Postgraduate research



Dr Tim Pearce

  • Chemical Sensing, in particular Use of Arrays of Chemical Sensors for Machine Olfaction
  • Computational Neuroscience Models of the Olfactory Pathway, including Neuromorphic Hardware Implementation

Dr Fernando Schlindwein

  • Real-time digital signal processing of biological signals
  • ECG analysis, including electrical activation in Atrial Fibrillation, assessment of the risk of ventricular arrhythmia using electrical restitution, and heart rate variability analysis
  • Microprocessor-, microcomputer- and Digital Signal Processor-based systems
  • Signal processing of the electrical activation of the heart, especially the atria in Atrial Fibrillation
  • Digital signal processors and personal computers
  • Assembly language (for the both DSP and the host PC), LabView, and C language

Control Systems

Dr Andrea Lecchini-Visintini

  • System Identification and Data-Based Control-System Design
  • Optimisation and Predictive Control for Complex Stochastic Systems, with application to Air Traffic Control
  • Stochastic Optimisation
  • Monte Carlo Methods

Dr Rafael Morales-Viviescas

  • Control of Active Rotors (such as methods to improve over vibrations among other performance aspects) in Rotorcraft Vehicles
  • Robust Nonlinear Control
  • Robust Control Applications
  • Wind Turbine Control

Dr Emmanuel Prempain

  • Control and Instrumentation Robust Control Theory
  • Gain-Scheduling Control
  • Development of Fixed Order Controller Synthesis Tools
  • Convex Optimisation
  • Application to Advanced Control Systems

Professor Matt Turner

  • Robust Control of Helicopters and Other Aerospace Systems
  • Development of Antiwindup, Bumpless Transfer, and Override Control Techniques for Systems with Isolated Nonlinearities

Electrical Power

Dr Steve Dodd

  • Electrical Breakdown of Polymeric and Composite Materials
  • Development of Experimental, Modelling, and Computer Simulation Techniques for understanding the Electrical Treeing Breakdown Process
  • Dielectric and Optical Characterisation of Polymeric Materials and Composites
  • Condition Monitoring and Assessment of HV Apparatus, particularly the Development of Diagnostic Techniques for HV Bushings
  • Development of In-Service Testing Techniques and Forensic Studies of Breakdown of High Voltage Insulation Systems

Dr Paul Lefley

Power Electronics and the Design and Control of Novel Electrical Machines, including:

  • Development of Novel Reluctance and PM Brushless DC Motors and Generators for High Efficiency and Low Cost and the Sensorless Control of such Machines
  • Ultra-High Speed Power Generation using Micro-Gas Turbines
  • Development of High Power, High Performance Traction Drives for Electric Vehicles
  • Power Electronics and Pulsed Power Applications, including:
  • Ultra-Rapid High Powered Recharging of Very Large Batteries and other Energy Storage Systems
  • Development of High Frequency, High Voltage, Power Supplies for Electrostatic Precipitators to further improve the Dust Collection Efficiency

Dr Bing Ji

Power Electronics and Power Semiconductors including:

  • Design of power electronics converters (AC-DC,DC-AC,DC-DC,AC-AC)
  • Design for reliability and Robustness testing of components and systems
  • Online condition monitoring and Non-destructive testing of power converters
  • Design of digitalized gate drivers for power device
  • High power density converter design for vehicle, aircraft and space applications
  • Build and testing of wide band-gap power semiconductor-based converters
  • Characterization, control, protection, thermal management and cooling for power devices
  • Multi-domain modelling and Multi-objective optimisation simulation

Dr. Harold Ruiz Rondan

  • Advanced modelling, prototyping, and characterization of superconducting machines for aerospace propulsion, electrical power grid, and defense industries
  • Cloaking Systems. How to make objects invisible to electrical and magnetic fields
  • Active radiation shielding systems for the aerospace industry
  • Magnetic levitation technology and Superconducting Bearings for Transport Industry
  • High performance Superconducting Rotary Machines: SC Generators for ship propulsion and SC Motors for electric vehicles
  • Resilience and fault protection of power grid by using SC technology
  • Large-scale modelling and analysis of power systems enabling the share of renewables
  • Microscopic phenomena in High Temperature Superconductors
  • Analysis of High Resolution Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopies
  • Properties of electronic transport in High Critical Temperature Superconductors
  • Application of variational methods and optimal control algorithms for problems which may include aspects of econophysics, supply chain processes, space image processing, materials science, etc.

Embedded Systems and Communications

Professor Mike Warrington

  • Influence of the Propagation Medium on Radio Systems and on the Development of Techniques to Overcome or Take into Account Propagation Related System Performance Limitations
  • Effects of the Atmospheric (principally the Ionospheric) Environment on the Propagation Characteristics of Radio Waves
  • Development of Techniques to Account for these Effects in Radio System Operation, Development, and Planning

Dr Alistair McEwan

  • Software Engineering and Formal Methods, particularly CSP, Z, and B.
  • Unification and Integration of Formal Methods, including Hoare’s Unifying Theory of Programming
  • Techniques for Systems Specification and Calculated Development of High Assurance Systems
  • Tools for Verification and Implementation including Model Checking and Theorem Proving
  • Implementation Languages and Platforms for Dependable Systems
  • Theory, Practice, Application, and Calculation of Concurrency
  • Hardware Compilation and Co-Design

Dr David Siddle

  • Long Range High Frequency Radio Wave Propagation
  • VHF and UHF Propagation

Dr Alan Stocker

  • Long Range High Frequency Radio Wave Propagation,
  • Ray Tracing and Direction Finding

Professor Tanya Vladimirova

  • High-Performance Data and Image Processing in Embedded Systems
  • Hardware Acceleration of Computationally Intensive DSP Algorithms using FPGAs and ASICs
  • VLSI System-on-a-Chip Design for Hostile Environments with a Focus on Reliability and Low Power
  • Distributed Collaborative Processing in Wireless Sensor Networks

Mechanics of Materials

Professor Hongbiao Dong

  • Structural Evolution and Defect Formation during Processing of Superalloys
  • Numerical Modelling of Solidification
  • Measurement and Calculation of Materials Properties for Processing of Ti and Mg Alloys
  • Materials Thermodynamics and Novel Methods for in situ Characterization of Materials Processing

Dr Simon Gill

  • Modelling of Microstructural Evolution in Engineering Materials
  • Multiscale Modelling of Diffusional Processes

Professor Jingzhe Pan

  • Finite Element Analysis of Materials and Structures
  • Computational Nanoscience and Micromechanics
  • Sintering Science and Technology
  • Modelling the Degradation of Biodegradable Polymers

Dr Csaba Sinka

  • Mechanics of Granular and Porous Materials
  • Constitutive Model Development for Powder Compaction
  • Instrumented Die Compaction and Triaxial Testing
  • Powder Flow and Die Fill
  • Modelling Heat and Mass Transport in Porous Media

Dr Rob Thornton

  • Tribological, mechanical and materials characterisation of engineering materials
  • Investigating and modelling the effects of cryogenic treatments on engineering alloys
  • Manufacturing processes

Dr Mateusz Bocian

  • Structural dynamics
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Human-structure interaction (bridges, grandstands and floors subjected to human-induced vibrations)
  • Stability and control of human gait
  • Crowd dynamics


Dr Shian Gao

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, with an emphasis on Direct and Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flows of Engineering Importance

Dr Aldo Rona

  • Unsteady compressible flows
  • Finite-volume, shock-capturing, mesh-adaptive schemes
  • Large Eddy Simulations of unsteady acoustically active flows
  • Finite-difference pre-factored compact schemes for computational aero-acoustics
  • CFD methods for turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Vortex flows
  • Application of experimental techniques complementary to CFD, such as surface visualisation, schlieren, and time-resolved PIV

Professor Stephen Garrett

  • Boundary-layer transition
  • Stability theory in fluid mechanics
  • Rotating flows
  • Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows
  • Flow control

Dr Audrius Bagdanavicius

  • Thermo-mechanical energy storage systems
  • Smart District Energy Networks
  • Analysis of energy systems, using thermodynamic analysis methods (energy, exergy, exergoeconomic, entropy generation minimisation etc.)

Dr Andrew McMullan

  • Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent shear flow
  • Simulation of turbulent diffusion flames
  • Coherent structures in turbulence
  • Inflow condition modelling for numerical simulation of turbulent flows

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