Professor George Panoutsos

Faculty Director for Research and Innovation - Faculty of Engineering
Professor of Computational Intelligence

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Professor George Panoutsos BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, S1 3JD
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 5130
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PA: Emma Cooper
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Research interests
Recent research awards and projects
Selected publications


George Panoutsos received his PhD degree in automatic control and systems engineering from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K, in 2007. He joined the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (University of Sheffield, UK) as a Lecturer in 2010, and promoted to Professor of Computational Intelligence in 2019. George has a research grant portfolio of over £2M from the UK EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU Horizon 2020 and direct industry funding, as well as over 60 research publications in theoretical as well as applied contributions in the areas of computational intelligence, data-driven modelling, optimisation, and decision support systems. In terms of applied research, the majority of his work is on advanced manufacturing systems, as well as healthcare applications, while also currently exploring research applications in infrastructure.

Research interests

  • Interpretable Machine Learning
  • Computational Intelligence (CI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Granular Computing (GrC) and Computing with Words
  • Incremental learning – Smart Adaptive Systems
  • Data mining, classification and pattern recognition
  • Manufacturing systems
    • Process monitoring and optimisation, decision making
    • Data-driven process-part quality assurance and forecasting of defects, manufacturing informatics
    • applications: additive manufacturing (3D printing), laser-based welding and cladding, friction stir welding, steel making
  • Biomedical intelligent systems and Decision Support in healthcare
    • Decision support and data-driven modelling
    • Personalised therapy, therapy optimisation
    • applications: wearable devices, sleep disorders, cancer prognosis, ICU decision support

Recent research awards and projects

  • 2019-2021, Innovate UK, 'VULCAN' Data efficient process-part monitoring and control for Electron Beam Melting using Machine Learning (PI, £268k)
  • 2019, UoS ACSE pump-prime fund, A phenotypical knowledge-based image classifier for identification of novel anti-metastasis drugs (PI, £2k)
  • 2019-2021 EPSRC, Using Machine learning to enable feedback controlled manufacture of self-assembled patterned materials (co-I £250k)
  • 2019-2022, Aerospace Technology Institute, DAM, Developing Design for Additive Manufacturing, (co-I, ACSE project £186k)
  • 2019-2022, Aerospace Technology Institute, AIRLIFT, Additive IndustRiaLIsation FuTure Technology, (co-I, ACSE project £140k)
  • 2016-2022 EPSRC MAPP Hub, Future Powder Manufacturing Hub (co-I £10M)
  • 2018-2020 EU H2020, INTEGRADDE (co-I £12.7M)
  • 2017-2019 Innovate UK, MIRIAM - Machine Intelligence for Radically Improved Additive Manufacturing (co-I £666k)
  • 2016 -2018 Innovate UK, TACDAM, Tailorable & Adaptive Connected Digital Additive Manufacturing (academic PI £1M )
  • 2018-2020 TWI Ltd, Phased array NDT in Stir Welding: Interpretable machine learning and process monitoring (PI £42k)
  • 2015-2017 EU H2020, Factories of The Future - 01: Process Optimisation of Manufacturing Assets, COMBILASER, (co-I and academic lead, £3.48M)
  • 2014-2016 TSB, Sustained Process Excellence through Embedding of Analytics and Knowledge Management into Process Chains, Academic (PI, total project cost £441k)
  • 2013-2014 METRC Innovation Award, Online and real-time condition monitoring of Friction Stir Welding, (PI £10k)
  • 2012 EPSRC/Sheffield University, Model-based performance evaluation for critical manufacturing processes (PI £61k)
  • 2012-2014 TWI Ltd. Yorkshire, UK, Automated Systems for Intelligent Stir Tracking and Optimisation (PI £29k)
  • 2010-2013 TWI Ltd. Cambridge, UK, Multiscale model-based search for optimal Process Operating Windows in Friction Stir Welding (PI £6k)


  • ACS6101, Foundations of Control Systems, module leader
  • ACS6501, Foundations of Robotics (teaching: systems modelling part)
  • ACS6402, Industry Training Programme: Advanced Manufacturing (module leader)
  • ACS6403, Industry Training Programme: Computational Intelligence (module leader)

Selected publications

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers