Dr Kang Li joined the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences as a Lecturer in 2002, and he is currently a Reader in Intelligent Systems and Control. He received BEng, MEng and PhD degrees from Xiangtan University, Harbin Institute of Technology and Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1989, 1992 and 1995 respectively. He also received a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET) from Queen's University in 2000.

Prior to his appointment, Dr Li researched at Shanghai Jiaotong University (1995-1996); Delft University of Technology (1997-1998), and then Queen's University Belfast (1998-2002). Dr Li was a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore (2006), the University of Iowa and New Jersey Institute of Technology (2007), and Tsinghua University (2010). He is also a visiting Professor at Shanghai University (from 2007), and Polytechnic University of Bari, Taranto (2006).

Dr Li's main research interests include Nonlinear System Modelling, Identification and Control; Bio-inspired Computational Intelligence, including Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, Support Vector Machines, Engineering Genes and Evolutionary Programming; and Fault-diagnosis and Detection, with recent applications on energy efficiency and pollution reduction techniques in power generation plants and power systems, polymer extrusion processes, combustion engines and electric motors. His recent research interest is also extended to Bioinformatics and Systems Biology with collaborations on food safety, healthcare and biomedical engineering. He has published over 150 papers in the above area.

Dr Li is the current Secretary of the IEEE United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section, Chairman of the IEEE Control and Communication Ireland Chapter Committee and member of the IEEE Control Systems Society UKRI Chapter Committee. He serves in the editorial board of Neurocomputing, the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement & Control, Int. J. of Modelling, Identification and Control, and Cognitive Computation. He also served as special guest editor for Transactions of the Institute of Measurement & Control, Neurocomputing, Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems, and International Journal of Information Technology. He is the editor or co-editor of 7 volumes of conference proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes series (LNCS, LNAI, LNBI, LNCIS).

He was the Program Chair of the 2010 International Conference on Life System Modelling and Simulation, and 2010 International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment (LSMS2010-ICSEE2010), both held in Wuxi, China, September 17-21, 2010; 2007 International Conference on Life System Modelling and Simulation (LSMS 2007); the 2006 International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC2006). He was also a Special Session Chair of the 2008 International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control (ICMIC 2008) and 2010 International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC2010), and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the 2007 International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC2007). Dr Li served as an IPC member for over 50 international conferences since 2004.

Dr Li is the principal investigator, co-investigator or collaborator of several recent projects funded by research councils and industry, including the £2.3 million “UK-China Bridge project on Sustainable Energy and Built Environment (UC-SEBE)” funded by RCUK (EP/G042594/1) and QUB (2009-2012); EPSRC (EP/F021070/1) grant on “An integrated system of inferential measurement and control of polymer extrusion for self-tuning optimisation and response to disturbances” (2008-2011); EPSRC network grant “New-ACE: A Network for New Academics in Control Engineering” (2007-2010); EPSRC grant "Eng-genes - a new genetic modelling approach for real-time operation and control of engineering systems" (2004-2007); highlighted in EPSRC Newsline, issue 29, page 4, 2004; EPSRC grant "INTERACT: Establishing New Research Links with Chinese Universities and Chinese Academy of Science" (2005-2006); KTP project, with Seagate Technology Media (Ireland) (2005-2007). He also led a PMI2 International Mobility Programme at Queen’s in 2010.

Dr Li is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and is a Fellow of the HEA (The Higher Education Academy, UK).