The Control Systems Research Group's repertoire is broad with research interests ranging from systems biology to stochastic systems, although much of the research is centred around the development and application of advanced control techniques to aerospace systems.
The underlying ethos of the Group is to develop practically relevant control system design and analysis tools.The Group's research, therefore, includes both the development of fundamental control theory, and the application of advanced tools to novel practical control problems. This diversity of the Group's research is reflected in its broad income base which includes funding from government and EU bodies (e.g. EPSRC, TSB, FP7), from industry (e.g. Agusta-Westland Helicopters, MBDA, Aero Engine Controls – Rolls Royce) and also from projects involving mixed funding with joint BAE Systems and EPSRC sponsorship.
The Group has a number of experimental facilities at its disposal, including an autonomous systems laboratory which houses a team of Traxster robots; a high-precision robot arm (in conjunction with the Bioengineering Group) and a refurbished flight simulator. It also has access to wind tunnel equipment for more modelling and testing of advanced flight control systems. In addition, the Group has recently received £20K Infrastructure funding to cover the purchase of a small fleet of UAV's.
PhD candidates are welcome and encouraged to apply.
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