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Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

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Entrance Year September 2024

Programme Code 48601

Local Application Deadline 01 Dec 2023, HKT 12:00 noon (HKPFS)

Non-Local Application Deadline 01 Dec 2023, HKT 12:00 noon (HKPFS)


For full-time PhD admission, preference will be given to applicants who apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (details), for which the application period starts in early September each year. All research postgraduate applicants are recommended to approach potential supervisors and, put their names on the applications.


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Aims and Characteristics

The Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering (AAE), formerly the Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering, was established under the Faculty of Engineering in 2016 to lead the development of the field of aeronautical and aviation engineering by amalgamating the experts in the Faculty and the industry.


AAE strives to play a leading role in bridging innovative research and development in the field of aeronautical and aviation engineering that accommodates the needs and demands of the aeronautical and aviation industry. AAE currently leads/hosts three research centres/consortiums: the Aviation Research Consortium, the Joint Research Centre of Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology, and the Research Centre for Unmanned Autonomous Systems. The close collaboration with the industry, dedicated research centres, excellent facilities and staff expertise enable our various stakeholders' sustainable growth and competitiveness, including students, staff and industrial partners.


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Research Areas



Prof. C.Y. Wen

Aerothermodynamics and boundary layer transition of hypersonic/supersonic vehicles; Shock/droplet and shock/bubble interactions; Applications of DBD actuators on flow control; Experimental fluid mechanics and CFD; Numerical simulations and assessment of urban wind field and air pollution


Dr Jiaao Hao

High-Speed Aerodynamics; Hypersonic Nonequilibrium Flows; Shock-Wave/Boundary-Layer Interactions; Computational Fluid Dynamics


Dr Siyang Zhong

Acoustics & Aeroacoustics (aircraft noise); Urban air mobility aerodynamics & noise; Rotor noise prediction andlow-noise design; Environment noise assessment and low-noise path planning; Performance sports aerodynamics


Dr Shibin Cao


High-speed flows; Shock/boundary-layer interaction; Laminar-turbulent transition; Direct numerical simulation


Dr Zhengtong Li

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Numerical simulations and assessment of urban wind field and air pollution; Sports Aerodynamics; Smart Cities and Urban sustainability; Real-time Computational Fluid Dynamics; AI-accelerated Computational Fluid Dynamics; AI-based aerodynamic shape optimization


Aerospace Propulsion and Combustion


Prof. C.Y. Wen


Scramjet and Oblique Detonation Engines; Detonation



Prof. Simon Yu


Turbulent mixing; Applied fluid dynamics; Multi-phase flows; Starting jet phenomenon



Dr Yu Guan

Combustion dynamics in gas turbines and rockets; Combustion instability; Nonlinear dynamics; Data-driven methods



Dr Sangdi Gu


Thermochemical nonequilibrium; Hypersonic impulse facilities; Optical diagnostics; Experimental hypersonics



Dr Zijian Zhang


Hypersonic air-breathing propulsion; Detonation phenomenon and Detonation-based engine; Supersonic combustion; Shock dynamics; Supersonic/hypersonic wind tunnel experiment; Computational fluid dynamics

Aerospace Structures and Materials


Dr Frank Zou


Non-destructive evaluation; Structural health monitoring; Ultrasonic testing; Ultrasonic corrosion monitoring; Nanocomposite strain sensor


Dr Xi Shen


Nanoengineered composites; Nanostructured fillers for composites; Functional composites for thermal management; Multimodal sensors; and EMI shielding; Fracture of nanocomposites


Dr Kit Ying Chan

Structural energy storage composites; Nanocomposite dielectrics; Nanostructured composites for thermal management

Aviation Engineering


Dr Ang LI

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM); Regional Air Traffic Management (ATM); UAV Path Planning, Conflict Detection and Resolution (CD&R); Multi-modal Transportation Systems; Last-mile Urban Parcel Delivery; Mechanism Design and Resource Allocation; Congestion Management; Transportation Economics; Large-scale Optimization, Stochastic Optimization, Machine Learning, Network Science, Data Analytic

Dr Fan LI

Human factors and ergonomics: Human fatigue management; Safety management systems; Human-centred design; Risk model; Non-technical skills assessment; System evaluation; Advanced technology acceptance analysis; Accident analysis.

Cognitive modelling: Eye-tracking data analytics; Eye-tracking algorithm; Bio signal data-driven systems; Artificial intelligence; Multi-source data analytics; Electroencephalography data analytics.

Dr Wei LIU
Air transportation modeling; Air-rail system modeling; Airport ground transportation; Data-driven decision analytics; Transportation network modeling; Transportation and aviation economics; UAV applications in smart transportation and logistics

Dr Kam Hung NG

Air transportation engineering, air traffic and aviation management: Operations research; Uncertainty modelling; Data-driven optimisation; Risk and safety assessment; Smart predict-and-optimise approach.


Human factors and ergonomics in air traffic control and flight operations: Situational awareness; Neuroergonomics, Vigilance and resilience modelling, Intelligent automation of aviation system

Dr Lingxiao WU
Data-driven Optimization, Aviation Operations Modelling and Optimization, UAV Service Network Design, Shipping and Port Operations Modelling and Optimization

Dr Gangyan XU
Data-Driven Optimization and Control, Complex Networked Systems, UAV Applications in Emergency Management, Aviation Safety and Reliability, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems and Applications.

Flight Mechanics and Control


Prof. C.Y. Wen


UAV/MAV technology research and development



Dr Hailong Huang           


Navigation and control of UAVs; Autonomous systems; Multi-agent systems; Control applications



Dr Bing Wang


3D Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Intelligent Spatial Perception, Visual and LiDAR SLAM, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Cyber Physical Systems, Metaverse



Dr Tianqi Wang


Multi-agent systems; Rigid body control; Nonlinear control theory and applications; Event-triggered control



DrJingjie Xie


Intelligent control, model predictive control, wind energy, spacecraft control, trajectory planning



Satellite Communication and Navigation


Dr Li-Ta Hsu


Global navigation satellite system; Beidou; Integrated navigation system; Autonomous driving; Simultaneous localisation and mapping



Dr Yiping Jiang


Satellite navigation; Integrity monitoring; Augmentation systems; Sensor fusion



Dr Weisong Wen


LiDAR SLAM; Visual SLAM; GNSS; GNSS-RTK; Sensor Fusion; Cooperative Positioning; Cloud Positioning; Autonomous Driving; UAV; Robotics; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Smart Cities



Dr Bing Xu


Signal processing; Satellite positioning and navigation; GNSS receiver design; GNSS radio frequency interference detection and localization; Parameter estimation; Wireless communications


Dr Guohao Zhang

GNSS positioning in challenging environments; 3D mapping aided GNSS; Collaborative positioning; Signal propagation modelling; Multipath and NLOS reception mitigation; Multi-sensor Integration; Machine learning; and Indoor positioning

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