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Associate Professor Juan Shi

BEng Hons (Northeastern Uni, China), PhD Electrical Engineering (VU), GCertTerEd (VU)

Associate Professor

Juan is an associate professor at the College of Engineering & Science. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) units at Victoria University (VU).

Juan has been coordinating Problem Based Learning (PBL) units for the EEE discipline at VU for almost a decade. Juan and her colleagues have been designing and conducting engineering PBL projects to stimulate students’ curiosity and independence in learning, and to improve students’ critical thinking skills and analytical skills in order to prepare students to be industry ready.

In 2014 Juan was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (Higher Education). In 2015 she was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for excellent teaching of innovative problem-based learning for engineering students, maximising their learning experience and industry readiness from the Office for Learning & Teaching, Australian Government.

Juan is also the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Coordinator of the College. She conducts activities that promote a female friendly learning environment in order to produce competent female graduates at VU. She also organises and conducts activities to promote engineering and science courses to potential female students and also promote community awareness and engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Her research interests include intelligent control, control applications, power system stabilisation, renewable energy systems and engineering education. Juan has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for several high impact international journals such as European Journal of Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Industry Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

A. Noshadi, J. Shi, W. S. Lee, P. Shi, and A. Kalam “System identification and robust control of multi-input multi-output active magnetic bearing system”. Online ISSN: 1063-6536. DOI: 10.1109/TCST.2015.2480009, IEEE Transaction on Control Systems Technology, 2015, Issue 99. (Q1 with I.F: 2.521).

A. Noshadi, J. Shi, W. S. Lee, P. Shi, and A. Kalam “Robust control of an active magnetic bearing system using H∞ and disturbance observer based control”. DOI: 10.1177/1077546315602421,, Journal of Vibration and Control, 2015. (Q2 with I.F: 4.355).

A. Noshadi, J. Shi, W. S. Lee, P. Shi, and A. Kalam “Optimal PID-type fuzzy logic controller for multi-input multi-output active magnetic bearing system”. DOI: 10.1007/s00521-015-1996-7, Print ISSN: 0941-0643, Online ISSN: 1433-3058. Publisher: Springer London, 2015. Neural Computing and Applications, 2015. (Q2 with I.F: 1.569).

J. Shi, A. Kalam, P. Shi, “Improving power quality and stability of wind energy conversion system with fuzzy controlled STATCOM”. DOI: 10.1080/1448837X.2015.1092918. Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineers Australia, 2015.

J. Shi, L.J. Qin, R. Zmood, “Synchronous disturbance attenuation in magnetic bearing systems using adaptive compensating signals”, IFAC Journal of Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 12, 2004, pp. 283-290.

Refereed Book Chapters

J.Shi, W.S.Lee, “Design and implementation of conventional and advanced controllers for magnetic bearing system stabilization”, published in the book Magnetic Bearings, Theory and Applications, edited by Bostjan Polajzer, Sciyo, 2010, pp. 1 – 26.

A.Simcock, J.Shi, R.Thorn, “Engaging engineering students with PBL (Problem Based Learning) problems from industry and community”, Chapter 22 of the book Innovations 2009, the iNEER Special Volume for 2009, pp.273-285.

Conference presentations

J. Shi, A. Noshadi, A. Kalam, and P.Shi, “Fuzzy logic control of DSTATCOM for improving power quality and dynamic performance”. In the Proceedings of Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, AUPEC 2015, pp. 1-6, Australia, 27-30 September 2015.

A. Noshadi, J. Shi, W. S. Lee, P. Shi, and A. Kalam, “On two-step controller design for partially unknown unstable systems”. In the Proceedings of European Control Conference, Austria, pp. 485-490, 2015.

Noshadi, J. Shi, W. S. Lee, P. Shi, and A. Kalam, “Repetitive disturbance observer-based control for an active magnetic bearing system”. Paper accepted and is to be published in the Proceedings of Australian Control Conference, Australia, 2015.

E. Whittle, A. Noshadi, J. Shi, and A. Kalam, “Experimental study on servo linear quadratic gaussian and observer-based sliding mode control for active magnetic bearing system”. In the Proceedings of Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, AUPEC 2015, Australia, pp. 1-6, 27-30 September 2015.

A. Noshadi, J. Shi, W. S. Lee, P. Shi, and A. Kalam, "Genetic algorithm-based system identification of active magnetic bearing system: A frequency-domain approach". In Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation (IEEE ICCA 2014), June 18-20, 2014, Taiwan, pp. 1281-1286.

View Juan's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Juan coordinates the following units:

Postgraduate research students and fellows


Principal Supervisor of two Masters students.

Current supervisions

Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor of three PhD students.

Research grants

Victoria University Central Research Grant Scheme (CRGS), 2013, $24,041.

Collaborative Research Grant Scheme, 2012, $15,000.

Professional memberships

  • Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).

Areas of expertise

  • Engineering education
  • Intelligent control
  • Magnetic bearing system identification and control
  • Power quality and stability improvement of wind energy conversion systems
  • Power system stabilisation

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4034