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Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group (MICG) is concerned with the application of information and computer technology in mechanical engineering.

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MICG Committee members

Ian Morris - Chair

Consultant

Ian Morris 300With over 46 years’ experience, Ian has been employed by and run companies in engineering and manufacturing operating within Great Britain.

Ian graduated in mechanical engineering in 1972 sponsored by the motor industry.  He was employed in the British machine tool industry through the 1970s in project management, sales and general management.

From 1982 to 1989, Ian was the Managing Director of the UK division of a German machine tool and automation company.  Subsequently, Ian was Managing Director of the German Hydraulic Company (1989-2001) and Managing Director of a hydraulic fittings manufacturer (2001-2004).  Ian is currently the Director of the British Fluid Power Association, representing over 200 hydraulic and pneumatic businesses in Great Britain.

 

Professor Philip Moore - Vice Chair

Phil Moore 300

Visiting Professor, School of Engineering Science, University of Skövde

Philip became Pro-Vice Chancellor (R&I) at Falmouth University in 2012.  He led all research and development, and was also Chair of the Centre for Smart Design.  Retiring from Falmouth University in August 2017 to concentrate more time as a Director of Smart Connected Living (SCL) Limited, he has been a Visiting Professor at University of Skövde, Sweden since 1994 and was on the Board of Directors of the Smart Home and Building Association (SH&BA) for over ten years until 2016.  Philip was previously Director of Research at De Montfort University (DMU).  He was also Director of the Mechatronics Research Centre and architect of the Intelligent Machines and Automation Systems (IMAS) laboratory.

Philip studied Production Engineering and Management at Loughborough University whilst working in the automotive industry.  He then studied for a PhD in Robotics, whilst working in research at Loughborough, before joining as an academic member of staff, where he was a founder member of the Manufacturing Systems Integration (MSI) Research Institute.

Philip’s own research focuses on smart digital technologies and their integration with sustainable design to address some of the societal grand challenges such as climate change, energy resilience, health and wellbeing and the ageing society.  Other research interests include digital manufacturing and automation.  Philip was responsible for the founding of Digital Games at Falmouth and the associated research in computer games technology.  He was the architect of the successful European Research Area (ERA) Chair bid for €2.4 million to the FP7 programme in Digital Games research.  He has supervised nearly 50 PhD programmes to completion and has been external examiner on over 50 occasions.

Philip has won over £10 million in research funding from UK and EU agencies including EPSRC, ESRC, BBSRC, InnovateUK, EU FP, British Council, The Royal Society, RDAs and Industry.  He has established a network of research collaborators in industry and academia in UK, Sweden, Germany and Italy.  Philip is Vice-Chair of Mechatronics, Informatics & Control Group at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chairs the Mechatronics Forum.

Dr Martin Paradise - Vice Chair

Martyn Paradise 300

Director of Operations, TEW Engineering Limited

Martin Paradise started and ran a series of companies over a period of 35 years, supplying automation and robotic systems to food, automotive and specialist engineering customers throughout Europe, North and South America and Australia.

At different times, Martin was a full SME Partner in EU ESPRIT project, FRUIT; three-times DTI SMART Award winner for novel materials handling and automation concepts; involved with the Link High Speed Machinery programme - handling flexible packaging at high speed; and was a RAE Visiting Professor in the Theory of Machine Design with De Montfort University.

Latterly, Martin was a team member of Innovate UK aerospace project BECALM, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology in 2010.

Currently, Martin is a member of the Industrial Liaison Committee for the Faculty of Technology at DMU, as well as supporting programmes at Aston University.

From June 2017, Dr Paradise retired from full-time business management and is now Group Engineering Ambassador for LB Foster Rail Technology UK Limited - a multi-national company specialising in rail, power and automation with European head office in Sheffield.

Married with two adult children, Martin’s interested in all things automotive and the local church, where he is project managing the team to build a 250-seater conference facility.

Professor Andrew Plummer - Past Chair

Andy Plummer 300

Professor of Machine Systems, University of Bath

Andrew Plummer is Director of the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control at the University of Bath.  He has a variety of research interests in the field of motion and force control, including inverse-model based control of electro-hydraulic servo-systems, control of parallel kinematic mechanisms, hybrid hydraulic/piezoelectric actuation, and robot control.

He received his PhD degree from the University of Bath in 1991, for research in the field of adaptive control of electro-hydraulic systems.  He worked as a research engineer for Rediffusion Simulation (now Thales Training & Simulation) from 1990 developing motion and control loading system technology, before taking up a lecturing post in Control Systems & Mechatronics at the University of Leeds in 1994.  From 1999 until 2006 he was global control systems R&D manager for Instron, manufacturers of materials and structural testing systems.

Professor Plummer is Past-Chair of the Institution’s Mechatronics Informatics & Control Group and the UK Automatic Control Council, and is Associate Editor of both the International Journal of Fluid Power and Control Engineering Practice.   He is Chairman of the Global Fluid Power Society.

Professor Job Van Amerongen

Vice-Dean, Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science
University of Twente

Job has an MSc degree in electrical engineering and a PhD degree of Delft University of Technology.  He did his military service as officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy.  He was assistant and associate professor at the Control Laboratory of the EE faculty in Delft, where he worked on model-reference adaptive control of ship control systems and on electrical-power production systems.

Job was Professor in Control Engineering in the EE faculty of the University of Twente, where he founded and chaired the Mechatronics Research Centre Twente.  He was Dean of the EE faculty, and then Scientific Director of the Drebbel Institute for Mechatronics. Job organised the Mechatronics Forum ‘Mechatronics 2002’ conference.  He was head of the department of EE. 

Since November 2011, he is Professor Emeritus.  He is still involved in several activities in the Robotics and Mechatronics Group and in the Department of EE.

He is member of the IFAC TC on Mechatronics, the IFAC TC on Marine Systems and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

Dr Marko Bacic

Company Associate Fellow Control Systems and Gas Turbine Functionality
Rolls-Royce

Per Bergfjord

Head of Hardware Engineering, Global Engineering - UK, Elekta Limited

Professor David Bradley

Professor of Mechatronic Systems Abertay University

Professor Hendrik van Brussel

Professor in Mechatronics & Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Professor Jian Dai

Professor of Mechanisms & Robotics, King’s College London

Professor Steve Daley

Professor of Industrial Active Control, Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton

Dr Abbas Dehghani

Senior Lecturer, Mechatronics & Robotics, University of Leeds

Professor Leo De Vin

Leo De Vin 300

Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Karlstad University

Leo J De Vin is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Karlstad University, Sweden and formerly a Professor of Automation Engineering at the University of Skövde, Sweden.  He also is an unsalaried Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Örebro, Sweden.

He obtained his PhD with a thesis on computer-aided process planning in 1994 from the University of Twente, The Netherlands.  He worked at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, UK before joining the University of Skövde as a Lecturer in Integrated Product Development and later founded the Virtual Systems Research Centre, who are preferred research partner under the Volvo Group Academic Partner Program in the area of virtual manufacturing.  He joined the Materials and Design Centre of Karlstad University in 2011.

Leo has authored more than 100 scientific publications and a large number of technical papers and contributions in trade journals in Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy and the USA. 

In 2014, he chaired the 25th anniversary event of the IMechE Mechatronics Conference in Karlstad. 

Current research interests include flexible full-scale simulators for lean production and innovative production.

Professor Kambiz Ebrahimi

Kambiz Ebrahimi 300

Professor of Advanced Propulsion, Loughborough University

 

Jeremy Hughes

Consultant, J R Hughes Limited

Professor Mike Jackson

Professor of Machine Systems, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Loughborough University


Ben Jeppesen

Manager, Analysis & Control, Intel FPGA

Dr Yan Jin

Yan Jin  300

Lecturer, Robotics & Intelligent Manufacturing, Queen's University Belfast

Dr Jin is a Reader in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast.  He has been working in the school since 2007.

His research interest is in parallel kinematic machines, robotics, intelligent manufacturing, digital lean manufacturing, high performance machining, and production management.  Dr Jin has been a principal investigator or co-investigator for a number of research programmes, funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, Royal Academy of Engineering, EU H2020, Invest Northern Ireland and industry (eg, EADS/Airbus and Bombardier Aerospace Belfast).

He is a member of EPSRC Early Career Forum on Manufacturing Research, member of UK Robotic Mission, and chair of robotics committee of IFToMM UK (2014-present).  He is an editorial board member of International Journal of Robotics & Mechatronics and Journal of Robotic & Mechatronic Systems.  He has been an organising chair or committee member 20+ international conferences such as ICRA2017.  Dr Jin has published 90+ high quality technical papers.

He is a chartered engineer, and a member of IMechE and IEEE.

Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan

Visakan Kadirkamanathan 300

Director, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control & Monitoring Systems Engineering University of Sheffield

Professor Alison McKay

Alison McKay 300Professor of Design Systems, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Alison completed a thin sandwich course in Mechanical Engineering at University of Bradford.

Following a period as a Production Engineer at a local SME, she took up a post as a research engineer on the Geometric Modelling Project at the University of Leeds where she began a career-long interest in engineering design.  This included editorship of the first edition of ISO 10303-41 and completion of a PhD on relationships in product data.

Alison is currently a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds.  Her research focus lies in design descriptions and the ways in which they support engineering design and innovation processes both within organisations and across supply networks.  She is Director of the Leeds Socio-Technical Centre and represents IMechE on the BSI Technical Product Realisation committee (TPR/1) which is responsible for the development of BS8888, BS8887 and related standards.

Nick Martin

Innovation and Growth Leader, BAE Systems

Professor Asoke Nandi

Asoke Nandi 300

Professor of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Brunel University London

Asoke Nandi received the degree of PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College).  He held academic positions in several universities, including Oxford, Imperial College London, Strathclyde, and Liverpool, as well as Finland Distinguished Professorship.  In 2013, he moved to Brunel University London to become the Chair and Head of Electronic and Computer Engineering. 


Professor Nandi is a Visiting Professor at Tongji University (China) and an Adjunct Professor at University of Calgary (Canada). 

In 1983, Professor Nandi co-discovered the three fundamental particles known as W+, W- and Z0 , providing the evidence for the unification of the electromagnetic and weak forces, for which the Nobel Committee for Physics in 1984 awarded the prize to his two team leaders for their decisive contributions.  His current research interests lie in the areas of signal processing and machine learning, with applications to machine condition monitoring, communications, gene expression data, functional magnetic resonance data, and biomedical data.  He has made many fundamental theoretical and algorithmic contributions to many aspects of signal processing and machine learning.  He has much expertise in “Big Data”, dealing with heterogeneous data, and extracting information from multiple datasets obtained in different laboratories and different times.

Professor Nandi has authored 570 technical publications, including 230 journal papers as well as four books, entitled Automatic Modulation Classification: Principles, Algorithms and Applications (Wiley, 2015), Integrative Cluster Analysis in Bioinformatics (Wiley, 2015), Blind Estimation Using Higher-Order Statistics (Springer, 1999), and Automatic Modulation Recognition of Communications Signals (Springer, 1996).  The h-index of his publications is 70 (Google Scholar) and ERDOS number is 2.

Professor Nandi is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and of 7 other institutions.  Amongst the many awards he received are:

  • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (USA) Heinrich Hertz Award (2012)
  • Glory of Bengal Award for his outstanding achievements in scientific research (2010)
  • Water Arbitration Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), (1999)
  • Mountbatten Premium of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK) (1998).

  • Professor Nandi is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2018-2019).

     

Professor Eric Rogers

Professor of Control Systems Theory and Design in ECS, University of Southampton

Professor David Russell

David Russell 300Professor Emeritus, Penn State Great Valley (retired)

David Russell graduated with honours from Liverpool University and was awarded his PhD in recognition of research at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy, the University of Manchester and the then Liverpool Polytechnic.  His thesis included the design and construction of an intelligent controller for a novel fast reactor using a fluidic control schema.          

He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Penn State Great Valley where he has spent the last 32 years.  Dr Russell was past chair of the campus IT Advisory Board and was a founder member of the University committee for Enterprise Integration, which is part of the SAP University Alliance programme.  While senior division head for 14 years, Dr Russell managed a successful engineering faculty, and designed and implemented three professional postgraduate degrees in Information Science, Software Engineering and Systems Engineering which are now available on-campus and online. 

David has taught at the undergraduate and post graduate level in the UK, US and Asia over the past half century and has created, managed and taught systems engineering, information technology and computer engineering activities, including scholarly and professional international conferences.  In addition to Europe and the UK, Dr Russell has delivered invited and plenary lectures in over thirty countries - including Australia, Brazil, India, Singapore, Malaysia and China.  Dr Russell serves the Regional Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, a Springer publication.

Dr Russell is a past Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Fellow of the BCS (British Computer Society) and a current Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is a Chartered Engineer.  

Prior to Penn State, Dr Russell held several positions as a technical executive with factory systems integration companies in the US and the UK, and has held several faculty appointments in other universities, including Howard and Villanova.  He is the author over 130 technical papers and an active international member of the Mechatronics Forum; an IMechE scholarly society.  He has also organised and served on the international program boards for several international conferences.

Professor M Necip Sahinkaya

Head of School, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Kingston University London

Sanjiv Sharma

Sanjiv Sharma 300

Engineering Team Leader, Airbus

Sanjiv joined Airbus in 1997 as Head of Modelling & Simulation Group, responsible for delivering design analyses, validation and verification for the Landing Gear Systems department. In 2005, he was appointed the role of Technical Expert for Modelling & Simulation and has been leading research and application of Engineering Mathematics and Uncertainty Quantification & Management (UQ&M) in aircraft design.

He has led systems engineering work packages on European (FP7) and UK (ATI) collaborative projects. More recently, he is leading the application of UQ&M in structural, control systems and mechatronics analyses.

Dr Sharma obtained BSc (Eng) in Mechanical Engineering, MSc in Control & Signal Processing and PhD in Applied mathematics. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application.

Dr Daniel Toal

Director of Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre, University of Limerick

Professor Antonios Tsourdos

Head, Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, Cranfield University

Nicholas Valentine - Young Member

Nick Valentine 300

Graduate Engineer in Defence, University of Salford

Nick is a graduate engineer in the Civil Service, with an MSc in Robotics & Automation from the University of Salford.  He is currently serving as the young member representative on the Mechatronics, Informatics & Control Group (MICG), his role to ensure that the Young Member viewpoint is considered when the MICG makes its decisions and plans.  As such, he regularly engages with the other Young Member boards and panels within the IMechE to share ideas and make the MICG’s aims and objectives known within the Young Member community.

Dr Christopher Ward

Chris Ward  300Lecturer in Control Systems Engineering, Head of the Control Systems Group, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University

 

Dr John Webster

 Consultant

Dr James Whidborne

James Whidborne 300

Reader, Centre for Aeronautics, Cranfield University

Dr Xiu-Tian Yan

Xiu-Tian Yan  300Professor in Mechatronic System Technology and Director of Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory (SMeSTech), Department of Design Manufacture & Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Through over 30 years’ work and investigation, Xiu-Tian Yan has developed a portfolio of research topics in mechatronic system design including the development and application of mechatronic design methodologies, modelling and simulation of these systems, and techniques in prototyping these systems for validation.  He has managed over 40 projects in his research fields funded by the UK Government bodies, European Commission, international funding bodies and industrial partners.  He leads mechatronic applications of space robotics in agriculture in three sister projects funded by the UK Space Agency and STFC.  He was the past Chairman of Robotics and Mechatronics Technical Professional Network of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

He received his PhD from Loughborough University of Technology.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of IMechE and a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology.  His research interests include mechatronic systems design, robotics especially in recent years in multi-perspective mechatronic system modelling, design and simulation, computer support mechatronic systems design, the proactive computer support of product life-cycle synthesis, and Product generalisation and configuration design and constraint based insightful engineering design support.  He has organised and chaired four international conferences.  He has published over 200 technical papers in major international journals and conferences and edited or wrote six books in the fields.

Professor Mir Saeed Zahedi

Technical Director, Blatchford Group

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