Space Engineering and Transport

The University of Leicester, and the Department of Engineering, has a long and distinguished history in the field of Space Engineering and Transport.  Every year since 1967 has seen a Leicester built instrument operating in space!

Our Space Engineering and Transport theme is an inter-disciplinary, cross cutting research theme hosted by the Department of Engineering and led by Dr Alistair McEwan, grouping scientists and researchers from within the College of Science and Engineering, and beyond.

We have active interests applicable to many aspects of space and aerospace, including software engineering and microelectronic systems, control, power, and materials for space and aerospace systems.

Whether it is local, national, or global, transport and transport services (including Intelligent Mobility) are integral to the way society functions. The movement of people and goods affects everything from services, to economies, to the wellbeing of our planet.   Our interests are applicable to the four primary modes of transport: road, rail, air, and maritime, as well as the fifth mode: aerospace. Areas we work in include highly autonomous vehicles, drones, energy systems, communications and connectivity, digitisation of transport services, aerospace electronics, sensor networks and sensor fusion, and transport security.  Our contributions have impact in many areas, including the UK Government Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.


Who we work with:

We are founding contributors to Space Park Leicester. We work in close collaboration with the Mathematical Modelling Centre, the Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation, and lead the Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network. Our work has received funding from many sources including EPSRC, Horizon 2020, Innovate UK, Department for Transport, DSTL, European Space Agency, Rolls Royce, Leonardo, the Airbus Group, and many other industrial and international collaborators.  We are founding and leading partners in the Mira Technology Institute.

Our undergraduates actively participate in cutting edge work, competing externally in events such as Formula Student and Autonomous Formula Student, and the Audi Autonomous Driving Competition.


Our researchers:

Researchers involved in space and transport related research include:

  • Dr Mateusz Bocian
  • Professor Jonathon Chambers
  • Dr Gaojie Chen
  • Dr Jian Chen
  • Dr Mukund Janardhanan
  • Dr Bing Ji
  • Dr Andrea Lecchini Visintini
  • Dr Paul Leffley
  • Dr Alistair McEwan
  • Dr Rafael Morales
  • Dr Emmanuel Prempain
  • Dr Dave Siddle
  • Dr Alan Stocker
  • Professor Matt Turner
  • Professor Tanya Vladimirova
  • Professor Mike Warrington
  • Dr Yue Zhang

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