ACSE research applications

In collaboration with our academic and industrial partners we aim to develop new techniques and technologies that address specific challenges and priorities in each of our cross-cutting application areas.

Solar Panels

Our four designated areas of research focus on the key engineering challenges in the world today and look to solve the problems of tomorrow.

Control Systems are found in almost every industry and every aspect of life. Our academic and research staff work on a variety of projects across the breadth of these areas.

Our students benefit from teaching and learning across these wide range of areas, with some of these topic areas being covered in curriculum. Students can also get involved with extra-curricular projects, such as the studentt designed rocket, SunrIde, and the telescope, SunbYte.

If you would like to learn more about the PhD opportunities available at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, please visit our PhD pages or contact us at

Aerospace and transport

We have always been at the forefront of research into systems and control engineering applied to aerospace and transport. Our work seeks to reduce operating costs, fuel consumption and environmental impacts and improve performance.

Aerospace and transport case studies

Energy and environment

Our research into control technologies applied to energy and environment will improve the efficiency and security of energy generation, reduce carbon footprint and help us to understand and manage the risks associated with climate change.

Energy and environment case studies

Life sciences and healthcare

Our research is using systems engineering methodologies and tools to address some of the challenges posed by an ageing population and the complexity of biological systems, which will increase quality and reduce the costs of healthcare.

Life sciences and healthcare case studies

Manufacturing and robotics

We are in a very strong position to address key challenges in manufacturing and robotics. Manufacturing is one of the key technological challenges in developing engineering products of the future and maintaining the UK as a global economic power.

Manufacturing and robotics case studies

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.