Professor Daniel Coca

MEng, PhD, CEng, MIEE

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Head of Department

Professor of Nonlinear and Complex Systems

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d.coca@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5619
+44 114 222 5134 (PA, Rebecca Fieldsend (r.fieldsend@sheffield.ac.uk))

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Professor Daniel Coca
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Amy Johnson Building
Portobello Street
Sheffield
S1 4DW
Research interests

My research work spans the broad area of nonlinear and complex dynamical systems. I am interested in developing novel mathematical, computational and analytical methods to analyse, model and control complex dynamical systems as well as apply the tools developed to complex systems in physics, engineering, life sciences and finance.

Complex systems modelling, identification and control:
Stem cell population dynamics; Crystal growth; Brain activity; Solar wind - magnetosphere interaction; Financial markets.

Bioimaging & biological data analysis:
Diffuse Optical Tomography; Protein Identification/Protein Mass Fingerprinting; Cell imaging data analysis.

Nonlinear Control Theory:
Controller design for nonlinear PDEs; Nonlinear predictive control.

Reconfigurable computers:
FPGA hardware acceleration of protein identification algorithms; FPGA implementation of computationally intensive control & optimization algorithms.
 

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Coca D, Bogdan IA & Benyon R (2013) FPGA Co-processing solution for real-time protein identification using tandem mass spectrometry In Iniewski K (Ed.), Embedded Systems: Hardware, Design, and Implementation Wiley RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Bogdan I & Beynon R (2010) Parallel FPGA Search Engine for Protein Identification, Embedded Multi-Core Systems (pp. 313-335). CRC Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Bogdan IA & Beynon R (2010) Parallel FPGA search engine for protein identification In Schmidt B (Ed.), Bioinformatics: High Performance Parallel Computer Architectures (pp. 313-336). Taylor and Francis RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D & Billings SA (2002) System identification using wavelets In Unbehauen H (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D & Billings SA (2002) Identification of NARMAX and related models In Unbehauen H (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Musoles CF, Coca D & Richmond P (2019) HyperPRAW. Proceedings of the 48th International Conference on Parallel Processing View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Genes C, Esnaola I, Perlaza SM & Coca D (2019) Recovery of Missing Data in Correlated Smart Grid Datasets. 2019 IEEE Data Science Workshop (DSW), 2 June 2019 - 5 June 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Meyers G, Zhu C, Mayfield M, Tingley DD, Willmott J & Coca D (2019) Designing a Vehicle Mounted High Resolution Multi-Spectral 3D Scanner. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Data Acquisition To Analysis - DATA'19, 10 November 2019 - 10 November 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Biga V, Alves Coelho OM, Gokhale PJ, Mason JE, Mendes EMAM, Andrews PW & Coca D (2017) Statistical texture-based mapping of cell differentiation under microfluidic flow. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 10477 LNBI (pp 93-106) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Biga V & Coca D (2017) Information-theoretic active contour model for microscopy image segmentation using texture. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 10477 LNBI (pp 12-26) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Longman FS, Mihaylova L & Coca D (2016) Oil spill segmentation in fused Synthetic Aperture Radar images. 2016 4th International Conference on Control Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT), 16 December 2016 - 18 December 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Genes C, Esnaola I, Perlaza SM, Ochoa LF & Coca D (2016) Recovering missing data via matrix completion in electricity distribution systems. 2016 IEEE 17th International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), 3 July 2016 - 6 July 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Florescu D & Coca D (2015) Implementation of linear filters in the spike domain. 2015 European Control Conference (ECC), 15 July 2015 - 17 July 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bouaru A & Coca D (2014) Control of spatio-temporal pattern formation governed by geometrical models of interface evolution. 2014 European Control Conference (ECC), 24 June 2014 - 27 June 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nie X & Coca D (2013) A New Approach to Solving the Inverse Frobenius-Perron Problem. 12th European Control Conference ECC 2013. Zurich, Switzerland RIS download Bibtex download
  • Friederich U, Billings SA, Juusola M & Coca D (2013) We now know what fly photoreceptors compute. BMC Neuroscience, Vol. 14(S1) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Friederich U, Billings SA, Juusola MA & Coca D (2012) Reverse engineering gain adaptation in sensory systems. Proceedings of the 9th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BioMed 2012 (pp 420-425) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bai L & Coca D (2011) Internal nonlinear predictive control of semilinear parabolic equations. IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), Vol. 44(1 PART 1) (pp 5525-5530) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vidal-Rosas EE, Billings SA, Zheng Y, Mayhew JEW, Johnston D, Kennerly A & Coca D (2011) Real-time Diffuse Optical Tomography using reduced-order light propagation models. Proceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Biomed 2011 (pp 378-385) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Billings SA, Song Z, Postma M, Chen W, Coca D, Hardie RC, Juusola M & De Schutter E (2011) Does Calcium diffusional feedback lead to slow light adaptation in Drosophila photoreceptors—a 3D biophysical modelling approach. Computational and System Neuroscience Conf RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zheng Y, Vidal-Rosas EEE, Billings SA, Mayhew JEW, Johnston D, Kennerly A & Coca D (2010) REAL-TIME DIFFUSE OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHY USING REDUCED-ORDER LIGHT PROPAGATION MODELS. Biomedical Engineering RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bogdán IA, Coca D & Beynon R (2010) FPGA implementation of database search engine for protein identification by peptide fragment fingerprinting. Proceedings of the 7th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BioMED 2010, Vol. 1 (pp 16-20) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zheng Y, Pan Y, Harris S, Billings S, Coca D, Berwick J, Kennerley A, Johnston D & Mayhew J (2009) A mathematical model of the neurovascular coupling suggesting both vasodilation and vasoconstriction. JOURNAL OF CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND METABOLISM, Vol. 29 (pp S19-S20) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Biga V, Kadirkamanathan V & Billings SA (2009) An alternative region-based active contour model using Cauchy-Schwartz divergence. 14th International Congress on Computational and Applied Mathematics. Antalia, Turkey, 29 September 2009 - 2 October 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Vidal-Rosas E, Billings SA, Zheng Y, Johnson D, Kennerly A & Mayhew JEW (2009) Three Dimensional Brain Imaging of Spatiotemporal Changes in Small Animals using Diffuse Optical Tomography. Supplementary Proceedings: PRIB 2009. Sheffield, UK, 7 September 2009 - 9 September 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Friederich U, Coca D, Billings S & Juusola M (2009) Data Modelling for Analysis of Adaptive Changes in Fly Photoreceptors. NEURAL INFORMATION PROCESSING, PT 1, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 5863 (pp 34-48) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Song Z, Coca D, Billings SA, Postma M, Hardie RC & Juusola M (2009) Biophysical Modeling of a Drosophila Photoreceptor.. ICONIP (1), Vol. 5863 (pp 57-71) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pan Y, Zheng Y, Harris S, Coca D, Johnston D, Mayhew J & Billings S (2009) Optimisation on the least squares identification of dynamical systems with application to hemodynamic modelling. Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009 (pp 3251-3254) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bai L & Coca D (2009) Nonlinear finite-dimensional model predictive control of the Burgers equation. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification, and Control, MIC (pp 78-83) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Olariu V, Coca D, Billings SA & Kadirkamanathan V (2009) Modelling Stem Cells Lineages with Markov Trees. PATTERN RECOGNITION IN BIOINFORMATICS, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 5780 (pp 233-243) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Bogdan I & Beynon R (2008) FPGA supercomputing solution for Peptide Mass Fingerprinting. Proceedings of the 6th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BioMED 2008 (pp 25-28) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bai L & Coca D (2008) Nonlinear predictive control based on NARMAX models. OPTIM 2008: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OPTIMIZATION OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, VOL III (pp 3-10) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bogdan I, Beynon RJ & Coca D (2008) Reconfigurable computing solution for Peptide Mass Fingerprinting. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OPTIMIZATION OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, VOL IV (pp 57-61) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Yan Y & Barbu V (2007) Internal controller design for semilinear parabolic systems. 2007 European Control Conference (ECC), 2 July 2007 - 5 July 2007. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D & Bai L (2007) NARMAX-based nonlinear predictive control. Proceedings of the European Control Conference. Kos, Greece, 2 July 2007 - 5 July 2007. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Olariu V, Billings SA, Kadirkamanathan V, Gokhale P, Tonge P & Andrews P (2007) Modelling the Expression of Marker Antigen SSEA3 for Embryonal Carcinoma Cells. Proceedings of the Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering Conference. Stuttgart, Germany RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Gedalin M, Bregman M, Balikhin M, Consolini G & Treumann R (2005) Burning avalanching model. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2005. Vienna, Austria RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D (2005) Finite-dimensional controller design for nonlinear evolution equations using inertial forms. IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), Vol. 16 (pp 235-239) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca DS, Coca D & Billings SA (2005) Adaptive control of low-flow anaesthesia using a mixture of anaesthetic gases. IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), Vol. 38(1) (pp 84-88) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca DS, Coca D & Billings SA (2005) An adaptive GPC approach to low-flow anaesthesia. IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), Vol. 38(1) (pp 7-12) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D & Billings SA (2002) Finite element Galerkin models and identified finite element models - A comparative study.. 15th IFAC World Congress. Barcelona, Spain RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D & Billings SA (2002) Identification of finite dimensional models for distributed parameter systems. 15th IFAC World Congress. Barcelona, Spain RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Balikhin MA & Billings SA (2001) Comparison of the dynamical processes in plasma turbulence observed in the high- and low-beta regions of the terrestrial foreshock. SHEFFIELD SPACE PLASMA MEETING: MULTIPOINT MEASUREMENT VERSUS THEORY, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 492 (pp 69-72) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Alleyne HSCK, Balikhin MA, Billings SA, Bates I & Yearby K (2000) Time and frequency domain determination of wave dispersion from Multi-satellite measurements. EOS, Vol. 81(19) (pp 376) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Balikhin M, Billings SA, Alleyne HSCK, Dunlop M & Luhr H (2000) Time-domain identification of nonlinear processes in space plasma turbulence using multi-point measurements.. CLUSTER-II WORKSHOP MULTISCALE/MULTIPOINT PLASMA MEASUREMENTS, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 449 (pp 111-118) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Alleyne HSCK, Balikhin MA, Billings SA, Bates I & Yearby K (1999) Identification of linear and non-linear processes in the magnetosheat turbulence. URSI Conference. Toronto, Canada RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coca D, Balikhin M, Billings SA, Boaghe O & Dunlop M (1999) Nonlinear processes in low frequency turbulence upstream of the quasiparallel part of the terrestrial bow shock: A NARMAX approach. MIST Conference. Ambleside, England RIS download Bibtex download
  • Billings SA, Coca D & Coca DS (1998) On feedback control of chaos. 6th Int Conf on Optimisation of Electical and Electronic Equipment (pp 1-6). Brasnov, Romania, 14 May 1998 - 15 May 1998. RIS download Bibtex download
Grants

Centre for Digital Built Britain, 'Analysing Systems Interdependencies using a Digital Twin', 01/04/2019, £48,864 (24,432 apportioned)
EPSRC, 'CORONA', 09/07/2018, £208,411 (£62,523 apportioned)
EPSRC, 'UKRIC - Urban Flows Observatories', 18/01/2018, £2.1M (£634,076 apportioned)
BBSRC, 'Digital Fly Brain', 21/05/2015, £530,873 (£504,329 apportioned)
BBSRC, D. Coca, M. Juusola, S.A. Billings, `Reverse Engineering Drosophila´s Retinal Networks´, 15.08.10 to 14.08.13, £648,008
EPSRC, S.A. Billings, D. Coca, `Spatio-temporal systems estimation modelling and analysis´, 04.01.10 to 03.01.14, £566,226
EPSRC, S.A. Billings, M. Balikhin, D. Coca, V.Kadirkamanathan, Z.Lang, H. Wei, `System Identification and Information Processing for Complex Systems´, 02.01.10 to 01.01.15, £1,442,972
MRC Fellowship, D. Coca, `Stem Cell Dynamics: Exploration of the Stem Cell Attractor Landscape´, 1.10.09-30.09.10, £109,000
BBSRC, D Coca and R Beynon, `FPGA Supercomputing Technology for High-throughput Identification and Quantification in Proteomics´, 15.03.08 to 14.03.11, £515,001
BBSRC, D Coca, R Beynon, 'Hardware Accelerated Data Processing Pipeline For Proteomics', 15.03.08 to 14.03.09, £98,559
The University of Sheffield, D. Coca, R. Beynon, S. Smith, V. Hughues. Proof Of Concept Fund Award, `Hardware acceleration of data processing in proteomics´, 01.11.07 to 01.05.08, £10,000
EPSRC, Q Zhong, A Zolotas, D Coca, K Li and S Evangelou. `New-ACE: A Network for New Academics in Control Engineering´, 01.10.07 to 30.09.10, £87,800
EPSRC, S A Billings, D Coca, `System Identification and Model validation for Spatio-Temporal Dynamical Systems´, 01.08.06 to 31.07.09, £292,797
EPSRC, S A Billings, Y Zheng, J Martingdale, D Coca and J E W Mayhew, `System Identification and Signal Processing for Neuro-Imaging data Analysis´, 02.01.06 to 01.01.09, £264,277
EPSRC Platform Grant, S A Billings, V Kadirkamanathan, Z Q Lang, D Coca, M Balikhin, `System Identification and Signal Processing for Complex Systems´, 03.01.05 to 02.01.10, £422,571
EPSRC, D Coca, ` Adaptive Control of Infinite Dimensional Systems using Reconfigurable Computers´, 15.11.04 to 14.11.07, £132,014
BBSRC, R. Beynon and D Coca, ` Application of Field Programmable Gate Arrays to Eliminate Bottlenecks in Near-instrument Proteomics´, 15.11.04 to 14.11.07, £230,130
Royal Society, D. Coca and V. Barbu, `Optimal Control and Stabilization of Parabolic-like Equations´, 01.11.04 to 15.11.04, £1,400