Yilu Zhang

Yilu Zhang

Technical Fellow and Lab Group Manager, General Motors

Yilu Zhang received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 1994 and 1997, respectively; and his Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan State University in 2002. He joined General Motors Global R&D center at Warren, Michigan, in 2002 and is currently a Technical Fellow and the Manager of Vehicle Health Management group. His research focuses on intelligent data analytics that aggregate large scale of vehicle engineering data and extract actionable knowledge to positively impact vehicle ownership. Zhang’s R&D team worked with a cross-functional team to launch the industry-first OnStar™ Proactive Alerts service in 2015. This customer care service can predict when certain components need attention and notify drivers before vehicle performance is affected. This technology is one of the supporting practices that won the INFORMS award for General Motors in 2016. Zhang has published more than 60 refereed technical papers. He holds 39 U.S. patents and has 10+ pending patent applications. He is a three-time recipient of the “Boss” Kettering Award, the highest technology award in General Motors for his contribution in vehicle health management technologies.

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