May 2025 Entry

Full-time, Part-time
Application Deadline
PhD & MPhil
About Programme
How to Apply

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.


There are 6 main research areas in AAE:

  • Aerodynamics

  • Aerospace Propulsion and Combustion

  • Aerospace Structures and Materials

  • Aviation Engineering

  • Flight Mechanics and Control

  • Satellite Communication and Navigation

Research Area


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
Prof. Simon Yu
Vortex ring dynamics and starting jet phenomena 
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 and low-noise design; Environment noise assessment and low-noise path planning; Performance sports aerodynamics
Dr Zhengtong Li
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; Gas turbine design 
Dr Yu Guan
Combustion dynamics in gas turbines and rockets; Combustion instability; Clean combustion; 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 Xi Shen 
Nanoengineered composites; Nanostructured fillers for composites; Functional composites for thermal management; Multimodal sensors; and EMI shielding; Fracture of nanocomposites
Dr Frank Zou
Quantum tunneling; Quantum tunneling-enabled strain sensing
Dr Kit Ying Chan
Structural energy storage composites; Nanocomposite dielectrics; Nanostructured composites for thermal management

Aviation Engineering

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 Ang Li
Air Traffic Management (ATM); Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM); Mechanism design and resource allocation; Multi-modal urban mobility; Air transportation economics; Urban last-mile parcel delivery; Congestion optimization; Path planning and conflict resolution; Large-scale optimization; Deterministic and stochastic optimization; Machine learning; Network science; Data Analytics
Dr Fan Li
Human factors; Fatigue risk management; Accident analysis; Human-machine co-driving; Psychophysiological data analytics; Mutual understanding between human and machine
Dr Kam Hung Ng
Air traffic control (ATC); Air traffic flow management (ATFM); Air transport modelling; Human factors in ATC and flight operations; and Future urban air mobility
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; Multi-Agent Systems; Networked System Control and Optimization; Airport Operations; Air Transport Network; UAV Applications

Flight Mechanics and Control

Prof. C.Y. Wen
UAV/MAV technology research and development
Dr Hailong Huang
Coordination, perception, motion planning and control; Unmanned vehicles (UAVs, UGVs, UUVs, etc); Autonomous and interactive systems: Multi-agent systems; Control applications
Dr Bing Wang
3D Computer Vision; Machine Learning; Multimodal Spatial Perception; Embodied AI; Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Underwater Perception
Dr Weisong Wen
Multi-sensory Integrated Positioning, GNSS, LiDAR-aided GNSS positioning, LiDAR/Visual SLAM, Safety-assured Control and Path Planning, Reinforcement Learning, Safety-assured Autonomous Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Connected Autonomous Driving Vehicles
Dr Tianqi Wang
Satellite control system design; Satellite attitude control; Multi-agent systems; Nonlinear control theory; Optimization-based control theory and applications
Dr Jingjie Xie
Intelligent control; reinforcement learning; model predictive control; UAV control; wind energy; spacecraft control; trajectory planning

Satellite Communication and Navigation

Dr L.T. Hsu
Global navigation satellite system; Beidou; Integrated navigation system; Autonomous driving; Simultaneous localisation and mapping
Dr Wei Liu
Applications of satellite communication and navigation in smart transportation systems; GIS-integrated smart transportation
Dr Y.P. Jiang
Satellite Navigation; Precise Positioning; High Integrity Navigation for Civil Aviation and Intelligent Transportation Systems; Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring; Ground Based Augmentation System; Satellite Based Augmentation System
Dr Weisong Wen
Multi-sensory Integrated Positioning, GNSS, LiDAR-aided GNSS positioning, LiDAR/Visual SLAM, Safety-assured control and path planning, Reinforcement learning, Safety-assured Autonomous Systems, Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Connected Autonomous Driving Vehicles
Dr Bing Xu
Satellite positioning and navigation; GNSS receiver design and signal processing; GNSS security reinforcement; Low Earth orbit positioning, navigation, and timing (LEO PNT); 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; GNSS-based remote sensing; and Indoor positioning
Research Facilities

Please visit our website for more information about our research facilities.

Other Information

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

AAE Research Overview page: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/aae/research/overview/

AAE staff website: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/aae/people/academic-staff/.  

Supporting Documents
Academic Referee's Report

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required. 

  • Identify and invite two academics who are familiar with your academic performance and achievements. Proposed supervisor(s) from the PolyU, proposed supervisor(s) from the partner institution (if any), and persons from non-academic backgrounds are not considered appropriate academic referees.

  • Provide complete and accurate information on your referees, including their email addresses under a university or an organisation, in your online application.

Curriculum Vitae


Research Proposal

Compulsory - submit the research proposal using the standard form: Form GSB/1A.

Transcript / Certificate


Graduation Certificate(s)

  • Provide graduation certificates for undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies.

  • Applicants with academic qualifications from the Chinese Mainland must submit:

    • Degree Certificate (學位證書) and the Online Verification Code (線上驗證碼) issued by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (教育部學位與研究生教育發展中心); and

    • Graduation Certificate (畢業證書) and the Online Verification Code (線上驗證碼) issued by the CHESICC (學信網).

  • Dual-degree applicants must hold a graduation certificate/testimonial with the name of the collaborating institutions.

Official Transcript(s)

  • Provide all pages of transcript(s) that show:

    • all the courses and grades taken during the whole study period;

    • the explanatory notes of the marking scheme/ grading system, and

    • official stamps.

  • Graduation transcripts should be the latest version with the graduation date (or the issue date matching the graduation date).

  • Students who have not graduated should provide the latest transcript or testimonial issued by the institution. Unofficial copies are not accepted.


Optional - Publication records, scholarships, awards/prizes and class rankings (with supporting documents).

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