITIATING PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE FOR A CONVEYOR MOTOR IN A BOTTLING PLANT USING INDUSTRY 4.0 CONCEPTS, Accepted by International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology  (ISI Master indexed journal)

[11]Aiguo Wu, Shijian Cang, Ruiye Zhang, Zenghui Wang, and Zengqiang Chen, Hyperchaos in a Conservative System with Nonhyperbolic Fixed Points, Complexity, 2018, Volume 2018, Article ID 9430637, 8 pages (ISI Master indexed journal)

[12]Ruiye Zhang, Aiguo Wu, Shaoru Zhang, Zenghui Wang, Shijian Cang, Dynamical analysis and circuit implementation of a DC/DC single-stage boost converter with memristance load, Nonlinear Dynamics,, In press (ISI Master indexed journal)

[13]Dong En Zeng, Wang Dan Dan, Tong Ji Gang, Chen Chao, and Wang Zenghui, A Stable Gait Planning method of Biped Robot Based on Ankle motion Smooth Fitting, International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems, 16(1) (2018) 284-294 (ISI Master indexed journal)

[14]Yanxia Sun, Zenghui Wang, Adaptive Sharing Scheme based Sub-swarm Multi-objective PSO, Journal of Universal Computer Science (ISSN: 0948-695x), 2017, Vol. 23, No. 7, pp. 673-691. (ISI Master indexed journal).

[15]Qixia Wu, Mingwei Sun, Zengqiang Chen, Zhihong Yang, and Zenghui Wang, Tuning of Active Disturbance Rejection Attitude Controller for Statically Unstable Launch Vehicle, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (ISSN: 0022-4650), Vol. 54, No. 6 (2017), pp. 1383-1389. (ISI Master indexed journal)

[16]Yanxia Sun, Zenghui Wang, Elitism set based particle swarm optimization and its application, International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems (ISSN: 1875-6883). Vol. 10 (2017): 3–16. (ISI Master indexed journal)

[17]Shijian Cang, Aiguo Wu, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Distinguishing Lorenz and Chen Systems Based Upon Hamiltonian Energy Theory, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (ISSN: 0218-1274), Vol. 27, No. 2 (2017) 1750024 (12 pages) (ISI Master indexed journal)

[18]  Liston Matindife, Zenghui Wang, Fuzzy Logic Algorithms Based Measurement and Control System Design for Intermixed Biogas and Photovoltaic System, Procedia Manufacturing, 2017, ISSN 2351 9789 (Electronic copy), pp. 239-244. (SCOPUS index)

[19]  Yanxia Sun, Zenghui Wang, Improved Particle Swarm Optimization based Dynamic Economic Dispatch of Power System, Procedia Manufacturing, ISSN 2351 9789 (Electronic copy), pp. 297-302. (SCOPUS index)

[20]Shijian Cang, Aiguo Wu, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, On a 3-D generalized Hamiltonian model with conservative and dissipative chaotic flows, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (ISSN: 0960-0779), 99 (2017) 45–51. (ISI Master indexed journal)

[21]Mingwei Sun, Zhiqiang Gao, Zenghui Wang, Yuan Zhang, Zengqiang Chen, On the Model-Free Compensation of Coulomb Friction in the Absence of the Velocity Measurement, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control (ISSN: 0022-0434), 2017, 139(12): 125001-125001-6 (ISI Master indexed journal).

[22]   Waseem Rawat, Zenghui Wang, Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Image Classification: A comprehensive review, Neural Computation (ISSN: 0899-7667), 29, 2352–2449 (2017). (ISI indexed journal).

[23]   Yongkun Wang, Zhongxin Liu, Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Adaptive Backstepping Attitude Control with Disturbance Rejection Subject to Amplitude and Rate Saturations of the Elevator, Journal of Aerospace Engineering (ISSN: 0893-1321), 2017, 30(3) , 04016095 (9 pages). (ISI Master indexed journal).

[24]  Qixia Wu, Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Practical Solution to Efficient Flight Path Control for Hypersonic Vehicle, Trans. Japan Soc. Aero. Space Sci., 2016, 59(4): 195-204 (ISI Master indexed journal).

[25]  Liu Wei, Ma Shunjian, Sun Mingwei, Yi Haidong, Wang Zenghui, Chen Zengqiang. Quadratic Programming-Based Based Fast Path Planning Algorithm Subject to No-Fly Zone Constraints. Engineering Optimization, 2016, 48(8): 1401-1418. (ISI Master indexed journal).

[26]  Yi Li, Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Proportional–integral–derivative attitude control subject to dynamic rate saturation of elevator through explicit command reshaping: an engineering approach, Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, 2016, 230(6): 562-577 (ISI Master indexed journal).

[27]  Li Yi, Sun Mingwei, Wang Zenghui, Chen Zengqiang, Quantitative Analysis of Critical Limitation in Using Extended State Observer. International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems, 2016, 14(3): 876-882 (ISI Master indexed journal).

[28]  Wang Yi, Cao Maoyong, Wang Zenghui,Lu Wei, Zhao Shuping, A novel suspension-floating-circulating fluidized combustion technology for coal slurry, Int J Coal Sci Technol, 2016, 3(1):35–46 (SCOPUS index).

[29]  Shijian Cang , Aiguo Wu, Zenghui Wang, Wei Xue, Zengqiang Chen, Birth of one-to-four-wing chaotic attractors in a class of simplest three-dimensional continuous memristive systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, 2016, 83: 1987-2001 (ISI indexed journal)

[30]  Shijian Cang , Aiguo Wu, Zhonglin Wang, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, A general method for exploring three-dimensional chaotic attractors with complicated topological structure based on the two-dimensional local vector field around equilibriums, Nonlinear Dynamics, 2016, 83: 1069-1078 (ISI indexed journal).

[31]  Wei Xue, Yongli Li, Shijian Cang, Hongyan Ji, Zenghui Wang, Chaotic behavior and circuit implementation of a fractional-order permanent magnet synchronous motor model, Journal of the Franklin Institute, 2015, 352(7): 2887-2898 (ISI Master indexed journal)

[32]  Mingwei Sun, Liming Zhang, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, PID Pitch Attitude Control for Unstable Flight Vehicle in the Presence of Actuator Delay: Tuning and Analysis, Journal of the Franklin Institute, 2014, 351(12):5523–5547 (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[33]  Demin Qiu, Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Yongkun Wang, and Zengqiang. Practical wind-disturbance rejection for large deep space observatory antenna. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (ISSN: 1063-6536), 2014, 22 (5), 1983-1990 (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[34]  Limin Zhang, Mingwei Sun, Zengqiang Chen, ZenghuiWang, and Yongkun Wang, Receding Horizon Trajectory Optimization with Terminal Impact Specifications, Mathematical Problems in Engineering (ISSN 1024-123X), 2014, vol. 2014, Article ID 604705 (8 pages). (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[35]  Zhonglin Wang, Shijian Cang, Zenghui Wang, Wei Xue, and Zengqiang Chen, A strange double-deck butterfly chaotic attractor from a permanent magnet synchronous motor with smooth air gap: Numerical analysis and experimental observation, Abstract and Applied Analysis (ISSN 1085-3375), 2014, Volume 2014, Article ID 495126 (11 pages) (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[36]  Yongkun Wang, Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Zhongxin Liu, Zengqiang Chen, A novel disturbance-observer based friction compensation scheme for ball and plate system, ISA Transactions (ISSN 0019-0578), 2014, 53(2): 671–678. ). (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[37]  Shijian Cang, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Hongyan Jia, Analytical and numerical investigation of a new Lorenz-like chaotic attractor with compound structures, Nonlinear Dynamics (ISSN 0924-090X), 2014, 75: 745-760. (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[38]   Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Practical solution to attitude control within wide envelope, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology (ISSN 1748-8842), 2014, 86(2): 117-128 (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[39]   Yanxia Sun, Karim Djouani, Barend Jacobus van Wyk, Zenghui Wang, and Siarry Patrick, Hypothesis testing Based Adaptive PSO, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology (ISSN 1726-0531), 2014, 12(1): 89-101 (SCOPUS index)

[40]   Shijian Cang, Zengqiang Chen, Zenghui Wang, Hongyan Jia, Projective Synchronization of Fractional-order Memristive Systems with different structures based on Active Control Method, International Journal of Sensor Networks (ISSN 1748-1279), 2013, 14(2): 102-108 (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[41]   Shijiang Cang, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Adaptive sliding mode controller design for projective synchronization of different chaotic systems with uncertain terms and external bounded disturbances, Journal of Applied Mathematics (ISSN 1110-757X), special issue “Complex Systems Modelling, Analysis, and Control”, 2013, Volume 2013, ID856282 (10 pages), (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[42]   Yanxia Sun, Zenghui Wang and Barend J. van Wyk, Chaotic Hopfield neural network swarm optimization and its application, Journal of Applied Mathematics (ISSN 1110-757X), special issue "Intelligent Modeling and Verification", 2013, Volume 2013, ID873670 (10 pages), (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[43]   Mingwei Sun, Zenghui Wang, Yongkun Wang, Zengqiang Chen, On Low-Velocity Compensation of Brushless DC Servo in the Absence of Friction Model, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (ISSN 0278-0046), 2013, 60(9): 3897 - 3905 (ISI Master indexed Journal).

[44]   Mingwei Sun, Ruiguang Yang, Zenghui Wang, Zengqiang Chen, Stability Margin Based PD Attitude Control Tuning for Unstable Flight Vehicle, International Journal of Systems Science (ISSN 0020-7721), 2013, 44(2):240-251 (ISI Master indexed Journal).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Awards and honours (recent five years)

2013: Principal prize for the excellence of Research, University of South Africa.

2012—2017: NRF Rating Y2

2015: Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in Research, University of South Africa

2018-2023: NRF Rating C2.

Professional affiliation

  • IEEE


Principal Investigator

  1. 2011—2014 The National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF): China/South Africa Research Cooperation Programme “An ultrasonic logging sample instrument”.
  2. 2012-2017 NRF Incentive Grant: Intelligent Systems
  3. 2018-2020 NRF Grant: High Tech Automated Real-time SCADA System for Bottling Process Control Using Basic Industry 4.0 Concept.
  4. 2018-2022 NRF Incentive Grant: Intelligent Systems
  5. 2018 South African Eskom Tertiary Education Support Programme Grant: SMART POWER SYSTEM BASED ON INDUSTRY 4.0


Short Biography:

Zenghui Wang (PhD, Nankai University, China) is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C2-rated researcher in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a Professor at the University of South Africa (Unisa).
After graduating with a Doctoral degree in 2007, Prof Wang worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Automation at Shandong University of Science and Technology and a post-Doctoral Fellow at the French South African Technical Institute in Electronics at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

He joined Unisa in 2010 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering and soon thereafter (July 2012) became a Professor in the same Department.

Prof Wang specialises in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is the leader of Intelligent System research group/laboratory. He has been involved in ten major research projects in South Africa and China. To August 2018, he has more than 100 papers published or accepted, including more than 50 ISI master indexed journal papers.