Lifeng Zhou

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Assistant Professor
Director of the Zhou Lab
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Drexel University
Office: Bossone 503
E-mail: lz457 @

About me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania. I obtained my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2020. Before that, I received my MS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2016 and my BS from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2013. I serve as an Associate Editor for the ICRA Conference Editorial Board.

My research focuses on enabling security, trustworthiness, and long-term autonomy in robotics and autonomous systems. I have been working in related areas such as multi-robot coordination, approximation algorithms, combinatorial optimization, deep learning, model predictive control, and resilient and risk-aware decision making. My long-term goal is to investigate secure, reliable, and scalable multi-robot autonomy when robots use data-driven machine learning techniques in the areas of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, precision agriculture, and smart cities. I am especially interested in how collaborative intelligence and learning paradigms can help overcome challenges related to adversarial attacks and uncertainties on the perceptions and communications of decentralized multi-robot teams. Find out more.

I also share common interests with my dear wife, Dr. Tiantian Lin, in the areas of Agricultural Robotics & Food Science. She is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Cornell University. To learn more about her research, see here.


  • Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech,   August 2016 - May 2020

  • M.S. in Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University,   September 2013 - March 2016

  • B.S. in Automation, Huazhong University of Science and Technology,   September 2009 - June 2013

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