Research Applications

Research Applications DiagramIn 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.

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 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 via

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Aerospace and Transport

Aerospace and Transport IconWe 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.

Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment IconOur 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.

Life Sciences and Healthcare

Life Sciences and Healthcare IconOur 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.

Manufacturing and Robotics

Manufacturing and Robotics IconWe 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.