Automation of large-scale water distribution networks
The application of modelling, control and optimisation to devise methods for improving the operation of water distribution networks through automation.
Computational optimal control
This project applies abstract algebra, convex analysis, and semigroup theory to develop new computational methods for solving optimal control and dynamics problems in finite and infinite dimensions.
Coordinating multiple EW decoys for protection of naval task groups
In this project, a number of decoys are deployed in defence of a ship(s) against advanced anti-ship missiles. The autonomous networked platforms must optimise their trajectories to ensure a successful defence.
Human sensitivity to human and machine response timing
Examining how the timing of decisions by a computer-agent can lead humans to misjudge the intention and mispredict the action of that agent.
Modelling, analysis and design of secure networked control systems
Improved Networked Control Systems technology will underpin our ability to optimise water and energy use, live in sustainable communities and create greater efficiencies in manufacturing and transport globally. Only secure design methodologies can use this emerging technology to deliver benefits while protecting it against cyber-attacks.
Modelling, control and optimisation of drives and industrial machine tools
Developing model-based controllers for processes such as bi-axial machines, like laser cutting using XY tables, which have to maintain very high precision in the face of challenges in terms of measurement and non-rigid linkages.
Observer design for singularly perturbed systems
This project aims to provide a framework for observer design for singularly perturbed systems, analyse performance/robustness of such designs and apply it to engineering problems.
Practical model-based control for next generation diesel engines
Developing robust multivariable model predictive control algorithms for high performing diesel engines that reduce calibration effort.
Robustness of structured feedback interconnections
Stability and performance certification for structured feedback interconnections, with a view to exploiting structure for scalability, and to accommodating time-varying and non-linear characteristics.
Tactical security and health in multi-modal sensor control and management
A feasible problem formulation is being explore (eg: as an optimisation problem), with some investigation into choosing an appropriate performance measures along with a priori known measurement models.
Towards dexterous robotic hand neuroprostheses
The electrical signals from the stump of an amputated hand have been used for years to control simple prosthetics with some grasping capability, but this project is attempting to design a mechanical hand with unprecedented levels of functionality.