Minghui Zhu

Minghui Zhu is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State in 2013, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. His research interests lie in distributed control and decision-making of multi-agent networks with applications in robotic networks, security and the smart grid. He is the co-author of the book "Distributed optimization-based control of multi-agent networks in complex environments" (Springer, 2015). He is a recipient of the award of Outstanding Graduate Student of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCSD in 2011, the Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship in Engineering at Penn State in 2013, the award of Outstanding Reviewer of Automatica in 2013 and 2014, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2019. He is an associate editor of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society and IET Cyber-systems and Robotics.

AI-related Expertise

  • AI Foundations: Distributed machine learning, safe machine learning, secure machine learning
  • Applied AI: Multi-robot systems, security

Externally Funded AI Projects

  • DOD MURI, Adversarial and uncertain reasoning for adaptive cyber defense - Building the scientific foundations
  • NSA, New techniques towards active cyber defense
  • NSF, Data-driven distributed control of mobile robotic networks: Where machine learning meets game theory
  • ARO, Foundations of autonomous adaptive cyber systems

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Minghui Zhu
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering



The Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems (CAFE), pronounced café, brings together expertise from 75 researchers representing 24 academic units across Penn State with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary interactions. The center’s focus is on accelerating advances by synergistically advancing AI foundations and the techniques to deploy them efficiently toward applications focused on engineered and defense systems. CAFE provides opportunities for research partnerships, faculty/student recruitment, and technology transition to practice.

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