Professor Xu, Yun-Jian

Assistant Professor
B.S. , Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2006
M.S. , Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2008
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 111 , William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
(852) 3943 1333
(852) 2603 6002


Dr. Xu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2012. Dr. Xu was a CMI (Center for the Mathematics of Information) postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, in 2012-2013. Before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in 2017, he was an assistant professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore, as an assistant professor in 2013-2017.

His research interests focus on energy systems and markets, with emphasis on power system control and optimization, wholesale electricity market design, and the scheduling and pricing of distributed energy resources in power distribution networks. Dr. Xu was a recipient of the MIT-Shell Energy Fellowship.


  • Power system optimization and control
  • Electricity markets and energy economics
  • Stochastic optimal control
  • (Game theoretic) mechanism design

Teaching by Years


  • EEEN 2030 Energy and Environmental Economics and Management
  • EEEN 4060 Energy Distribtuion

Honors & Awards

  • Caltech CMI (Center for the Mathematics of Information) Postdoctoral Fellowship 2012
  • Shell-MIT Energy Fellowship 2010


Journal Papers

  • E. Bitar* and Y. Xu*, Deadline differentiated pricing of deferrable electric loads, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, 8(1), pp. 13-25, 2017.
  • R. Thirumalaivasan, Y. Xu*, and M. Janaki, Power control with Z-source converter based unified power flow controller, IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, 32(12), 9413-9423, 2017.
  • Y. Xu and S. Low, An efficient and incentive compatible mechanism for wholesale electricity markets, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, 8(1), pp. 128-138, 2017.
  • Y. Xu, N. Li, and S. Low, Demand response with capacity constrained supply function bidding, IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, 31(2), 1377-1394, 2016.
  • Y. Xu, F. Pan, and L. Tong, Dynamic scheduling for charging electric vehicles: A priority rule, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, 61(12), 4094-4099, 2016.
  • Y. Xu and L. Tong, Optimal operation and economic value of energy storage at consumer locations, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, 62(2), 792-807, 2017.
  • S. Lakshminarayana, Y. Xu*, H. V. Poor, and T. Quek, Cooperation of storage operation in a power network with renewable generation, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, 7(4), 2108-2122, 2016.
  • J. Jin and Y. Xu*, Optimal storage operation under demand charge, IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, 32(1), 795-808, 2017.
  • T. Wang, Y. Xu*, S. Ahipasaoglu, and C. Courcoubetis, Ex-post max-min fairness of generalized AGV mechanisms, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, 62(10), 5275-5281, 2016.
  • Y. Xu, C. Shi, and I. Duenyas, Priority rules for multi-task due-date scheduling under varying processing costs, Production and Operations Management, 25(12), pp. 2086-2102, 2016.