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Dr Zehor Belkhatir

Job: Senior Lecturer in Control Engineering

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Dr. Zehor Belkhatir received her MEng and M.Sc. degrees in Automatic Control Engineering from “École Nationale Polytechnique,” Algiers, Algeria, in 2012;  and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2018. Before joining De Montfort University in December 2020, she was a Lecturer in Control Engineering at the University of Leicester, and she also held a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, USA. Her research interests encompass work across the fields of applied mathematics, control systems theory, and data analysis. A common thread in her research is in understanding experimentally constrained complex systems by developing theoretical estimation and control techniques and computational tools that rely on mathematical or data-driven models. Some of the research projects she was involved in include, e.g., the control and estimation of infinite-dimensional and stochastic systems with an application to the characterization of the hemodynamic response in the brain and the chemotherapy drug scheduling problem; and also the development of robust predictive models for high-dimensional biological network and medical imaging data. 

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs

Selected Journal Publications

    • Z. Belkhatir, M. Pavon, J.C. Mathews, M. Pouryahya, J.O. Deasy, L. Norton, A.R. Tannenbaum," Stochastic Norton-Simon-Massagué tumor growth modeling: Controlled and mixed-effects uncontrolled analysis," IEEE Transaction on Control Systems Technology, 2020
    • Z. Belkhatir, S. Mechhoud, T.M. Laleg-Kirati,"Kalman filter based estimation algorithm for the characterization of the spatiotemporal hemodynamic response in the brain," Control Engineering Practice, vol. 89, pp. 180-189, 2019. 
    • Z. Belkhatir, T.M. Laleg-Kirati, "Parameters and fractional dierentiation orders esti- mation for linear continuous-time non-commensurate fractional order systems," Systems & Control Letters, vol. 115, pp. 26-33, 2018 
    • Z. Belkhatir, T.M. Laleg-Kirati, "Estimation of multiple point sources for linear fractional order systems using modulating functions," IEEE Control Systems Letters, vol. 2, pp. 7-12, 2017 
    • Z. Belkhatir, T.M. Laleg-Kirati, "High-order sliding mode observer for fractional com-mensurate linear systems with unknown input," Automatica, vol. 82, pp. 209-217, 2017

Book Chapters

    • Z. Belkhatir, I. N’Doye, T.M. Laleg-Kirati "Estimation methods for fractional order systems: Asymptotic versus non-asymptotic approaches," In Fractional Order Systems: Optimization, Control, Circuit Realizations and Applications, Academic Press, 2018
    • T.M. Laleg-Kirati, Z. Belkhatir, Fernando Diaz Ledezma,"Application of hybrid dynamical theory to the cardiovascular system," In Hybrid Dynamical Systems : Control and Observation, springer, 2015 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Control systems theory and engineering applications 
  • Data analytics
  • Control and estimation of dynamical systems: Theory and applications 
  • Modelling, analysis, and control of biomedical/biological systems 

Areas of teaching

    Control Systems Engineering 


MSc and MEng in Automatic Control Engineering, National Polytechnic School, 2012

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2018

Courses taught

  • Dynamics and Control
  • Digital Control 
  • Nonlinear Control

Membership of professional associations and societies

IEEE Member

IEEE Control Systems Society


James Mathews, Arnold Levine, Allen Tannenbaum, Saad Nadeem, Zehor Belkhatir, Maryam Pouryahya and Joseph O. Deasy,"De-cloaking cancer from the immune system via antibodies to cancer-produced pregnancy specific glycoprotein," Provisional Patent Filed

Students supervision

Dr. Zehor Belkhatir is always open to discussions with potential future Masters, PhD and intern students to conduct research in her research areas. Please feel free to get in touch with her to discuss your interests and potential opportunities.