Research Seminars

All seminars are held in the Sir Henry Stephenson Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, (unless stated otherwise), from 14:00 to 15:00 (unless stated otherwise), and are open for anybody to attend. Refreshments will be available in the Foyer of the Sir Henry Stephenson Building following each seminar (if the seminar has been held in the Sir Henry Stephenson Building).

If you have any enquiries please email r.ashton@sheffield.ac.uk

Seminars 2014-2015
Date Seminar Details
3 December 2014 Dr George Konstantopoulos
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield
26 November 2014 Professor Rajkumar Roy
Manufacturing and Materials Department
Cranfield University
19 November 2014 Professor Massimiliano Vasile
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Strathclyde
5 November 2014 Dr Reiko Tanaka
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London
29 October 2014 "Fault Tolerant Control from an Application Perspective"
Professor Ron Patton
School of Engineering
University of Hull
Seminar Poster
22 October 2014 "Interactions Between Nature and Technology - Spacecraft Operations and Space Weather"
Dr Dave Pitchford
SES Engineering
Luxembourg
Seminar Poster
8 October 2014 "Monte-Carlo Methods for Bayesian filtering in High-Dimensional spaces and/ or Likelihood-free models"
Dr Francois Septier
Telecom Lille / LAGIS
France
Seminar Poster
1 October 2014

"General Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems: Towards Higher Order Fuzzy Logic Systems to Handle the Uncertainties in Real World Applications"
Professor Hani Hagras
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
University of Essex
Seminar Poster

Seminars 2013-2014
Date Seminar Details
16 July 2014

"Micro-/Macro-Scale Crowd Modeling and Tracking in Surveillance Environments"
Dr Harish Bhaskar
Khalifa University, U.A.E.
Seminar Poster

2 May 2014 "Feedback in Distributed Wireless Networks"
Dr Samir Perlaza
INRIA, Lyon
Seminar Poster
28 April 2014 (1pm)
Stephenson LT01
"Power Electronics - Trends and Recent Challenges"
Professor Frede Blaabjerg
Institute of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Seminar Poster
28 April 2014 (11am)
Stephenson LT01
"Particle Filtering for Network-Based Positioning in Terrestrial Radio Networks"
Dr Fredrik Gunnarsson
Ericsson Research and Linkoping University
Seminar Poster
16 April 2014 "Can Java ever be safe?"
Professor Ana Cavalcanti
Department of Computer Science
University of York
Seminar Poster
9 April 2014 "Type-2 Fuzzy Logic in Decision Support"
Professor Bob John
School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham
2 April 2014

"Information theoretic security in the smart grid"
Dr Iñaki Esnaola
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Seminar Poster

5 March 2014 "New Approaches for the Control of HV and LV Distribution Networks"
Dr Luis Ochoa
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Manchester
Seminar Poster
19 February 2014 "An Overview of Recent Advances in Multiphase Variable-Speed Drives"
Professor Emil Levi
Professor of Electric Machines and Drives
Liverpool John Moores University
Seminar Poster
12 February 2014

"Recent Research in Power Electronics, Renewables and Smart Grids"
Professor Carlo Cecati
Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and Economics
University of L'Aquila, Italy
Seminar Poster

04 December 2013 "Extremum Seeking and its Wind and Solar Applications"
Prof. Miroslav Krstic,
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
University of California, San Diego
Seminar Poster
29 November 2013 "Algorithmic Verification of Stability of Hybrid Systems"
Prof. Pavithra Prabhakar
IMDEA Software Institute
Madrid, Spain
Seminar Poster
27 November 2013 "Evolutionary Multi-Objective Structural Optimisation"
Prof. Yaochu Jin,
Department of Computing,
University of Surrey
Seminar Poster
20 November 2013 "Multi-Robot Systems. A Case Study on Search: From Theory to System"
Dr Andreas Kolling
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Seminar Poster
13 November 2013 "Network reconstruction using dynamical structure functions"
Dr Ye Yuan,
Control Group,
Department of Engineering,
University of Cambridge
Seminar Poster
06 November 2013 "Driven Learning for Driving: Why Autonomous Cars Need Introspection"
Dr Ingmar Posner,
Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford
Seminar Poster
30 October 2013 "Agent-based Modelling of Hepatic Inflammation"
Mr Daniel Moyo,
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering,
University of Sheffield
Seminar Poster
23 October 2013 "Control of Synthetic Biology Systems: Model-Based and Data-Driven Approaches"
Dr Guy-Bart Stan,
Department of Bioengineering,
Imperial College
16 October 2013 "LF/LF monitoring of the ionospheric perturbations caused by seismic activity"
Dr Maria Solovieva,
Institute of the Earth's Physics,
Moscow, Russia
09 October 2013
16:00 in LT01
"A Distributed Networked Approach to Fault Diagnosis of Large-Scale Systems",
Prof. Thomas Parisini,
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Imperial College
Seminar Poster
26 September 2013
11:00am
"Machine Learning Methods in Cancer Biology",
Prof. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar,
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science,
The University of Texas at Dallas
Seminar Poster
25 September 2013 "Bio-Mechatronics: From Insects to In-Vivo Mechatronics",
Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Imperial College
Seminar Poster
29 August 2013
11:00am John Carr Library, Mappin Building
"Specification, Design and Verification of Networked Control Systems"
Professor Richard M. Murray,
Control and Dynamical Systems,
California Institute of Technology
Seminar Poster
23 August 2013
15:30pm LT02, Sir Henry Stephenson Building
"Radiative MHD modelling of the solar photosphere"
Dr Sergiy Shelyag,
Monash Centre for Astrophysics,
Monash University
Seminar Poster
22 August 2013
14:00pm LT01, Sir Frederick Mappin Building
"Control of Partial Differential Equations and Delay Systems"
Professor Miroslav Krstic,
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
University of California, San Diego
Seminar Poster
Seminars 2012-2013
Date Seminar Details
1 May 2013 "Completely Autonomous Power Systems (CAPS)"
Professor Qing-Chang Zhong
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Seminar Poster
17 April 2013 "Nonlinear Dynamics for Engineering Design"
Professor Marian Wiercigroch
Centre for Applied Dynamics Research, School of Engineering
University of Aberdeen
Seminar Poster
27 March 2013 "We now know what fly photoreceptors compute"
Professor Daniel Coca
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
20 March 2013 "Improving Situational Awareness for Autonomous Vehicles"
Professor Wen-Hua Chen
Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
Loughborough University
Seminar Poster
13 March 2013 "Cyclic scheduling of hoist operations in electroplating lines"
Professor Jiyin Liu
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
Seminar Poster
6 March 2013 "Theory and Technology of Networked Control Systems"
Professor Guoping Liu
University of Glamorgan, UK
27 February 2013 "Analysis and Design of Electron Beam Orbit Controllers for Synchrotrons"
Professor Stephen Duncan
Department of Engineering Science
The University of Oxford
Seminar Poster
20 February 2013 "Active Acoustic/ Elastic Matamaterials: Achieving negative Density and Bulk Modulus"
Dr Simon Pope
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Seminar Poster
6 February 2013

"Modelling and feedback control of flow resonances"
Dr Simon Illingworth
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Seminar Poster

28 November 2012 "Generalized Decomposition"
Mr Ioannis Giagkiozis
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Seminar Poster
14 November 2012 "Stability and geometry of invariant manifolds in ecological models"
Dr Steve Baigent
Department of Mathematics
University College London
7 November 2012 "Optimal Implementation of Finite Precision Controllers"
Dr James Whidborne
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Cranfield University
31 October 2012 Title: "Fast MHD Code for Gravitationally Stratified Media using Graphical Processing Units"
Dr Michael Griffiths
Research Computing Group,
CICS, University of Sheffield
24 October 2012 "An introductiomn to the Process Monitoring and Control Research Group at the AMRC"
Mr Tom McLeay
Process Monitoring and Control
AMRC, University of Sheffield
9 October 2012 "Patient-specific neural mass modelling: a tool for understanding epilepsy and developing therapeutic stimulation strategies"
Dr Dean Robert Freestone
University of Melbourne
18 September 2012
14:10pm, Portobello Centre, PC-SRB51
"System Identification and Damage Detection of Super High-rise Building using Shear-bending model and ARX model"
Izuru Takewaki, Dr. Eng.
Professor, Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering,
Kyoto University, Japan
Seminars 2011-2012
Date Seminar Details
24 May 2012
3:30pm Sir Henry Stephenson Building Lecture Theatre 1
Harry Nicholson Distinguished Lecture in Control Engineering
"From contaminant plume forecasting to firefighting with unmanned vehicles"
Professor Tom Bewley
University of California, San Diego
Event flyer
2 May 2012 "Simulating Robot Swarms, to explore swarm behaviour"
Dr. Jacques Penders
SCentRo
Sheffield Hallam University
28 March 2012 "Why is My Computer Not a Brain?"
Prof. Peter J. Bentley
Department of Computer Science
University College London
21 March 2012 "DYVERSE: A New Kind of Control for Hybrid Systems"
Dr. Eva M. Navarro-López
School of Computer Science
University of Manchester
7 March 2012 "Abstractions for flexible decision making in changing task contexts"
Dr. Subramanian Ramamoorthy
School of Informatics
The University of Edinburgh
29 February 2012 "Interaction Studies with Robot Home Companions"
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science
The University of Hertfordshire
22 February 2012 "Nonlinear systems analysis tools using sum of squares"
Dr. Antonis Papachristodoulou
Control Group
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
15 February 2012 "Analysis of the call group structure in the BT call records dataset"
Dr. David K. Hunter
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
University of Essex
8 February 2012 "Predicting structure in turbulence"
Dr. Ati S. Sharma
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
1 February 2012 "Knowledge Embedding: Multiobjective Model-Building From Data"
Prof. Ricardo Takahashi
Department of Mathematics
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Brazil
23 November 2011 "Real-Time Monocular SLAM"
Dr. Andrew Davison
Department of Computing
Imperial College London
16 November 2011 "Many Objective Optimisation of Engineering Problems"
Dr. Evan J. Hughes
Informatics and Systems Engineering
Cranfield University
9 November 2011 "Modelling for robust feedback control of fluid-flows"
Dr. Bryn L. Jones
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
2 November 2011 "Clinical decision support systems---from research to routine"
Prof. Klaus-Peter Adlassnig
Section for Medical Expert and Knowledge-Based Systems
Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems
Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
26 October 2011 "Social insect colonies, brains, and optimal decentralised decision-making"
Dr James A. R. Marshall
Department of Computer Science
The University of Sheffield
19 October 2011 "Custom Computing for Control and Control for Custom Computing"
Dr. Eric Kerrigan
Department of Aeronautics and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
12 October 2011 "Is animal locomotion efficient?"
Dr. Jim Usherwood,
Royal Veterinary College,
University of London
Seminars 2010-2011
Date Seminar Details
08 June 2011 "R&D projects of WiSeNet Lab"
Mikhail Komarov
Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics
01 June 2011 "The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Control"
Dr. Andrew Jarvis
Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University
18 May 2011 "Distributed Control Systems for Large, Civil Jet Engines: A systems approach to architectural optimisation"
Duncan Bourne
Loughborough University & Aero Engine Controls
10 May 2011
4:00pm Mappin Hall
Harry Nicholson Distinguished Lecture in Control Engineering
"On the way to accident free driving"
Emeritus Professor Dr.-Ing. Isermann
Previously Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Control Engineering and Process Automation
Institute of Automatic Control
Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.
News item, event details and abstract
2 April 2011 "Biologically Inspired Robotic Architectures: Complexity, Coupling, and Control"
Dr. Ravi Vaidyanathan
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College London
23 March 2011 "Probabilistic model of human sensorimotor control"
Professor Daniel Wolpert
Sensorimotor Learning Group (Wolpert-lab)
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
16 March 2011 “Some Recent Advances in State Constrained Optimal Control”
Dr. Piernicola Bettiol
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
2 March 2011 "Functional and Reliability Modelling of Swarm Robotic Systems"
Professor Alan Winfield
Director of Science Communication Unit
University of the West of England
23 February 2011 "Set Based Design and Evolution (SBDE)"
Dr. Gideon Avigad
Mechanical Engineering
Ort Braude College of Engineering, Israel
16 February 2011 "The role of oscillations in health and disease: A systems modelling framework"
Dr. John Terry
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
9 February 2011 "Creating Value through Systems Integration - It's Not Just About the Technology"
Keith Jackson
Chief Technology Officer
Rolls Royce Electrical Power and Control Systems
and
Visiting Professor at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
24 November 2010 "Detecting purely epistatic multi-locus interactions by an omnibus permutation test on ensembles of two-locus analyses"
Waranyu Wongseree
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
17 November 2010 "Large Scale Outdoor Robot Navigation with Laser and Vision"
Dr. Paul Newman
The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
10 November 2010 "Fundamental limits on the suppression of molecular fluctuations"
Dr. Ioannis Lestas
Control Group
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
3 November 2010 "Are multi-objective evolutionary algorithms actually any good at solving multi-objective problems?"
Dr. Robin Purshouse
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
27 October 2010 "Circuit racing: The perfect lap"
Professor Robin S Sharp
Department of Mechanical, Medical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Surrey
20 October 2010 "Maglev - an unfulfilled dream?"
Professor Roger Goodall
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Loughborough University
Seminars 2009-2010
Date Seminar Details
3 August 2010 "Assignment Algorithms for Large-Scale Target Tracking"
Professor T. Kirubarajan
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Communications Research Laboratory
McMaster University, Canada
Seminar Flyer
12 May 2010 "Robust Control in Power Systems"
Dr. Bikash C. Pal
Control and Power research group
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
5 May 2010 "Practical Nonlinear Control Design for Stochastic and Predictive Systems"
Professor Mike J. Grimble
Industrial Control Centre
University of Strathclyde
28 April 2010 "Harmonic Control Algorithms for the Active Control of Tonal Vibration - Stability and Convergence Analysis"
Dr. Ilias Zazas
BAE Systems Centre for Research in Active Control
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield
24 February 2010
4:00pm Mappin Hall
Inaugural Harry Nicholson Distinguished Lecture in Control Engineering
"Shedding Light on the Control of Circadian Rhythms: From Genes to Cells to Systems"
by Francis J Doyle III
Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Process Control
University of California, Santa Barbara
News item, event details and abstract
10 March 2010 "Efficient predictive control algorithms"
Guillermo Valencia-Palomo
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
3 March 2010 "Self-Assembling Robots: Adaptivity in Form and Function"
Dr. Roderich Gross
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
24 February 2010 "Insect-like flapping wing micro air vehicles (FMAVs)"
Professor Rafał Żbikowski
Cranfield University (Shrivenham)
17 February 2010 "Control Systems for Maglev and Railway Suspension Systems"
Prof. Roger Goodall
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Loughborough University
10 February 2010 "Equipment Health Management Technologies: Application to Aerospace Engines"
Andrew Mills
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
3 February 2010 "Stochastic optimization on continuous domains with finite-time guarantees by Markov chain Monte Carlo methods"
Dr. Andrea Lecchini-Visintini
University of Leicester
2 December 2009 "An Overview of Tools and Hardware Platforms for Control, Simulation & Robotics"
Robert Lee
National Instruments.
Seminar Flyer
Seminars 2008-2009
Date Seminar Details
13 July 2009 "Drosophila Dynamics"
Dr. Michael Dewar
School of Informatics
The University of Edinburgh
Seminar Flyer
7 July 2009 "Information Theoretic Novelty Detection"
Dr. Maurizio Filippone
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Seminar Flyer
6 May 2009 "Active Sound Control in Aircraft Cabins and in the Ear"
Professor Steve Elliott
Director, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)
University of Southampton
Seminar Flyer
11 March 2009 "Detection, Classification and Correction of the Spacecraft Magnetic Signature in Venus Express Magnetic Field Measurements"
Dr. Simon A. Pope
BAE Systems CRAC
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield
Seminar Flyer
10 December 2008 "Space in a Modern Society"
Professor David Southwood
Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
European Space Agency
Paris, France
Seminar Flyer
22 September 2008 "Exact and Approximate Linear System Identification"
Dr. Ivan Markovsky
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Seminar Flyer
Seminars 2007-2008
Date Seminar Details
18 July 2008 "Incorporating Uncertainty in Neuro Control"
Dr. Randa Herzallah
Al-Balqa’ Applied University
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Mechatronics Engineering Department
Jordan
Seminar Flyer
7 July 2008 "Using Evolutionary Algorithms to Tailor or Optimize Dynamic Systems for Applications in Structural Health Monitoring"
Professor Michael Todd
Dept. of Structural Engineering
University of California San Diego, USA
Seminar Flyer
14 May 2008 "Recent Development in Generalization Error for Supervised Learning Problem with Applications in Model Selection and Feature Selection"
Professor Daniel Yeung
President of IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society
Seminar Flyer
6 February 2008 "Robotic Closed Elastica: Mechanistic Functions generated by Bodily Flexibility"
Professor H.Mochiyama
Flexible Robotics Laboratory
Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Seminar Flyer
14 November 2007 "Improving Convergence, Diversity and Pertinency in Multiobjective Optimisation"
Mr. Salem Adra
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering,
University of Sheffield
Seminar Flyer
31 October 2007 "Some Recent Studies on the Construction of Single-Hidden Layer Feedforward Neural Nets"
Dr. K Li
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Queen's University, Belfast
Seminar Flyer
Seminars 2006-2007
Date Seminar Details
18 April 2007 "Sampled-data Control of Distributed Parameter Systems"
Professor S. B. Townley
School of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics, University of Exeter
Seminar Flyer
28 March 2007 "Relative Position Estimation and Control for Precise Formation Flying about the Sun-Earth/Moon L2 Libration Point"
Professor May-Win Thein
University of New Hampshire, USA
Seminar Flyer
23 March 2007 "Fuzzy Neural Networks for Nonlinear System Modelling"
Professor W Yu
Departamento de Control Automático
CINVESTAV-IPN, México
Seminar Flyer
29 November 2006 "Rotorcraft Control and Stability"
Dr. Maria Tomas Rodriguez
Imperial College, London
Seminar Flyer
22 November 2006 "Modelling and Optimization in E-Procurement for Large Enterprise Groups"
Professor D Wang
Northeastern University, China
Seminar Flyer
15 November 2006 "Localisation in Wireless Networks Using Monte Carlo Methods"
Dr. Mila Mihaylova
Department of Communication Systems
Lancaster University
Seminar Flyer
8 September 2006 "Non-Linear Control of Inverted Pendulum Experimental Systems"
Professor Akira Inoue and Professor Mingcong Deng
Okayama University, Japan
Seminar Flyer
Seminars 2005-2006
Date Seminar Details
18 July 2006 "Model-Free Adaptive Control"
Professor Zhongsheng Hou
School of Electronic and Information Engineering
Beijing Jiaotong University, China
Seminar Flyer
31 May 2006 "Sparse Regularization - Analyzing Design Sensitivity"
Dr. Martin Brown
Control System Centre
University of Manchester
Seminar Flyer
17 May 2006 "Model Predictive Control: Some Recent Developments and Perspectives"
Dr. Jan Maciejowski
The Head of Control Group
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Seminar Flyer
22 February 2006 "Minimizing Maximum Transient Energy - a Problem in Fluid Flow Control"
Dr. James F. Whidborne
Dynamics, Simulation and Control Group
Department of Aerospace Sciences
Cranfield University
Seminar Flyer
9 December 2005 "Sequentially Interacting Markov Chain Monte Carlo for Bayesian Computation"
Professor Arnaud Doucet
Departments of Computer Science and Statistics
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Seminar Flyer
30 November 2005 "WHAT DOES A MOBILE ROBOT ACTUALLY DO?
Quantitative Description and Modelling of Mobile Robot Behaviour"
Dr. Ulrich Nehmzow
University of Essex
Seminar Flyer
16 November 2005 "Pulse Technology for Electromagnetic Non-Destructive Evaluation"
Professor G. Y. Tian
University of Huddersfield
Seminar Flyer